Virginia After success passing boiler bill, GOP Rep. Morgan Griffith looks at medical pot

MorganGriffithRep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) has been prolific for a freshman, introducing five bills last year and seeing one of them overwhelmingly pass the House. But there is one issue he’d like to tackle that he is hesitant about: medical marijuana.

“Here’s the problem: Everybody hears medical marijuana and they think California — ‘Hey, if it makes you feel good, do it,’” Griffith said. “I don’t believe in that.”

In Virginia, the medical marijuana law restricts its use to cancer and glaucoma patients, but doctors, due to fear of the Drug Enforcement Administration and a lack of marijuana dispensaries, rarely prescribe it.

“In my hometown, there was a young man who was dying, had a small child, wanted to stay alive as long as he could and spend as much time as he could with his child,” Griffith said. “The doctors actually gave an order in the local hospital that nobody would go in the room from 11 to 12. His friends would show up and smuggle marijuana [in] and then they’d show up with his lunch because he couldn’t eat without it — that’s crazy.

“When you have doctors putting orders down — saying don’t go into a hospital room because this patient needs something that I can’t give him — we’re messed up and the federal government is actually standing in the way.”

Griffith said the reason he hesitates to introduce federal legislation on the matter is because he’s not on the right committee.

“At this point, for me to introduce it as a first-term congressman who doesn’t sit on the right committee, it’s not going anywhere,” Griffith said. “I would prefer to lend an assist, but I have to weigh that out because I think it’s the right policy for the country. … There is no way that anybody will ever be able to convince me that we shouldn’t allow our respected medical community to use marijuana just as they use opiates and barbiturates.”

Griffith, who served as the first Republican majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates since Reconstruction, prefers the way the Virginia General Assembly does things because every bill there gets a vote on the floor. He finds the U.S. House practice of voice votes troubling because it has prohibited him from voting “no” on a couple of bills.

“I think there’s nothing wrong with having a few ‘no’ votes on bills, and I’m frustrated with the process,” Griffith said. “Sometimes I think there needs to be a cautionary ‘no’ vote.”

Griffith’s major success in Washington was his bill H.R. 2250, commonly called “Boiler MACT,” which  passed the House with 275 votes.

“No question that [H.R.] 2250, Boiler MACT, was the biggest accomplishment on the committee,” Griffith said of his work last year. “I think in part I got to carry that important piece of legislation because I like to study issues … It sounds crazy, but I love reading bills.”

Boiler MACT, also known as The EPA Regulatory Relief Act, aims to limit the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate boilers. Republicans argued that the EPA rules would hurt boiler manufacturers across the country.

Griffith said he hopes the Senate takes up his bill this year, but he’s also optimistic about the prospects of another bill he’s introduced, H.R. 2036, The American Alternative Fuels Act.

“[It] basically gives credits for using alternative fuels but incorporates extra credits for certain types of things like coal purification. It allows the military to enter into a [procurement] contract for a longer period of time and also has an algae component to it,” said Griffith, who thinks he will get a hearing this year.

Griffith’s Southwest Virginia district is in the heart of coal country, and he believes coal is vital to the U.S. economy.

“I think there are people who want to put coal completely out of business,” Griffith said. “I think that would severely damage the American economy.”

Griffith, who is skeptical about “manmade global warming,” said if America doesn’t sell coal, other countries would.

“We’re not going to stop global warming by not using our coal. What we’re going to do is impoverish a large portion of the American society,” Griffith said. “And if it is in fact man-made global warming, we’re not going to have the money to do anything about it — the Chinese are going to have all the money, the Indians are going to have the money. We’re not going to have the money.”

Because air quality is a global issue, Griffith said, the United States might as well be the one selling the coal rather than other countries.

“It takes 10 days for the air to get from the middle of the Gobi Desert to the Eastern Shore of Virginia,” Griffith said. “So when we send our coal out to China, India, Kazakhstan — wherever they’re buying it — when we send it in the Northern Hemisphere to other countries to use to make the products that we used to make in the United States of America, they get the money and guess what happens  — we get the air pollution.

“So we’re not solving anything by not working to find ways to use coal more effectively, more efficiently and cleaner.”

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Clear leaders emerge in primary races in Northern Virginia, finance reports show

Clear leaders emerge in primary races in Northern Virginia, finance reports show

In the run-up to midterm congressional elections that both major parties see as crucial, Virginia is again a magnet for political donations as candidates vie for two open seats in the House of Representatives. Republicans and Democrats are steering money in a big way toward favored candidates in Northern Virginia’s 10th and 8th districts. Republican Barbara J. Comstock, in the 10th, and Democrat Don Beyer, in the 8th, are far ahead of their opponents in raising funds for their party nomination bids, new federal campaign disclosure reports showed Wednesday. Comstock, a state delegate...

