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An Equal Rights Amendment supporters yell encouragement to two legislators as they walk down a hallway inside the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A House committee approved a resolution Tuesday,  to ratify the state's Equal Rights Amendment, which advocates hope will become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 13-9 vote split along party lines, with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposing it.(Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia moves to brink of becoming 38th state to ratify ERA

Jan. 16, 2020 11:09 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia on Wednesday moved to the brink of becoming the crucial 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in what was seen as a momentous victory for the women's rights movement even though it is far from certain the measure will ever be added to the U.S. Constitution. The state...

An Equal Rights Amendment supporters yell encouragement to two legislators as they walk down a hallway inside the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A House committee approved a resolution Tuesday,  to ratify the state's Equal Rights Amendment, which advocates hope will become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 13-9 vote split along party lines, with all Democrats supporting it and all Republicans opposing it.(Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia House panel advances ERA for full floor vote

Jan. 15, 2020 10:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia moved a step closer to ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment on Tuesday, even as the measure's future nationally remains in doubt. A House committee approved a resolution to ratify the gender equality measure, which advocates hope will become the next amendment to the U.S....

Virginia House votes to ratify ERA; Senate expected to follow later Wednesday

Jan. 15, 2020 1:14 PM EST
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House votes to ratify ERA; Senate expected to follow later Wednesday.
House minority leader, Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, center, gestures as he express frustration with the rules committee actions as Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott, listens, right, during a joint session of the House and Senate Rules Committees at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. The committee passed rules restricting gun access to the State buildings. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers ban guns at state Capitol

Jan. 10, 2020 4:46 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers voted Friday to ban firearms at the state Capitol, the first in what's expected to be many contentious gun votes in coming weeks. Newly empowered Democrats who made up a majority of a special rules committee voted to ban guns at the Capitol and a legislative office...

Virginia lawmakers vote to ban guns at state Capitol, the first in what's expected to be many contentious gun votes

Jan. 10, 2020 12:50 PM EST
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers vote to ban guns at state Capitol, the first in what's expected to be many contentious gun votes.

Virginia lawmaker wants to ban NRA's shooting range

Jan. 9, 2020 5:39 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Democrat is looking to block the National Rifle Association from operating an indoor gun range at its headquarters. It's an aggressive move against the country's best known and most politically potent gun-rights organization that highlights some Democrats' antipathy toward...

Virginia Senate committee advances ERA

Jan. 9, 2020 3:15 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Equal Rights Amendment is advancing in the Virginia Legislature, where Democratic leaders have pledged it will pass. A Senate committee on Thursday approved a resolution to ratify the gender equality measure that could become the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The vote...

Virginia House of Delegates speaker-designate, Eileen Filler-Corn, left, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, along with State Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, right, applaud during remarks on their legislative agenda at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Newly empowered Virginia Democrats promise action

Jan. 8, 2020 8:32 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new era in Virginia politics began Wednesday, as Democrats took full control of the state house for the first time in a generation and promised to reshape many of the state's laws. The 2020 legislative session kicked off shortly after noon with several history-making firsts as women...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, and Virginia House of Delegates speaker-designate, Eileen Filler-Corn, front right, are surrounded by Democratic Legislators as he outlines his legislative agenda at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Top issues in the 2020 Virginia legislative session

Jan. 8, 2020 1:15 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are kicking off a 60-day legislative session with Democrats in full control for the first time in more than two decades. Here's a look at some top issues legislators will take up this year: GUNS Likely the most prominent debate this year will be on gun control, an...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, right, applauds visitors during opening ceremonies at the start of the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va.  Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment are confident Virginia is on the verge of becoming the critical 38th state to ratify the gender equality measure.  The proposed 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution faces a host of likely legal challenges and vehement opposition from conservative activists who depict the ERA as a threat to their stances on abortion and transgender rights.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Lawmakers pledge ERA will pass in Virginia. Then what?

Jan. 1, 2020 8:37 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment are so confident Virginia is on the verge of becoming the critical 38th state to ratify the gender equality measure, they are already making plans for how they will celebrate. But that jubilation could be largely symbolic. Despite broad...