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A Virginia Senate committee rejected legislation Monday that would have expanded background checks at gun shows after an attempted compromise between gun-control supporters and opponents pleased neither side.
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation-funding package won a Senate committee’s endorsement Thursday despite the reservations of some of his fellow Republicans and outright opposition from Democrats.
Virginia budget negotiators have agreed on a new two-year, $85 billion spending plan, but the Senate's leading Democrat said Thursday his party would not deliver the necessary votes to pass it.
Virginia's two-year, $85 billion spending plan is finally in a conference committee, but funding for the Dulles Metrorail is emerging as a key sticking point that could drag out the already-extended session even further.
Virginia Republicans were hopeful that a weekend away from Richmond would help thaw a stalemate over the state's proposed two-year, $85 billion spending plan. But the weekend arrests of more than 30 activists protesting anti-abortion legislation has only fueled the partisan flames that have engulfed the Capitol.
The Virginia Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will require women to undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion, after a torturous process through the legislature that saw Gov. Bob McDonnell broker a compromise on the high-profile measure.
The Virginia Senate Finance committee Tuesday morning killed a bill that would repeal state funding for low-income women to have abortions if a doctor determines their child will be born with a physical deformity or mental deficiency.
After Virginia's Senate Education and Health Committee passed a bill requiring women to undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion, Sen. Janet D. Howell went back to her hotel room, admittedly angry.
The Virginia Senate on Wednesday approved a bill requiring women to undergo ultrasound imaging before they have an abortion - the most aggressive measure on reproductive rights that has cleared the upper chamber thus far in the 2012 session.