GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Virginia lawmakers finalized passage of legislation Friday that repeals minimum wage exemptions for domestic workers such as maids and nannies. The advocacy group Care in Action, which advocates nationally for the workers, said Virginia is the first state in the South to adopt such protections. “We’ve been waiting for this victory...
An amendment to remove a 2030 closure deadline for the coal- and biomass-fired Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center from the Democrats’ Clean Economy Act omnibus bill unexpectedly cleared the Senate Thursday. The vote in favor of the amendment, which was taken by voice, adds yet another item to the list...
A House of Delegates committee chose not to vote Friday on a proposal to add a bipartisan redistricting commission to the Virginia Constitution, but Democrats offered conflicting explanations for why they were delaying action on a key issue they’ve campaigned on for years. Del. Joseph Lindsey, D-Norfolk, the chairman of...
By Holly Hazard A few years ago, as lobbyists began pressing the General Assembly to resurrect the racing industry in Virginia, many of us were worried about the horses. It didn’t make sense that anyone would be instigating all this kerfuffle about a dying industry. The cost of keeping and...
WASHINGTON — Lynching is not considered a hate crime under federal law, but that’s expected to change soon. The U.S. House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to approve a bill called the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The bill would specifically list lynching as a hate crime, which is identified as a crime that targets...
Five days ahead of an important Virginia vote in next week’s Super Tuesday primary, Bernie Sanders appealed to a packed house of youthful voters in Richmond to spurn the Democratic status quo and back his campaign as the next step in the commonwealth’s progressive turn. Riding a crest of early...
The General Assembly passed a package of legislation this week to loosen restrictions on food and cash assistance programs for the poor. One bill repeals a “child cap” aimed at discouraging women receiving welfare from having additional children after they’ve enrolled, which the NAACP opposed when it passed in 1995...
A constitutional amendment to create a bipartisan redistricting commission will be heard Friday morning in a House of Delegates committee, a sign of movement for a proposal that's divided the House's Democratic majority. The proposed amendment — which passed the General Assembly last year by a wide margin and easily...
Back in 2018, as Dominion Energy was pushing its contentious Grid Transformation and Security Act through the General Assembly, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee was debating whether the legislation allowed a "double dip" — that is, billing ratepayers twice for hundreds of millions in new utility spending contemplated...
A Senate bill aims to re-introduce transparency to Virginia's execution process, declassifying the sources of lethal injection drugs and ensuring that the names of facilities are subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.