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With Northam’s signature, new eviction and utility cut-off protections take effect

With legalization on the table, medical marijuana producers push to loosen restrictions

Plywood barricades come down at Virginia Capitol after five months

Felonies for chokeholds? Civilian review everywhere? Virginia Democrats divided on details of police reform

Bill to strip qualified immunity from police clears Va. House on re-vote, heads to Senate

Virginia House passes ban on police choke holds, votes down qualified immunity reform

General Assembly votes down bills aimed at ending qualified immunity for police in Virginia

Virginia applying to participate in Trump’s $300-a-week unemployment supplement

As Virginia lawmakers weigh civilian oversight of police, some in law enforcement object

Virginia adopts first-in-the-nation pandemic workplace safety rules

Marijuana is now decriminalized in Virginia. Here’s what that means.

Senate Democrats release six-point plan for criminal justice reform in Virginia, House Dems plan hearings

Virginia’s proposed workplace safety rules would make social distancing mandatory

Va. House speaker promises action on police reform during upcoming special session

Richmond police won’t say how many officers face discipline for attacking protesters

Virginia launches workplace safety investigations into seven employee deaths from COVID-19

Virginia prisoners settle lawsuit challenging confinement during pandemic

Virginia gets low marks for pandemic eviction protections

Job losses, evictions and utility cutoffs: Being poor amid COVID-19 outbreak

Va. lawmakers block paid sick time bill as coronavirus sparks national conversation

As Northam signs bill extending parole eligibility for juveniles, convicted D.C. sniper drops resentencing request

Virginia lawmakers say smoking hemp is fine if you’re 21

Virginia lawmakers vote to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses

‘I just have a libertarian streak.’ Nine House Republicans vote with Democrats to decriminalize marijuana.

General Assembly closes the door to marijuana legalization until 2021

Aiming to rein in student loan industry, Virginia House passes ‘borrowers bill of rights’

When police say they smell pot, they can search you. Lawmakers worry decriminalization won’t change that.

Va. Senate votes to prohibit conversion therapy, create transgender school policy, repeal gay marriage ban

Democrats seek repeal of mandatory ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period for abortions

Did arena developers pay people to hold signs at a Richmond City Council meeting?