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WHO'S BEING HANDCUFFED?

Daily Press

Arresting citizens is perhaps the most significant — and most sensitive — authority that law-enforcement officers have. After all, taking someone into custody against their will amounts to the full power of the state — embodied by that police officer or sheriff's deputy — over a citizen's basic liberty.

VaNews February 5, 2016


SENATE PANEL WANTS MORE DATA ON SOARING DRUG PRICES

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press

Tales of high-priced medicines — marked up every few months so that prices in the thousands of dollars a dose range double in a year — will bring General Assembly scrutiny but no demand that drugmakers reveal some of their most closely guarded financial numbers.

VaNews February 5, 2016


VA. HOUSE DECLINES CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

A House committee has punted on a proposal to limit the personal use of campaign funds by Virginia politicians, a top ethics priority this legislative session of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The GOP-controlled panel voted Thursday to put off until next year a vote on legislation barring the politicians from using campaign funds for personal benefit with a promise to study the issue further.

VaNews February 5, 2016


HOUSE PANEL ENDORSES TRANSGENDER BATHROOM BILL

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press

Legislation that would require students to use bathrooms based on their biological sex, which gained some notoriety this year as the "genital check" bill, cleared a House subcommittee Thursday. House Bill 781 would require school systems and state agencies to adopt bathroom policies meant to keep transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

VaNews February 5, 2016


CERTIFICATE OF NEED REFORM BILLS MOVE; HEAVILY LOBBIED FIGHT ROLLS ON

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press

One of the most complex and heavily lobbied battles of this legislative session is coming to a crossroads as hospitals, insurers and free-market aficionados play tug of war in an obscure corner of Virginia's health regulations. Free-marketers and many doctors are pushing to end the state's Certificate of Public Need system, which gives regulators the power to block hospital expansions, as well as the free-standing surgery and imaging centers that have become profit centers for some health companies.

VaNews February 5, 2016


GOP PRIMARY PLEDGE WON'T STAND IN VOTERS' WAY

Free Lance-Star

Virginia voters who want to have a hand in deciding either the Republican or Democratic nominee for President will be able to cast a ballot in the state’s March 1 dual primary — without loyalty oaths or other meaningless paperwork.

VaNews February 5, 2016


OVERDUE REFORMS FOR JUVENILES, SOLITARY

Virginian-Pilot

TWO ACTIONS last week move the nation toward more humane treatment for criminals, particularly those who committed crimes when they were juveniles. The Supreme Court ruled that as many as 2,000 people convicted of murder when they were younger than 18 and sentenced to life in prison without parole can be considered for a reduced penalty. The 6-3 decision expands the court’s 2012 ruling in Miller v. Alabama, making retroactive the determination that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

VaNews February 5, 2016


NO COMPROMISING ON RURAL HEALTH CARE ACCESS

News Leader

Some people believe that the rules of the free market should apply to health care. Others say that medical competition can lead to neither lower prices nor better access. Instead large health care companies can swoop in, undercut the community work of local providers and compromise patient care. That simplifies complex regulatory arguments in Richmond over the state’s Certificate of Public Need program.

VaNews February 5, 2016


TERRY MCAULIFFE'S ETHICS RULES TURN ELASTIC

Richmond Times-Dispatch

In the wake of the ethics scandal that took down former Gov. Bob McDonnell, his successor, Terry McAuliffe, drew a bright red line. Right after being sworn into office he signed an executive order that capped gifts to himself, his family, and his administration at $100. That hard rule is starting to look a bit rubbery.

VaNews February 5, 2016


LESSON LEARNED: VIRGINIA BEACH TAKES HARD LOOK AT PROCESS FOR DEVELOPER INCENTIVES

By STACY PARKER , Virginian-Pilot

Retreats are, in part, a time to reflect on lessons learned. The City Council retreat on Thursday was no exception. When the topic of economic incentive guidelines came up, Deputy City Manager Doug Smith made a promise on future development projects. “I will not bring one to you without knowing what the state is going to do,” he told council members Thursday.

VaNews February 5, 2016