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TSS Today's Clips Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020  
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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 signs $135B two-year state budget

Gov. Ralph Northam signed the amended 2021-22 state budget Thursday, which paused $2 billion in new spending initiatives to instead respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s economic crisis…

Gov. Northam signs bill to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia

On Thursday, Governor Ralph Northam officially signed Virginia's biennial budget, as well as eight other bills from the General Assembly for which he had requested amendments in the General Assembly's reconvened April 22 session. Among the bills…

Northam vetoes three bills intended to expand insurance access

Gov. Ralph Northam vetoed three bills intended to expand access to health insurance this week as he wrapped up work from this year's regular General Assembly session, expressing concern that the measures could have weakened the Affordable Care Act…

Bristol casino to include large indoor, outdoor concert spaces

The proposed Hard Rock Bristol Casino and Resort is expected to include a luxury hotel of up to 750 rooms, an outdoor concert venue for 20,000 and an indoor concert venue for 3,200 according to a proposal submitted to the city of Bristol Virginia…

Issues persist with antiquated Virginia unemployment system

More than two months after the coronavirus pandemic started forcing Virginia businesses to slash their workforces, the state’s unemployment system still can’t keep up with the unprecedented deluge of calls and emails from laid-off workers needing help…

SCC approves broadband pilot program in Grayson County

Partnership between Appalachian Power, Gigabeam and Grayson County will transform the county to one of the most digitally connected rural areas in U.S. Appalachian Power’s request to implement a pilot program that will deliver broadband technology in rural Grayson County…

Dominion’s 85 mile broadband cable will not run through Lancaster County

Lancaster County declined the offer to be part of Dominion’s broadband project, choosing instead to maintain its freedom to pursue all options. Dominion plans to lay 85 miles of broadband cable from Northern Virginia down through the Northern Neck to connect its substations…

Solar Caps in SW Virginia

For the first time in history, the U.S. is on track to produce more electricity from renewable energy than from coal, according to a new government report. States around the country have been passing clean energy laws and Virginia did so earlier this year. But…

Kass USA not coming to Lawrenceville

Kass USA, LLC notified the Town of Lawrenceville, Brunswick County, the Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority and the Southside Planning District Commission that the company has succumbed to the relentless pressure of COVID-19 and will not open the new business…

Advance America closes Altavista, all Virginia locations

Advance America’s Altavista office, along with the other branches throughout the Commonwealth, is closing its doors. Governor Northam's regulations strangled the company's business viability, according to the company's closure notification…

Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving Will Be Illegal In Richmond

Having a phone in hand while behind the wheel will become illegal in Virginia starting next year. But in Richmond, the ban will go into effect next month…

Voters suing Virginia election officials, saying absentee voting not needed for coronavirus

A group of voters is suing Virginia election officials over a loosening of restrictions on absentee ballots for next month's statewide primary, arguing that the state can’t allow voters to use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to vote by mail…

'We could very well lose our restaurant in two months' -- Richmond restaurants say they could crumble without more leadership from city

Without a thorough explanation coming from the state level, Richmond restaurants are looking to the city for answers on how they can prepare for Phase One. They say they're not getting any, and frustrations are mounting…

Danville IDA finalizes loan agreement with Litehouse for expansion

 

The Danville Industrial Development Authority and Litehouse Inc. have agreed to a new and complicated financing structure to expand the company's facility at Airside Park and to better work with banking regulations...

FCC Upholds Order Letting Ga. Counties Get In-State Satellite

Three northern Georgia counties can continue to receive television programming from the Atlanta region, despite objections from South Carolina-based stations that previously provided the counties with broadcasts…

FERC Divide Sharpens Over Gas Project Approvals

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday advanced a pair of liquefied natural gas projects, although the agency's sole Democratic commissioner accused his colleagues of blindly approving projects despite concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and slumping LNG demand…

Google wins seven-figure DoD contract

Google Cloud, a division of Google LLC, announced Thursday that it's been awarded a seven-figure Department of Defense contract to provide multi-cloud management…

Opportunity zone deals suddenly accelerate as program starts to look more attractive

The opportunity zones program has been described by the Trump administration as a tool to inject hundreds of billions of dollars into underserved communities. In its first two years, the program had yet to live up to the buzz it generated throughout the industry….

Haner: Blame for power cost hike falls to lawmakers

Virginia’s General Assembly has not left the State Corporation Commission with much authority over electricity regulation in Virginia, but it retains the power to compel the production of crucial information…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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