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Dick Black's Chaplain Protection Bill Signed Into Law!

New Virginia law protects chaplains from censorship

Friday, March 20, 2015

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed into law a bill protecting Virginia National Guard chaplains from censorship — a measure similar to one he vetoed last year.

Senate Bill 690 states that “the religious content of sermons, homilies, preaching, religious messages, or other speeches within religious services made by chaplains of the Virginia National Guard … or of the Virginia Defense Force shall not be censored or restricted by any state government official or agency.” Read More...


House, Senate approve sexual assault bills

February 12, 2015

The House and Senate passed nearly identical omnibus legislation Tuesday designed to hold sexual offenders on college campuses accountable. Both chambers approved scaled-back versions of mandatory reporting bills, which initially would have required faculty or staff members to report information on assaults directly to law enforcement.

As passed 97-3 by the House of Delegates and 38-0 by the Senate, the legislation instead establishes campus Title IX coordinators as the intermediaries for reporting. The compromise addresses concerns about victim confidentiality while conforming the proposals to U.S. Department of Education regulations that address how colleges respond to sex discrimination. Read More...


VA Lawmakers Taking on Common Core Educational System

February 10, 2015

RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) - The controversial "Common Core" education standards put in place by the majority of other states - but not Virginia - could soon be even less likely to come to the commonwealth. Read More...


McAuliffe wants to reinstate Va. gun sale restrictions

December 15, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – During their final debate in the 2014 Virginia gubernatorial race, Ken Cuccinelli scoffed that his Democratic opponent had flunked a test of character – namely, that Terry McAuliffe received a grade of “F” from the National Rifle Association.

McAuliffe quick-fired a stunning rebuttal, more or less putting his election prospects where his mouth is. “I don’t CARE what grade I got from the NRA,” he said. Read More...


School Leaders, Lawmakers Debate Fees For Busing, Kindergarten

Friday, December 5, 2014 3:45pm

Loudoun County School Board members this morning got a chance to tell legislators why they want state law changed to allow them to charge for full-day kindergarten and student transportation. Read More...


Fight to keep canceled health plans continues in Virginia

November 12, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – The fight over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — or ObamaCare for short — never seems to end.

Virginia’s Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment has introduced two separate bills with the same goal — making sure heath insurance companies can continue health insurance plans otherwise discontinued by President Obama’s signature health care law. Read More...


After hours of strife, lawmakers pass budget without Medicaid expansion

06/13/2014

RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly adopted a long-delayed state budget late Thursday, acting after an hours-long debate among newly ascendant Senate Republicans who fought among themselves over whether the plan threw up sufficient barriers to Medicaid expansion. Read More...


State budget passes with Medicaid amendment

Friday, June 13, 2014

RICHMOND (AP) — The General Assembly passed a new state budget late Thursday night after adopting a Republican-backed amendment to ensure that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot expand Medicaid without legislative approval. Read More...


State passes budget with Medicaid restriction

Thursday, June 12, 2014

RICHMOND — Senate Republicans on Thursday night used their new majority to pass a two-year budget that eliminates any opportunity for Gov. Terry McAuliffe or a year-old legislative commission to expand Medicaid or a private insurance alternative. Read More...


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