RICHMOND — Del. Mark D. Sickles was describing a landmark LGBT rights bill on the House floor recently when he noticed a fellow Democrat waving at him — a signal that it was time to wrap it up.
“Maybe LGBT rights are boring now,” Sickles (D-Fairfax) later quipped.
With Democrats in control of Virginia’s House, Senate and governor’s mansion for the first time in a generation, legislation that is revolutionary by Old Dominion standards has been passing rapid-fire out of both chambers — sometimes with barely a yawn.
Virginians would be able to place legal bets on professional and college sports under legislation both chambers of the General Assembly adopted on Monday.
The Senate voted 27-12 to approve Senate Bill 384, proposed by Sen. Jeremy McPike, D-Prince William. He said it would bring sports betting out of the shadows for regulation by the Virginia Lottery and allow the state to benefit from new tax revenue on the activity.
RICHMOND — Virginia legislators have been advancing a plan to transition from the federal health insurance exchange to the state’s own online marketplace as a way to save money and improve access to affordable insurance.
Legislation would establish a state-based exchange so Virginia residents who purchase individual health plans can shop for coverage. Health officials say they can run the insurance market better than the federal government and reduce premiums for residents.
HRC celebrated the passage of the Virginia Values Act through both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly, a bill that will grant non-discrimination protections to Virginians on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and several other characteristics. Similar legislation passed through the Virginia Senate several times in recent years, but was blocked by anti-equality lawmakers in the House of Delegates. In the 2019 election, voters in the commonwealth elected pro-equality majorities to both houses of the General Assembly, making this victory possible.
Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, came to Richmond for the first time 30 years ago for a gay rights lobby day. Only a handful of legislators talked to him.
“I don’t think it made a difference - at least not at that time,” said Ebbin, who became Virginia's first openly gay legislator after he was elected in 2003. “Things have changed.”
Bipartisan collaboration plays an essential role in the economic health and growth of the commonwealth and has proved critical in fueling the state’s record low unemployment rate and booming economic growth.
The price of medical care for Virginia’s 30,000 inmates now accounts for one-fifth of all operating expenses for state prisons and is driven in part by an aging inmate population, a new report says.
The cost of inmate health care grew from roughly $140 million per year to more than $230 million in the decade that ended June 30, according to figures in the “Update on Inmate Health Care” report from the staff of the Virginia House Appropriations Committee.
JAMESTOWN, Va. — The racial tension at the roots of the American experiment bubbled over Tuesday at the place where it all started, as the mere presence of President Trump turned festivities marking 400 years of representative democracy at Jamestown into a theater of protest.
Trump himself was well-behaved, sticking largely to a recitation of history and praise for the British settlers who formed a government in Jamestown on July 30, 1619. It was “the greatest accomplishment in the history of the world, and I congratulate you — it started right here,” he said.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made waves this past Sunday when he wrote a column in the Daily newspaper saying he supported the decriminalization and eventual legalization of marijuana.
Delegate Sickles recognized and memoralized Wesley Charles Lipicky, a nine year old boy killed in a tragic school accident on year ago in May 2018. Here are a series of news clips about Wesley Lipicky and the ceremonial bill signing of HB 1753 that took place on May 13, 2019. A press release with more information about the ceremonial signing can be found here.