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Senators reject campaign donation caps and more Va. headlines

By: - January 19, 2022 7:57 am

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

• At least four of Virginia’s colleges and universities have scrapped COVID-19 vaccine mandates for their employees following Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive action.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A group of Chesapeake parents suing over Youngkin’s order weakening school mask mandates say their families will suffer “irreparable harm” if the action is allowed to stand.—Virginian-Pilot

• The conservative-leaning Spotsylvania County School Board dropped its school mask mandate.—NBC4 Washington

• The head of the embattled Virginia Employment Commission is off the job.—NBC12

• Republican efforts to restore Virginia’s photo ID law for voting met a quick end in a Democratic-led Senate committee.—Washington Post

• The same Senate committee rejected a bill to set a $20,000 limit on campaign donations.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A partisan fight over transition firings in the attorney general’s office spilled onto the state Senate floor.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• Members of the Loudoun County School Board facing recall elections are getting an assist from the Loudoun NAACP, which called the recall push “a Jim Crow-esque effort of 2022 to suppress votes.”—Loudoun Times-Mirror

• A federal judge heard arguments Tuesday on whether admissions changes to diversify an elite Virginia governor’s school discriminated against Asian-Americans. Lawyers challenging the new process presented a text from a school board member that read: “there has been an anti asian feel underlying some of this, hate to say.”—Associated Press

• Lawyers for ex-Norfolk sheriff Bob McCabe want a competency evaluation, saying McCabe’s mental health has deteriorated since he was jailed for corruption.—Virginian-Pilot

• A state lawmaker says talks on bringing a new Washington Football Team stadium to Northern Virginia are “very serious.”—Fox 5

• U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch blasted the city of Fredericksburg for looking into a local church’s religious practices to resolve a tax issue.—NBC News

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