General Assembly 2018

Virginia's 2018 General Assembly session is underway with a new governor, a plan for your tax dollars and a new dynamic between Republicans and Democrats.

Keep up with the action as Mallory Noe-Payne and Michael Pope report from the General Assembly from start to finish. 

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Governor Ralph Northam will be spending the next few weeks combing through more than 800 bills the General Assembly sent to his desk. And, he gets to make significant changes.

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Virginia’s Governor will call a special session so lawmakers can finish work on the state budget. They’re at an impasse over Medicaid expansion. But the disagreement isn’t between Republicans and Democrats, it’s between the House and Senate.

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Electric utility companies Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power have avoided Virginia regulators for several years, although that era may be coming to a close.

For Kathy Tran, the decision to breastfeed her daughter on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates was simple.

"I had a baby that was hungry and I needed to feed her," Tran says.

Tran is by all accounts the first Virginia state delegate to breastfeed on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates. Since taking office in January, she's been juggling daycare and feeding schedules around meetings and late-night votes. She often ducks her 13-month-old under a nursing cover and continues on with her business.


Heading into this year’s General Assembly, Democrats were hopeful they’d get major movement on the issue of gerrymandering. That’s when politicians draw district lines to favor themselves. Now, as session wraps up, there’s been little progress on the issue.