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General Assembly elects Judge Teresa Chafin to Va. Supreme Court after brother backs her bid

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

The Virginia General Assembly has elected Court of Appeals Judge Teresa Chafin to an opening on the Supreme Court of Virginia. The process included some controversy because Chafin’s brother and former law partner, state Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, lobbied his GOP colleagues on her behalf.

VaNews February 15, 2019


Southwest Virginia legislators talk health care, gambling at legislative breakfast

By NICK SHEPHERD, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Gambling bills, the state budget, the opioid crisis and funding education were the topics touched on by Southwest Virginia lawmakers during a legislative breakfast Monday in Abingdon. About 250 people gathered at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center for the forum previewing the upcoming session of the General Assembly The forum, hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, featured Dels. Terry Kilgore, James Morefield, Israel O’Quinn, Todd Pillion and Sen. Ben Chafin.

VaNews December 4, 2018


Gridlock over: Virginia lawmakers approve Medicaid expansion

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Virginia’s governor is set to sign legislation in the coming days expanding Medicaid after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health care program for the poor....Ironically, Republican lawmakers said it was the Trump administration’s embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid that help get the measure passed after years of partisan battles.

VaNews June 1, 2018


Virginia General Assembly approves Medicaid expansion to 400,000 low-income residents

By LAURA VOZZELLA AND GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The Virginia legislature voted Wednesday to make government health insurance available to 400,000 low-income residents, overcoming five years of GOP resistance. The decision marks a leftward shift in the legislature and an enormous win for Gov. Ralph Northam (D), the pediatrician who ran on expanding access to health care. Virginia will join 32 other states and the District in expanding Medicaid coverage. The measure is expected to take effect Jan. 1.

VaNews May 31, 2018


Gridlock over: Virginia lawmakers approve Medicaid expansion

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

The Republican-controlled Virginia General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday evening to a state budget expanding Medicaid coverage to the state's poor, ending years of partisan gridlock on the issue. The state Senate voted in favor of expansion after a full day of debate. The House, which had had previously endorsed expansion, gave its final approval shortly afterward. Several Republicans in both chambers joined with Democrats to approve the measure.

VaNews May 31, 2018


General Assembly backs budget, Medicaid expansion

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

The Virginia General Assembly adopted a budget with Medicaid expansion, after roughly six hours of debate in a narrowly divided state Senate and a quick affirmation by a House of Delegates that had reversed its longstanding opposition earlier this year. The budget — which also includes 3 percent raises for teachers and 2 percent raises for state employees — would pave the way for expanding Medicaid coverage to about 300,000 low-income Virginians, while requiring those who are eligible to show they’re working, moving toward a job or learning job skills.

VaNews May 31, 2018


After Years of Trying, Virginia Finally Will Expand Medicaid

By ABBY GOODNOUGH, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 1 to 2 articles a month)

Virginia’s Republican-controlled Senate voted on Wednesday to open Medicaid to an additional 400,000 low-income adults next year, making it all but certain that the state will join 32 others that have already expanded the public health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act.

VaNews May 31, 2018


Grayson offered chance to join opioid lawsuit

By LARRY CHAMBERS, Galax Gazette

The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been given the opportunity to join other Southwest Virginia counties in filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors....At its regular meeting on May 10, Del. Jeff Campbell of Marion, who represents Carroll, Galax and other counties in the Virginia House of Delegates; and Virginia Sen. Ben Chafin of Hansonville; were joined by two lawyers during a presentation to the board.

VaNews May 17, 2018


Smyth, Wythe agree to file lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

By STEPHANIE PORTER-NICHOLS, Wytheville Enterprise

Last Tuesday evening, supervisors in Smyth and Wythe agreed that filing a lawsuit was a remedy for the opioid crisis facing their communities and costing taxpayers indirectly and directly. Thursday morning, their attorneys were standing outside the federal courthouse in Abingdon, touting their plan for the litigation during a press conference.

VaNews May 17, 2018


Business law-writers navigate conflicting investments, interests

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

Most members of the state legislative panel that can kill or approve the rules for banks, insurers and utilities have investments in those industries. But while consumer advocates complain the two committees are too close to business, and grumble about members’ interests and the campaign donations they receive, legislators insist they are not influenced. Political scientists say the real cost is likely public trust.

VaNews April 17, 2018