Posts Tagged General Assembly

Lawmakers to Consider Changing State Code Language Next Month

Lawmakers are considering legislation that might change how we speak about people with disabilities. Michael Pope reports.

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Tired of Virginia’s Political Maps? Now’s Your Chance to Help Draw Them

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Now that voters have approved of a new redistricting commission, half of the members have been named. And, state officials are now taking applications for the other half. Michael Pope reports.

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A Look at Why So Many House of Delegates Members are Running for Statewide Offices

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As lawmakers prepare for the upcoming General Assembly session, a huge number of House members are running for statewide office or at least considering a run. As Michael Pope reports, that’s because of a quirk in the calendar this year.

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At Least One Lawmaker Wants to Prohibit Private Prisons in Virginia

Lawmakers just ended their special session this week. But they’re already preparing for the next General Assembly session, which begins in about two months. Michael Pope has this preview of one bill that would prohibit private prisons.

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Lawmakers Set to Revisit Expungement Debate After Failing to Reach Agreement

Lawmakers have now ended their three-month special session. And, they left one important piece of business unfinished. Michael Pope reports.

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As State Lawmakers Consider Budget Amendments, Debate Over VMI Investigation Ensues

Members of the House of Delegates sparred Monday over a proposal from Governor Northam to fund an investigation into accounts of systemic racism at Virginia Military Institute. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.

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Eviction-Related Protections Amendment to Be Considered by General Assembly Monday

Governor Ralph Northam is sending lawmakers an amendment to a bill aimed at helping renters during the pandemic. Michael Pope reports.

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Should Virtual Meetings Involving Public Business Continue After the Pandemic?

During the pandemic, people have gotten used to the idea of virtual meetings. But when the pandemic is over, how much government business should be conducted online? Michael Pope reports about a bill that might come under consideration in January.

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Northam Considers Bill Limiting Some Use of Military Equipment by Police

Governor Ralph Northam is now considering dozens of bills lawmakers sent him during a special session on coronavirus and criminal justice reform. Michael Pope reports about one bill that could limit what kind of military equipment is available to police.

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Criminal Cases in Virginia Will Work Differently Beginning Next Year

Starting next summer, the criminal justice system in Virginia will see a major change in how criminal trials work and what kind of plea deals are offered. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Takes on Race-Motivated 911 Calls

Calling 911 on someone because they are Black is about to become a felony in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Differences Over Conviction Expungement Continue to Divide General Assembly

Lawmakers are mostly done with their special session, although they left some business unfinished. Michael Pope reports on one criminal justice reform that has yet to be resolved.

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Special Session Begins to Wrap Up: What Did Lawmakers Accomplish?

Governor Ralph Northam is now considering several dozen bills lawmakers sent during a two-month special session. Michael Pope reports.

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Who Should Be Able to Serve on New Redistricting Commission?

Voters are considering a constitutional amendment that would create a new commission to draw political boundaries. But just who is expected to serve on this commission? Michael Pope reports.

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General Assembly Working Out Differences Over Conviction Expungement

Leaders in the House and Senate are trying to work out their differences on expunging old convictions. Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers Are Working to Give Prosecutors More Options

Lawmakers are wrapping up their special session on the budget and criminal justice reform. And, they’re about to send a bill to the governor that could transform how cases are handled in your local courthouse. Michael Pope reports.

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A Closer Look at Closed-Door Conference Committees

Lawmakers are trying to wrap up their special session in Richmond, although they’ll need to resolve several major differences between the House version of bills and the Senate version of bills. And, they’ll be resolving their differences in private. Michael Pope reports.

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A Look at the Policing Reforms Moving Forward at the General Assembly

Lawmakers in Richmond are moving forward with a sweeping package of new laws aimed at reforming how policing works in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Effort Banning Police Use of Chokeholds Fails in Richmond

Lawmakers in Richmond may be close to wrapping up their special session. And, they’re coming to a resolution on the issue of chokeholds. Michael Pope reports.

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Pretext Stops Related to the Smell of Marijuana May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

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The Virginia Senate is about to consider a bill that could dramatically reduce the number of people who are stopped and searched by police officers. Michael Pope reports.

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Funding Dispute Could Delay Sentencing Reform Legislation

Sentencing reform is coming to Virginia, although Democrats in the House and Senate are divided on when Virginia can afford to make it happen. Michael Pope reports.

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MRAPs Have Become a Sticking Point in Military Equipment Use Debate

Lawmakers are debating a ban on some kinds of military equipment for law enforcement agencies across Virginia. As Michael Pope reports, the House and Senate are taking different approaches.

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Virginia House and Senate at Odds Over Special Session’s Next Steps

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw explaining to his colleagues the situation with the House of Delegates. The House and state Senate are now in a standoff over how to handle bills from the other body, exacerbated by lack of procedural resolution outlining rules for special session.

House Democrats and Senate Democrats are at an impasse, and leaders in both chambers are trying to figure out what to do next in the special session. Michael Pope reports.

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Lessons Learned During the 1986 Special Session

Faced with a global pandemic and undeniable evidence of police brutality, lawmakers are working their way through a hectic special session – but it’s not entirely without precedent. Cat Modlin-Jackson has this look back at a time when the legislature got together to solve a different kind of crisis.

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Virginia Senate Committee Kills Paid Quarantine Leave Bill

Lawmakers are rejecting an effort to require businesses offer paid quarantine leave. Michael Pope reports.

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State Lawmakers Working to Balance the Budget… Again

Lawmakers are trying to budget the state out of the red ink created by slumping revenues tied to the economic crisis. Michael Pope reports.

