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.
Three incumbents fought off challengers to hold on to their state Senate seats in South Hampton Roads Tuesday night, two of them Democrats and one a Republican.
It’s been more than 20 years, but voters in Virginia’s 5th Senate district will get to see two names on the ballot.
The district’s incumbent, Democrat Lionell Spruill Sr., 72, has held the seat since a special election in 2016. Before he took the seat, it was long held by unchallenged Democrats. Voters will remember Yvonne Miller serving in the post for many years.
Jeff Staples, who’s running as an independent, is mixing that up.
At least three Virginia lawmakers are sponsoring bills this year to protect the identities of people who win the lottery.
The odds of running into this problem, might be one in several million, but Virginians win high-dollar prizes monthly. And Senator Lionell Spruill, Sr. said those lucky people are automatically thrust into the spotlight, for better or worse.
State and local officials are opposing a proposed waste recovery facility that would be run by former Portsmouth councilman Danny Meeks.
The facility would separate recyclable and non-recyclable waste. That would happen indoors, and no refuse would be stored on-site overnight, Meeks said.
A Virginia Senate bill, which would have banned tethering dogs in extreme weather conditions, will not be considered until the next General Assembly session.
Republicans in the legislature have been furious at Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, over an email he sent to constituents Sunday about the school shooting in Florida with the headline, “How the GOP Makes it Easy to Commit Mass Murder.”
The Virginia Senate overwhelmingly took action Tuesday to cut the school-to-prison pipeline in elementary school.
The body passed Senate Bill 170 from Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, with a 34-6 vote. The bill would prohibit students in preschool through the third grade from being suspended or expelled, except for drug and firearm offenses.
Rural legislators barked at the idea of tethering dogs outside in a 30-minute debate during a Wednesday committee meeting.
They don’t want a mandate that sets times, temperatures or a requirement that the owner be on the property when a dog is tethered outside.
A state bill coauthored by a local senator to identify the political party of a candidate running for a constitutional office passed the Senate last week and will be considered in the House of Delegates.
Senate Bill 144 was proposed by Sens. David Suetterlein (R-Roanoke County) and Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake) and passed with a 28-12 vote on Jan. 29.
The bill would provide “any candidate for a constitutional office who is nominated by a political party or in a primary election shall be identified on the ballot by the name of his political party,” according to a legislative summary.