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Virginia Politics

Delegates try to ruffle Fariss' feathers over slingshot hunting

The House of Delegates gave a preliminary nod Friday to a bill that would allow slingshot hunting, after firing a few friendly zingers at its patron.

Saturday 02/06/2016
Legislation on service of food, alcohol advances

A Virginia Senate committee on Friday advanced legislation that would establish a voluntary, two-year pilot program in which establishments that have mixed beverage licenses issued by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board would use a different method of calculating the required ratio of food to alcohol that is consumed.

Bill would ban Web post of details after pardon

The Rules Committee also advanced a bill that would prohibit the Division of Legislative Automated Systems from posting online the details of any absolute pardon issued by the governor.

Senate panel advances bill on executive orders

The Senate Committee on Rules advanced legislation Friday that would allow any General Assembly member to request the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the fiscal impact of an executive order issued by the governor on the operations of state government.

Friday 02/05/2016
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Delegates try to ruffle Fariss' feathers over slingshot hunting

The House of Delegates gave a preliminary nod Friday to a bill that would allow slingshot hunting, after firing a few friendly zingers at its patron.

State makes progress in effort to recover money from failed Chinese-led venture in Appomattox

APPOMATTOX — Virginia made progress Friday in its effort to recover grant money invested in a failed Chinese-led business venture in Appomattox County.

House committee advances compromise on handguns

A bipartisan deal on guns is moving forward in the Virginia House of Delegates with added clauses to compel Attorney General Mark R. Herring to respond to a compromise he has criticized.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Senate panel backs bills to boost medical care in underserved areas

The Senate Education and Health Committee on Thursday advanced several bills that attempt to address the problem of providing primary medical care to underserved and rural residents.

House committee approves state tolling policy, but battle continues over I-66

Legislation to establish a state policy on where tolls may be imposed and how they are collected cruised through a House committee on Thursday, but an attempt to find a compromise over tolls on a portion of Interstate 66 remains under construction.

House panel punts on bill to ban personal use of campaign funds

Legislation to ban the personal use of political campaign funds, an ethics proposal touted by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is likely dead for the year after a House of Delegates subcommittee voted Thursday to put it off until 2017.

Judge denies request to toss conviction in tainted search warrant case

An effort to clean up the mess created by questionable search warrants obtained by a former Richmond detective hit a snag Thursday when a circuit judge refused to vacate a 2010 drug conviction.

Bill to require Dominion to move coal ash to landfills fails

Dominion Virginia Power plans to drain its 11 coal ash ponds, then cover the remaining material on site at four power plants.

'Blame game' ensues over Republican loyalty oath

The Republican Party of Virginia won’t require voters to pledge their loyalty in the upcoming presidential primary after state elections officials voted Thursday to grant the party’s request to toss out the controversial form with voting already underway.

Bills to repeal or reform certificate of public need provisions advance

Bills that would allow ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers and other medical facilities to be built without having to first get state permission were approved by a House committee Thursday.

Senate panel scraps bills requiring full-day kindergarten, early education programs

Bills that would require full-day kindergarten and early education programs throughout Virginia were erased along party-line votes in the Senate Education and Health Committee on Thursday.

House passes proffer reform bill with amendment sought by Henrico

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Thursday to make major changes to how localities negotiate public concerns with developers, with a significant amendment planned to alleviate objections by Henrico County.

Clinton praises Richmond for pilot program with police body cameras

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is praising the city of Richmond for its pilot program outfitting 40 police officers with body cameras and pledging to help police departments nationwide get such equipment.

Wednesday 02/03/2016
Bill to curb overprescribing of opioids advances

In a bill advanced by a House subcommittee Tuesday, doctors and other prescribers would be required to check the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program before writing a prescription for opioid painkillers for longer than two weeks.

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