GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

On one side of Bank Street, the chant was "Floor votes now." On the other, a parody version: "More guns now."For most of the late morning Tuesday, the divide over gun regulation at Virginia's Capitol was literal and physical.Nothing that happened later in the day bridged the chasm.Republicans voted...
Huge crowds of advocates on both sides of the gun debate crammed into the Capitol on Tuesday, one heavily armed with rifles and pistols and the other wearing red T-shirts and ready with a string of chants. Both left surprised when a special session to take up gun legislation following the mass...
Back at my first full-time newspaper job, I wrote a story about a citizen's police academy program, the kind that's common in communities around the country and is intended to give regular people a better understanding of police training and procedures.Part of it involved a shooting simulator, an attempt...
Virginia Beach Republican Del. Glenn Davis will carry legislation that would allow municipalities to ban guns in local government buildings, with some caveats.Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, went further, introducing a bill that would prohibit guns and other weapons "in any building owned or used by a...
Virginia lawmakers return Tuesday, July 9, for a special session to consider gun control laws. Here's what to expect from Democrats and Republicans.
State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Midlothian, posted a Fourth of July video on her Facebook page to respond to critics, who have called her out over comments made earlier this week about rape.During an online back-and-forth with a constituent on Facebook, Chase had written that people who are "naive and...
After several roundtables around the state, Gov. Ralph Northam's legislative package for the special session to address gun violence remains mostly unchanged from the plans he laid out just over a month ago.After a shooting in Virginia Beach left 12 dead and four injured, Northam called the legislature back...
WISE — For most people, spotting an elk in the wild sparks excitement and awe. That’s especially so in southwestern Virginia, where elk have only recently been reintroduced after an absence of more than 150 years. For farmers and cattlemen, however, the sight of elk inspires something else: fear and dread.“If...
Fewer people are sure which party they want to control the General Assembly following a tumultuous six months for the state’s top three elected officials, all Democrats, according to a new poll from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Public Policy.A plurality of respondents (43%) said they preferred Democrats to...
House Republicans are again asking Democrats to allow two women who said Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted them to testify in front of the General Assembly during a special session beginning July 9.Gov. Ralph Northam called lawmakers back to Richmond in the wake of a mass shooting in...