Virginia lawmakers send LGBTQ protections bill to governor

Virginia lawmakers have given final passage to a comprehensive anti-discrimination bill intended to protect LGBTQ people.

Virginia Democrats poised to pass public bargaining measures

National popular vote proposal fails in Va. Senate committee

  House approves increasing felony grand larceny threshold to $1,000

  Senator Bernie Sanders to campaign in Virginia this week

Virginia lawmakers move to repeal abortion restrictions

Virginia Democrats vote to remove photo ID requirement for voting

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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

General Assembly passes bills to combat human trafficking of minors

Virginia lawmakers pass bill ending Lee-Jackson holiday

New Virginia law prompts dismissal of D.C. Sniper resentencing consideration

  Virginia State Police push for electronic ticketing system to save time and lives

Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss gun control bills

A Senate Judiciary Committee will be discussing numerous gun control bills today.

Bernie Sanders in Virginia ahead of Super Tuesday

Sen. Bernie Sanders will return to Virginia to speak to voters in the final days ahead of the March 3 primary.

  Virginia education advocates praise measures to get rid of ‘School to Prison Pipeline’

There’s a renewed push to crackdown on the number of Virginia students being charged with crimes at school.

Governor, lawmakers hit the basketball court for cancer research

The governor, lobbyists, legislators and their assistants left Capitol Square Thursday to face off on the basketball court for a cancer research fundraiser.

Bill allows renters to make certain repairs if landlord doesn’t respond

Groups split over proposed overdose immunity bill

Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan discusses President Trump and more at UVA event

Democrats push to update school immunization schedule over objections from antivaxxers, GOP

Virginia bill could require employers to provide sick time

Virginia Senate votes to decriminalize swearing in public

  Parking problems plague parts of Manchester

Parking problems are plaguing an up and coming part of The City of Richmond.

Bills advance to expand in-state tuition regardless of citizenship status

The state Senate and the House have advanced bills to make students living in the U.S. without documentation eligible for in-state tuition.

Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard holds town hall in Richmond

Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard greeted an audience of hundreds Tuesday at the Hofheimer Building on West Broad Street with her signature “aloha” before a brief speech and an audience question and answer session.

Police investigate armed protest at Virginia delegate’s home

Police in Alexandria are investigating after a man armed with a shotgun protested outside the home of a northern Virginia lawmaker.

  Richmond casino concerns meeting set for Thursday night

Many neighbors in Richmond’s Manchester area are raising red flags over a proposed casino.

Gov. Northam announces new funding to preserve farmland

Albemarle County will get a chunk of change from the governor’s office to protect its farm and forest land.

Bloomberg, Sanders, Biden lead in Virginia presidential primary poll

With Super Tuesday and the Virginia presidential primary two weeks away, there are three clear Democratic favorites in Virginia, according to polling done by Monmouth University.

Bill banning handheld cellphone use while driving clears House, Senate

The state Senate voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would prohibit holding a phone while driving a motor vehicle on Virginia roadways and which implements a penalty for the traffic violation.

Some gun laws still alive in Virginia’s General Assembly

Across the state, some Virginians have made it clear they do not support some of the proposed gun legislation makes its way through the General Assembly. While the assault weapons ban will not pass, that’s not the case for other bills.

  Groups battle over Virginia values in pending LGBTQ legislation

The Family Foundation says a series of bills to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination goes too far.

Richmond City Councilor Kim Gray to run for mayor, sources say

Richmond City Councilor Kim Gray is running for mayor. A source within Richmond City Hall confirmed the information.

$15 minimum wage, paid sick days hang in balance as Democrats debate labor priorities

The Senate ultimately settled on a regional approach that would only guarantee $15 an hour to workers in Northern Virginia, and not until 2027.

U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger convenes two-day tour focused on Civil Rights

Spanberger will be using the tour to prioritize marginalized, underserved and discriminated communities.

Virginia moves toward banning conversion therapy

The Virginia General Assembly is moving to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children.

Senate advances bill expanding access to renewable energy

A bill that would allow state residents, nonprofits and schools to more easily seek and secure alternative energy sources such as rooftop solar recently passed the Senate by a vote of 22-18.

  Sen. Amanda Chase launches 2021 governor bid

Flanked by supporters, Chesterfield State Senator Amanda Chase made it official on Monday that she’s running to be the next Governor of Virginia.

Lawmakers support raises for teachers, state employees

Virginia state employees and public school teachers could soon be getting raises and bonuses.

Over 1,000 Democrat-backed bills pass by crossover, Republican tally trails

An analysis of legislation passed by crossover shows that across both chambers, more than 1,400 bills passed. While the House of Delegates passed more bills than in previous years, this article breaks down bills by party affiliation.

Democratic megadonor backs out of fundraising gala, citing party’s decision to let LG Justin Fairfax speak

A top donor to Virginia Democrats has pulled his group’s sponsorship of the Democratic Party of Virginia’s annual fundraising gala, saying party officials had told him they will allow Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to speak despite the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him last year.

  Richmond public housing authority hopes renovations will create better place for families

Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority (RRHA) is opening up about a major renovation underway to make public housing a better place for families. That includes streamlining the housing waiting list.

Governor: strong economy means more money for state budget

By law, about $112 million of that extra money is designated for the state’s reserves.

Senators announce more than $94M for affordable housing in Virginia

Nearly $95 million in federal funding will help support affordable housing in Virginia.

Virginia Democrats at odds over terms of Confederate statue removals

House lawmakers called the new rules unnecessary.

