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TSS Today's Clips-Tuesday, March 20

Tuesday, March 20, 2018  
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Below are newspaper articles from around the Commonwealth that you may find of interest.These materials are to inform you of developments that may affect your business and are not to be considered legal advice. If you have any questions please contact Mike Woods.

 

In his first two vetoes, Northam nixes bills to cap state legal fees and change franchise labor law

Veto season has officially begun. In his first two vetoes since taking office, Gov. Ralph Northam has rejected bills that would have made it harder for fast-food workers to unionize and would have imposed limits on fees paid by the attorney general’s office to outside lawyers brought in to help on big cases…

Botetourt supervisors oppose rate increase sought by Aqua Virginia

The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors is fighting a proposed rate increase from Aqua Virginia, which could affect more than 2,300 customers in the county…

State audit reviews Virginia airports' funds use

Except for two airports’ purchases of cleaning and de-icing chemicals, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport was the only facility in the state to use public funds for capital projects improperly in recent years, a new state audit found…

Appomattox Supervisors OK broadband proposal

More broadband internet officially is coming to Appomattox County after the board of supervisors approved Central Virginia Electric Cooperative’s proposal for a 450-mile fiber optic network in parts of the county during a Monday night meeting…

Agritourism, hemp leads ‘State of the Rural Economy’ discussion

Community leaders, business owners and agriculturists came together last week to discuss the direction of growth in Loudoun County and what the future holds for the area’s rural western expanses, an area deeply rooted in agritourism…

Coal ash pollution case to be heard by Federal Appeals Court

A legal battle over the storage of more than 3 million tons of coal ash in Virginia is headed to a federal appeals court. The case pits the Sierra Club against the state's largest electric utility. A federal judge ruled last year that…

State and local elected officials oppose solid waste facility at former Globe Iron site

Former Portsmouth council member Danny Meeks, whose company has won preliminary state approval for the facility, said the site has been an industrial park for almost a century…

Sparring in Arlington continues over transparency in Amazon negotiations

The dance between Arlington County Board members and those who want a fast, comprehensive release of information about incentives being dangled in front of Amazon continued at the March 17 County Board meeting…

DCC may face position cuts with 5 percent decline in enrollment, reduction in state funds

Danville Community College faces a $650,000 shortfall in 2018-19, and positions may be cut. DCC is planning for an expected enrollment decline of 5 percent and a reduction of $200,000 in state aid in 2018-19…

Williamsburg Economic Development Authority begins talks with Tesla

The Williamsburg Economic Development Authority’s Board of Directors has begun talks with Tesla to install electric car charging stations at key locations throughout the city…


Bipartisanship on guns? NC Democrats propose new laws without GOP backers

Democratic legislators presented a slate of proposed laws aimed at curbing gun violence that they said should earn bipartisan support…

Taxation group opposes daily sales tax settlement in Mass.

The Council on State Taxation has joined the protest against a bill in Massachusetts that would require retailers and credit card processors to submit daily sales tax receipts, arguing the measure would be costly to administer and…

Leagues, casinos lobby states for cut of legal sports bets

With the Supreme Court poised to rule on a case that could end the federal ban on sports gambling, more than a third of U.S. states are considering legislation to get in on the action, and professional leagues and casino interests are lobbying against each other for the biggest cut of the winnings…

Rite Aid defends Rx Discount Program in co-pay cost row

A customer can’t sue Rite Aid Corp. for charging patients with private insurance higher co-pays than cash-paying customers who enroll in its generic-drug discount program because there’s nothing legally requiring it to match the prices…

Md. governor, legislative leaders say they have a solution to soaring health-care premiums

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Maryland’s Democratic legislative leaders have reached agreement on a one-year plan to stabilize skyrocketing individual health insurance premiums by taxing insurance companies and using the money to pay the biggest claims…

Advocates offer new remedy for health care woes as a bridge to single payer

California won’t be adopting single-payer health care with its $400 billion price tag any time soon. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon made sure of that by opposing it. But the health care system is…

First death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle may set tone for lawyers and liability

The incident could take on a life of its own in the courts, as well as the court of public opinion, as there is virtually no case law established around autonomous driving technology…


Volkswagen announces $340M investment in Chattanooga to build new SUV

Volkswagen is investing $340 million in its Chattanooga plant to build a new version of its Atlas SUV. Officials made the announcement Monday at the plant…

Lack of broadband may cost some of these workers their jobs

Two things happened last Tuesday afternoon. In Roanoke, a group of local government officials from throughout the region gathered to hear a speaker from the National League of Cities, who presented a report that made a novel but well-documented point…

Opioid solutions: Insurance, legislation or litigation?

The past month has illustrated that while the opioid epidemic has worsened, solutions to the crisis have begun to emerge. However, all solutions are destined to be very expensive and raise questions as to whether…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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