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House resolution: Put right to work in state Constitution (access required)

Republicans in the House of Delegates took an important step last week toward welding the state’s right-to-work provisions into the state Constitution. The House voted 56-43 to advance Del. Chris Saxman’s resolution to the Senate, the first in a 21-month ...

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Car title lenders crack-down dead in ‘09 (access required)

Efforts to crack down on car title lenders are dead for the year. Last week, a Senate committee killed the only remaining bill to cap the annual interest rate that car title lenders can charge at 36 percent. A similar ...

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Felons’ rights bill clears first hurdle (access required)

The power to restore felons’ rights would fall to the General Assembly under a constitutional amendment that cleared the Senate last week. Virginia is one of only two states that permanently strip felons of their civil rights, such as voting, ...

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House seeks to expand death penalty again (access required)

The House has voted to expand the death penalty once again in the state with the nation’s second busiest death chamber. The House voted 73-25 Tuesday to expand Virginia’s “triggerman rule,” which reserves capital punishment for the person who actually ...

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Crossover day: A checklist (access required)

Key initiatives that remain alive and those killed as the Virginia General Assembly reached “crossover day” Tuesday – the deadline for each chamber to pass its own bills and advance them to the opposite chamber. Survivors included: • Barring payday lenders ...

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Kaine: Smoking ban changes breach deal reached with GOP (access required)

Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine said amendments that substantially diluted a compromise to sharply curb smoking in Virginia restaurants breached a deal he made with House Republican leaders. Kaine wouldn’t commit last week to vetoing the measure if the House amendments ...

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ALJ orders new union vote at MeadWestvaco paper mill (access required)

COVINGTON—An administrative law judge has ordered a new vote on which union will represent nearly 1,000 workers at MeadWestvaco’s paper mill in Covington. Workers voted in October 2007 to cut ties with the United Steelworkers after more than a year ...

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Loudoun board nixes hospital proposal (access required)

LEESBURG—The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has rejected a proposal to build a hospital in the county. The 5-4 vote on Tuesday came after five years of debate involving a proposal by Hospital Corporation of America to add a 164-bed ...

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Griffith to donate historic pamphlet (access required)

Del. Morgan Griffith is donating a historic pamphlet to the Library of Virginia. The Republican from Salem recently found the 1799 legislative volume in his law office and decided donating it was the best way to keep it preserved. The ...

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Ex-Gov. Baliles is VPA’s Virginian of the Year (access required)

The Virginia Press Association has selected former Gov. Gerald Baliles as Virginian of the Year. Baliles will receive the award at the VPA’s banquet on March 20. A former state delegate and attorney general, Baliles was governor from 1986 to ...

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