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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The gallery of Virginia’s State Senate was filled with supporters of Medicaid expansion Wednesday as lawmaker gaveled in for a special session.

 

State legislators will be working on the budget, as well as deciding whether to expand health insurance to the poor. The final decision on could still be weeks away, but advocates still made an effort to have their voices heard.

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Virginia is one step closer to expanding Medicaid Friday, after a couple key Republican Senators broke rank and announced support for the health insurance program.

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Money from gambling may be making its way into the classrooms. Or maybe not.

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At Virginia Commonwealth University, a group of students earning their master's in education have already spent a busy day student teaching. This evening they’re in a class of their own, practicing new lesson plans.

 

Chris Dematteo and Oonagh Krebs will both graduate this May. They’re not teachers yet, but they’ve already experienced some stigma against the profession.

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Local governments are pressing the governor’s office to make significant changes to a bill governing where and when cell towers can be constructed.

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