Archives for June 2017

Vets Transitioning To Insurance Agents?

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces and some active duty military and reservists now have a new incentive to become licensed insurance agents in Virginia. The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance recently received approval from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training to provide licensure tests to veterans. This allows veterans who sit for certain Virginia insurance licensure examinations to be reimbursed under the GI Bill®.  Virginia joins seven other states whose insurance licensing examinations are reimbursable under this federal program.

Vets Transitioning To Insurance Agents?

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces and some active duty military and reservists now have a new incentive to become licensed insurance agents in Virginia. The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance recently received approval from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training to provide licensure tests to veterans. This allows veterans who sit for certain Virginia insurance licensure examinations to be reimbursed under the GI Bill®.  Virginia joins seven other states whose insurance licensing examinations are reimbursable under this federal program.

VA Execution Plan Spurs Debate On Mental Illness

The upcoming execution of a Virginia inmate has pushed to the forefront the debate over whether people with mental illness should be shielded from the ultimate punishment. William Morva is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday for the killings of a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy in 2006. Morva’s attorneys are calling on Virginia’s governor to spare his life.

Fireworks Safety Ahead Of The 4th

With July 4th upon us, a reminder about who should use fireworks and who shouldn’t. During the past 10 years, 778 fires and 650 explosions have been ignited by fireworks across Virginia according to the Virginia Fire Incident Reporting System. Unfortunately, the Commonwealth has seen a tremendous increase in total number of fireworks-related incidents, with a total of 105 fireworks-related incidents in 2016 compared to only 34 incidents in 2015. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospitals across the country treated 11,900 firework-related injuries during calendar year 2015. Additionally, eleven people died as a result of their injuries.

A Reminder About Safe Summer Boating

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) will be joining boating agencies across the United States who are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating. Virginia Conservation Police Officers will be out on the water in force, looking out for boaters who are under the influence. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in the United States. In response, Operation Dry Water, June 30-July 2, is the weekend of heightened enforcement of boating under the influence (BUI) laws. This is a part of a national coordinated effort to raise awareness about the dangers of BUI, and to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to alcohol use on our waterways.

New Online Registration Option For Drivers

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will soon offer a new convenience for customers when 2017 legislation becomes effective on July 1. Currently, only customers who renew their vehicle registration online prior to its expiration can print a receipt to serve as proof that the holder has extended his registration period. However, beginning July 1, customers who want to renew an expired vehicle registration will also be able to print a receipt to use as proof of the registration renewal until registration decals arrive in the mail seven-to-10 business days later. Prior to July 1, these customers would have needed to visit a DMV customer service center to complete their transaction.

New Laws Affecting Alcohol Distilleries And Deliveries In VA

Simplified rules for Virginia distilleries at festivals and delivery of closed containers of alcohol to customer’s vehicles are just two of several business-friendly legislative proposals affecting Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) passed by this year’s General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. These laws will go into effect on Saturday, July 1. One measure expands the opportunities for distilleries to distribute their products at licensed events. Another involves deliveries of beer to customers in certain situations.

Heavy Travel For Virginians On The Fourth

More than a million Virginia residents are expected to travel to celebrate July Fourth.
AAA made the projection in a statement Wednesday, saying it expects 1.2 million Virginians to travel 50 miles or more from home. The projection is a 3 percent increase over 2016.
One million Virginians are expected to drive to their destinations, and there’s good news for drivers. AAA also says that as of Tuesday, Virginia gas prices are on average $2.03 per gallon. That’s 10 cents less than at this time last year.

First Fatal Fire Of 2017 In Nottoway County

The first fatal fire of the year in Nottoway County and authorities are trying to figure out what caused it. Crews were called to a home on East Courthouse Road near Blackstone at just before 4 Monday morning. Neighbors reported hearing a propane tank explode and by the time firefighters got there, the place was engulfed in flames. Once inside, about 40 minutes later, firefighters found a man dead in a bedroom. No word on his identity or an official cause of death.

Report: Senate Health Care Bill Costly For VA Medicaid

An analysis of the Senate health care bill shows its changes to the way Medicaid is funded would cost Virginia’s program at least $1.4 billion over seven years. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services released the estimate Monday. It says the Senate bill would cost Virginia almost double what the House version would between 2020 and 2026. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says that would “blow a hole” in the state’s budget