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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Virginia Primary Bill Passes State Senate

A bill to make it easier for presidential candidates to get on Virginia's primary ballot has passed in the state senate; now, it moves on to the state house.

Man Brings Rifle Into Grocery Store In Gun Rights Demonstration

Some Charlottesville grocery shoppers had a scare Sunday evening when a man carrying a loaded semi-automatic rifle entered a Kroger. Police detained the man but didn't make an arrest because he wasn't technically breaking any state law.

Bill Reversing Virginia Abortion Ultrasound Policy Fails

A Virginia Senate subcommittee rapidly dismissed a bill yesterday that would have reversed the state's law requiring an ultrasound before an abortion.

Virginia Shies Away From Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax

Virginia is gearing up for a public policy battle over how to fund the state's transportation infrastructure, but one progressive tax — the vehicle miles traveled scheme — isn't on the table as part of the budget plan.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Lawmakers Lay Groundwork For Acquiring Dulles Greenway

Facing ever-increasing tolls on the 14-mile stretch of the Dulles Greenway, Virginia legislators may vote this week on a provision that would allow them to acquire the struggling toll road.

Opponents Of Maryland Death Penalty Rally In Annapolis

Demonstrators took to the steps of the Maryland state house on Monday to support a bill that would repeal the death penalty in the state.

Boy Scouts May Soon Reverse Ban On Gay Members, Leaders

A policy shift is under consideration in the Boy Scouts organization that could open the way for the admission of openly gay scouts and troop leaders.

Unmarried Couples In Virginia May Soon Live Lawfully Together

Unmarried couples living together in Virginia is a state crime, but that may soon change.

No Tax Break For Trumps' D.C. Hotel

District lawmakers have turned down a request for tax breaks from the famously wealthy Trump family, who plan to turn the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Ave. into a luxury hotel.

Christine Jones, Long-Time Prince George's Democrat, Dead After Fire

Former Maryland state legislator Christine M. Jones died over the weekend after being pulled from a fire in her Prince George's County home.

D.C. To Determine What To Do With Estimated $400M Surplus

The District of Columbia will have to decide what to do with an estimated $400 million surplus from tax revenues from 2012. 

Analysis: Lawmakers Still Working On Deal For Spending Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest in the across-the-board spending cuts.

Analysis: Lawmakers Still Working On Deal For Spending Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest in the across-the-board spending cuts.

Bill Would Compensate Virginia's Forced Sterilization Victims

The Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation that would provide compensation to individuals who were forcibly sterilized under a state-mandated eugenics program during the 20th century.

Maryland Lawmaker Joins Effort To Rename 'Negro Mountain'

Lawmakers in Maryland and Pennsylvania are resurrecting an effort to rename a mountain on the states' border that some find offensive.

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