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Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to convene on April 5. The General Assembly will finalize the biennial budget which was left unfinished when they adjourned on March 12. The General Assembly will also […]

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The 2022 session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12, but failed to complete and pass the biennial budget. Gov. Glenn Youngkin is expected to call a special session to enact a budget once lawmakers have […]

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The Virginia Senate Privileges and Elections Committee has rejected a proposal to cap what are currently unlimited campaign contributions to state candidates. Senate Bill 44 would have limited the amount someone can give a candidate to $20,000 per election.

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December 20, 2021  •  

Virginia Special Election Announced

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House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn announced the special election for Virginia House District 89 will be held on January 11, 2022. The election is to fill the seat vacated by Del. Jay Jones, who is resigning to prioritize time with his […]

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Del. Jay Jones of Norfolk, Virginia announced his resignation from the General Assembly. In a public letter, Jones cited a desire to prioritize being a father and supportive husband, as he and his wife prepare to welcome their first child. […]

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November 3, 2021  •  

Winsome Sears Wins Historic Election

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Republican Winsome Sears is set to become the first female and first woman of color to serve as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor after defeating Del. Hala Ayala in the general election. Sears is also the first Black Republican woman to be […]

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November 3, 2021  •  

Youngkin Wins Gubernatorial Bid

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In a close race which garnered national attention, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin will be Virginia’s next governor after defeating Terry McAuliffe. Youngkin becomes the first Republican to win a gubernatorial bid since 2009.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has called the General Assembly to convene a special session beginning August 2. The special session will focus on judicial appointments and the allocation of over $4.3 billion in federal COVID relief funding.

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The Chesapeake City Council, on a vote of 5-4, rejected an ordinance moving mayoral, City Council, and School Board elections from even-numbered years to odd-numbered years. The ordinance was introduced in response to the passage of Virginia’s Senate Bill 1157 […]

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The Virginia General Assembly held the annual veto session on April 7. While Gov. Northam issued no vetoes to passed legislation, the reconvened session focused on the several dozen amendments recommended by Northam. Approved amendments included a contentious acceleration of […]

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 1157 into law. The controversial bill looked to shifts municipal elections from May to the November general election with new terms commencing on January 1 of the following year. This shift will […]

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March 5, 2021  •  

Virginia General Assembly Adjourns

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The Virginia General Assembly adjourned their special session on March 1. The special session focused on pandemic relief efforts and the state’s budget. Additionally, the General Assembly passed bills abolishing the death penalty, legalizing marijuana, and establishing new environmental regulations.

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In a proclamation on February 3, Gov. Ralph Northam said the Virginia General Assembly will return to work on February 10. The governor called a special session following the end of the 30-day regular session. The session is customarily extended […]

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January 12, 2021  •  

Virginia Special Election Set for March 23

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced a special election to be held on March 23 for the 38th Senate District. The seat was previously held by Sen. A. Benton Chafin, Jr. who passed away January 1.

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