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General Assembly Republicans will limit 2021 Session to 30 days mandated by Constitution

General Assembly Republicans will limit 2021 Session to 30 days mandated by Constitution Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) and House Republican Leader C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) today announced they will oppose extending the 2021 General Assembly session beyond the 30 days mandated by the Constitution of Virginia. As Article IV, Section […]

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Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19

Governor Northam Announces New Statewide Measures to Contain COVID-19 Includes limit of 25 individuals for in-person gatherings, expanded mask mandate, on-site alcohol curfew, and increased enforcement RICHMOND—As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia. While the Commonwealth’s case count […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule To Protect Americans’ Retirement Investments

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule To Protect Americans’ Retirement Investments WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule that updates and clarifies the Department’s investment duties regulation in 29 CFR 2550.404a-1. The final rule intends to provide clear regulatory guideposts for fiduciaries of private-sector retirement and other employee […]

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Governor Northam Directs $30 Million to Support Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians

Governor Northam Directs $30 Million to Support Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians Re-Employing Virginians initiative will provide scholarships to enroll in programs in high-demand fields RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia is allocating $30 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to help Virginians whose employment has been impacted […]

Comments Off on State says lawsuit over carbon cap-and-invest plan should be dismissed … because of $71 in court fees   |   Environmental

State says lawsuit over carbon cap-and-invest plan should be dismissed … because of $71 in court fees

State says lawsuit over carbon cap-and-invest plan should be dismissed … because of $71 in court fees Virginia is asking the Richmond Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit by the Virginia Manufacturers Association that aims to block the state’s participation in a regional carbon cap-and-invest market because it says VMA didn’t pay its court fees […]

Comments Off on Governor Northam Invites Small Businesses and Nonprofits to Apply for Up to $100,000 from Rebuild VA Grant Fund   |   COVID19

Governor Northam Invites Small Businesses and Nonprofits to Apply for Up to $100,000 from Rebuild VA Grant Fund

Governor Northam Invites Small Businesses and Nonprofits to Apply for Up to $100,000 from Rebuild VA Grant Fund Program allotted additional $30 million, eligibility expanded RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Rebuild VA, a grant program to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, will expand eligibility criteria and increase the […]

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Manufacturers seek to block Virginia from joining carbon market in lawsuit

Manufacturers seek to block Virginia from joining carbon market in lawsuit The Virginia Manufacturers Association is suing Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality and State Air Pollution Control Board over the state’s revision of regulations that will allow it to join a regional cap-and-invest market for carbon. The suit, filed in Richmond Circuit Court Oct. 2, […]

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More than 100 investors and companies urge states to adopt the Transportation and Climate Initiative

More than 100 investors and companies urge states to adopt the Transportation and Climate Initiative A diverse group of more than 100 investors, companies and institutions across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions called on governors to support a major policy initiative that would help to decarbonize the heavy-emitting transportation sector and invest in modern, low-carbon […]

Comments Off on Lack of local authority hampering Virginia cities’ clean energy efforts, report finds   |   Environmental

Lack of local authority hampering Virginia cities’ clean energy efforts, report finds

Lack of local authority hampering Virginia cities’ clean energy efforts, report finds A legal principle embraced by Virginia that strictly curtails local powers is hampering cities from making progress on clean energy goals, a report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found. As a Dillon rule state — instead of a “home rule” one — […]

Comments Off on Governor Northam Allocates $30 Million in CARES Act Funding to Fast-Track Broadband Projects   |   General

Governor Northam Allocates $30 Million in CARES Act Funding to Fast-Track Broadband Projects

Governor Northam Allocates $30 Million in CARES Act Funding to Fast-Track Broadband Projects Localities can apply for funding to support expansion of high-speed, broadband internet RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia is allocating $30 million in funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to improve broadband access in underserved […]