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VaNews - March 8, 2014
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The battle of the budgets won’t be settled at least until March 24, when Gov. Terry McAuliffe will call the General Assembly back to Richmond to address his top priority — use of federal funds to extend health insurance to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians. McAuliffe made clear to House budget negotiators Friday that he will not de-couple health insurance coverage from the budget for the biennium that begins July 1. In the special session he will send down the two-year spending blueprint then-Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed in December, with changes.
Virginia’s House and Senate expect to adjourn the General Assembly session Saturday without a state budget, their standoff on Medicaid expansion forcing legislators to return for a special session later this month. House Republican leaders firmly opposed to lengthening the state’s Medicaid rolls met Friday with Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who has made expansion of the health-care program for the poor and disabled his chief priority. McAuliffe told them that he would call a special session March 24, allowing for a break that will give both sides an opportunity to hear from constituents.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe will call a special session of the legislature for March 24, if the General Assembly does not conclude its work Friday, spokesman Brian Coy said. That work mainly includes passing a budget. The legislature is scheduled to adjourn Saturday. The state Senate and House of Delegates are at an impasse over a Senate proposal to provide for an alternative to Medicaid expansion in the budget. House Republicans are adamantly opposed.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to bring the General Assembly back to work March 24, after a roughly two-week break, if lawmakers don't compromise on the state budget and Medicaid expansion by the end of today. That seemed highly unlikely on the eve of the scheduled end of the legislature's 60-day session, with partisans deadlocked over those issues Friday night after a glimmer of hope earlier in the day.
The day before the General Assembly’s budget deadline, Gov. Terry McAuliffe sat down with a patient at Mary Washington Hospital’s Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic to talk about how Medicaid expansion would remedy her chronic health care bills. The patient, 45-year-old Rachelle Benson of Spotsylvania County, said, “I would be dead if this place wasn’t here.”
Virginians will have the right to hunt on Sunday beginning July 1, according to a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. House Bill 1237, introduced by Delegate Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, gives private landowners and their family members lawful authority to hunt and kill wild birds and nuisance species on their property, provided the land is not within 200 yards of a "place of worship."
A new law that gives Virginia farmers more flexibility and freedom to hold various activities on their farms will take effect July 1. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 51, also known as the agritourism bill, on Wednesday.
The House of Delegates voted 72-22 Friday to officially kill Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s nomination of longtime GOP strategist Boyd Marcus for a post on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. On Wednesday, the House Privileges and Elections Committee had imperiled the nomination by removing Marcus’ name from a list of McAuliffe appointees it forwarded to the full House for approval.
The House of Delegates blocked Gov. Terry McAuliffe's appointment of a former GOP consultant Friday, using a series of parliamentary manuevers to leave no doubt about it. First, some background: Boyd Marcus is a long-time Republican consultant, but he endorsed McAuliffe, a Democrat, in last year's gubernatorial election.
Virginia homeowners’ associations will not have the power to impose fines that are not in their declarations, after a contentious bill on the issue was revamped in committee.
Legislators have stripped controversial language out of a bill once meant to shift power in homeowner and condominium owner associations. The overhauled legislation then passed the House easily this afternoon. House Bill 791 once allowed association boards to grant themselves the power to fine property owners who failed to live by association rules. Some HOA boards already have this power in their charters, but others don't.
Homeowners associations will get a little more power to enforce their rules thanks to legislation on its way to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's desk. The measure that cleared the General Assembly on Friday was trimmed back by lawmakers who worried about infringing on homeowners' property rights.
Legislation introduced by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to save The Falls project sailed through the House of Delegates today. The House passed it 97-3, which follows a Senate approval of 37-3.
Circuit Court Judge Sage Johnson has dismissed a civil suit brought against the City of Bristol, Va. by a business owner who challenged the locality's right to borrow money as part of developing The Falls commerical site at a hearing held this afternoon.
The House of Delegates rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s amendment that would have required guns in cars to be kept in a locked glove box or console. The House rejected the governor’s amendment on a 70-30 vote Friday that mostly followed party lines.