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Bill would bring the ponies back to Colonial Downs

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

A bill that aims to bring horse racing back to New Kent County’s Colonial Downs is working its way through the General Assembly.

VaNews February 24, 2018

This tuition-control bill passed the House 99-0. Then it went to the Senate Finance Committee.

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Del. Jason Miyares worked several jobs in college at James Madison University and graduated in 1998 with little debt. Tuition in Virginia has increased 74 percent from 2006 to 2016, and Miyares, R-Virginia Beach, knows the times you could work your way through college are over.

VaNews February 21, 2018

House backs unusual tax breaks for job creation in hard-hit localities

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The House of Delegates on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give unusual tax breaks to companies that bring jobs to hard-hit Virginia communities. House Bill 222, sponsored by Del. James Morefield, R-Tazewell, would exempt from state income taxes for 10 years the employees of a business that locates in specified economically disadvantaged localities.

VaNews February 13, 2018

Virginia’s hopes of ERA ratification go down in flames this year

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Shouting “Shame, shame!” and singing “We Shall Overcome,” more than 100 women’s rights activists from across Virginia poured into the state Capitol on Friday to try to force the legislature to take action on the federal Equal Rights Amendment.

VaNews February 10, 2018

Women pack committee rooms demanding Virginia debate Equal Rights Amendment

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Virginia is one of the states that never ratified the Equal Rights Amendment and thus part of the reason it never made it into the U.S. Constitution. But the issue will not go away and, on Friday, women voters sang and chanted as Republican lawmakers in Richmond refused to move a resolution to ratify the amendment out of committee to a floor debate.

VaNews February 10, 2018

LGBT Virginians dealt major setback as bills die in House

By JOSH JANNEY, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

LGBT Virginians suffered a major setback Thursday afternoon as Republican lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates killed four bills that would have provided protections against discrimination from landlords and public employers. Virginia is one of 31 states that lacks non-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. SB 202 would have prohibited discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. SB 423 and HB 1547 would have added discrimination on the basis of one’s sexual orientation and gender identity as an unlawful housing practice.

VaNews February 10, 2018

Fredericksburg voters quietly drop lawsuit requesting new 28th District election

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The legal fight over an error-tainted House of Delegates election in Fredericksburg came to an official end this week. Nearly a month after the General Assembly convened, a Democratic-aligned law firm dropped its federal appeal challenging the outcome of the 28th District race between Republican Del. Bob Thomas and Democrat Joshua Cole.

VaNews February 9, 2018

Bill introduced to provide toll relief on I-66

By JOSH JANNEY, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Legislation to provide toll relief for commuters on Interstate 66 has advanced in the Virginia House of Delegates. The legislation was put forward by House Transportation Committee Vice Chairman Del. Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax, ​and Del​. Dave LaRock​, R-Hamilton. On Thursday, the bill passed the Transportation Committee on a 21-1 vote. Del. Ken Plum, D-Fairfax, was the dissenting vote. It now goes to the House Appropriations Committee.

VaNews February 6, 2018

Push to ban personal use of campaign funds unlikely to pass

By ALAN SUDERMAN , Associated Press

A push to bring Virginia in line with almost every other state and ban the personal use of political campaign funds has little chance of success this year, despite high-profile bipartisan support for it. A Senate panel dispatched one version of the legislation Tuesday, sending it on for further study and signaling that there aren't likely enough votes to pass the measure into law.

VaNews February 1, 2018

Medicaid work requirement part of discussions in debate about expansion

Northern Virginia Daily

Under a narrow Republican majority and a new Democratic governor, Republicans and Democrats have been inching toward a possible compromise that would expand Medicaid in Virginia, while adding changes to the program that Republicans favor.

VaNews February 1, 2018