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Senate Democrats Split Over State Inspections of ICE Facilities

Members of the Virginia state Senate are considering a bill that would allow state inspectors access to detention centers holding people accused of violating immigration laws. But, Senate Democrats are divided about how to handle the situation. Michael Pope reports.

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Bill Blocking Police Use of Military Equipment Moves to House of Delegates

The Virginia Senate has approved a landmark bill approving policing reform. The vote came after a debate over the use of military equipment. Michael Pope has details.

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Advocates Say There’s Adequate Funding to Reinstate Healthcare Spending

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Faced with uncertainty about the costs of the coronavirus, lawmakers hit pause on plans to spend more money on Medicaid coverage earlier this year. But, in spite of an expected revenue shortfall, policy experts say there’s plenty of money left for healthcare spending. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports.

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Marcus Alert Legislation On its Way to the Virginia Senate

Wednesday, House lawmakers advanced a bill that would establish the Marcus Alert system. Cat Modlin-Jackson has this story about the evolving proposal, named for an unarmed Black man killed by a Richmond police officer in 2018.

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Democratic Senators Block Republican Effort to Prevent Police from Unionizing

Members of the General Assembly are about to move forward with landmark legislation to reform policing in Virginia. But, Republican efforts to reduce the influence of police unions have been unsuccessful. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Senate Shelves COVID Workers Comp Bill for Now

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Should workers who get COVID-19 be eligible for workers’ compensation? As Michael Pope reports, lawmakers aren’t sure.

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Bill Allowing Localities to Immediately Remove War Memorials Moves to State Senate

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As the nation attempts to reckon with systemic racism, lawmakers in Virginia are moving to speed up the process of taking down Confederate monuments. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.

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Paid Sick Days Proposal is Dead, but Virginia House Moving Forward With Quarantine Leave

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Efforts to require paid sick days during the pandemic have already fallen apart in the Senate. But, efforts are moving forward in the House for a quarantine leave. Michael Pope reports.

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Bill Adding Civil Penalty for Emergency Order Violations Passes State Senate

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What happens if someone violates the governor’s executive order on the pandemic? Michael Pope reports.

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Several Measures Move Forward, But Qualified Immunity Bill Dies in House

A suite of policing reform bills moved out of the state House Friday. But, a measure allowing civilians to sue on-duty officers for misconduct wasn’t one of them. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports.

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New Poll: Broad Support for Paid Sick Day Policy Among Virginians

A new poll shows widespread support for paid sick days. Michael Pope reports.

You can find more information on the poll here.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: Just How Much Power Should Civilian Review Boards Have?

Should citizen review boards be able to crack down on bad cops? Michael Pope reports lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow that kind of power.

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State Lawmakers Want to Ensure a Tuition Freeze Still Happens

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Earlier this year, lawmakers set aside millions of dollars to freeze tuition rates. They shifted course and unallotted that money when COVID-19 cast a shadow of economic doubt, but now, a move to restore those funds has bipartisan support. Cat Modlin-Jackson has the story.

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Virginia Senate Strikes Down COVID-19 Business Immunity Bill

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Should corporations be immune from lawsuits if customers contract COVID-19? Michael Pope reports.

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Some State Lawmakers Worry Pandemic Could Stymie Civic Education Effort

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1The pandemic has played havoc with many aspects of education. Efforts to get high school students to register to vote are still moving forward, even though many schools are virtual. Michael Pope reports.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: House Committee Revives Effort to End Qualified Immunity

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The state’s special session over police reform took a turn Tuesday after members of the House Appropriations Committee revived a bill allowing citizens to sue law-enforcement officers for misconduct. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports the latest on the controversial move to end qualified immunity.

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Budget Restraints Halt Some Policing Reforms in Richmond

StateSeal00Lawmakers are focused on reworking the budget and reforming police practices, but these issues aren’t mutually exclusive. Monday, members of the House budget committee weighed the costs of some of the criminal justice measures moving through their chamber. Cat Modlin-Jackson reports.

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Criminal Justice Reforms: Bill to Limit Pretextual Stops Advances in House and Senate

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Lawmakers are moving forward with efforts to crack down on a controversial practice of pretextual policing. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Crime Commission Recommends Conviction Expungement System

virginia_flag_map_0Virginia is one of the few states where it’s almost impossible for someone to get rid of a conviction. But, that might be about to change. Michael Pope has the story.

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Voting in a Pandemic: Drop Box Funding Passes In Virginia House and Senate

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Lawmakers in Richmond are considering a plan to spend $2 million to help voters cast ballots during the pandemic. But, critics say they are opening the door to vote harvesting and election fraud. Michael Pope has details.

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State Lawmakers Working to Publicize Virginia Parole Board Votes

virginia_flag_map_0Lawmakers in Richmond are debating ways to shed more sunlight on the actions of the Virginia Parole Board. Michael Pope has the story.

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Voting in a Pandemic: Drop Boxes Legislation Moves Forward in Virginia Senate

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Lawmakers in Richmond are considering a plan to fund drop boxes for ballots across Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Senate Moves Forward Bill Removing Mandatory Minimums Related to Police Assault

General Assembly 2020Mandatory minimum sentences have been controversial in Virginia since the 1990s, when many new mandatory minimums were added to the code. Now lawmakers are moving in the other direction. Michael Pope has details.

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Guzman Bill Providing Paid Quarantine Leave Moves to House Appropriations Committee

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Public health officials have recommended self-isolation for people who’ve come down with or come into contact with COVID-19. For many caregivers and workers, staying home means losing days or weeks of wages. Cat Modlin-Jackson has details.

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