Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

Northam unveils plans for limited new spending amid pandemic

Aug. 14, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's is looking to block evictions until next spring, boost spending on high-speed internet access for students learning virtually and set aside $1 million for the safe removal of a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Northam administration...

House Dems look to pass paid sick leave in special session

Aug. 13, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Democrats are planning to use an upcoming special session to mandate employers provide paid sick days, along with several other priorities. The Democratic majority unveiled its agenda Thursday for a special session set to start next week. The session was initially...

Former Virginia House speaker eyes gubernatorial run

Aug. 3, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The former GOP speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates is eyeing a run for governor next year. Del. Kirk Cox said in a statement Monday that he is “seriously looking” at running for the Republican nomination in 2021. Cox said hadn't previously considered running for a...

Virginia panel recommends Lee statue removal at U.S. Capitol

Jul. 25, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia panel has recommended that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s statue in the U.S. Capitol be replaced with another yet-to-be named Virginian amid national discussions about removing controversial symbols. The eight-member Commission for Historical Statues in the United...

Virginia evicts Confederate monuments from its state Capitol

Jul. 24, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has removed from its iconic state capitol the busts and a statue honoring Confederate generals and officials. That includes a bronze statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee positioned in the same spot where he stood to assume command of the state's armed forces in the Civil War nearly...

Virginia lawmakers weigh in with unemployment concerns

Jul. 16, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dozens of Democratic Virginia lawmakers called for reforms at the state agency tasked with handling unemployment benefits, saying in a letter Thursday that they were concerned about its ability to “adequately address” the high volume of claims because of the COVID-19...

Virginia delegate announces 2021 run for lieutenant governor

Jul. 14, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state delegate in Virginia announced Tuesday she will run for lieutenant governor in 2021. Virginia Del. Hala Ayala, a Democrat, made the announcement in a Twitter post. She would be the first woman in the job if she wins. “This is what Virginia families want: someone who...

Virginia House speaker plans hearings on criminal justice

Jun. 26, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn is announcing three public hearings on criminal justice matters ahead of a special session set for later this summer. Filler-Corn, a Democrat, announced the special hearings Friday, saying they would take place in July and August. Gov. Ralph...

FILE- In this Jan. 12, 2017 file photo State Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, smiles as she is applauded by members of the Virginia House of Delegates during a warm send-off from the chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. McClellan announced Thursday, June 18, 2020 that she's launching a bid to be the state's next governor, which if successful would make her the nation's first ever African-American woman to ever lead a state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Democrat McClellan announces bid to be Virginia governor

Jun. 18, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state senator is launching a bid to be the state's next governor, which if successful would make her the nation's first African American woman to lead a state. Sen. Jennifer McClellan announced Thursday that she's running for governor in 2021, saying she has the right skill...