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Virginia police officers can already use radar and lasers to spot speeders. But police officers still have to give out tickets the old-fashioned way: By catching the car and handing the driver a summons.That would change under legislation approved by the General Assembly allowing state and local police to...
By Andrew Ringle/ Capital News ServiceThe state Senate voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would prohibit holding a phone while driving a motor vehicle on Virginia roadways and which implements a penalty for the traffic violation.House Bill 874 will head to the desk of Gov. Ralph Northam, who...
By Stewart Schwartz With all the attention given to the controversial Coliseum-Navy Hill project, another major tax issue has been flying under the radar screen. HB1541 passed the House of Delegates and is before the Senate.The bill would establish a Central Virginia Transportation Authority and raise taxes by 2.1% on...
Lawmakers in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly voted Tuesday to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driving privileges.Advocates packed the Capitol for the votes, filling an overflow room where an interpreter translated the debate as unfolded on the floor of the Senate.“It’s very, very important for me...
By Ian Jefferies The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill last month (HB 440) that would mandate all freight railroads to operate with two people in the cab of a locomotive now and forever. The bill heads to the Senate after crossover Wednesday, and while legislators in the state’s...
By Ada Romano/ Capital News Service Legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to possess a driver’s license advanced in the Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 34, introduced by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, would allow immigrants to obtain a driver’s license regardless of legal status. Applicants must prove they don’t have a social security or individual...
Nothing makes a conservative’s blood boil faster than the idea that immigrants who haven’t cleared all the legal hurdles are getting a right or privilege in this country. It’s no coincidence that “Build the wall!” was (and remains) a galvanizing battle cry among President Donald Trump’s supporters.Immigrants have long...
WASHINGTON  — U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country. A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change. The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector while also boosting resiliency...
Virginia’s vehicle safety inspections may not become a thing of the past, but they may get less frequent.A key Democratic lawmaker said Monday that an agreement has been reached to require safety inspections every other year, not annually as required under current law.Gov. Ralph Northam had previously called for...
The Virginia Senate approved a bill Monday that would raise the state's reckless driving threshold from 80 miles per hour to 85 miles per hour, a change pitched as a way to bring speeding punishments more in line with driver behavior.State law currently defines speed-related reckless driving — punishable...