By DIANA MCFARLAND,
The bipartisan vote to expand Medicaid in Virginia fell along party lines among Isle of Wight County’s five state legislators.
Del. Emily Brewer, 64th, Sen. John Cosgove, 14th and Sen. Tommy Norment, 3rd, all Republicans, voted against the expansion.
Sen. Louise Lucas, 18th, and Del. Roslyn Tyler, 75th, both Democrats, voted in favor of the bill.
VaNews June 8, 2018
By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER,
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The Virginia General Assembly plowed ahead with its 46-day session Monday despite it being a statewide holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. The spirit of the slain civil rights icon hung over the legislative work, which by tradition on this day featured large groups of citizens coming in to speak on various matters.
King was invoked to support civil rights during floor speeches, to call for raising the minimum wage in a committee meeting and to push for concealed weapons permits at a pro-gun rally.
VaNews January 17, 2017
By HILLARY SMITH,
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Senators and Delegates representing Isle of Wight County listed what they'd like to focus on at the next General Assembly session, including mental health funding and increasing economic development, during a breakfast in Smithfield Thursday morning.
The breakfast, which was sponsored by Farmers Bank, Smithfield Foods and the Town of Smithfield, featured a panel of Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. "Tommy" Norment Jr., R-James City County, state Senators John Cosgrove and Louise Lucas and Del. Roslyn Tyler. Delegate Rick Morris, R-Suffolk, was also scheduled to attend the breakfast at Smithfield Center, but the military attorney had to work a trial that was continued Thursday morning, said Tim Mitchell, Morris' legislative assistant.
VaNews January 9, 2017
By DON KORALEWSKI,
In a relatively surprising development, Greensville County Administration has petitioned the General Assembly for authority to leave the joint service of the Emporia-Greensville Department of Social Services.
County Administrator David Whittington requested the legislation late in this General Assembly session. He testified before a committee and legislation was introduced by Del. Roslyn Tyler, 75th District.
VaNews February 28, 2013
By ALLISON LANDRY,
VCU Capital News Service
The Virginia House of Delegates has voted to extend the state’s excise tax on peanuts – a move that will help promote the sale and marketing of one of the commonwealth’s top cash crops.
Delegates on Monday unanimously passed House Bill 1320, which will extend the excise tax on peanuts grown and sold in Virginia until July 1, 2016. The tax, which was scheduled to expire this July, is 30 cents per 100 pounds.
VaNews January 23, 2013
By MICHAEL MARTZ ,
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A bipartisan group of legislators joined with local officials and business leaders from central and Southside Virginia today to demand authority for the General Assembly to determine whether to put tolls on Interstate 95 and other existing highways -- not the governor and the Virginia Department of Transportation.
More than two dozen political and business leaders also called on Gov. Bob McDonnell to address their concerns about tolls in any discussion of how to fund transportation in Virginia, such as the governor's proposal to eliminate the gas tax and raise the sales tax.
VaNews January 18, 2013
By CHELYEN DAVIS,
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It's possible that the only people in Virginia who like Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to put a tollbooth on Interstate 95 are in his administration.
His plan has generated an outcry from many who live around the proposed tollbooth in Sussex County, as well as those farther up I-95.
But only McDonnell has authority over the proposed tollbooth.
Several legislators have filed bills to change that.
VaNews January 15, 2013
By PATRICK KANE,
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The competition is on to represent one of the largest House of Delegates districts in Virginia. Democrat Del. Roslyn Tyler faces political newcomer Al Peschke, who is hoisting the Republican banner in the election for the 75th House District.
The race has a new significance for the Tri-Cities since, under recent redistricting, the 75th House District includes the eastern half of Dinwiddie County. It covers parts of 10 counties from near Petersburg down to the state line.
VaNews October 26, 2011