GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

Virginia Democrats in the General Assembly cheerily observed last month that they were sending a budget to the governor that would finally restore K-12 education funding to pre-2008 recession levels.It might have been a short-lived victory. With the country suddenly teetering on the edge of the next recession (or,...
Members of the Virginia House of Delegates will most likely meet in Richmond for the General Assembly's reconvened session later this month. But in order to follow social distancing rules, they might not be meeting inside.In an interview Friday, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, said she fully intends for...
Gov. Ralph Northam is facing dueling pressure campaigns to amend marquee legislation passed by the General Assembly last month raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour over three years.On one side, farmworkers are pushing for Northam to strike language allowing agricultural operations to continue to pay them $7.25...
By Tram Nguyen Every person in Virginia deserves to live in their community free from fear.The exclusion of undocumented Virginians from being able to drive has been a crippling barrier to that principle. But the state legislature has now passed a bill that will allow driving for many immigrant...
By Luis Angel AguilarAs an immigrant growing up undocumented in Virginia, my love for my community was challenged by a slew of anti-immigrant policies on a local and state level that treated me and the powerful undocumented immigrants in my life as subhuman. Although immigrants made enormous contributions to...
Virginia General Assembly members have an expression for when opposing interests agree on a bill: they call it “peace in the valley.” The phrase comes from a gospel song by Thomas A. Dorsey, written for Mahalia Jackson and then later sung by a bunch of white guys including Red Foley...
Virginians will see some expansion in their choice of companies to buy electricity from after two proposals killed at the urging of the state’s two largest electric monopolies, Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power Company, were unexpectedly resurrected in the waning days of the session. The bills, which still have to...
In the 2016 presidential election, almost four million Virginians cast a ballot, a solid 72 percent turnout of registered voters.But another 2.5 million people didn’t vote, according to federal estimates of the voting age population, an eye-opening measure of disinterest and disillusionment.If some non-voters think getting registered, presenting an...
Gov. Ralph Northam will have the chance to make interim appointments for two judicial seats after lawmakers failed to agree on nominees for vacant positions on the Virginia Court of Appeals and the State Corporation Commission.Democrats in the House and Senate said they simply couldn’t reach agreement between the...
Virginia lawmakers closed out their legislative session for the year Thursday with votes to send a $142 billion budget to Gov. Ralph Northam.Here’s what’s in the two-year spending plan and a few of the ways new Democratic majorities put their stamp on Northam’s initial proposal. $1.4 billion in new spending...