GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

A new African-American Advisory Board means Gov. Ralph Northam will have plenty of guidance from African Americans in the state, but the board itself won't be able to do much else.The board will have 26 members: Five ex-officio members that are also part of the governor’s cabinet and 21...
Wednesday’s vote to implement a regional gas tax along the Interstate 81 corridor resolves a longstanding debate over how to pay for safety upgrades to a much-criticized, highly traveled roadway.It also leaves the Richmond area as the only major metro area in the state without a dedicated source to...
Lawmakers met for more than eight hours yesterday. The Republican majority didn’t have the votes to overturn any of Northam’s vetoes, but they did consider a hefty package of legislative recommendations, delivering several significant policy breakthroughs that had Northam declaring it a successful session by day's end.Suspended drivers licenses: With...
Gigi Grogan was named after Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, a Catholic pediatrician who refused an abortion despite the threat pregnancy posed to her life. Molla died in 1962, a week after her child was born.Grogan, a student at Virginia Tech and leader of the college’s Students for Life chapter,...
Editor's note: First in an occasional series explaining Virginia's policy debates.A news release that Gov. Ralph Northam issued in late March couldn't have come as much of a surprise to anyone. It mirrored another from last year, in which he explained why he vetoed a string of health care...
Virginia farmers haven’t had much to smile about recently. Trade wars sent crop prices plummeting. Dairy farms closed at a rate of more than one a week. The weather has sucked.But legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor last month offers a rare recent win...
Gov. Ralph Northam's administration is finalizing regulations to reduce the carbon pollution from Virginia power plants by 30 percent between 2020 and 2030.The Department of Environmental Quality estimates the move will cost consumers only about a dollar per month while accelerating the transition to clean energy. (Virginia's State...
Defying calls for his resignation in the wake of his blackface scandal, Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to dedicate the remainder of his term to issues of racial equity. And his legislative amendments and vetoes, due Tuesday at midnight, gave him a concrete opportunity to turn words into action.Some lawmakers...
By Kathleen Shaw/ Capital News Service Drivers in Virginia would face penalties for using a phone behind the wheel under legislation that Gov. Ralph Northam has amended and sent to the General Assembly for approval. “The time has come for the commonwealth to implement an effective and fair law to combat distracted...
Corrine Fizer/ Capital News Service In response in part to the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, Virginia will have a new law on July 1 requiring priests, ministers, rabbis and other clergy members to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Gov. Ralph Northam has signed into...