Amanda Chase wore her gun to the podium and you can blow smoke all over your kids legally


  • A legislative subcommittee has killed a bill intended to shield older children from the effects of secondhand smoke. Subcommittee No. 1 of the House Courts of Justice Committee voted 5-3 to indefinitely postpone consideration of HB 2091, which sought to outlaw smoking in a motor vehicle containing minors under age 16. Currently, it’s illegal to smoke in a car if there are passengers under 8.


Virginia Senate Voted in Favor of ERA 26-14

  • Today, the full Virginia Senate chamber voted in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment 26-14.


Virginia Senate passes ERA resolution by 26-14 vote

  • Seven Republicans joined all 19 of the chamber’s Democrats in supporting the resolution sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, R-Richmond.

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Sen. Chase wears handgun to podium to present bills in committee

  • It’s not just her bills that are sparking attention. State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, generated buzz on Tuesday by presenting them while wearing her .38-caliber revolver in a custom-made holster. The first-term senator — a fan of government transparency and opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment — said she wore the gun following an incident Monday in which Capitol Police were called after immigration-rights supporters confronted Sen. Dick Black, R-Loudoun.

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'It's time to move forward': Republican Roxann Robinson partners with LGBT rights group on housing discrimination bill

  • For the last three years, the Virginia Senate has passed bills to expand protections for LGBT people. The legislation has never made it out of the House of Delegates, but advocates think this year could be different. On Tuesday, Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, joined LGBT rights group Equality Virginia at a news conference to highlight her bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in Virginia’s fair housing law.

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Immigrant Advocates Bash Bill Blocking ‘Sanctuary Cities’

  • Immigrant rights groups were outraged after a Senate committee advanced a bill to prohibit localities from restricting federal enforcement of immigration laws. The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 8-6 Monday for SB 1156, which states“No locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws.” Opponents say the measure would require local police officers to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities.

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Democrats’ Priorities: LGBT Rights, Environment, $15 Minimum Wage

  • LGBT rights legislation, environmental protection and a push for a $15 minimum wage are among the goals House Democrats have for the 2019 legislative session. Members of the House Democratic Caucus held a press conference Tuesday to outline their priorities for the session, which runs until Feb. 23.

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Bill Would Exempt Mentally Ill from Death Penalty

  • A Senate committee has agreed to advance a bill that would protect individuals with a severe mental illness from the receiving the death penalty.  On a 8-6 vote Monday, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee approved SB 1137, which states that “a defendant in a capital case who had a severe mental illness as defined in the bill, at the time of the offense is not eligible for the death penalty.”

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Amid gambling push, Pamunkey Tribe seeking immediate state approval for Norfolk casino

  • Worried about getting left behind by a high-profile push to expand gambling, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe said Tuesday it’s seeking immediate state approval for a casino in Norfolk.

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