Posts Tagged General Assembly 2019
Drivers along the Interstate 81 corridor are about to see higher gas taxes and new infrastructure improvements. Michael Pope reports.
Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is asking law enforcement to investigate claims he sexually assaulted two women. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Fairfax again said the allegations are untrue. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the statehouse are pushing for a public legislative hearing as a means to determine the truth.
Delegate Todd Gilbert suggests a lie detector test is meaningless.
Democrats say a bipartisan hearing would merely be political spectacle. Their lack of support leaves the possibility in limbo.
Lawmakers are returning to Richmond Wednesday, where they’ll be considering a proposal from the governor to invest more money into affordable housing. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s Governor signed legislation Wednesday to improve the state’s foster care system. The measures increase health and safety standards, plus make it easier for children to be placed with a family member. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Immigration is once again in the spotlight here in Virginia, where the issue has become a dividing line between the parties. Michael Pope reports.
School counselors are about to get a little more money. But, as Michael Pope reports, it’s still nowhere close to the required ratio.
This spring, colleges in Virginia will be voting on whether to raise tuition for next school year. The latest state budget has a big incentive for them not to. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
For now, Virginia doctors will be writing prescriptions for Virginia patients. But, that could change next year. Michael Pope reports.
A last ditch effort to get lawmakers in Richmond to vote on the Equal Rights Amendment failed today. It ends this year’s push to make Virginia the final state needed to change the constitution. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
Lawmakers and administration officials in Richmond are working together to try to reduce the number of women dying in childbirth. Michael Pope reports.
Do local governments hide public information? One senator is concerned about the possibility they do, and he’s moving forward with a bill to create new penalties to prevent it. Michael Pope reports.
Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is denying the allegations of two women who accuse him of sexual assault. So what comes next? Michael Pope reports.
How much influence should health insurance providers have over which drugs you take? That’s an issue lawmakers are debating in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers in Richmond are considering a proposal that would shed greater light on how state government works. Michael Pope has the story.
In the wake of the blackface scandal, Governor Ralph Northam is asking Cabinet members to come up with ways to address inequality. Michael Pope has the latest.
School divisions across Virginia may be on the verge of starting classes before Labor Day, or least having that option. Michael Pope reports.
A handful of Democrats in the statehouse briefly blocked a tax relief package after progressive groups said it disproportionately hurt low-income African-Americans. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Embattled Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is back at work this week, presiding over the Senate and resisting calls for his resignation. Michael Pope has details.
Governor Ralph Northam is agreeing to sign off on a Republican tax proposal, returning about half a billion dollars to taxpayers rather than investing the money in education and infrastructure. Mallory Noe-Payne has the latest from the Capitol.
The political crisis in Virginia escalated dramatically Wednesday when another top Democrat — Attorney General Mark Herring — admitted putting on blackface in the 1980s, when he was in college. Michael Pope has more reaction.
The General Assembly is in a state of limbo. Lawmakers are trying to get work done on the busiest day of the year while people are wondering when — or if — the governor will resign. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
The process of drawing maps for House and Senate districts in Virginia has been a source of frustration — for voters and for members of the General Assembly. That process may be on the verge of dramatic change, although not without a knock-down-drag-out fight. Michael Pope reports.
Protests continue today outside the executive mansion in Richmond. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the Governor’s former allies and supporters continue to turn their backs.
Lawmakers in Richmond are back at work this week, despite the swirling controversy surrounding Governor Ralph Northam. Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.
A viral video of a House subcommittee meeting has turned the General Assembly upside down and made it the focus of conservative media. Michael Pope has more on the latest round of accusations.
Low-wage workers may be on the verge of getting new protections. Michael Pope reports.
Should Virginia work with neighboring states to combat climate change? Lawmakers are divided. And, it’s a partisan disagreement. Michael Pope has more.
Recent years have seen a number of lawsuits challenging how legislative districts are drawn, and many advocates and voters are hoping the system of partisan redistricting is about to change. Michael Pope reports.
Virginia’s governor and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are announcing plans to require the state’s largest electric utility to excavate and clean up unlined coal ash pits. Michael Pope has details.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are in agreement about getting rid of old Jim Crow language in the code. But Republicans have conditions. Michael Pope reports.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is coming together to help low-wage workers. Michael Pope reports.
After the school shooting in Parkland Florida, lawmakers in Virginia formed a task force to make schools safer. Now, several of their suggestions are now well on their way to becoming law. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
With no end in sight to the partial government shutdown in Washington, lawmakers in Richmond are trying to figure out how to help federal employees in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.
Lawmakers in Richmond are considering legislation to prevent wage theft. Michael Pope has the story.
The minimum wage in Virginia is $7.25 an hour. And, that’s not about to change anytime soon thanks to a party line vote. Michael Pope reports.
Access to firearms remains one of the hottest issues in Richmond. But the tone of the debate this year — an election year — is taking a dramatic turn. Michael Pope has the story.
Technology is moving faster than the pace of lawmakers in Virginia. But some are hoping to catch up to the latest trends in telemedicine. Michael Pope reports.
Are plastic bags a problem in Virginia? Lawmakers in Richmond are divided. Michael Pope has details.
Lawmakers in Richmond are hoping to expand health insurance coverage to children with autism. Michael Pope has more.
Lawmakers in Virginia are moving forward with an old idea: the Equal Rights Amendment. Michael Pope has the story.
Lawmakers are often divided along party lines on the hottest issues of the day. But, Republicans and Democrats are coming together on at least one issue. Michael Pope has details.
The minimum wage in Virginia is $7.25 an hour, among the lowest in the nation. But, that might be changing soon. Michael Pope reports.
As winter weather sets in, you may be looking at higher energy bills. But some state lawmakers say rates from Dominion are higher than they should be. Mallory Noe-Payne has more from the Capitol.
Could casinos be the key to bringing jobs and revenue to some parts of the state? A bipartisan group of lawmakers thinks so. The effort is targeted to three Virginia localities. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The minimum wage does not apply to all workers, and Virginia law has several categories of workers who are exempt. Although, some lawmakers want to change that. Michael Pope reports.
Democratic lawmakers and the ACLU of Virginia are pushing for more information on how the state uses solitary confinement. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Even though Democrats may have won every statewide election since 2009, Republicans are in control of the House and the Senate. Michael Pope has this preview of their priorities for this year’s General Assembly session.
Lawmakers are assembling in Richmond for this year’s General Assembly session. The session is expected to last about two months, but many lawmakers are already looking ahead to November. Michael Pope reports.
Do guns belong in churches and synagogues? Lawmakers are about to take up that issue in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.