Tag: General Assembly
Following the release of a poll showing broad public support for reasonable gun reform measures, House Republicans today killed a bill that would have repealed a statutory prohibition on guns and other dangerous weapons in places of worship.
Last week I attended my first meeting as a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC).
Del. Steve Landes was named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for his work in the 2016 General Assembly session.
The General Assembly continues to fail to appoint racially diverse judicial candidates.
The General Assembly met in a reconvened, day-long session to consider vetoes and amendments made by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Ringling Brothers moved into the Richmond Coliseum at the same time last week that the General Assembly concluded its annual meeting.
Virginia House Republican leaders commented on the adjournment of the 2016 General Assembly session after lawmakers passed a two-year state budget.
The Senate passed a blll that defines direct primary care agreements as medical service agreements outside the scope of state regulation.
With one week before the scheduled adjournment of March 12, the 2016 General Assembly is nearing completion on all major issues.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has presented a letter to General Assembly money committee chairmen and the budget conferees.
The Senate approved and sent to the House a bill to raise the threshold for felony larceny from $200 to $500.
After the usual business of organizing for a new legislative session, the General Assembly got underway without major incident.
Last Wednesday, on the coldest day in Richmond of the very New Year, the General Assembly began its 2016 session.
The 2015 Special Session of the General Assembly was over before it began.
Previous columns have focused on major legislation passed in the 2015 General Assembly session, but this column will describe other legislation that passed.
Under a bill passed by the General Assembly in the 2015 session and signed by the Governor, the cost of electricity in Virginia will go down next month, and the base rate of electricity will be frozen for the next five years.
The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is history. While we passed over 1500 bills and resolutions, the Session will be remembered for a handful of things including reforming the transportation funding formula, adopting a new ethics bill that changes very little, and adjourning a day early.
I have been pleased to work over many years to make the legislative process transparent in order that citizens can understand what is behind a single vote.
The 2015 edition of the Virginia General Assembly came to end a day earlier than expected, with the Senate and House both adjourning Sine Die late Friday evening.
The 46-day General Assembly session is moving rapidly. Subcommittees and committees are meeting around the clock, which leaves little time for reflection.