GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2021

A proposal to make it illegal for Virginia politicians to use campaign funds to enrich themselves failed in the state Senate Tuesday, the latest sign of the legislature’s continuing wariness on campaign finance reform.Several senators said they agreed with the proposal generally, but insisted policymakers should take more time...
When Virginia senators passed a bill requiring local school divisions to provide in-person instruction by the summer, some anticipated the legislation would face an uphill battle in the House.Nearly a month later, though, the same legislation is now on the verge of passing both chambers after several rounds of...
Virginia lawmakers gave final passage to legislation abolishing the death penalty Monday, sending the bill to Gov. Ralph Northam, who has said he'll sign it.Northam's signature would make Virginia the first state in the South and the 23rd in the nation to end capital punishment. "This legislation says a lot...
In their second year in control of the legislature, Virginia Democrats pushed through another major measure to combat climate change when the Senate on Friday voted to adopt California regulations that set stringent vehicle emissions standards and electric car sales targets.“We know that our automobile emissions greatly contribute to...
A debate Friday about who should control the artifacts and artwork inside Virginia’s Capitol turned into a larger discussion of women’s accomplishments and the legacy of slavery, with House Democrats voting against relinquishing some of Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn’s power to the unelected Capitol Square Preservation Council.Amid social justice protests...
Medical cannabis producers in Virginia will be allowed to sell the plant’s unprocessed flower for the first time under legislation that’s quietly made its way through the General Assembly with broad, bipartisan support.The industry and its supporters in the legislature pitched the move as an effort to make the...
Legislation requiring Virginia to study gold mining and its effects on health and the environment is headed to the governor, but without an earlier provision that would have banned any large-scale gold mining of over 10 acres in the state until July 2023. On Thursday, the House of Delegates agreed...
Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler, D-Virginia Beach, decided there was a problem that needed fixing after hearing what was happening to her fellow real estate agents, whose work requires publicizing a cell phone number.Because the state already has a law against indecent exposure, she thought, there should be an equivalent ban...
After putting in motion efforts to reduce emissions from the power and transportation sectors as a way to slow climate change, Virginia lawmakers are looking to chip away at the carbon problem by examining ways it can be sequestered in forests, waters and soils.“Once we get rid of all...
A Senate committee voted Thursday to kill legislation aimed at expanding diversity in Virginia’s governor’s schools — a hot-button issue that’s sown debate at some of the state’s elite public institutions.Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, made the motion to table the bill indefinitely over strong objections from Black...