GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

Athletes at Virginia colleges, unpaid stars in one of America’s richest sports entertainment enterprises, could be compensated for the first time for the commercial use of their names, images and likenesses under new state legislation.Three bills, one by a Democrat and two by Republicans, await action in the just-opened...
Virginia Democrats used their new majority power to pass a ban on guns inside the state Capitol and the General Assembly’s adjacent office building, a contentious step that set off the first major partisan fight of the session.The legislature's Joint Rules Committee approved the gun ban Friday afternoon in...
A state senator says he’ll introduce legislation that would allow tenants to make essential repairs if their landlords won’t and then deduct the cost from their monthly rent.“Too often the landlord has all the power and none is given to the tenant,” said Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin. “What we’re...
The masculine pronouns were swapped out for feminine ones. The House Commerce and Labor Committee was renamed the House Labor and Commerce Committee, a sign of Virginia Democrats’ desire to elevate workers in a place where business interests usually hold sway.The new Democratic majority in the House of Delegates...
A Senate panel voted Wednesday to advance the Equal Rights Amendment to the chamber’s floor, sending the long-stalled constitutional amendment down a pathway to near certain ratification in Virginia.“We have waited too long,” said Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, one of the measure’s patrons.Advocates launched a push for Virginia to...
The new Democratic majority in the Virginia House of Delegates will pursue a new policy on guns in the Capitol that may or may not include a "blanket prohibition."Democratic leaders released a proposed rules package Thursday morning that includes a new section dealing with firearms in House-controlled areas of...
As if they didn’t have enough on their plates with energy legislation, lawmakers this session are set to consider a vast array of environmental bills, ranging from small fish (menhaden) to problems perplexing leaders worldwide (climate change).What unified policies, if any, will emerge from this pastiche of concerns and...
A bill before the General Assembly this year would require the state Department of Education to develop model policies for issues affecting transgender students. The proposed legislation comes as disparate school policies across the state have contributed to lawsuits brought against school systems and as transgender Virginians gain visibility in...
With Virginia expected to be the pivotal 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, a group of Republican attorneys general are seeking to block the amendment.“These same Republican attorneys general are trying to gut health care for millions of Americans, roll back environmental protections, and reverse years of progress...
After 400 years of misters, Virginia has a Madam Speaker.On Wednesday, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax became the first woman ever elected to lead the House of Delegates, taking the gavel as Democrats prepare to use their hard-won majority power to dramatically reshape state policy.On what is usually a...