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The Virginia House of Delegates passed a constitutional amendment providing for a referendum this November on placing right to work language in the Constitution of Virginia. The bill passed on a 63-34 party-line vote.

HB 4, patroned by Delegate Dickie Bell (20th – Staunton), will place the Right to Work question on the ballot for consideration by voters in November.

A House subcommittee in Virginia’s Republican-led General Assembly on Tuesday voted to preserve lawmakers’ ability to draw the boundaries of voting districts, defying a national trend in which several states have moved to set up nonpartisan commissions to draw the lines.

Five bipartisan bills to change the redistricting process were defeated on a party-line vote in a House Privileges and Elections subcommittee, with GOP lawmakers saying the proposals were “premature.”

Northern Virginia continues to suffer unbearable traffic congestion. After decades of underinvesting during periods of extraordinary growth and despite key federal earmarks providing major project relief in the 2000s, Virginia has been unable to develop a functioning transportation network.

Former colleagues and friends are remembering Gladys Keating, who represented the Franconia area in the House of Delegates for 22 years.

Keating died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at a hospital in Wilmington, N.C., several weeks after celebrating her 91st birthday with her family.

After years living the nomadic life of a military officer’s wife, Keating became very active in the community when the family settled in Franconia in 1961. She served as president of her civic association and the PTA, and was a member of the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees.

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