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GOP CHALLENGER PUTS ABORTION AT CENTER OF VIRGINIA HOUSE RACE

By SOPHIE KAPLAN, Washington Times

The abortion wars that flared up unexpectedly in Virginia earlier this year will see another battle this fall in a key House of Delegates race in Fairfax County. Nick Bell, the Republican challenger running in the 39th District of the House of Delegates, is putting the issues of infanticide and abortion at the center of his campaign in hopes of ousting veteran Democratic Delegate Vivian Watts.

VaNews July 15, 2019



WOMEN WHO MADE HISTORY IN RECENT ELECTIONS ARE CHANGING VIRGINIA HOUSE

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Judging strictly by legislation passed, the record number of women in this year’s Virginia House of Delegates had only modest impact. Most of the new delegates are Democrats, and most of their bills died in Republican-controlled committees - which is typical for freshmen, male or female. But House members said the presence of a historic number of women in the chamber created a fundamental shift in matters large and small, from the tone of debate to the way the House operates.

VaNews March 13, 2018



VA. LAWMAKERS WEIGH NEW LAWS LIMITING DRONE FLIGHTS

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A drone spotted flying 50 feet above the downtown helipad that VCU Medical Center uses to transport critically injured patients is figuring front and center in a state lawmaker’s push for new regulations governing unmanned flights in Virginia.

VaNews February 5, 2018



SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA DELEGATION TACKLING MENTAL HEALTH TRANSPORT ISSUES

By ROBERT SORRELL, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Legislators in Virginia will consider a number of budget amendments during the current General Assembly session to help alleviate the hurdles facing law enforcement officers and inpatient treatment facilities when transporting and treating mental health patients.

VaNews February 5, 2018



PUSH FOR NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY LEADS TO PARLIAMENTARY CLASH IN VIRGINIA HOUSE

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Republicans and Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates agree that the General Assembly should pass a stronger sexual harassment policy, but disagreements over how to do it sparked a partisan standoff Wednesday on the House floor. Democrats, led by Del. Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax, pressed for amendments that they said would strengthen a Republican-sponsored bill. Republicans rejected the changes on a series of 50-49 party-line votes, saying Democrats were playing a “gotcha game” by picking a 30-minute fight over small details.

VaNews February 1, 2018



A BILL THAT WOULD'VE TAXED NETFLIX, SPOTIFY AND OTHER STREAMING SERVICES DIES IN VIRGINIA HOUSE COMMITTEE

By JORDAN PASCALE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A bill to apply state taxes to popular streaming services like Netflix, Spotify and Hulu was unanimously defeated in committee Monday. HB 2051, brought by Del. Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax, would've applied the 5 percent Communications Sales and Use Tax to "services related to the streaming of audio and visual data and prepaid calling."

VaNews January 30, 2018



HOUSE OF DELEGATES PANEL NIXES TAX ON NETFLIX, OTHER STREAMING SERVICES

By CARMEN FORMAN, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Members of a Virginia General Assembly committee pressed pause on a bill that would tax streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify. The House Finance Committee Monday unanimously opposed legislation proposed by Del. Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax

VaNews January 30, 2018



WOMEN HIT A RECORD HIGH IN VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE. CAN THEY BREAK THE BOYS’ CLUB?

By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Newly minted Del. Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) sat in the House of Delegates, nursing her 1-year-old daughter in the storied chamber long dominated by men. In the row ahead of her, fellow newcomer Del. Hala Ayala (D-Prince William) sported a purse-shaped American flag lapel pin and a bracelet honoring the Equal Rights Amendment.

VaNews January 12, 2018



LAWMAKERS EXPLORE ACCOUNTABILITY IN WAKE OF JAMYCHEAL MITCHELL'S DEATH

By K. BURNELL EVANS AND SARAH KLEINER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Lawmakers pledged Monday to close a gap in the oversight of local and regional jails laid bare by the death of 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell. Officials' failure during the past year to explain how Mitchell was allowed to waste away over 101 days at Hampton Roads Regional Jail is unacceptable, said Del. Robert Bell, R-Albemarle.

VaNews August 23, 2016



HOUSE APPROVES TAKING MONEY FROM OTHER AREAS TO FUND TRANSPORTATION

By ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The House of Delegates voted in favor of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s omnibus transportation bill Tuesday, and the Senate passed its own version that would revamp the way Virginia taxes gasoline.

VaNews February 15, 2012