GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

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...
As state lawmakers prepare to reassemble in Richmond for a special session on gun control after the Virginia Beach shooting, this statistic will likely be repeated often: In Virginia, more than 1,000 people die due to gun violence every year.That equates to almost three people every day. Guns take...
Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, is the only Democratic lawmaker in the General Assembly who was endorsed by the NRA during his last election.It was controversial in his district at the time, coming a month after an on-air shooting that killed a reporter and photojournalist working for a television station...
A new poll conducted by a gun control group in Republican-held Virginia legislative districts found that "voters from all persuasions are widely in support of common-sense gun reforms," including those Democrats will push during a special session to address gun violence next month.Public Policy Polling, of Raleigh, N.C., on...
VIRGINIA BEACH -- The day of the municipal building mass shooting, Republican Del. Barry Knight, who grew up in Virginia Beach and currently represents part of the city, was at a friend’s memorial service when the city manager contacted him to tell him six people had been killed.By the...
Digital town hall results released Tuesday by Gov. Ralph Northam's office show that 93 percent of the 2,000 respondents considered distracted-driving a "very serious or serious problem."They also voted it "the most serious of seven highway safety issues provided for ranking, followed closely by drunk driving," the governor's office...
FLOYD — The saga of securing money to build out Interstate 81, which runs through rural western Virginia as one of the East Coast’s arterial commercial routes, was one of the twistiest narratives of the 2019 General Assembly session.A pair of bills proposing tolls to fund interstate construction was...
The Department of Elections will hire six new employees this summer, which should help address some of the problems identified in an audit last year, officials said.The new positions, funded in the final state budget, represent the “single biggest infusion in new positions to the department as far back...