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Virginia lawmakers tackle controversial matters

By JULIAN WALKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Bills that would test welfare recipients for drugs and define life as beginning at conception were flash points for debate Tuesday as state lawmakers cast decisive votes on many proposals and dealt a setback to Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to scale back job protection for public school teachers.

VaNews February 15, 2012


Delegates advance 'personhood' bill

By WESLEY P. HESTER AND OLYMPIA MEOLA, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Delegates racing to meet today's crossover deadline granted preliminary approval Monday to a slew of contentious bills that would, among other things, define life as beginning at conception, require an ultrasound before an abortion and expand eligibility for the death penalty.

VaNews February 14, 2012


Virginia House votes to expand capital punishment

By BILL SIZEMORE, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The Virginia House of Delegates gave preliminary approval today to a measure that would expand capital punishment in the state. Pending final House passage, it will go to the state Senate, where an identical measure died in committee last week.

VaNews February 14, 2012


Del. Gilbert says he ‘regrets’ comments on abortion

By ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Deputy House Majority Leader C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) said Tuesday night that he “regretted” his “insensitive comments” earlier in the day about abortion being a “lifestyle convenience.”

VaNews February 15, 2012


Social issues were focus in session's first half

By WESLEY P. HESTER , JIM NOLAN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Before last year's elections, then-Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, told anyone who would listen that if Republicans gained control of the Senate, the legislature would push through a slew of bills related to guns, abortions and voting.

VaNews February 13, 2012


Virginia adding ‘conscience clause’ to adoption laws

By ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia will likely become the second state in the nation — after North Dakota — to allow private adoption agencies to turn away parents based on sexual orientation or religious and moral beliefs.

VaNews February 8, 2012


Two 'conscience clause' adoption bills advance

By JULIAN WALKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Private child placement agencies might soon have legal backing to deny adoption or foster care to prospective parents for religious or moral reasons. Two bills creating a so-called "conscience clause" made key gains in the legislature Friday to the dismay of some Democrats and gay-rights advocates who say Virginia's on the verge of providing a license to discriminate to groups that get public money to place children on behalf of the state. Supporters say the measures are necessary to keep faith-based agencies doing such work.

VaNews February 4, 2012


House passes contentious abortion, adoption legislation

By WESLEY P. HESTER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Despite protest from Democrats, Virginia’s House of Delegates passed two significant measures Friday to defund state-paid abortions and protect the right of private adoption agencies to deny placement based on religious beliefs.

VaNews February 4, 2012


Va. House panel backs adoption 'conscience clause'

By JULIAN WALKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Legislation to permit private, faith-based child placement services to reject prospective parents, including homosexuals, whose lifestyle conflicts with their beliefs cleared a House of Delegates committee Tuesday. The measure, HB 189, from Del. Todd Gilbert would enshrine in state law a “conscience clause” for private agencies freeing them to decline an adoption or foster care arrangement without fear or losing their state license.

VaNews February 1, 2012


Va. House advances gun rights protection measure

By WESLEY P. HESTER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

After advancing it on a voice vote Wednesday, the state’s House of Delegates is likely Thursday to pass a bill that would prohibit localities from adopting a workplace rule preventing employees from storing a lawfully possessed firearm and ammunition in their locked car.

VaNews February 2, 2012