Looking Back at Virginia’s 2017 General Assembly

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The State Capitol Building in Richmond. (Credit: Steve Helber / AP)

Virginia’s General Assembly session has come and gone. RADIO IQ host Luke Church sat down with Micheal Pope each week of the session to break down the latest news from the lawmaking body.


WEEK 1:

Church and Pope discuss the lawmaking process, the role of lobbyists, and the legacy of outgoing Governor Terry McAuliffe.


WEEK 2:

The second week of the session was a busy one that saw lawmakers coming closer to budget agreements and saw bi-partisan moves on a criminal justice issue.


WEEK 3:

This week saw what lawmakers called the “legislative crossover”: where bills introduced in the House move to the Senate and vice versa.


WEEK 4:

The 4th week of the General Assembly session marked the end of any new legislation.


WEEK 5:

Ethics reform and efforts to change redistricting were hot topics during the 5th week of the General Assembly session.


WEEK 6:

The last week of the session was marked by the announcement that long-time Republican Speaker Bill Howell would not be running for re-election.

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