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Va. General Assembly to consider recommendations of task force on sex assault

May 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Virginia General Assembly next year will likely take up some of the recommendations a state task force made to help sexual assault victims on college campuses and to help prevent assaults. Sen. Dick Black, R-Loudoun, said he expects lawmakers to “pull some ideas” from the recommendations made Thursday by the task force. Read More...

Senator Dick Black on the TPP

May 27, 2015

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Senator Dick Black on FOX 5 DC

April, 2015

The surprising singling out of Loudoun Coutny lawmaker Richard Black is found in the latest issue of an ISIS-published magazine. Why did one of the most reviled terrorist groups in the world target a local Virginia politician? FOX 5's Tom Fitzgerald spoke with the senator....

Senator Black's Legislative Wrap Up

April, 2015

What a difference a year makes. Last year, at this time, the General Assembly was deadlocked. With a Democrat majority in the Senate and a Republican majority in the House, there was no end in sight to a budget stalemate that ultimately dragged on until mid-June. Read More..

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...

Conservative Caucus agenda supports bills that lower taxes, strengthen gun rights

January 21, 2015

The Virginia Conservative Caucus, co-chaired by Del. Ben Cline, released a new agenda Wednesday in support of bills to lower taxes, limit government, strengthen gun rights and promote school choice. Cline, R-Rockbridge, called it an exhaustive platform designed to highlight positive conservative goals — including job creation, protecting families and defending personal freedom — as well as push back against Democrats in power. 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...

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