Archive for December, 2021
Republicans may roll back automatic restoration of rights later this month
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 31, 2021
One of the casualties of the Republicans taking control of the House of Delegates may end up being the proposed constitutional amendment automatically restoring the right to vote for former felons. Michael Pope reports.
Economics could keep Virginia in RGGI
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin has announced that he will undo part of Virginia’s Clean Energy Act – pulling us out of an 11-state partnership designed to lower pollution from coal and gas-burning power plants. Environmentalists may challenge his right to do that, and as Sandy Hausman reports, there’s an economic argument that could keep the Commonwealth from leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
State lawmakers could expand Sunday hunting next month
Lawmakers are about to consider a bill that would expand hunting on Sundays. Michael Pope reports.
Second Lee monument time capsule opened
When crews in Richmond removed the monument to General Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy, they looked for a time capsule stowed away inside its base. But they never found it, until Monday. Jahd Khalil has more on what was inside.
School safety: should students be screened for weapons before school?
Lawmakers are about to debate efforts to keep schools safe in an era of school shootings. Michael Pope reports.
The Virginia Parole Board and the way it operates could soon be very different
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 27, 2021
On the campaign trail, Glenn Youngkin vowed to fire all the members of the parole board and appoint new people. Now, as Michael Pope reports, lawmakers are also debating some changes to how the board operates.
Va. News: Sniffing out COVID-19 and a missing time capsule
Dogs are being trained to detect the odor of COVID-19. And workers failed to find a time capsule said to be in the base of the Lee Monument in Richmond. But they did find something else.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link.
More from Fred Echols.
Concealed carry legislation to be considered by General Assembly
Some gun rights supporters want to make getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon easier to get.
Michael Pope reports.
Pope & Schapiro: Cabinet picks, calls for a special session, and Congressional redistricting
The calendar year may be drawing to a close. But with a new administration about to take office in Richmond, there’s still plenty of political activity underway.
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope bring us up to speed on the week in state government and politics.
Virginia Republicans say they have mandate to increase standard deduction
On the campaign trail, Republicans promised tax cuts.
Now that lawmakers are about to convene in Richmond for the next General Assembly session, they’ll need to figure out how to make it happen.
Michael Pope reports.
Debate over handgun purchases will be back at the General Assembly
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on December 22, 2021
The debate about guns may become one of the big themes of the upcoming General Assembly session, thanks to a new Republican majority.
Michael Pope explains one bill.
Some state Democrats want a special session to protect abortion rights
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 20, 2021
Republicans are about to take power in Richmond. But Democrats will still be in power until mid-January. And as Michael Pope reports, many of them are urging lawmakers to convene in a special lame duck session.
Proposed legislation would establish an ombudsman for Virginia prisons
Lawmakers are about to consider creating new oversight at prisons across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Va. News: Lawn parking and school resource officers
Prince William County is redefining the role of School Resource Officers. And lawn parking will be curtailed in Hampton next year. Check out the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols.
Pope & Schapiro: Budgets, boundaries and a groundbreaker
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on December 17, 2021
Can Virginia’s outgoing governor and his successor see eye-to-eye on the state budget?
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope recap the week in politics and state government.
Bill drafting is impeded but continues, as leadership keeps mum on ransomware details
The cyberattack affecting Virginia’s legislature continues. Last weekend, staffers saw suspicious activity in legislative systems. It turned out to be a ransomware attack. Jahd Khalil has this report on what it means going forward.
Last Northam budget proposal includes tax relief, pay raises
A $2.6 billion surplus, rosy economic outlook, and federal relief funds created some options for Virginia’s state budget. Jahd Khalil breaks down the big picture of what’s in store.
Realtors could get health insurance coverage if one state senator gets their way
Once again, lawmakers will be talking about health insurance during the upcoming session. One bill would help Realtors get coverage. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s crisis in mental health care
While Virginia has been coping with COVID-19, the state has also been overwhelmed by people in need of mental health services.
As Sandy Hausman reports, hospitals and community programs are unable to meet the need, and the situation could get worse over the holidays.
Public focuses on Richmond suburbs and Congress in SCOVA’s first public hearing on redistricting
Over the course of 2021, the Virginia Redistricting Commission received thousands of public comments about the effort to draw new political maps for the state.
Now that the Virginia Supreme court is finishing the job there’s another round of limited public comment.
