On the last day to work on its own bills, the State Senate has passed a number of bills that would restrict the use of cell phones while driving ... and a proposal that would change the state’s budget cycle.
Articles by Craig Carper
Senator Jim Webb has decided not to seek a second term ... and a filmmaker has brought his work to Virginia legislators to inspire them to change the way they draw electoral districts. Craig Carper reports.
The House of Delegates has passed the Governor’s 4 billion dollar transportation spending proposal. Craig Carper reports.
The House and Senate have approved the bulk of Governor McDonnell’s 4-billion dollar transportation plan, but have rejected his proposal for state workers to contribute to their pension plans. Craig Carper reports.
Governor Bob McDonnell has created an independent bipartisan advisory commission on redistricting, though some Democrats say that the group lacks the power to bring forth any meaningful redistricting reforms. Craig Carper reports.
Republican Delegate Manoli Loupassi of Richmond is introducing proposals to limit state spending, put more education dollars in the classroom, expand protections from verbal abuse, and further penalize those who elude police. Craig Carper reports.
Democratic Delegate Jennifer McClellan of Richmond again is proposing increased penalties for stalking and closing the state’s gun show loophole along with new legislation to reexamine how money is allocated to schools statewide. Craig Carper reports.
Competing bills have been introduced in the House of Delegates, asking the question whether or not openly gay men and women should be allowed to serve in the Virginia National Guard. Craig Carper reports.
Republican Delegate John O'Bannon of Henrico will offer legislation fighting childhood obesity, introducing a Tea Party license plate and supporting a measure that would let two thirds of the states repeal a federal law.
Democratic Senator Don McEachin of Richmond will be offering legislation in the upcoming session prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation for state agencies, expanding funding for legal services for the poor and giving land owners whose property is foreclosed upon the right to a day in court. Craig Carper reports.