2017 General Assembly Coverage

The 2017 General Assembly session began in Richmond on January 11th and will adjourn on February 25th. It will be Governor Terry McAuliffe's last session as governor of Virginia.

Republicans hold control of both the House of Delegates and the Senate, which means support for McAuliffe's proposals are up in the air. 

Some parts of the governor’s agenda, though, have already gained bipartisan support. Like expanding mental health screening to keep people with behavioral disorders out of jails. Or criminal justice reforms, like increasing the dollar amount of what qualifies as a grand larceny. Other parts of the agenda are sure to cause conflict. 

Keep up with all RADIO IQ/Virginia Public Radio reporting from the General Assembly here.

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Virginia’s governor is expected to sign a handful of marijuana related bills that survived this year’s General Assembly. Mallory Noe-Payne has a look at what might change.

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Lawmakers are back in their districts this morning after a breakneck General Assembly session in Richmond. What did they accomplish? Michael Pope takes this look at the 2017 session.

State Lawmakers Unite to Address Opioid Abuse

Feb 24, 2017
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During this year’s General Assembly session, lawmakers fought bitterly over several controversial issues — things like restoring voting rights to former felons or the availability of abortion services. But one issue had lawmakers from both parties working together with the governor: Virginia’s opioid problem. 

Final Week at the General Assembly: Gearing Up for Election 2017

Feb 23, 2017
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Lawmakers in Richmond are about to put the finishing touches on a lightning-fast General Assembly session, seeming a bit like it's over before it really began. RadioIQ host spoke with reporter Michael Pope to break it all down.

Another Year, Same Results at the General Assembly

Feb 23, 2017
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In Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe is breaking out the veto pen — killing many of the same bills he vetoed last year and the year before that. Michael Pope has this look at Groundhog Day at the General Assembly.