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Jan30

No fewer than 25 companies are fueling stakeholder education and lobbying efforts to bring economic and environmental sustainability to Virginia. Next Tuesday, hundreds of these companies’ executives – including several from Virginia utilities -- will join entrepreneurs, small businesses, citizen advocates and their allies in a show of force by canvassing lawmakers on the Commerce and Labor committees in the Senate and House of Delegates pressing for passage of several bills. Here is a list of the 10 potentially most impactful solar bills.

 
Jan28

Growth in the Virginia craft beer industry has been significant. In 2011, Virginia was home to 44 breweries. But since 2012, when lawmakers approved legislation that allowed breweries to sell beer for on-site consumption, Virginia breweries have created 8,163 full-time equivalent jobs, according to the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries that is an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association.

Jan28

Several lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, have become perennial patrons of anti-trafficking legislation, such as Sens. John Edwards (D–Roanoke), Mark Obenshain (R–Harrisonburg) and Adam Ebbin (D–Alexandria), and Dels. Timothy Hugo (R–Centreville), Jennifer McClellan (D–Richmond) and Ronald Villanueva (R–Virginia Beach). Clearly these members have committed themselves to finding the proper legislative channels that will give law enforcement the upper hand in finding and locking up the vermin who would exploit the most vulnerable young people.

Jan17

The 2015 General Assembly convened last week to amend the budget covering the current fiscal year and address thousands of bills covering a wide range of issues. These issues include Standards of Learning reform, school nutrition, veterans affairs and support for military families, equal opportunity for all Virginians, health care, energy, economic development, day care and campus safety.

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The 2017 General Assembly Session adjourned sine die on February 25th after completing work on thousands of bills and resolutions and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall in the budget. The adopted $107 million budget avoids cuts to K-12 education, restores pay raises to state employees, provides the state share of a raise to teachers, provides assistance to school divisions like Charles City County that have experienced at least a 5% decline in enrollment, and invests in mental health reform, while creating a $35 million cash reserve for future shortfalls.

 

The 2017 General Assembly Session adjourned sine die on February 25th after completing work on thousands of bills and resolutions and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall in the budget. The adopted $107 million budget avoids cuts to K-12 education, restores pay raises to state employees, provides the state share of a raise to teachers, provides assistance to school divisions like Charles City County that have experienced at least a 5% decline in enrollment, and invests in mental health reform, while creating a $35 million cash reserve for future shortfalls.

 
The General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 25th, completing work on thousands of bills and closing a $1.26 billion shortfall. 

The $107 million budget adopted by the General Assembly that avoids cuts to K-12 education, restores pay raises to state employees, provides the state share of a raise to teachers, and invests in mental health reform, while creating a $35 million cash reserve to be used to close future shortfalls.  

You can read an overview of the budget conference report prepared by the Senate Finance Committee here, and one prepared by the House Appropriations Committee here. Specific budget amendments adopted by the final budget conference report can be found here

The General Assembly also passed over 800 other bills than now await the Governor's action.  The Richmond Times Dispatch provided an overview of 25 of the most significant bills that passed, which you can read here.  The Governor has until March 27th to amend or veto any bills. We will return April 5th for Veto Session to vote on his actions.