Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

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...

Racism, police reform focus of Virginia legislative session

Jun. 14, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are vowing to take strong action on systemic racism and police reforms during a special legislative session planned in August. Protests have spread across Virginia following the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Marchers have called for...

Virginia gun sales skyrocket in first five months of 2020

Jun. 13, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — FBI statistics show that criminal background check requests submitted for gun sales in Virginia during the first five months of this year are up 77% over the same period last year. Robert Marcus, the owner of Bob’s Gun Shop in downtown Norfolk, said he's seen gun sales jump many...

Black lawmakers assail Northam over reopening plans

May. 13, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Black lawmakers in Virginia are unhappy with Gov. Ralph Northam's plans to begin reopening most of the state later this week amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the move is akin to treating people of color as “guinea pigs for our economy.” Northam announced Wednesday...