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Va. Legislation Seeks to Protect Digital Privacy After Death

Does a person’s right to privacy extend past death?


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Va. Assembly Votes to Ban Regulations on Wood Heaters

The General Assembly wants to make sure Virginia remains friendly to wood stoves.


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Senate Approves Bill Weakening Oversight of Electric Rates

A bill that would weaken state oversight of the state’s two largest electric utilities’ rates is moving through the General Assembly.


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Va. Senate Approves Marijuana Derivatives for Epilepsy

The Virginia Senate has overwhelmingly approved a proposal to legalize two derivatives of the marijuana plant for treating severe epilepsy.


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Va. Senate Votes to Ban Adoption of Common Core Standards

The state Senate has voted to prohibit adoption of the national Common Core curriculum standards in Virginia public schools without prior approval from the General Assembly.


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Bills of Note That Passed in 2014 Va. Session

Notable legislation that passed the Virginia General Assembly during the 2014 legislative session.


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McDonnell Gives Final State of the Commonwealth Address

In his farewell address to the General Assembly, outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized Wednesday for a gift scandal that diminished his political standing while touting what he called a strong record of achievement.


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Va. Assembly Passes State Takeover of Failing Schools

Legislation pushed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to allow the state to take over chronically failing schools received final General Assembly approval Wednesday.


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Embattled UVa. Rector Wins Reappointment

The General Assembly approved a new four-year term Tuesday for the University of Virginia rector whose failed attempt to fire the school’s president prompted a two-week campus revolt and a warning from an accrediting agency.


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2012 Abortion Bill Haunts Va. Lawmakers As New Session Starts

Legislators are arriving in Richmond for a legislative session that will feature debates on education, transportation, guns and uranium mining.