Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, said she is challenging House Democratic leader Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax for House speaker.
Aird’s move sets up an unpredictable contest within the House Democrats, who won a majority in Tuesday’s election, that spans racial and generational gaps.
Budget showdowns are rare in Virginia, but not unprecedented. Back in 2004, Gov. Mark Warner clashed with Republicans over a sales tax increase. Then in 2014, Gov. Terry McAuliffe engaged in brinkmanship over expanding Medicaid. Now lawmakers are poised to end the session once again without passing a budget. The final deadline for reaching an agreement is the end of June, when the new fiscal year begins.
A bitter partisan fight broke out on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Friday after a Republican lawmaker suggested “the abortion industry” may be a factor in the rise of mass shootings and accused Democrats of being the historical party of slavery and Jim Crow.
Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper — running in a GOP primary for U.S. Senate as the most mainstream-friendly challenger to U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. — stunned Democrats with an explosive speech pushing back against the minority party’s calls for stronger gun-control laws in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
House Democrats say its time to bring back some of the gun bills Republicans defeated early in the session in light of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting and the momentum of support for gun control.
Nearly 35 bills addressing guns were killed in the first weeks of the General Assembly, just months after a shooting in Las Vegas killed 50 people, but weeks before the latest school shooting.
Legislation proposed by Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd) and House Transportation Committee vice chairman Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) to bring what they are calling “desperately-needed toll relief” for commuters in northern Virginia passed the House Transportation Committee Feb. 1 on a 21-1 vote.
Del. Ken Plum (D-Fairfax) was the sole opponent.
Legislation to provide toll relief for commuters on Interstate 66 has advanced in the Virginia House of Delegates.
The legislation was put forward by House Transportation Committee Vice Chairman Del. Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax, and Del. Dave LaRock, R-Hamilton. On Thursday, the bill passed the Transportation Committee on a 21-1 vote. Del. Ken Plum, D-Fairfax, was the dissenting vote. It now goes to the House Appropriations Committee.
A Republican-controlled committee in the House of Delegates has endorsed a new set of rules for “incentivizing community engagement and employment” among current Medicaid recipients who are able to work, setting the stage for a possible compromise with Democrats on a budget plan to expand health coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians.
A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee voted down a handful of bills Friday that would have extended hate crime protections to more people based on sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or immigration status.
Del. Kenneth R. Plum has been around long enough to remember how loud things got the last time an almost evenly divided Virginia House of Delegates tried to pick a speaker.
“You could not hear yourself think,” Plum, a Fairfax County Democrat and the House’s longest-serving member, said of the raucous day in 1998 when Democrats rammed through the re-election of then-Speaker Thomas W. Moss Jr. of Norfolk as Republicans pounded their desks and yelled objections.
A variety of proposals from Democratic lawmakers to raise Virginia’s minimum wage were defeated on a party-line vote Tuesday in a Republican-controlled House of Delegates subcommittee.
The 6-4 vote means none of the measures is likely to advance this session.