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  • General Assembly approves tighter ethic rules as session comes to an end

    General Assembly approves tighter ethic rules as session comes to an end
    RICHMOND — After hours of back and forth at the end of a 45-day legislative session, House and Senate negotiators struck a deal on new ethics reforms and brought the 2015 General Assembly session to a close.
  • Va. Senate defeats measure aimed at attorney general

    The Virginia Senate has narrowly defeated a measure aimed at forcing the state attorney general to defend state laws when they are challenged. The bill, sponsored by Del. Brenda Pogge, a Republican from James City County, was prompted by Attorney General...

    Discrimination protection for gay, transgender riders pulled from Virginia bill

     Discrimination protection for gay, transgender riders pulled from Virginia bill
    Deep inside complex legislation to legalize phone-based car services such as Uber and Lyft sat language meant to prohibit drivers from discriminating against gay or transgender riders. The wording, picked up from legislation proposed in states where gay...

    Legislative notebook: Nursing background checks pass Senate

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Senate unanimously approved new fingerprint and background check requirements for nurses Tuesday. Senate Bill 1018 would require state police background checks for nursing applicants starting nest year. Applicants would...

    Medicaid expansion at stake at ballot box in November

    Medicaid expansion at stake at ballot box in November
    In a microcosm of the national partisan divide over federal health care reform, popularly known as Obamacare, Virginia has put one element — the expansion of Medicaid — front and center in the political debate preceding November's election....