Virginia deer hunting bill has no ‘path forward,’ says committee chair

BY: - January 30, 2023

A Southwest Virginia delegate’s shot at expanding the deer hunting season to year-round on private property appears to have missed the mark this session. On Jan. 18, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee failed to take any action on House Bill 1811 from Del. Marie March, R-Floyd. While March said Friday she is tweaking the bill, […]

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With student loan forgiveness halted, White House says 685K Virginia borrowers eligible for relief

BY: - January 29, 2023

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider the legality of President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program, the White House on Friday released data showing 685,000 borrowers in Virginia applied or were automatically eligible for debt relief.  Of those, 429,000 applications were approved by the U.S. Department of Education and sent to loan servicers […]

Virginia House approves bill to boost transparency when judges get punished

BY: - January 27, 2023

A proposal to make more information public when Virginia judges violate ethics rules passed the House of Delegates Friday on a bipartisan vote. Currently, almost all records of the state’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission (JIRC) are kept strictly confidential unless they involve a proven breach serious enough to rise to the Supreme Court of […]

Two inmates escape Southwest Virginia jail and more state headlines

BY: - January 27, 2023

• The Supreme Court of Virginia reversed a $1 million jury award to the family of a Virginia Beach man killed by police in 2019 during a mental health crisis. In a split opinion, the court ruled the shooting was justified.—Virginian-Pilot • Authorities in Southwest Virginia were searching for two inmates who escaped from a local jail […]

Bill increasing parental oversight of school library materials clears House but faces tough Senate

BY: - January 27, 2023

Legislation giving parents more control over checkout procedures for books and materials in Virginia’s public school libraries passed the Republican-controlled House of Delegates Thursday. But Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, D-Richmond, who chairs the Senate’s public education subcommittee, said such a proposal is unlikely to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate. The Senate Education and Health Committee earlier this […]

Three interesting bills of the week: Pound charter, stillborn child tax credit and private police

BY: - January 27, 2023

Hundreds of bills are filed for General Assembly consideration each year. In this occasional series, the Mercury takes a look at a few of the proposals that might not otherwise make headlines during the whirlwind legislative session.  Senate Bill 1537: Restoring the town of Pound’s charter This bill from Sen. Todd Pillion, R-Abingdon, would repeal […]

As Republicans tout Parole Board report, some Democrats see ‘a whole lot of nothing’

BY: - January 26, 2023

The top Republican in the Virginia House of Delegates said Thursday that the GOP is considering “every possibility” in response to a new investigative report alleging systemic violations of law and state policy at the Virginia Parole Board under the watch of a former leader who’s now a sitting judge. But House Speaker Todd Gilbert, […]

Virginia House votes to repeal Clean Cars law

BY: - January 26, 2023

Republicans in the House of Delegates passed legislation Wednesday to repeal a law tying Virginia to California vehicle emissions standards that are set to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in 2035.  Along party lines, the House of Delegates voted 52-48 to pass House Bill 1378, carried by Del. Tony Wilt, R-Rockingham.  Wilt’s bill […]

A 13-car crash on Interstate 95 and more Va. headlines

BY: - January 26, 2023

• The Newport News elementary school teacher who was shot by a 6-year-old student sent someone a text message before the shooting indicating the boy had a gun and her superiors weren’t doing anything about it. A lawyer for the teacher said she intends to sue the school district.—NBC News • The Newport News School Board voted […]

House panel narrowly backs legislation to lower the minimum wage for minors 

BY: - January 25, 2023

Lawmakers narrowly backed a bill to lower the minimum wage for employees under the age of 18 Tuesday, with House Majority Leader Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, joining with two Democrats to oppose it.  The House Commerce and Energy subcommittee voted 4-3 to recommend approval of a bill from Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, that would require employers […]

AG says former Va. Parole Board chair broke the law in 2020 release ‘frenzy’

BY: - January 25, 2023

A former chair of the Virginia Parole Board broke numerous laws and policies during a “parole-granting frenzy” in early 2020 and could have been “charged criminally” if those in power at the time had taken her alleged misconduct seriously, according to Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares. At a news conference in Richmond Wednesday announcing the […]

Newport News to vote on superintendent firing and more Va. headlines

BY: - January 25, 2023

• The Newport News School Board has scheduled a vote tonight on the potential firing of Superintendent George Parker after his administration came under intense criticism over the shooting of a first-grade teacher by a 6-year-old student.—Daily Press • The Republican-led House of Delegates passed several key elements of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s latest round of proposed tax […]