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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 House Republicans block Metro tax hikes, which means a bigger drain on funds for roads

Virginia House Republicans on Wednesday blocked two tax increases to help fund Metro, leaving a landmark regional funding deal intact, but at a larger cost to road projects in the state’s Washington suburbs. The action means “high priority projects…

Lawmakers study requirements for state approval before opening new medical centers

The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee met Wednesday to begin studying reforming Virginia’s controversial Certificate of Public Need — or COPN — program. Delegates heard from state officials and academics on how COPN…

GOP General Assembly can’t override Governor’s vetoes of Sanctuary Cities, 9 other bills

The General Assembly is always a numbers game and the GOP-controlled body just didn’t have the numbers to overturn Gov. Ralph Northam 10 vetoes. Lawmakers need a two-thirds majority to override…

Health insurance reform heads back to Governor

State Senate votes on health insurance reform left Gov. Ralph Northam with a big stick to end Virginia’s budget impasse, but it is unclear if he will wield it…

Supreme Court asked to weigh in on uranium mining debate

The battle against uranium mining is an issue that initially dragged Jessie Barksdale into Pittsylvania County politics more than a decade ago. So it was a shock for the retired Banister District representative on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors to learn that the issue is now before the highest court in the land…

Virginia Beach Mayor Sessoms announces he’s resigning

To Mayor Will Sessoms, Virginia Beach will always be “The Greatest City in the World.” But starting next month, he will no longer be its leader…

Greater Washington wants Amazon HQ2, but it's not willing to pay more in taxes for it

Greater Washington residents are roundly supportive of Amazon.com Inc. bringing its second headquarters to this region and strongly believe HQ2 would be positive for the area’s economy. But they’re generally unwilling to pay more for it…

Anger over pipelines spills into General Assembly

Code name Kale: How the data center world is keeping its Loudoun projects a secret

In Loudoun County, a global hub for data centers, an increasing number of developers or their consultants are code-naming their projects to keep them a secret — either from the public or the county itself. These projects are usually exempt from…

Pratt doctors splitting from Sentara, again seek independence

For the second time in almost three years, the status of Pratt Medical Center, the Fredericksburg region’s oldest medical practice, is changing…

Audit: D.C. fails to enforce law requiring contractors to hire out-of-work residents

The District government failed to make sure that companies with city contracts hired unemployed residents as required by law and rarely penalized those who didn’t, according to an audit released Thursday…

Charlottesville land bank moves forward as council briefed on housing report

The Charlottesville City Council has taken the first official step toward creating a nonprofit entity that could help increase the number of affordable housing units within city limits…

Ranked-Choice voting gets go-ahead for first Statewide test

The state's highest court ruled Tuesday that a ballot-box law that moves Maine's primary elections to a ranked-choice voting system should stand for the pending primary elections in June. The June 12 vote will be the first in the nation for a statewide use of ranked-choice voting system…

Democrats move to allow more people to buy Medicare

Two Democrats have introduced a bill that would allow businesses and Obamacare customers to buy into Medicare. The bill, the Choose Medicare Act, is a type of "public option" that would be sold alongside the option to buy private health insurance. It would be known as "Medicare Part E."

Supreme Court not sold on ending Online Sales Tax ban

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley came to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, backed by the attorneys general in 42 other states, on a mission to overturn a 26-year-old decision that prevents states from collecting taxes on online sales. But the court's nine justices quickly made clear that it would not be an easy sell…

Senate repeals auto-loan guidance in precedent-shattering vote

Senators generally fell along party lines in the 51-47 vote to repeal 2013 guidance from the CFPB on "dealer markups" — the interest a dealer adds to a customer's third-party loan as extra compensation…

House panel advances bills to guard energy grid from cyberattacks

The four bipartisan legislative proposals aim to elevate the Department of Energy’s efforts on cyber response and engagement and to create new programs to address grid and pipeline security…

Trump, Manufacturers team up for cleaner environment

Even in a fiercely divided country, mostAmericans — and even most politicians — canagree thatweallwanta sustainable environment, and we all wantto see even more manufacturing in the United States.The good news is that we can have both…

Kentucky sues Johnson & Johnson over opioid marketing

The state of Kentucky is suing Johnson & Johnson andtwo of its subsidiaries over what the state's attorney generalalleges was a deceptive marketing campaign that caused widespread addiction to opioid-based prescription painkillers.

Long: Taxpayers deserve answers on lost -and-found funds

Ever had that happy experience of reaching into the pocket of an old pair of pants and finding a long-forgotten twenty-dollar bill? Lucky day! You probably gave yourself a high five and took the kids out for ice cream. But what if it was more than $200,000 instead? Still a lucky day, but you might wonder how such a sum got lost and was completely forgotten in the first place…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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