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TSS Today's Clips-Monday, December 3

Monday, December 3, 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.

 

The return of the COPN debate?

It's a classic regulation versus market debate, and the debate over Virginia's Certificate of Public Need law, which requires state health department approval of new hospital and clinic facilities, is sure to continue in next year's session, too…

Governor won’t ‘seat’ new Air Board members, but still plans to swear them in

Under fire from environmentalists, Gov. Ralph Northam said earlier this week he wouldn’t seat two new appointees to the State Air Pollution Control Board until after a critical vote next month on a pipeline compressor station…

Deschutes won’t break ground on Roanoke brewery in 2019

Deschutes Brewery will not break ground on its Roanoke plant in 2019 as originally planned, its president said this week. The Oregon-based craft beer brewer had planned a June 2019 start on construction since its 2016 announcement…

City Council approves Broadband expansion in Fredericksburg

The City Council took more steps last week toward its goal of providing Fredericksburg with the fastest broadband internet in Virginia. It unanimously voted Tuesday to speed up approval of a 10-year…

As public hearing looms, questions remain about Spotsylvania solar farm proposal

A proposed 500-megawatt power facility that would pepper a 10-square-mile rural area in western Spotsylvania County with 1.8 million solar panels is the largest such proposal in the country…

Richmond-based E. Claiborne Robins Co. Inc. lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceutical seeks $110 million

Richmond-based E. Claiborne Robins Co. Inc., a former specialty drug company, has filed a $110 million suit against Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in a dispute over a 2007 asset purchasing agreement…

Eastern Shore Community College, not closing, holds meeting on future

There are no plans to close Eastern Shore Community College, despite rumors circulating in the community, according to a state community college official…

'Clawback' provision lacking in Elite pact

City officials' agreement to pay a $400,000 incentive to Elite Airways for service at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport included no provision for a return of the money if service never started — as it never did…

New DC-VA. Bride plan would add more trains, bike paths over Potomac

In a crucial step toward expanding train service for D.C.-area commuters and longer-distance travelers avoiding Interstate 95 traffic, the District Department of Transportation has chosen a preferred layout to double the number of tracks over the Potomac…

NC lawmakers could increase incentives for 'high-paying job creators’

The bill would allow the N.C. Department of Commerce to offer companies up to $16,000 for every job created. Currently, the limit is $6,500 per job. It’s one of several bills being considered during the General Assembly’s current session…

North Carolina elections board chairman resigns, says he doesn't want his partisan views to hurt fraud inquiry

 

The Democratic chairman of the state elections board in North Carolina resigned Saturday, saying he did not want his partisan views to undermine a widening investigation into alleged election fraud in the 9th Congressional District race…

5G Infrastructure Bill sent to Mich. Governor

 

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign two bills put on his desk Thursday by the state legislature designed to build regulations for the installation of “small cells” on telephone poles, traffic lights and other public structures to ensure a smoother transition to 5G technology…

Legislative Black Caucus will push to raise the age for buying tobacco to 21 in Maryland

Concerned about the long-lasting toll smoking has taken on the African American community, the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is leading an effort to impose restrictions on access to tobacco products…

States look at 'kill switches' used to disable cars with late payments

Legislation would require more disclosure to consumers ahead of devices being installed on vehicles. In recent years, though, amid consumer horror stories ranging from inconvenience to outright danger, a few states are restricting or banning the kill-switch tactic as unfair and potentially unsafe…

Microsoft will give the U.S. military access to 'all the technology we create'

As tech companies such as Google wrestle with employee objections to working with the U.S. military, Microsoft Corp.’s president is throwing his company’s support behind the Pentagon…

Rebuilding crumbling infrastructure has bipartisan support. But who gets to pay for it

The grades for major U.S. infrastructure would give any parent indigestion if they were on a child’s report card. Roads: D; bridges: C+; dams: D; ports: C+: railways: B; airports: D; schools: D+; public transit: D-…

'Netflix' model of car ownership is on the rise for drivers who need wheels ---without the debt

Automakers, dealers and start-ups now offer car subscriptions as an alternative to the traditional financing model, which increasingly involves going into significant debt…

Tort Reform Bills face higher bar after Ky. High Court ruling

 

The Kentucky Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down a 2017 state law requiring medical malpractice claims to be first reviewed by expert advisory panels is a major blow to the state’s ongoing tort reform efforts…

Mental health needs aren’t solved yet

Mental health crises aren’t going to disappear, so Sen. Creigh Deeds might be right: The state mental health commission he chairs shouldn’t disappear, either…

Thompson: Virginians could soon see a big hike in their state taxes

Recent federal tax cuts put more money into the pockets of most Virginia families to the tune of some $1,200 to $1,400. But a good part of that could soon be taken away by our elected officials when the General Assembly meets in January…

Virginia’s entitlement spending ramp’s up

Virginia’s spending is on the rise. Gov. Ralph Northam pushed through Medicaid expansion, financed in part by $380 million a year in hospital taxes. He wants Virginia to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon cap-and-trade program that could cost ratepayers more than $500 million over the next 10 years. He also wants to keep the fiscal…

Northam’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline interference disappointing, but not really surprising

Virginia politicians, regardless of their political bent, must do almost daily calculations of winners and losers. One huge question: What does Dominion Energy want? Dominion lobbies, pays taxes and plays a role in coveted economic development projects…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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