Crossing over: What’s still alive as bills switch from House to Senate

Wednesday marked the midpoint of the General Assembly’s session – colloquially referred to as “crossover day.” It’s a good time to take stock of what bills are still alive and what measures are dead for the session.

Panel kills mandatory bicycle helmet bill

Legislators have killed a bill requiring all bicyclists under 18 to wear helmets in Virginia.

Patient First no longer accepting new Anthem patients

Virginia’s largest provider of primary and urgent health care, Patient First, has stopped accepting new patients insured by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, citing Anthem’s “reduction in the reimbursement rates paid.”

Panel backs “religious freedom” to refuse performing same-sex marriage

Government officials who are authorized to perform marriages could refuse to marry same-sex couples under a bill approved Monday by the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee over the objections of LGBT advocates.

Elections board removes GOP’s “loyalty oath”

State officials agreed Thursday to honor the Republican Party of Virginia’s request to remove a requirement that voters sign a “loyalty oath” before voting in the March 1 presidential primary.

The senators’ roundtable on higher ed financial burdens

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both former governors of Virginia, hosted a roundtable discussion in the nation’s capital last week with student leaders from 20 Virginia colleges to discuss the increasing financial burdens of pursuing higher education.

Virginia officials reach compromise on gun laws

State officials from both political parties have reached a sweeping compromise on gun laws that would continue Virginia’s agreements with other states regarding concealed carry permits, prevent the subjects of protective orders from possessing guns and encourage, but not require, background checks at gun shows.

Students seek relief from college loans

Students from colleges and universities across Virginia protested at Capitol Square this week, seeking help with college loans. And on Tuesday, a bipartisan trio of lawmakers touted their plans to address the issue.

GOP lawmakers seek crackdown on domestic abuse

Dels. Rob Bell of Albemarle and Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah—both Republicans—are proposing bills that would impose tougher penalties for habitual domestic violence offenders while providing some funding for victim firearm training.

Lawmaker asks governor to delay revoking gun permits

You may remember McAuliffe’s revocation of reciprocity agreements for concealed handgun carry permits—this guy feels it is in our best interest to delay that order.

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