Antonio Olivo and Patricia Sullivan | The Washington Post 17 Apr 2014 Hits:161 Virginia

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Delegate opposes Mayor Jones for DPVA chair less he backs same-sex marriage

Delegate opposes Mayor Jones for DPVA chair less he backs same-sex marriage

Del. Patrick A. Hope, D-Arlington, said Saturday that he will oppose Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones as chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia if Jones still opposes same-sex marriage. “The chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia needs to reflect our values as a party,” Hope said in a statement posted on the Blue Virginia blog. “This has been a historic year for marriage equality, and we cannot have a chair of the party that does not support this civil right.” Hope is one of 11 Democrats seeking the party’s nomination...

Andrew Cain | Richmond Times-Dispatch 02 Mar 2014 Hits:208 Virginia

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ERA to be Heard in the Virginia House Tomorrow

ERA to be Heard in the Virginia House Tomorrow

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26 Feb 2014 Hits:235 Virginia

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Expanded Medicaid will be subject of forced vote by Republicans in Va. House

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House Republicans will force a vote Thursday on whether to expand Medicaid, briefly plucking the contentious issue out of a massive state budget bill in a move meant to show overwhelming GOP opposition to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s top legislative goal. The House will subject the expansion plan to an up-or-down floor vote — something the measure would not ordinarily get since it is part of the two-year, $96 billion state spending plan. Supporters of expansion dismissed the planned vote as a meaningless gimmick. Even after its expected defeat Thursday in the House, the...

Laura Vozzella and Michael Laris | The Washington Post 20 Feb 2014 Hits:249 Virginia

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Meet Judge Arenda Wright Allen, who struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage

Meet Judge Arenda Wright Allen, who struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage

The federal judge who struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Thursday is an appointee of President Obama and in 2011 became the first black woman appointed as a federal District Court judge in Virginia. Arenda Wright Allen, born in 1960, is a Philadelphia native who spent decades as a government lawyer: first for the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, then as a federal prosecutor, and finally as a public defender. She is married to a retired pro soccer player from Jamaica and has two children — one of them named...

David A. Fahrenthold | The Washington Post 14 Feb 2014 Hits:288 Virginia

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Charniele Herring joins field for Rep. Moran’s seat, will step down as chair of Va. Democr…

Charniele Herring joins field for Rep. Moran’s seat, will step down as chair of Va. Democrats

Del. Charniele Herring said Thursday that she is running for the seat of retiring Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), adding to a crowded field and leaving a vacancy atop the Virginia Democratic Party. “If elected, I will continue the good works of Congressman Jim Moran to foster the economic development of Northern Virginia, address the needs of our veterans, work for access to affordable healthcare, and protect the privacy of a woman and her healthcare decisions,” she said in a statement. Herring, who represents Alexandria in the General Assembly, is at...

Ben Pershing | The Washington Post 24 Jan 2014 Hits:288 Virginia

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Va. Attorney General Mark Herring files brief opposing same-sex marriage ban

 Va. Attorney General Mark Herring files brief opposing same-sex marriage ban

RICHMOND — Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, and he joined two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down. The action, which Herring (D) made with the support of Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), marks a stunning reversal in the state’s legal position on same-sex marriage and is a result of November’s elections, in which Democrats swept the state’s top offices. Democrats cheered the move as a victory for civil rights while Republicans blasted it as...

Robert Barnes and Laura Vozzella | The Washington Post 23 Jan 2014 Hits:283 Virginia

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Va. now projects Medicaid savings of $1 billion through 2022

Va. now projects Medicaid savings of $1 billion through 2022

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Michael Martz | Richmond Times Dispatch 23 Jan 2014 Hits:266 Virginia

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McDonnell, former first lady indicted on multiple counts

McDonnell, former first lady indicted on multiple counts

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted today by a federal grand jury on 14 counts stemming from the first couple’s acceptance and solicitation of thousands in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman during McDonnell’s term. The indictment, spelled out in an extensive document filed by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District, paints a detailed portrait of how the governor and his wife accepted more than $135,000 in direct payments as gifts and loans from then-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams Sr.,  in addition to...

