Local Del. Bobby Orrock has introduced a bill that would give localities the ability to create affordable housing zoning districts.
Orrock, R–Caroline, has also introduced a joint resolution that, if approved, would direct the Virginia Housing Commission to come up with a statewide common definition of “affordable housing.”
Del. Bobby Orrock had never held public office before he defeated a five-term delegate to win the 54th District House seat in 1989.
Now the Republican, who has represented parts of Caroline and Spotsylvania counties ever since, is facing Democrat challenger Neri Canahui–Ortiz, who is running for public office for the first time.
For legislators thinking about making it easier to open new medical facilities, the big question is where Virginians covered by Medicaid expansion will go for care, says the senior delegate who as an EMT has raced his share of people in need to emergency rooms.
Del. Bobby Orrock, R-Caroline County, who has just renewed his emergency medical technician certification, says the answer will have a lot to do with whether Medicaid expansion will buoy hospital finances enough to open more of the state’s medical marketplace to competition.
A bill to specify when an animal can be tethered outdoors was killed in the House on Wednesday after passing the Senate with a substitute on Tuesday. The Senate substitute on House Bill 889 was the third attempt to pass the legislation.
A Virginia Senate bill, which would have banned tethering dogs in extreme weather conditions, will not be considered until the next General Assembly session.
Senate Finance Co-Chairman Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta, spoke against a budget amendment proposed by Sen. Janet Howell (foreground), D-Fairfax, a senior member of the Finance Committee, on Thursday in Richmond.
How big is the gap between the budgets the House of Delegates and Senate adopted on Thursday?
Rural legislators barked at the idea of tethering dogs outside in a 30-minute debate during a Wednesday committee meeting.
They don’t want a mandate that sets times, temperatures or a requirement that the owner be on the property when a dog is tethered outside.
A slate of bills that would increase oversight and accountability of natural gas pipelines failed Tuesday.
Introduced as utility companies prepare to construct the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, the legislation proposed by Dels. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, and Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, quickly died in a House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources subcommittee.
For the first time in almost a quarter-century, longtime Republican Del. Bobby Orrock faces a Democrat in the general election for the 54th District seat.
Retired photography teacher Al Durante is hoping to unseat Orrock in the Nov. 7 election for the right to represent most of Spotsylvania County and two precincts in western Caroline County in the House of Delegates.
A month before the election, legislative Republicans have requested an evaluation of the office of Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.
The GOP-controlled Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission approved a resolution Tuesday requesting commission staff members conduct a study of the office. That will include how the office spends proceeds from asset forfeiture, an examination of salary increases, and whether Herring’s office has properly contracted with outside counsel and reviewed state contracts.