GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

For months, a handful of Virginia lawmakers had been pushing legislation that would grant access to paid sick time to thousands of workers.But their pitch grew increasingly pointed as the proposal came down to the wire in the final days of the General Assembly and state officials confirmed the...
On a June day in 2019, a familiar cast of characters assembled in the East Reading Room of the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond. There was Michael McDermott, CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg. Mike Gentry, COO for Sentara Healthcare, was there, too, representing a sprawling network of...
As the overtime Virginia General Assembly session dragged on Sunday afternoon, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax told senators that math was not working in their favor.Given all the legislation left to vote on and the hours left before a 6 p.m. deadline, Fairfax said, the chamber could spend about seven...
Cities and counties around Virginia will be allowed to remove the Confederate monuments they own and maintain under legislation the General Assembly sent to Gov. Ralph Northam on Sunday.The vote comes two and a half years after a fatal white supremacist rally in Charlottesville around a statue of Confederate...
Possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer be punishable by jail time in Virginia under decriminalization legislation lawmakers sent to Gov. Ralph Northam on Sunday."This means close to 30,000 people a year will no longer be labeled as criminals and no longer will suffer the negative repercussions...
One state senator compared it to authoritarian tactics he saw on a trip to Moscow. A different lawmaker told a harrowing tale of someone being interrogated on their way to grandma's house. Another said the General Assembly was flirting with a "nightmare for Virginians."The issue inciting the ominous talk...
Virginia lawmakers on Sunday gave final approvals to a pair of bills legalizing casinos and sports betting after a last-minute fight over whether the state should allow bets on college games involving Virginia teams.In the end, lawmakers chose to exclude Virginia colleges and universities from the new sports betting...
Local governments will be allowed to engage in collective bargaining with their employees under legislation that cleared the General Assembly on Sunday.The bill falls far short of a proposal pushed by labor unions that the House of Delegates approved last month, which would have mandated both the state and...
On what was scheduled to be the last day of Virginia's legislative session, lawmakers struck a deal late Saturday night to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 over the next three years.Democrats, many of whom ran on increasing the minimum wage to $15, said it was the best...
Virginia lawmakers voted Saturday to grant driver privilege cards – but not full-fledged licenses – to undocumented immigrants.“I cannot tell you all how important this is for about 300,000 people living in Virginia,” said Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Alexandria. “This bill is going to change people’s lives.”Currently undocumented immigrants are...