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OAI Virginia Lobby Day 2017

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With completion of Virginia’s 2017 legislative session, we now have the line dividing freedom and statism for this fall’s election.

Starting with regulations, the legislature exposed rules bureaucracies write to an analysis of how they might impact entrepreneurs and the economy.

Politicians now can recall regulations found not to conform with the original bill’s intent. Unfortunately, our government defeated a plan to have a commission list other red tape for repeal.

Further, they defeated a bill to stop licensing boards from misusing their power to persecute nonconforming professionals. No one struggles more with licensing and its associated fees than the poor, but Virginia defeated a bill to exempt them from that tax.

Diving from general regulations into specific markets, in healthcare the legislature exempted direct primary agreements from insurance regulation, but hospitals will continue to have the power to stop competing health centers from being constructed.

Read more at the Suffolk News-Herald