GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

House Democrats voted down the chamber's only tax conformity bill Monday because it wrapped policy into what should be a straightforward issue affecting taxpayers, some delegates said.Conformity typically happens unceremoniously in the legislature. It adopts annual definitions of income from the federal government for tax purposes and requires a...
A weekend that had much of Richmond waiting to see if Gov. Ralph Northam would resign after a racist image from his medical school yearbook surfaced last week took a new tumultuous turn early Monday morning involving the man waiting in the wings to replace him if he steps...
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...
Republican leaders of the House Appropriations committee left most of Gov. Ralph Northam’s budget proposals out of their own budget that invests heavily in education.Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, committee chairman, made clear Northam would not get all of the $2.1 billion of budget amendments he rolled out in the...
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...