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The AOBA Virginia Government Affairs Committee and Virginia Metropolitan Political Action Committee will meet jointly Friday, October 11 from 1:30...

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Over the last several years, AOBA has defeated several attempts to add “source of income” to the list of protected classes under fair...

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As the political landscape in Virginia continues to shift, partisan control over the General Assembly hangs in the balance of the 2019 elections....

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Back by popular demand, AOBA will host a FREE seminar for members on Virginia's Landlord/Tenant Laws on Monday, June 24 in conjunction with...

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The Virginia Government Affairs Committee and Virginia Metropolitan Political Action Committee will meet Tuesday, April 9 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at...

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On January 12, the Alexandria City Council adopted WasteSmart on a unanimous vote. The strategic plan is a 20-year comprehensive plan to ensure the...

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The Virginia General Assembly opened for its 2019 legislative session on January 9. As legislative proposals continue to take shape, the...

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The window for non-residential property owners in the City of Alexandria to apply for credits against the City’s stormwater management fee...

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The Prince William County Department of Development Services’ Land Development Division is encouraging members to attend a seminar to examine...

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Back by popular demand, AOBA will host a FREE seminar for members on Virginia's Landlord/Tenant Law on Wednesday, October 3 in conjunction with...

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AOBA is pleased to announce that we will host Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova as part of our new Mayors and Chairs...

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Back by popular demand, AOBA will host a FREE seminar for members on Virginia's Landlord/Tenant Law on September 12 at 11:00am in conjunction with...

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As a resource for members with Virginia interests, AOBA has compiled water and sewer rates and projected increases for Northern Virginia’s...

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The Virginia Supreme Court recently found a 15-year lease unenforceable because it was not executed with the formalities of a “deed” as...

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Alexandria City Councilman and Vice Mayor Justin Wilson won in a primary challenge versus sitting Mayor Allison Silberberg. In a narrow upset of...

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The City of Alexandria will launch a new credit policy December 1, allowing property owners to reduce their annual stormwater utility fees by...

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AOBA is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Arlington County Board Chairman Katie Cristol as part of our new Mayors and Chairs event series...

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The Alexandria City Council confirmed plans to raise the local meals tax from 4 to 5 percent to fund affordable housing, boosting the cost of the...

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Fiscal Year 2019 budgets have been adopted for Northern Virginia’s five primary jurisdictions. In large part, the adopted budgets hold the...

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Back by popular demand, AOBA will once again be offering FREE Fire Protection Systems training to members with interests in Fairfax County. Working...

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The General Assembly rejected unfriendly amendments made by the Governor to AOBA-supported legislation regarding local regulation of landscape cover...

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AOBA provided testimony against Prince William County's proposal to triple the technology tax this Tuesday. To watch the full testimony, click below:

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Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposals are out for Northern Virginia’s five primary jurisdictions. In large part, the proposed budgets hold the...

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AOBA's legislative agenda is advancing on a positive trajectory as the 2018 Virginia General Assembly draws to a close. This year, AOBA has...

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On February 22, Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz presented his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019. At the direction of the County Board,...

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Alexandria City Manager Mark Jinks presented his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019 on February 20. The advertised budget maintains includes no...

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AOBA-initiated legislation related to clarifying the burden of proof upon appeal -- as erroneously high, local real estate assessments in Virginia...

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As part of his outgoing budget, Governor Terry McAuliffe proposed a plan for dedicated funding for Metro. The proposed $150 million annually would...

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Last week, Katie Cristol was appointed by her colleagues on the Arlington County Board as Chair, and Christian Dorsey was appointed as Vice...

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Following a judicial process, a three-judge panel has declared one of four races tight enough to trigger a recount after this past November’s...

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Bryan Hill as County Executive. He will take office January 2. Hill...

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Congratulations to AOBA's Virginia Vice President Brian Gordon (4th from left in photo below) and Manager of Government Affairs Bismah Ahmed (2nd...

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AOBA is pleased to partner with the Fairfax County Department of Solid Waste’s Recycling Division to offer members a special opportunity to...

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The Arlington County Board voted on Nov. 29 to proceed with the advertisement of public hearings for the creation of proposed housing conservation...

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The recent elections in Virginia resulted in huge gains for Democrats as Democratic candidates swept all three Constitutional offices and appear...

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As one of only two states nationwide that holds its elections in odd years, Virginia voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 7 to elect a...

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The City of Alexandria is nearing the completion of its task force process to develop recommendations for revised parking standards for new...

