GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

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...
Keith Perrigan, superintendent of Bristol Public Schools, can think of a lot of ways to spend $130,000. He said it would pay for three, nearly four new school roofs, or the debt service on a $1 million construction loan.“It could take care of boilers and chillers, or asbestos abatement,”...
Lead foots around Virginia, beware: State legislators have just made it tougher for you to break speed limits with impunity, at least in certain circumstances.The General Assembly this week passed a bill allowing state and local police to use speed cameras in school and highway work zones. Go at...
Pharmacy benefit managers are claiming drug prices will go up if Gov. Ralph Northam signs two bills (HB1290 and SB251) that overwhelmingly passed both General Assembly houses. These identical bills would license PBMs under the Bureau of Insurance and address some of their business practices. The most interesting part...
In the closing days of the legislative session, Democrats in the House of Delegates put off a make-or-break vote on redistricting reform and unveiled an alternative proposal that could kill the constitutional amendment the General Assembly passed last year.The substitute proposal offered by Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, would also...
Lawmakers voted this week to tighten the state’s anti-prostitution laws to include illicit massage parlors, but not before attaching a last minute-amendment to assuage concerns the legislation might unintentionally outlaw an annual beach-front Latin dance festival.“We had a little bit of a challenge working with how to incorporate Latin...
Before letting legislators leave for the day, House of Delegates Clerk Suzette Denslow reminded them that the faster they get their conference reports done, the faster they can be voted on.“So don't wait until the last minute,” Denslow said.Lawmakers have a few more days to get their homework done...
Legislation to update Virginia’s vaccination requirements for schoolchildren is on its way to the governor’s desk after the House voted 54-44 to approve a Senate-amended version of the bill.The final version adds four new vaccines to the state’s immunization schedule, which hasn’t been updated since 2008. Meningitis, hepatitis A,...