Tethering bill adds new protections for animals kept outside

Animal rights advocates want lawmakers to advance legislation that expands on a tethering bill passed last year by the General Assembly.

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

  Va. bill would extend statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse survivors

Virginia House advances gun control measures

Gov. Northam announces Virginia’s unemployment rate remains at 2.6%

Stoney says Richmond is ‘on the rise’ at Mayor’s Conference

Coalition of states sue over rules governing 3D-printed guns

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Senate passes bill for schools to provide menstrual products

  Legislation to reverse abortion restrictions in Va. moves forward

Northam announces nearly $12 million for affordable housing, homelessness reduction projects

Virginia General Assembly working on bill that would elect President based on popular vote

  Stoney discusses making Richmond a pro-worker environment at D.C. event

  Virginia Senate passes ‘Red Flag’ gun bill

Delegates considering bill to clarify hunting prohibitions for violations

The Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources in Virginia's House of Delegates met Wednesday to consider legislation that would impact hunting laws.

Virginia Senate advances bill allowing transgender people to change birth certificate

The Senate passed a bill earlier this week that would allow a person who changed their sex to have a new birth certificate issued, something that the transgender community said will help eliminate problems experienced when their legal identification doesn’t match their transition.

Bill defining milk advances in Virginia legislature

As people drink less dairy milk and some turn to plant-based alternatives such as oat, soy and almond milk, dairy farmers say they’re struggling. That’s why Virginia is the latest state to advance legislation restricting the use of the word milk formarketing purposes.

  House bill aims to ban some privately-owned gun ranges

Would require private ranges to have 50 or less employees, among other stipulations.

  Bill could reduce hours required for cosmetology license

Miss America, Camille Schrier, attending Pharmacy Day at General Assembly

Gov. Northam to make community development announcement in Charles City County

Richmond city council panel endorses funding for new statue

One day after the big gun rally, House Democrats wipe out GOP firearm bills

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

Bill that would ban Dominion donations dies in Democratic-led Senate committee

A Democratic-controlled Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday voted down a proposal to ban political donations from state-regulated utility monopolies like Dominion Energy.

  Proposed bill would ban handheld cellphone use across Virginia

Lawmakers and others are pushing for the passage of legislation that would ban handheld phone use while driving in Virginia.

  Three gun reform bills move to Va. House

Bills propose universal background checks, reinstate one-gun-per-month law, and allow towns to ban guns at public events.

Virginia Senate advances bill to scrap Lee-Jackson holiday

The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation to scrap the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals.

Virginia Senate advances ‘red flag’ gun law, despite rally

The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others.

  A timeline of the 2020 gun-rights rally in Richmond

The nation’s eyes are on Richmond as a gun-rights rally draws thousands to the state Capitol.

  With gun rally concluded, both sides weigh in on effectiveness of demonstrations

Hours after the 18th annual Lobby Day Gun Rally at Capitol Square ended, demonstrators on both sides of the debate have already begun weighing in on the effectiveness of the demonstrations.

  Gun safety advocates avoid rally, but call lawmakers to push for legislation

“Today, more than 100 Moms Demand Action volunteers from Virginia and 24 other states made at least 2,300 calls to thank Virginia lawmakers for their dedication to gun safety and encourage them to continue passing common-sense legislation,” a press release stated.

  ‘The Second Amendment is a God-given right’: Thousands from across US make their voices heard in Richmond

Capitol Police estimate about 22,000 people were downtown Monday for the Gun Rights Rally. From drums to chants more than 6,000 people filled Capitol Square all wanting to make their voices heard.

  Thousands protest peacefully at gun rights rally at Capitol

Capitol Police estimate six thousand demonstrators filtered inside Capitol Square for the gun rights rally, plus another 16,000 rallied outside the square.

Hundreds of workers, lawmakers to demand increase in minimum wage at rally

Hundreds of workers and lawmakers will rally to demand an increase in the minimum wage at State Capitol.

‘Here we are, like defenseless caged animals:’ At rally, gun advocates vow to oppose new laws

The rally’s official program included about an hour of speeches on Capitol Square from elected state officials and other gun-rights supporters before demonstrators filed out peacefully into the streets. Many thanked police on the way out.

