General Assembly

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. 

Drawing up the state budget happens every two years, and the process is plugging along now at the capitol. The Governor has made his suggestions, and this weekend Virginia’s House and Senate issued theirs.  Now it’s on to wrangling out the details.

With three weeks left to finalize the specifics -- lawmakers, lobbyists, and the Governor will be scrutinizing all three proposals to figure out how best to use taxpayer dollars over the next two years. We take a look at what still needs to be pinned down.

• Who Gets A Raise, When

Medication is exempt from sales tax in Virginia, and one other category could be included in that group if the legislature approves.  Lawmakers are considering a bill to stop taxing feminine hygiene products.

Delegate Mark Keam of Vienna says a female staffer convinced him that the legislature needed to look at a new category of products that women of child-bearing age buy – tampons and sanitary napkins.