Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, has claimed victory in the race for the 27th House District against two-time challenger Larry Barnett, a Democrat.
Robinson’s victory gives House Republicans one more seat in the lower chamber, where they’ve lost their majority and now hold 44 seats to Democrats’ 54. Two races remain unresolved.
Democrat Larry Barnett began the year almost $94,000 behind Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, in raising money for a rematch to determine who will represent the 27th House District in the next General Assembly.
By the end of August, Barnett had almost $87,000 more in the bank than Robinson, a nine-year incumbent
A Republican lawmaker from the Richmond suburbs is sponsoring a bill to protect gay and transgender Virginians from discrimination in housing — legislation that appears to have support for the first time from some conservative Republicans.
“We don’t live in 1980 anymore, and it’s time for us to get past this and not discriminate against a community when most people don’t have a problem with this community,” said Del. Roxann L. Robinson (R-Chesterfield)
Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, says it is time to ban discrimination against gay and transgender Virginians in housing — and that she’s far from the only Virginia Republican to feel that way.
An effort last year by Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, died in a House General Laws subcommittee. Interestingly, this year, Robinson’s bill is headed to the Rules Committee. That’s where Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, likes to send major legislation that requires thoughtful consideration, as a kind of first stop.
For the last three years, the Virginia Senate has passed bills to expand protections for LGBT people. The legislation has never made it out of the House of Delegates, but advocates think this year could be different.
Most Virginia nurse practitioners could gain the autonomy to practice without a physician's oversight if Gov. Ralph Northam signs a bill the General Assembly passed with near-unanimous support.
The measure would allow most types of nurse practitioners with five years of full-time clinical experience to earn approval to practice without maintaining a contract with a physician who oversees them. Northam, who must act by April 9, is evaluating the bill, according to his office.
The Virginia General Assembly will reconvene next month to carve out a budget, an act that will have major impact on education in the state.
The House of Delegates version of the budget, which includes Medicaid expansion, allocates more state funding per student than the Senate’s, with a salary increase taking effect July 1, 2019. Teachers in Virginia continue to make below the national average of teacher salaries.
Legislation allowing all Virginia school districts to start classes before Labor Day is dead for this session of the General Assembly.
A Senate committee on Thursday postponed until 2019 consideration of the remaining two bills that would have given local school boards the power to decide when to begin classes.
You won’t be seeing commercial advertising on school buses next year.
A Senate committee on Thursday punted on a bill that would allow state school systems to sell commercial advertising on their buses as schools continue to struggle with funding. The bill had passed the House of Delegates, but was continued to the 2019 General Assembly session in an 11-4 vote.
The House of Delegates on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give unusual tax breaks to companies that bring jobs to hard-hit Virginia communities.
House Bill 222, sponsored by Del. James Morefield, R-Tazewell, would exempt from state income taxes for 10 years the employees of a business that locates in specified economically disadvantaged localities.