A look at expected participants in Virginia gun rally

State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that’s expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists to Richmond.

Locals organizations call for city-wide day of prayer ahead of Monday’s gun rally

As the day of Gun Rally at Capitol Square draws nearer “For Richmond,” a local organization that connects dozens of churches in the greater Richmond area, is hoping to ease the fears going into Monday’s rally by inviting congregations all over the commonwealth to pray for peace.

  Here’s what you need to know before Monday’s Rally; State of Emergency in full effect ahead of rally

Governor’s Northam’s State of Emergency is now in effect which bans all weapons from Capitol Grounds. The ban comes as tens of thousands of people are expected to show up Monday both for and against guns. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” State Senate Representative Ryan McDougle said.

Supreme Court upholds firearm ban on Capitol Square

The Supreme Court of Virginia denied the petition and upheld Gov. Northam’s firearm ban on Capitol Square.

  Spanberger bill aims to shed light on prescription drug pricing

Chances are you feel the pain when you fill a drug prescription. Prices are skyrocketing for many needed drugs. But there's a mystery at play. What's really driving up prices?

Goodbye almond milk, hello nut beverage? Lawmakers advance milk labeling bill.

Virginia Beach Del. Barry Knight’s milk bill cleared its first hurdle Wednesday afternoon when the House Agriculture Subcommittee voted 7-1 to pass it on for consideration to the larger Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.

Amid fiery speeches, Virginia Senate passes first batch of gun bills

The Virginia Senate passed an initial wave of gun bills Thursday amid denunciations from Republicans and assurances from Democrats that they were responding to voters’ demands for stronger firearm safety laws.

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

Republicans imposed a 24-hour-waiting period and mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions in 2012 when they last controlled both branches of the General Assembly and the Executive Mansion.

Hundreds trek to Capitol to support environmental bills

Hundreds of clean energy supporters trekked to the State Capitol this week demanding Virginia move away from reliance on carbon-based energy, invest in alternative energy supplies and lower rates for customers.

Organizers appeal ban on arms at upcoming Virginia gun rally

A judge has upheld the Virginia governor’s ban on all types of weapons at a pro-gun rally planned for next week.

House committee tackles consumer protections and cybersecurity

In one of the more modern meeting rooms at the over two centuries old State Capitol, 22 lawmakers gather on Mondays to confront the increasing cybersecurity threats looming over Virginia residents.

Organizers appeal Virginia rally gun ban; 6 now arrested

A gun-rights group has filed an emergency appeal of a judge’s ruling upholding the Virginia governor’s ban on firearms at a pro-gun rally that’s expected to draw thousands of gun activists to the state Capitol on Monday.

  ‘We’re not going to play along with this’: Gun rally organizer calling for peace ahead of Monday

Thousands of supporters of the Second Amendment are expected to show up in front of the Capitol Building Square on Monday for a gun rally put on by the Virginia Citizen Defense League (VACDL).

Marijuana reform advocates divided between decriminalization or legalization

Advocates dressed in black stood Wednesday at the base of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial to voice their support of marijuana legalization, repeating a variation of, “the time is now,” in each of their statements.

  Northam declares state of emergency, Capitol weapon ban ahead of gun rights rally

One official says the Democratic governor plans to announce the plans at a news conference Wednesday afternoon because of credible threats of potential violence and extremism.

  Thousands of pro-gun supporters expected to rally at State Capitol

About 4-dozen busses will ferry in rallyers from around the Commonwealth.

Virginia moves to brink of becoming 38th state to ratify ERA

Virginia has moved to the brink of becoming the crucial 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Hopewell City Council votes in support of 2nd Amendment

The Hopewell City Council voted late Tuesday night to show its support for the Second Amendment.

Absentee voting to begin for Democratic presidential primary

Virginia Republicans will choose delegates to their national convention at a state convention.

Va. lawmaker proposes bill to establish an Animal Cruelty Convictions List

The General Assembly is in session and a handful of bills have been proposed relating to animals and expanding animal cruelty laws in Virginia.

