Latest Virginia state government News

Bill to end mandatory jail time for assaults on police fails

Sep. 22, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers on Tuesday killed legislation that called for eliminating mandatory jail time for assaulting a police officer, a bill that drew heated opposition from Republicans who said it would send the wrong message at a time when law enforcement has come under attack during...

FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax speaks during the 9th Annual wreath laying and ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, in Washington. Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax formally kicked off his campaign for governor Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 a year after facing two allegations of sexual assault.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Virginia lieutenant governor enters race for governor

Sep. 12, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax formally kicked off his campaign for governor Saturday, a year after facing two allegations of sexual assault. Fairfax delivered a campaign speech at the Old Court House in Fairfax in northern Virginia. In February 2019, Fairfax faced calls for his...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2016, file photo, Del. Marcus Simon D-Fairfax, speaks during a meeting of the Privileges and Elections subcommittee at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A bill making its way through the House would require police chiefs to notify the Criminal Justice Services Board or a civilian review panel if an officer has received three complaints of excessive force in the previous five years. Simon, the bill's chief sponsor, said three complaints would not automatically trigger a decertification hearing, but would act as an

Virginia lawmakers push to expand police decertification law

Sep. 11, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A white Virginia state trooper yells an expletive-laden threat at a Black motorist who refuses to get out of his car during a traffic stop. Smiling for the driver's cellphone camera, the trooper remarks, “Watch the show, folks,” then yanks the man out of his car by his...

Virginia Senate approves sweeping police reform legislation

Sep. 10, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate approved wide-ranging police reform legislation Thursday that would prohibit the use of chokeholds, restrict no-knock search warrants, and expand the grounds to decertify law enforcement officials who commit misconduct. The legislation passed along party lines, and...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2020, file photo, Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax directs the Senate at the Capitol, in Richmond, Va. Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax is launching a run for governor despite facing two high-profile allegations of sexual assault he has strenuously denied. Fairfax said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Sept. 10, he's the victim of unfounded political smears and is undeterred by the challenges in running for governor. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Democrat Fairfax announces bid for Virginia governor

Sep. 10, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is launching a run for governor despite facing two high-profile allegations of sexual assault he has strenuously denied. Fairfax is set to hold campaign kickoff events this weekend, joining a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls looking for their...

File - In this Jan. 23, 2019 file photo, Roy Mitchell, executive director with the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, comments on a Medicaid update presentation before the House Medicaid Committee at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. During a zoom call Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, Mitchell said hospitals in the state are in desperate need of the dollars that Medicaid expansion could provide as the state is among the highest in the country in medical debt. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

After victories, Medicaid expansion revisited in Mississippi

Aug. 30, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After voters expanded Medicaid in conservative states like Missouri and Oklahoma, health care advocates are renewing a push for expansion in Mississippi and other Southern states where Republican leaders have long been opposed. They say the changing tide has followed rising income...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018, file photo, cars pass by a statue of Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill that had been vandalized overnight in Richmond, Va. The Virginia Supreme Court has tossed out an injunction handed down by a Richmond judge that barred officials from removing the only remaining Confederate monument owned by the city. The decision could clear the way for the removal of the statue. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Injunction barring Richmond from removing monument tossed

Aug. 27, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has tossed out an injunction handed down by a Richmond judge that barred officials from removing the only remaining Confederate monument owned by the city. Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley Cavedo issued a 60-day injunction in July shortly after Mayor Levar...

FILE - This June 27, 2017, file photo, shows the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that stands in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va.  A lawsuit seeking to prevent Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from removing an enormous statue of Gen. Lee can proceed, a judge ruled Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, clearing the way for a trial in the fall. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Judge won’t dismiss Lee statue lawsuit; case heads for trial

Aug. 25, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to prevent Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee can proceed, a judge ruled Tuesday, clearing the way for a trial in the fall. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant rejected ...

FILE - In this May 30, 2008 file photo, Chairman of the Virginia Republican Party John Hager, opens the 2008 Virginia Republican Convention in Richmond, Va. Hager, a former Virginia lieutenant governor who served from 1998 to 2002, died, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, at the age of 83. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Former Virginia Lt. Gov. John H. Hager dies at 83

Aug. 24, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — John H. Hager, a former Virginia lieutenant governor who served from 1998 to 2002, has died at the age of 83. Gov. Ralph Northam ordered state flags to be flown at half staff for 10 days in Hager’s honor following his death Sunday, according to a statement from the governor. The...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020 file photo former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe walks up to the stage as he prepares to introduce Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, during a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va. McAuliffe has filed paperwork to run for his old job next year but says he's still hasn't made an official decision yet. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

McAuliffe files paperwork to run but says no decision made

Aug. 20, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has filed paperwork to run for his old job next year but says he's still hasn't made a decision yet. McAuliffe filed paperwork with the Virginia State Board of Elections on Wednesday listing himself as a Democratic candidate for governor. But his...