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Sen. Bill Stanley files bill for referendum on modernization of schools
 

  • Stanley, R-Franklin, wants the question to appear on the ballot in November, which is when all 140 seats of the General Assembly are up for election. The question is whether Virginians want the General Assembly to issue $3 billion in state general obligation bonds to go toward constructing, repairing or upgrading K-12 schools.

 

Northern Virginia voters pick Democrat Jennifer Boysko as new state senator

  • Democrat Jennifer Boysko has been elected to replace new U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-10th, in the Virginia Senate.

 

Northam and GOP Legislators Announce Bipartisan Proposal for Dedicated Funding to Improve Interstate 81

  • Governor Ralph Northam today announced a legislative proposal that will fund $2.2 billion in critical improvements along the Interstate 81 (1-81) Corridor. The legislation is a result of a year-long study completed by the Commonwealth Transportation Board at the direction of the General Assembly.

Democratic Legislators on Gun Violence: ‘It’s Common Sense

  • Democratic state legislators said Monday that legislation aimed at reducing gun violence, including a proposal to fine gun owners who fail to report lost or stolen guns, are “common-sense” initiatives.



Supreme Court denies Virginia Republicans’ request to hit pause on drawing new delegate district map

  • On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Speaker of the House Kirk Cox’s request to delay the map drawing until the highest court hears arguments in the appeal of a case that began four years ago when a group of Democratic voters alleged several Virginia districts were racially gerrymandered.