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Friday, April 6, 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.

 

New law requires annual reports and meetings on Revenue-Sharing agreements

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, announced Thursday morning that Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill that will require Charlottesville and Albemarle County officials to hold an annual meeting about the revenue-sharing agreement that costs the county nearly $16 million each year. The adopted bill will not have a direct impact on the agreement as it exists today…

VA. budget conferee sees no light at the end of the tunnel

As state lawmakers pack for a return to Richmond in an effort to finalize a budget deal, one of the key players in the process is decidedly downbeat on prospects. “We are nowhere. Quite literally, nowhere. It’s really a serious and sad situation – we’re spinning our wheels…

Judge dismisses McAuliffe from suit accusing him of defrauding Greentech investors

A federal judge has dismissed former Gov. Terry McAuliffe from a lawsuit alleging he defrauded investors in GreenTech, a failed electric car company that he founded…

Voter registration group confuses Virginia voters with misleading mailers, officials say

A nonpartisan group working to get more unmarried women, people of color and millennials to the polls in November has sowed confusion in Virginia with mailers to voters that imply they’re not registered, election officials said Thursday…

Random drawing decides ballot order for June primary in VA.

Regular random drawings, which can have a big impact on elections, returned Wednesday in Virginia to determine the final order of candidates on June’s hotly contested primary ballot…

Metro service suspension, $47 toll frustrates Virginia commuters

It was a rough Thursday morning commute for Northern Virginia residents. Metro had a nearly two-hour shutdown on part of its Orange and Silver lines after smoke was reported at the Virginia Square station and in tunnels between…

DEQ is open to citizen pipeline monitors, Director says

State environmental regulators will accept help from citizen monitors now being trained to watch construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline for violations of erosion, sedimentation and stormwater laws, a state official said…

Public comment winds up for Virginia proposal to join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality plans to align the state with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, lowering carbon emissions by 3% each year. The initiative, originally proposed by former Governor McAuliffe’s administration, implements a cap and trade on carbon emissions…

New law puts focus on suicide prevention efforts in Virginia

As suicides have risen in Virginia – including a 29 percent increase among children in 2016 – Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation calling on state officials to report how they are addressing the problem…

James Madison University wants to expand partnership with NCI

James Madison University (JMU) has expanded its presence at the New College Institute (NCI) in the past year, and it would welcome the opportunity to further increase the number of programs it offers there, according to university officials…

VDOT names new Hampton Roads district engineer

Following a nationwide search, Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner Stephen C. Brich announced that Christopher G. Hallwas selected as the new Hampton Roads district engineer…

Sovah Health signs partnership with Duke Health Network

Sovah Health-Martinsville (formerly Memorial Hospital) announced Thursday that it now is affiliated with the Duke Heart Network, enabling it to provide more comprehensive cardiac care…

HUD Secretary Ben Carson says Norfolk is likely to win tax breaks to spur redevelopment

Ben Carson, the nation's top housing official, said during a tour of Norfolk on Thursday that he thinks it’s likely the city will net a federal designation to encourage private investment to redevelop three major public housing communities…

GRTC announces $6.4 million sponsorship of Pulse bus line by VCU Health, Bon Secours

The VCU Health System and the Bon Secours Richmond Health System will sponsor the Pulse bus rapid transit line on an annual basis. The joint sponsorship is worth $6.4 million over 15 years…

The toughest toll roads in America

Drivers who routinely don’t pay tolls in Pennsylvania could be convicted of a felony. The Keystone State’s Turnpike Commission has begun to file criminal charges against motorists it deems egregious scofflaws. The recent initiative involves enlisting…

Burdensome regulations are not what the Freight-Rail industry needs

At issue is a coordinated campaign by major U.S. companies to unravel indisputably successful deregulation and enact backdoor rate regulation on freight railroads…

States sue EPA for stalling on methane regulations

Attorneys general and corporation counsel from 14 states and two cities on Thursday urged a D.C. federal judge to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clamp down on methane emissions from existing oil and gas infrastructure, saying..

Preemption battles continue as Cities look to improve internet connectivity

From Georgia to Texas and Colorado, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way…

, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way.

GOP panel proposes lifting Medicaid limits on opioid care

The proposal could be one of the more significant and costly steps that Congress takes to fight the opioid epidemic, but there are concerns about how to pay for it…

County’s use of Gross Receipts Tax sinks its cert quest

The type of tax — a gross receipts tax — used by a Virginia county to levy tax on a duty-free shop at Dulles International Airport likely played a pivotal role in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to pass up a case in which the county argued its…

Gov. Northam signs a distraction for Richmond

Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation — overwhelmingly approved by state lawmakers — to distract Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney from city business. The measure, which grew out of a referendum voters passed…

Dominion and pipeline oversight

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would convey natural gas from the fracking fields of West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina, is one of the most contentious infrastructure projects in decades in this part of the country…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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