Latest Virginia State General Assembly News

Activists hail Lee statue removal, say more work remains

Sep. 12, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When an enormous statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee was hoisted off its pedestal Wednesday in the former capital of the Confederacy and carted off to storage, many civil rights activists saw it as a step toward a more inclusive Virginia, if only a symbolic one. ...

Virginia lawmakers elect 8 new judges to appeals court

Aug. 10, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers elected eight new judges to the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday following a selection process that Republicans criticized as one-sided and secretive. Six of the new judges were elected in the Democrat-controlled House and Senate...

Virginia lawmakers to consider Court of Appeals finalists

Aug. 09, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A diverse group of finalists for eight open seats on the Virginia Court of Appeals includes two circuit court judges, a former solicitor general of Virginia, the first Black president of the Virginia State Bar, an appellate attorney, a family law attorney and a public...

Virginia lawmakers approve budget for COVID-19 relief money

Aug. 09, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a spending plan for most of the state's $4.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief money, including funding for initiatives aimed at helping small businesses, increasing broadband access and replenishing the state’s...

Jan. 6 panel hires former House Republican to senior staff

Aug. 06, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol has hired former Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman as a senior staff member, bringing on the one-term Virginia lawmaker as GOP leaders have criticized the panel as too partisan. The...

Virginia lawmakers strike deal on spending COVID-19 funds

Aug. 06, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers tasked with reconciling House and Senate spending plans for $4.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief money reached an agreement Friday on a proposal that would preserve most of a plan crafted by Democrats but would also include some changes proposed...

Lawmakers to begin negotiations on plan for COVID-19 funds

Aug. 05, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawmakers from the Virginia House and Senate were set to begin negotiations Thursday over the spending plan for Virginia’s share of federal coronavirus relief money after the two chambers passed different versions of the bill. The versions that...

Virginia House, Senate pass Democratic spending plan

Aug. 05, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House and Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to budget legislation allocating billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money, each passing slightly different bills that lawmakers will have to reconcile. Legislators started...

In Democrats' budget: Eviction protection, utility relief

Aug. 04, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A key protection against evictions would be restored and a new round of funding would flow to utilities to cover unpaid customer bills under legislation advancing through the Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly. Those provisions are among...

Virginia lawmakers convene in person for special session

Aug. 02, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The entire Virginia General Assembly returned to the state Capitol for the first time in over a year Monday, kicking off a short special session to elect judges and adjust the state budget to account for billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money. ...