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Women to preside over both chambers as Virginia officially ratifies ERA

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Women are set to preside over both chambers of the Virginia legislature as the state ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Friday that he plans to let Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, preside over the state Senate during Monday’s vote. Lucas is the president pro tempore of the Senate, the first woman and first African American lawmaker to hold the title. Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, is the first female to preside over the House of Delegates.

VaNews January 25, 2020


Senate votes to end Lee-Jackson Day, make Election Day a state holiday

By JOSH JANNEY, Winchester Star (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday to do away with Lee-Jackson Day and make Election Day a state holiday. The bill, introduced by 18th District Sen. L. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, makes Election Day — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November — a state holiday and eliminates Lee-Jackson Day. The bill passed the Senate 22-18, largely along party lines, and now goes to the House of Delegates.

VaNews January 22, 2020


Eight Virginia legislators endorse Biden

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Eight Virginia lawmakers are endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid, Biden’s campaign announced Thursday. The list includes prominent members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus like Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, president pro tempore of the Senate; Sen. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake; Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond; Del. Roslyn Tyler, D-Sussex; and Del. Cliff Hayes, D-Chesapeake.

VaNews January 16, 2020


Democrats believe marijuana will be decriminalized in Virginia

By BRETT HALL, WAVY-TV

Several state Democrats say marijuana reform is likely now that Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly for the first time in more than two decades. State Senator Louise Lucas (D), Delegate Cliff Hayes (D) and Delegate Don Scott (D) answered questions on the subject for well over an hour Thursday night at Portsmouth Sheriff’s Training Station on Green Street.

VaNews January 3, 2020


Man was legally insane when he tried to kill Sen. Louise Lucas, judge rules

By SCOTT DAUGHERTY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A Chesapeake man was legally insane last year when he tried to run over state Sen. Louise Lucas — his former boss. James Clifton Taliaferro, 41, had stopped taking his medication shortly before the March 13, 2018, incident. And in turn, attorneys said, he lost the ability to differentiate right from wrong.

VaNews April 30, 2019


Comments differ on redistricting amendment

By DIANA MCFARLAND, Smithfield Times (Paywall)

A question about the OneVirginia2021 initiative received different responses from two state representatives who serve Isle of Wight County. Sen. Louise Lucas, D-18th, said she was “absolutely” in favor of the effort, which seeks to establish an independent redistricting commission through an amendment to the Virginia Constitution.

VaNews January 11, 2019


Trial on hold for Chesapeake man charged with trying to kill Sen. Louise Lucas

By SCOTT DAUGHERTY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The trial of a Chesapeake man charged with trying to kill state Sen. Louise Lucas has been put on hold amid questions about his sanity. James Clifton Taliaferro, 40, was scheduled to stand trial Monday morning in Circuit Court on several felony charges, including attempted murder.

VaNews August 7, 2018


Local Medicaid vote was by party

By DIANA MCFARLAND, Smithfield Times (Paywall)

The bipartisan vote to expand Medicaid in Virginia fell along party lines among Isle of Wight County’s five state legislators. Del. Emily Brewer, 64th, Sen. John Cosgove, 14th and Sen. Tommy Norment, 3rd, all Republicans, voted against the expansion. Sen. Louise Lucas, 18th, and Del. Roslyn Tyler, 75th, both Democrats, voted in favor of the bill.

VaNews June 8, 2018


Legislators provide update to IW residents

By STEPHEN FALESKI, Tidewater News

Three state legislators whose constituent territories include Isle of Wight County traveled to Smithfield on Tuesday morning for the annual Richard J. Holland Post-Legislative Breakfast.

VaNews March 22, 2018


Man accused of trying to run over state Sen. Louise Lucas is charged with attempted murder

By MARGARET MATRAY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

In the parking lot of a Family Dollar, state Sen. Louise Lucas got out of her car to photograph a vehicle to show police. She had just seen the driver – a former employee at her company – watching her leave work a few blocks away, she said. And the day before, he’d driven through her yard and into the front door of her business, shattering the glass, police said in court documents. The yard at the home of her daughter, Councilwoman Lisa Lucas-Burke, also had been damaged.

VaNews March 16, 2018