GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

Former State Water Control Board Member Roberta Kellam says she has provided a statement to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency criminal investigators.The news, first reported by The Roanoke Times and confirmed by the Mercury, comes as a pair of Roanoke attorneys are seeking a criminal investigation into alleged violations of civil and...
A lawsuit filed against the state by a Northern Virginia restaurateur could be the motivation the General Assembly needs to change laws that restrict happy hour advertising.Chef Geoff Tracy, who operates  locations of his Chef Geoff restaurant in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C., filed suit against the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage...
A House subcommittee took up two bills Tuesday that would expand access to benefits for those with past drug convictions, voting one down and allowing another to squeeze by with a major amendment.One piece of legislation, proposed by Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington, would have lifted the federally-imposed ban on...
After a vote on what had become Virginia's most high-profile environmental justice issue — the contentious natural gas compressor station proposed for Buckingham County by Dominion Energy as part of its Atlantic Coast Pipeline  — Gov. Ralph Northam is reconstituting an advisory council that urged him last year to...
The lone female delegate on the House subcommittee that voted Tuesday morning against ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment said changing the U.S. Constitution to protect women is unnecessary."I don't need words on a piece of paper, God made us all equal," said Del. Margaret Ransone, R- Kinsale.Her remarks were met by...
As the 2019 session of Virginia's General Assembly ramps into full gear, state lawmakers are considering a handful of bills that would add at least 10 historic African-American cemeteries to the roster of black burial grounds eligible to receive maintenance funds from the state.The new bills follow legislation passed...
Gov. Ralph Northam disappointed some members of his transition team and left environmental groups seething last year when he reappointed David Paylor to his longtime job as director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.Business interests, including the state's big utilities, chief among them Dominion Energy, like Paylor's light...
Virginia is facing a growing shortage of affordable housing, but apartment developments aiming to fill that gap often don’t make it far when they come before local governments for approval.“You hear things as offensive as, ‘We don’t want those people in our neighborhoods,’” says Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond. “The...
By Caitlin Morris/ Capital News ServiceHundreds of political activists from across Virginia were in Richmond on Monday to lobby in favor of driving rights for undocumented immigrants, a higher minimum wage and voting rights for felons.The New Virginia Majority, a civic engagement group that focuses on marginalized communities, held...
Republicans in the Virginia Senate voted down a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour on Monday afternoon in a bit of political theater apparently scripted with the November elections in mind.The bill only got to the Senate floor because two Republicans, Majority Leader Tommy Norment...