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  New state jaywalking law goes into effect

Jaywalking has been a crime in Virginia for a century, but as of March 1, it will be a lot harder to be charged for it.

Gov. Northam endorses Del. Jay Jones for Attorney General

  Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Virginia

House delegates will get over $800K for expenses this year

Virginia 10th state to pass domestic worker protections

  Alabama Senate passes bill banning transgender treatments for minors

Virginia Department of Elections announces results of annual post-election audit

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ACLU of Virginia disappointed with marijuana legalization bill

IG says Northam never received draft report on parole board

Lawmakers pass COVID-19 workers’ compensation bills

General Assembly approves electric vehicle rebate program but leaves it unfunded

Virginia lawmakers vote to legalize marijuana in 2024

Northam introduces first-ever statewide plan for advancing diversity, inclusion

Sen. Kaine calls $1.9T COVID bill ‘the right price tag’

Kaine said the economic recovery benefits outweigh the hit to the national debt.

Lawmaker calls for independent investigation of Virginia Parole Board

State lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation as the controversy surrounding the Virginia Parole Board continues to grow.

Lawmakers vote to remove Confederate name from highway

Counties and cities have until Jan. 1, 2022 to change their portion of Jefferson Davis Highway to whatever name they choose, or the state will change it to Emancipation Memorial Highway.

Senator Kaine discusses COVID-19 relief bill

In a virtual press conference Friday, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine discussed meeting with Virginians at various COVID-19 vaccine locations around the commonwealth and gathering feedback to help him as he works on another comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill in the coming weeks.

Lawmakers ban gay panic defense in Virginia

Virginia lawmakers pass bill to seal some criminal records

Lawmakers pass bill giving home health workers sick leave

Virginia legislators pass bill to expand protection of wildlife corridors

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Delegate celebrates Senate passage of limited paid leave bill

Virginia GOP selects Liberty University as convention site, but plans not yet agreed to

After discussion among party leaders, the Republican Party of Virginia has picked its method of choosing its statewide candidates for November’s election.

Legislation hopes to expand broadband access for low-income students

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in an effort to expand broadband internet access to low-income students across the commonwealth.

Virginia lawmakers pass bill requiring in-person learning

The chamber voted 36-3 Thursday, sending the measure sponsored by GOP Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant to Gov. Ralph Northam.

Virginia state agency seeking community input on developing the Marcus Alert System

Over the next few weeks, the DBHDS will hold virtual listening sessions to gather community input.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder says Republicans can win statewide despite losses in recent years

After seeing significant losses statewide in recent years and with Democrats currently controlling all levers of power in Richmond, Republican chances of winning statewide may look slim, but one candidate says he can win.

  First Lady Dr. Jill Biden takes part in panel discussion at VCU

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Richmond on Wednesday to meet with scientists, doctors and community leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Spanberger urges CDC to improve vaccine data-sharing, communication

United States Representative Abigail Spanberger is pushing for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve COVID-19 vaccine data-sharing and communication with Virginia health officials.

Virginia GOP to select gubernatorial nominee at convention in Liberty University parking lots

The convention is set for May 8.

Virginia passes bill to ban firearms at state Capitol

Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill banning individuals from bringing firearms on the grounds of the state Capitol and buildings owned by the commonwealth.

Lawmakers repeal ban on abortion coverage through state exchange plans

The Virginia General Assembly has passed two bills that will ease access to abortion services through Virginia’s health care marketplace exchange.

Landlords in Virginia may soon face hefty fine if they unlawfully evict tenants

Landlords in Virginia may soon face a hefty fine if they unlawfully evict a tenant.

Wason Center poll: Only two-thirds of VA voters believe Biden’s election was valid

A new poll by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center shows only 68% of Virginia voters think the outcome of the 2020 presidential election was legitimate.

Virginia lawmakers vote to remove segregationist’s statue

A statue of segregationist Virginia politician Harry F. Byrd Sr. will be removed from the state capitol grounds under a bill that has won bipartisan final approval from lawmakers.

