Morrissey banned from Henrico jail and more Virginia headlines

BY: - February 1, 2023

• State Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico, was banned from the Henrico County jail for 90 days after the local sheriff accused him of threatening her staff in an incident that took place over the weekend. Sheriff Alisa Gregory said Morrissey brought children with him and left them unattended while he visited a client.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • “The fire […]

Virginia public schools seek solutions after Dept. of Ed error leads to $201 million shortfall

BY: - January 31, 2023

Statewide aid estimates for Virginia’s public schools were $201 million short of what districts expected to receive, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration confirmed last week after discovering a flaw in the budget in December.  On Friday, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow notified school division superintendents that the basic aid calculation tool used to determine how […]

Va. regulators propose easing emission limits for data centers over power transmission concerns

BY: and - January 31, 2023

With Dominion Energy anticipating possible problems supplying electricity to data centers in parts of Northern Virginia this spring, the state Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to ease certain air emissions rules for facilities in the zone to allow them to get extra power from generators. In a statement announcing the proposal Thursday, DEQ Director […]

Senate Democrats signal opposition to Youngkin pick for UVA board

BY: - January 31, 2023

Democrats are indicating they might refuse to confirm a businessman Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin appointed to the University of Virginia’s governing board, a sign of an escalating fight over who should have a say in the governance of the state’s flagship public university. At a state Senate committee meeting Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers removed UVA Board […]

Transgender sports bill advances in House and more Va. headlines

BY: - January 31, 2023

• A bill prohibiting transgender students in Virginia’s public schools and universities from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity advanced out of a Republican-led subcommittee Monday.—WTOP • “The Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old boy shot his teacher reopened Monday with stepped-up security and a new administrator, as nervous parents and students expressed optimism […]

Most gun storage bills appear doomed in Virginia General Assembly

BY: - January 31, 2023

As Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, pitched a Republican-led subcommittee last week on his proposed law requiring gun owners to lock up their firearms and ammunition if there are children in the home, he raised his index finger in the air and began a visual demonstration. He pressed his fingertip to the biometric gun safe on […]

USDA to use outdoors recreation to boost economy around national forests, grasslands

BY: - January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture began planning this month to develop outdoor recreation opportunities near national forests and grasslands, part of a broader Biden administration push to help communities reap economic rewards from the growing recreation sector. Three USDA agencies — the U.S. Forest Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Office […]

Virginia lawmakers ask for study on requiring insurers to cover doula care

BY: - January 30, 2023

Two bills that would have required private insurers in Virginia to provide coverage for state-certified doula care were unanimously struck down last week by lawmakers in both chambers, who instead requested a study of the proposal.  The bills will now go before the Senate Health Insurance Reform Commission, which is charged with studying mandated health […]

Chincoteague ponies could become state’s official pony and more Va. headlines

BY: - January 30, 2023

• Residents of a Southwest Virginia house featured in a news story about the Jan. 6 insurrection have filed $66.9 million defamation suit, claiming that, even though they weren’t named, the segment falsely tied the house’s occupants to violence and racism.—Cardinal News • About half of Virginians think Gov. Glenn Youngkin is doing a good job, according […]

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 […]