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Daily Clip 4/6/17
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TROUTMAN SANDERS

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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 .

 

Gov. McAuliffe’s vetoes upheld at one-day General Assembly Session

At veto ceremonies, Gov. Terry McAuliffe often calls himself the “brick wall” against what he calls bad bills delivered by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. GOP lawmakers didn’t have enough sledgehammers to break down that wall Wednesday during…

House funds new Coalfields Economic Development entity

Virginia’s coalfields region is getting a new economic development entity despite protestations from several localities and organizations within the coalfields and an attempted funding shift by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In a 70-30 vote…

Medicaid expansion blocked again, but new health-care debate takes shape

One debate over health care reform in Virginia has ended, but another one is just about to begin. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s latest bid to expand Virginia’s Medicaid program…

Del. Dave Albo, Head of House Courts, won’t seek re-election

After 24 years in the Virginia House of Delegates, Del. David B. Albo, a rare Northern Virginia Republican who wielded significant law-writing power as chairman of the House courts committee, said goodbye with a mic drop…

Name change coming for NCI

At some point in the future, the New College Institute (NCI) is going to have to change its name. Eleven years after it was established to help Southern Virginia residents earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees, “the New College isn’t new anymore,”…

Virginia AG says Augusta Courthouse can’t relocate in Staunton for 10 years

A March 30 opinion by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says that state law does not allow the Augusta County Courthouse to expand in the city of Staunton without voter approval. And Herring's opinion said since there was a county referendum on the courthouse move last November…

Local GO Virginia board meets for first time at Port, elects business executives to lead it

A little more than 20 of the 27 members of GO Virginia’s newly formed Hampton Roads Regional Council attended the group’s inaugural meeting, electing executives from…

Uranium lawsuit heading to trial in Virginia

A state lawsuit by Virginia Uranium Inc. seeking to reverse a moratorium on uranium mining is headed to a bench trial after months of…

Loudoun County supervisor helps implement changes to regional transportation task force

Loudoun County Supervisor Ron Meyer successfully passed a motion at a National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) meeting last week that will make changes to the task force charged with…

Virginia Beach City Manager blasts Trash Authority for buildup of 10 million gallons of garbage juice

The regional trash authority plans a special meeting next week to decide on emergency steps for dealing with a massive buildup of leachate at its landfill in Suffolk. The Southeastern Public Service Authority…

Bipartisan leadership in three states asks for approval of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

In a letter submitted Tuesday to the federal agency reviewing the project, 16 legislators from affected states asked for approval of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, highlighting potential economic and other benefits for their residents…

CPC questions Sunset commitments as it considers OptiNet deal

The Cumberland Plateau Company’s executive board continued to raise questions Wednesday about a deal to transfer operational control of their OptiNet network, drawing the ire of the potential buyer’s attorney…

Coal-country advocates push aid for jobless miners

Reformers and some lawmakers say the administration and Congress need to expand their focus beyond cutting regulations to helping out-of-work miners who are going to struggle to find jobs…

Virginia will undertake a study of marijuana decriminalization this year

Virginia’s state government will study whether it should decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, a decision reached Wednesday that was praised by those who want to reform the law. The executive committee of the Virginia State Crime Commission agreed…

Judge temporarily blocks Seattle law allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize

Seattle’s first-in-the-nation law letting Uber and Lyft drivers unionize is on hold after a federal judge issued a temporary injunction, in response to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

Trump declares end to 'war on coal,' but utilities aren't listening

But the biggest consumers of U.S. coal - power generating companies - remain unconvinced. The bulk of them have no plans to alter their multi-billion dollar, years-long shift away from coal, suggesting demand for the fuel will keep falling despite Trump's efforts…

AOL and Yahoo plan to call themselves by a new name after the Verizon deal closes: Oath

It's unclear if the Yahoo name will live on for any part of the internet business that will be run by AOL. However, a big new branding campaign is expected in the coming weeks…

Estimated cost of Savannah harbor deepening leaps to $973 million

Deepening the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah is now expected to cost taxpayers a whopping $973 million, a price tag that's 38 percent higher than…

Cable giant Comcast offers cellular plans on Verizon network

The cable giant Comcast will start selling cellphone plans called Xfinity Mobile in the coming months, using a network it's leasing from Verizon…

Income tax cut passes NC Senate along party lines

Senate Bill 325, titled “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut,” is expected to get a final vote on Wednesday and head to the House, where Republicans have proposed a less sweeping package of tax cuts...

Welfare Reform offers a window into block-granting Medicaid

Most Republicans in Congress want to turn Medicaid into a block grant program. That may not happen, but the possibility is real enough that it’s worth thinking about how such a massive change might play out…

Trump's delay of Energy-Efficiency rules prompts lawsuit from 10 States

Ten states led by Democrats and a handful of national environmental groups sued the Trump administration, claiming it's violating federal law by delaying energy-efficiency standards intended to save Americans almost $24 billion…

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