Virginia

Will State Elections Bring Statehouses Closer to Balance? | 06-15-2018

Lauren Arthur is not a household word, except perhaps in the neighborhood of suburban Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives. But Arthur, who on June 5 won a special election to fill a vacancy in the Missouri state senate, epitomizes the high hopes of...

Trump and Women Continue to Figure Prominently in State Primaries | 06-15-2018

Last Tuesday, primary elections were held in four states - Maine, Nevada South Carolina and Virginia - and a special election was held in Wisconsin. Support for President Trump continued to be a key factor in GOP primaries. Corey Stewart eked out...

Facebook Scandal and Golden State Killer Investigation Raise Privacy Questions for State Lawmakers | 06-08-2018

In the past few months, national headlines have announced that the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users was improperly used by a political consulting firm tied to the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump and a suspect in one of the...

Half of States Have Considered Internet Privacy Bills in 2017-18 | 06-08-2018

At least 27 states have considered but only two, Oregon and Virginia, have passed legislation dealing with internet privacy in the current session, according to information compiled from the National Conference of State Legislatures and LexisNexis State...

Health & Science - June 4 2018 | 06-01-2018

VA Senate Approves Measure The VIRGINIA Senate approves a measure that would make the Old Dominion the 33 rd state to expand Medicaid eligibility under the tenets of the Affordable Care Act. The proposal must return to the House before it can go to...

Obamacare: Popular but Pressured | 05-18-2018

The Affordable Care Act, long a punching bag for Republicans, has survived body blows from Congress and the Trump administration and could become a political asset for Democrats in an election year in which they hope to gain legislative and congressional...

Unusually Competitive Year for State Legislative Races | 05-18-2018

In recent years it hasn’t been uncommon for over 40 percent of the state legislative seats up for election across the nation to go uncontested. But this year is shaping up to be very different. In states where candidate filing deadlines have...

Supreme Court Okays Sports Betting | 05-18-2018

In a landmark decision last week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a quarter-century-old law barring states from legalizing wagering on professional and amateur sports. New Jersey argued that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA...

Budgets in Brief - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

CA GOV PROPOSES LAST STATE BUDGET: CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) unveiled the final budget of his tenure, a plan calling for $199.3 billion in total spending and projecting an $8.8 billion surplus, $7.6 billion of which would be deposited into two...

Reinsurance Programs Catching On in States | 05-11-2018

Since 2016 at least 19 states have introduced and 9 have enacted legislation creating a state reinsurance program and/or authorizing the state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver under Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to obtain federal funding...

Some State Progress in Deadly Opioid Crisis | 04-20-2018

Thirteen states have made progress in battling the deadly opioid epidemic while eight states have notably failed to deal with the crisis, according to a report issued this month by the National Safety Council (NSC). It comes on the heels of a report earlier...

Most States Not Doing Enough to End Opioid Crisis | 04-20-2018

Only 13 states are currently taking five or all six of the key actions needed to end the opioid crisis, according to a report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate preventable deaths. The six actions are: educating...

Education - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

LA Senate Approves SB 178 The LOUISIANA Senate approves SB 178 , which would allow Pelican State students to wear bulletproof backpacks on school grounds. It is now in the House (FOX8LIVE.COM [NEW ORLEANS]). IL Governor Signs SB 863 ILLINOIS...

Environment - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

VA Governor Vetoes HB 1270 VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) vetoes HB 1270 , a bill that requires legislative approval before the Old Dominion can participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program among Northeastern and...

Health & Science - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

AK House Approves HB 25 The ALASKA House approves HB 25 , which would require insurance companies and Medicaid to provide coverage for prescription contraceptives and medical services needed for any devices. It moves to the Senate (KTVA [ANCHORAGE...

The Local Front - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

Going On In MI The MICHIGAN Department of Environmental Quality closes the final four bottled water distribution centers in the city of FLINT . State officials said testing showed Flint's water quality had remained below federal action levels for...

States Looking for Cure to High Drug Prices | 03-30-2018

During his State of the Union speech in February, President Donald Trump declared his intention to address what he called “the injustice of high drug prices.” He repeated the promise last month in New Hampshire during a press conference on...