Sen. Warner, Kaine announce $46M for public housing across Va.

Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $46,328,480 in federal funding to support affordable housing development across Virginia.

  Death penalty repeal heads to Gov. Northam’s desk

The commonwealth of Virginia is now poised to become the first state in the south to formally abolish the death penalty.

House committee approves legislation mandating in-person instruction

A House of Delegates committee has approved legislation that calls for a return to in-person learning before the start of the next school year.

Lawmakers pass bill to keep schools from suing over student meal debt

A measure introduced by Del. Danica Roem, D-Manassas, will prohibit a school board from taking legal action against a family or student for school meal debt. The bill has passed both chambers of the General Assembly.

New bill seeks to clear path to clearing your record in Virginia

A new bill would make the road to clearing a criminal record easier in Virginia.

Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty

The legislation repealing the death penalty now heads to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he will sign the measure into law, making Virginia the 23rd state to stop executions.

Kaine, Warner announce $179 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Virginia

United States Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced more than $179 million in funding that will support COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Virginia.

Bill seeking transparency in redistricting commission killed

House Bill 2082 would have required the redistricting commission meetings to be advertised and accessible to the public.

School board asks high court to review transgender policy

The Gloucester County School Board filed a petition before the high court on Friday.

Bill to ban ‘cyber flashing’ in Virginia fails in Senate committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-5 to table the bill, with some lawmakers saying it needed more work.

Doctors urge Virginia lawmakers to require paid sick leave for essential workers

Some Virginia doctors are sending a loud message to state lawmakers, urging them to extend paid sick leave for workers across the Commonwealth.

Virginia General Assembly advances bill to modernize HIV laws

The bill repeals a Virginia law that makes it a felony for HIV-positive people to sell or donate blood, body fluids, organs and tissues. It also removes a law that prohibits the donation of blood and organs by people with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Lawmakers kill bill calling for transparency in redistricting commission

The Virginia Senate killed a House proposal to expand access to the commonwealth’s new redistricting commission and help make the process more transparent and democratic.

Lawmakers advance bills to compensate first responders hit by COVID-19

Virginia lawmakers have passed bills that allow certain first responders to file workers’ compensation benefits for being disabled from COVID-19, but still need to reach agreement on some differences.

Medical marijuana dispensaries get permission from General Assembly to sell un-processed flower

Medical cannabis producers in Virginia will be allowed to sell the plant’s unprocessed flower for the first time under legislation that’s quietly made its way through the General Assembly with broad, bipartisan support.

Lawmakers pass bills to collect data on pretrial detention

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation this week that lawmakers said will increase transparency and equity in the judicial system, which disproportionately impacts communities of color.

Judge dismisses Amanda Chase lawsuit over nominating contest

A judge has ruled against GOP state Sen. Amanda Chase in a lawsuit she filed challenging the Virginia party’s plans for this year’s nominating contest.

Wason Center Poll: Virginia voters undecided about 2021 choices

Most Virginia voters are undecided about their political choices for the 2021 state election, according to a new poll.

Virginia lawmakers approve legislation to ban release of non-biodegradable balloons

Virginia lawmakers have approved legislation to ban the intentional release of all non-biodegradable balloons and slap offenders with a civil fine of $25 per balloon.

Virginia lawmakers advance Consumer Data Protection Act

The General Assembly is advancing legislation that allows Virginia consumers more protection with their online data, though opponents say the measure does not include the ability for people to file private lawsuits against companies that breach the proposed law.

Long deadlocked, Virginia lawmakers reach compromise to seal past criminal convictions

Advocates, who have argued lingering criminal records pose long-lasting barriers to employment and housing, applauded the agreement.

Hiccups as Virginia lawmakers adapt to legislating by Zoom

For a second straight year, the coronavirus pandemic has upended the daily routines of the tradition-bound Virginia General Assembly.

  Northam unveils new COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system

You can watch the update on NBC12′s website, Facebook page, and our streaming channels.

Virginia lawmakers weigh bill to forgive overpayments by state’s unemployment insurance program

The bill would forgive an estimated $18 million in overpayments made since March as a result of errors by the Virginia Employment Commission.

