The General Assembly left town Saturday without a budget, but it will be back soon, Gov. Ralph Northam promised.
Unable to agree even on a resolution to ask the governor to convene a special session — much less whether to expand Virginia’s Medicaid program — the House of Delegates and Senate left it to the governor to set the date and terms for their return to finish work on budgets for the current fiscal year and upcoming biennium.
“I haven’t decided a specific date,” Northam said, “but it will be sooner than later.
The Virginia General Assembly agreed Saturday to give Metro $154 million a year in permanent, new funding, on the condition that Maryland and the District make somewhat larger contributions to provide the transit system with a total of up to $500 million more annually.
The action in Richmond marked what appeared to be a historic step in securing for Metro a significant source of dedicated revenue that it has lacked since the subway opened in 1976.
Sullivan Calls on Republicans to Treat Gun Violence Crisis with Same Urgency as Animal Shelter Use of Schedule VI Biological ProductsMarch 8, 2018Press Release
SULLIVAN CALLS ON REPUBLICANS TO TREAT GUN VIOLENCE CRISIS WITH SAME URGENCY AS ANIMAL SHELTER USE OF SCHEDULE VI BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS
The General Assembly has approved a resolution honoring Reuse and Replay, a charitable organization founded in Arlington that has worked to donate used but usable sports equipment to those in need across the commonwealth and around the globe.
The initiative was founded in 2016 by Yorktown High School student Mia Lee, and has expanded to other schools across Arlington.
The nation’s reaction to Parkland feels different. The ground is shaking. High school students are organizing walk-outs, companies are dropping affiliations with the NRA, and even Republican lawmakers in other states and in Washington are making strides to advance, or at least discuss, gun safety legislation.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — On Thursday, Virginia House Democrats renewed their call for gun reform.
At a news conference at the State Capitol, they challenged Republican leadership to revive gun safety bills that were killed earlier in the General Assembly session.
They included measures like banning bump stocks and prohibiting people under 21 years of age from purchasing semi-automatic rifles.
The push comes just about two weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people died after a teenager opened fire.
Following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida last month Democrats in the House of Delegates are asking Speaker of the House Kirk Cox to resurrect several pieces of gun control legislation that were defeated earlier this year.
This year Democrats introduced bills to implement universal background checks, ban bump stocks and prohibit the sale of assault weapons to people under 21.
Lawmakers in Richmond are getting ready to wrap up the General Assembly session and head home without taking any action on gun control.
What happens when a troubled person is raising red flags to family members and friends? In some states, they can go to police and get a risk warrant so law enforcement officials can confiscate their guns. Not in Virginia. Delegate Rip Sullivan, a Democrat from Arlington, introduced a bill that would have created risk warrants in Virginia. But it went nowhere.
RICHMOND — 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.