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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Lawmakers started the session with a resolve to do something about the problem of mental illness in Virginia jails, an effort that has urgency this year because of a tragic death that happened last year. But as Michael Pope reports, now lawmakers are saying they can’t find the money to change the system.

 

Week Five at the General Assembly: Approaching the End

Feb 17, 2017
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Each week during Virginia's General Assembly we get a quick debrief on the action from reporter Michael Pope. This week was as busy one, as this year's session nears its end. 

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Lawmakers in Richmond are not moving forward with an effort to expand the number of psychiatric beds in Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

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Lawmakers in Richmond are considering an effort to increase transparency of internet providers. As Michael Pope reports, the effort is what’s left of a bill that would have cracked down on the ability of local governments to provide wireless access. 

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It’s been more than two years since former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted of corruption, but lawmakers are still reacting to the scandal.

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