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26 Feb 2015

Gov. McAuliffe Signs Medical Marijuana Bills

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law Thursday legislation to decriminalize two medical marijuana derivatives for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.

13 Feb 2015

Bill Seeks to Tamp Down Cigarette Trafficking

Sen. Bryce E. Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, urged the General Assembly on Friday to pass a bill that would crack down on cigarette trafficking and, by extension, the funding of terrorist groups.

05 Feb 2015

More Crimes May Trigger DNA Collection

The House Courts of Justice Committee voted 11-9 Wednesday to endorse a bill that would bank DNA samples from more misdemeanor convictions, such as stalking and assault and battery.

05 Feb 2015

Senate OKs Amendment to Boost Charter Schools

Virginia could see a surge in charter schools in coming years as a constitutional amendment begins the long, slow journey from the capitol floor. The Virginia senate today narrowly passed a joint resolution that would amend the Constitution of Virginia to allow the Board of Education to establish the specialty schools.

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.

16 Jan 2013

Shakespeare Festival May Get Boost from State

A bill introduced by Sen. Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg, would designate the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg as the official Shakespeare Festival of Virginia, in hopes of increasing tourism to the area.

16 Jan 2011

Lawmakers Target Discrimination Against Gays

At least eight measures in this year’s General Assembly take aim against discrimination based on sexual orientation.