Latest Virginia state government News

Virginia Democrats defeat bills limiting abortion access

Jan. 26, 2023 19:34 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a series of key votes Thursday, Virginia Senate Democrats defeated several bills that would have restricted abortion access in the state, including a proposed 15-week ban with exceptions that was a priority for Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin. They are the...

AG: Ex-parole board chair violated law; too late for charges

Jan. 25, 2023 19:42 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia Parole Board chair violated state policy and law in her handling of cases at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and could have faced criminal charges if not for the statute of limitations, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. ...

Senate panel advances long-stalled campaign finance reform

Jan. 24, 2023 17:46 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit lawmakers from using campaign funds for personal expenses like a mortgage or country club membership — a change lawmakers have long resisted adopting. Applause broke out in the room...

Refusal to release inaugural donors exposes gap in Pa. law

Jan. 23, 2023 15:26 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The refusal thus far of Gov. Josh Shapiro to disclose who paid for his glitzy inaugural bash has exposed the gap in state law that lets governors in Pennsylvania escape the kind of transparency that is sometimes required elsewhere. Presidential inaugural...

Dayum This is My Jam owner now makes jam full time

Jan. 22, 2023 09:07 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The owner of an 8-year-old jam company is leaping into the business full time after years of growing it as a small business while holding down office jobs. The playfully branded company is inspired by decades-old family recipes and a mission to connect LGBTQ and...

Lawmakers seek to bar insurrectionists from holding office

Jan. 22, 2023 08:08 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in a handful of states are trying to send a message two years after the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol: Those who engage in an attempted overthrow of the government shouldn’t be allowed to run it. New York, Connecticut and Virginia are...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 19, 2023 18:37 PM EST

Kingsport Times News. January 12, 2023. Editorial: New laws going into effect in Tennessee, Virginia The new year brings tax relief to some Tennessee farmers and a raise for Virginia minimum-wage workers. New state laws go into effect either Jan. 1, or July 1, and...

Bill calls for parental notification of trans students

Jan. 19, 2023 18:04 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker touted a bill Thursday that would require Virginia school officials to notify parents if their child identifies as transgender in school, one of several proposals lawmakers are expected to debate this session that could significantly affect transgender...

Va. Senate Democrats kill effort to repeal electric car rule

Jan. 17, 2023 19:59 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Senate Democrats on Tuesday defeated several Republican efforts to repeal a so-called “clean cars” law that aims to reduce carbon pollution through the adoption of California’s stringent rules for vehicle emissions. The committee vote marked a...

Fight over guns center of annual Virginia lobbying day

Jan. 16, 2023 19:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gun-control and gun-rights proponents rallied Monday at the Virginia Capitol during an annual day of advocacy, as lawmakers from both parties offered a tempered assessment about what's possible on the issue during this year's legislative session. Some...