Tom Gear, a former Republican state delegate who resigned his House seat for health reasons eight years ago, has been found dead in an apparent suicide.
The percentage of bills in Virginia killed without a recorded vote dropped from about 55 percent in 2017 to less than 30 percent in 2018.
Va. Gov. Ralph Northam said he wants the upcoming session to focus on resolving the standoff over the state’s two-year budget.
Almost half a billion dollars separates the Virginia House and Senate adopted budgets.
Also in Richmond: The House approved a bill allowing some recess to be counted as part of the minimum instructional time in elementary school and kindergarten.
Virginia lawmakers brought to an end a push for the ratification of a federal Equal Rights Amendment amid protests from supporters of the ERA, many of whom were women dressed as suffragettes.
Virginia students and teachers could go back to school well before Labor Day every year under a pair of proposals due for a vote Tuesday in the House of Delegates.
The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that would loosen the leash on animal control officers throughout the state, giving them more leeway to determine whether a dog should be declared dangerous by the courts.
Virginia’s House and Senate have approved bills that would require an average of 20 minutes of recess or other physical activity per day for elementary school students.