Jim Nolan | Richmond Times Dispatch 21 Jan 2014 Hits:299 Virginia

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Gov. McAuliffe emphasizes ‘progress over ideology’ at inauguration

Gov. McAuliffe emphasizes ‘progress over ideology’ at inauguration

Gov. Terence R. McAuliffe pledged to find common ground after officially taking the oath of office Saturday and becoming the state of Virginia’s 72nd governor on a rainy day outside the state Capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson. “It is humbling, and the highest honor of my life, to stand before you today,” Mr. McAuliffe said before a crowd of thousands.Mr. McAuliffe devoted his approximately 16-minute inaugural address to highlighting the history of obstacles the state has overcome, first during the American Revolution, and now, as the commonwealth works its way out of the throes of an economic recession.Mr. McAuliffe praised the...

Dave Sherfinski | The Washington Times 12 Jan 2014 Hits:257 Virginia

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Obenshain concedes Virginia attorney general’s race to Herring

State Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R) conceded the race for Virginia attorney general to Democrat Mark R. Herring on Wednesday, bringing the election to a belated end and giving Democrats a sweep of statewide offices — but throwing control of the state Senate into question. The move allowed Herring to claim victory for the third time since Nov. 5 in a contest that on election night was the closest statewide race in Virginia history. It also spared a three-judge panel in Richmond from having to continue slogging through more 100 ballots...

Laura Vozzella and Ben Pershing | The Richmond Times Dispatch 18 Dec 2013 Hits:331 Virginia

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Frank Wolf to retire after 17 terms in Congress; Northern Va. seat to be a battleground in…

Frank Wolf to retire after 17 terms in Congress; Northern Va. seat to be a battleground in 2014

  Rep. Frank Wolf announced Tuesday that he would not run for reelection in 2014, ending a distinctive three-decade career in Congress and instantly making his bellwether Northern Virginia seat a prime November battleground. Though the 74-year-old Republican has been a perennial subject of retirement rumors, his decision came as a surprise — as recently as last week, leaders in both parties fully expected him to run for an 18th term. But in a statement issued by his office, Wolf said he planned to continue his longtime work on humanitarian issues. “As a...

Ben Pershing | The Washington Post 17 Dec 2013 Hits:325 Virginia

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Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces

Herring wins Virginia attorney general race, elections board announces

RICHMOND — The state Board of Elections on Monday certified Democrat Mark R. Herring as the winner of the Nov. 5 election for Virginia attorney general, even as the board chairman raised questions about the “integrity” of the vote tallies. A recount seems likely in the closest-ever statewide election in Virginia history, although the losing candidate did not immediately call for one. Herring, a state senator from Loudoun County, beat state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), by 165 votes out of more than 2 million cast. Herring had 1,103,777 votes to Obenshain’s 1,103,612,...

Laura Vozzella | The Washington Post 25 Nov 2013 Hits:784 Virginia

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Republicans Just Changed The Rules AFTER A Virginia Election To Change The Outcome

Republicans Just Changed The Rules AFTER A Virginia Election To Change The Outcome

Already shaping up to be one of the closest races in state history, a last-minute rule change is stirring up the recount to decide who will become Virginia's next attorney general. The Daily Press of Newport News, Va. reported Friday that Republican candidate Mark Obenshain had an unofficial lead of just under 1,300 votes over Democratic challenger Mark Herring. That tally did not include full provisional ballot totals, and as of Saturday, a fresh rule change was complicating matters. (photo: The two major party candidates for Virginia Attorney General - Democrat Mark Herring,...

Chris Gentilviso | Huffington Post 10 Nov 2013 Hits:603 Virginia

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Nearly 2,000 votes in Fairfax possibly uncounted

Fairfax County election officials said Friday that they believe nearly 2,000 votes went uncounted after Tuesday’s elections, a technical error that could affect the outcome of the still unresolved race for Virginia attorney general. The error stemmed from problems with a broken machine at the county’s Mason district voting center, officials said. The machine, known as an optical scanner, recorded 723 votes on election night before it broke down, election officials said. Its memory card was then placed in a working machine, which recorded 2,688 votes. But that tally was not included in...

Antonio Olivo and Ben Pershing | The Washington Post 08 Nov 2013 Hits:359 Virginia

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McAuliffe announces transition team, executive orders

McAuliffe announces transition team, executive orders

Less than 24 hours after winning Virginia’s governorship in a bitterly contested campaign, Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday announced his transition team and reiterated his pledge to govern in a bipartisan manner over the next four years. Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, will lead the transition team, along with Republican John Chichester, a former state senator from Stafford County. McAuliffe said the first executive order that he signs will prohibit discrimination in the state workforce based on race, gender or sexual orientation. He said his second executive order will bar the governor or...

