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Beyer Defends Science And Scientific Research At Rally Before Marching For Science

April 22, 2017

This morning Virginia Congressman Don Beyer (D-8) addressed a group of constituents, scientists and defenders of science outside the U.S. Capitol. He spoke of the need to protect scientific integrity and funding for scientific agencies against attacks from hostile officials. Following his brief remarks to the rally near the Capitol, Rep. Beyer took part in the March for Science.

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No Wrong Door Celebrates 100th Partner

April 12, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Mark R. Warner today announced the 100th partner to join No Wrong Door, a public-private effort which helps Virginians gain streamlined access to needed services through a virtual network of resources connecting people, providers and communities.

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Governor McAuliffe Statement On Reconvened Session

April 6, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement after all 40 of his vetoes were upheld and 83% of his amended legislation was accepted during the 2017 reconvened session. The Governor vetoed a total of 111 bills through four legislative sessions, all of which were sustained.

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General Assembly Rejects McAuliffe’s Proposed Amendments To Combined Sewer Legislation

April 6, 2017

The Virginia General Assembly has rejected amendments to legislation regarding the City of Alexandria’s efforts to improve water quality, and has sent the bills back to the Governor in the form originally passed earlier this year.

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Governor Announces Feature Film ‘Juanita’ To Film In Virginia

April 5, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the upcoming feature film Juanita, starring Academy Award-nominated actress Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave, Captain America: Civil War) and Petersburg native Blair Underwood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., L.A. Law), will film in Virginia this spring. Juanita will be directed by Clark Johnson (Homeland, The Wire). Virginia native Mel Jones (Dear White People), Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow) and Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation) will produce the film.

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Two Administration Officials Receive National Environmental Achievement Award For State Public Service

March 31, 2017

Governor McAuliffe today announced that two administration officials have received the National Environmental Achievement Award for State Public Service. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies selected Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and her deputy, Russ Baxter, in recognition of their leadership and advocacy for clean water and the Chesapeake Bay.

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Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Nutrition Bill Imposing New Requirements On Families

March 28, 2017

Yesterday, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2207 which would impose needless additional bureaucratic requirements on the administration of nutrition assistance by the Department of Social Services. The Governor’s full veto statement is reprinted here.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 65% Growth In Solar Industry-related Jobs In Virginia In 2016

March 28, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia is one of the fastest growing solar job markets in the country. In The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016, Virginia is 2nd in the Southeast and tied with Utah for 9th in the U.S. for year-over-year solar job growth.

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McAuliffe Vetoes Bill That Would Create Obstacles To Public Assistance

March 27, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 2092 which would add costly, time-consuming and unnecessary steps when the Department of Social Services evaluates an applicant’s eligibility for public assistance.

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McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Placing Additional Immigration Requirements On Localities

March 27, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today has vetoed House Bill 2000 which would impose an unnecessary and divisive requirement upon localities regarding the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

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