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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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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.

On Saturday, March 10th, the 2018 General Assembly Session adjourned sine die after passing over 800 bills. You can read a summary of some of the major legislation considered here. 

This is the final week of the 2018 General Assembly Session.  As of Tuesday evening, we have passed about 750 bills, with another 175 pending.  The Budget conferees have not yet reached an agreement to bridge the approximately $600 million gap between the House and Senate Budgets, primarily due to their disagreement over Medicaid Expansion. Seven of my bills have passed both the Senate and the House and now await action by the Governor.