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Today's Opinions

  • Work requirement part of Medicaid reform

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        This past Sunday, the House and Senate money committees released their separate versions of our Commonwealth’s biennial budget. I serve on the House Appropriations Committee and chair the Health and Human Resources subcommittee of that body.  Many of you may have read the headlines that the House of Delegates is “expanding Medicaid.”  Let me address some of the confusion and misinformation on this.

  • Letters 02/21/18

    Keeping the lake
    at full pond

        It is amazing that the level of Smith Mountain Lake can be constantly at 4’ to 5’ below full pond on a constant basis but cannot be kept at a constant full pond.
        The simple solution would be, don’t release any more water than what is coming into the lake. I believe that is what the pump back system from Leesville Lake was designed for.
    The severe consequences are:

  • Voices must be heard

    Virginia families and businesses have been overcharged on their electric bills since 2015. They will continue to be overcharged in the future if the legislation backed by the electric utility monopolies and Governor Ralph Northam is approved.

     

  • Bill will allow state agencies to share data

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • Senate has been especially efficient this year

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The halfway point of the legislative calendar, crossover, is upon us.  The pace in the Senate was quicker and the floor sessions longer. 

  • Bill opens door for Safe Families for Children

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week, we passed the thirtieth day of our 60-day session, with both the House and Senate finishing work on bills submitted by their respective members.  Traditionally, the days leading up to crossover, the halfway mark on the legislative calendar, feature the longest floor sessions of the year.
        As the House of Delegates completes work on all its bills, several of the ones I submitted advanced through the process.

  • House works constructively across party lines

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        This is a transitional week in the General Assembly, as each chamber begins considering the bills of the other chamber, in the process known as crossover. It is a transitional week for me as well, as I return to my seat in the House of Delegates following surgery at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston.

  • Dealing with a touch of ‘senioritis’

    By Foster Garrett