GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

Continue to exempt nannies? What about waitstaff? A carve-out for employers who offer health insurance? Different wages for different regions? It’s all on the table as Democrats in Virginia sort out the specifics of their campaign promise to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Negotiations began in earnest...
A Senate subcommittee on Wednesday voted down proposals to expand retail competition in Virginia’s energy markets. “We have traditionally avoided what I would call a partial deregulation,” said Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City, one of the five senators on the newly formed energy subcommittee. “This is partial deregulation. … There...
By Golden Bethune-Hill  For the past decade, manipulated maps and unfairly drawn district lines have watered down the power of too many Virginians’ votes. Politicians, who were more interested in amassing power than improving life for everyone, gerrymandered the commonwealth and left poorer folks out in the cold.  I’ve seen this...
New Democratic majorities in the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate voted this week to roll back abortion restrictions the GOP put in place in 2012 mandating an ultra-sound and 24-hour waiting period. “These restrictions were not designed to protect women, but rather to suppress their ability to make their...
By Macy Pressley/ Capital News Service A bill allowing Virginia voters to choose more than one candidate on the ballot narrowly advanced through subcommittee Monday. House Bill 1103, introduced by Del. Sally Hudson, D-Charlottesville, would open a pilot program for ranked-choice voting in local elections, such as city council or school board contests.  “Rank...
At a committee hearing last week, a Virginia lobbyist told lawmakers that believing so-called games of skill are really about skill is “about like believing in the tooth fairy.” But Steve Baril wasn’t there to try to convince the General Assembly to ban the thousands of unregulated and untaxed video...
Legislation that would cap insulin co-pays at $30 a month won broad bi-partisan support in the House Labor and Commerce Committee, which voted 16-1 to advance the measure for a vote before the full chamber. “We know the price of insulin has been rising fast over the past few years,”...
These are the circumstances black Virginians faced in 1890, the year the General Assembly established the forerunner of Lee-Jackson Day to honor the two Confederate generals from the Civil War: Seven black people had been lynched in the commonwealth just the year before, according to the book “100 Years of...
Virginia’s vehicle safety inspections may not become a thing of the past, but they may get less frequent. A key Democratic lawmaker said Monday that an agreement has been reached to require safety inspections every other year, not annually as required under current law. Gov. Ralph Northam had previously called for...
The Virginia General Assembly finalized its ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment on Monday when the House and Senate each approved the other chamber’s version of the resolution. Women presided over both votes, with Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) stepping off the dais of the Senate where he typically leads...