Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

Loudoun board: delegate who attended mob march should resign

Jan. 20, 2021 2:15 PM EST

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Loudoun County's governing board called for the resignation on Wednesday of a Republican delegate who attended the Jan. 6 mob march on the Capitol and blamed violence on “paid provocateurs.” The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution urging Del. Dave LaRock, who...

Virginia Senate moves to censure lawmaker over Capitol riot

Jan. 19, 2021 5:11 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate is advancing a resolution to censure a GOP lawmaker for “fomenting insurrection against the United States," saying she helped incite the storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. A Senate committee voted Tuesday to approve the censure resolution...

FILE - This June 29, 2010 file photo shows the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Burkeville, Va. Virginia lawmakers are being asked to consider repealing a 22-year-old law that allows the state to commit certain sex offenders to the psychiatric facility after they complete their prison sentences. Critics say civil commitment laws are fundamentally unfair and violate the constitutional prohibition against punishing someone twice for the same crime.  (AP Photo/Dena Potter, File)

Virginia bill would end civil commitment of sex offenders

Jan. 19, 2021 11:37 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Democratic lawmakers are spearheading a push to repeal a decades-old law that allows the state to hold certain sex offenders at psychiatric facilities indefinitely after their criminal sentences if they are deemed “sexually violent predators.” Critics say...

Boogaloo Bois stand on the sidewalk on 9th Street in support of lobby day on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Richmond, Va.  The day is a chance for citizens to use a day off work to meet with their legislators. (AP Photo/John C. Clark)

Senate gathers on 'Lobby Day' under heightened security

Jan. 18, 2021 7:05 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state lawmakers met under heightened security Monday amid concerns about possible civil unrest in state capitals in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Several gun-rights advocates came to Richmond on Monday, some of them heavily armed. The Martin...

Members of the Senate, including Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, left, Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke, center and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, right, placed roses on the desk of the late Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, on opening day of the General Assembly inside the Science Museum in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  Chafin died on Jan. 1 due to complications related to the coronavirus. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Northam outlines priorities to lawmakers as session begins

Jan. 13, 2021 8:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam outlined his plans to legalize marijuana and announced his intention to give teachers a raise Wednesday during an annual address to state lawmakers. The governor gave his State of the Commonwealth speech on the first day of the 2021 legislative...

Virginia delegate defends mob march, faces calls for ouster

Jan. 13, 2021 5:15 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Loudoun County's top elected official is calling for the removal of a Virginia state delegate who participated in the mob march on the U.S. Capitol and then attacked his critics for failing to focus on “the needs of the colored community.” Del. Dave LaRock represents...

Lawmakers push for stronger oversight of Dominion's rates

Jan. 12, 2021 9:57 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of Virginia lawmakers is set to push for stricter regulatory oversight of the state's dominant electric utility, saying Dominion Energy's customers have overpaid billions of dollars because of the company's outsized political sway. Virginia’s regulatory structure has...

FILE - In this  Wednesday Nov 18, 2020. file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a COVID-19 briefing at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia lawmakers are set to start this year’s legislative session focused on COVID-19 relief efforts and legalizing marijuana. The 2021 session will kick off Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 with lawmakers meeting away from the Capitol as the state continues to wrestle with the impacts of a global pandemic that’s shut down school, closed businesses and left more than 5,000 Virginians dead in last 10 months, including a state senator. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

COVID relief, marijuana legalization key in 2021 session

Jan. 10, 2021 8:04 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers are set to start this year's legislative session focused on COVID-19 relief efforts and legalizing marijuana. The 2021 session will kick off Wednesday, with lawmakers meeting away from the Capitol as the state continues to wrestle with the impacts of a global...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, arrives in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia prior to the start of the Senate session at the facility in Richmond, Va.   An unusually broad field is vying to be the next governor of Virginia as the marquee political contest of 2021 gets into full swing. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia gubernatorial candidate faces Facebook restrictions

Jan. 8, 2021 2:53 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia gubernatorial candidate who is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump has had new restrictions placed on her Facebook account after falsely blaming antifa activists for Wednesday’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Democrats, meanwhile, called on her...

Citizens chosen for Virginia bipartisan redistricting panel

Jan. 6, 2021 12:53 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of judges has selected eight citizens who will join eight legislators on a bipartisan commission that will redraw Virginia's legislative boundaries for the next decade. A referendum approved by voters in November creates the 16-member commission to draw lines for Virginia's...