House advances bill to allow food stamp benefits at certain restaurants

The House advanced a bill this week that will help individuals in Virginia with an annual income of less than $3,600 get a hot meal with their food stamps, from certain restaurants.

Stakeholders regroup after tobacco legislation falls short

Yan Gleyzer was watching via livestream when the state Senate voted Tuesday to defeat a bill that would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products.

  Thousands gather at Capitol for March for Life rally

Thousands of people took to Richmond streets, marching around the Virginia State Capitol, with one message.

Senators announce more than $47M for programs across Virginia

More than $47 million in federal funding will support public housing and workforce development across Virginia.

Bill preventing license suspension over court debt unanimously passes senate

When Brianna Morgan’s driver’s license was suspended due to court debt in 2014, her life became more challenging. Morgan was pregnant at the time and had two children, which made it difficult to get around without a car.

  Marijuana decriminalization bills pass both chambers

Bills aim to reduce fines and penalties for adult offendors.

In five weeks, Virginia Democrats reshape decades of state policy

At the halfway point of a hectic, 60-day legislative session, Virginia’s new Democratic majorities are dismantling decades of Republican-approved policy and advancing a broad progressive agenda.

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

Bill to make pawpaws the state fruit continued to 2021

Countless Virginians remember biting into the custardy sweetness of a pawpaw, the peculiar combination of mango and banana filling their mouths as the drops of juice dribbled down their chins, the perfect treat for a sweltering late August afternoon.

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

Lawmakers in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly voted Tuesday to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driving privileges.

Judge dismisses lieutenant governor’s libel suit against CBS

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria dismissed the case against CBS on Tuesday.

Ban on assault weapon sales advances in Virginia

Democratic lawmakers in Virginia are advancing legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and the possession of high-capacity magazines.

Lawmakers advance bills regulating consumer lending

Del. Mark Levine recalls receiving a $1,000 loan offer from a company with a 299% interest rate buried deep in the fine print.

Virginia lawmakers approve Confederate statue removal bills

Local Virginia governments may soon have the power to remove Confederate monuments in their public spaces under legislation approved Tuesday by state lawmakers.

Anti-tethering bills pass in both Virginia’s House and Senate, will be reviewed

Virginia’s House of Delegates and state Senate have passed versions of anti-tethering bills that could make a life or death difference for outdoor dogs.

Virginia delegates approve increase in minimum wage

Virginia's House of Delegates has passed a bill to raise Virginia's minimum wage gradually to $15 per hour over the coming years.

Bill giving electoral votes to popular vote winner passes state House

Virginia's National Popular Vote bill, HB177, which would give the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across the country, cleared the Virginia House of Delegates Tuesday.

Va. House Democrats protest opening prayer as conservative pastor condemns abortion, gay marriage

Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, ultimately ended the prayer by banging her gavel and moving right into the Pledge of Allegiance.

Va. lawmakers to vote on major renewable energy bills

Supporters say the Clean Economy Act would take the state from the back of the pack to a national leader in green energy.

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

Virginia Democrats have made no secret that they planned to use their new majorities to decriminalize marijuana this year.

  New bill aims to establish first ‘recovery high school’ in Virginia

School would help teenage addicts in the early stages of drug and substance abuse recovery.

Pres. Trump claims UVA’s Sabato ‘got it all wrong’

President Donald Trump is calling out University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato on Twitter.

Registration deadline is Monday for Dem presidential primary

The primary will be on March 3.

  Bloomberg’s campaign bus tour makes stop Richmond

Part of the campaign's 'End The Gun Violence' tour.

Exiled Venezuelan mayor visits Richmond to discuss humanitarian crisis

Days before Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó met with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, attendees filled a ballroom at The Jefferson Hotel to hear the ‘Venezuela after Chávez’ panel with David Smolansky, an exiled Venezuelan mayor.

Fornication repeal one step closer to law

Lawmakers are closing a legal loophole that could charge unmarried people with a crime for having consensual sex.

Virginia Democrats advance assault weapon ban

It’s the most ambitious measure proposed by Northam and one that’s met the most pushback, including from members of his own party.

Virginia becomes first southern state to pass sweeping LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill

National human rights groups heralded Thursday’s vote as a historic breakthrough that makes Virginia the first state in the South to enact such protections.

  Virginia will not legalize marijuana, talks of decriminalization underway

This year, Virginia will not join the list of states that have legalized marijuana but the idea of decriminalizing possession is gaining momentum.

Va. lawmakers pass bills to end Lee-Jackson Day and make Election Day a holiday

Both chambers of the Virginia statehouse have now passed bills to scrap the state's Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals in favor of making Election Day a state holiday.

Panel kills bill allowing Virginia college athletes cash from endorsements

A House bill that was shelved this week would have made Virginia the second state to allow its college athletes to make money off of their names, images and likenesses.

Virginia lawmakers to debate assault weapon ban

Democratic lawmakers in Virginia are set to try to advance legislation to ban assault weapons despite pushback from members of their own party.

General Assembly closes the door to marijuana legalization until 2021

The General Assembly shut down proposals to legalize marijuana for the year, but lawmakers said this week they would study the issue and potentially move forward when they reconvene in 2021.

Bill advances to grant undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses

Legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to possess a driver’s license advanced in the Senate Wednesday.

Would Virginia’s red flag law withstand constitutional scrutiny? In other states, similar laws already have.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have some form of a red-flag law, many of them adopted after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.