VPM Daily Newscast: February 9, 2022
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Here’s a recap of the top stories on the morning of Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Republican-led committees block two state Constitutional Amendments
Reported by VPM News’ Whittney Evans
The Democrat-controlled legislature voted last year to strip Virginia’s now-defunct gay marriage ban from the state Constitution. It defines marriage as between one man and one woman. They also took up a Constitutional Amendment restoring the voting rights of people who were previously incarcerated for a felony conviction. But on Tuesday, a GOP-led committee cut that proposal short, without explaining why.
In party-line vote, state Senate rejects Andrew Wheeler Nomination
Reported by VPM News’ Patrick Larsen
The Virginia Senate voted on party lines yesterday to reject the nomination of Andrew Wheeler for Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources. The former Environmental Protection Agency administrator has drawn criticism for his history of working with fossil fuel interests. Republicans in the Senate argued that the Governor generally gets his way on appointments. But said some Democrats were concerned Wheeler would not carry out the secretary’s charge of preserving public resources for the public good.
In Other News:
Fairfax County Report Recommends Renaming Lee Highway And Lee-Jackson Highway - DCist
“No time runs against the king:” State collecting on decades-old college debts - VPM
VA Senate scraps effort to abolish mandatory minimum sentences - VPM
Some county parents call school COVID rules discriminatory – The Daily Progress
Deaf Chesterfield pup on Team Fluff in Sunday's Puppy Bowl – Richmond Times-Dispatch
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