GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

The future of quarantine leave for some of Virginia’s most vulnerable workers is uncertain after a House of Delegates committee made major changes to a bill that would have mandated it for any employee without paid time off.The original legislation, filed by Del. Elizabeth Guzmán, D-Prince William, would have...
The Virginia House of Delegates narrowly passed legislation Tuesday rolling back qualified immunity as a defense against lawsuits alleging police misconduct, reviving the measure just four days after voting it down.The bill, which now heads to the Senate, has followed a rocky path through the General Assembly and it’s...
You’re sitting across the desk from a bank loan officer to refinance your home mortgage and take advantage of extraordinarily low interest rates when he reveals that your credit is hopelessly overextended. You’ve financed two new cars, secured a massive personal loan and opened (and become delinquent on) dozens...
By Kim BoboOn Labor Day weekend as we honor America’s workers, we recognize Virginia’s complicated history with worker’s rights. Our legacy of slavery — the ultimate exploitation of workers — left us with many discriminatory and racist laws and few protections for workers.  But the last few years have...
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a wide-ranging package of police reform legislation Friday that would establish a blanket prohibition on choke holds and create criminal penalties for officers who fail to intervene in a colleague’s unlawful use of force.The bills, which drew strong opposition from Republican lawmakers and...
Rapper Kanye West's brief time as a certified presidential candidate in Virginia came to an end Thursday when a Richmond judge ordered his name stricken from the ballot.Richmond Circuit Court Judge Joi J. Taylor ruled in favor of two Virginia voters who claimed they were signed up to serve...
Some Virginia inmates could see their sentences cut nearly in half under legislation aimed at rewarding good behavior and participation in prison rehabilitation programs.Bills advanced by Democrats in the House and Senate would dramatically expand the state’s existing earned sentence credit program, which currently caps sentence reductions tied to...
Proposals to address rising numbers of unpaid utility bills during a time of mass unemployment have faced uphill battles during the special session of the General Assembly convened in part to address the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.In the two weeks since the session began, the House of Delegates...
Update: The House version of this legislation was pulled from the agenda Thursday, which appears to end the debate on this topic for the special session. Legislators could revisit the issue when they return in January.It’s a short bill filled with lawyerly jargon. But it’s one that could have...
With the help of a high-profile Democratic law firm, Virginia voters who claim they were tricked into signing campaign paperwork supporting Kanye West have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the rapper from appearing on Virginia’s presidential ballot.The suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, asks the court to...