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Election to fill late Sen. Miller's seat set for Nov. 8

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

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.

VaNews April 14, 2016


Students Reflect On Miller’s Career: SA Passes Bill Signaling Solidarity

By EMILY MARTELL, Flat Hat

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.

VaNews April 13, 2016


Educators remember state Sen. John Miller as champion for students

By MIKE CONNORS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

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.

VaNews April 11, 2016


'Man of the people': Full church remembers state Sen. John Miller

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

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.

VaNews April 11, 2016


Newport News state Sen. John Miller dies

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

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.

VaNews April 5, 2016


House votes down bill requiring Va. schools to go tobacco-free

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews March 5, 2016


More attempts to overhaul legislative redistricting die in Virginia House panel

By BILL SIZEMORE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

As expected, attempts to take politics out of the legislative redistricting process continue to fall by the wayside in the General Assembly.

VaNews February 24, 2016


Bill on Virginia high school graduation requirements passes House

By MIKE CONNORS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

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.”

VaNews February 23, 2016


A mix of success, frustration for Peninsula's three state Senators

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

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.

VaNews February 22, 2016


General Assembly bill looks to curb testing culture in Virginia's schools

By MIKE CONNORS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

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.”

VaNews February 16, 2016