Tethering bill moves forward from Senate


A bill specifying when an animal can be tethered outside passed the Senate on Wednesday with changes aimed at increasing its chances of winning approval in  the House. The bill, SB 872, is the companion legislation to HB 646, which was killed in a House subcommittee. Sen. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake, the bill’s sponsor, noted that changes had been made in […]

House panels reject LGBTQ anti-discrimination bills


Subcommittees in the House of Delegates killed several bills this week that would have expanded protections for LGBTQ Virginians in housing and the workplace. Two bills had passed the Senate late last month. Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, sponsored SB 202, which would have prohibited public employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Sen. Jennifer Wexton, D-Loudoun, […]

Bipartisan deal will raise felony theft threshold


Virginia is one of two states where people convicted of stealing items valued at $200 become felons. But a bipartisan deal to raise the threshold and improve restitution will help some people recover from an otherwise life-altering mistake, a delegate says. The agreement announced Thursday by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would increase Virginia’s felony […]