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  • Tebow bill clears GA, heads to McAuliffe

    Tebow bill clears GA, heads to McAuliffe
    A bill to let home-schooled students join local school sports teams is headed to the governor after nearly 20 years of failed attempts to make this change. House Bill 1626 won final passage Thursday in the Virginia House of Delegates, on a 62-37 vote....
  • State transportation board signs off on much shorter Route 460

    State transportation board signs off on much shorter Route 460
    The Commonwealth Transportation Board signed off Wednesday on a scaled-down plan for U.S. 460 and picked a contractor for phase one of Interstate 64's widening. That widening, from Jefferson Avenue to Yorktown Road, will begin in the coming months,...
  • Legislative notebook: Plastic bag ban a no-go

    Legislative notebook: Plastic bag ban a no-go
    A bill that would have allowed localities to ban disposable plastic shopping bags went down in a House committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 1103, from state Sen. Jeff McWaters, cleared the state Senate earlier this month on a 20-16 vote. It would have allowed...
  • 385,000 Virginians sign up for insurance under Affordable Care Act

    385,000 Virginians sign up for insurance under Affordable Care Act
    Almost 385,000 Virginians enrolled in private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace, healthcare.gov, by the Feb. 15 deadline for coverage in 2015. That surpasses the goal of enrolling an additional 160,000 over last year, set by...
  • Feb. 19 Letters: Offshore drilling, redistricting

    Re: "Our path to drilling." Your Feb. 5 editorial states that "the Obama administration did little to tighten regulations" in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf. You further...
  • McAuliffe signs new law regulating ride-sharing companies

    McAuliffe signs new law regulating ride-sharing companies
    Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are now completely street legal in Virginia. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation Tuesday that regulates how ride-sharing companies operate in the state. Virginia has allowed the companies to operate...
  • Virginia House, Senate: OK to buy switchblades, throwing stars

    Legislators voted to legalize the sale of switch blades, throwing stars, brass knuckles, blackjacks and a bunch of other niche weapons Tuesday. UPDATE: The day after this vote, the House reversed itself, killing the bill. Read about it here. Senate...
  • Not so fast, ninjas: House pulls 180 on throwing stars, ballistic knives

    Roughly 24 hours after voting to legalize the sale of throwing stars, brass knuckles, blackjacks, switchblades and a laundry list of other weapons, the Virginia House of Delegates has changed its mind, and its vote. Forget Tuesday's 56-42 vote to pass...
  • Legislative notebook: Bake sale details divide House, Senate

    RICHMOND – House and Senate leaders are at odds over the length and frequency of school bake sales, but both agree the federal government has cracked down too hard on school fundraisers. The two sides are negotiating over House Bill 2114, a bill...
  • Rich counties gain while Peninsula loses in state school funding

    Rich counties gain while Peninsula loses in state school funding
    Since the 2007-2008 school year, the Fairfax County school system — the state's largest and one of its wealthiest — has seen its per-pupil aid from the state rise by $388. In the same span the city of Hampton — where the average annual...
  • Virginia Senate kills asset forfeiture reforms

    The Virginia Senate on Tuesday set aside a House effort to rein in the state's civil asset forfeiture program, which police use to seize property from people accused crimes. The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-5 to kill the bill and have the Virginia...