GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

Hundreds of teachers and public education advocates marched through Richmond on Monday to demand more money for teacher pay, school support staff and other educational needs.Teachers from across the state told stories of not being able to afford supplies to make the signs they carried, limiting how often they...
A House Republican leader wants to advance tax conformity and funnel money from federal tax changes into a new fund instead of using it for budget changes.Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, added some twists to his previously straightforward tax conformity bill. Virginia would adopt conformity —  a regular, usually non-debated...
Like a school of fish in a sea of predators, many of the hundreds of bills filed during every General Assembly session fail to advance to even a floor vote, never mind the governor's desk.Every week, we'll bring you a sampling of the legislation left on the cutting room...
Starting last year, state employees have the option of shopping for their health care services. Through their health plans, they can shop for procedures like X-rays or mammograms, and if they choose a cheaper option, they pocket some of the savings.During the 2018 General Assembly session, the attempt to bring...
If a cigarette is unlit, it won’t do you any harm, said Keith Andes, president of the Richmond Association of Firefighters.“But the moment you light that cigarette — or the moment you enter that burning building — all kinds of chemicals are now affecting you," Andes said.Andes was...
A campaign to make Virginia the last state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment hit another dead end in the House of Delegates on Friday, where Republicans on the body's election's committee blocked its consideration on a party-line vote.The move likely means the amendment is dead for the...
By Serena Fischer/ Capital News ServiceA bipartisan bill to ban oil drilling off Virginia’s coast was shot down on a 9-6 vote in a Senate committee Thursday.The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources killed SB 1573, which sought to prohibit permits for oil and gas exploration or...
As Virginia has grappled with the ongoing opioid epidemic, the overwhelming need for treatment has made room for cash clinics and pill mills to squeeze through loopholes that the state is trying to close.Southwest Virginia especially has been seeing cases where doctors require patients to pay cash for both...
Republicans and Democrats, and perhaps most importantly, Dominion Energy, appear to have struck an accord that will ensure that some 30 million tons of coal ash at four sites around the state won't be left to leak heavy metals and other contaminants into waterways.The deal was rolled out by...
Efforts to limit certain campaign contributions, including several endorsed by Gov. Ralph Northam, were left in a House subcommittee Thursday because of concerns that the rules would make it more difficult to trace donations to their origin and inadvertently remove some people from the political process.Dels. David Toscano, D-Charlottesville,...