  LGBTQ groups rally for anti-discrimination bill

Bill would expand anti-discrimination laws to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity".

Transgender Virginians to advocate for LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill at Capitol

The group is expected to meet with lawmakers at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

New legislation could allow school nurses to administer inhalers to students in emergencies

Students with asthma could be breathing easier soon. New legislation in the Virginia General Assembly with local ties would let school nurses carry and administer inhalers to students in emergencies.

  ‘It’s a sign of what’s to come’: Guns banned from Capitol, legislative office buildings

The new rules state the general public and legislators will not be allowed to carry guns inside the Capitol buildings or in legislative offices.

Senate committee advances gun reform bills

Bills would mandate universal background checks, reinstate state's one gun per month law, impose "red flag" laws.

New legislation could allow school nurses to administer inhalers to students in emergencies

New legislation in the Virginia General Assembly with local ties would let school nurses carry and administer inhalers to students in emergencies.

Co-Star plans to move into proposed Navy Hill development, add 2,000 new jobs

Mayor Levar Stoney joined city leaders and executives from Co-Star for Monday morning’s announcement.

  New security measures at the Capitol make for long lines

New security procedures at the Capitol after firearms are banned.

Medical cannabis facilities set to open in the Commonwealth by mid-summer

There will be five processor plants each located in a health service area of the Commonwealth. Aaron Lopez is the public affairs director for the facility located in northern Virginia.

NRA, gun-rights advocates holding a gathering at Va. Capitol

The National Rifle Association and gun-rights advocates are holding a gathering at the Virginia State Capitol on Jan. 13.

Absentee voting for Presidential Primary starts next week

Absentee voting for the Presidential Primary starts next week.

Virginia lawmakers ban guns at state Capitol

Republicans have voiced opposition to such a ban and some GOP lawmakers routinely carry guns into the Capitol.

Virginia lawmaker wants to ban NRA’s shooting range

A Virginia lawmaker is looking to block the National Rifle Association from operating an indoor gun range at its headquarters.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December

Virginia senator wants Congress to stand between president and war

Conflict with Iran triggers controversy in Congress, as lawmakers once again weigh when a president can take action without their permission.

Virginia Senate committee advances ERA

The Equal Rights Amendment is advancing in the Virginia Legislature, where Democratic leaders have pledged it will pass.

  Northam backs bills to provide ‘historic justice and equity’ in the Commonwealth

The bills are dedicated to telling, “more comprehensive and [the] inclusive story of the past, teaching history that accurately reflects the stories and experiences of everyone.”

No, Virginia. The governor’s budget doesn’t fund an 18-officer gun confiscation squad.

Amid a conspiracy theory-tinged uproar over the possibility of Virginia passing new gun-control laws, pro-gun activists have scoured the state budget for evidence validating their fears about the government coming for their firearms.

Bill seeks a state model policy for transgender Virginia students

A bill before the General Assembly this year would require the state Department of Education to develop model policies for issues affecting transgender students.

On environment, lawmakers to grapple with everything from small fish to global shifts

As if they didn’t have enough on their plates with energy legislation, lawmakers this session are set to consider a vast array of environmental bills, ranging from small fish (menhaden) to problems perplexing leaders worldwide (climate change).

Chesterfield supervisors vote to support 2nd Amendment

Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to put on record their support for the Second Amendment.

  Gov. Northam outlines his goals during State of Commonwealth address

Governor Northam delivered his State of the Commonwealth address tonight. He highlighted his goals for the 2020 General Assembly session now that Democrats have won control of both the House and Senate.

Local governments see increase Freedom of Information Act requests

Local governments across central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley are working to make sure you have access to public records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

  Military draft: How it works and what you need to know

Fake text messages being sent to people, instructing them to report for duty.

  General Assembly session begins with first woman Speaker, more diversity

History was made today as the 2020 General Assembly session began. For the first time, a woman was elected Speaker of the House as the Democrats took control of the House and Senate.Delegate

Virginia Democrats promise action; first woman elected as speaker

An increasingly diverse Virginia General Assembly convened Wednesday, led for the first time in more than two decades by Democrats who are promising to enact a litany of changes.