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Research and development tax credit bill passes Senate

This morning, SB58 – a research and development tax credit bill co-chief patroned by Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) – passed unanimously through the Senate.


Bill would create tax credit for farmers who donate to food banks

Farmers are watching a bill in the Virginia General Assembly that stands to benefit not only them but also Virginians statewide who are in need of food.

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Farmers back bill that clarifies landowner rights in eminent domain cases

The state’s largest farmers’ advocacy organization is backing a bill ithat spells out landowner rights when property is damaged in activities related to eminent domain.


Religious refusal bill passes Virginia Senate

The Senate approved a measure entitling religious organizations and affiliated businesses to refuse to provide services or goods based on religious beliefs.

Creigh Deeds: Almost to crossover

Crossover for the 2016 Session of the Virginia General Assembly is at hand.

House passes constitutional amendment on public charter schools

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a constitutional amendment on Friday that will lead to the creation of more public charter schools in Virginia.

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House subcommittee passes ban on abortion after 20 weeks

The House of Delegates Courts of Justice – Constitutional Law Subcommittee passed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks with very little exceptions.

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Senate committee fails to certify Supreme Court justice: Politics?

Wednesday afternoon, the GOP-controlled Senate Courts of Justice Committee refused to consider certifying Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush.

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House of Delegates passes gun safety package

The Virginia House of Delegates passed the legislative pieces of the bipartisan gun agreement reached between Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the General Assembly.


House of Delegates passes GO Virginia legislation with major bipartisan support

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday passed HB 834 and HB 846, the legislative centerpieces of GO Virginia, with major bipartisan support.

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Sanctuary cities bills pass State Senate

Two Republican bills designed to stop cities and counties from adopting so-called “sanctuary policies” passed the Senate on party-line votes.


Bill allowing discrimination against LGBT passes Senate committee

The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted Monday to advance a bill that would effectively sanction a form of LGBT discrimination.

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House subcommittee passes birth control measure

A House subcommittee passed in a bipartisan vote a bill to define “birth control” as contraceptive methods approved by the FDA.

Bill banning party loyalty oaths in primaries passes Senate

Fairfax State Senator Chap Petersen’s bill to ban loyalty oaths in state-run primaries passed the Senate today in a bipartisan 34-5 vote.

Creigh Deeds: Another week down

We are rapidly approaching the midpoint of the 2016 General Assembly Session. In legislative lingo, the midpoint is called the crossover.

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Mama Summit pushes clean air, climate action

Virginia grandparents, moms, dads, and kids traveled to the General Assembly Building to demand climate action from state lawmakers at the Mama Summit.

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Democrats critical of House Republican Right to Work push

The House of Delegates passed a constitutional amendment providing for a November referendum on placing right to work language in the Virginia Constitution.

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Senate votes to block Clean Power Plan

The Senate passed SB 21, which would require that the General Assembly sign off on Virginia’s plan to comply with Clean Power Plan requirements.

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House Democrats throw shade at GOP jobs plan

Virginia House Republicans introduced their plan to create jobs in Virginia in 2016. House Democrats see some flaws in their plan.

Senate panel advances charter school amendment

A Senate committee advanced an effort that would allow the state Board of Education to unilaterally create charter schools anywhere in the Commonwealth.

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Democrats, AFL-CIO critical of Right to Work push

Senate Republicans pushed through a proposed amendment that seeks to insert Virginia’s existing Right to Work law into the state constitution.

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Senate committee backs Clean Power Plan block

The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would delay or obstruct implementation of the Clean Power Plan in Virginia.


Senate passes electoral fairness bills

The Virginia Senate passed a number of bills that would better protect voters’ ability to cast meaningful ballots in fair, competitive elections.


Nondiscrimination bills clear State Senate

Bills regarding nondiscrimination in public employment and discriminatory housing practices passed the State Senate on Friday.

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Virginia General Assembly passes gun safety deal

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a historic, bipartisan deal that will keep guns away from domestic abusers and people who cannot pass background checks.

House subcommittee continues attack on women’s reproductive health choices

Two bills that would have made access to reproductive health choices for women more accessible and affordable were blocked by a House subcommittee.

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House Republicans double down against paid family, medical leave

Laws providing paid family and medical leave allow workers to meet these needs without jeopardizing their economic security.

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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on gun violence legislation

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam released the following statement on the recently announced bipartisan legislation to reduce gun violence.

Tebow Bill clears State Senate committee

The latest effort at a Tebow Bill, this one introduced by State Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham, SB612, reported out of a Senate committee on Thursday.

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Del. Steve Landes highlights dollar-saving budget amendments

Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, highlighted his cost saving budget amendments for the 2016 General Assembly Session.

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House Democrats critical of GOP on efforts to derail Clean Power Plan

The House passed a bill requiring the General Assembly to give final approval to the plan developed by the state DEQ to comply with the Clean Power Plan.

Groups building support for COPN healthcare reforms

Healthcare stakeholders are joining together to urge the Virginia General Assembly to enhance and protect Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need program.