GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

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...
Two unresolved pieces of Gov. Ralph Northam's gun policy agenda have cleared the Virginia General Assembly as the legislative session nears its end.Legislation to require criminal background checks on all gun sales and restore the state's former one-handgun-a-month rule won final approval Saturday in the state Senate.The passage of...
For the better part of a decade, many Virginia Democrats, some Republicans and anti-gerrymandering advocates have pushed to take away the General Assembly’s constitutionally derived power to draw political maps and give it to an outside commission. After the House of Delegates voted 54-46 Thursday to approve a constitutional amendment...
The Virginia Clean Economy Act cleared its last hurdle in the General Assembly this week when both the House of Delegates and the Senate agreed to a final version that reflected the more aggressive House timeline of making Virginia’s electric grid carbon-free by 2045 while also incorporating stronger protections...
At the time of this writing, it is Friday. But in Virginia’s General Assembly, lawmakers are operating under the premise that it is still Thursday.The procedural maneuver is intended to give Democratic majorities more time to hash out deals on big outstanding legislative debates on topics ranging from redistricting...
By David Daley and Katie FaheySomething’s rotten in the state of Virginia. Legislative Democrats are on the verge of scuttling bipartisan redistricting reform and handing themselves unilateral power over the next decade of state legislative and congressional maps — embracing the same partisan gerrymandering that Democrats have so bitterly...
One of the biggest bills of the year is one nobody is talking about, Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, wrote in a tweet on Friday — a hard cap on the price of insulin in Virginia.Insurers are now limited to charging a maximum of $50 a month for the...
It took weeks of negotiations to settle on an end to balance billing, a much-loathed feature of Virginia’s medical system that’s been locked in a legislative deadlock for years.Lawmakers were jubilant on Thursday as both the House and Senate unanimously passed identical legislation to remove the risk of surprise...