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TIDEWATER LOCALITIES FOCUS ON BROADBAND, GROUND AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT IN LEGISLATIVE AGENDAS

By ASHLEY LUCK, Tidewater Review

With the 2019 General Assembly session set to start in January, localities have discussed their concerns on broadband access and ground and stormwater management with representatives. Government officials from King William and West Point, New Kent and King and Queen counties are looking to Del. Chris Peace, R-Mechanicsville, and Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna, to help them address these issues.

VaNews January 4, 2019



DREDGING FOR MONEY AND OPEN SEATS

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna, worked the issue of dredging channels for watermen pretty hard during the General Assembly — so much so that colleagues proposed naming the House panel that bills all flowed through the “Hodges subcommittee.” But it’s paid off.

VaNews April 2, 2018



LUCK OF THE DRAW MIGHT HAVE INFLUENCED VIRGINIA LAW

By DAVE RESS AND REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

On Jan. 3, by drawing one canister rather than another out of a blue and white ceramic bowl, State Board of Elections chairman James Alcorn set a course for the 2018 House of Delegates. The drawing was to settle a hard-fought but tied election. The result returned Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, to the House. It also left his challenger, Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds, thinking about the parental leave measures, funding for school construction and, perhaps above all, Medicaid expansion she hoped to help enact as a new member of the House.

VaNews March 10, 2018



NATIONAL DEMOCRATS PICK THEIR CANDIDATE FOR THE 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which usually forswears endorsing candidates in primary races, this year is breaking with that tradition, giving its nod to 24 hopefuls, including Norfolk business owner Elaine Luria in the 2nd Congressional District. Luria hopes to unseat freshman Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach.

VaNews February 26, 2018



GENERAL ASSEMBLY SPLITS OVER MEDICAID EXPANSION

By REEMA AMIN AND DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The House of Delegates and state Senate set themselves up Thursday for a multibillion-dollar budget battle over health insurance for low-income Virginians and hundreds of millions of dollars of other state spending. The House of Delegates broke with four years of strong opposition to Medicaid expansion in a budget that includes a version. The vote split the once-overwhelming and unified Republican caucus into two, while Democrats united, despite some members’ earlier reservations about imposing conditions on Medicaid recipients.

VaNews February 23, 2018



TAZEWELL DELEGATE'S BILL ADVANCES TO GRANT TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR NEW BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES IN HARD-HIT AREAS

By CARMEN FORMAN, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Del. Will Morefield has watched friends and neighbors move from Southwest Virginia, lost his father and brother to opioid addiction and saw the economic situation of the coalfields region grow ever more dire. During the nine years that Morefield, R-Tazewell, has served in Virginia’s General Assembly, his colleagues have failed to aid some of the state’s poorest localities, like those in far Southwest Virginia, he said Wednesday.

VaNews February 8, 2018



HOUSE PANEL OKS BILLS AIMED AT DREDGING

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A package of bills aimed at clearing shoaling channels on creeks and streams leading to Chesapeake Bay is moving swiftly through the General Assembly. The House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee gave unanimous blessing Wednesday to bills that would clear the way to pay for dredging waterways where the Coast Guard has been pulling channel markers because of the shoaling and that would ease the job of finding places to put dredged material.

VaNews February 1, 2018



GA BILLS OF LOCAL INTEREST REMAIN AFLOAT

Rappahannock Record (Paywall)

As anticipated, District 4 Sen. Ryan T. McDougle on January 18 introduced Senate Bill 888 authorizing the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to convey to Dominion Energy an easement and rights-of-way to construct and maintain a transmission line under the Rappahannock River.

VaNews January 26, 2018



VIRGINIA RURAL CAUCUS ELECTS SEN. FRANK RUFF CHAIRMAN, DEL. KEITH HODGES VICE CHAIR

Southside Sentinel

The Rural Caucus for the General Assembly of Virginia elected its two key leaders for the 2018 session in its first meeting of the year, the Center for Rural Virginia announced recently. Senator Frank Ruff will serve as chair and Del. Keith Hodges as vice chair.

VaNews January 26, 2018



HODGES WINS RE-ELECTION IN 98TH HOUSE DISTRICT

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The General Assembly’s stormwater and prescription-drug guru, Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna, was re-elected to represent the Middle Peninsula in the House of Delegates Tuesday, defeating Democrat Sheila Crowley, a longtime advocate for low-income housing making her first run for elected office.

VaNews November 8, 2017