Archive for December, 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.
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.
Lawmakers are about to consider a bill that would expand hunting on Sundays. Michael Pope reports.
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.
Lawmakers are about to debate efforts to keep schools safe in an era of school shootings. Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
Some gun rights supporters want to make getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon easier to get.
Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawmakers are about to consider creating new oversight at prisons across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once again, lawmakers will be talking about health insurance during the upcoming session. One bill would help Realtors get coverage. Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
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.
Republicans are about to take control in Richmond. And, as Michael Pope reports, they’re hoping to deliver on their campaign promises.
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.
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.
A former Virginia congressman is working with a documentary filmmaker to spotlight displacement of minority populations across the globe. Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
Lawmakers are about to debate a bill that would create tax breaks for investors.
Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
Advocates for protecting workers from heat stress were unsuccessful in persuading state officials to create a new standard. Michael Pope reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are about to consider a bill that supporters say would make elections more transparent and produce better data. Michael Pope reports.