Youngkin passes 100 bills; vetoes marijuana sales and raising minimum wage

Governor Glenn Youngkin acted on 107 bills yesterday regarding a variety of topics.

Of the 100 passed, they included increasing law enforcement’s ability to prosecute child predators, expanding inmate access to health services, and raising the age for Jury Duty exemption from 70 to 73.

7 bills were vetoed including raising the minimum wage and the retail sale of marijuana.

In Youngkin’s veto statement, he claimed that legalizing the sale of marijuana would increase gang and violent crime, and have a negative effect on youth.

Virginia became the first southern state to legalize recreational use of marijuana in 2021.

The minimum wage proposal would have increased the current $12 rate incrementally to $13.50 in 2025 then $15 by 2026.

A full list of the 100 bills passed is available here.

Veto statements for the 7 others are available here.

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Warren County Board of Supervisors announce a tax adjustment

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The Warren County Board of Supervisors (WCBS) announced that they authorized the County Administrator to advertise a real estate tax of 54 cents from the previous 49 cents.

That adjustment is a 10 percent increase.

The personal property tax rate will raise 9 percent to $4.36 from $4.00.

Funding of the police fire and rescue was the reason sighted by several supervisors.

Public safety and public-school needs are a top priority in this situation.

North River District Supervisor Rich Jamieson put it in perspective in the email release stating that it is a highly unusual situation with revenue going down while inflationary pressures are driving costs up.

Jamieson went on to say that the board is facing a wider gap that poses higher challenges than normal when it comes to public safety according to the email.

Warren County has not had a real estate tax increase since 2019.

A public hearing on the matter has been announced for April 9 at the Warren County Government Center with additional details to come.

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Shenandoah River Report 3-29-24

In this edition of the SRR, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf updates us on current Shenandoah River conditions, and has some tips on what to wear on those early Spring river excursions. Brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors, where Don Roberts can help you plan those South Fork adventures in 2024. Visit FRO at https://frontroyaloutdoors.com

 

VSP identify victim in fatal Shenandoah Co. crash and seek information

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report that they have identified the victim in the fatal Shenandoah County crash and continue the investigation.

The crash occurred between 5 and 8:10 a.m. March 23 along Interstate 81 at mile marker 296 near Strasburg.

The remains of the victim have been identified by the state Medical Examiner.

James W. Carr Jr. of New Hampshire was walking along Interstate 81 when he was struck by a vehicle that did not stop.

The investigation confirms that the 64-year-old Carr was driving his tractor trailer and stopped at the Toms Brook Pilot Travel Center on Mount Olive Road.

Carr was seen exiting the center at approximately 4:20 a.m. March 23.

He was seen wearing a black jacket, brown hat with white lettering, blue jeans, green shirt, and brown boots.

Carr was traveling in a red Freightliner Cascadia tractor trailer with Crete Carrier Corporation on the side.

Carr’s belongings, like his cell phone and wallet were found in the truck.

The vehicle that struck Carr will likely have noticeable front-end damage.

Anyone who saw anyone matching Carr’s description or has any information on the incident should call 540-459-5141.

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Capitals and Wizards move to Virginia falls through

The potential move to Virginia for the Washington Capitals and Wizards along with the construction of an entertainment district have been scrapped.

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson released a video statement yesterday announcing they have ended all negotiations on the $2 billion complex.

A few hours later, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals and Wizards through his organization Monumental Sports and Entertainment, announced a $500 million investment to modernize Capital One Arena and improve the surrounding areas.

Governor Glenn Youngkin, who advocated for the move, released a statement regarding his disappointment in the deal falling through.

Youngkin previously stated that the entertainment district could bring $12 billion and 30,000 jobs to the Commonwealth.

Opponents of the deal cited the $1.5 billion in bonds supported by Virginia tax payers and a recent announcement from DC’s Attorney General that found Monumental had previously agreed to stay in the city till 2047.

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News Makers Cline and Bonzano on the emergency situation

Warren County Sheriff Crystal Cline and Fire Chief James Bonzano review the intense fire and rescue efforts from March 20 in our latest news maker.

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Both officials explain the strain that was put on resources on March 20.

Fire Chief Bonzano explains the logistics of attempting to cover all calls with a limited and often short staff.

Both Sheriff Cline and Chief Bonzano commend that community for coming through in what was a extreme situation.

Chief Bonzano explains how great the need is for additional personnel as well.

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