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.

Steve Helber / AP

 

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. 

Steve Helber / AP

 

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.

Redistricting Reform Dead for Now

Feb 14, 2017
Steve Helber / AP

Attempts to change how Virginia lawmakers draw political boundaries died today in the House of Delegates. Advocates of reforming the system watched on this morning in Richmond, as the final three bills to prevent gerrymandering were voted on in a subcommittee.

Steve Helber / AP

Republican leaders in the House of Delegates have an overwhelming majority — about two thirds of the members. But as Michael Pope reports from the Capitol, that doesn’t always mean that they get their way.

State Republicans Look to Limit Governor's Power

Feb 10, 2017
Steve Helber / AP

Republicans in Richmond are trying to crack down on what they call regulation gone wild. 

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