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02 Apr 2015

McAuliffe Expands Law Enforcement Access to Drones

Law enforcement officials could use drones more freely if the General Assembly approves legislative amendments proposed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

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 […]

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, […]

24 Jan 2014

Privacy Concerns Table Search, Seizure Bill

By James Galloway Capital News Service RICHMOND — A bill that would give Virginia police power to search private computers without a secondary search warrant was tabled after a committee determined the bill’s language failed to protect Fourth Amendment rights. According to Delegate Mike Webert, R-Marshall, who is chief patron of the bill, the purpose […]

22 Jan 2014

Tighter Regulations Sought on Cash-For-Phone Kiosks

By Mike Denison Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS – The premise seems simple: drop off an unwanted phone at a recycling kiosk, receive instant cash and keep precious metals out of landfills. Consumers and the environment both win. But, according to some politicians, so do phone thieves. This fear has led some Maryland lawmakers to push […]

18 Mar 2013

Live-blog: TEDxRVA: A Tribute to Creativity

CNS reporter Alix Hines will provide live coverage of TEDxRVA, a tribute to all forms of creativity in Richmond.

17 Feb 2013

Ad Asks McDonnell Not to Allow Uranium Mining

A radio advertisement sponsored by organizations opposed to uranium mining in Virginia cautions Gov. Bob McDonnell against using his power to put in place failed legislation by issuing regulations.

03 Feb 2013

Cracking Down on Texting While Driving

Members of the House and Senate are optimistic that at least some of the 10 bills to crack down on texting while driving will make it past the legislative deadline called crossover day.

21 Jan 2012

One Bill’s Aim: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Stardust

For the average person, the sky is no longer the limit, but you just might have to be dead first.
Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, is proposing legislation to provide tax breaks to Virginia residents who send their cremated remains into outer space.

20 Jan 2012

New Program Promotes Safety in Digital Life

Virginia students will learn the benefits and dangers of the Internet and other technology, and may be drawn to math and science careers, thanks to an online program being offered free to the state’s schools.

15 Jan 2012

Phone App Connects Commuting Riders with Drivers

Thanks to a new phone app, it soon will be easier for commuters to share rides to military worksites in Northern Virginia. The app, called Avego Driver, will begin its pilot program in Northern Virginia around June. It will be available to government contractors and military employees offering or seeking rides to and from Fort Belvoir, Quantico Marine Corps Base and Alexandria’s Mark Center. Those three sites are known as Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, locations.

13 May 2011

Slave Names Will Be ‘Unknown No Longer’

This fall, the Virginia Historical Society will launch a free, searchable online database of Virginia slave names called “Unknown No Longer.” It will allow people, especially African-Americans, to trace their ancestry without compromising their privacy or paying fees.

22 Feb 2011

New Law Targets Cyberbullying

Think before you text: A bill would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor to use a cellular telephone or other wireless device to transmit a text message that contains “profane, threatening, or indecent language.”

16 May 2010

Protecting Kids From Online Sexual Predators

The state’s fight against online sexual predators will get a boost when a new law takes effect July 1. The law will assess an additional $10 fee on each felony and misdemeanor conviction. The money will go into Virginia’s Internet Crimes Against Children Fund and will support the work of ICAC investigators.

10 May 2010

Lgsl8trs twEt 2 kEp n tuch (Legislators Tweet to Keep In Touch)

In an era of ever-changing technology, politicians are reaching out to their constituents through social networking sites like Facebook, and more recently, Twitter. Of the 140 members of Virginia’s General Assembly, 30 have Twitter accounts – five senators and 25 delegates.

10 May 2010

Tweets Run Gamut from Weighty to Wacky

Virginia legislators “tweet” about a variety of subjects, from funny to serious. Here is a small selection.