Senate Democrats, who will hold a slim majority in the General Assembly’s upper chamber when the 2020 session begins in January, on Wednesday elected Sen. Dick Saslaw of Fairfax County as the next majority leader and re-elected Sen. Mamie Locke of Hampton as the caucus chair.
State Sen. Mamie Locke’s life in public service began in high school, when she did something she was explicitly told not to.
She and other classmates wanted to protest the 1970 shooting involving the National Guard at Jackson State, Mississippi, that left two dead and 12 injured.
A reckless driving charge against a woman accused of hitting a state senator was dismissed Tuesday after the Hampton University police officer who took the report — who was recently fired over online postings — failed to show up in court.
Sen. Mamie Locke also was not in the Hampton General District courtroom Tuesday for the scheduled trial.
State Sen. Mamie Locke spent her birthday in the hospital after being hit by a car, according to a post on her Facebook page.
She said the last thing she remembers was crossing the street at Hampton University, where she teaches political science, before she woke up and and began talking to EMTs.
“I was hit by a car I’m told,” she wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. The post didn't say what day she was struck.
When state Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, took a military spouse’s question to the General Assembly – the question was, why couldn’t military spouses claim unemployment benefits if they had to give up a job because their partners were transferred – the first worry she had to address was whether the cost would break the bank.
A bipartisan constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering was introduced Tuesday by Republican Augusta County Sen. Emmett Hanger and Democratic Sen. Mamie Locke of Hampton City.
The amendment would take redistricting out of the hands of politicians and create Virginia's first Citizens Redistricting Commission, according to a press release from Hanger's office.
A new legislative bill would allow Hampton to assess real estate taxes on long-term leases issued by the Fort Monroe Authority to private owners — in the same way the city taxes other property owners.
The bill, filed last month by state Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, would allow the city to directly tax and bill potential long-term leaseholders on the former military post with contracts exceeding 20 years.
Gov. Ralph Northam asked General Assembly budget leaders on Thursday to produce a two-year state budget by scheduled adjournment in eight days that expands Medicaid coverage for uninsured Virginians, bolsters financial reserves and invests in such priorities as public education.
With the two chambers hundreds of millions of dollars apart, Northam acknowledged that funding of public services will depend on how the House of Delegates and Senate resolve their stalemate over Medicaid expansion and whether the state will realize an estimated $371 million in savings by accepting additional federal money for the program under the Affordable Care Act.
The House of Delegates and state Senate set themselves up Thursday for a multibillion-dollar budget battle over health insurance for low-income Virginians and hundreds of millions of dollars of other state spending.
The House of Delegates broke with four years of strong opposition to Medicaid expansion in a budget that includes a version. The vote split the once-overwhelming and unified Republican caucus into two, while Democrats united, despite some members’ earlier reservations about imposing conditions on Medicaid recipients.
The stage is set for a showdown between the House of Delegates and Senate over expansion of Virginia’s Medicaid program, but the old roles have reversed in the five-year political battle.
The House Appropriations Committee reversed course on its longstanding opposition to Medicaid expansion on Sunday by adopting a proposed budget that would accept more than $3 billion in federal funding to extend health coverage for more than 300,000 uninsured Virginians.