Bipartisan Senate committee OKs anti-tethering bill


On a 9-5 bipartisan vote, a Senate committee Thursday endorsed a bill specifying when an animal can be tethered outside. The bill, SB 872, is the companion to HB 646, which was killed in a House subcommittee Monday. The Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee voted in favor of SB 872, sending it to the full Senate for consideration. […]

Virginia House Democratic delegates promote criminal justice reform initiatives


Democratic members of the Virginia House called on their colleagues Thursday to raise the threshold for grand larceny and allow more professionals to administer medication to someone who has overdosed on drugs. The legislators discussed proposals to reform the criminal justice system and address the opioid crisis at a news conference Thursday. Del. Joseph Lindsey of Norfolk urged support for […]

Republicans kill election-law bills proposed by Democrats


Bills that would ban political contributions from utilities like Dominion Energy, start a pilot program for voting by mail and extend polling hours were killed on party-lines votes in a House subcommittee Thursday. The Privileges and Elections subcommittee met at 7:30 a.m. to vote on 15 bills that could have affected the way future elections are run. Republican Dels. Steven […]