General Assembly

General Assembly 2015
8:14 am
Fri January 30, 2015

School Divisions Could Have Flexibility in Graduation Requirements

In Richmond, members of the General Assembly are moving forward with the plan to change high school graduation requirements. The bill is part of a larger effort to reduce the influence of standardized tests.

The House Education Committee is moving forward with a bill that would give local school divisions more flexibility in how they determine graduation requirements. The idea is to let administrators ditch standardized tests in favor of other assessments, like a science project or a research essay.

"I don't think it undermines the accountability."

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General Assembly 2015
7:59 am
Fri January 30, 2015

One Gun Control Bill Survives General Assembly Scrutiny

Virginia lawmakers have been mulling over a series of gun bills-and only one gun-control measure has survived a Senate Committee.  While the bill has lost some of its teeth, its sponsor says it nevertheless makes progress in the fight against domestic violence. 

Senator Barbara Favola's bill was originally defeated. But a Senate Committee reconsidered it and passed a watered-down version that was sent to the Finance panel.

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General Assembly
7:50 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bill Could Limit Law Enforcement Access to Data

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In Richmond, the Tea Party and the American Civil Liberties Union are joining forces to crack down on what they say are unreasonable search and seizures in the digital age. 

The bipartisan effort is attracting some high-profile support, including former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Waiving his cell phone in the air, Cuccinelli says police agencies and government bureaucrats can collect data from his phone that connects through a cell tower to the trunk of a telephone system.

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General Assembly 2015
7:57 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Party Affiliation Bill Dies in the General Assembly

Credit HuffingtonPost.com

Virginia voters’ partisan preferences will remain unknown -- if they so choose -- after a bill that would have required registration by political party narrowly dies after Senate debate.  The bill was sponsored by a Republican - and effectively killed by another Republican. 

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General Assembly 2015
8:19 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Proposed Bill would Allow VA Governors to Seek Second Term

Senator Dick Saslaw argues for the resolution.

Virginia governors would be allowed to run for a second, consecutive term of office under a constitutional amendment that has passed the state Senate.  The revision would change a tradition that has left Virginia as the sole state in the nation to forbid its governor from running for re-election.  The 24 to 15 vote for passage did not break down along party lines. 

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