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Battered Wife Must Pay Abuser Alimony

A Richmond woman’s harrowing story prompted a state legislator to propose a bill that would prohibit courts from awarding alimony to a spouse who has been convicted of domestic violence. The bill failed.

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Virginia Still Deciding If Women Are Equal

In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and asked the states to ratify it. Forty-three years later, Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA, which would guarantee women and men equal rights.

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Drug Can Reverse Heroin Overdoses

As opiate overdose deaths rise in Virginia, the General Assembly is moving to approve legislation intended to curb the epidemic.

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24 Mar 2015

2015 Legislative Session a Mixed Bag for Immigrants

About 20 state legislators and representatives of advocacy groups have formed the New Americans Caucus to address the needs of undocumented residents and other immigrants.

17 Mar 2015

How many of their bills did senators pass?

CNS is crunching the numbers from the 2015 legislative session. (Chart created with Google Charts)

10 Mar 2015

Virginia Keeps Boating Safety Law Intact

Boating safety advocates are relieved that the General Assembly defeated a proposal to exempt older Virginians from taking a state-mandated course before operating a motorboat.

08 Mar 2015

How many of their bills did senators pass?

CNS is crunching the numbers from the 2015 legislative session. (Chart created with Silk)

03 Mar 2015

How many of their bills did senators pass?

CNS is crunching the numbers from the 2015 legislative session. (Chart created with Chartbuilder)

03 Mar 2015

How many of their bills did senators pass?

CNS is crunching the numbers from the 2015 legislative session. (Chart created with Infogram)

24 Feb 2015

Rep. Scott: Let Independent Panel Draw Districts

U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, says the General Assembly should take some of the politics out of redistricting by having an independent commission redraw political boundaries.

24 Feb 2015

Assembly OKs a 2-Song Solution

The House of Delegates joined the Senate on Tuesday in approving both “Our Great Virginia” and “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as official state songs. But will Gov. Terry McAuliffe sign the legislation into law?

21 Feb 2015

From Designer Clothes to Orange Robes

A remorseful Maureen McDonnell stood Friday in a federal courtroom where she had been convicted of taking bribes and asked a judge for leniency. He responded by sentencing the former first lady to 12 months and one day in prison.

20 Feb 2015

A Portrait of Maureen McDonnell

Maureen McDonnell has been painted in two different lights: as a selfless, hardworking, dedicated mother, wife and community leader, and as a hostile and greedy woman responsible for ruining the career of her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, and sending him to jail.

20 Feb 2015

Maureen McDonnell, In Her Own Words

In her first public statement on the corruption scandal, Maureen McDonnell testified Friday that she was responsible for her family’s political fall from grace.

20 Feb 2015

Key Documents in Maureen McDonnell Sentencing

Here are some important documents that were filed in U.S. District Court in preparation for today’s sentencing.

17 Feb 2015

Senate Passes ‘Tebow Bill’ for Home-schoolers

The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow home-schooled students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, debate and band at their local public school.

15 Feb 2015

FAA Proposes Rules on Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday proposed rules governing commercial drone use that would open the airspace to thousands of operators nationwide.

13 Feb 2015

Progress (or Lack of) on the ERA in Virginia

A brief history of the Equal Rights Amendment and efforts to ratify it in the Old Dominion

01 Feb 2015

Panel Shelves Bill to Change Rezoning Process

The Virginia Association of Counties received its wish when a bill to change local governments’ rezoning process was killed in a House subcommittee this past week.

31 Jan 2015

Virginia bill allowing Uber, Lyft approved

After a yearlong ban, Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-sharing services soon will have a law allowing them to operate legally in Virginia.

31 Jan 2015

Protect Us Against Floods, Coastal Officials Say

Local, state and military officials from Tidewater want Virginia to participate in a market-based initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – which they said would general $200 million to combat coastal flooding.

30 Jan 2015

Most Virginians Say Bullying Is Serious

Half of Virginians view bullying and harassment as a “very serious problem” at school, and another third think it is “somewhat serious,” according to a statewide poll.

