Posts Tagged General Assembly 2021

Debate Over Mandatory Minimum Sentences Pops Up Again in Richmond

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would transform how sentencing works in Virginia. Michael Pope has details.

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Homegrown Marijuana Provision Remains in Legalization Legislation

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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.

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Legislation Allowing Small Town EDA’s to Skip Public Disclosure Moves Forward in Richmond

Lawmakers are debating a way to prevent disclosure of potential conflicts of interest in economic development boards. Michael Pope explains.

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Virginia School Divisions Could Get Some Help with Expanding Broadband Access

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.

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Bill Moving May Local Elections to November Advances to House of Delegates

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would move all local elections from May to November. Michael Pope reports.

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Effort to Censure State Senator Amanda Chase Moves Forward

State Senator Amanda Chase (Credit: Senate of Virginia)

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.

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State Lawmakers Trying to Iron Out Fine Details of Potential Marijuana Legalization

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Lawmakers may be on the verge of legalizing marijuana in Virginia. But, they need to wrestle with some thorny issues first. Michael Pope reports.

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Bill Seeking to Expand Health Insurance Coverage for Abortion Services Advances

A bill that expands insurance coverage of abortion services is moving forward in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.

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Effort to Shut Down Virginia’s Only Private Prison Dies an Early Death in Richmond

The Lawrenceville Correctional Center is the only privately-operated prison in Virginia. (Credit: geogroup.com)

Lawmakers are rejecting an effort to abolish private prisons in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Suetterlein Bill Meant to Provide More Flexibility for Schools, Not Kill Snow Days

State Senator David Suetterlein (Credit: Senate of Virginia)

After the pandemic is over, schools across Virginia might end up continuing some version of virtual education. Michael Pope reports.

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2021 Session Starts with Familiar Debate Over Abortion Legislation

Lawmakers are back in session, and they’re debating a familiar topic of disagreement: abortion. Michael Pope reports.

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The 2021 General Assembly Session is Now Underway

Lawmakers are back in session at the General Assembly for a session unlike any other. Michael Pope reports.

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Taking a Look at What to Expect from the 2021 General Assembly Session

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.

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One State Senator’s Push to Close Virginia’s Only Private Prison

The Lawrenceville Correctional Center is Virginia’s only privately-operated prison facility. (Credit: geogroup.com)

State lawmakers are about to consider a bill that would outlaw private prisons. Michael Pope reports.

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Could a Proposal to Add Paid Sick Days Make it Through This Year’s General Assembly Session?

Lawmakers are about to begin a new General Assembly session, and resume an ongoing debate over paid sick days. Michael Pope reports.

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Some State Republicans Want to “Sunset” Any Legislation Passed During a Virtual Session

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Lawmakers are about to begin the 2021 session of the General Assembly, and Republicans are not happy about meeting virtually. Michael Pope reports.

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General Assembly to Consider New Legal Requirements for Farm Workers

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Later this month, lawmakers in Richmond will consider a bill meant to help farm workers. Michael Pope has the story.

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State Lawmakers to Consider School Nurses Definition Later this Month

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As public schools are working towards a potential reopening in 2021, lawmakers are taking a look at school nurses. Michael Pope reports.

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A Change to Virginia’s Excise Peanut Tax Could Be on the Table Next Month

As lawmakers are preparing for the upcoming General Assembly session, they’re considering one bill aimed at an important staple of Virginia’s agriculture sector. Michael Pope explains.

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An Increase to the Minimum Wage in Virginia Currently Doesn’t Apply to All Workers

Earlier this year, lawmakers passed an increase to the minimum wage in Virginia. But there’s one group of low-wage workers who won’t see an increase. Michael Pope reports.

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Right to Appeal or Court Packing? A Look at the Move to Expand Virginia’s Court of Appeals

Virginia’s Court of Appeals currently has 11 members. Some lawmakers, including Governor Ralph Northam, want to expand that number to 15. (Credit: Court of Appeals of Virginia website)

Lawmakers are about to consider a proposal to expand the appeals court in Virginia. Michael Pope explains why.

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Cutting Carbon: Should Virginia Join the Transportation and Climate Initiative?

Virginia is working with several other states to cut carbon emissions. But, the Commonwealth is not part of a new compact of states raising revenue to take action. Michael Pope reports.

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Northam Outlines Proposals for Two-Year Budget, Kicking off the Third Budget Process This Year

Lawmakers at the General Assembly will take a look at the state’s budget next month — and they got a proposed blueprint from the governor Wednesday. Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers Face Unique Challenge With Doling Out Education Funding Next Year

Lawmakers will return to Richmond next month – and writing a new budget will be a priority. But, they’ll have to answer some questions about what kind of assumptions they want to make about schools. Michael Pope reports.

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