GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

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...
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, issued a testy statement Thursday after The Virginian-Pilot reported that Norment oversaw production of the 1968 Virginia Military Institute yearbook, "The Bomb," which included blackface photos and racial slurs."With 114 editions of The Bomb available online dating back to 1885, I am...
By Owen FitzGerald/ Capital News ServiceDespite controversies around the Capitol, Virginia legislators and lobbyists met on the basketball court to raise money for cancer research, with two notable absences: Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.Both had participated in last year’s fundraising event that raised nearly $35,000 for research...
Virginia is closer than ever to figuring out how to fix the process of drawing voting maps, but some Democrats are backing away from the bill that would do it.House Democrats have serious concerns about the redistricting reform bill that passed  their chamber, saying it doesn’t keep legislators far...
As the House of Delegates prepares to consider adding a brand new agency with oversight over Virginia's Medicaid forecasting in response to an unexpected half-a-billion dollar bill, the department currently responsible for Medicaid expenses is trying to fix problems its own way.The Department of Medical Assistance Services has hired...
Virginia won’t enter the nine-state carbon emissions trading program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative until 2020 under regulations being finalized by the state, but debate about how much it might cost utility ratepayers is already heating up.Estimates range from little or no cost — or even...