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  • Bill will create parental choice education accounts

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Last week marked the halfway point of this year’s General Assembly session.   It was a time of intense activity and reassuring collaboration, as delegates and senators of both parties worked together to fashion final legislative positions. 

  • Proposed bonuses replaced by salary increases

    By Senator Steve Newman

        As you have heard me express before, I am very proud to be a part of the Senate of Virginia.  But I am particularly proud this session for the way the Senate addressed compensation for State employees who have been overlooked for too long.

  • Municipal broadband bill ensures transparenc

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week at the Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective packages of amendments to Virginia’s 2016-2018 Bien-nial Budget. The challenge to amending the budget this year is the presence of $1.2 billion shortfall in anticipated revenues.  So, some areas of spending must be cut, while still providing for core services and addressing critical needs.

  • Betsy DeVos, enemy of public schools

        The absurdities of the Trump regime occur on such a near-daily basis that it makes it difficult for a weekly columnist to reflect upon them all in a timely way.
        Since his lightly-attended inauguration and his brief, angry inaugural address, Trump’s rule has been marked by the details of his personality and his temperament: Chaos, controversy, and “alternative facts.”

  • Putin is Obama’s legacy

        
        There has been a lot of talk about Barack Obama’s legacy.
        Some, like the ObamaCare, with its skyrocketing premiums and policies with astronomical deductibles remain in effect. Yes, we hear a lot about how many people, who had no medical insurance, now have health insurance coverage. We don’t hear a lot about how many people are actually getting better health care, considering how high the deductibles are on most ObamaCare policies

  • Gorsuch: A great pick

    The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the land. Established by Article III of the Constitution, the men and women appointed to the Supreme Court have the responsibility of deciding some of the toughest constitutional questions facing our country today. Just days ago, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

     

  • Broadband bill requires government transparency

    oted that the pace of activity in the House was about average for a short session.  Short sessions are necessarily more hectic than long ones, because even with limitations placed on the number of bills delegates can submit, it still takes a lot of time, attention, and patience to consider nearly 2,500 bills and resolutions in 46 days.

  • Budget requires no tax increase

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Well, we’re halfway through this 2017 General Assembly session. Tuesday marks crossover, the day when each chamber must complete work on the bills filed by its members.  With one notable exception, the Senate must have either approved or rejected every bill filed by a senator and the House must have done the same with every bill filed by a delegate.

  • Bill addresses ballot shortage

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        The 2017 General Assembly Session has reached the half-way point! On Tuesday, we experienced “Crossover.” This 45-day session is more like two sessions, with House bills introduced by Delegates and Senate bills introduced by Senators considered in the respective bodies during the first half. Those bills that pass the full body then “cross over” to the other body (a true bicameral legislature) for consideration and action prior to being reviewed by the Governor.

  • The little things

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com
        
        Cards, candy and flowers will be sent or handed to loved ones across this country next Tuesday, February 14, as gestures of love, adoration and consideration.
    The tradition of Valentine’s Day is celebrated in some form on nearly every continent, but is this really necessary?