Latest: Virginia lawmakers uphold coal ash changes

Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments (all times local): 8:20 p.m. State lawmakers have upheld Gov.
The measure as amended by the governor requires site assessments of the ash ponds by Dec. 1.
Without the governor’s changes, the measure would have allowed state environmental officials to issue long-term closure permits before the assessments were conducted.
The GOP-controlled House of Delegates rejected an amendment to the state’s budget that would have given Democratic Gov.
Thirty-one states have expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, including some with Republican governors.
The Senate on Wednesday rejected an amendment from Gov.
___ 1:10 p.m. Virginia lawmakers have rejected Gov.
The two Democratic candidates for governor in Virginia are pushing Republican lawmakers to expand Medicaid, signaling the issue could be a major campaign talking point this year.
The GOP-controlled General Assembly, which is back at the Capitol to consider McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments, is expected to reject Medicaid expansion later Wednesday.
McAuliffe has also proposed a budget amendment that would give him power to expand Medicaid, saying the issue had gained new urgency after President Donald Trump’s recent defeat in repealing the Affordable Care Act.

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