GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

Monday's presentation covered the big picture, but there's a lot more to parse in the 202-page gambling report Virginia lawmakers received this week.Here are five more takeaways from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) study that's meant to guide lawmakers' thinking on casinos, sports betting and other...
As localities all around the U.S. move to discourage the use of plastics, Virginia will once again mull taxing an item so common that most people encounter it every single day: the plastic bag.The debate isn’t new. This year’s General Assembly will mark the sixth time Sen. Chap Petersen,...
Opening five full-scale casinos in Virginia, legalizing sports betting and permitting online gambling would rake in $367 million in new tax revenue annually for the state, according to a 200-page report state auditors released Monday.But they cautioned a major expansion of gambling likely wouldn’t be the job-creating economic boon...
Her time has come.Never have women enjoyed as much electoral success in Virginia as they achieved in this month’s legislative election.A record 30 women (six newly elected) will hold seats in the House of Delegates when the 2020 session convenes. And, for the first time in 400 years, a...
With Virginia Democrats expected to pass tougher gun laws next year, a state senator wants to keep guns out of the government complex where laws are made.Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, has filed a bill to ban guns and other weapons on Capitol Square, a change that could complicate pro-gun...
Bill filing season is officially upon us.With thousands of bills expected to be drafted for the 2020 legislative session, not every idea can get its own headline. But we'll use this space to highlight some of the more interesting or unexpected proposals that show up in the General Assembly's...
AMHERST — In an overflowing meeting room, speakers repeatedly invoked the Virginia-born Founding Fathers who saw fit to enshrine firearms in the U.S. Constitution.One man said the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump — which he suggested could be a “coup” — shows the need for an armed...
Attorney General Mark Herring has invited state lawmakers to a "Cannabis Summit" next month that will feature policymakers from states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana and academics who study cannabis-related issues.The Dec. 11 event hosted by a top Democratic official suggests cannabis reform will be a more serious...
With Republicans in control of the General Assembly, LGBTQ rights advocates trying to pass stronger anti-discrimination laws in Virginia knew they had to think small.After Election Day, that's all over.In an interview, James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, said his group is widening its policy agenda in preparation...
Over the weekend, deposed Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates chose Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, to lead them through their next two years in the minority.Of the two leaders reportedly under consideration (Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, also made a bid), Gilbert was the more conservative choice. He continued to...