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Latest Virginia General Assembly Items
  • Bills of note that passed in 2014 Va. session

    Notable legislation that passed the Virginia General Assembly during the 2014 legislative session:

  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe questions Education Secretary Arne Duncan during the Education and Workforce Committee session at the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    EDITORIAL: More medical waste

    The Virginia General Assembly is as paralyzed as Congress. Democrats run the state Senate and Republicans the House of Delegates, encouraging disagreements similar to those shutting down the works on Capitol Hill. Richmond's inability to act is a good thing, since it's an obstacle in the way of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's costly scheme to expand Virginia's participation in Medicaid.

  • "This was an extraordinarily close election," Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark R. Herring (above) said as his Republican rival, Mark D. Obenshain (below), seen with his wife, Suzanne, conceded the race to the Democrat in Richmond on Wednesday. Mr. Obenshain had called for a statewide recount in November after an initial count found a 165-vote margin. (associated press photographs)

    EDITORIAL: Lawlessness in Virginia

    Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly are considering whether to take a page from the Boy Scout Handbook: Be prepared. Virginia's new governor and attorney general, highly skilled partisan Democrats, signal they aren't likely to play nice.

  • Va. House, Senate stall on Hill redistricting

    The Virginia General Assembly appears at an impasse over how to redraw lines for the state's 11 congressional districts, with Republicans and Democrats unable or unwilling to compromise on competing maps.

  • General Assembly elects two justices to Virginia Supreme Court

    The Virginia General Assembly finally voted to fill two vacancies on the Virginia Supreme Court on Friday, elevating justices Elizabeth A. McClanahan and Cleo E. Powell from the Court of Appeals to the state's highest court.

Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell, Stafford Republican, says using money from the state's multibillion-dollar tobacco settlement to fund alternative-energy projects in southern Virginia makes sense. Under his plan, $100 million would be used for research and development grants.

    Virginia Assembly returns Friday to fill judicial seats

    The Virginia General Assembly returns to Richmond on Friday to fill judicial vacancies from trial courts to the state Supreme Court that have sat empty for months, but with no solution in sight to a lingering impasse over congressional redistricting.

  • **FILE** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    McDonnell wants action on judicial appointments

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday sent a letter to leaders in the Virginia General Assembly telling them to move quickly on selecting judges for state courts, including the Supreme Court, as he is prepared to do it himself should they adjourn their special redistricting.

  • LIBERALS' FOE: "I'm on dartboards all over the country," Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says. (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Stopping the government land grab

    The Virginia General Assembly last week gave its first approval to a constitutional amendment restoring the sanctity of private property in the commonwealth. The measure was made necessary by the reckless 2005 Supreme Court decision Kelo v. New London, which gave towns and cities free rein to grab land for the use and benefit of well-connected developers.

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