Latest Virginia state government News

Virginia AG: State colleges can't mandate COVID-19 vaccines

Jan. 28, 2022 16:35 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State colleges and universities in Virginia cannot require students to get vaccinated against COVID-19, under a legal opinion issued Friday by Virginia’s new Republican attorney general. Attorney General Jason Miyares found that because the state legislature...

Head of VMI blasts critic of push for more diversity, equity

Jan. 28, 2022 12:02 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — The first Black superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute has written a scathing Facebook post pushing back against a critic of the school's efforts to foster more diversity, equity and inclusion. The Washington Post reports that retired Army Maj....

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jan. 27, 2022 14:31 PM EST

Parkersburg News and Sentinel. January 26, 2022. Editorial: Licensing: Ombudsman needed to guarantee competition West Virginia is positively polluted with boards, commissions, licensing bodies and other similar groups that allegedly serve as oversight for various...

Youngkin faces criticism from Dems over schools 'tipline'

Jan. 27, 2022 13:33 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is facing a mounting backlash from Democratic lawmakers and some teachers and parents during his first month in office as word spread about an email address his administration set up to solicit concerns about schools. ...

Bill to regulate explicit books in school libraries killed

Jan. 27, 2022 13:28 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Thursday killed legislation that would have required parental consent for students to check out sexually explicit books from school libraries. Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-Virginia Beach, introduced the bill after parents across the...

Lawmakers say Youngkin backs ban on Dominion campaign cash

Jan. 26, 2022 19:03 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bipartisan trio of Virginia lawmakers said Wednesday that Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's administration has conveyed the governor's support for bills that would ban Dominion Energy and certain other public utilities from making campaign contributions. ...

Youngkin pick Wheeler defends EPA record, criticizes media

Jan. 25, 2022 18:42 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler defended his record Tuesday as he made an initial public appearance before Virginia legislators, who will eventually vote on whether to confirm his appointment to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s...

Youngkin faces new lawsuit as Virginia mask order kicks in

Jan. 24, 2022 17:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin was facing a new legal challenge over his executive action that aimed to let parents opt out of school mask mandates as his order took effect Monday but was ignored by some districts. Youngkin issued the order as one of...

Youngkin appoints Carrie Roth to lead Employment Commission

Jan. 24, 2022 12:01 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin has named Carrie Roth as head of the Virginia Employment Commission, which has had trouble processing and paying nearly 2 million unemployment benefit claims during the pandemic. Roth was one of 19 appointees announced by the Republican...

Virginia's new AG removes 2 lawyers at public universities

Jan. 23, 2022 22:02 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s new Attorney General Jason Miyares has fired lawyers for two large public universities, his office said, marking more significant changes as the Republican ascends to his new job. Tim Heaphy, counsel for the University of Virginia, and...