Mid-session update: what’s still alive and what’s dead (or on the way there)

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A roundup of the major issues pending in Virginia’s 2023 General Assembly session

Virginia lawmakers aren’t agreeing on much these days, but 93 of 100 members of the House of Delegates could at least find common ground on which Virginia pony is the best pony. “It is time the Commonwealth pony up, and give Chincoteague heritage the recognition it deserves,” Del. Rob Bloxom, R-Accomack, said last week. He got most of his colleagues […]

Anti-trans bills cause harm, fear even if they fail, advocates say

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Anti-transgender legislation is on the rise nationwide and in Virginia. Even if proposed legislation fails, the vitriol that makes headlines impacts LGBTQ communities, advocates say. Legislation considered anti trans usually falls under efforts that introduce discrimination or fail to create inclusive and affirming protections for people who are transgender. Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, posted a Twitter thread ahead of […]

House committee approves seven Senate bills after crossover

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During the first post-crossover meeting of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, the committee voted to report seven Senate bills with uncontested House companion legislation. Of the seven, only two were not reported unanimously: SB1116 and SB1438. SB1116, presented by Sen. Travis Hackworth, R-Tazewell, provides that the Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority has the power and […]

‘A problem for all of us’

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Report spotlights housing challenges in Henrico, Richmond region

Renters in Henrico County have few viable pathways to become homeowners in the county, because their average annual income levels are about $12,000 below than what is necessary to purchase the average-priced Henrico home, according to a recent study from the Partnership for Housing Affordability. And, the study found, the gap between the household income levels of homeowners and renters […]

Restaurant Watch

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JAN. 18 Zorba’s Greek-Italian Cuisine, 9068 West Broad Street – The following violations were reported during a routine inspection: food bits found inside hand sink near cook line and ice cubes found inside hand sink at service station in kitchen (hand sinks are for handwashing only); observed four dented cans in dry storage; raw calamari incorrectly stored over fries in […]

Pappy’s back; Virginia ABC lotteries begin Feb. 15

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The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority recently announced that lotteries for the popular collectible Pappy Van Winkle line of products are back for the seventh year.  Several products from the Van Winkle line will be available for the opportunity to purchase through ABC’s online lotteries in February and March.  The whiskey, often dubbed the hardest-to-find spirit due to its low […]

Henrico News Minute – Feb. 9, 2023

Henrico officials will begin a comprehensive transportation safety planning process; two new ways you can provide input during the county’s Comprehensive Plan update; find out more about the pets up for adoption at the Henrico County Animal Shelter this week; the Dorey Park Farmers Market is accepting applications for its 2023 season; advice about how to spruce up your home […]