Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

Ex-Virginia House speaker files papers to run for governor

Oct. 1, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox has filed paperwork with the state to run for governor next year, joining a small field of Republicans looking to enter the race. Cox, a retired school teacher who has served in the House of Delegates since 1990, on Wednesday filed a...

Virginia House approves budget focused on police reforms

Sep. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates approved a budget Tuesday that includes funding for a host of criminal justice and police reforms amid national unrest over racial injustice and police brutality. The House spending plan allocates $28.4 million to pay for the package of reforms, which...

FILE - This Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 file photo shows House Appropriations committee Chairman, Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, delivering remarks as the House considers the budget bill during the House session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia lawmakers unveiled new state spending proposals Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 including one that would give law enforcement officers a $500 bonus. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia lawmakers unveil new budget plans amid pandemic

Sep. 25, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers unveiled budget proposals Friday aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus with funding for mental health services, high-speed internet access, and assistance for people behind on rent and utilities. The House of Delegates and the state Senate advanced...

FILE - This Wednesday July 25, 2018 file photo shows Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in Washington. Warner and Republican challenger Daniel Gade participated in a virtual debate in Northern Virginia earlier in the day. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Virginia: Warner, Gade meet in first debate of Senate race

Sep. 24, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and his Republican opponent Daniel Gade sparred over the dangers of the coronavirus, when to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court and other topics Wednesday during their first debate in a little-noticed Senate race. Warner, a Democrat and former...

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...

Virginia Senate panel kills paid sick leave COVID-19 bill

Sep. 16, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee has killed legislation that would have required employers to provide up to two weeks of paid sick leave for workers who have to quarantine because of COVID-19. The vote by the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee effectively closes the possibility of passing...

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 27, 2016, file photo, a coal ship pulls up to the coal piers in Newport News, Va. Several of Virginia's publicly funded economic development incentive programs have limited benefit and either need to be overhauled or eliminated, according to a new report published Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, by the state's legislative watchdog agency. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission recommended the elimination of two tax credits for coal producers. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Watchdog review finds issues with costly incentive programs

Sep. 14, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Several of Virginia's publicly funded economic development incentive programs have limited benefit and either need to be overhauled or eliminated, according to a new report published Monday by the state's legislative watchdog agency. Staff of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review...

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...

Lawyers ask judge to dismiss charges against state senator

Sep. 11, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Attorneys for a Virginia state senator have asked a judge to dismiss charges that allege that she conspired to damage a Confederate monument. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the lawyers for Sen. Louise Lucas argue that the case stems from “an illegal and...

Virginia House of Delegates advances MARCUS alert bill

Sep. 10, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The House of Delegates approved a bill Thursday that would create teams of mental health service providers and peer recovery specialists to accompany police officers responding to individual crises. House Bill 5043, introduced by Del. Jeffrey Bourne, D-Richmond, was approved by a vote...