28 Jan 2015

Don’t Start School Before Labor Day, Group Says

RICHMOND – Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

27 Jan 2015

House OKs Money for Veterans Care Centers

By Sean CW Korsgaard Capital News Service RICHMOND – A pair of bills that would provide $66.7 million in state funding for new veterans care centers passed in the House of Delegates on Tuesday. House Bills 1275 and 1276, which would fund construction of two 230-bed nursing care facilities in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, […]

27 Jan 2015

Senate Ok’s Nondiscrimination Bill

Committee OKs Nondiscrimination Bill RICHMOND – By one vote, the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee has approved a bill that prohibits discrimination in public employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. ———————————————————————————————————- Committee OKs Nondiscrimination Bill By Meghan Gaffney Capital News Service   RICHMOND – By one vote, the Senate General Laws and […]

26 Jan 2015

#SaveJosh Campaign Inspires Legislation

By Morgan White Capital News Service RICHMOND – Josh Hardy, a Fredericksburg boy battling a rare disease, has inspired state Sen. Bryce Reeves to sponsor legislation making it easier for terminally ill patients to obtain investigational drugs that have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Reeves, who represents Fredericksburg and […]

26 Jan 2015

Bill Would ‘Ban the Box’ on Job Applications

A Senate committee on Monday narrowly approved a bill that would prohibit state agencies from asking job applicants if they have a criminal history on employment applications.

23 Jan 2015

Virginia Infrastructure Earns Grade of C-

Virginia Infrastructure Earns Grade of C- 2/8/15 Sarah Drury, mackdrurysm@vcu.edu, 757-748-6368 Words: 386 RICHMOND – A press conference held by the American Society of Civil Engineers discussed the high and low points of Virginia’s infrastructure. VA’s Bridges are Falling Down: Virginia Infrastructure Earns Grade of C- By Sarah Drury Capital News Service RICHMOND – Virginia’s […]

23 Jan 2015

Families Testify for Medical Marijuana

Four families presented emotional testimony in support of a Senate bill to allow doctors in Virginia to prescribe medical marijuana products to people suffering from epilepsy.

22 Jan 2015

Herring Creates 1st AG Unit for Animal Law

RICHMOND – Attorney General Mark Herring announced Thursday that his office is creating a unit to train and guide local law enforcement and state agencies on how to pursue cases involving animal welfare or abuse.

21 Jan 2015

Panel Kills Bills to Put Legal Ads Online

A legislative subcommittee has defeated two bills that would have allowed local governments to publish legal ads and other public notices on their websites instead of in local newspapers.

20 Jan 2015

Panel OKs Law to Protect Bicyclists

The House Transportation Committee approved a bill Tuesday to make it illegal for the operator of a motor vehicle to follow a bicycle or moped too closely.

20 Jan 2015

Committee Rejects Minimum Wage Hike

RICHMOND – Voting along party lines, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee on Monday killed a bill to raise Virginia’s minimum wage to $8 an hour and then gradually to $10.10 an hour.

16 Jan 2015

2 Bills Target Human Trafficking at General Assembly

HUMAN TRAFFICKING 2/8/15 Sarah Drury,  mackdrurysm@vcu.edu, 757-748-6368 Words: 458 2 Bills Target Human Trafficking at General Assembly RICHMOND — Virginia Delegate Tim Hugo and Senator John Edwards have introduced two new human trafficking bills to the House and Senate, outlining harsher penalties against those convicted of human trafficking and helpful services for the victims. 2 […]

15 Jan 2015

How Virginians Feel about Campus Safety

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14 Jan 2015

Governor, Delegate Tout Bipartisan Transportation Bills

RICHMOND – Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk, have joined forces to push for two bills aimed at reforming the state’s transportation system.

13 Jan 2015

Bill Would Address Reporting of Sexual Assaults

By Kelsey Callahan Capital News Service   RICHMOND – A state legislator from Northern Virginia urged her colleagues Tuesday to pass a bill requiring that campus sexual assaults be reported promptly to the local commonwealth’s attorney instead of being handled solely by campus and local police. Under House Bill 1343, sponsored by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, […]

11 Jan 2015

Ethics Reform

With a former governor heading to prison for corruption and his successor calling for a cap on gifts to politicians, ethics reform is high on the agenda for the Virginia General Assembly’s 2015 session.

08 Jan 2015

House Republicans Unveil Education Reforms

House Republican leaders outlined their K-12 education agenda for the 2015 General Assembly on Thursday, echoing several goals announced by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe a day earlier.

