GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

Advocates who want to change the way Virginia draws its voting maps have called in bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger to push the state's reform efforts over the finish line.The former California governor was one of the first in the country to implement major redistricting reform. OneVirginia2021, which has pushed for change for...
Speaking in broad strokes, the House and Senate ended up on the same page when it comes to the big push for casino gambling. Order up a study, think about it and hold off on any final decision until next year.But the agreement, it turns out, ends there.Among the...
By Kaytlin Nickens/Capital News ServiceOutlining a “dark and shameful chapter of American history,” state legislators have unanimously passed resolutions to “acknowledge with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching” in Virginia, where more than 80 people — mostly African-American men — were killed by mobs in the decades...
Lawmakers want to spend more money on the Department of Elections, which lacks adequate staff and technology to perform some of its duties, according to a report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.The study found that the department uses a computer system that tends to crash on important...
By Owen FitzGerald/ Capital News Service  Redemption was a word used repeatedly Monday as five black leaders from across Virginia urged state legislators to rescind statements calling for Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation following his blackface photo scandal. On the steps of the Capitol, former Richmond City Council Member Henry “Chuck” Richardson...
Virginia Republican state Sen. Bill Carrico has a long-running reputation as a fiscal and social conservative with little tolerance for vice or tax increases.So why did the former state trooper from Grayson County carry legislation this year to open the door for casino gambling in Bristol and for counties...
Bipartisan legislation that will give almost $1 billion back to Virginia taxpayers over the next two years is advancing.Democrats said they supported the measures because they contains provisions that are similar to a Democratic delegate's tax plan that never made it in front of a legislative committee.Del. Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax,...
Governing boards of public colleges and universities may soon have to hold public comment sessions before raising tuition.A bill from Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, unanimously passed the Senate this week. Petersen has introduced the bill during the last two sessions, but it got stuck in the Senate Finance Committee.Over...
In the middle of a packed committee room in late January, Kara Murdock sat patiently, resting her swollen arm on her leg.She waited for over an hour while a House Commerce and Labor subcommittee rushed through its lengthy, late-in-the-day agenda so she could tell lawmakers about that arm: That...
As lawmakers scrambled to finalize budget bills and reporters chased the latest revelations surrounding racist yearbook photos and blackface (today's chapter: Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment), hundreds of abortion opponents rallied on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday, hoping to return the conversation to last week's outrage...