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Feb13

When Virginia lawmakers tasked animal control officers with killing any dog caught injuring or slaying poultry, they were looking for a solution to a decidedly rural problem. But now that more people in urban areas are starting to keep chickens, too, it’s time for a change, Del. Jennifer McClellan said today.

 
Feb9

Human trafficking is a multibillion dollar enterprise in which traffickers use force, intimidation, fraud or coercion to make their victims provide commercial sex, labor or services against their will. Due to the hidden nature of the crime, it is difficult to accurately track the number of cases. Estimates from the U.S. State Department and the International Labor Organization indicate more than 20 million people worldwide are victims of some kind of trafficking, with hundreds of thousands of victims here in the United States.

Feb6

Nursing mothers would be assured a private place in Virginia public schools to pump breast milk for their babies under legislation passed Thursday by the House of Delegates. The bill (HB720) from Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, directs that a non-restroom location, shielded from public view, be designated for use by school employees and students to pump milk until their children reach the age of 1.

Feb4

Got milk? For teachers and other school employees who do because they are breast-feeding a child, a House committee Mondayapproved a bill requiring schools to provide them with a private area to pump milk. HB720 says each school board must adopt a policy requiring schools to offer a private, non-restroom area for breast-feeding mothers and allow them to use it for breaks until their child reaches the age of 1.

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New Laws Take Effect

On July 1st, the majority of legislation passed by the 2018 General Assembly Session took effect.  In Due Course, published by the Division of Legislative Services, provides a good overview of new laws likely to affect the daily lives of Virginians. 

Complete information on actions of the 2018 General Assembly Session can be found on the Legislative Information System webpage.

Finally!

After five years of trying, the General Assembly passed a budget last week that includes Medicaid Expansion.

Once the Federal government approves Virginia's pan, 18-64 years olds who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible for Medicaid. This will close the coverage gap for nearly 300,000 Virginians who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid now, but not enough to qualify for subsidies on the federal health insurance marketplace. The plan includes a work requirement in which able-bodied adults under 65 are required to work, seek employment, or participate in job training, education, or community/engagement programs that improve work readiness. Exemptions are provided for children, pregnant women, the aged, disabled, and seriously mentally ill, caregivers of disabled dependents, and individuals working in the TANF VIEW program or SNAP. These requirements are waived in parts of the state with high unemployment.

 

We are now over a month into Special Session and have yet to complete work on the budget for the 2018-2020, which starts July 1st.

Last month, Governor Northam introduced the same budget that Governor McAuliffe proposed in December, with once exception: Governor Northam included more money in the cash reserves portion of the budget. Governor Northam's budget includes language that would expand Medicaid coverage to nearly 400,000 Virginians and an assessment on state hospitals to cover the Commonwealth's share of the costs. With the savings realized from Medicaid expansion, the budget makes significant investments in core economic priorities like education, workforce development, mental health services, opioid addiction prevention, and pay raises for state employees, teachers and law enforcement professionals.