The Virginia Senate is set to pass a $115 billion two-year budget Wednesday that includes Medicaid expansion, but only after some significant drama Tuesday afternoon in the Senate Finance Committee.
The date toward a possible government shutdown in Virginia is getting closer, but state senators have again pushed off budget discussions in favor of a committee meeting to discuss a new proposal next week.
Republican State Sen. Richard H. Black defended Syrian President Bashar Assad from the floor of the Virginia Senate, drawing criticism from Democrats.
Candidates seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia clashed during a debate over the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville last summer.
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.
Metro will get a full $154 million per year requested from Virginia taxpayers to cover major capital repairs and upgrades, under a deal hammered out in the General Assembly. This is the first specifically dedicated tax funding for Metro in its nearly 42-year history.
Drivers in Virginia are often not legally required to use their turn signals, and the House of Delegates voted down a bill Tuesday that would have expanded that requirement to cover situations where pedestrians are around.
Driving with a cellphone in your hand would be banned in Virginia under a bill approved this week by the state Senate. The bill now goes back to the House of Delegates.
A Virginia House bill that may improve wireless access and service throughout the state while stripping localities of their land-use authorities passed the Senate on March 1.
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.
With the current focus on standardized testing and meeting benchmarks, Virginia lawmakers are contemplating letting school systems provide more recess.
A Va. House panel voted down a measure that would permit local governments to move Confederate monuments, while a Senate committee blocked a bill that would allow a county, city or town to rename any highway named before 1965.