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Tag Archives: General Assembly

No more ‘surprises’ (access required)

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Both the House and Senate unan­imously passed identical legislation this month to remove the risk of sur­prise hospital bills for some Virginians. Surprise bills, or “balance billing,” of­ten occur when patients seek emergen­cy care at an out-of-network hospital, or receive ...

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Reporting of misdemeanors at school would be optional (access required)

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Lawmakers are proposing to eliminate the requirement that school leaders report certain criminal offenses to law enforcement, legislation that some Republicans say could make schools “significantly less safe.” Supporters include a number of education advocacy groups and teachers’ associations; they ...

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Pay-back keeps two prosecutors off the bench (access required)

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Two Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys seeking to become judges may have been torpedoed by the influence of a former governor. Both Fredericksburg Commonwealth’s Attorney LaBravia Jenkins and Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp interviewed with legislators for general district court vacancies ...

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Hang it up (access required)

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Virginia lawmakers have moved one step closer to completely banning driv­ers from using mobile devices. On Feb. 5, the House passed House Bill 874, which would prohibit motorists from using cellphones and other hand­held devices while driving and would penalize ...

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