Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

FOIA bill allows access to criminal investigation records

Apr. 16, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill allowing the public access to limited criminal investigation records will go into effect in July, along with a handful of other bills related to government transparency. Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, a former television reporter, introduced...

Changes to bill bans guns in state buildings, Capitol Square

Apr. 15, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia legislators recently accepted the governor’s substitute to a bill banning firearms on and near Capitol Square, as well as in state buildings. Lawmakers voted last year to ban firearms from the state Capitol. Senate Bill 1381, introduced...

Virginia Senate rejects gun control bill amendments

Apr. 14, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate rejected the governor’s amendments to a bill that restricts the gun rights of anyone convicted for assault and battery of a family member. Under House Bill 1992, introduced by Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax, anyone convicted...

West Virginia transgender athlete bill heads to governor

Apr. 09, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Transgender athletes in West Virginia would be banned from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges under a bill that won approval from the legislature Friday. The bill heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Jim Justice,...

West Virginia transgender athlete bill wins Senate approval

Apr. 08, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Transgender females in West Virginia would be banned from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges under a bill that narrowly won state Senate approval Thursday. After 90 minutes of passionate debate, the Senate passed...

Virginia lawmakers establish more LGBTQ protections

Apr. 02, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly worked in its second year to establish more protections for LGBTQ people. Lawmakers tackled LGBTQ inequity in criminal justice and health care, reforming laws that advocates said were rooted in...

Virginia Asian communities, lawmakers react to violence

Apr. 02, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — White signs reading “End Violence Against Asians” and “Stop Asian Hate” illuminated against candle flames outside the Richmond Korean Presbyterian Church. More than 60 people gathered recently in Southside Richmond for the candlelight vigil...

Judge weighing motion to dismiss Chase lawsuit over censure

Apr. 01, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge heard hours of arguments Thursday but did not immediately rule on whether to dismiss a lawsuit over the Virginia Senate's decision to censure firebrand conservative Amanda Chase. Chase, who is a Republican candidate for governor,...

Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition

Mar. 29, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Last month, Virginia lawmakers quietly passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology. The legislation, which won unusually broad bipartisan support, prohibits all local law enforcement agencies...

Virginia House speaker calls for July marijuana legalization

Mar. 26, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's House speaker on Friday said she supports moving up the date for legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana in Virginia to this summer, a key change pushed by advocates who have sharply criticized legislation approved by lawmakers last month that would...