Insights and in-depth coverage of the 2017 General Assembly legislative session by our student reporters at the VCU Capital News Service.
The state is planning to implement two new laws to increase driver safety. One will require motorists to have a wider field of vision, and the other will encourage health-care professionals to report motorists who have medical problems that may impair their driving.
A new state law taking effect Saturday, July 1st will help with the cleanup and maintenance of historic African American gravesites in Virginia.
If students can’t see well, they can’t learn well. So Virginia has adopted a new state law to improve student vision screenings. The law will allow schools to partner with nonprofit groups and use digital technology in testing students’ eyesight.
For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed laws to legalize the operation of autonomous vehicles. Beginning July 1st, “electric personal delivery devices” will be allowed to operate on sidewalks and other shared-use paths throughout Virginia.
With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1st, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe blasted Republican legislators Wednesday after they rejected his budget amendment to expand Medicaid in Virginia.
Legislators will return to the state Capitol on Wednesday to consider 39 bills that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed during the General Assembly’s 2017 session.
McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors, leading GOP to call him “disengaged.”
With a stroke of his pen, Governor Terry McAuliffe has cleared Keith Allen Harward to receive nearly $1.6 million from the commonwealth of Virginia for the 33 years he spent in prison for crimes he didn’t commit.
Governor Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed a bill that he said could disenfranchise qualified voters but Republican legislators said could reduce voter fraud.