Virginia lawmakers pass bill allowing ‘happy hour’ ads

Virginia bar patrons might soon see a slew of new advertisements from their favorite hangouts — ads that include prices for happy hour specials. Legislation moving through this year’s General Assembly would allow restaurants and bars to include drink prices in their happy hour advertisements. Currently, restaurants and bars can advertise in a number of ways that they have a […]

Restaurant Watch

Following are routine and complaint inspection reports for Henrico County food establishments inspected recently by the Henrico Health Department, according to Virginia Department of Health guidelines. Deficiencies are noted as “priority” or “priority foundation” (posing a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served) or “core” (representing a failure of cleaning or maintenance). Inspections represent only […]

Virginia legislature makes moves to keep tuition down

Virginia’s General Assembly hopes to address rising college tuition costs by offering public universities incentives to cap tuition rates and ensuring that the public can comment on proposed tuition increases. State budget amendments proposed by the House Appropriations Committee include an additional $45 million in funding for universities that decide not to raise tuition. Under the proposal, each university that […]

House approves bill for tougher penalties for child prostitution cases

A bill that would set harsher penalties for prostitution-related crimes involving minors unanimously passed the House. Del. Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax, introduced the bill, HB 2087, which would upgrade crimes currently classified as Class 1 to Class 6 felonies if those crimes include minors. The crimes include using vehicles to promote prostitution and aiding prostitution, as well as visiting, keeping or […]

House kills measure to discuss obstacles to teaching careers

The House voted to kill a resolution that supporters said would have helped Virginia’s teacher shortage by instructing the Department of Education to study teaching requirements. HJ 654, proposed by Del. Lamont Bagby, D-Henrico, specifically addressed obstacles standing in the way of prospective minority teachers. “This issue is something I have been hoping to address for a long time,” he […]

Business in brief

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a joint resolution last week that would designate the first full week in March each year as Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents Week beginning in 2019. HJ 703, introduced by Del. Buddy Fowler (R-Ashland), recognizes the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia and its network of more than 4,000 Trusted Choice independent agents for their […]