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Bolling to be tie-breaker in most Va. Senate votes (access required)

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said last Tuesday that he plans to cast a tie-breaking vote in the state Senate in the upcoming session except in certain cases, giving the Republicans a controlling majority in the 40-member chamber that is evenly ...

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Whatever happened to Bill Janis?

Last August, former Virginia House Majority Leader Bill Janis, R-Glen Allen, gave up his seat to run as an independent for Henrico County commonwealth’s attorney. His campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, leaving some to speculate what his next move might be. ...

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Bill would allow special court dockets

Any Virginia court could create a special docket to address the “specialized needs of similarly situated defendants” under legislation proposed by Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond. House Bill 123 appears to be a reaction to a recent memo from Chief Justice ...

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Fee hike could halt staff cuts (access required)

Legal aid advocates will ask the Virginia General Assembly next month to approve a temporary $4 filing fee increase for civil actions to make up for some of the cuts in federal grants that support legal aid offices around the ...

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Drug court referrals up, rearrests down (access required)

Two Virginia drug treatment court programs have closed their doors, one because of a shortage of money and the other after expiration of federal funds.  A third court has scaled back, due to “reorganization and staff turnover,” according to a ...

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New bill favors joint physical custody (access required)

A parent involved in a no-fault divorce would enjoy a presumption favoring joint physical custody of the children under a bill introduced for the 2012 General Assembly session. House Bill 84 was introduced by Del. David Albo, R-Fairfax. The measure ...

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Editorial: Keep public notices in print

When the 2012 General Assembly convenes next month, expect to see several bills designed to change the time-tested way that people in the commonwealth keep informed about their government. The bills would change Virginia’s laws on public notices, moving them ...

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