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  • Legislative notebook: Nursing background checks pass Senate

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Senate unanimously approved new fingerprint and background check requirements for nurses Tuesday.
  • Legislative Notebook: Thursday at the General Assembly

    State senators were divided Thursday over legislation that would significantly increase bottomlands fees required for new pier construction, but they ultimately moved the bill along on a close vote. Senate Bill 1006 would increase the permit fee for...

    Legislative notebook: In-state tuition for DREAMers survives

    Legislative notebook: In-state tuition for DREAMers survives
    RICHMOND – The Virginia Senate narrowly defeated legislation Tuesday that would have forbidden state universities from granting in-state tuition to young people in the country illegally. Senate Bill 722 was defeated 20-19. It went down on a...

    Stosch retirement continues Senate shift

    State Sen. Walter Stosch, one of a few Republicans who backed a quasi-privatized version of Medicaid expansion last year, said Tuesday that he won't seek re-election. The 78-year-old has been in the General Assembly some 32 years, including a 9-year...

    Virginia Politics: A Shad Plank lookahead to 2015

     Virginia Politics: A Shad Plank lookahead to 2015
    That was some roller coaster in politics, 2014 was. A sure-bet Senate election turned squeaker. A dance on the edge of a fiscal cliff over the state budget. A special session on the Medicaid expansion standoff that ended up … a standoff. Then...