Outgoing Governor McAuliffe offers Final State of the Commonwealth

Virginia Gov. Terry Mc Auliffe gestures as he addresses a joint session of the the 2018 session in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond Va. Mc Auliffe told a national television audience he’d knock Presid

"I think it is something we will have support from both sides of the aisle". "That's more individuals than will die on our highways in Virginia and we can't allow that", he said.

Right now, only federally-licensed firearms dealers are required to obtain the results of a background check when selling or transferring a firearm. Governor-elect Northam, it is time to force the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to live up to its name and obligation to Virginians, not fold under to corporations who want to rape our environment for their personal gain.

Also among the proposals: a bill that would adjust a carbon cap-and-trade program announced in November, giving the General Assembly a say in how the revenue is allocated.

Along with McAuliffe, who did most of the talking at the press conference, Northam also endorsed expanding absentee voting and increasing the threshold for what's considered felony larceny from $200 to $1,000. "It's disgraceful. It's embarrassing", McAuliffe said.

McAuliffe leaves office on Saturday and says he is "taking nothing off the table" when it comes to a possible presidential bid in 2020.

In the halls of the Capitol after McAuliffe's speech, House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert said the party is thankful for McAuliffe, and thankful for McAuliffe's service, but also looking forward to a new administration. Northam has refused to state a position regarding the ACP and MVP pipelines, and has implied that they should be built "if it can be done safely" (the same dodge used by McAuliffe). That's a figure that exceeds any previous governor by more than $6.5 billion dollars, he said.

The Borrower's Bill of Rights would require student loan servicers in Virginia to follow common sense rules and obtain a license from the Bureau of Financial Institutions.

But Republicans took a different view of McAulife's farewell speech. They are focusing on what they call "practical solutions to everyday issues".

"Over the coming weeks we will continue to roll out a robust agenda to help better the lives of the people we serve", said spokesperson Parker Slaybaugh. But Democrats made big gains in last fall's elections. You know, we need to bring this country together, we need to work together.

The legislative session begins Wednesday at noon.

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