General Assembly

Planned Parenthood has been the subject of debate at Virginia’s legislature this session. Lawmakers have now passed a bill that would make the organization ineligible to receive any state dollars. 

But the measure, which drew crowds of dissenters, would actually change very little about the way Planned Parenthoods in the state are currently funded. 

Virginia Sets a Minimum Age to Marry

Mar 7, 2016

If you’re 16 or 17 in Virginia, you can marry if you have parental consent -- a girl under 16 can get married if she’s pregnant.

Now, Virginia looks set to change that. A bipartisan effort to address child marriage is now heading to the Governor’s desk. 

A bill that’s passed both chambers of Virginia’s legislature would make 16 the absolute minimum age to marry. It would also make marriages of a 16 or 17-year-old legal only if the child is emancipated by a judge. 

With just one week left in Virginia’s General Assembly, the state already has 135 new laws on the books -- and will be adding many more before it’s over.

Luckily, you’ll easily be able to browse all of Virginia’s laws on it’s legal website, which is considered one of the best in the country. 

Virginia likely has many laws you agree with, and many you probably don’t, but there’s one thing you can’t argue about.

Virginia Could Warn Parents About Sexually Explicit Books

Mar 2, 2016

Virginia is poised to become the first state that would allow parents a say in what books their children can and cannot read in public school, if it contains sexually explicit material. The bill, which has passed both houses, would require teachers to list anything in the curriculum that may be sensitive and give parents the choice to opt their children out. 

Why Some Don't Want Airbnb Legal in Virginia, Yet

Feb 24, 2016

If you’re planning a trip, you might book a hotel. But increasingly people are turning to websites like Airbnb, where homeowners rent out a room or house directly to travelers. 

In Virginia, there are more than 3,500 listings to choose from. The problem? Many are actually illegal. Now, state lawmakers are considering stepping in and changing that.