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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Combat Student Debt

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing legislation to help Virginians refinance their student debt and give new borrowers better information about the terms of their loans.

There’s over $1.3 trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt nationally and Democratic Delegate Marcus Simon of Fairfax, says it’s starting to cripple the economy as people in their 20’s and 30’s wait longer to form households.

Efforts to Decriminalize Adultery Fail Again In General Assembly Committee

Efforts to decriminalize adultery in Virginia have failed again. Legislation that would have changed adultery from a criminal to a civil offense was killed after minimal debate in a Senate committee yesterday (1/18).

The law is hardly ever enforced, but complicates divorce proceedings because spouses can invoke their Fifth Amendment shield against self-incrimination in a criminal case, and without an admission, adultery can be hard to prove.

Hundreds Rally at the State Capitol on Both Sides of the Gun Debate

Hundreds off from work today (1/18) came to Capitol Square to lobby their lawmakers and protest, some for expanded gun rights, others for more gun control.

Speaking at a rally organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Republican Delegate Rob Bell of Albemarle attacked Attorney General Mark Herring’s administrative action banning concealed handgun reciprocity.

Speaking to a rally later in the day for gun violence prevention, Attorney General Herring said Virginia is not doing nearly enough to prevent gun violence.

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