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Daily Clip 5/26/17
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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 .

 

Virginia Finance Secretary reassures lawmakers on revenues

Secretary of Finance Richard D. “Ric” Brown sought to reassure legislators Thursday that state revenues will not fall short despite a rough April. State revenues ended April about $130 million ahead of the forecast for the fiscal year that will end June 30, but that was about $185 million less than…

VITA deletes Internal Auditing Division

The state's IT agency closed out its internal auditing division in April, laying off all three team members to meet a budget cut target, then offering them other agency positions. The move is an eyebrow raiser, particularly as the…

McAuliffe signs bill on Drivers License suspensions

Drivers licenses suspended over outstanding court fines, something that affects more than 600,000 Virginians, should be easier to reinstate now that new laws are taking effect…

HRT budget outlook predicts declining ridership; Cities may have to pick up tab

Hampton Roads Transit expects ridership to continue declining and expenses to be high in its next budget season. The six cities that use HRT’s bus, light-rail and ferry services likely will have to make up a $2.8 million gap…

Transfer will make Fort Monroe whole

The Fort Monroe Authority's gift to the National Park Service of an area lying between park service-owned land around the fortress and the north beach area will create the unified national monument…

Leesburg Town Council takes up three amendments aimed at generating economic activity

Three potentially pro-business amendments got off the ground after Tuesday night’s Leesburg Town Council meeting—but in two of the three cases, council members challenged them…

Airport commission considers legal action on People Express loan

The Peninsula Airport Commission is considering legal action to recover $4.5 million of taxpayer funds used to pay off debt owed by the defunct People Express Airlines to TowneBank…

Petersburg Firefighters get back equipment that was repossessed

A small part of the large burden that is placed on Petersburg’s firefighters was made a little lighter last week as the department announced that they had obtained special pieces of breathing equipment. The same equipment was repossessed by vendors back in August when…

Trump wants $108M for deeper ports; Corps adds $56M boost

Ports from New England to Texas are seeking more than $4.6 billion in federal and state funding to deepen their harbors. They're playing catch-up after the Panama Canal finished a major expansion last summer that is sending supersized ships to U.S. ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts…

NC health insurer cites lack of certainty for 23 percent rate increase request

North Carolina's largest health insurer is requesting a nearly 23 percent rate increase for its ObamaCare exchange plans for 2018, citing uncertainty over the future of the law…

Insurers: GOP should keep pre-existing condition protections

The main health insurance insurance trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), wrote to Senate Republicans on Thursday saying that insurers do not want to go back to the pre-ObamaCare rules, but instead maintain the protections…

More money for Metro? Republican Senators say they need convincing

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is struggling to overcome chronic safety and reliability problems, a massive unfunded pension liability and years of expensive deferred maintenance. The transit system…

Stoney’s City Hall review points to old problems

Richmond’s Department of Public Works employees say they’ve had equipment repossessed from job sites because of late bill payments. The city’s Emergency Communications Department said three outages last year translated to missed calls and delayed response times. The…

Gillespie’s frontrunner strategy: Stay away from the other guys

The last debate with all three Republican candidates for governor was April 22, more than seven weeks removed from the June 13 primary. The reason? According to the two other campaigns and a potential debate organizer, frontrunner Ed Gillespie either isn't interested, or isn't available…

As gas pipelines roil Virginia Governor’s race, regulators backtrack on their role

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, under pressure from environmentalists to oppose two natural gas pipelines, told voters for weeks that he had won assurances from state regulators that they will increase scrutiny on the projects by assessing environmental impacts along specific sites…

Lieutenant Governor hopeful Susan Platt calls for taking down all Confederate Monuments in VA.

Susan Platt, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in the June 13 primary, on Thursday called for removing all Confederate monuments in Virginia and renaming all highways and buildings named for Confederates. The issue has permeated the GOP primary for governor, but a news release…

After Trump win, surge of Democrats for Virginia House races

Democrats in Virginia have mobilized after President Donald Trump's election, sending a groundswell of candidates to run for the state House of Delegates. All 100 House seats are up for election in November, and Democrats hope to chip away at the Republicans' solid majority, if not retake the chamber for…

Criticism of Maryland brewery bill mounts as industry awaits Hogan’s decision.

As Gov. Larry Hogan holds what is likely his final bill-signing ceremony this year, many in the liquor industry are watching to see if he allows a bill that would change the rules for Maryland breweries to become law…

GOP drops Swipe-Fee Repeal from Dodd-Frank replacement

The head of a key House committee on Wednesday said that he would cut language to repeal a cap on debit card swipe fees included in the Dodd-Frank Act from a keystone Republican financial regulation bill…

California climate program has struggled. Why the billion-dollar rebound?

California’s cap-and-trade program, launched in 2012, requires hundreds of industrial companies and others to purchase credits enabling them to emit carbon. It’s one of the centerpieces of the state’s efforts to combat climate change and limit greenhouse gas emissions…

The next steps for Biometrics legislation across the US

This month, Washington became the third state after Illinois and Texas to enact its own legislation generally governing the collection, use and retention of biometric data. As biometric information becomes more commonplace, there appears to be a renewed focus on…

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