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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.
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.
Lawmakers are trying to work their way through a number of complicated issues this year. One of the most nuanced issues this year is how to expunge old convictions. Michael Pope has details.
Rising concern over the safety of lawmakers and the public is causing lawmakers to reconsider where guns are allowed near the state Capitol. Michael Pope reports.
Members of the Virginia Senate are taking action to censure one of their own. Michael Pope reports.
As the pandemic continues to grip Virginia, lawmakers are debating paid sick days. Michael Pope reports.
The COVID-19 vaccination effort has been a confusing one in Virginia up until this point. The governor worked to address frustration with the process Wednesday. Nick Gilmore reports.
The governor has also extended restrictions put in place last month to cut down on further spread of COVID-19 through the end of February. They were originally set to expire this week.
“We are ramping up vaccinations. This is no time to let down our guard,” he said.
Those restrictions include a stay-at-home order from 12 to 5am each day, a universal mask mandate for everyone five and older and a cap on social gatherings to 10 people.
Lawmakers are considering several changes to how elections work in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers in Virginia are considering a proposal that would make a major change to the legal system in Virginia. Michael Pope has details.
This week, some of Virginia’s rural health districts have begun the second round of COVID-19 vaccines, in addition to immunizing people in group 1B. That’s putting a strain on health districts on the Eastern Shore, Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Pamela D’Angelo spoke with the doctor who’s heading up efforts there.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would ditch the signature requirement for absentee ballots. Michael Pope has details.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would transform how sentencing works in Virginia. Michael Pope has details.
A VCU professor has come up with an idea he hopes will be a lifesaver for people who overdose on opioids. And a Virginia public school music teacher has been there for his students even while deployed to D.C. with the National Guard.
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.
It’s been a tough week for state and local health departments, scrambling to meet demand for COVID vaccine. Friday, they took time out to tell reporters about the challenges ahead. Sandy Hausman reports.
Lawmakers in Richmond are debating a bill that would legalize marijuana, and not just at the neighborhood store. As Michael Pope reports, people would be able to grow pot at home.
School divisions across Virginia are struggling to make sure they have the kind of broadband connections necessary for distance learning. Michael Pope reports on a bill in the General Assembly that might help.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would move all local elections from May to November. Michael Pope reports.
Members of the Virginia state Senate are taking action to censure a senator who spoke at the rally that led to the attack on the Capitol. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers may be on the verge of legalizing marijuana in Virginia. But, they need to wrestle with some thorny issues first. Michael Pope reports.
A bill that expands insurance coverage of abortion services is moving forward in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers are rejecting an effort to abolish private prisons in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
After the pandemic is over, schools across Virginia might end up continuing some version of virtual education. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s governor announced plans to speed up vaccine distribution and the reopening of schools. Nick Gilmore has details.
You can find that new guidance from the Virginia Department of Education here.
Lawmakers are back in session, and they’re debating a familiar topic of disagreement: abortion. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers are back in session at the General Assembly for a session unlike any other. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers are about to begin the 2021 General Assembly session. They’re already at odds with each other over how long the session will last. Michael Pope has that story.
State lawmakers are about to consider a bill that would outlaw private prisons. Michael Pope reports.
Congress is considering several efforts to remove the president from office. Michael Pope spoke with some members of Virginia’s delegation.
Last year, voters approved a new commission to draw political boundaries for the General Assembly and Congress. Now, that commission is taking shape. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia has begun vaccinating people on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And now, Governor Ralph Northam has provided a roadmap for the state’s next steps. Nick Gilmore has details.
Lawmakers are about to begin a new General Assembly session, and resume an ongoing debate over paid sick days. Michael Pope reports.