Posts Tagged Governor Glenn Youngkin

Opponents of Youngkin administration transgender student policies weigh options

Opponents of the governor’s new guidelines for transgender students are trying to figure out next steps. Michael Pope reports that might be a lawsuit.

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Will school divisions follow Youngkin administration’s transgender student policies?

Schools across Virginia may be about to take another look at policies regarding transgender students. Michael Pope reports.

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Youngkin taps Wheeler to run new Office of Regulatory Management

Governor Glenn Youngkin is creating a new office aimed at reducing regulatory requirements in Virginia. Michael Pope reports he’s tapped a controversial figure to lead it.

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Youngkin amendments move funding to HBCU’s

Lawmakers will return to Richmond Friday to consider a number of budget amendments from the governor. Michael Pope has this report on two that focus on historically Black colleges and universities.

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Governor Youngkin’s Violent Crime Task Force already being met with some criticism

Last month, Governor Youngkin cited a violent crime crisis in Virginia and announced the appointment of a task force to address it.  That might seem like a solid political move.  After all, who is in favor of violent crime?  But critics are coming forward as Sandy Hausman reports.

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New report suggests Virginia schools are falling behind

Governor ⁦Glenn Youngkin says Virginia’s education system suffers from lowered expectations and a lack of transparency. “That all ends today,” he says. (Credit: Michael Pope)

A new report on the state of Virginia schools shows that gaps are widening and scores are dropping. Michael Pope reports.

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The Virginia debate over security protection for Supreme Court justices

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Virginia’s governor is clashing with leaders in Fairfax County about security precautions at the home of several Supreme Court justices. Michael Pope reports.

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Tribe continues long tradition of treaty ceremony in Richmond

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For 309 years citizens of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe of Southampton County in Virginia have marked a treaty with the English Crown with a tribute. Jahd Khalil was at the executive mansion for this year’s. 

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Pope & Schapiro: Virginia’s reconvene session and what to expect

The General Assembly will be back in Richmond next week for the reconvene session – weighing amendments and vetoes from Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Michael Pope and Jeff Schapiro with the Richmond Times-Dispatch preview what to expect from the session.

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Sponsor says governor’s amendment is the exact opposite of religious expression bill’s intent

Lawmakers will be back in Richmond next week to consider several amendments from the governor. Michael Pope has this story about a controversial amendment on religious expression.

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The sponsor of solitary confinement study is ok with governor’s amendment

Lawmakers will return to Richmond next week to consider several amendments from the governor to legislation from the General Assembly. Michael Pope has this report on one of those amendments to a bill aimed at limiting the use of solitary confinement in Virginia prisons.

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Youngkin amendment would reduce restitution for wrongfully-convicted man by $1

Bobbie Morman Jr., pictured with his mother. (Credit: UVA Innocence Project)

Lawmakers are about to consider a bill to determine the exact dollar amount to pay someone who was wrongfully convicted and spent 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. As Michael Pope reports, the governor wants to reduce the amount of money by one dollar.

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More African American cemeteries will have access to state funding thanks to new law

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State-mandated racial segregation ended decades ago. But as Michael Pope reports, many parts of Virginia will be segregated forever: cemeteries.

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Pope & Schapiro: Veto pen fireworks

Governor Glenn Youngkin set off political fireworks with the stroke of his veto pen earlier this week. What lies ahead for state lawmakers with the veto session on the horizon later this month?

Jeff Schapiro with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Michael Pope take a closer look.

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Youngkin vetoes include bipartisan measures to address medical debt issues

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The idea that medical debt collectors might come after people having a hard time making ends meet is concerning to a lot of Republicans and Democrats, who worked together during the General Assembly session to protect Virginians.

As Michael Pope reports, now the governor is using his veto pen on two of those bills. 

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One gubernatorial veto would’ve helped localities address issues with slumlords

Governor Glenn Youngkin has vetoed 26 bills lawmakers put on his desk this year. Michael Pope has this report on one of those vetoes for a bill aimed at cracking down on slumlords.

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What comes next for state lawmakers following Youngkin’s vetoes and amendments?

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Governor Youngkin’s vetoes of 26 pieces of legislation are the most since 1998. They would’ve meant some new policies for the Commonwealth. Jahd Khalil has this report on the politics of the move. 

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The debate over police use of facial recognition technology isn’t over

Lawmakers are not done debating whether police should be able to use facial recognition technology. As Michael Pope reports, an amendment from the governor will keep this issue on the docket for weeks.

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Youngkin rolls back Northam’s limits on single-use plastics

Gov. Glenn Youngkin signs the executive order at a recycling business in Chesterfield County. (Credit: Governor’s office livestream)

Avoiding single-use plastic bottles and bags can be hard if it’s the only option around. State agencies had tried to phase them out, but those plans seem to be over now. Jahd Khalil has this report. 

