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Governor Ralph Northam stops in Tazewell

By JIM TALBERT, Richlands News-Press

Governor Ralph Northam brought two pieces of good news to Tazewell May 18. The Governor was in town to sign House Bill 222 but he drew his biggest applause when he announced he had signed the bill reenacting the coal tax credits. Northam said his administration is committed to bringing prosperity to all parts of Virginia said House Bill 222 will help bring that about.

VaNews May 25, 2018


Law aimed at helping poor areas of Va. shows power — and limits — of bipartisanship

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The political partnership of a white Republican from coal country and a black Democrat from this troubled city was an unexpected symbol of unity in this year’s General Assembly session. Brought together by the economic desperation of their home districts, Del. James W. “Will” Morefield (R-Tazewell) and Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg) came up with a seemingly radical idea to give tax breaks to the employees of companies that create jobs in distressed localities.

VaNews May 21, 2018


Governor signs bill spearheaded by Dels. Lashrecse Aird, Will Morefield

By JOHN ADAM, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gov. Ralph Northam officially signed House Bill 222 into law at the Petersburg Library on Friday afternoon. The bill gives incentives to for companies invest in distressed localities and offers potential grant funds to employees.

VaNews May 21, 2018


Morefield bill headed to Governor's desk

By STAFF REPORT, Southwest Times

Southwest Va. received some good news as the 2018 session of the Virginia legislature closed. Delegate Will Morefield’s bill to give tax bfreaks to companies locating in the area passed both the senate and house. The bill approved by a conference committee shortens the tax break period for businesses from 10 to seven years. It also eliminated the income tax exemption for employees of new companies.

VaNews March 13, 2018


Winners and losers of the 2018 General Assembly session

By CARMEN FORMAN, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

As the 60-day General Assembly session closed Saturday, lawmakers had successfully sifted through more than 3,000 pieces of legislation. Although lawmakers still have to finish budget negotiations and vote on a final, two-year budget — a task that will require the full legislature to reconvene at a later date — the brunt of the legislative process has been completed. Lawmakers evaluated a slew of legislative proposals, and many did not survive.

VaNews March 12, 2018


Millennial Lawmakers Work Across Party Lines... Sometimes

By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF

The freshman class in Virginia’s House of Delegates is the most diverse in history. It is also one of the youngest.

VaNews February 20, 2018


Looking harder at House votes

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Maybe it’s the sunshine in House of Delegates subcommittees and committees, where votes on bills are now recorded on electronic voting machines, or maybe it’s just what happens in a 51-49 Republican-Democratic split, but there’s plenty of attention paid these days to where legislators stand. “Whew,” said Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, “Did you see that vote on sanctuary cities? I really sweated that.”

VaNews February 19, 2018


Millennials in the General Assembly form a caucus to advocate for their generation

By JORDAN PASCALE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Delegates Emily Brewer and Jay Jones may be the face of a new wave of lawmakers in the Virginia General Assembly. Jones, a 28-year-old Democrat from Norfolk, and Brewer, a 33-year-old Republican from Suffolk, have formed what some may see as an unlikely bipartisan friendship.

VaNews February 15, 2018


Cupid must be in Richmond as lawmakers claim bipartisan goodwill

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER AND LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Maybe it was because of Valentine’s Day, but the General Assembly was unusually lovey-dovey Wednesday at the midpoint of this year’s legislative session. The Republican speaker of the House praised the Democratic governor; the top Democrat in the House praised the speaker. A Democrat and a Republican even staged a cute presentation on the House floor to invite everyone to a wine party.

VaNews February 15, 2018


Morefield, Aird and Hurst: Bold action needed for rural Virginia

By WILL MOREFIELD, LASHRECSE AIRD AND CHRIS HURST, published in Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia has quickly become a haven for Millennials, generally considered to be those born from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. Richmond, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News have some of the fastest growing Millennial populations in the country; they bring to our Commonwealth new energy and new ideas. Sadly, the growth in some parts of Virginia is not shared in others.

The writers are all members of the House of Delegates. Morefield is a Republican from Tazewell County. Aird is a Democrat from Petersburg. Hurst is a Democrat from Blacksburg.

VaNews February 15, 2018