GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2022

Virginia lawmakers dodge questions on whether budget might include new policy on skill games

BY: - May 17, 2022

Budget leaders in the Virginia General Assembly won’t say if they’re considering changing the state’s contested ban on slots-like skill machines through the budget, despite that possibility already convincing a judge to order a lengthy delay in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban. Last month, lawyers challenging the ban as unconstitutional pointed to the […]

Virginia gas prices hit new records as budget impasse continues

BY: - May 16, 2022

The average price of gas in Virginia hit a new record of $4.319 per gallon Monday as state lawmakers continue to debate relief for people struggling to afford higher fuel costs, according to data from AAA. Gov. Glenn Youngkin and his Republican allies have pressed for an emergency suspension of the state’s 26-cent per gallon […]

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Tulips are blooming at the Virginia Capitol, but a budget deal remained elusive Monday. (Photo by Graham Moomaw)

A farce in one act: imagining a job performance review for Virginia’s policymaking elite

BY: - May 16, 2022

Setting: A large conference room somewhere in downtown Richmond. On one side of the table sits the representative from Human Resources who’s there to conduct the annual job performance review. On the other sit 140 members of the General Assembly and the head of the executive branch, his excellency Glenn Youngkin. (Curtain rises. Scene opens:) […]

Virginia senator involved in skill-game suit invokes special session to delay hearing

BY: - May 13, 2022

Virginia Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, invoked his duties as a sitting lawmaker to request a delay in a high-profile lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on slots-like skill games, a move that appears to have bought his client valuable time to continue operating machines the General Assembly has tried to outlaw. Though a judicial order granting […]

State Supreme Court vacancies remain unfilled during political standoff

BY: - May 9, 2022

Two vacant seats in the Virginia Supreme Court hang in the balance in the political standoff in the Virginia Assembly.  State lawmakers said in interviews this week that their negotiations over the justices continue but indicated they are no closer to resolution. “We do not have an agreement on how to proceed with the Senate,” […]

Tulips are blooming at the Virginia Capitol, but a budget deal remained elusive Monday. (Photo by Graham Moomaw)

Virginia budget leaders say no public meetings planned as negotiations enter third month

BY: - May 2, 2022

As Democrats and Republicans continue to point fingers over who’s to blame for Virginia’s delayed budget, the two lawmakers leading the negotiations said Monday they have no plans to hold any public meetings that might offer more insight into how those talks are going. In brief interviews with the Mercury after an unrelated legislative meeting, […]

Weed confusion, a Putin jab and slumlords: recapping the General Assembly’s veto session

BY: , and - April 27, 2022

The Virginia General Assembly’s one-day veto session featured a secretive Democratic coup, an accusation Gov. Glenn Youngkin was using Putin-esque tactics to punish a county school board and a break until 4:20 p.m. to resolve massive confusion over marijuana laws. It was a long day for the state’s divided political leaders as they returned to […]

Va. House Democrats remove Filler-Corn without picking new leader

BY: - April 27, 2022

The Democratic caucus in the Virginia House of Delegates removed former Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn as their leader Wednesday without electing a successor, creating a leadership vacuum just as they headed onto the floor for a full day of voting on almost 150 vetoes and amendments from Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth, had spearheaded […]

Va. Senate committee votes down Youngkin’s gas-tax holiday plan

BY: - April 27, 2022

Democrats in the Virginia Senate voted Wednesday to reject Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal for a gas tax holiday, a sign the governor hasn’t succeeded in getting skeptics on board with the plan he rolled out six weeks ago. The Senate Finance Committee’s 12-3 vote to block the bill won’t be the final say on the […]

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To lower cost of living, legislature should override governor’s veto of energy efficiency bill

BY: - April 26, 2022

By Chris Meyer With Richmond’s focus on reducing Virginia’s energy costs, it was surprising to see Gov. Glenn Youngkin veto a bill designed to lower the electric bills of veterans, low-income, elderly and disabled ratepayers. The bill — Senate Bill 347 (Sen. John Bell, D-Loudoun) — not only passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, but also directly […]

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What new Virginia laws reveal about how the natural gas industry sees its future 

BY: - April 21, 2022

Natural gas is having a moment. The war in Ukraine spotlighted Europe’s heavy reliance on Russian gas and the challenge of replacing it with new supplies from elsewhere. Suddenly the Biden administration, after talking so much about the need to get off fossil fuels, wants to expand oil and gas production and boost exports of […]

Va. House committee advances Youngkin’s gas tax holiday, rejects $50 rebates

BY: - April 19, 2022

Virginia legislators took their first vote Tuesday on the gas tax holiday proposed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, nearly a month after the governor announced it and with the timeline for a final vote still up in the air. In its first General Assembly hearing, the legislation cleared the House Finance Committee on a party-line vote. […]