General Assembly 2018

Virginia's 2018 General Assembly session is underway with a new governor, a plan for your tax dollars and a new dynamic between Republicans and Democrats.

Keep up with the action as Mallory Noe-Payne and Michael Pope report from the General Assembly from start to finish. 

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After years of political fighting, Virginia has voted to expand Medicaid and provide health insurance to approximately 400,000 low-income Virginians.

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After years of holding out, Virginia is on the verge of passing Medicaid expansion and providing health insurance to 400,000 low-income Virginians. Despite last minute political maneuvering by Republicans opposed to the measure, things look set for a vote Wednesday morning.

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As the June 30th deadline approaches, Virginia lawmakers are back in Richmond to finalize the state budget. A month ago, The House of Delegates passed a budget that includes Medicaid expansion. Now the Senate is taking its turn - although it’s unclear if their opposition to Medicaid expansion has waned.

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A state legislative committee on school safety, formed in response to the shooting at a Florida high school, is getting to work. They’ll be taking a look at school security and mental health issues, but not gun control.

 

 

Despite already being one month into overtime, state lawmakers will wait until mid May to restart budget negotiations. Leaders in the Senate say they want updated data on tax collections before they dive back in.

 

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