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Washington Examiner: Virginia House Signs Off on Higher Ed, Autism Bills Print

by David Sherfinski,  Staff Writer

© Created: Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Virginia House of Delegates gave final approval Wednesday to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s higher education package, as well as a bill that would extend insurance coverage to children with autism.

McDonnell wants to award 100,000 more college degrees to Virginians over the next 15 years, improve affordability, and encourage student enrollment in science, math, and technology programs.

The Senate version of the bill was approved by the Finance Committee Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the House also approved a bill to extend insurance coverage to children ages 2-6 with autism spectrum disorder.

Del. Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, a co-patron of the autism measure, praised its passage.

“While this legislation doesn’t go nearly as far as I would have liked, it is a significant step toward expanding coverage to help children with autism spectrum disorder become contributing members of our society, and to ease the financial burden on Virginia families,” Hope said.

A similar bill is expected to pass the Senate.