Criminals, Senators, and Ethics

Virginia lawmaker, Joe Morrissey, charged with forgery and perjury, wants authorities to return materials seized from his law office http://ow.ly/JEdLj

Two members of Virginia Senate leadership, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Normen and Senator Ryan McDougle, were asked how much they earned at other state jobs and refused to say http://ow.ly/JEdIL

Former First Lady McDonnell of Virginia was sentenced to 366 days in prison for trading favors for loans, vacations, and gifts http://ow.ly/JEdGm

McDonnell cases highlight ethics battle in #Virginia http://ow.ly/JEdEE

Speaker Howell speaks out about Virginia House ethics bill restoring trust in government officials. http://ow.ly/JEdCh

New Law, Bill Progress, and Set Backs

Bills to laws:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed new rules for Uber and Lyft into law Tuesday http://ow.ly/JgGSL

Bills moving forward:

Bill restricting how long information collected from license plate readers can be stored in a database passes Virginia General Assembly Senate http://ow.ly/JgGXF

Bill allowing the ingredients in and the suppliers of execution drugs to be secret moves forward http://ow.ly/JgH2L

 Bill Set Backs:

UVA students are lobbying bills requiring mental health reporting on college campuses http://ow.ly/JgH7p

Virginia House tabled the bill protecting LGBTQ in the workplace http://ow.ly/JgHcu

Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA making women equal in the workplace http://ow.ly/JgHkB

Bills Moving Forward this Week

The General Assembly passed legislation allowing two derivatives of marijuana in the form of oils to treat epilepsy with a certification card http://ow.ly/IPR3e

Virginia lawmakers pass legislation tightening ethics laws governing public officials behavior. Approval of legislation to decrease the current $250 cap on gifts to public officials to $100 was 35-1 by the State Senate and 93-6 by the House of Delegates http://ow.ly/IPQW3

Bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Garrett expanding types of works that can be sold and used in Virginia passes in Virgina Senate http://ow.ly/IOMTs

Virginia House unanimously passed bill stating that a mother may breast-feed in any place where the mother is lawfully present. Current law only allows breast-feeding on any property owned, leased, or controlled by the Commonwealth. http://ow.ly/IONIh

The Virginia House passed a bill on Monday requiring voters to submit a copy of their photo identification when they apply by mail to vote by absentee ballot. http://ow.ly/IPQSo

Virginia House and Senate propose 1.5-3% raise for State employees ow.ly/IOMsK

Virginia House passes bill requiring universities and state government to work together to develop a cooperative, affordable BA degree program http://ow.ly/IONiI

Status of State Legislation This Week

A bill introduced by Senator Jeff McWaters allowing Virginia cities and counties to ban plastic bags, with the exclusion of reusable bags, packages of garbage bags, and bags for meat, prescription drugs, alcoholic beverages and other specialty uses, passed in Senate. http://ow.ly/Irtw1

Legislation to legalize two derivatives of marijuana to treat epilepsy by Senator Dave Marsen cleared Virginia House Senate http://ow.ly/Im9uP

Bill by Senator Barbara Favola to prevent Domestic Abusers from possessing guns stalled in Senate http://ow.ly/Irult

Virginia Senate is still deciding on the fate of Joseph D. Morrissey http://ow.ly/IqoB8