The House easily passed a bill by Henrico Del. Jennifer McClellan that would relieve school resource officers of their current duty to enforce school board rules and codes of student conduct.
The bill, HB 487, passed 95-2 Thursday and awaits discussion in the Senate Committee on Education and Health. Del. James LeMunyon, R-67, and Del. Brenda Pogge, R-96, were the only legislators to vote against the bill. > Read more.
By Missy Schrott, Capital News Service 02/11/2016 General Assembly
A key House committee plans to review a bill by Henrico Del. Peter Farrell that he said would make workers’ compensation more fair and transparent.
The bill, HB378, would establish fee schedules for medical services. Farrell said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the bill’s future.
“For at least four or five years now, we’ve been trying to figure out how to come up with a more transparent reimbursement system in our workers’ compensation world in Virginia,” he said. > Read more.
By Hunter Ross, Capital News Service 02/11/2016 General Assembly
The Virginia Senate passed a bill by Henrico Sen. Donald McEachin to require the Department of Environmental Quality to create an inventory of toxic waste sites not managed by the EPA.
The legislation, SB 227, passed Friday 38-1. Sen. Richard Black, R-13, was the only vote against the bill. Despite multiple attempts, Black could not be reached for a comment.
The victory for McEachin comes the day after his environmental agenda took a devastating blow in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, of which he is a member. > Read more.
By Kyle Taylor, Capital News Service 02/11/2016 General Assembly
Government officials who are authorized to perform marriages could refuse to marry same-sex couples under a bill approved Monday by the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee over the objections of LGBT advocates.
The American Civil Liberties Union, Equality Virginia and other groups opposed Senate Bill 41, which also states that religious organizations and their employees may deny “services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges” for a marriage if it would “violate a sincerely held religious belief.”
Splitting along party lines, the committee voted 8-7 in favor of SB 41, which was sponsored by Sen. Charles Carrico, R-Galax. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports
FEB. 10, 10:30 A.M. – Polykon Manufacturing LLC, a joint venture between European companies Seppic, Inc. and Schülke Inc., will invest more than $60 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Henrico County, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today. Seppic and schülke are entities of Air Liquide Healthcare. Virginia successfully competed against Ohio for the project, which will create approximately 50 new jobs in the county's White Oak Technology Park in Sandston.
McAuliffe met with senior company officials at the Seppic headquarters in Paris during his European Marketing Mission last June. Polykon Manufacturing LLC will manufacture ingredients for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Air Liquide has maintained Virginia operations in Chesterfield County and Prince William County for over 10 years.
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By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 02/09/2016 Henrico Schools
Uncertainty about the components of the state's next biennial budget – which legislators are crafting this month – has Henrico County Public Schools officials awaiting clarity as they work to propose their own budget for the coming fiscal year.
HCPS officials are hopeful that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to fund new teaching positions statewide – which would partially cover 46 new elementary school jobs in Henrico in FY16-17 (and another 42 secondary school positions the following year) – will take shape, but for now their budget doesn't include them.
They anticipate that McAuliffe's proposed 2-percent pay raise for teachers will lead to a similar pay raise for all county employees, but for now their tentative school budget does not include one. > Read more.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
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