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House Republicans block minimum wage, paid sick leave bills

The House Commerce and Labor Subcommittee #1 effectively killed four bills that would have raised the minimum wage in Virginia.


Virginia Senate passes Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment cleared the floor of the Virginia Senate for the fifth time in six years.

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Mark Vucci appointed acting director at Division of Legislative Services

The Joint House and Senate Committee on Rules appointed Senior Attorney Mark J. Vucci as the Acting Director of the Division of Legislative Services on Monday.

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Ken Plum: General Assembly session underway

After the usual business of organizing for a new legislative session, the General Assembly got underway without major incident.

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Mark Obenshain: General Assembly update

Last Wednesday, on the coldest day in Richmond of the very New Year, the General Assembly began its 2016 session.

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House Democrats release Terrible Bill Watch List

House Democrats are highlighting some of the bills that are the most troubling introduced in the 2016 session.

Creigh Deeds: Still talking judges? We can do better

I have once again sponsored a bill to create a merit based selection process for judges. The bill has not yet been heard.

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Senate committee advances bill to block Clean Power Plan compliance

A Senate committee voted Thursday to report a bill that would require the General Assembly to approve any plan to comply with the Clean Power Plan.

Hospitals voice support for COPN reforms, additional healthcare funding

Healthcare stakeholders assembled for a daylong series of events as part of Virginia Hospital Lobby Day.

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Del. Sam Rasoul joins Transparency Caucus, urges open government

Del. Sam Rasoul helped found the Transparency Caucus, which is dedicated to making the General Assembly and its proceedings more accessible to the public.

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Del. Filler-Corn unveils 2016 legislative agenda

Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn introduced a series of bills in furtherance of her work in education, victims’ rights, health care, public safety and prudent fiscal growth.

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Republican legislators lead calls to reform Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need Laws

Republican members of the Virginia General Assembly are calling for reforms to Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need Laws.

Petersen bill seeks to eliminate loyalty oath in party primaries

Sen. Chap Petersen has filed legislation that will ban parties from requiring voters to sign a loyalty oath to vote in the 2016 presidential primary.

Senate committee rejects bills to ban contributions during special, veto sessions

A Senate committee voted on Tuesday to kill bills that sought to limit politicians’ ability to fundraise while the General Assembly is actively conducting public business.


Republicans vote against making voting easier

Republicans on a House subcommittee killed four bills that would make the process of voting easier and more accessible for already-eligible voters.

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House Republicans lead efforts to pass legislation reforming structured settlement sales

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates are leading the effort to pass legislation reforming Virginia’s laws governing structured settlement sales.

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Del. Steve Landes highlights 2016 legislative priorities

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, today announced his legislative priorities, with a focus on economic development, education and health care.


LGBT advocates fight back on equal rights

Virginia’s leading advocates for LGBT rights denounced an all-out attack on the rights of that community in nine bills currently before the legislature.

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Ken Plum: Clearing an obstacle to gun violence prevention in Virginia

Virginia has the distinction of having had the biggest mass murder in history, Virginia Tech in 2007, and the first televised shooting, Smith Mountain Lake in 2015.

Creigh Deeds: Back in Richmond

The 2016 regular session of the Virginia General Assembly is off and running. The long sessions are held in even years and are significant because we will be adopting a new two-year budget.

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House passes emergency fix to protect small businesse from ACA changes

The Virginia House of Delegates passed emergency legislation Friday to protect small businesses from an insurance change originally mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

First silly comment of the 2016 General Assembly session: Floor is yours, Rick Morris

Any thought that the Virginia General Assembly may operate in something resembling détente is out the window, courtesy a culturally clueless guy named Rick Morris.

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House, Senate Democrats respond to McAuliffe State of the Commonwealth address

House and Senate Democratic leaders offered praise for the second State of the Commonwealth address from Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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Del. Steve Landes announce committee assignments

Delegate R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, received his committee assignments following the opening of the 2016 General Assembly Session.

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Speaker Howell announces House of Delegates standing committee assignments

House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) on Wednesday announced assignments to the standing committees of the Virginia House of Delegates.

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Hillary Clinton voices support for minimum wage increase in Virginia

As the Virginia General Assembly reconvenes, Hillary Clinton offered her support for proposed measures to increase the minimum wage for Virginia’s workers.

Petersen seeks to eliminate car tax, replace with local fuel tax

Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) has introduced legislation for the 2016 session that will eliminate the car tax for vehicles used by individuals.

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Speaker Howell files bill to create Commission on Employee Retirement Security & Pension Reform

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell filed legislation Monday to create the Commission on Employee Retirement Security & Pension Reform.

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Virginia House Democrats release 2016 legislative priorities

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus set forth their legislative agenda for the 2016 General Assembly Session. Caucus members highlighted initiatives that House Democrats aim to enact.

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Del. Landes announces appointment of Molly Ayres to House Page Program

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, announced the acceptance of Molly Ayres of Charlottesville to the Virginia House of Delegates Page Program.

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Podcast: AFP editor Chris Graham talks news, sports on WREL

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talks Virginia news, politics and sports with WREL-1450AM host Jim Bresnahan on Friday.

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Speaker Howell announces steps to increase transparency in the House of Delegates

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell announced this week a series of specific actions to increase transparency in the House of Delegates.