GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

Remember that marathon State Water Control Board meeting from last year?The board agonized behind closed doors for hours with its legal counsel over whether it had the authority to revoke a certification it issued for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which had been spilling sediment all over its Southwest Virginia...
Legislation to repeal arcane bans on cussing (in public) and fornicating (in private, among consenting adults) cleared the General Assembly on Wednesday and will head to Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk for review.But the Senate voted down a third measure to repeal a ban on spitting in public places following...
Democratic leaders in the House of Delegates confirmed Wednesday that they will not bring an anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment for a vote by a deadline looming this week, a setback for the redistricting reform approach favored by the state Senate and advocacy group OneVirginia2021.Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg, D-Henrico, said in an...
A bill to provide free pads and tampons to students just passed both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly. If signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginia would become the fifth state to mandate menstrual supplies in schools.
By Andrew Ringle/ Capital News ServiceThe state Senate voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would prohibit holding a phone while driving a motor vehicle on Virginia roadways and which implements a penalty for the traffic violation.House Bill 874 will head to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam, who...
By Stewart Schwartz With all the attention given to the controversial Coliseum-Navy Hill project, another major tax issue has been flying under the radar screen. HB1541 passed the House of Delegates and is before the Senate.The bill would establish a Central Virginia Transportation Authority and raise taxes by 2.1% on...
If the Iowa caucuses taught us anything, said Del. Sally Hudson, it's that sometimes it's almost impossible to figure out which candidates have majority support from the people electing them.Hudson, D-Charlottesville, wants to bring some clarity on that front by giving local governments the option of having ranked-choice voting...
Perhaps you’ve heard.CNBC named Virginia its top state for business last year — an honorific lawmakers have recited so many times that, were it tied to a drinking game, everyone would have been carted out of the General Assembly Building with alcohol poisoning by now.Republicans have invoked the cable-news...
After more than five years of efforts, Virginia legislators passed a bill to ban conversion therapy, a dramatic reversal from previous years.
A Virginia Senate committee voted down an assault weapon bill Monday morning, blocking the most contentious piece of the Democratic gun control agenda.The bill — which would have banned future sales of assault weapons and outlawed magazines capable of holding more than 12 rounds — had already been watered...