Government & Politics

An in-depth look at the issues and policies of our government from the local, state and national levels.

Henrico Delegate Joe Morrissey says he will not resign his seat in the General Assembly following this week’s indictment that stems from his relationship with a teenager.  He made the statement after a fellow Democrat, Delegate Mark Keam, had called on Morrissey to step down. 


While the state budget and Medicaid expansion dominated news coverage of the General Assembly this year, lawmakers also worked on a wide array of other issues. 

A young boy’s accidental death prompted a law to make celebratory gunfire that results in serious injury a felony. To deter human trafficking, pandering that involves a minor is also now a felony. And a new law by Delegate Rob Bell punishes vindictive on-line postings.

A broad bipartisan and bicameral consensus at the General Assembly may not create sensational headlines—but such agreements do occur.  In Part One of our series on new state laws that take effect this week.

Lawmakers in both parties and Governor McAuliffe made it a priority to cut the number of SOL tests and revise their focus. Early grades will now focus more on reading and math tests. Delegate Tag Greason sponsored a law to limit assessments in third through eighth grades.

VaNews for 6.30.14

Jun 30, 2014

A Virginia legislator is trying to help a long­banned crop make a comeback in the Commonwealth...and Portsmouth City Council has learned that owning goats is not so simple as it might appear to be. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

Virginia's Gun Laws

Jun 26, 2014

Virginia guns laws are despised by officials up and down the east coast who say the lose laws bleed guns onto their crime-ridden streets.