GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

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...