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  • Tebow bill fails; Senate shoots down drone bill changes

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe's veto of legislation that would have allowed home-schooled children to participate in public school sports will stand. The Virginia House of Delegates couldn't muster a two-thirds majority to overturn House Bill 1626, the so-called...
  • Legislation roundup: Gov. McAuliffe approves these business-related bills

    Legislation roundup: Gov. McAuliffe approves these business-related bills
    Lawmakers offered up some bills that affect local businesses this past General Assembly session. Here's a closer look at some interesting ones approved by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Ridesharing: House Bill 1662/Senate Bill 1025 establishes regulations for...
  • Virginia's civil asset forfeiture reform effort goes down again

    The Virginia Senate has set aside an effort to reform the state's civil asset forfeiture program, which allows law enforcement to seize property from people charged with various crimes. The decision was made this afternoon during the General Assembly'...
  • Our advice for state lawmakers: Focus on ethics, privacy, redistricting

    Our advice for state lawmakers: Focus on ethics, privacy, redistricting
    The General Assembly's session earlier this year was marked by an, alas, all too uncommon bipartisan spirit of cooperation. That was true both inside the legislative chamber and in how Republican leaders worked with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. That...
  • Lack of Virginia's General Assembly openness is criticized

    Lack of Virginia's General Assembly openness is criticized
    Virginia's lax ethics laws mean it can be tough to watch for officials' conflicts of interest, but the job is even tougher with the General Assembly's tendency to kill bills without recording how legislators vote. On top of that, General Assembly...
  • GA heads back to Richmond; Privacy, ethics, day care on the brain

    GA heads back to Richmond; Privacy, ethics, day care on the brain
    When legislators gather again Wednesday for the General Assembly's annual veto session, they'll have dozens of non-vetoes to deal with. Certainly Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed bills since the General Assembly last left town in early March. The...
  • Indiana lawmakers should take religious freedom cues from Virginia

    Indiana lawmakers should take religious freedom cues from Virginia
    The recent controversy in Indiana over a bill aimed at protecting religious freedom should have Virginians feeling rather self-satisfied. After all, the commonwealth navigated those turbulent waters quite some time ago. Yes, the state passed a similar...
  • Tight state funding hits local classrooms hard

    Tight state funding hits local classrooms hard
    Money's still tight for schools years after the Great Recession — and with state support for schools barely at pre-recession levels, despite a 9 percent rise in state government revenue since then, the bite is felt most deeply in classrooms. On...
  • Norment: Feds say blackmailer allegations groundless

    Norment: Feds say blackmailer allegations groundless
    Federal prosecutors investigating a blackmail attempt against state Sen. Thomas K. "Tommy" Norment, R-James City, also checked the extortionist's allegations against him and found them groundless, Norment said Wednesday. The extortionist, Christopher...
  • Virginia legislators don't always report their lobbyist freebies

    Virginia legislators don't always report their lobbyist freebies
    Business interests spent nearly $9,000 hosting 32 elected officials at two plush Richmond events early in the 2014 General Assembly — and 30 of the politicians never mentioned it in their financial disclosure forms. The gap between what...
  • SCOTUS Alabama decision may affect Virginia election maps

    SCOTUS Alabama decision may affect Virginia election maps
    A divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down a victory Wednesday for black legislative leaders in Alabama, and the decision may signal a coming win for Virginia Democrats fighting Republican-drawn election maps here. The court's 5-4 decision sends Alabama...