You can read Youngkin’s entire executive order here.

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A gas tax holiday may not lead to savings for Virginia drivers

Lawmakers will be returning to Richmond next week for a special session. And, as Michael Pope reports, one of the things they’ll be considering is a gas tax holiday.

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Youngkin will consider hundreds of bills in the coming weeks

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The General Assembly session may be over, but the process of a bill moving from just an idea to becoming a law is far from over. Governor Glenn Youngkin still has hundreds of bills to consider, as Michael Pope reports.

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Federal judge sides with parents of high-risk students in masking lawsuit

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One of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s first moves in office was to weaken school mask mandates. Some parents and administrators quickly challenged that move in court. Reporter Jahd Khalil has this update on one lawsuit that stood out from the others. 

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Will Governor Youngkin sign a police facial recognition bill?

Police departments across Virginia may soon be using your Facebook photo to see if you are a suspect in a crime. Michael Pope reports.

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Governor Youngkin’s pick to run elections in Virginia is already proving controversial

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Virginia has a new elections commissioner who will oversee voting in the Commonwealth. Michael Pope reports the appointment comes with some controversy.

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Virginia’s community colleges find a new leader, as Youngkin wants more focus on workforce development

Governor Glenn Youngkin and Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick speak at a Women Business Leaders Forum on Friday March 18, 2022 in Richmond. (Credit: Jahd Khalil)

Virginia’s search for a new head of the state’s community college system ended Thursday. Jahd Khalil reports that Governor Youngkin was not pleased with the process. 

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Governor Glenn Youngkin wants lawmakers to suspend the state gas tax for three months

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There are three big players in Virginia’s budget negotiations. On one side are Republicans who control the House and Governor Glenn Youngkin. On the other are Senate Democrats who held up much of the Governor’s agenda. Jahd Khalil reports on one signal about how those discussions are going. 

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A General Assembly rejection of a cabinet pick isn’t without precedent

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Governor Glenn Youngkin’s controversial pick for Cabinet secretary was rejected by lawmakers, although he’ll be sticking around as an advisor. Michael Pope reports that this has happened only one other time in Virginia history.

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Does Virginia need tax cuts? The debate is heating up in Richmond

Members of the General Assembly are debating the need for tax cuts, and it’s a conversation that is getting heated. Michael Pope reports on the latest flare up.

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Governor Youngkin signs legislation allowing parents to decide whether kids wear masks in school

Starting next month, masks will no longer be mandated in Virginia schools. Michael Pope has more from the state Capitol.

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One charter school bill backed by the governor is most likely dead for this year’s session

Governor Glenn Youngkin wants 20 new charter schools in Virginia. Three major bills to get that done have been introduced. Jahd Khalil reports that one bill was sent to the full House of Delegates, but another of the Governor’s bills died Wednesday. 

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State Senate rejects Andrew Wheeler nomination

Controversial cabinet pick Andrew Wheeler testifies before the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee last month. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Governor Glenn Youngkin is dealing with a major setback. The state Senate rejected one of his key cabinet nominees Wednesday. Michael Pope reports.

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Governor Youngkin’s promise of cutting the grocery tax could be in trouble

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One of the governor’s top priorities for cutting taxes may be in trouble. Michael Pope explains why.

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Republicans on committee send voter ID and voter registration bills to the House of Delegates

One of the bills would repeal a same day voter registration measure set to go into effect October 1, 2022. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

Democrats touted expanding voting access during their time in power in the General Assembly. Jahd Khalil reports the Republicans now in control of the House of Delegates have introduced bills to restrict voting access. 

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Youngkin asks General Assembly for $150 Million for charter schools

Governor Glenn Youngkin, in an address to a joint session of the General Assembly, on January 17th, outlined his vision for charter schools and other legislative priorities. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Virginia’s new governor wants to do some new things with public schools. One proposal involves the state’s universities. Reporter Jahd Khalil has more. 

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Youngkin hopes to fulfill campaign promise of cutting taxes for Virginia veterans

Governor Glenn Youngkin during his inaugural address earlier this month. (Credit: governor.virginia.gov)

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are already hard at work balancing the books for the budget this year. And as Michael Pope reports, one of the top agenda items for the new Republican governor is fulfilling a campaign promise about veterans.

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Gov. Youngkin’s mask order on schools gets pushback

A school in Hopewell notifies visitors they will need a mask to enter the building. (Credit: Jahd Khalil / RADIO IQ)

School administrators and politicians are pushing back against Governor Glenn Youngkin’s executive order that would allow parents to opt their children out of school mask requirements, saying masking is the best way to keep schools open and the order doesn’t override a law on the subject. Jahd Khalil reports.

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