The election to fill the state Senate vacancy created by the death of state Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, will be held at the same time at this year's presidential Election Day.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe called a special election for Nov. 8.
During the 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session, Sen. John Miller (D-1) was confronted with an issue he did not know much about: campus sexual assault policy. Wanting information and advice, he turned not to politicians or lobbyists, but to someone close to the community at stake — his intern Hannah McKiernan ’17.
This week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved a bill that will alter graduation requirements and, supporters believe, better prepare Virginia’s students for life after high school.
The legislation will be a final legacy of state Sen. John Miller, whose funeral was Friday. He died unexpectedly Monday at age 68.
hey buried John Miller Friday, the politician, the newsman, the kind-hearted jokester who rode roller coasters with his son, even though he hated them.
The governor came, as did much of the state Senate where Miller, D-Newport News, served two terms and was just starting a third.
State Sen. John Miller, a General Assembly stalwart for public education and election reform, died suddenly Monday, his family said.
The three-term senator died just a few weeks after convincing the legislature to embark on a sweeping reform of high school education in Virginia that he hoped would open new opportunities for the young Virginians he cared so much about.
Legislation requiring public school systems to ban tobacco use on school property was voted down by the Virginia House of Delegates on Friday.
Many school boards have already banned smoking and smokeless tobacco on school grounds. As written, Senate Bill 224 would have required all school systems to ban tobacco, including nicotine vapor, on school property, school buses and at school-sponsored activities by mid-2017.
As expected, attempts to take politics out of the legislative redistricting process continue to fall by the wayside in the General Assembly.
The House of Delegates on Monday passed, by a 99-1 vote, a bill that would alter high school graduation requirements in Virginia.
State Sen. John Miller’s bill, SB336, would require the state Board of Education to work with school and community leaders to establish a “Profile of a Virginia Graduate.”
Crossover was this past week in the General Assembly, the day when each house must complete work on its own bills and either send them down the hall or dispose of them.
The Peninsula's three senators, as is almost always the case, met with some frustration during the first segment of the session, but also scored some surprising successes.
A bill moving through the General Assembly could help curb what its sponsor sees as excessive testing of students in Virginia.
State Sen. John Miller, a Democrat whose district includes part of the Peninsula, is sponsoring SB336, which would alter high school graduation requirements. It would remove provisions related to standard and advanced studies diplomas and require the state Board of Education to work with school and community leaders to set up a “Profile of a Virginia Graduate.”