Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

Is 50-50 fair? Dems say new map should reflect their success

Sep. 27, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Some Democrats on a bipartisan redistricting commission in Virginia said Monday that new legislative districts will be fair only if they reflect the partisan success Democrats have had in the state for the past decade. The remarks came after...

Bipartisan redistricting panel starts off with partisan maps

Sep. 20, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A new bipartisan redistricting commission is looking at two sets of distinctly partisan maps as it sets out to draw new boundaries for Virginia's General Assembly districts. Democratic and Republican map drawers on Monday submitted their first...

Virginia House candidate blasted for insulting tweet

Sep. 18, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has apologized after tweeting a derogatory comment about the appearance of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn that some Democrats said was an antisemitic attack. The Washington Post reports ...

Activists hail Lee statue removal, say more work remains

Sep. 12, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When an enormous statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee was hoisted off its pedestal Wednesday in the former capital of the Confederacy and carted off to storage, many civil rights activists saw it as a step toward a more inclusive Virginia, if only a symbolic one. ...

Virginia lawmakers elect 8 new judges to appeals court

Aug. 10, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers elected eight new judges to the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday following a selection process that Republicans criticized as one-sided and secretive. Six of the new judges were elected in the Democrat-controlled House and Senate...

Virginia lawmakers to consider Court of Appeals finalists

Aug. 09, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A diverse group of finalists for eight open seats on the Virginia Court of Appeals includes two circuit court judges, a former solicitor general of Virginia, the first Black president of the Virginia State Bar, an appellate attorney, a family law attorney and a public...

Virginia lawmakers approve budget for COVID-19 relief money

Aug. 09, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a spending plan for most of the state's $4.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief money, including funding for initiatives aimed at helping small businesses, increasing broadband access and replenishing the state’s...

Jan. 6 panel hires former House Republican to senior staff

Aug. 06, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol has hired former Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman as a senior staff member, bringing on the one-term Virginia lawmaker as GOP leaders have criticized the panel as too partisan. The...

Virginia lawmakers strike deal on spending COVID-19 funds

Aug. 06, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers tasked with reconciling House and Senate spending plans for $4.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief money reached an agreement Friday on a proposal that would preserve most of a plan crafted by Democrats but would also include some changes proposed...

Lawmakers to begin negotiations on plan for COVID-19 funds

Aug. 05, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawmakers from the Virginia House and Senate were set to begin negotiations Thursday over the spending plan for Virginia’s share of federal coronavirus relief money after the two chambers passed different versions of the bill. The versions that...