A former journalist turned delegate filed a bill for the upcoming General Assembly session that aims to ensure First Amendment protections for student journalists.
Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, introduced HB 36 to protect the rights of student journalists from censorship and student media advisers from punishment. The 12th District delegate first introduced the bill in the 2019 session with co-patron Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, but the bill died in a subcommittee vote, 5-3.
Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, defeated Republican challenger Forrest Hite on Tuesday to win a second term.
Four candidates are competing in two races in the New River Valley for seats in the House of Delegates.
Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, is facing Republican Forrest Hite, and Del. Nick Rush, R-Christiansburg, is challenged by Democrat Rhonda Seltz.
Incumbent lawmakers in Western Virginia running for re-election to the General Assembly hold the fundraising advantage as they head into final stretch of the election season. It doesn’t appear that the Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, will have to spend as much money as he did two years ago
Two journalists-turned-lawmakers introduced bills aimed at protecting student and professional journalists.
The bill from Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, is part of a movement pushing for legislation to protect student journalists from censorship and their faculty advisers from punishment. The bill from Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, would protect journalists from revealing their confidential sources.
Earlier this year, in the course of four days, four people in Montgomery County killed themselves using a firearm.
“It shocked the community,” Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson said Wednesday. “We seemed to be in a downward spiral. Mental health is a big business for us.”
Upset with the lack of gun control consideration by Virginia Republicans, Democrats in the House of Delegates are launching their own group to investigate school safety and gun violence in the state.
The caucus announced Tuesday the “Safe Virginia Initiative” task force, a group chaired by two Northern Virginia legislators that will focus on gun control and school safety.
The task force will host meetings through October across the state.
The freshman class in Virginia’s House of Delegates is the most diverse in history. It is also one of the youngest.
Virginia’s legislature prides itself on moderation and civility, but there’s at least one issue where one side would rather fight than give an inch of compromise: guns.
Even in a year when Republicans have shown a willingness to consider the long-taboo topic of Medicaid expansion. Even as leadership has welcomed the first transgender delegate, the first Latinas, the first open lesbian.
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.