GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

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 online system each week. Cracking down on...
Almost one out of every five vehicles inspected in Virginia last year had defects that required immediate repairs or a rejection sticker, according to Virginia State Police data.This week, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed scrapping state-mandated vehicle safety inspections, drawing new focus to a decades-old program meant to ensure cars...
Gun-rights advocates are planning what they hope will be a historic rally at the Virginia Capitol next month. But they may have to leave their guns at home.Incoming House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn confirmed Thursday that Democrats have discussed the possibility of banning guns on Capitol Square through...
Gov. Ralph Northam wants to end state funding for the maintenance of Confederate graves, cutting an annual allocation of $83,000 for the United Daughters of the Confederacy from the budget he presented to lawmakers this week.Instead, Northam proposes using the money to create an African American cemeteries fund.“The governor...
Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed spending nearly $17 million over two years to help families who take in relatives’ children before they enter the foster care system.Tens of thousands of Virginia children are being raised by relatives instead of being put into foster care. But unlike formal foster families,...
Virginia’s historically black colleges and universities have some of the lowest four-and five-year graduation rates in the state, falling well below 50% at most of the schools.It’s an outcome driven in part by decades of inadequate funding for the large populations of low-income, first-generation and minority students the institutions...
Gov. Ralph Northam wants to end state-mandated vehicle safety inspections and cut vehicle registration fees in half, proposals his administration says would eventually save Virginians more than $280 million per year.But motorists would have to pay a few dollars more each time they fill up on gas under a...
Gov. Ralph Northam has already sketched out some of his biggest budget investments in a series of announcements over the past week. Among them, $1.2 billion for K-12 education, $733 million for environmental initiatives like cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, $92 million for affordable housing and eviction prevention, and...
WASHINGTON — Most Virginians favor stricter gun laws, although recent efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the state General Assembly. That disconnect has likely been due in part to partisan gerrymandering, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think...
Teachers earning average pay in Virginia will get nearly $1,500 closer to earning the national average teacher salary under Gov. Ralph Northam’s budget proposal.Northam has proposed using $145 million for a 3% teacher pay raise. It's part of a $1.2 billion package of K-12 education initiatives the governor is...