The ‘Tebow Bill’ fails again; Lottery set to break records again; a national Teacher of the Year finalist in Richmond and other headlines

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

  • A Senate committee moved a bill that would exempt menstrual supplies from state sales tax. “It’s not a luxury,” said Sen. Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, said. She nicknamed her bill “The Dignity Act.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Virginia’s Tebow Bill to allow homeschooled students to play sports at public schools again died in a House of Delegates committee. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A bill that would stop the construction of power plants and pipelines that use and transport fossil fuels after 2020 moved through a House committee. The bill, carried by Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, would also create a plan so Virginia would rely on renewable energy by 2036. – Associated Press
  • The Lottery is on track to have another record-breaking year, thanks in part to the $1.54 billion Mega Millions game that had the agency selling 200 tickets every second leading up to the drawing. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Norfolk’s Commonwealth’s Attorney had plans to essentially decriminalize marijuana possession in the city by not prosecuting misdemeanor possession charges. But when an attorney asked a judge to drop a case, he said the General Assembly, not commonwealth’s attorneys makes laws. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • A Richmond teacher is one of the four finalists for national Teacher of the Year. Rodney Robinson would be the first Virginia to win the honor in 20 years. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Following reports of long lines and equipment shortage on Election Day, Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors Board of Supervisors decided to split five of the county’s precincts. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Eric Stamps, a 29-year-old freelance designer said he plans to challenge Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, in the November elections. Marshall has run without a challenger in five of his last nine elections. – Danville Register & Bee
  • Two residents of assisted living facilities and a homeless man have died in Fairfax County from exposure to low temperatures in recent days. – The Washington Post
  • The House of Delegates passed a bill this week that allows the University of Virginia’s College at Wise to offer reduced tuition to out-of-state students to make up for declining enrollment. – The Roanoke Times
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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Contact her at [email protected]