Lawmakers kill bill targeting officer accountability

A Virginia Senate committee recently killed a bill intended to minimize police misconduct and incentivize accountability among law enforcement.

Virginia Senate Democrats kill electric rate reform bills

A Virginia Senate committee has defeated a series of bills that advocates had argued were needed to free up state regulators to set electric rates that are reasonable and fair.

Senators call for creation of Education Reserve Corps

Two members of the Virginia Senate are calling for the creation of an Education Reserve Corps that would help address staffing issues as schools reopen across the Commonwealth.

Valley delegate’s bill to limit governor’s power in declaring a state of emergency loses traction

Legislation introduced by 26th District Del. Tony Wilt that aimed to limit the governor’s power declaring a state of emergency has been shot down once again.

AG Herring files motion to dismiss Amanda Chase’s lawsuit over censure

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by state Senator Amanda Chase seeking to overturn her censure.

Tennessee lawmakers propose bill to allow biological father to stop abortion

Two Tennessee lawmakers proposed a bill that would allow the father of an unborn child to seek a court injunction to prohibit the mother from getting an abortion.

Trump voters split from the GOP to launch wannabe ‘Patriot Parties’

Former President Donald Trump may have stepped back for now from the idea of creating a new political party, but that hasn’t stopped diehard Trump fans disillusioned with the Republican Party from creating Patriot Parties of their own all across the country.

Could trailers be the new face of affordable housing?

Tacky trailers or the new face of affordable housing? That’s the debate policy-makers and advocates are having across Virginia as they work to figure out what role manufactured units should play in addressing the commonwealth’s affordable housing crisis.

Virginia lawmakers move to cut state funding for adoption agencies that refuse LGBTQ couples

Virginia lawmakers are on the verge of rolling back a state law that allows faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies to refuse service to LGBTQ families.

  Va. senators weigh in on Trump second impeachment trial

Virginia Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are still weighing the evidence of the historic second impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump.

Virginia House, Senate unveil differing budget plans

The Virginia House and Senate have unveiled their proposed amendments to the two-year state budget.

Coalition of small businesses pushing Senate to pass paid sick leave legislation

Small Businesses for Paid Sick Leave, a new campaign supported by dozens of businesses and organizations, is urging the Virginia Senate to pass paid sick leave legislation.

General Assembly’s judicial interviews devolve into ‘s***show’

The General Assembly broke from its staid and often secretive approach to making judicial appointments this week when a hearing to interview candidates devolved into a spectacle that prompted one exasperated senator to let loose a string of expletives.

Lawmakers weigh how far to go in changing a decades-old law criminalizing HIV

Thirty years ago, HIV was largely considered to be a death sentence.

Report: Racist Virginia laws are gone, but inequities linger

A commission formed by Virginia’s governor has issued broad policy proposals that take aim at the enduring effects of state-sanctioned discrimination.

After hectic 2020 election, Virginia might change the way absentee votes are counted

Some national pundits suggested Virginia was swinging to the right based on numbers that appeared nearly complete with almost all precincts reporting their results.

General Assembly’s special session begins

The special session allows lawmakers more time to pass legislation including the state budget and COVID-19 relief.

Chase sues Virginia GOP over gubernatorial convention plans

GOP gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase has sued the Republican Party of Virginia over its plans for a nominating convention to choose candidates in this year’s election.

Advocates frustrated by Democratic leadership on police reform

Virginia has made headlines in recent months for criminal justice reform measures but advocates say more needs to be done. They are disappointed lawmakers in both chambers of the General Assembly recently killed proposals to reduce qualified immunity protections for police officers.

Ex-think tank CEO Peter Doran announces GOP bid for governor

Peter Doran of Arlington said Tuesday he is seeking this year’s GOP gubernatorial nomination. It is his first run for office.

Virginia legislators kill special education bill

Virginia lawmakers killed a proposal that would allow some special education students another year of instruction because of the struggles of virtual learning caused by COVID-19.