GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

In a final, exasperated call to her landlord about a leaky roof that sent a steady stream of rain water dripping into her bedroom, Winter Whittaker threatened to take him to court.“You’re going to fix what you’re supposed to fix,” she said in the call, which she recorded.Dean Parsons,...
For the first time in decades, Virginia lawmakers have agreed to increase the minimum number of counselors required in schools.But they also decided not to fully fund those positions in the state budget.“July 1, 2019, there will be a new law in Virginia that improves the school counselor-to-student ratio...
The Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council will study a bill that would require universities to share the terms and conditions of donations from private entities.Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 2386 to create firm rules on when donors to public colleges and universities can be anonymous; what...
In the wake of the General Assembly's push to reform Virginia's foster care system this year, legislators seem poised to maintain the momentum into future sessions.Virginia's Commission on Youth held a foster care seminar for legislators on Monday, with presenters covering everything from how the current system works to...
Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have made it a felony homicide to sell, distribute, manufacture or gift drugs that cause a fatal overdose.The legislation was condemned by some groups who argued it would penalize those struggling with addiction for giving or selling drugs to...
Gov. Ralph Northam's administration will not veto GOP-inserted budget language that thwarts Virginia's plans to join a network of carbon-trading states, throwing a wrench into a regulation developed over nearly two years and approved by a state board last month.In a statement announcing his approval of the state budget...
FLOYD — Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a pair of redistricting bills, including one to codify criteria for the process and eliminate the practice of splitting localities between legislative districts.Senate Bill 1579 dictated that congressional and state legislative districts, beginning in 2020, were to be drawn according to factors...
Despite state budget language that remains in place and could cripple the program, the State Air Pollution Control Board approved a new carbon rule Friday that links Virginia to a network of carbon-trading states.“We have full authority to move forward at this point,” said David Paylor, director of the...
Many residents whose driving privileges will be restored later this year under legislation passed by the General Assembly won’t have to do anything to start driving legally again.As long as they still have their physical license and it isn’t expired, they’re good to get behind the wheel as soon...
The best way Jordan Siebert knows to describe it is simple: chaos.The 39-year-old Richmond woman has battled drug use on-and-off since she was an adolescent and she’s seen overdoses. She’s seen strangers carry an unconscious woman from a room. She’s been the subject of those emergency calls for help.“There’s...