Insights and in-depth coverage of the 2017 General Assembly legislative session by our student reporters at the VCU Capital News Service.
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.
Virginia will likely ease up a bit in its laws against marijuana by making it easier for epilepsy patients to obtain cannabis extract oils and by relaxing the penalty for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.
Of the 571 House bills that failed during the session, more than two-thirds were anonymously killed on voice votes in subcommittees that went unrecorded. Proponents of open government say the lack of transparency muddies the waters of Virginia’s democracy.
The Virginia General Assembly passed 880 of the 1,899 bills filed for the session that ended Saturday. Four legislators batted 1.000, passing every bill they introduced. Six lawmakers didn’t get any of their bills passed. As a whole, the General Assembly’s batting average was 0.463 (meaning 46.3% of the bills passed).
The Virginia General Assembly passed 880 bills and a myriad of resolutions ranging from major constitutional amendments to small things like the designation of Taekwondo Day this session. Here are some key issues and laws that legislators addressed in 2017.
Those renting out their homes through new “sharing economy” platforms such as Airbnb could have to pay a registration fee under a bill that passed both chambers of the General Assembly late last week.
Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed legislation Tuesday that sought to remove state and federal funding for women’s health providers such as Planned Parenthood and any other groups that perform abortions in Virginia.
College students and recent graduates had high hopes that the Virginia General Assembly would pass bills to help students refinance loans or increase oversight of lenders. But as the legislative session enters its final days, those hopes have been dashed.