Kathryn Watson is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org's Virginia Bureau. Contact her at kwatson@watchdog.org and follow her on Twitter at @kathrynw5.

Virginia health laws may not be best medicine for consumers

By   /  March 3, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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irginia’s romance with government regulation may not be doing much good in the realm of health care, but lawmakers don’t seem too eager to change the status quo.

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Taxpayers soon could see why Virginia is filling lawyers’ pockets

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The offices of governor and attorney general might get a little more transparent in Virginia.

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Do consumer ratings sites make occupational licensing irrelevant?

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Economy, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The tools now at the tips of consumers’ fingertips, however, have not only revolutionized the way Americans evaluate and use services. With their rise, they have also rendered the argument for government-mandated occupational licensure requirements in fields from cosmetology to interior design less and less relevant.

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Occupational licensing doesn’t really benefit consumers, study finds

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Louisiana, National, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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It may be time to clean off those rose-colored glasses that make occupational licensing regulations appear they’re created for public safety.

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VA senators quietly kill bill requiring conviction before authorities seize property

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments


Virginia state senators quietly killed a bill that would have required a person to be convicted of a crime before law enforcement can seize their property.

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Conviction may come before property seizure in Virginia

By   /  February 16, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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A push for asset forfeiture reform might curb the proceeds for police in Virginia.

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