Tommie McNeil is a State Capitol reporter who has been covering Virginia and Virginia politics for more than a decade. He originally hails from Maryland, and also doubles as the evening anchor for 1140 WRVA in Richmond.
Virginia voters’ partisan preferences will remain unknown -- if they so choose -- after a bill that would have required registration by political party narrowly dies after Senate debate. The bill was sponsored by a Republican - and effectively killed by another Republican.
It's a marijuana decriminalization bill - NOT a marijuana legalization bill - that a Northern Virginia lawmaker is fighting for during this General Assembly session. Senator Adam Ebbin contends that there's a significant difference, and the legislation is necessary in order to stop making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens.
Ebbin says many states have already recognized that criminalization of "a plant" in America has failed, and it's time Virginia recognizes that as well.
Virginia lawmakers say while they ARE crafting more laws to nab sex traffickers, the perpetrators they label as "evil" are getting more aggressive and elusive—which is why it's time to create one standalone statute to be able to prosecute the traffickers.
There's a new coalition in town, and it aims to police the General Assembly and its policies so that citizens are always in the know. “Transparency Virginia” introduced itself to the public this week, and says it has a non-confrontational yet aggressive agenda to promote best practices in public accountability.
Virginia Coalition for Open Government's Megan Rhyne says the legislative process isn't as open to the public as it should be. It's why Transparency Virginia was formed and will focus on three areas this year.
Virginia's school superintendents are applauding the General Assembly’s recent efforts to reduce the number of standardized SOL tests administered to students from 34 to 27. But they also say that more reforms are needed moving forward—and they’ve outlined them in a new Blueprint for the Future of Education.