Many States Considering Bans on Pharmacy ‘Gag Clauses’ | 03-30-2018

As of March 22, at least 27 states had introduced bills this year prohibiting pharmaceutical benefit manager (PBM) or health insurer contracts that prevent pharmacists from informing customers about alternatives to medications they’ve been prescribed...

Half of States Use Commissions for Redistricting | 03-16-2018

Commissions, rather than legislatures, have primary responsibility for drawing state legislative and/or congressional districts in 13 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In another 12 states, commissions either assist legislators...

VA Gov Calls Special Session on Budget | 03-16-2018

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has ordered state lawmakers back to Richmond on April 11 for a special session on the state budget. The governor’s call came days after the General Assembly adjourned its regular session on March 10 without sending...

Energy - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

VA Governor Signs SB 966 VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signs SB 966 , which removes a utility rate freeze made law in 2015 and allows monopoly utilities to use their “over-earnings” — revenues that state regulators consider excess...

Health & Science - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

AR Governor Signs HB 1010a ARKANSAS Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signs HB 1010a , a measure that requires pharmacy benefit managers to be licensed by the state. The measure exempts insurance plans that are self-funded by employers (ARKANSAS ONLINE). ...

More State Cybersecurity Regulation Ahead for Financial Services Industry? | 03-08-2018

Developments in 2017, including the highly publicized Equifax data breach and adoption of cybersecurity requirements for insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions by New York’s Department of Financial Services, have the financial...

Governors in Brief - March 12 2018 | 03-08-2018

MARTINEZ SIGNS NM ELDERLY OVERSIGHT OVERHAUL: NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez (R) signed SB 19 , legislation that overhauls the Land of Enchantment’s system for guardianship and conservatorship of the elderly by mandating open court records,...

Over Half of States Seeking to Maintain ‘Net Neutrality’ | 03-02-2018

At least 29 states have introduced legislation this year aimed at reinstating the requirement that internet service providers treat all content the same in terms of price and accessibility, which was eliminated last year with the Federal Communications...

Education - March 5 2018 | 03-02-2018

VA Senate Approves HB 1600 The VIRGINIA Senate approves HB 1600 , which would, with some exceptions, limit the length of a long-term suspension at 45 school days. It is back in the House (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH). VA Senate Approves HB 1419 The...

Education - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

NY Assembly Endorses AB 9605 The NEW YORK Assembly endorses AB 9605 , legislation that allows unauthorized immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at Empire State colleges and universities, and be eligible for receiving tuition aid. It is the eighth...

Potpourri - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

VA Senate Approves SB 168 The VIRGINIA Senate approves SB 168 , legislation that allows Old Dominion prosecutors the option to charge minors who share nude or sexually explicit photos via a cell phone, or “sexting,” as a misdemeanor rather...

Blockchain Bills Under Consideration in 14 states | 02-09-2018

At least 18 bills dealing with blockchain or distributed ledger technology have been introduced in 11 states so far this year, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking system. Another five blockchain-related measures that were introduced...

Health & Science - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

IN House Approves HB 1137 and HB 1214 The INDIANA House unanimously approves HB 1137 , which codifies that hemp and its related products, like CBD oil or cannabidiol, are not marijuana and therefore are not regulated by the state’s drug laws...

Murphy Orders NJ Back to Cap-And-Trade Pact | 02-02-2018

Calling the decision by former Gov. Chris Christie (R) in 2012 to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative lacking in “common sense,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued an executive order last week returning the state to the...

Governors in Brief - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NORTHAM ISSUES VA NON-DISCRIMNATION ORDER : New VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) issued a trio of executive orders, including one that bars state agencies under Executive Branch control from discrimination “based on race, sex, color, national...

Politics in Brief -January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

GOP BLOCKING EFFORT TO GIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CONTROL OVER CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS: Republicans who control the VIRGINIA Senate have vowed not to allow local governments in the state to decide whether to move or remove Confederate monuments. Democrats...

Republicans Hold VA House | 01-12-2018

After a couple of court rulings and a rare, random drawing, control of the Virginia House - firmly in Republican hands before the Nov. 7 election but up in the air afterward - appears to have finally been decided in Republicans’ favor. A recount...

