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TSS Today's Clips-Tuesday, April 10

Tuesday, April 10, 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.

 

Northam amends Metro bill to protect N.VA. transportation funds

Virginia’s commitment to provide $154 million each year to repair the Metro transit system has not changed, but the sources of the money would, under amendments that Gov. Ralph Northam made to the legislation Monday. Pushed by Northern Virginia localities worried about the loss of regional money for local transportation projects, Northam restored most of two proposed local tax hikes that had been stricken…

Northam vetoes bill opposing Cap-and-Trade plan

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed legislation that would have limited his authority to institute a carbon cap-and-trade plan. Northam announced Monday he had spiked a bill that requires legislative approval before Virginia can participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative…

VA. Gov. Northam vetoes bill banning Sanctuary Cities

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) vetoed a bill Monday that would have prohibited the establishment of sanctuary cities, an issue that dominated his race for governor last year…

Governor vetoes Country Club bill

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has vetoed legislation that would have dramatically reduced Arlington County’s tax revenue from two country clubs…

Northam signs legislation aimed at reopening Colonial Downs

A new push to revive the shuttered Colonial Downs racetrack is off to a running start with legislation signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday to allow gambling on historical — not live — horse races…

Northam’s vetoes and amendments should offer Special Session hints

When the air clears Tuesday morning from the rush of gubernatorial decisions on General Assembly bills, legislators headed to Richmond for Wednesday’s special session will have hints about how the state budget impasse might be resolved…

Northam says manufacturer will expand in Virginia

A major flooring manufacturer is expanding its operations in Virginia after considering a move to Alabama. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday that Mohawk Industries will make a multi-million dollar investment in Carroll County…

Montgomery County Supervisors agrre to drop referendum idea

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Monday night to drop the pursuit of a referendum to see if voters would favor eliminating the county’s treasurer and commissioner of the revenue as elected jobs…

Gov. Northam appoints VSU’s Jewell Bronaugh as Agriculture Commissioner

Governor Northam announced the appointment of Dr. Jewell Bronaugh as the 16th Commissioner of Agriculture. Dr. Bronaugh is a native of Petersburg and comes from Virginia State University, where she directed the center for Agricultural Research, Engagement and Outreach…

Roanoke City jail opens a new mental health unit

Starting Tuesday, four inmates at the Roanoke City Jail will move to a new unit aimed at providing more attention and resources for their mental health issues. The jail transformed two areas previously used to house general population inmates into spaces focused on mental health…

City Councilwoman: Pay residents to install security cameras to assist police

A Richmond City Council member wants the city to pay residents who install security cameras to help the Richmond Police Department fight crime. Councilwoman Kristen Larson proposed an amendment to the city’s budget that would create a $50,000 pilot program and pay up to $100 per participating resident…

County's water treatment plant proposal edges closer to approval

James City continues to collect permission slips needed to build a water treatment plant on the lower Chickahominy River, though some environmental groups and citizens are wary of the plant’s potential impact on the local environment…

Trump Administration allows States to narrow ACA coverage

The Trump administration will give states leeway to winnow down the mandatory health benefits guaranteed to consumers who buy Affordable Care Act insurance plans, under a rule issued Monday…

U.S. watchdog seeks record fine against Wells Fargo for abuses

The top U.S. watchdog for consumer finance is seeking a record fine against Wells Fargo & Co. that could exceed several hundred million dollars for auto insurance and mortgage lending abuses…

Agencies expected to sign memo to speed up Public Works approvals

More than a dozen federal agencies agreed to slash the time needed for environmental reviews and permitting on major infrastructure projects, a cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan…

Credit card signatures are about to become extinct in the U.S.

Credit card networks are finally ready to concede what has been obvious to shoppers and merchants for years: Signatures are not a useful way to prove someone’s identity…

No more 'second-class' treatment, rural utility providers tell Congress

CEOs from rural power providers will descend on Congress this week with the message that "second-class service" will no longer be tolerated and their customers deserve the same treatment as those who live in cities…

Outside Disneyland, a reminder for governments to be careful what they wish for

Cities have become increasingly focused on doing whatever it takes to attract large corporations. But it's hard to govern a one-company town. Just ask Anaheim…

Federal tax cuts trigger stealth tax hikes in states

In many states, the tax hikes are coming without legislators ever needing to take a vote — thanks to state tax laws that are automatically synched to changes in the federal code. That’s raising fears, particularly among business groups, that…

Can GPS tracking stop customers from stealing rental cars? In California, a new debate over privacy begins.

The use of GPS to track stolen vehicles is at the center of a debate between car rental companies and privacy advocates in California. Unlike automakers that can begin tracking their customer’s movements as soon as they drive off the lot, California law bars rental companies from tracking their customer’s location until the vehicle has been missing at least five days past its return date...

An ambitious California bill would put the state in charge of controlling prices in the commercial healthcare market

In one of the most aggressive efforts in the nation to curb soaring healthcare spending, a new California measure would put the state in charge of setting prices for hospital stays, doctor's visits and most other medical services covered by commercial insurers…

Wagner: Health plan could help 2 million Virginians

As we in the General Assembly close in on a budget deal, the significant obstacle that remains is whether to expand Medicaid to include as many as 400,000 Virginians, most of whom are currently without health insurance…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

Direct: 804.697.2256 | Mobile: 804.339.0260
mike.woods@troutman.com

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