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Almost two months into a special session that was initially expected to last two weeks, negotiators in the General Assembly have come to an agreement over the details of the state budget. Now it’s up to both chambers and the Governor to make the bill a law.

Alexandria, Va. (ABC7) — Rent is due in a few weeks, but if you are concerned you may not be able to pay, a new budget passed by the Virginia General Assembly could provide some relief.

Friday evening, the Virginia General Assembly passed a budget declaring a moratorium on evictions in the commonwealth until December 31st.

Lawmakers also took steps to help with utility payments.

It took months for state officials to begin publishing the names of nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Now, an effort to establish mandatory reporting requirements has passed both houses of the General Assembly.

Tanya and Tim Brosnan found their dream home in  Fredericksburg, Virginia, last fall, but once they moved in, they realized they couldn’t log in. Their home has no access to broadband.

“Honestly, I never even thought that would be a question I would need to ask,” Tanya Brosnan said. "It's 2020. How can I not get internet?”

Their home has no cable lines, no satellite access and no high-speed internet. They make due with hot spots and a router to boost the signal. But it doesn’t reach throughout the house, and Brosnan says it’s painfully slow.

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -One day after a House of Delegates committee failed to advance a key criminal justice reform, the measure resurfaced.

And this time, a bill that would make it easier to sue law enforcement officers for violating an individual’s rights moved closer to becoming law.

The legislation would limit the qualified immunity, the legal doctrine which currently shields officers from lawsuits.

It would create a civil action in state law for the deprivation of rights.

RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Home health personal care attendants who served in high-risk populations during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic will be receiving hazard pay.

 

According to a news release, this is coming from $73 million in CARES Act funding.

 

How Virginia spends remaining coronavirus relief funds provided through the federal CARES Act has become a point of contention between Gov. Ralph Northam and the General Assembly — now in the final stretch of finalizing a two-year budget plan amid a special session that’s lasted for nearly two months.

In the nearly 10 years since Norfolk voter registrar Stephanie Iles began working in the local elections department, she’s never been in such a crunch to get everything ready for an election with so much still uncertain.

With the election just over two months away, Virginia’s voter registrars say they already were inundated with work as they prepare to carry out changes state lawmakers approved in their regular session earlier this year. Recently, they’ve had to deal with questions surrounding the U.S. Postal Service’s ability to deliver absentee ballots.

Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration faced bipartisan criticism throughout much of the COVID-19 pandemic for its decision not to release the names of nursing homes and assisted living centers with outbreaks of the virus — largely leaving families and residents in the dark unless the facility chose to disclose the information itself.

Gov. Ralph Northam is protecting a $130 million budget increase in state and federal Medicaid funds to boost rates for organizations providing personal care and other services to elderly and disabled Virginians in communities across the state.

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