Leading Virginia Forward - Week in Review

Governor Northam speaks with an educator as he tours the 27th annual Art Expressions show at the James Monroe Building in Richmond, Virginia on Monday, March 11. The exhibit featured artwork created by residents of Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center.    

 

WEEK OF MARCH 15, 2019

Governor Northam Signs Legislation to Establish Eviction Diversion Pilot Program in Four Virginia Cities

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Virginia localities have some of the highest rates of evictions in the nation, yet there are clear gaps our ability to obtain tangible data and fully address this crisis in our Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “My administration remains focused on increasing access to quality, affordable housing and this pilot program will assist the state in developing stronger methods for preventing evictions and expanding important protections for all renters in Virginia.”

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Governor Northam Announces Over $6.7 Million in GO Virginia Grant Funding to Support Regional Entrepreneurship, Workforce and Talent-Development Initiatives

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “GO Virginia continues to promote innovative partnerships between businesses, local governments, and educational institutions to expand and diversify regional economies and help reach our shared economic goals,” said Governor Northam. “These seven projects will build upon the momentum we are seeing throughout the Commonwealth to develop the talent, sites, and new businesses that make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”

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Governor Northam Announces M.C. Dean, Inc. to Invest $25.1 Million to Incorporate New Product Line at Caroline County Fabrication and Distribution Facility, Creating 100 New Jobs

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “With over 1,500 employees and a 70-year history in Virginia, M.C. Dean is a valued employer that continues to demonstrate tremendous confidence in the Commonwealth’s business climate and skilled workforce,” said Governor Northam. “The company’s major expansion in Caroline County will help strengthen both the regional economy and Virginia’s growing advanced manufacturing sector, and we thank M.C. Dean for its long-term partnership and reinvestment in the Commonwealth.”

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Governor Northam Announces Virginia to Receive $2.2 Million Grant to Tackle Overuse of Low-Value Health Care

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “As a physician and as governor, ensuring that all Virginians have access to quality-based health care has always been my top priority,” said Governor Northam. “With this generous grant from Arnold Ventures and the work of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation, we’ll be able to ensure that more patients in Virginia are getting the right care in the appropriate setting.”

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Governor Northam Announces Scholle IPN Packaging, Inc. to Add 42 New Jobs, $10.29 Million Investment to Expand Manufacturing Operation in Smyth County

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Scholle IPN has a history of success in Southwest Virginia, and the company’s decision to expand operations in Smyth County is a strong testament to the region’s dedicated workforce and industry-leading training programs,” said Governor Northam. “With more than 240,000 Virginians employed in the manufacturing industry, this sector remains the backbone of many communities throughout our Commonwealth. We are proud to support Scholle IPN as the company evolves its technology and continues to grow.”

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Governor Northam’s Key Legislative Action This Week

Governor Northam signed legislation to ease transitions for military families relocating to the Commonwealth. House Bill 2169 authorizes the Board of Medicine to expedite physician assistant (PA) licenses for spouses of active duty service members who hold a current certification and have license in good standing in another state. House Bill 1623 and Senate Bill 1249 allow relocating students with service member parents to register for courses and academic programs prior to moving to their permanent residence in the school division.

Governor Northam vetoed House Bill 2253, which would jeopardize public safety by requiring the Virginia Department of State Police to issue a de facto nonresident concealed handgun permit if the agency fails to complete its review of an application within 90 days.

Governor Northam signed House Bill 1753, which prohibits school employees from opening or closing an electronic room partition except in certain limited circumstances. This legislation was prompted by the tragic death of third-grader Wesley Lipicky in Fairfax County.

Governor Northam vetoed House Bill 2611 and House Bill 2269, which would prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a regional program to reduce carbon dioxide air pollution from power plants and vehicles and other transportation sources, respectively, unless authorized by two-thirds of the General Assembly.

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