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2014 General Assembly Coverage Wrap Up

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ABC 8News Reporter Mark Tenia has spent many weeks covering some of the most talked about General Assembly bills ABC 8News Reporter Mark Tenia has spent many weeks covering some of the most talked about General Assembly bills
RICHMOND (WRIC) - Less testing for students, more transparency for lawmakers and ensuring enough psychiatric beds for those that need them: These were some of the major issues tackled and passed by legislators in this year's General Assembly session. ABC 8News Reporter Mark Tenia has spent many weeks covering some of the most talked about bills. Here's a complete wrap up:

SOL REFORM
House Republicans want to reduce how many standardized tests Virginia's public school students take. Efforts to reduce the number of standardized tests were met with broad support.

Original coverage: Republicans Want to Reduce Va. Standardized Testing

MENTAL HEALTH BILLS
Mental health reform was always a big talker at the General Assembly, but after Sen. Creigh Deeds was attacked by his son shortly after being released from a mental hospital, the state's top health official recently made some recommendations to improve the system.

Original coverage: Mental Health to be Big Topic at General Assembly
Full coverage on Creigh Deeds Stabbing

ETHICS REFORM
In light of the Star Scientific gift scandal faced by the Governor and the Attorney General last year, ethics reform

More info: Complete coverage on Gov. McDonnell Scandal

PET BILLS
Animal welfare was a hot topic at the General Assembly.  Hundreds of advocates lobbied for a bill to crack down on puppy mills even more in Virginia.

More info: Bailey's Law Advocates for Crackdown on Puppy Mills

BUDGET
The General Assembly did not pass a budget. One major sticking point was whether to expand Medicaid in the state and accept millions in federal dollars. House Republicans have been against the plan from the start, while Senate Democrats say the state loses money every day it doesn't expand.

Full coverage:
Lawmakers' Battle over Medicaid Could Lead to State Shutdown
Budget, Medicaid Concerns Could Lead to State Shutdown

Despite Differences, General Assembly Pass Important Bills


Which bills were you most happy to see pass? Are you disappointed by the ones that failed? Are there any issues they would have liked to see addressed in this year's session?


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