Jim Nolan | Richmond Times Dispatch 07 Nov 2013 Hits:467 Virginia

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AG candidates preparing for recount

AG candidates preparing for recount

Capping a day of electoral twists and turns, Republican Mark Obenshain last night clung to a narrow lead over Democrat Mark Herring in a contest for attorney general that appears headed for a recount. Counts by the Virginia State Board of Elections are pending final certification on Nov. 25. Both candidates expressed optimism that they would win the contest but asked supporters for donations to help fund possible legal challenges. As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, Obenshain led by 681 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast, according to the Board of Elections....

Markus Schmidt | The Richmond Times Dispatch 07 Nov 2013 Hits:450 Virginia

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McAuliffe wins Virginia governor’s race

McAuliffe wins Virginia governor’s race

Terry McAuliffe, a businessman and former head of the Democratic National Committee, captured the Virginia governor’s seat Tuesday, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli II, the state attorney general whose conservative crusades made him an icon of the tea party movement. With 95 percent of the precincts reporting, McAuliffe edged ahead of Cuccinelli by about 25,000 votes, or about 1 percent. By 10 p.m., Edison Media Research, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News had projected McAuliffe as the winner. The Democrat was far ahead in Northern Virginia, according to early returns, while Cuccinelli had...

Paul Schwartzman and Jeremy Borden | The Washington Post 05 Nov 2013 Hits:448 Virginia

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Libertarian gets some traction in governor’s race

Libertarian gets some traction in governor’s race

The students greeted the boyish-faced man in the charcoal suit as the stranger he is to Virginia politics. “Hi — Rob Sarvis, running for governor,” the Libertarian said, wading into an auditorium of seniors at a Northern Virginia high school’s “Meet the Candidates” day. Polite smiles. Handshakes. Giggles. Silence. Sarvis sat alongside stand-ins for his opponents, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who apparently had more important places to be than a gathering of teenagers, many of them not old enough to vote. Libertarian candidates have never made much of a dent...

Paul Schwartzman | The Washington Post 04 Oct 2013 Hits:557 Virginia

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Rigell becomes point man for congressional authorization

Rigell becomes point man for congressional authorization

A Republican congressman from defense-rich Hampton Roads has emerged as the point man in a push for congressional approval of an Obama administration military strike on Syria. “Though consulting with Congress is helpful, it is in no way an adequate substitute for President Obama obtaining statutory authority from Congress prior to the use of military force, as required by the Constitution,” said Rep. Scott Rigell, R-2nd, who also condemned the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons. Rigell, an auto dealer and Marine veteran first elected in 2010, represents a heavily military and...

Andrew Cain | Richmond Times Dispatch 02 Sep 2013 Hits:554 Virginia

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Richmond marchers commemorate historic protest

Richmond marchers commemorate historic protest

More than 300 chanting, sign-carrying marchers streamed through downtown Richmond on Saturday in a local commemoration of the historic civil rights protest in Washington 50 years ago this past week. “Somebody said Jim Crow is dead,” the Rev. Thurman Echols Jr., pastor of Moral Hill Baptist Church in Axton and a veteran activist, told a rally at the state Capitol. “But his children and grandchildren are still alive.” The March on Richmond for Jobs and Freedom was organized by the local chapters of the Urban League, the NAACP, Living the Dream Inc....

Jeff Schapiro | The Richmond Times Dispatch 02 Sep 2013 Hits:528 Virginia

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Attorneys for McDonnells to meet with prosecutors as key phase opens in gifts probe

Attorneys for McDonnells to meet with prosecutors as key phase opens in gifts probe

Attorneys for Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will spend Monday locked in separate hours-long meetings trying to convince federal prosecutors that the first couple should not be charged in the gifts scandal that has dominated state politics. The meetings open a new, critical phase of the investigation, timed to help prosecutors decide over the next few weeks whether to file charges, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation. Federal authorities have been investigating whether McDonnell (R) agreed to take official actions to aid nutritional supplement company...

Rosalind S. Helderman and Carol D. Leonnig, | The Washington Post 19 Aug 2013 Hits:559 Virginia

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Cuccinelli announces education proposals

Cuccinelli announces education proposals

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday unveiled an education policy that would expand tax credits that fund private school scholarships, legalize public funding of religious schools and give parents in an underperforming district the power to close, reform or convert a struggling school into a charter school. “There are undeniable and significant disparities that need to be addressed,” Cuccinelli said in the library of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond. “Every child deserves a high-quality education regardless of where they live,” he added, referencing schools in Petersburg...

