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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: General Assembly 2011

Va. budget cuts have hit mental health programs, report shows

A new national report shows that Virginia has cut funding for mental health programs by 9 percent since 2007, the 17th-largest such spending reduction in the country.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | March 9, 2011; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly, General Assembly 2011, Rosalind Helderman  
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UPDATED: New delegate will be sworn in Wednesday

The newest member of the Virginia House of Delegates will be sworn in Wednesday afternoon, as Poquoson Mayor Gordon Helsel (R) takes the seat that was held by Del. Tom Gear (R-Hampton).

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | March 9, 2011; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman  
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Fairfax delegates urge Mc­Don­nell to veto PE bill

Four Fairfax County delegates are urging Gov. Bob Mc­Don­nell (R) to veto a bill mandating that elementary and middle schools devote 150 minutes to physical education each week.In a letter sent earlier this week, the four Republicans -- Dels. Dave Albo , Barbara Comstock, Tim Hugo and Tom Rust -- call the bill an "unfunded mandate" that would, according to Fairfax officials, cost the county $18 to $24 million and "crowd out other mandates and accountability requirements in academics.""In science and math, we need to be increasing our time on task, not decreasing it," they write. "This bill would have the opposite impact and set us back academically."...

By Rosalind S; Helderman  | March 8, 2011; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  !General Assembly, General Assembly 2011, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Ticer endorses Arlington school board member to replace her in senate

Retiring state Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria) has endorsed Arlington School Board member Libby Garvey to replace her in November, according to Garvey's campaign.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | March 7, 2011; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, State Senate  
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Va. school cafeterias can learn how to buy local food

Two lawmakers from opposite parties and opposite ends of Virginia have teamed up to encourage school cafeterias to serve more food from local farms. Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax) and Sen. Emmet W. Hanger, Jr. (R-Augusta) both introduced bills -- HB1549 and SB1090 -- in the recently concluded Virginia General Assembly to remove barriers that might prevent school purchasing officers from buying from local food producers....

By Fredrick Kunkle  | March 2, 2011; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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McDonnell vows to gain a seat on Metro Board despite legislature's inaction

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said he will continue to work to get a seat on the Metro Board of Directors after the General Assembly's failure to include language to that effect in the state budget that was passed unanimously Sunday night. House negotiators had tried to put a provision in the budget that would give Virginia's governor the power to appoint a board member, but their Senate counterparts balked. "I have been extremely clear with the leaders in Northern Virginia that it is absolutely wrong for Virginia to pay $50 million a year and have no seat at the table,'' McDonnell told reporters. "The federal government has two seats. Maryland has got a seat. D.C.'s got a seat. Virginia has got none ... I'm going to continue to pursue that. One way or another, we are going to have a Virginia seat on that board and I'm fully committed to...

