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VaNews for 2019 House of Delegates - District 81 - Regular General

Bill defining milk advances in Virginia legislature

By WILL GONZALEZ, VCU Capital News Service

As people drink less dairy milk and some turn to plant-based alternatives such as oat, soy and almond milk, dairy farmers say they’re struggling. That’s why Virginia is the latest state to advance legislation restricting the use of the word milk for marketing purposes. Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, introduced House Bill 119, which defines milk as the lacteal secretion “obtained by the complete milking of a healthy hooved animal.”

VaNews January 23, 2020

Proposed legislation to impact watermen, farmers, gun owners

By MEGAN SCHIFFRES, Rappahannock Record (Paywall)

The Virginia General Assembly convened its 2020 session January 8 and began the process of considering over 1,000 bills and resolutions that were filed before the session began. ... House Bill 79 and Senate Bill 157, introduced by Del. Barry Knight and Sen. Bill DeSteph of Virginia Beach, propose to adopt regulations on the management of Atlantic menhaden fisheries order to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan.

VaNews January 10, 2020

To combat smuggling, Virginia Beach lawmaker wants to ban drones near jails and prisons

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Saying he wants to fix a void in the law, a Virginia delegate who spends a lot of time in the air wants to stop drones — some of which carry drugs or other contraband — from flying near jails and prisons. Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, is a helicopter pilot who flies several times a week and said he is concerned about drones.

VaNews December 27, 2019

Questions raised about political advocacy by group claiming to represent educators

By JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE, Princess Anne Independent News

Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove from his home in rural Virginia Beach to the Capps Shop Precinct at Back Bay Christian Assembly. The delegate spotted a sign with his name on it outside the polling location. There was a list of candidates, generally on the conservative side, endorsed by an unknown group called the Virginia Beach Teachers’ Association. Illustrated by a bespectacled owl, the sign urged voters to “make the wise choice.”

VaNews November 28, 2019

Reliably Republican for years, a Chesapeake and Virginia Beach House seat could now be in play

By RYAN MURPHY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

What’s long been a reliably Republican Virginia House seat representing parts of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach is suddenly in play this election, after redrawn lines have left the 81st District split dead-even between voters on either side of the aisle. Barry Knight, a Virginia Beach farmer and Republican who has represented the district since winning a special election in 2009, aims to beat back a challenge from Democratic newcomer Len Myers, a first-time candidate and consumer rights lawyer from Chesapeake.

VaNews October 24, 2019

Virginia Republicans push aid for Virginia Beach

By TYLER ARNOLD, Inside NOVA (Metered Paywall)

Virginia Republicans announced Wednesday that they will seek to advance a package of bills to provide aid to Virginia Beach and the victims of the mass shooting that occurred there in May. “The Beach is hurting, and I will do everything in my power to see that the victims, their families, and the city get the help they need,” Del. Barry Knight, R- Virginia Beach, said about his home district in a news release.

VaNews July 11, 2019

Special session on guns could test Virginia Beach delegation


The day of the municipal building mass shooting, Republican Del. Barry Knight, who grew up in Virginia Beach and currently represents part of the city, was at a friend’s memorial service when the city manager contacted him to tell him six people had been killed. By the end of the shooter’s rampage, 13 would be dead, including the gunman, and four more hospitalized.

VaNews June 10, 2019

Could changes be coming to Virginia’s alcohol laws?


For years, restaurant owners have struggled through the tangled bureaucracy of getting and keeping state permission to serve liquor. Virginia’s alcohol control laws — from its decision to keep retail liquor sales under the state’s purview and the liquor ratio rule that effectively bans bars — are relics of the post-Prohibition era.

VaNews January 4, 2019