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Feb2

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican-controlled General Assembly appear to agree they need to toughen Virginia's public ethics laws, but they disagree on how tough they should be. Lawmakers have introduced dozens of ethics bills in the wake of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction on public corruption charges last year. The first public airing of those proposals came Monday at a meeting of a House ethics subcommittee.

Jan31

Across Virginia, people living with life-threatening and debilitating diseases are struggling to afford their medications, despite paying monthly health insurance premiums. This is because health insurers are increasingly shifting away from the traditional three-tiered cost structure — with co-pay limits for each tier — to a structure that moves medications to “specialty tiers” with no co-pay limits. As a result, for many of the sickest patients, the predictable, affordable co-pay is no more.

Jan30

No fewer than 25 companies are fueling stakeholder education and lobbying efforts to bring economic and environmental sustainability to Virginia. Next Tuesday, hundreds of these companies’ executives – including several from Virginia utilities -- will join entrepreneurs, small businesses, citizen advocates and their allies in a show of force by canvassing lawmakers on the Commerce and Labor committees in the Senate and House of Delegates pressing for passage of several bills. Here is a list of the 10 potentially most impactful solar bills.

 
Jan28

Growth in the Virginia craft beer industry has been significant. In 2011, Virginia was home to 44 breweries. But since 2012, when lawmakers approved legislation that allowed breweries to sell beer for on-site consumption, Virginia breweries have created 8,163 full-time equivalent jobs, according to the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries that is an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association.

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Yesterday, the Virginia DMV began offering Virginians the option to upgrade their current Virginia driver's license or identification card to a REAL ID compliant credential.

On Saturday, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to anticipated impacts from Hurricane Florence. Currently a category 4 hurricane, Florence is expected to make landfall in North Carolinas on Thursday and stall as it heads north through the weekend.  

Best of luck to students, parent, teachers, administrators and support staff as school kicks off today.

Studies have shown a correlation between the condition of school facilities and educational outcomes. However, in too many localities across the Commonwealth, aging school facilities have gone unaddressed due to lack of funding.

Over the summer, the Senate Local Government Committee School Facility Modernization Subcommittee met to begin meeting to seek input from interested stakeholders on the issue of funding for school facility construction and renovation. At our first meeting on August 16th, Professor Carol Cash presented research on the impact of school facilities on educational outcomes. We also heard a proposal from Paul Goldman and Committee Chairman Senator Bill Stanley to use portions of the sales tax collected on internet sales to finance general obligation bonds for school facilities across Virginia. Our next meeting will be held September 5th at George Mason University. We will meet later this month in Hampton Roads.