Senate panel endorses Bible classes for public schools

BY: - February 1, 2019

The Senate’s Education and Health Committee advanced legislation Thursday that would allow public high schools to offer an elective Bible study course. The legislation is part of a nationwide push in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia, according to USA Today. “It teaches a lot about all other religions. It teaches a lot about where people […]

Legislature eyes local restrictions on Airbnb; KKK recruitment material shows up in Southwest Virginia; Virginia Beach aviators lead first all-female flyover and other headlines

BY: - January 31, 2019

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. Del. Dawn Adams, D-Richmond, sent a newsletter to constiuents saying she regretted not reading an abortion-related bill from Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, more closely. Adams, a nurse practitioner, said she thought the bill only removed “onerous” restrictions put in place in 2012. – Richmond […]

Republicans are ready to come to the table on redistricting reform. Here’s what that means.

BY: - January 31, 2019

After years of lawsuits and court-appointed special masters having the final say on drawing some legislative districts, House Republicans are coming around to what advocates have said for years: Virginia needs a new way of drawing voting districts. The Senate has been on board with redistricting reform for several years and passed bills out of […]

Legislative proposals address rising costs of college

BY: - January 31, 2019

By Adrian Teran-Tapia/Capital News Service Since 2007, tuition at Virginia’s public colleges and universities has increased an average of 80 percent, with schools like Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William & Mary more than doubling their tuition. The rising cost of a college education prompted Del. David Reid, D-Loudoun, to file a bill […]

Failed legislation loosening restrictions on late-term abortions, which are already legal in some cases in Virginia, ignites furor

BY: - January 30, 2019

A partisan debate fueled by election-year ferocity reared up in Virginia’s House of Delegates on Wednesday over legislation related to late-term abortions when a mother’s life or health is in danger — a practice that is already legal in Virginia under certain circumstances. A video of Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, responding to a line of […]

Saying they need to ‘take a breath,’ Senate panel endorses year-long study of casino gambling plans

BY: - January 30, 2019

Dashing hopes of gambling boosters racing to open casinos in Virginia as soon as possible, a Senate panel endorsed legislation Wednesday that would give the state a year to study the proposal before moving forward. “I believe this is a much more deliberative process than what was previously suggested,” said Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James […]

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Budget amendments would expand Medicaid access for immigrants

BY: - January 30, 2019

Virginia’s rules on allowing legal immigrants to access Medicaid coverage are twice as onerous as most other states, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Institute. While 44 states require immigrants to legally reside in the country for five years before, in Virginia the individual must have worked 40 quarters in the U.S., or […]

GOP blocks repeal of Jim Crow-era wage restrictions; Pipeline cost legislation advances; Discovery rules delayed; Crab fraud ‘unparalleled’ and more headlines

BY: - January 30, 2019

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The House of Delegates blocked a bill to repeal a Jim-Crow-era law that says shoe-shine boys, caddies, ushers and doormen don’t have to be paid minimum wage. Republicans said they supported the concept in theory but were concerned the governor could amend it […]

Panel OKs Rules for Using ‘Dangerous’ Room Dividers at Schools

BY: - January 30, 2019

By Saffeya Ahmed/ Capital News Service On an afternoon last spring, Wesley Lipicky, a third-grader at Franconia Elementary School in Fairfax County, was helping his teacher in the gymnasium when he became caught between a motorized room partition and a gym wall. The 9-year-old boy suffered traumatic head injuries and died that night. On Monday, […]

GOP blocks Northam appointee amid senator’s crusade to soften oversight of contractors

BY: - January 30, 2019

When a troubling crack appeared on his bathroom wall, Pete Grosbach called up a foundation repair company whose ads he’d seen on television. And when that company never procured a promised building permit and failed a subsequent inspection, he called up the state regulators who oversee contractors and filed a complaint. “Foolish me,” said Grosbach, […]

Gov. Northam’s voter ID repeal is dead for the year

BY: - January 30, 2019

Gov. Ralph Northam’s bid to repeal Virginia’s requirement to show a photo identification to vote died unceremoniously in a House subcommittee meeting Tuesday. It was the subcommittee’s last meeting before crossover, the point at which legislation must move to the opposite chamber for approval or it dies for the year. Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, carried […]

Northern Virginia road projects get $1 billion investment

BY: - January 30, 2019

By Owen FitzGerald/ Capital News Service Virginia and private partner Transurban will invest over $1 billion in four transportation projects in Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg, state officials announced Tuesday. The projects are designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve connectivity on Interstates 495 and 95. “Creating opportunity for all Virginians no matter who they are or where they live […]