State Charitable Giving Programs Model for SALT Cap Workaround | 01-12-2018

In response to the $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) included in the federal tax overhaul, lawmakers in high-tax states like California are considering allowing taxpayers to make charitable contributions to state funds...

Governors In Brief - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

SANDOVAL SAYS NV GUN LAW IS A MISFIRE NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) filed court documents in early January that argue a voter-approved ballot measure that requires background checks for firearms purchases...

McAuliffe Proposes Fix for VA Teacher Shortage | 12-15-2017

Citing “a severe and growing shortage of qualified teachers,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order last week that directs the Virginia Board of Education to adopt emergency regulations to allow institutions to offer...

States With Most to Lose by Elimination of SALT Deduction | 12-15-2017

Taxpayers in nine high-income, high-tax states claimed more than 60 percent of the state and local tax (SALT) deductions on federal tax returns nationwide in 2014, according to the Tax Foundation. Seven of those states, which include California, where...

2018: A Year of Living Dangerously | 12-15-2017

The shadow of President Donald Trump and the Republican tax bill will hover over state governing bodies in 2018, a year of midterm elections that Tim Storey, political analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures, says will be “a referendum...

Dogging It | 12-08-2017

The Virginia governor’s mansion, meanwhile, is getting set to host a new resident of its own. That’s right, a black Labrador pooch named Murphy is going to be kicking it big time around the home’s stately grounds for the next four years...

Politics in Brief - December 11 2017 | 12-08-2017

DATES SET FOR VA HOUSE RECOUNTS: Recounts of three close VIRGINIA House races on Nov. 7, in the 40th, 94th and 68th districts, have been set for Dec. 13 and 14, 19, and 20, respectively. A preliminary hearing for a potential fourth recount in the 28th...

Most States Taking Action on Cybersecurity | 12-08-2017

As of Oct. 30 at least 43 states had introduced over 240 bills and resolutions related to cybersecurity this year, according to analysis of LexisNexis State Net data by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-seven of those states have enacted...

More Familiar Issues Likely to Draw State Lawmakers’ Attention in 2018 | 12-08-2017

As SNCJ ’s Rich Ehisen reported last week, some of the issues likely to receive the most attention from state lawmakers next year are those that are already familiar, such as health care, the opioid epidemic and sexual harassment. Here are several...

CHIP Money Running Out in States | 12-01-2017

At least 11 states will exhaust their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds before the end of the year, if Congress fails to extend federal funding for the program, according to a survey of state Medicaid officials by the Kaiser Family...

Politics In Brief - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

RECOUNTS LIKELY IN AT LEAST TWO VA HOUSE RACES With control of the VIRGINIA House of Delegates hanging in the balance, Democrats in the state have filed for recounts in two close November House races: in the 40th District, where Del. Tim Hugo (R) defeated...

Governors in Brief - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

RAUNER SIGNS TWO IL ANTI-HARASSMENT BILLS : ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed two measures last week aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the Prairie State statehouse. The measures require all lawmakers, lobbyists and state employees to undergo...

Control of VA House Could Hinge on 55 Absentee Ballots | 11-17-2017

After apparently claiming 15 GOP-held seats in the Virginia House of Delegates in this month’s legislative elections, Democrats only need one more seat to take control of the chamber. The outcome in three districts, however, awaits recounts. And...

Dems Score Big Gains in State Legislative Races | 11-10-2017

Just two states - New Jersey and Virginia - held general elections on Nov. 7 in which state legislative seats were contested. Democrats made modest gains in New Jersey, where all 80 seats in the Assembly and all 40 seats in the Senate were up for grabs...

General Legislative Elections in Two States on Nov 7 | 11-03-2017

Just two states - New Jersey and Virginia - will hold general elections on Nov. 7 in which state legislative seats will be contested. Louisiana and Mississippi also hold legislative elections in odd-numbered years but all legislators in those two states...

Russian Hacking Speeds Shift Away From Electronic-Only Voting Machines | 10-06-2017

After the recount in Florida in the 2000 presidential election with its infamous “hanging chads,” many states and counties, with the aid of federal funding from the Help America Vote Act, replaced their paper-based voting systems with, in...