Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

Virginia lottery board approves casino regulations

Jul. 22, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Lottery Board has approved a set of proposed regulations to govern the state's fledging casino gambling industry. The proposed regulations now go to Gov. Ralph Northam for his sign-off, after which there will be a public comment period,...

Judge dismisses group's effort to remove Black state senator

Jul. 02, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A judge in Virginia swiftly rebuked a conservative group’s effort Friday to remove a Black state senator from office over her role in a protest that ended with heavy damage to a Confederate monument. Few expected the petition of 4,600...

Complaint: Virginia skill games ban is racial discrimination

Jun. 30, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A group of Asian American business owners in Virginia has requested that the state’s attorney general investigate what they say is racial discrimination in a pending ban on electronic skill games in their stores. The Roanoke-based Asian American...

Marijuana, policing, other laws take effect July 1

Jun. 29, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Most of the new laws passed earlier this year by the Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly will take effect Thursday, including measures that legalize the recreational use of marijuana, largely ban police use of facial recognition technology and forgive certain...

Lawmakers to meet in August to allocate federal relief money

Jun. 23, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers will meet in Richmond in August for a special session focused on allocating more than $4.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam issued a proclamation Wednesday calling on the legislature to...

Far left Dems Carter, Samirah to lose in Virginia primary

Jun. 09, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Two of the most left-leaning Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly lost their reelection bids after being defeated in the Democratic primary. Lee Carter, a two-term socialist Democrat who represents the Manassas area, lost to challenger...

Several Virginia House incumbents ousted in primary

Jun. 08, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Challengers from across the ideological spectrum ousted or appeared close to defeating a handful of incumbents in the Virginia House of Delegates, including a Republican and several Democrats, in Tuesday’s primary election. The nomination contests...

Democrats defend House incumbents before eyes turn to fall

May. 30, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats who have transformed Virginia at whiplash speed over the past two years will be defending their full control of the statehouse this fall. But first, they are trying to get an usually high number of House incumbents past primary challenges. ...

Police agencies oppose making discipline records public

May. 19, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some police agencies in Virginia are opposing legislation that would make disciplinary records public, saying the move could lead to police leaders sweeping misconduct under the rug. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that agency representatives...

Judge tosses lawsuit over Virginia state senator's censure

May. 13, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday sided with the state of Virginia and tossed a lawsuit filed by state Sen. Amanda Chase over her censure by the Virginia Senate. Chase, a far-right-wing conservative state senator often at odds with even fellow...