The Virginia governor talked of creating a "new Virginia economy" and reopened an old fight on Medicaid expansion.
The Virginia House of Delegates gaveled into session Wednesday, offering an opportunity for the state's ceremonial mace to get some time to shine.
The goal, say supporters of the legislation, is to ensure that more cases make it into the justice system instead of being handled solely by college administrations.
The legislative session kicks off in Richmond this morning, and later, the governor will give an address.
Joe Morrissey traveled from jail to be sworn in to his House of Delegates seat on Wednesday.
The former Virginia governor was hoping to avoid prison while awaiting his appeal on corruption charges, but a judge has denied the request.
An incorrect installation was to blame for an aborted NASA launch out of Wallops Island, Virginia, last July.
Virginia already has a failing grade on transparency to its name, and with the new year, more exemptions to the state's Freedom of Information Act have been proposed.
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