GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

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...
By Jaclyn Barton and Patricia Cason/ Capital News ServiceMartin Wegbreit has known for a long time that Richmond has a problem with evictions, but a 2018 New York Times article brought national attention to the issue. It said the city’s eviction rate was more than 11% — three to four...
You’re driving along when blue strobes begin flashing not too far off your rear bumper and you pull to the side of the road. It’s a busted taillight, maybe expired tags or driving a few miles per hour over the speed limit. “License and registration please.”You know the...
A needle exchange service in the Culpeper area has been put on hold by local health officials due to lack of police support and uncertainty around a law due to sunset next summer. The Culpeper site would be only the fifth to open in Virginia, but April Achter, the population...
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. Banning flavored tobacco HB93:...
Two Virginia lawmakers have filed legislation to recast the Virginia State Crime Commission as a more reform-minded body that would be known as the “Virginia Justice Commission.”“For too long, the Crime Commission has been focused on outdated and unproven strategies such as mandatory minimum sentences, over-felonizing behavior, and failing...
Virginia lawmakers who attended a cannabis summit convened by Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday called it remarkable that such an event was even taking place on Capitol Square.“This is an extraordinary day,” said Del. Steve Heretick, D-Portsmouth, a founding member of the newly formed Cannabis Caucus. “I for...
A pending assault weapon ban backed by Gov. Ralph Northam will include a provision allowing Virginians to keep firearms they already have, the governor's office said Monday.Banning the sale of military-style weaponry commonly used in mass shootings was a key element of the gun-control agenda Virginia Democrats successfully ran...
Black women in Virginia are three times more likely to die after giving birth than white women, a disparity Gov. Ralph Northam has said he wants to eliminate by 2025.To do that, Northam has come up with a $22 million, two-year plan he introduced Monday in a room of...