Northam touts bills on voting rights, campaign financing

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam introduced two legislative proposals at a press conference Jan. 7 aimed at improving voting access and transparency in the campaign finance system. One proposal would allow Virginians to vote absentee without having to provide an excuse — legislation the governor said would reduce crowds at the polls on Election Day. The current law, which Northam called […]

Henrico Schools to host Jan. 16 job fair

Henrico Schools’ officials will host a job fair Jan. 16 at the Varina Area Library to speak with candidates for a variety of full- and part- time positions in the school system. Officials are seeking full-time and part-time bus drivers, custodial workers and school nutrition workers, along with temporary instructional assistants. Qualified bus-driver candidates will be paid as they train. […]

Richmond delegate proposes allowing tax on disposable paper, plastic bags

Local governments would be allowed to place a 5-cent tax on disposable paper and plastic bags under a bill proposed by a Richmond legislator for the 2019 Virginia General Assembly. The bill sponsored by Democratic Del. Betsy Carr, HB 1669, also would let retailers keep one cent of that tax revenue. “She received several different requests from constituents and she […]

Virginia Black Caucus unveils legislative priorities

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus on Wednesday outlined a legislative agenda that addresses education, civil rights, voting rights and criminal justice reforms. On the first day of the General Assembly’s 2019 session, the 21-member caucus declared its support for a number of policy proposals that the lawmakers said would improve the lives of underprivileged Virginians. The group’s priorities include improvements […]