Richard Nolan | Richmond Times Dispatch 15 Aug 2013 Hits:607 Virginia

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Bolling proposes ethics reform package

Bolling proposes ethics reform package

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is proposing a package of sweeping changes to the state’s ethics laws, including a ban on gifts over a certain amount, additional disclosure and expanded reporting requirements. Also today, House Republican leaders say they want to take up disclosure reform during the regularly scheduled January legislative session and not in a special session, as Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli prefers. Bolling floated his proposals through his political operation, the Virginia Mainstream Project. He wants a ban of gifts in excess of $250 in aggregate each calendar year, expanded gift reporting,...

Olympia Meola | Richmond Times Dispatch 06 Aug 2013 Hits:565 Virginia

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Robert Gibbs on Bob McDonnell: Virginia needs ‘caretaker’

Robert Gibbs on Bob McDonnell: Virginia needs ‘caretaker’

Former Obama adviser Robert Gibbs suggested on Monday that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should step aside in favor of a “caretaker” governor until the election. “I think at some point, you begin to really and truly ask the question, that is it time for Gov. McDonnell to step aside, honestly? We’ve had this drip, drip, drip of embarrassing allegations. And I say embarrassing, I don’t know if $120,000 in unreported loans, that should be probably worth larger than embarrassment on this,” Gibbs said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “We have an election...

Tal Kopan | Politico 29 Jul 2013 Hits:526 Virginia

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell finally apologizes

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell finally apologizes

DOES VIRGINIA Gov. Robert F. McDonnell get it or not? On Tuesday, Mr. McDonnell (R) apologized “for the embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens.” And, in an action that spoke much louder than those somewhat parsimonious words, he said he had repaid more than $124,000 to the businessman who plied him and his family with gifts, loans and cash. The repayment-with-interest to the businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr., was an implicit admission that governors should not be in the business of accepting...

Editorial Board | The Washington Post 26 Jul 2013 Hits:475 Virginia

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Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Outlaw Oral Sex—Yup, That Includes Between Marri…

In an unusual move, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), his party’s nominee for governor, launched a  new campaign website Wednesday highlighting his  efforts to reinstate Virginia’s unconstitutional Crimes Against Nature law. The rule, which makes felons out of even consenting married couples who engage in oral or anal sex in the privacy of their own homes, was  struck down by federal courts after Cuccinelli blocked efforts to bring it in line with the Supreme Court’s 2003  Lawrence v. Texas ruling. The new site,  vachildpredators.com, highlights 90 people identified “sexual predators” in Virginia who...

Josh Israel | ThinkProgress 21 Jul 2013 Hits:503 Virginia

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Some burglaries classified violent in rights restoration

Some burglaries classified violent in rights restoration

In streamlining the state’s restoration of rights process, it’s increasingly clear that automatic won’t mean overnight. The McDonnell administration today rolled out details of how the state’s new restoration of rights process will work after a committee of civil rights groups and others met over the course of 45 days to hash out the finer points of implementation. Some felons convicted of burglary and breaking and entering, who had previously been considered nonviolent felons for purposes of rights restoration, will be moved to the violent felons category. McDonnell originally moved burglary and breaking...

Olympia Meola | Richmond Times Dispatch 16 Jul 2013 Hits:437 Virginia

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Kaine joins efforts to repeal ban on prescription price negotiation

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today signed onto the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act – legislation that would end the ban on prescription drug price negotiations for the government’s largest health care program. “Every corner pharmacy negotiates for prescription drug prices so it makes no sense that the federal government isn’t allowed to do the same,” said Kaine. “At a time when we continue to look at every line item of the budget for savings, this common sense measure should be adopted to make Medicare more efficient and low-cost without compromising...

Valerie Garner | Roanoke Free Press 17 Jun 2013 Hits:1558 Virginia

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Cuccinelli calls for expediting rights restorations

Cuccinelli calls for expediting rights restorations

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli today released a report presenting legal alternatives to the current system of restoring the civil rights of nonviolent felons.   The report, compiled by a bipartisan commission of lawyers convened by the attorney general in March, suggests the General Assembly could establish and fund a "permanent function" under the governor's office, dedicated to rights applications.   It also says the governor could "exercise his discretionary clemency power in a more expansive manner" to streamline the process and make it easier for felons who have paid their debt to society to enjoy its rights...

Jim Nolan | Richmond Times Dispatch 28 May 2013 Hits:1768 Virginia

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