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Virginia AG Cuccinelli On 2013 Projects

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says there are several projects he started in 2012 that he must wrap up in 2013.

Cuccinelli, who sued over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act won a small victory when the Supreme Court ruled that the government can not force people to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. The Commonwealth must still set up a healthcare exchange and expand Medicaid, which he says will result in hundreds of millions in unnecessary costs to state taxpayers.

Also, Cuccinelli says he's still been working to make it easier for people who are wrongfully convicted of a crime to prove their innocence.

Then, there's his ongoing lawsuit against the EPA in which it is regulating water in Northern Virginia.

"What's at stake here is that the EPA is trying to regulate water the same way it regulates pollutants," Cuccinelli says. "The Clean Water Act rather gives away what they're trying to keep clean  — that would be water. So treating it like a pollutant is not only illogical, but we assert, as does Fairfax, that it is illegal."

Cuccinelli says this could cost Fairfax and other large counties like it tens of millions of dollars just to regulate one body of water.


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