GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Organizers pushing for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment are shifting from a statewide bus tour to building buzz and gathering more patrons for legislation coming in the next General Assembly session.“We are now on the journey to January,” said Del. Jennifer Foy, D-Woodbridge. “Now we are trying...
Last week, environmental activists circulated a video of Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell leaving Gov. Ralph Northam’s office.The timing raised eyebrows, coming on the heels of Northam's much criticized decision to replace two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board, which was due to vote on a key permit...
Virginia's Medicaid work requirement application is finally out of the state's hands and into the federal government's after months of work and a last-minute delay from some state Republicans.The Department of Medical Assistance Services submitted its Section 1115 waiver — which allows states to make changes to their Medicaid...
Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Herring says he never got much in the way of training about how much money it takes to make sure someone charged with a crime stays out of trouble and shows up for court, the purpose of cash bail.“So, 20 or however many years ago...
A proposal to change a prepaid college savings plan would make it more affordable and flexible for future college students, state auditors found.Prepaid529, one of several options through the Virginia529 program, currently allows buyers to pre-purchase semesters at public Virginia colleges and universities. Residents pay today’s tuition rates and...
Leaders of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe say they’ve been working to strike a deal with a Virginia city or county that will embrace their goal of opening the state’s first tribal casino and hope to announce a potential location in the next several months.The tribe has already secured 600...
Virginia's Commission on Youth adopted recommendations Tuesday aimed at reducing existing barriers for teenagers in the foster care system seeking a driver's license and increasing training for social services workers, particularly in dealing with child abuse allegations against teachers.The recommendations ranged from legislative proposals for the upcoming General Assembly...
Lawmakers are getting closer to finalizing proposed legislation to change Virginia's alcohol-control laws, including the mixed-drink ratio rule that limits liquor sales and essentially prevents full-fledged bars from operating in the state.This week, the Senate’s Subcommittee on Alcoholic Beverage Control has drafted a bill that would exempt restaurants that...
Imagine if you were sitting down to dinner tonight and your spouse said she had something really important to talk with you about.You’re not totally surprised by this because she’s been gone a lot, taking whispered phone calls, sending late-night texts. But you still don’t really know what might...
State Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, said Tuesday he'll introduce legislation to legalize sports betting in Virginia as part of a plan he says would reduce tuition at the state's community colleges.A few hours later, Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax, announced his own sports betting proposal, floating a 15 percent...