GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2021

Assembling a large pool of vaccinators is key to widely administering COVID-19 vaccines. But in Virginia, it’s been a challenge — mostly because of stringent requirements for many would-be volunteers.It’s an issue that a bipartisan group of state legislators is working to address. Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico (a practicing...
The company that operates Virginia’s only private prison doled out campaign contributions to 29 Virginia lawmakers ahead of a push to pass legislation banishing the for-profit corrections industry from the state, according to campaign finance records compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project.And when the bill came before a...
A Senate committee threw its support Wednesday behind a bill that would exempt proprietary information in carbon sequestration agreements with a public body from Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Senate Bill 1343, sponsored by Jill Vogel, R-Fauquier, aims to incentivize owners of forestland in Virginia to keep those lands forested...
In 2020, lawmakers seeking to speed the development of renewables and wean Virginia off fossil fuels made a host of changes to state law that aimed to smooth local approvals of large-scale solar farms. This year, they’re wielding the same tools to encourage the growth of energy storage. “This is...
A 7 a.m. subcommittee discussion on the finer points of election administration isn’t normally the type of Virginia General Assembly meeting that leads to anger and hurt feelings. But with the nation still reeling over departing President Donald Trump’s myriad falsehoods about the 2020 election and the Capitol mob that...
Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate stripped Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, of her last committee assignment Tuesday as Democrats advanced a resolution censuring her for praising rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol.The committee post --- a seat on the chamber’s typically sleepy panel on local government --- is hardly sought...
A House committee voted Monday to approve a bill requiring new cultural competency training for Virginia educators — part of a sweeping effort to reform the commonwealth’s what critics says is outdated curriculum on African American history.The legislation, sponsored by Del. Clint Jenkins, D-Suffolk, would help codify recommendations from...
Legislation to abolish the death penalty in Virginia cleared its first legislative hurdle Monday, passing out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on 10-4 vote, with nine Democrats and one Republican supporting the measure.Supporters of the bill, which include Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration and an array of faith leaders, argued...
As the 2021 General Assembly session begins, lawmakers are set to consider a slate of bills that aim to reform Virginia’s system of electric utility regulation with the goal of bringing down customer bills. “This work is an extension of the work we did last session to commit Virginia to...
A proposal to bring Virginia’s only privately operated prison under state management failed in the General Assembly on Friday when it was voted down by members of the Senate’s Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee.The decision means GEO Group, a publicly traded corporation based in Florida, will likely continue to...