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Va. Senate rejects Northam’s push to include part-time workers in retirement savings program

Part-time employees won’t be included in Virginia’s new auto-IRA program after a contingent of Senate Democrats rejected Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposal to broaden an initiative meant to encourage more lower-income workers to save for retirement.

  Virginia groups react to President Biden’s gun control measures

Gov. Northam endorses Terry McAuliffe for governor

  Virginia lawmakers approve Northam’s push to speed up marijuana legalization

New law in Virginia bans gay and trans panic as murder defense

For Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, post-Trump era starts with big emphasis on ‘election integrity’

AG Herring, Va. NAACP launch effort to reform handling of officer-involved shootings in Va.

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4 moments that stood out during the first Democratic gubernatorial debate

McAuliffe takes jabs from fellow Democrats in debate

Infectious disease experts discuss vaccine hesitancy among Republican adults

State lawmakers to reconvene to act on amendments

Deadly breach could delay decisions about Capitol fencing

2 bills designed to help Virginians with special needs signed by Gov. Northam

  Northam proposes funding for parole board review

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has proposed funding for an outside review of the Virginia Parole Board, but Republicans say his proposal is too little, too late.

Former valley Delegate A.R. “Pete” Giesen, Jr. passes away at age 88

Giesen, Jr., spent decades representing the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia’s House of Delegates. He passed away Friday, April 2 at the age of 88.

Virginia lawmakers establish more LGBTQ protections

The Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly worked in its second year to establish more protections for LGBTQ people.

Judge weighing motion to dismiss Chase lawsuit over censure

A federal judge has heard hours of arguments but did not immediately rule on whether to dismiss a lawsuit from firebrand Virginia conservative Amanda Chase over her state Senate colleagues’ decision to censure her.

Governor signs school opening bill without emergency clause

Marijuana possession and cultivation could be legal by July

Virginia Asian communities, lawmakers react to rise in targeted violence

Governor signs remaining bills from 2021 Special Session

Rep. Spanberger hosts virtual town hall to discuss mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Northam approves Voting Rights Act of Virginia

New Virginia law to require sale of electric vehicles in order to reduce pollution

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed a bill that will require car manufacturers to sell a certain percentage of electric or hybrid vehicles. The goal is to reduce air pollution.

  Gov. Northam proposes legalizing marijuana this summer

The governor says that drove his proposal to speed up the legislation by three years and to repair past harm.

Audit overwhelmingly confirms Virginia’s election results

A statewide audit of Virginia’s 2020 election results verified President Joe Biden’s victory in the state, finding only a 0.00000065117 percent chance the state’s voting system could have produced an inaccurate outcome.

Groups urge redistricting commission to embrace transparency, citizen input

The state’s new redistricting commission is getting to work. And many of the groups keeping an eye on the process are calling for as much citizen involvement as possible.

New Virginia law allows governor to extend voter registration deadline if online system is down

Gov. Northam signed a bill which allows a Virginia governor to extend the voter registration deadline in the event that an online voter registration system is down.

Republican Party of Virginia to have 37 convention sites for nominating process

The Republican Party of Virginia just landed on its nominating process to select its statewide candidates. The party hopes this will allow more voters to participate, but former 5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman says he’s still unsatisfied.

Northam, Buttigieg announce deal to improve passenger rail in Va.

Governor Ralph Northam and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced a deal on Tuesday to improve and expand the passenger rail in Virginia.

Northam signs legislation creating tuition-free community college for low, middle-income students

Gov. Northam signed a bill Monday creating a program which makes tuition-free community college available to low- and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields.

Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition

Last month, Virginia lawmakers quietly passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology. But now some law enforcement officials are asking Gov. Northam to put the brakes on.

Va. House leaders back legalizing home-grown marijuana this summer

The bill is now before Gov. Ralph Northam, who voiced support this week for moving up the date. He has until Wednesday to propose amendments to the bill, which the General Assembly would take up on April 7.

Governor urges Virginians to join #StopAsianHate Virtual Day of Action and Healing

Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed March 26, 2021 “#StopAsianHate Virtual Day of Action and Healing” in Virginia, and invited Virginians to participate in support of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the Commonwealth.