By Anita Kumar  | March 1, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McDonnell talks to Obama at the White House , Anita Kumar , February 28, 2011
Virginia lawmakers reflect on legislative session, Fredrick Kunkle , February 28, 2011
Early morning budget deal struck in Virginia General Assembly, Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar , February 27, 2011
State legislators will return Sunday to complete budget, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , February 26, 2011
General Assembly will extend its regular session, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , February 26, 2011
Virginia labor rallies at state Capitol , Fredrick Kunkle , February 26, 2011
Senator discovers asbestos in his legislative office, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 25, 2011
Leading Northern Va. senator announces retirement, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 25, 2011
Bolling, Cuccinelli play key roles in Senate abortion vote, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 25, 2011
Virginia lawmakers create Progressive Caucus, Fredrick Kunkle , February 25, 2011
Virginia Senate puts off major abortion vote to Thursday, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 23, 2011
House, Senate extend budget deadline to midnight Thursday, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , February 23, 2011
All in the family: Senate honors Redskin who calls member aunt , Rosalind S. Helderman , February 23, 2011
Virginia state Senate girds for major abortion debate, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 23, 2011
Virginia's new 'currency' debuts at the Capitol, Anita Kumar , February 21, 2011
Attaboy! Va. legislators fix dropped 'at' in driving law, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 18, 2011
Longtime Alexandria state senator to retire at end of 2011, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 17, 2011
Senate panel kills bill to end Virginia's HPV vaccine mandate, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 17, 2011
Virginia House kills effort to curb Cuccinelli's subpoena powers, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 16, 2011
The 2011 bills: Where do they stand? , The Associated Press , February 11, 2011
Former chief justice Leroy Hassell lies in state in Virginia Capitol, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , February 11, 2011
Virginia House, Senate adopt competing budget plans, Rosalind S. Helderman and Fredrick Kunkle , February 10, 2011
School choice supporters rally at Virginia Capitol, Fredrick Kunkle , February 10, 2011
UPDATED: Virginia lieutenant governor breaks rare Senate tie , Rosalind S. Helderman , February 8, 2011
Republican will run for Senate seat in Southwest, Anita Kumar , February 7, 2011
House votes to ban synthetic marijuana, Fredrick Kunkle , February 7, 2011
As economy improves, Va. predicts healthier revenue rebound, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 4, 2011
Is ABC bill hibernating -- or is it dead?, Fredrick Kunkle , February 2, 2011
VA House passes bill mandating insurance for autism, Fredrick Kunkle , February 2, 2011
Va. Senate to take harder line on tax credit proposals, Rosalind S. Helderman , February 1, 2011
Tea party groups endorse liquor privatization, Anita Kumar , January 31, 2011
Virginia General Assembly sets primary elections for Aug. 23, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 28, 2011
Virginia lawmakers battle human trafficking, Fredrick Kunkle , January 27, 2011
Colgan sides with Republicans on parliamentary dispute, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 26, 2011
Debate over state grants to charities continues, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 26, 2011
Va. House passes states' rights measure, Frederick Kunkle , January 25, 2011
Legislators want to limit future debt, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 25, 2011
House approves bill to end HPV vaccine mandate, Rosalind S. Helderman and Fredrick Kunkle , January 21, 2011
Terry McAuliffe schmoozes Richmond, Fredrick Kunkle , January 20, 2011
Republicans select nominee for Gear's House seat, Anita Kumar , January 18, 2011
Va. Senate Republicans outline legislative agenda, Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar , January 18, 2011
Norquist urges legislators not to raises taxes, Anita Kumar , January 18, 2011
Odd allies join forces on Va. mortgage bills, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 17, 2011
Democrats push for rules changes in the House, Anita Kumar , January 14, 2011
Key Democrat says he's likely to vote for McDonnell road bonds, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 14, 2011
McDonnell rolls out more support for transportation plan, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 13, 2011
Democrats respond to McDonnell's State of the Commonwealth Address, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 12, 2011
McDonnell's State of the Commonwealth Address, Anita Kumar , January 12, 2011
Two longtime senators say they are 'probably not' running again, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 12, 2011
McAuliffe active in Tuesday special elections, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 7, 2011
NoVa Republicans propose plan to fund transportation , Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 6, 2011
NoVa. delegates push anti-bullying legislation, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 5, 2011
Key ABC subcommittee slot waiting to be filled, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 5, 2011
McDonnell still quietly working on new liquor plan, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 4, 2011
Key Democrat to miss session start due to surgery, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 4, 2011
McDonnell calls special legislative election for March 8, Rosalind S. Helderman , January 4, 2011
Republicans line up to run for Gear's House seat, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , January 3, 2011
UPDATED: Del. Gear resigns from House of Delegates on eve of 2011 session, Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar , December 30, 2010
Democrats accuse Republicans of playing 'games' on transportation, Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman , December 17, 2010
Va. teachers group lobbies state to help fund pay increase, Rosalind S. Helderman , December 8, 2010
Arlington delegation to county: Tax a 'tough sale', Christy Goodman , December 1, 2010
Saslaw on Pittsylvania race: 'Upsets can happen', Rosalind S. Helderman , December 1, 2010
Herring introduces legislation to outlaw 'Spice', Caitlin Gibson , November 29, 2010
 
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