Thursday, March 1, 2012
Governor will likely sign legislation that requires external ultrasounds for women seeking abortion.
Update, Thursday, March 1: The House of Delegates voted 61-35 to concur with a Senate amendment that exempts victims of incest and rape from the mandated procedure provided they reported the assault to police. Original Story: The Virginia Senate voted Tuesday for an amended version of the bill that would require women to undergo external ultrasounds before abortions, but not the transvaginal ones. The 21-19 vote in the GOP-controlled Senate — mostly along party lines — came after Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) asked legislators to soften the bill following protests in Richmond, attention from national news and mocking on late-night TV. McDonnell asked lawmakers to amend the measure after it became clear the original legislation would have …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Gun purchases no longer limited to one a month.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed a bill Tuesday that repeals a law limiting individual handgun purchases to one per month. The bill law was passed in 1993, when Virginia was a haven for gun runners. McDonnell said earlier this month he would sign the bill, which was passed by the General Assembly on Feb. 15. The signing comes after McDonnell met with families of people killed or injured in the April 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The families had hoped to persuade him to veto the bill.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Reston Del. Ken Plum takes a look at what happened at the Virginia General Assembly this week.
Far-reaching social issues were amended, approved and shelved until 2013 during a busy week in Richmond. Del. Ken Plum wraps up the week in state legislation.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Del. Ken Plum recaps what happened this week in Richmond.
Del Ken. Plum (Reston) has been providing weekly recaps of his week in Richmond. Here is the most recent installment, for the week ending Jan. 20.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
More money for better-prepared students and repeal of "King's Dominion Law" mark actions for 2012.
Flanked by students, teachers and parents Monday in Richmond, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) unveiled his 2012 legislative and budget actions for his ongoing “Opportunity to Learn” education initiatives. The proposed budget would include $438 million in new and additional K-12 funding over the next two years. McDonnell said his educational proposals for the commonwealth’s public school system, to be introduced in the 2012 General Assembly session which convenes Wednesday, focuses on better preparing students for college and beyond. “The goal is to be college or career ready when you graduate,” McDonnell said. “If you want a good job, you need a good education.” McDonnell’s 2012 education budget proposals focus on preparing Virginia …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Education, uranium mining and budget on legislators' and citizens' minds as 2012 General Assembly session approaches.
Citizens came to the Reston Community Center on Thursday to tell Sen. Janet Howell (D-32) and Del. Ken Plum (D-36) what is on their mind as the 2012 Virginia General Assembly session begins next week. The longtime legislators host this public meeting annually to get a feel for what constituents are thinking. Howell and Plum will be busy at the 60-day session. There are some 3,000 bills — as well as the $85 billion budget for 2012-14 — on the docket. Howell, in her sixth term, is part of a Senate that is split evenly among Democrats and Republicans, with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) purportedly being able to cast the deciding vote. Howell says she is looking forward to meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus to figure out Bolling's limits…