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Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Undermining Virginia Public Schools

March 24, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe yesterday vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system. The Governor’s full veto statements are reprinted here.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Independent Review Of WMATA

March 23, 2017

This morning on WTOP, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced an independent review of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to identify potential changes to governance and funding, and help position WMATA to support growth in the region.

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Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation Legalizing Discrimination

March 23, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 1324 and House Bill 2025, identical bills that would shield from civil liability those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. The Governor’s full statement is below:

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Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Allowing Unrestricted Furnishing Of Lethal Weapons To Minors

March 20, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 865, which would provide minors with easy and unrestricted access to lethal weapons. The Governor’s full statement is below:

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Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Legalizing The Carrying Of Concealed Switchblade Knives

March 20, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 1347, which would legalize the carrying of concealed switchblade knives and legalize switchblade-related transactions. The Governor’s full statement is below:

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Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Restricting Local Decision Making On Wages

March 17, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 1753, which would restrict local governments from making their own decisions about the wages that contractors pay employees. The Governor’s full veto statement is below:

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Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Legislation That Would Undermine Healthy Franchisee-Franchisor Relationships

March 17, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 1394, which would categorically prohibit franchisees and their employees from being considered the employees of a franchisor. The Governor’s full veto statement is below:

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Herring Calls On Trump Administration And Congressional Leaders To Maintain Federal Protections For College Students

March 16, 2017

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined 20 other state attorneys general and regulators from across the country in calling on the U.S Secretary of Education and Congressional leaders to maintain strong federal protections for taxpayers and for college students who attend for-profit institutions.

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Virginia Department Of Veterans Services Receives U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs Award For Veteran Homelessness Efforts

March 16, 2017

Governor McAuliffe announced today that the Virginia Department of Veterans Services received the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The award recognizes the innovative partnership between the Commonwealth and federal and local entities that enabled Virginia to be named as the first state to functionally end veteran homelessness in 2015.

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Reaching Goals With Blindness

March 16, 2017

The Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired celebrates the graduation of Angelica Rios from the American Massage & Bodywork Institute on Friday, March 17. Angelica has had an incredible journey from her birth in Peru to graduation day. At the age of 27, Rios was a victim of a terrorist attack that claimed the life of her son and caused major physical injury to herself, including the loss of vision.

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