Governor Northam signs legislation allowing for NRV Passenger Rail Authority

In the New River Valley, the extension of a passenger rail is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Governor Northam just signed new legislation into law that will create a rail authority in the NRV.

Northam signs bills to address food insecurity, establish Chesterfield’s public defender’s office

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed several bills into law on Friday, including legislation that would expand the supply for food banks, establish a public defender’s office in Chesterfield and support passenger rail expansion in Southwest Virginia.

Arkansas governor signs bill allowing medical workers to refuse treatment to LGBTQ people

Arkansas’ governor has signed into law a measure that would allow doctors to refuse to treat someone because of moral or religious objections.

Virginia House speaker calls for July marijuana legalization

Virginia’s House speaker says she supports moving up the date for legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana to this summer.

  AP FACT CHECK: Biden skews figures on border and taxes

The president erred. Unaccompanied immigrant children have come to the border at a higher percentage than what he said.

McClellan vies for governor seat after 15 years in legislature

Sen. Jennifer McClellan is one of 13 candidates vying to become Virginia’s next governor; a state that has never had a woman in the top post.

  Gov. Northam abolishes death penalty in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam signs a historic new law to abolish the death penalty in Virginia.

Virginia’s new executive order calls for phase-out of single-use plastics

A new Virginia executive order aims to decrease plastic pollution and reduce the amount of solid waste going to landfills.

Northam amends gambling bill to reiterate ban on skill machines

Gov. Ralph Northam is amending a gambling bill that easily passed the General Assembly to once again specify that so-called skill games would become illegal come July 1, the governor’s office announced Friday.

Kaine and Spanberger sponsor new job training legislation

Two U.S. lawmakers from Virginia are teaming up to boost job training across the country. They say increasing access to career and technical education will help workers, businesses, and the economy as a whole.

Northam signs bill extending sale of cocktails to-go

Governor Ralph Northam has signed a bill that will allow distilleries, restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go through July 1, 2022.

Gov. Northam signs more of this year’s bills into law

Northam’s office announced Friday morning that he had acted on over a dozen more bills as he makes his way through this year’s legislative work.

Senator Mark Warner on how the American Rescue Plan benefits Virginia

All totaled, 3.6 million Virginians will receive more than $9 billion in relief from the American Rescue Plan. On Thursday, Congressman Mark Warner talked about how it benefits the commonwealth.

Candidate for governor suing Va. Dept. of Elections to randomize names on ballot

A candidate for governor is suing the Virginia Department of Elections to get it to randomize candidates’ names on this year’s Democratic primary ballots.

Cuomo crisis recalls Northam’s; supporters say no comparison

The political crisis engulfing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has triggered a flurry of comparisons to Virginia’s Ralph Northam.

Chase attacks McClellan over leadership in Black caucus

The remarks about state Sen. Jennifer McClellan came during a campaign event Chase said took place Monday night.

Did Virginia lawmakers accidentally vote to legalize skill games for another year?

After giving so-called skill games another year to operate in Virginia late in the 2020 General Assembly session, legislators seemed to decide the time has come to pull the plug on thousands of slots-like gambling machines that have proliferated in convenience stores, restaurants and truck stops all

Ohio representative wants to rename state park after former President Trump

The state rep said he would soon be introducing the bill for the renaming of the park.

4 Democratic candidates for Va. governor to meet in forum

Four of the five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in this year’s race for Virginia governor are set to meet for an online candidate forum.

‘I don’t need the vaccine’: GOP worries threaten virus fight

There is a growing partisan split when it comes to COVID vaccines.

Virginia GOP finalizes nomination process; Liberty University could still see delegates

It’s taken months of debate, but Virginia Republicans have reached a final agreement on their spring nomination process.

New Virginia law extends background check deadline for gun sales

On Friday, Governor Ralph Northam signed 80 bills into law, and one of those included House Bill 2128, which extends the background check deadline from three business days to five when purchasing a gun.

Northam kicks off Virginia Women Veterans Week

Governor Ralph Northam kicked off Virginia Women Veterans Week with a proclamation and video message to honor their service and sacrifice.

Legislation would ban trans-athletes from women’s sports in Florida

Bills in 25 states have been filed across the country seeking to ban transgender women from competing with biological women on school sports teams.