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City Manager Mark B. Jinks announced on Sept. 12 that the proposed Old Town Business Improvement District (BID) will receive no further...

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The Virginia Government Affairs Committee and Virginia Metropolitan Political Action Committee will meet Wednesday, September 13 from 1:30 to 3:00...

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Governor Terry McAuliffe and his administration have resurrected a plan to allow local governments the authority to mandate that commercial property...

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As anticipated, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie won their respective parties’...

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AOBA is working with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce to develop a policy statement on behalf of the business community with regard to the city's...

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed H.B. 1960 into law, voiding a local ordinance adopted by Arlington County in December to require that commercial...

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The City of Alexandria has proposed to implement a stormwater management fee to fund the City’s stormwater management program and Chesapeake...

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Changes have been proposed to the City of Alexandria’s Bonus Density and Height Program to attract greater investment in the development of...

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After 20 years of service on the Arlington County Board, Chairman Jay Fisette has announced that he will not to run for re-election as his term...

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Fairfax City Council member David L. Meyer won a special election Tuesday night to replace Scott Silverthorne as Mayor of Fairfax City after his...

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AOBA’s 2017 Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly session drew a record number of participants.Nearly 60 industry members traveled to the...

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Accommodation of Assistive Animal Requests After a lengthy review by the Virginia Housing Commission during the legislative interim, Senator George...

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The Virginia General Assembly has begun an active 2017 legislative session. During the course of the 45-daysession, the General Assembly will...

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At its December 14 meeting, the Virginia Housing Commission unanimously voted to elect Delegate Danny Marshall (R-Danville) as Chairman and Senator...

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The Affordable Housing Work Group of the Virginia Housing Commission recommended that the Housing Commission endorse and introduce legislation this...

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AOBA issued a letter last week to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, calling for the inclusion of several...

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A controversial proposal to require a second signature for trespass towing from private property was rejected last week by the Arlington County...

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A controversial proposal to require a second signature for trespass towing from private property was rejected last week by the Arlington County...

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Addressing the money Committees of the Virginia General Assembly last week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a revenue shortfall of nearly $1.5...

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AOBA presented testimony last week before two separate Work Groups convened by the Virginia Housing Commission related to fraudulent requests for...

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The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group supporting an effective and efficient regional transportation network,...

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Continuing its work for the 2016 legislative interim, the Virginia Housing Commission will convene two work group meetings this week to evaluate...

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is conducting a study of flood risk for the Middle Potomac Anacostia Occoquan Watershed. The results...

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Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey defeated challenger/Planning Commissioner Eric Gutschall in the June 14 Democratic primary for the...

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Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey defeated challenger/Planning Commissioner Eric Gutschall in the June 14 Democratic primary for the...

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The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) is seeking public input on transportation priorities for the region’s Fiscal Year 2017...

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Alington County Board Chairman Libby Garvey spoke to AOBA's Virginia Legislative Commitee on May 25th about ongoing business and development issues...

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The AOBA Virginia Government Affairs Committee will meet Wednesday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the offices of CRC Commercial, 1650 Tysons Boulevard,...

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Proposed budgets for Fiscal Year 2017 for major Northern Virginia jurisdictions including the City of Alexandria, Loudoun County, Prince William...

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On May 4, the Alexandria City Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of proposed revisions to the City's sign ordinance supported by...

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On April 5, the Alexandria Planning Commission deferred action on proposed revisions to the City's sign ordinance based on AOBA's testimony that...

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The 2016 Virginia General Assembly session, which adjourned on Friday, March 11, was an extremely successful one for the commercial real estate...

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On March 1, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed S.B. 736 into law. The bill, which was introduced by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), will become...

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In presenting his proposed budget in January, Gov. McAuliffe had allocated $10 to $20 million in each of the next two years of the biennial budget...

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AOBA secured introduction of legislation this year in response to local action taken by the City of Harrisonburg to regulate the placement of...

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The Virginia General Assembly, which convened its 2016 legislative session on Jan. 13, will meet this year for 60-days; during that time,...

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Local Fire Inspections - Saving Members Time and Money AOBA initiated a change to Arlington County’s policy of requiring “fully...

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Virginia recently ranked No. 12 in Site Selection magazine’s list of top states with the best business climates for 2015. Georgia ranked No. 1...

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In not-so-good news for our region's real estate industry, due to Virginia’s “higher business costs” and “declining economic...

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Last week, Governor McAuliffe announced the launch of VirginiaSAVES, a new program designed to lower financing costs for energy efficiency,...

