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Posted in Virginia's News on March 4, 2021
The Democratic primary for attorney general is heating up. And, a surprising endorsement might change the dynamics of the race. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on March 1, 2021
The General Assembly session may be over for 2021. But, the process isn’t. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s legislative session is wrapping up, but one big piece is still missing: funding. Lawmakers are expected to reveal the budget they’ve agreed on today. Reporter Jahd Khalil says eyes are on teacher salaries.
Voters may be about to get better data about elections. But as Michael Pope reports, it won’t be this year.
Lawmakers are taking action to change how the cash bail system works. Michael Pope reports.
People with developmental disabilities are incarcerated much more often than the rest of the population. But when defending themselves, they’re not allowed to introduce evidence about their mental state at the time of the alleged crime. Jahd Khalil reports on how that practice could end.
Lawmakers are sending the governor several bills aimed at preventing gun violence. But there’s one bill they’re not sending him. Michael Pope reports.
The number of new COVID-19 infections is trending down, and vaccination numbers are going up. And, Governor Ralph Northam says that’s cause to relax some safety restrictions. Nick Gilmore has details.
You can find more details about the relaxed restrictions here.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 23, 2021
The General Assembly is about to remove a prominent symbol of its racist past from Capitol Square. Michael Pope reports.
Senate Democrats are rejecting an effort to guarantee a minimum wage to farm workers. Michael Pope has the story.
On Monday, some students in Henrico County returned to in-person learning. Governor Northam has asked all schools to have an in-person option by March 15th. A bill in the General Assembly would require it by this summer. Jahd Khalil has this report from Richmond.
Senators may be on the verge of approving paid sick days. But, the bill they’re considering would be a very narrow requirement. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers are considering a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers are taking action to remove some divisive symbols from public view. Michael Pope has the story.
More Virginians are having trouble getting access to food because of COVID-19. A bill before the General Assembly is looking to offer food banks assistance. But the bill also has implications after the pandemic. Jahd Khalil has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 18, 2021
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would scrap tax credits for the coal industry. Michael Pope reports.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 17, 2021
Governor Ralph Northam delivered some good news during an update on Virginia’s continued COVID-19 response Wednesday: case numbers are trending down and vaccinations are up. The state has a few new tools as well. Nick Gilmore reports.
You can reach the call center at 877-VAX-IN-VA. And the online portal is accessible here.
Democrats campaigned on a platform of taking action to crack down on gun violence. Now, they’re divided on some of the details. Michael Pope has the story.
The House and the Senate have both approved legalizing marijuana, although there are differences between the two approaches that still need to be worked out. Michael Pope reports.
What can a company do with your personal data? That’s what lawmakers are discussing in the General Assembly. California already has its own law. Jahd Khalil reports on a data protection act proposed for Virginia.
Now that Democrats are in control of the General Assembly, firearms are prohibited in a number of places. And, one of those places might soon be a polling place. Michael Pope has the story.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 12, 2021
Lawmakers are now in a General Assembly unlike any other, partly because it’s largely virtual. But, the laws around campaign fundraising also work differently. Michael Pope reports.
Last year, Democrats took action on a host of new gun control laws. Now, they are coming back around to make some changes. Michael Pope explains.
Senators are considering a House bill that would reduce some court fines and fees. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers in Richmond are trying to balance the books during a pandemic and an economic crisis. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia lawmakers may be on the verge of closing one of the most notorious campaign finance loopholes in the country. Michael Pope reports.
Earlier this year, Virginia residents with an undocumented immigration status could apply for a Virginia driver privilege card for the first time. But advocates were concerned that Immigration and Customs Enforcement could use the DMV data without a court order. Jahd Khalil has more.
Lawmakers agree they want to make it easier to expunge old criminal records. But, for a year now Democrats who control the General Assembly have not been able to agree about how to make that happen. Michael Pope explains why.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 9, 2021
Lawmakers are considering a resolution that makes a declaration about the problem of racism. Michael Pope reports.
Nearly half of Virginia’s carbon emissions come from transportation. The House of Delegates took on a number of bills hoping to reduce those emissions, and now they’re in the senate’s hands. Jahd Khalil has this report.
The General Assembly session is now at its midpoint. Republicans tried to force Democrats into a shorter session, but that strategy failed. Michael Pope has details.
Posted in Virginia's News on February 7, 2021
Virginia is about to enact a law that will make it easier for students to publicly engage in politics thanks to Republicans and Democrats working together. And a reminder in Virginia Beach that Americans have the right to be crude.
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.
Lawmakers are moving forward with legalizing marijuana. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that could dramatically change the legal system in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Friday, the House of Delegates voted to abolish the death penalty by a vote of 57 to 41. Virginia’s now poised to be the first state in the south to abolish the death penalty. As Jahd Khalil reports, Friday’s vote in the House of Delegates comes after an emotional debate the day before.
After the pandemic caused Governor Ralph Northam to close Virginia’s public schools last spring, he says it’s now time to reopen. Nick Gilmore has details.
COVID-19 is not a risk to birds. In fact, the pandemic has been very good for our feathered friends. Sandy Hausman spoke with the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Charlottesville.
The pandemic prompted Virginia public schools to call off the Standards of Learning test used to assess student achievement statewide, but other measures point to trouble at a time when many kids are expected to learn online. Sandy Hausman has that story.
Elected officials like to tell voters they’re just like everybody else. But, they actually have immunity from prosecution during the General Assembly session. Michael Pope has details.
As more and more voters move toward absentee voting, important data about the geography of elections is not being collected. Michael Pope reports on an effort to fix that problem.
Last year, Virginia decriminalized the possession of marijuana. Thursday, the House of Delegates discussed the issues involved with legalizing it. Jahd Khalil reports.
Virginia has executed more people for a longer period of time than any other state. But, that’s about to change. Michael Pope reports.
Last year was a census year. That means this year Virginia is redrawing legislative districts. And a piece of legislation seeks to add transparency, and accessibility, to the process. Jahd Khalil reports.
Lawmakers are talking about a number of ways to reform the criminal justice system. And, one way is to change how the cash bail system works. Michael Pope reports.
Last year Virginia enacted the Virginia Environmental Justice Act. It made environmental justice the policy of the Commonwealth. Jahd Khalil has more on a bill to put it into action in each level of government.
Many of the pandemic-related changes to Virginia elections might end up being permanent. Michael Pope explains why.
Lawmakers are rejecting efforts to end qualified immunity for police officers. Michael Pope reports.
Last week, officials admitted Virginia had one of the worst state rates for administering vaccine on hand. This week, the news is better. Sandy Hausman reports.
Lawmakers are considering legislation to abolish the death penalty in Virginia. Michael Pope reports on the potential financial implications.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would create new protections for people based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Michael Pope reports.