Spanberger calls on IRS to extend 2020 tax filing deadline to July 1st

7th District Representative Abigail Spanberger is calling on the IRS to extend this year’s tax filing deadline by three months.

Virginia bans sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics

Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Humane Cosmetics Act into law, joining California, Nevada and Illinois in ending the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics.

Governor Northam signs 80 bills into law

“These new measures will support working Virginians, boost civic engagement, and help us continue building a stronger, more inclusive commonwealth,” Governor Northam said.

Virginia is set to become the first southern state with its own voting rights act. Here’s what it does:

The proposed law, now awaiting Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature, creates broad new protections against voter discrimination based on race, color or language.

Governor praises President Biden’s signing of $1.9T American Rescue Plan

Governor Ralph Northam has released a statement praising the signing by President Joe Biden of the American Rescue Plan into law.

Appeals court takes up Fairfax’s defamation case

Appellate judges reviewing a defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax expressed concern that journalists gave an overly credulous reaction to two women who accused him of sexual assault.

How Virginia’s data protection law will affect consumers, businesses

Information technology experts say a new Virginia consumer data protection law could be more robust, but it will force businesses to rethink how they handle consumer data.

Push to end marijuana prohibition this year instead of 2024 hinges on Northam

An increasingly vocal group of Virginia lawmakers and advocates is urging Gov. Ralph Northam to send down a legislative amendment that would make marijuana legal this year.

  Stimulus checks are a path to independence for those in need

Get ready to soon get your piece of a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package Congress just approved Wednesday.

Senator Tim Kaine talks COVID-19 relief during virtual press conference

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine held a virtual press conference on Wednesday discussing the American Rescue Plan that was passed in the house, just hours after the meeting.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate rolls out K-12 education plan

Jennifer McClellan, a Democratic state senator and gubernatorial candidate, is calling for a $2.3 billion investment into Virginia’s schools.

Kaine, colleagues introduce legislation to strengthen mental health response to COVID-19 pandemic

Senator Tim Kaine and some of his colleagues have introduced the COVID-19 Mental Health Research Act, which will study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of Americans.

Gubernatorial candidate rolls out healthcare plan during Charlottesville stop

Terry McAuliffe says he plans to expand access to healthcare and combat rising prescription drug costs. The Democrat made the announcements during a stop in Charlottesville Monday, March 8.

  Virginia’s governor reflects on COVID-19 decisions, impacts and fallout

Governor Ralph Northam has high hopes about what is on the horizon, post-pandemic in Virginia.

Sen. McClellan honors Maggie Walker on International Women’s Day

Virginia Senator Jennifer McClellan used International Women’s Day to officially file her petition signatures to qualify for the gubernatorial ballot.

The Va. GOP’s 2021 convention is a mess. A new law might make them even harder in the future.

The Republican Party of Virginia’s attempts to plan a party-run, statewide nominating contest during a global pandemic have been so choppy it’s still unclear if the May 8 drive-up convention at Liberty University will happen as planned.

Senate passes amendment to help students experiencing homelessness

The US Senate unanimously passed Sunday morning a bipartisan amendment to the COVID-19 relief package that aids students experiencing homelessness.

Half the staff: Confederate flag to fly from smaller pole

A 1,500 square foot Confederate flag visible from a major Virginia highway will soon be flying from a diminished flagpole.

SC House passes bill to ticket slow left lane drivers

Violators could face a $200 fine or 30 days in jail.

Virginia GOP tries again to develop nomination plans

Republican Party leaders in Virginia will hold a virtual meeting Friday to try to develop a new plan for choosing nominees for governor and statewide offices in this year’s elections.

Judge dismisses lawsuit by Democratic AGs to recognize ERA

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he’s considering an appeal.

Medical cannabis production company looking to open a facility in Staunton

A medical cannabis production company has submitted license applications in Virginia to serve Health Service Area 1 by building a facility in Staunton.

Va. becomes 1st ‘Zero Emission Vehicle’ state in the south with passage of 4 bills

The 2021 session of the General Assembly has passed four new pieces of legislation that will make it easier and cheaper to build and buy electric vehicles in the commonwealth, making Virginia the first “Zero Emission Vehicle” state in the south.