GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

The Virginia Senate passed an initial wave of gun bills Thursday amid denunciations from Republicans and assurances from Democrats that they were responding to voters' demands for stronger firearm safety laws.Two bills — one to restore the state's previous one-handgun-a-month rule and another empowering local governments to ban guns...
A Richmond Circuit Court judge denied a request by pro-gun advocates to overturn a temporary firearms ban on Capitol Square, where thousands of opponents of new gun control legislation are planning to rally Monday."This is the right decision," said Gov. Ralph Northam in a statement following the ruling. "I...
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is expected to vote next week on a resolution that would overturn a federal rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers.The resolution — led by Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called borrower defense rule,...
Virginia Beach Del. Barry Knight’s milk bill cleared its first hurdle Wednesday afternoon when the House Agriculture Subcommittee voted 7-1 to pass it on for consideration to the larger Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.The measure, which defines milk as “the lacteal secretion, practically free of colostrum, obtained by...
As expected, Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a temporary emergency declaration that will ban all weapons, including firearms, from the Capitol grounds in Downtown Richmond in advance of a planned demonstration Monday opposing new gun restrictions lawmakers are debating in the General Assembly.In a statement, Northam's administration said the...
Cheers erupted at the Capitol as the Equal Rights Amendment cleared both chambers of the General Assembly on Wednesday, making Virginia the 38th and final state needed to ratify the amendment enshrining gender equality in the Constitution.Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, who sponsored the ERA resolution as one...
Virginia's new Democratic majorities will have at least three different redistricting reform proposals to choose from in the 2020 session. But only one would take away the General Assembly's constitutional power to redraw the state's political maps next year.For years, Democrats have called for the creation of an independent...
Shortly after Barack Obama won his first term as president, I was sitting in a courthouse in South Louisiana waiting for the start of a proceeding in a trial I was covering.The sheriff's deputies who patrolled the courthouse were chatting with clerks about the havoc the new president-elect was...
Virginia General Assembly members would have to disclose who's giving them big checks right before they vote on new laws under a bill that passed out of a state Senate committee Tuesday.The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Salem, would require lawmakers to disclose donations over $1,000 during the...
Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly are planning to vote on resolutions to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday as new Democratic majorities in the House and Senate prepare to deliver on their promise to make Virginia the 38th state to adopt the measure.“We are on the...