Some big businesses want bigger trucks on Virginia roads. A compromise is on the table for changing what counts as a felony. Lawmakers debate whether police can learn the immigration status of a witness. A political donor tries to entice candidates to take his money instead of Dominion’s, and advocates push the limits of medical marijuana in Virginia.
Lawmakers move to protect student information, limit some suspensions, and ensure children won’t be shamed in the lunch line. Also, coal ash ponds stay open for now, and community-wide conversations on racism begin in Charlottesville.
The fiscal effect of making Medicaid recipients work for their coverage. Adjusting prosecutor’s options for dealing with underage sexting. New limits on drones. A gerrymandering solution. Confronting a troubled past and honoring pioneers at UVa.
While consensus grows on lifting a utilities rate freeze, lawmakers and activists differ on the details. Middle and high school students would learn about boundaries and privacy under a new bill. The governor and house speaker team up to reduce regulations. NPR’s TV critic Eric Deggans talks about how media divides us.
Assembly members take on the opioid epidemic. Paid Family leave struggles in Richmond. Lawmakers debate whether court fees should keep you from driving but leave women’s advocates hanging. Kessler’s attackers are sentenced. Dominion estimates the cost of upgrades.
Lawmakers in Richmond negotiate terms for expanding Medicaid while one legislator proposes an alternative. The Mountain Valley Pipe Line is put on hold over compensating landowners. Virginia signs on to a letter protesting offshore drilling. Charlottesville finally begins forming its first Citizens Police Review Board.
Lawmakers in Richmond consider Internet restrictions. Dozens of environmental bills meet their end in the Assembly, while a gun rights bill stays alive…for now. Confederate Monuments win protection and sexual harassment training for legislators gets hung up.