GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

Democrats walked off the floor of the House of Delegates Tuesday morning as the pastor invited to give the opening prayer delivered stinging remarks condemning abortion and gay marriage and said God would bring his "wrath" against those who don't follow biblical principles."Is this a prayer or a sermon?,"...
The Virginia Clean Economy Act squeaked through its second reading in the House Monday, but a deepening split among Democrats over what the commonwealth’s policy should be when it comes to decarbonizing the energy sector may threaten its survival in a crucial vote Tuesday.Hanging over the schism is the...
A Virginia Republican may have learned the hard way that being in the minority means you've got to watch what you tweet.Del. Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Beach, could only sit by Monday as the Democratic majority in the House of Delegates voted down four of his bills ahead of a...
The Virginia Senate chose to stick with its pending ban on electronic skill games after a Republican lawmaker tried to give the embattled and unregulated industry new life as a source of dedicated school funding.On Monday, Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, tried to tie skill games to a bill he's...
Virginia Democrats have made no secret that they planned to use their new majorities to decriminalize marijuana this year. (To the extent that there’s been a debate, it’s been focused on whether the state should skip straight to outright legalization.)Less certain was how many members of the GOP, whose...
A cap on late fees. More leverage to force repairs. A requirement that all large apartment complexes accept housing vouchers that many low-income residents rely on to pay their rent.Tenant-friendly laws are advancing through the Democratic-led General Assembly with bi-partisan support this year, a departure from the reliably pro-landlord...
The Virginia Clean Economy Act, the Democrats’ energy omnibus bill designed to achieve Gov. Ralph Northam’s goals of reducing Virginia’s carbon emissions to zero by 2050, sparked sharp questions from senators Sunday over how the costs of shifting away from carbon should be calculated.“You can’t do this stuff for...
Proposals to repeal or scale back Virginia's right-to-work law, which bans compulsory union membership, are dead for the year.In the House, leaders of the appropriations committee avoided a vote Friday by simply not scheduling the bill for a hearing.https://www.virginiamercury.com/2019/12/11/virginia-explained-the-growing-debate-and-divide-on-right-to-work/Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, had proposed a full-scale repeal of the...
A controversial bill to ban future sales of assault weapons in Virginia and outlaw high-capacity magazines and bump stocks advanced out of a House of Delegates committee meeting Friday morning that drew an overflow crowd.The legislation is the last big-ticket gun bill Democrats are taking up ahead of a...
By Rabbi Gary S. CreditorWhen my wife and I applied for our first credit card, I waited with trepidation until it arrived. By the time we applied for our first car loan I had no doubt that we would be approved. When we applied for our home mortgage, I...