House Democrats say its time to bring back some of the gun bills Republicans defeated early in the session in light of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting and the momentum of support for gun control.
Nearly 35 bills addressing guns were killed in the first weeks of the General Assembly, just months after a shooting in Las Vegas killed 50 people, but weeks before the latest school shooting.
Democrats in Virginia’s House of Delegates invoked the recent school shooting in Florida to demand that Republicans revive gun-control measures that died in committee this year. But GOP leaders said it is too late in the legislative session to act.
Guns have been the one area that has resisted all compromise in a General Assembly session otherwise marked by bipartisan dealmaking. A host of bills, many of them favored by Gov. Ralph Northam (D), have disappeared in committees in the House and Senate.
As Republicans in Florida and elsewhere warm up to the idea of using court warrants to take guns away from people who may pose a threat, Virginia Democrats are calling on the Republican-controlled House of Delegates to reconsider a similar bill that never got a hearing.
A bill that would allow people wrongfully convicted by faulty forensic science to challenge their convictions in court was carried over until next year by a subcommittee of the Virginia House of Delegates on Monday.
“It’s a good idea, but it needs some work,” said state Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, without further discussion.
Virginia's 140 lawmakers, like local and many other government officials, must file an annual form that discloses their economic interests....The deadline for lawmakers to file their new annual form was Feb 1. But there's a glitch: The public can't get the forms until a few days after the lawmakers are scheduled to leave Richmond, March 10, the last day of the General Assembly session.
If you get pulled over for going more than 80 mph in Virginia, you could be slapped with a criminal record for reckless driving – a class 1 misdemeanor carrying up to a year in jail or up to a $2,500 fine.
It's one of the odd quirks about the state's driving laws, which says reckless driving is 20 mph over the speed limit.
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.
Let’s check in with the four new delegates from Hampton Roads just over halfway through their first session.
Many of them expressed awe at the office and the historic Capitol designed by Jefferson and the little stuff – like the official stationary.
They also said it was a lot harder to pass bills than they thought. They submitted 42 bills, and 11 of them have passed the House.
Though the House Appropriations Committee approved a budget bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program, most Valley Republicans are still adamantly opposed to the idea.
On Sunday, the committee voted 20-2 on its budget bill, which included Medicaid expansion, work and copay requirements for recipients. Such stipulations would need federal approval.
While much of the legislative session has focused on Medicaid expansion and infrastructure improvements, six Valley lawmakers introduced more than 100 other bills.
Feb. 13 marked the session’s halfway point, when bills had to advance into the other chamber to remain viable.