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Democrats disagree on criminal justice reform (access required)

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Democrats – led by Gov. Ralph Northam – came to Richmond prepared to rewrite many of Virginia’s criminal justice laws. But not everyone sees eye-to-eye on the best approach, even those urging reform. “The goal is to call attention to ...

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Courts, Judiciary committees get organized (access required)

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A name change and a political shift distinguish the 2020 versions of the General Assembly’s committees overseeing Virginia’s courts. The Senate voted Jan. 8 to change the name of what had been the Committee for Courts of Justice to the ...

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26 percent (access required)

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Twenty-three new members of the General Assembly joined the House and Senate on Jan. 8. Of these 23 members, five are practicing lawyers – and all of them are in the House. Still, only 36 of the 140 legislators are ...

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Animal welfare advocates prepare for 2020 Assembly (access required)

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The past year was a good year for animal welfare advocates at the General Assembly. “Overall, [last year’s] General Assembly brought significant victories for Virginia’s dogs and cats,” said Matthew Gray of the Virginia Humane Society. Legislators mandated that pets ...

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‘Justice reform’ bills expected as Dems take control (access required)

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Democrats are eagerly making legislative wish lists as they anticipate their new-found dominance in the halls of state government when the General Assembly convenes Jan. 8. On Nov. 18, Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced his priorities for “a more ...

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Medical Society’s new president preps for Assembly session (access required)

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The Medical Society of Virginia will focus on Medicaid expansion and the elimination of “surprise billing” during the 2020 General Assembly session, according to the group’s new president. Clifford L. Deal III, chief of surgery at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, was ...

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