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NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.A Senate committee moved a bill that would exempt menstrual supplies from state sales tax. “It’s not a luxury,” said Sen. Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, said. She nicknamed her bill “The Dignity Act.” - Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia’s Tebow Bill...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ In a move that bodes poorly for Republicans chances of hanging onto their one-seat majority in the House of Delegates, federal judges selected a redistricting plan for the House that would give Democrats a majority in six districts...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment say they expect a House of Delegates subcommittee to vote down the resolution this morning, but are hopeful the full committee will nonetheless take it up later in the week and send it...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. ♦ The Senate’s General Laws committee is set to vote on the big casino and sports betting bills today. Based on lawmakers’ comments during hearings Friday, it doesn’t sound likely they’ll pass this year. “There’s too many opportunities to...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.♦ A new bi-partisan effort has launched in the General Assembly to raise the minimum age required to purchase tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21. – The Daily Press♦ Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe started using his state PAC...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, made waves when he called himself a Democratic Socialist. He knows most of his bills won’t pass in Virginia but thinks it’s important to try. “One of the biggest things has been trying to...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• With the federal government still shut down, 550 federal workers in Virginia have filed for unemployment benefits. The number is expected to rise. (The Virginian-Pilot)• Republicans say Gov. Ralph Northam’s tax plan, which would provide $216 million in relief...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.• Gov. Ralph Northam’s first year in office saw a string of big victories: Medicaid expansion, Metro funding, Amazon, high state revenues and low unemployment. “A lot of it is timing,” he says, crediting the power shift in the...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.In the most recent court hearing on Virginia’s redistricting case, federal judges said they could be ready to pick a new map in the next month or two. Republicans, who took their challenge to the Supreme Court, expect...
NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Gov. Ralph Northam addressed lawmakers last night in the annual State of the Commonwealth address. He talked about his budget amendment proposals and made some special announcements, like a data center expansion in Mecklenburg County. He also reminded lawmakers...