GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

Worried about getting left behind by a high-profile push to expand gambling, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe said Tuesday it’s seeking immediate state approval for a casino in Norfolk.“While the Pamunkey Tribe believes the implications of expanded gaming on this scale may benefit from further consideration and study, if the...
By Jayla Marie McNeill/ Capital News ServiceVirginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring expressed disappointment Monday after a legislative committee rejected a bill to expand Virginia’s definition of hate crime to include gender, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity.“The General Assembly has sent a clear message to those who feel...
In an ideal world, we might expect agencies charged with protecting people and the environment to always do the right thing within the limits of the law regardless of who sits in the governor's mansion. But because we live in the real world, of course, political leadership matters a...
Two former journalists want to give reporters in Virginia protections if they refuse to reveal confidential sources.Del. Danica Roem, D-Manassas, was the lead reporter of the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times in Northern Virginia from 2006-2015. Roem introduced the same proposal — called a shield law — last year,...
A bill that would eventually raise Virginia's minimum wage to $15 an hour will go before the full Senate after a surprise bi-partisan vote Monday."That Virginia is getting more expensive is something we need to look at as we go along," said Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, who chairs...
Denille Francis spends a lot of time waiting, but without much hope.She waits to see if her 10-year-old son, Quinn, will ever get the funding he needs from the state. Quinn has Down syndrome and a host of other health problems. His therapies and numerous medical interventions are rarely...
Virginia prison officials say they’re on the leading edge of corrections reform for “operating without the use of solitary confinement.”But Derek Cornelison, a 34-year-old inmate at Red Onion, one of the state’s two supermax prisons in Wise County, says he and dozens of other prisoners have remained isolated in...
Virginia’s liquor ratio law will stay in place for at least one more year.The Senate’s Subcommittee on Alcoholic Beverage Control decided to scrap an idea that would have gotten rid of the ratio for restaurants that make $500,000 or more in food sales.“It seemed like a lot of people...
Earlier this year, lawmakers warned representatives from Virginia's hospitals and health plans that if they didn't find a solution to balance billing, the General Assembly would.And with a handful of bills filed, legislators appear eager to tackle the problem head-on this session.Balance billing occurs when an out-of-network provider bills...
By Katja Timm/ Capital News ServiceFor now, Virginia will remain among a trio of states — joining only Kentucky and Iowa — with a lifetime ban on voting rights for people convicted of a felony.On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections killed an attempt to allow Virginians who...