GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2022

Virginia lawmakers call for ouster of Charitable Gaming Board leaders

BY: - January 27, 2022

A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers is calling for the ouster of several members of the Virginia Charitable Gaming Board after a watchdog report raised concerns about possible conflicts of interest. Without naming names, the legislators are asking House of Delegates Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, to remove current Board Chairman Chuck Lessin, an appointee of […]

Four ways Republicans want to pull Virginia out of RGGI 

BY: - January 27, 2022

In December, Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin pledged to pull Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon reduction market involving 10 other Mid-Atlantic and New England states.  The move put the new administration immediately at odds with state Democrats, who saw participation in RGGI, which caps carbon emissions from power plants and compels […]

COMMENTARY

How the Big Lie lives on in Virginia politics

BY: - January 27, 2022

Let’s thank leading state Republican legislators for their cognitive dissonance on voting laws. The muddled mindset provides a stark choice for Virginians on what we want this state to be. Will we welcome all citizens at polling booths and through absentee ballots, making elections more accessible to everyone? Or will we erect new barriers based […]

Some House Dems now back bill requiring school principals to report misdemeanor crimes

BY: - January 26, 2022

Democrats on the House Education Committee gave broad support to a bill that would once again require school principals to report many misdemeanor-level offenses to law enforcement. The legislation, which passed the committee Wednesday on a 16-5 vote, would roll back a 2020 law that passed under Democratic control that made it optional for principals […]

Virginia State Capitol

‘Adam’s Law,’ aimed at college hazing, passes Senate

BY: - January 26, 2022

An anti-hazing bill, inspired by the death of a Virginia Commonwealth University freshman last year, passed a major hurdle Wednesday when the state Senate unanimously approved the legislation, known as “Adam’s Law.” Adam Oakes, a 19-year old freshman from Sterling, died of alcohol poisoning in February 2021 after his family says he was told to […]

Va. Senate rejects new AG’s proposal to create statewide ‘super prosecutors’

BY: - January 26, 2022

Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate rejected legislation requested by the state’s new Republican attorney general that would have allowed him to overrule local prosecutors when police disagreed with their charging decisions. Attorney General Jason Miyares, who ran on a law-and-order platform despite the position’s limited criminal law enforcement powers, made the legislation a centerpiece of […]

Senators question Wheeler on carbon reduction programs, Chesapeake Bay 

BY: - January 25, 2022

Speaking to a Democrat-dominated Senate panel Tuesday, Andrew Wheeler, the former Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency head, described himself as a “strong proponent” of the Chesapeake Bay, said he accepted that climate change is occurring and pledged to uphold state laws including the Virginia Clean Economy Act if appointed to Virginia’s top environmental post.  “I […]

Youngkin says he intends to replace Virginia’s top election official

BY: - January 25, 2022

Gov. Glenn Youngkin said Monday he plans to appoint someone new to serve as Virginia’s top election official when current Elections Commissioner Chris Piper’s four-year term expires this summer. The comment from Youngkin, made in an interview with Trump-supporting radio host John Fredericks, was the first clear indication from the new governor on what he […]

‘We weren’t making any money’: Hampton Roads Ventures’ ex-CEO defends investing elsewhere

BY: - January 25, 2022

John Kownack says Hampton Roads Ventures, the for-profit community development company created by the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, was facing an existential crisis when he took over in 2011.  The company, which Kownack led for 10 years, hadn’t won any new allocations of federal tax subsidies in a couple of years. It had made […]

House Republicans begin retail marijuana debate with focus on lower taxes and school funding

BY: - January 24, 2022

GOP lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates are taking their first stab at legislation to open the retail marijuana market, introducing bills that would lower the tax rate on sales and redirect proposed social equity funding to school infrastructure. But leadership in the chamber stressed that the effort remains very much a work in […]

COMMENTARY

Bipartisanship in Richmond: Is that even a realistic expectation?

BY: - January 24, 2022

  Can we just agree that we can’t agree? Can we just acknowledge that the passing, oblique nod to the ideal of finding common cause in Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s 27-minute inaugural address was already a punch line before the bleachers and bunting on the Capitol steps came down that day? The partisan back-biting and recriminations […]

Wildlife officials want to be able to legally possess nutria — in order to wipe them out

BY: - January 24, 2022

Virginia wildlife officials have been working since the 1960s to wipe out a giant rodent known as a nutria, which in captivity can be a lucrative source of fur but in the wild can rapidly transform wetlands into barren mudflats by eating away at vegetation. Blessed with a prominent set of curved front teeth and […]