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VaNews for Jeremy McPike

New game in town: Bill would allow slot machines in restaurants, convenience stores in Virginia

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Virginia would open the door for state-regulated slot machines under a new legislative proposal that would end the legal distinction between games of skill and chance. Sen. Jeremy McPike, D-Prince William, chairman of a Senate subcommittee on gaming, introduced a new proposal on Thursday that would turn the debate over electronic gaming machines on its head.

VaNews January 24, 2020

Senate panel kills bill requiring registration of local government lobbyists

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

A transparency bill for local government – requiring lobbyists who are paid to influence city and county governments tell the public who they are and whose interests they push – died in a state Senate Committee Monday. The bill, proposed by state Sen. Jeremy McPike, D-Prince William, would have required lobbyists who deal with local government officials and agencies file a disclosure form

VaNews January 21, 2020

Funding sought for Medicaid 'waivers,' medication-assisted treatment for addicts

By JILL PALERMO, Prince William Times

The list of needs Prince William social services agencies shared with two state senators Friday is long but focuses mostly on one thing: the need for more money. Members of the county’s appointed Community Services Board told state Sens. Jeremy McPike, D-29th, and George Barker, D-39th, the county needs more funding for “Medicaid waivers” and medication-assisted treatment for substance abuse, as well as supportive housing, mental health counseling and workforce services for the intellectually disabled.

VaNews December 21, 2018

ABC Officials, Lawmakers Pitch Reforms to Arlington Businesses


Virginia lawmakers are considering loosening some state alcohol regulations in the coming months — and that could be good news for Arlington’s bars and restaurants. The General Assembly is weighing a bevy of changes to how the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control authority, commonly known as the ABC, hands out licenses and permits to better match the ever-evolving beverage business.

VaNews August 17, 2018

Medicaid sticking point in budget negotiations

By JILL PALERMO, Prince William Times

With just five days remaining until the Virginia General Assembly's scheduled March 10 adjournment, the state's new budget remains a work in progress. The main sticking point: whether Medicaid will be expanded to cover an estimated 300,000 additional low-income Virginians.

VaNews March 6, 2018

Republicans on Senate committee advance 'sanctuary cities' bill to floor vote

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Like last year, the Virginia Senate soon will get a chance to vote on a bill to ban so-called “sanctuary cities.” Virginia doesn’t have them. GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie campaigned on the issue with controversial TV ads and lost by 9 points. And should the Senate send the House bill to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk, he says he will veto it.

VaNews February 28, 2018

Legislators finding no easy fix for I-66 tolls


Democrat or Republican, county supervisor or state lawmaker, virtually no Northern Virginia politician likes the new tolling system on Interstate 66 — but that still might not provide enough pressure to convince anyone to do something about it. Since Virginia Department of Transportation officials rolled out the modified rush-hour tolling framework early last December, the levies on I-66 have attracted nationwide attention,

VaNews February 10, 2018

After wave of Democratic victories, a loss of political clout for Northern Va.

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The blue wave that leveled the balance of power in the General Assembly last fall was driven largely by voters in rapidly growing Northern Virginia, who swapped veteran Republicans for Democrats in counties such as Fairfax and Prince William.

VaNews February 5, 2018

McPike talks tough on toll lanes at Manassas town hall

Potomac Local (Subscription Required)

State Senator Jeremy McPike (D-Manassas, Prince William) took a hard stance against the E-ZPass Express toll lanes on Interstate 95. “This is the biggest land giveaway I have ever seen,” McPike on Thursday, April 6 told a crowd of about 70 attendees at a joint town hall with Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, who’s also seeking the Democratic nomination for Virginia Governor in the coming June 13 Primary Election.

VaNews April 10, 2017

Proposed bills would make presidential candidates release tax returns

By AMELIA HEYMANN, VCU Capital News Service

In a slap at President Donald Trump, two Democratic legislators are pushing for a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to get on the ballot in Virginia. Del. Mark Levine of Alexandria and Sen. Jeremy McPike of Woodbridge filed their legislation after Trump refused to make his tax returns public during the Republican nominee’s successful presidential campaign last fall. It had been a tradition for presidential hopefuls to disclose their tax filings; candidates had done so for 40 years.

VaNews January 28, 2017