GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

The Virginia Democratic Party says Gov. Ralph Northam, the subject of an immense outcry over a racist photo that surfaced from his medical yearbook, will not step down, resisting calls for his resignation from virtually every state Democrat and many Republicans."We made the decision to let Governor Northam do...
Virginia House Republicans added their voices Saturday morning to the swelling chorus calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to step down in the wake of the publication of a racist photo from his medical school yearbook.House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and other GOP leaders said...
An overwhelming number of Democratic elected leaders think Gov. Ralph Northam should resign after a racist photo from Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook began circulating Friday after it was published by a conservative website"We are so deeply saddened by the news that has been revealed today. We are having trouble...
Gov. Ralph Northam apologized Friday evening for a photo in his medical school yearbook showing a man in blackface and a person wearing a KKK robe, but resisted growing calls for his resignation, saying he intends to serve out the remainder of his term.BREAKING: Gov. Ralph Northam yearbook page...
Lawmakers in both chambers are advancing bills for the first time that would allow no-excuse absentee voting.In a House subcommittee, chairwoman Margaret Ransone, R-Westmoreland, said it was a "big step."In the Senate, a proposal from Sen. Lionel Spruill is moving toward passage that allows no-excuse absentee voting without a time limit.The House...
By Katja Timm/ Capital News ServiceTeary-eyed parents and supporters of legislation to curb distracted driving filled a small room at the Capitol, some wearing neon yellow traffic vests in solidarity as they offered emotional testimony.Others held framed pictures of loved ones who died in distracted driving crashes. The press...
Norfolk resident Rebecca Barwick’s health plan has put her in a difficult situation.She’s a transgender woman, but her plan lists her as a man. That’s because, as she gets older, she may need to access prostate health services that are only available to men. Yet she might also need...
Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted he never thought he “would see the day America had government officials who openly support legal infanticide.”President Donald Trump weighed in from the Oval Office. “Do you remember when I said Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb?...
The Senate's Education and Health Committee advanced legislation Thursday that would allow public high schools to offer an elective Bible study course.The legislation is part of a nationwide push in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia, according to USA Today."It teaches a lot about all other religions. It teaches a...
After years of lawsuits and court-appointed special masters having the final say on drawing some legislative districts, House Republicans are coming around to what advocates have said for years: Virginia needs a new way of drawing voting districts.The Senate has been on board with redistricting reform for several years...