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According to Inc. Magazine, 26 of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing private companies are now located in Loudoun County. The list includes 12...

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Arlington County is seeking stakeholder feedback regarding a proposal to extend the hours of parking meter operation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday...

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The City of Alexandria’s “AAA” and “Aaa” credit ratings from Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s...

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The Residential Land Use & Neighborhood Transitions Work Group of the Virginia Housing Commission met this week to consider several pieces of...

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AOBA’s Virginia Metropolitan Political Action Committee has identified the 29th District Senate race as a key seat and plans to conduct...

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AOBA recently responded to a request for feedback from Prince William County with regard to the impending update to the Economic Development Chapter...

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ’s “disparate impact rule.”...

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Primary elections were held in the Commonwealth of Virginia on June 9. The interparty elections featured eight Senate contests, ten House races and...

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Arlington County is currently embarking on a Community Facilities Study as a collaborative effort between the County, Arlington Public Schools...

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A primary election contest will be held Tuesday, June 9 to determine the Democratic nomination for Alexandria City Mayor. Sitting Mayor Bill Euille...

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The AOBA Virginia Government Affairs Committee and Virginia Metropolitan Political Action Committee will meet jointly Wednesday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m....

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The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), the regional body in charge of allocating transportation funds, voted last week to fund...

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The Virginia Housing Commission convened for its first meeting of the 2015 legislative interim earlier this month. The Commission is comprised of...

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More than 30 members attended an Arlington County stakeholder meeting on April 8 to provide input regarding proposed changes currently under...

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Proposed budgets for Fiscal Year 2016 for the major Northern Virginia jurisdictions have been presented, and for the most part attempt to hold the...

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The departure of Mount Vernon Delegate Scott Surovell to run for the State Senate left a vacancy in the leadership ranks of the Virginia House of...

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Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan presented her proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016. Following the budget guidance given her by the County...

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Industry-supported amendments to Virginia Rental Housing Act (HB 1451) passed unanimously by House of Delegates on a 98-0 vote. This bill is...

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Industry-supported amendments to Virginia Rental Housing Act (HB 1451) passed unanimously by House of Delegates on a 98-0 vote. This bill is...

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On Jan. 19, the Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition announced the adoption of a resolution encouraging investments in transportation based on...

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Following State Senator John Watkins in November, State Senator Walter Stosch (R – Henrico) is the second local Republican leader to announce...

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Arlington County last week announced the hiring of Victor Hoskins as its new Director of Economic Development. Hoskins comes to Arlington County by...

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The Arlington County Board last month provided guidance to the County Manager in preparing the fiscal year 2016 budget and spending plan for the...

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As reported, the Nov. 4 elections saw Independent candidate John Vihstadt reelected to the Arlington County Board, long dominated by the Democratic...

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On a convincing 56% to 44% margin, Independent candidate John Vihstadt was reelected to the County Board, defeating Democratic candidate Alan Howze....

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Several members participated in a recent feedback session, hosted by Arlington County, to receive stakeholder input with regard to proposed vending...

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Members with Virginia properties gathered for AOBA’s Virginia Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee meeting on Oct. 22 at the offices...

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As the General Assembly convened for its special session, House Democrats coalesced to elect a new Caucus Chairman. Delegate Mark Sickles...

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In a surprise announcement, Blue Ridge District Supervisor Janet Clarke (R) revealed that she would not seek re-election in November. Clarke, who...

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Loudoun County has experienced tremendous growth over the last two decades, accompanied by nearly ubiquitous construction. To keep track of all that...

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe addressed the Joint Money Committees of the Virginia General Assembly earlier this month, and the news was not positive. The...

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AOBA's Virginia Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee and Metropolitan Political Action Committee will meet jointly Thursday, April 24 at 1:30...

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Petersburg Delegate Roslyn Dance won a 4-way firehouse primary this Saturday, securing the Democratic nomination in the black-majority Senate...

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The Governor issued recommended amendments to H.B. 638, legislation brought forward by AOBA and a coalition of likeminded real estate organizations...

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AOBA wrapped up a successful session, as the Virginia General Assembly adjourned this weekend. The legislature failed to take action on a biennial...

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The good news coming out of Arlington County is that the County Board has advertised a real estate tax rate with no increase over fiscal year 2014....

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The Virginia House of Delegates will vote this week on H.B. 1059, legislation introduced at the request of Dominion Virginia Power to allow the...

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The 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly convened last week, with Republicans clinging to a narrow majority in the State Senate. As the...

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