08 Jan 2015

Women’s Equality Coalition Announces Agenda

ProgressVA, the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network and other women’s rights and health advocacy groups launched the Women’s Equality Coalition on Thursday, announcing their legislative agenda for the 2015 General Assembly session.

07 Jan 2015

Parents Seek Funding for Mental Health Services

Central Virginia residents packed a legislative committee hearing Wednesday to call for more funding for child mental health services, more help for individuals with intellectual disabilities and tighter regulations of private homes providing day care.

06 Jan 2015

Timeline of the McDonnell Case

Bob McDonnell was elected in a landslide and took office as the commonwealth’s 71st governor in January 2010. On Tuesday, just five years later, he was sentenced to prison for corruption. Here are key dates as McDonnell went from a rising star in the Republican Party to the first Virginia governor convicted of a felony.

06 Jan 2015

Ex-Gov. McDonnell Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.

05 Jan 2015

Henrico Residents Seek Leniency for McDonnell

Prominent Henrico County residents wrote letters attesting to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s character and integrity and urging a federal judge to show leniency in sentencing him for public corruption.

03 Jan 2015

U.Va. President Seeks Leniency for McDonnell

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan is among the more than 400 letter writers urging a federal judge to be lenient Tuesday in sentencing former Gov. Bob McDonnell for corruption.

07 Feb 2014

Sunday Hunting Bills Progress Through General Assembly

By Liz Butterfield Capital News Service RICHMOND — Two bills seeking to allow Sunday hunting of deer and wild animals on private Virginia property and state waters are progressing through the General Assembly. However, hunting with dogs or hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship would be prohibited. The House passed House Bill […]

07 Feb 2014

Revenge-Porn Bill Gains Momentum in House

By Colin Kennedy Capital News Service RICHMOND — Revenge pornography is one step closer to criminalization in Virginia after recent amendments to House Bill 326 helped pave the way for the proposed legislation to clear the House of Representatives. Delegate Robert Bell, R-Charlottesville, is the chief patron of the bill, which would classify the unlawful […]

07 Feb 2014

Bill Seeks Anti-violence Funds Consolidation

By Dana Carlson Capital News Service RICHMOND —  The 53 sexual and domestic-violence organizations in Virginia could serve victims better if a House of Delegates Appropriations committee acts on a bill to streamline the funding these organizations rely on. House Bill 1, the first piece of legislation filed in the 2014 General Assembly session, would […]

07 Feb 2014

Reorganized Senate Committee Passes Abortion Bills

By Chris Suarez Capital News Service RICHMOND — Two abortion-related bills were passed this past week by The Virginia Health and Education Senate Committee a day after the House of Delegates struck down a pair of identical measures in committee. The Senate bills — SB617 and SB618 — introduced by Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton — […]

07 Feb 2014

House GOP Debates Medicaid Expansion Rejection Methodology

By James K. Galloway Capital News Service RICHMOND – House Republicans are echoing national GOP rhetoric in rejecting the Medicaid expansion, strongly backed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Delegate James “Jimmie” Massie, R-Richmond, said Obamacare could likely “implode.” Massie said he handles the “business side” of Medicaid reform. “I would say (it’s not going) particularly […]

06 Feb 2014

Red Light Cameras Remain Legal

By Quinn Casteel Capital News Service RICHMOND – Red light cameras will remain legal in Virginia for at least another year, as the House Transportation Committee defeated a bill this past week that would have forced the discontinuation of such photo-monitoring systems. The committee voted 13-8 against House Bill 973, sponsored by Delegate Benjamin Cline, […]

06 Feb 2014

Democrats Take Control of Virginia Senate

By Eric Luther and Jackson McMillan Capital News Service RICHMOND – Democrats regained control of Virginia’s Senate this past week after Lynwood Lewis, D- Norfolk, assumed the District 6 seat vacated by Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam after an 11-vote victory against his Republican opponent. Lewis’s installation split the state Senate 20-20, with Northam casting […]

06 Feb 2014

Bill Seeks to Restrict Local Agritourism Regulation

By Kate Miller Capital News Service RICHMOND — An agritourism bill that would restrict local regulation of customary agricultural and farm activities has passed the Senate. Senate Bill 51 would prohibit Virginia counties from regulating the management of agritourism for-profit events; the sale of agricultural or silvicultural (forest) products or related items; the preparation or […]

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