Legislation that would have limited Virginia localities’ ability to restrict development of solar projects is dead for the year after a House subcommittee voted Tuesday to carry the proposal over to 2025.
But its patron, Sen. Schuyler VanValkenburg, D-Richmond, said he “will be back” with the proposal next year because he sees it as crucial to meeting the mandates of the 2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act, the state’s plan to decarbonize its electric grid by midcentury.
Bills that would let every locality in the state levy a 1% surcharge on sales taxes to fund school construction, if voters approve, are on their way to the governor.
The House of Delegates and state Senate this week passed identical bills, Senate Bill 14 and House Bill 805, authorizing the surcharges and referendums, making statewide what has so far been case-by-case special permission for eight counties and one city. The bills passed with broad bipartisan support in both bodies
A bill to provide paid family and medical leave for workers across the Commonwealth was passed by lawmakers in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly.
The measure, submitted by chief patron Del. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-38), was approved by the Virginia Senate in a 21 to 19 vote on Feb. 13. Yesterday, it was also passed by the Virginia House of Delegates in a 50 to 46 vote.
Line of duty benefits Nelson County officials sought for private police departments in the wake of a Wintergreen officer's shooting death were left out of an amended state Senate bill on Feb. 22, but protections for campus police were included. “I am disappointed by the result but encouraged that the private campus police officers are being included in the bill,” Dennis Russell, Wintergreen police chief, said about Senate Bill 466.
It’s long been a law in Virginia that establishments that sell alcohol must sell nearly half their earnings in food. But Tuesday afternoon an effort to remove that requirement was endorsed in a House of Delegates subcommittee, a massive step in a fight that’s been decades in the making.
“I haven’t told anybody this, my dad used to run a restaurant and I remember them struggling and I remember how every time they opened a business red tape was an impediment to them being successful,” Fredericksburg-area Senator Bryce Reeves told Radio IQ. “And if I can take a little bit of that red tape away?”
While it is too late to help Asha the elephant, the Senate passed a bill on Feb. 26 that would make cruelty against elephants a civil penalty and would ban unethical training.
Del. Kathy Tran, D- Greensville, said she was motivated to sponsor her bill, HB 1531, after a whistleblower from the Natural Bridge Zoo handed over a document that outlined the unethical treatment of their animals, especially their elephant Asha, which triggered an investigation by Virginia State Police that ended with the seizure of 89 living animals and 27 deceased animals, according to the Roanoke Times.
While the House and Senate have offered different approaches to legalizing electronic skill games in Virginia, opposition groups prefer an alternate option – an outright ban.
On Tuesday, Virginians Against Neighborhood Slot Machines, faith leaders and community members gathered at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond to voice their concerns about the slot-like machines that have shown up in convenience stores, bars and gas stations.
Following the death of a 16-year-old girl at Menchville High School last week, Virginia lawmakers are pushing for a cardiac emergency response plan, or CERP, to be required by every school in the Commonwealth. SB181 was first introduced by State Sen. Aaron Rouse of Virginia Beach in January. It was inspired by the NFL’s response to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin going into cardiac arrest during a game last year.
That swift response and immediate CPR saved his life. Rouse told 10 On Your Side after hearing about the death of Kaleiah Jones that it reinforces the importance of schools being prepared to handle a cardiac emergency.
Owners of motorsports facilities across Virginia have their eyes on Richmond, as a bill with historic and commercial implications makes its way through the General Assembly.
Introduced by Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, SB 17 would designate a number of motorsport facilities as enterprise zones while also granting them historic landmark status.
Only a few bills out of the thousands introduced this General Assembly session tackle love.
Lawmakers resumed the longstanding effort to codify same-sex marriage protection, but there are a handful of other bills that address marriage in the commonwealth.
As deaths from opioid overdoses continue to rise across the Commonwealth, a Virginia Senator is hoping to see as many elected officials get trained to use an emergency treatment as possible.
Abingdon-area Senator Todd Pillion held a naloxone training session for the state’s elected officials Monday morning.
The event, managed by the state’s Department of Health, included a challenge:
“I feel like it’s important that we’re all trained to administer naloxone, so this morning I challenged the House and Senate, 140 members, to get trained,” Pillion said.
There is apparently one thing the entire General Assembly can agree on: cyanide should not be used in mining. A cyanide ban proposal first passed the Virginia House by a 100-0 vote last month and then this past Friday, the State Senate voted 39-0 to ban the practice as well. Specifically, HB85 would place a ban on using cyanide or any cyanide compound in mineral mining or processing. Now as far as what impact that would have on mining in Buckingham? The answer is not much. In fact, those involved in the mining business say cyanide isn’t used here and won’t be.