GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2021

Part-time employees won’t be included in Virginia’s new auto-IRA program after a contingent of Senate Democrats rejected Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposal to broaden an initiative meant to encourage more lower-income workers to save for retirement.The program, set to take effect no sooner than 2023, will require businesses that don’t...
It was a few hours until the General Assembly would vote on final amendments to legislation that would make Virginia the first state in the South to legalize marijuana and Sen. Adam Ebbin, one of the bill’s Senate patrons, was feeling confident.As a joke, he stopped by a Richmond...
The Virginia General Assembly voted Wednesday to tighten some Virginia Parole Board procedures at issue in a series of critical watchdog reports last year, while approving funding for an outside investigation into how one of those reports was prepared and edited.Disagreement over the direction of that investigation led to...
The General Assembly approved legislation Wednesday that will make marijuana legal on July 1.The votes make Virginia the 16th state to legalize the drug and the first in the South to take the step, though retail sales won't begin until Jan. 1, 2024."The time has come for our state...
Many Virginians living with HIV were hoping for a total repeal of the state’s “infected sexual battery” law — a section of code that makes it a felony for someone living with HIV, syphilis or Hepatitis B to engage in sexual activity “with the intent to transmit the infection...
Virginians could be harvesting their first legal crops of home-grown marijuana later this year under legislative amendments Gov. Ralph Northam says he’s sending to the General Assembly.Northam said Wednesday he is proposing changes to the marijuana legalization bill passed by the General Assembly last month that would end the...
When Virginia's General Assembly first took up legislation billed as a major step toward giving regular people more control over their data in an increasingly online world, some of the first testimony lawmakers heard came from tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon.Both companies said they were in full support...
Democratic leaders in the House of Delegates say they now support legalizing marijuana on July 1, joining the Senate in backing amendments to a legalization bill lawmakers passed last month.They also went a step further, endorsing the legalization of personal cultivation at the same time.“The time is now for...
Thousands of Virginia workers would gain the option of automatically putting away part of their paychecks for retirement under legislation the General Assembly passed last month to help private-sector employees who lack access to a savings plan through their employer.The bill, awaiting action by Gov. Ralph Northam, establishes a...
Gov. Ralph Northam is amending a gambling bill that easily passed the General Assembly to once again specify that so-called skill games would become illegal come July 1, the governor's office announced Friday.If the General Assembly agrees, the change could mean the end of the games resembling slot machines...