GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Lawmakers in both chambers are advancing bills for the first time that would allow no-excuse absentee voting.In a House subcommittee, chairwoman Margaret Ransone, R-Westmoreland, said it was a "big step."In the Senate, a proposal from Sen. Lionel Spruill is moving toward passage that allows no-excuse absentee voting without a time limit.The House...
By Katja Timm/ Capital News ServiceTeary-eyed parents and supporters of legislation to curb distracted driving filled a small room at the Capitol, some wearing neon yellow traffic vests in solidarity as they offered emotional testimony.Others held framed pictures of loved ones who died in distracted driving crashes. The press...
Norfolk resident Rebecca Barwick’s health plan has put her in a difficult situation.She’s a transgender woman, but her plan lists her as a man. That’s because, as she gets older, she may need to access prostate health services that are only available to men. Yet she might also need...
Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted he never thought he “would see the day America had government officials who openly support legal infanticide.”President Donald Trump weighed in from the Oval Office. “Do you remember when I said Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb?...
The Senate's Education and Health Committee advanced legislation Thursday that would allow public high schools to offer an elective Bible study course.The legislation is part of a nationwide push in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia, according to USA Today."It teaches a lot about all other religions. It teaches a...
After years of lawsuits and court-appointed special masters having the final say on drawing some legislative districts, House Republicans are coming around to what advocates have said for years: Virginia needs a new way of drawing voting districts.The Senate has been on board with redistricting reform for several years...
By Adrian Teran-Tapia/Capital News ServiceSince 2007, tuition at Virginia’s public colleges and universities has increased an average of 80 percent, with schools like Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William & Mary more than doubling their tuition.The rising cost of a college education prompted Del. David Reid, D-Loudoun,...
A partisan debate fueled by election-year ferocity reared up in Virginia's House of Delegates on Wednesday over legislation related to late-term abortions when a mother's life or health is in danger — a practice that is already legal in Virginia under certain circumstances.A video of Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax,...
Dashing hopes of gambling boosters racing to open casinos in Virginia as soon as possible, a Senate panel endorsed legislation Wednesday that would give the state a year to study the proposal before moving forward."I believe this is a much more deliberative process than what was previously suggested," said Senate...
Virginia's rules on allowing legal immigrants to access Medicaid coverage are twice as onerous as most other states, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Institute.While 44 states require immigrants to legally reside in the country for five years before, in Virginia the individual must have worked 40...