Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

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...

Democrats hold Virginia House seats in special elections

Jan. 6, 2021 10:31 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats held on to two Virginia House seats in special elections held Tuesday. Candi King narrowly defeated Republican Heather Mitchell in Virginia’s 2nd House District in northern Virginia, which was vacant after former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy resigned to focus on her run...

Finalists chosen for 8 spots on Virginia redistricting panel

Jan. 3, 2021 11:50 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia legislative leaders have selected 62 finalists for the eight citizen spots on the state's new redistricting commission. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Democrats’ picks come from mostly population centers and GOP choices chiefly from rural areas. A panel of...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, Virginia State Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, listens to debate on the floor of the Senate during the session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia Sen. Ben Chafin has died due to coronavirus, Senate Republicans said Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Chafin represented southwest Virginia and was from Russell County. A Republican, he was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2013 and then moved to the state Senate in 2014. He was 60. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia state Sen. Chafin dies after catching coronavirus

Jan. 2, 2021 9:37 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state Sen. Ben Chafin has died after contracting the coronavirus, Senate Republicans said Friday. Chafin represented southwest Virginia and was from Russell County. A Republican, he was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2013 and then moved to the state Senate in 2014....

Del. Lee Carter announces run for Virginia governor

Jan. 1, 2021 5:23 PM EST

MANASASS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker has announced he's running for governor. Del. Lee Carter made the announcement Friday that he would seek the Democratic nomination. Carter was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017. He has introduced legislation to reform the workers’...