GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

The Virginia Lottery is still running during the COVID-19 pandemic, but its March profits dropped 28 percent, according to a new agency report.The Lottery took in $48 million in profits for March, down more than a quarter compared to the same month last year.Though Gov. Ralph Northam has shut...
By Keith PerriganOver the last several weeks our commonwealth has dealt with a tremendous amount of troubling news.However, high poverty school divisions, especially small and rural school divisions, got some much needed good news this weekend when Gov. Ralph Northam proposed amendments to dedicate a portion of the...
Gov. Ralph Northam’s 144 budget amendments aren’t just about cutting new spending as Virginia braces itself for at least $1 billion in revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.They are also, in one instance, about birds — specifically, gull-billed terns — and a massive expansion of the...
By Lori Haas “Hi Mommy, I’ve been shot.” Those were the words I heard 13 years ago today when I picked up the phone. I was speechless. My daughter was supposed to be safe in her French class at Virginia Tech. She was supposed to be learning. Instead, she’d been shot...
By Jonathan Yglesias and Justin LingenfelterLast week, Gov. Ralph Northam took historic action to sign several gun safety bills into law.This came in the wake of a tragic mass shooting in Virginia Beach, followed by a special session on firearms that concluded within three hours with no action taken...
The Virginia House of Delegates is still expected to convene in person next week in Richmond on the Capitol grounds. But Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn says she's now exploring options for a remote voting plan that could allow legislative work to be done virtually.In an interview Wednesday, Filler-Corn said the...
A year after Republican resistance stalled Virginia’s effort to cap carbon emissions from large producers of the greenhouse gas at the forefront of climate change, the wheels are again in motion: Virginia is joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.Joining the cap-and-invest program was one of Democrats’ top legislative priorities...
Gov. Ralph Northam’s deadline to act on legislation adopted by the General Assembly came and went over the weekend.The full list of bills he’s signed, amended and vetoed hadn’t yet been posted publicly, but his administration announced action on dozens of pieces of high-profile legislation over the weekend, including...
Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he has signed several major gun-control bills into law, a final step Democrats hailed as a historic breakthrough on one of Virginia's most contentious political issues.The legislation will impose universal background checks on gun sales, create extreme risk protective orders that allow authorities...
Although it has not yet been signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam, the Virginia Clean Economy Act passed by the General Assembly this March has already spurred changes to the long-term plans of Dominion Energy, the state’s largest electric utility.On March 24, Dominion asked regulators to waive a...