Jahd Khalil tells us what Virginians had to say about the maps.
Clean cars: Will the new mandate remain under Republican leadership?
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 15, 2021
Republicans may be about to take control in Richmond, but some of the changes Democrats put in place are just now taking effect. Michael Pope explains how one of those changes might impact what you drive.
A look at how Virginia could be impacted by Youngkin tax cuts
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 14, 2021
Republicans are about to take control in Richmond. And, as Michael Pope reports, they’re hoping to deliver on their campaign promises.
Tony Elliott formally introduced as UVA’s next head football coach
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 13, 2021
In what may be one of the fastest coaching searches ever, the University of Virginia formally introduced their new head coach Monday. Nick Gilmore reports.
You can watch the entire press conference here.
Va. News: HBCU funding and big donations
Higher education funding was a dominant topic over the past week. Check out the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols.
Former Congressman Tom Garrett working on a new documentary series
A former Virginia congressman is working with a documentary filmmaker to spotlight displacement of minority populations across the globe. Michael Pope reports.
Pope & Schapiro: Looking at new maps and a new administration
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on December 10, 2021
Population data and maps have been dominating Virginia’s political circles for the last few days.
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope talk about those developments and more.
A first look at the Virginia Supreme Court’s draft redistricting maps
The Supreme Court of Virginia tasked two experts with the state’s redistricting effort.
Late Wednesday their work was posted online.
Reporter Jahd Khalil has looked into what the proposals mean for Virginia’s future representation.
Should tax exemption for collectible coins and gold bullion continue?
Lawmakers are about to debate a bill that would create tax breaks for investors.
Michael Pope reports.
Congressman Beyer: NASA should be able to lease out some of its facilities
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 7, 2021
A Virginia congressman is hoping that NASA might be able to raise some extra money to help fund infrastructure on Wallops Island. Michael Pope reports.
As Lee pedestal comes down, the question how to display altered monuments comes to the fore
Work to remove the pedestal that held up the statue of Robert E Lee on Richmond’s Monument Avenue started Monday. Workers removed the statue three months ago. Its final home hasn’t been decided yet. Jahd Khalil reports that when it comes to the monuments, context is everything.
State regulators reject heat stress standard for Virginia workers
Advocates for protecting workers from heat stress were unsuccessful in persuading state officials to create a new standard. Michael Pope reports.
Northam plans 10% teacher raise in final budget proposal
Posted by dseidelvtedu in Uncategorized on December 6, 2021
Governor Ralph Northam says teachers have endured numerous challenges during the pandemic.
And so he’ll write a big raise into the budget he’ll submit to the General Assembly shortly before he leaves office.
David Seidel explains.
Eliminating the grocery tax would leave some local governments looking to replace that revenue
On the campaign trail, the Republican candidate for governor said he wanted to eliminate the sales tax on groceries. Now that Glenn Youngkin’s about to take office, lawmakers are about to start considering how to make that happen. Michael Pope reports.
In the waning days of the Northam administration, a quiet celebration of oyster restoration
Restoring the population of native oysters to the Chesapeake Bay began with an executive order by President Obama in 2009.
This week, Governor Ralph Northam gathered with a small group at a rural marina to mark a milestone.
Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Brent Pry ready to go as Virginia Tech’s new head football coach
There’s a new man in charge of the Virginia Tech football team. Brent Pry was introduced at a press conference Thursday. Nick Gilmore has details.
Va. News: Permanent open alcohol zones, Norfolk litter data gathering
Data science is about to be brought in to fight littering in Norfolk. And it’s getting easier in Virginia to have a drink while you browse in your favorite shop.Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va. News link. More now from Fred Echols.
Pope & Schapiro: Abortion, COVID-19 and tax cuts
The abortion case being considered by the U. S. Supreme Court already has some wondering if changes are on the horizon in Virginia.
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope recap some of this week’s issues in state government and politics.
Republicans could work to roll back Virginia’s red flag law
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 2, 2021
Now that Republicans are about to come into power in Richmond, many of the new laws passed by Democrats may be reconsidered. Michael Pope reports on one gun violence prevention measure that some are hoping to overturn.
Lawmakers to consider legislation that would change how absentee votes are counted
Posted by Nick Gilmore in Virginia's News on December 1, 2021
Lawmakers are about to consider a bill that supporters say would make elections more transparent and produce better data. Michael Pope reports.