General Assembly

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Many of Virginia’s lawmakers own significant stock in some of the companies that do business with the state including Dominion Power and Altria.

Even as former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell waits for the Supreme Court to hear his appeal in a bribery conviction, lawmakers in Richmond are trying to chip away at new ethics rules created in the wake of that scandal. But current Governor Terry McAuliffe is proposing amendments.

Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Book Bill

Apr 5, 2016
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is vetoing a controversial measure that would have required schools to notify parents when teachers planned to use “sexually explicit materials." It’s an effort that began when a Fairfax County parent got upset because her child was reading Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-prize winning Beloved.

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California made headlines this week as lawmakers there announced a deal to slowly raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

But here in Virginia, that number is still $7.25, tied to the federal level -- and that's not likely to change anytime soon.

Virginia’s House and Senate have agreed on a budget that increases state dollars for education, but critics say rich schools will do better than poor ones under the current funding formula, and we’ll still be far behind where we were when the recession hit.  

Since 2009, Virginia has cut about $800 million a year in funding for public schools. Now, lawmakers have agreed to restore some of that money - about $856 million over two years.