After 59 days, one day longer than this year’s regular session in January, Virginia’s General Assembly has adjourned once again. The session tackled everything from COVID-19 relief to criminal justice reform, in a gathering held almost entirely online.
State officials ordered an outside investigation into VMI following a news report that described Black cadets and alumni facing relentless racism. The Board of Visitors has pledged its full cooperation in the investigation.
A system outage that prevented voter registration on deadline line has prompted several voting rights groups to call on the courts to extend the deadline by 48. A federal lawsuit is now filed, and a court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
A Richmond grand jury is deliberating 18 sealed indictments related to actions by city police officers during the weeks of unrest in Richmond this summer, according to a statement from Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin.
Governor Ralph Northam says he continues to recover from COVID-19. In a Facebook post Monday, he said, “Over the weekend, I developed some mild cold-like symptoms, but I am feeling good and continue to do the work of the Commonwealth.”
After more than a month of deliberation and debate, House Democrats passed a budget proposal earlier this week. The $134 billion financial plan for the next two years is supplemented in part by CARES Act funding.
Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have approved a proposal to establish a statewide system that pairs teams of mental health professionals and peer recovery specialists with police officers responding to mental health crises.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia said there are 6,658 fewer students at Virginia’s public and private institutions of higher education this fall. The biggest drop was at community colleges, where enrollment fell 10%.
A city council committee in Virginia’s capital has voted against a proposal that would ban police from using crowd control tactics such as rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades and tear gas on demonstrators.
The Republican Party of Virginia says state elections officials have created confusion among voters ahead of the November election by failing to make it clear that a witness signature requirement for absentee voters has been waived.
The Virginia Department of Elections has launched a new absentee mail-in ballot tracker to allow voters to follow their ballots before receiving them, and after they’re sent back to the registrar, to make sure they're processed.
Several of Virginia’s publicly funded economic development incentive programs have limited benefit and either need to be overhauled or eliminated, according to a new report published Monday by the state’s legislative watchdog agency.
The Virginia Commission on African American History Education turned in its final recommendations on how African American history is taught in Virginia schools to Governor Ralph Northam on Thursday, Sept. 3.
An attorney representing the campaign for presidential candidate Kanye West has filed a motion asking Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring to recuse himself from representing the State Board of Elections in a ballot access lawsuit.