April 8, 2020 •

Virginia Governor Requesting Delay of May Municipal Elections

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Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the June 9 primary election will be postponed until June 23 due to concerns about COVID-19. Northam has also requested the General Assembly postpone the May 5 municipal elections to coincide with the November 3 […]

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the June 9 primary election will be postponed until June 23 due to concerns about COVID-19.

Northam has also requested the General Assembly postpone the May 5 municipal elections to coincide with the November 3 general election.

The General Assembly would need to reconvene to approve such a postponement.

The postponement may also extend current local official terms of office to facilitate the election of their successors.

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March 13, 2020 •

Telework Policies and Travel Ban for Virginia Employees

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On March 12, Gov. Ralph Northam announced a ban on all official out-of-state travel for state employees for at least the next 30 days. Northam has also ordered an implementation of telework policies for state employees.

On March 12, Gov. Ralph Northam announced a ban on all official out-of-state travel for state employees for at least the next 30 days.

Northam has also ordered an implementation of telework policies for state employees.

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March 13, 2020 •

Virginia General Assembly Adjourns 2020 Session

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The 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12. The assembly completed the final actions for the session, including approval of the budget bill. Legislators will reconvene on April 22 for the annual one-day veto […]

The 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12.

The assembly completed the final actions for the session, including approval of the budget bill.

Legislators will reconvene on April 22 for the annual one-day veto session.

Under consideration are Gov. Ralph Northam’s vetoes and recommended amendments on any bills still pending.

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November 11, 2019 •

Virginia Democratic Controlled Legislature to Reintroduce Gun Control Legislation in 2020

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The Virginia State Crime Commission cancelled their planned November 12 meeting regarding gun control. The meeting was scheduled to discuss eight bills proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam during the July special session. Republican Majority Leader Todd Gilbert also stated the […]

The Virginia State Crime Commission cancelled their planned November 12 meeting regarding gun control.

The meeting was scheduled to discuss eight bills proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam during the July special session.

Republican Majority Leader Todd Gilbert also stated the November 18 reconvened special session will become pro forma and lawmakers will not have to report to the General Assembly.

With the Democrats controlling the Legislature, lawmakers are expected to reintroduce the gun control issue in the upcoming January session.

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November 6, 2019 •

Virginia Democrats Win A Majority In General Assembly

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Democrats won a majority of seats in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly on November 5. Democrats gained six seats in the House of Delegates and two in the Senate. This will be the first majority for Democrats in […]

Democrats won a majority of seats in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly on November 5.

Democrats gained six seats in the House of Delegates and two in the Senate.

This will be the first majority for Democrats in over 25 years.

With Gov. Ralph Northam serving as governor, Virginia Democrats form a state government trifecta.

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July 9, 2019 •

Virginia Special Session Adjourns Until After November Elections

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The Virginia General Assembly convened and adjourned a special session. The session was called to consider stricter gun legislation in response to the Virginia Beach shootings on May 31. For the special session, Gov. Northam proposed eight bills. The Governors […]

The Virginia General Assembly convened and adjourned a special session.

The session was called to consider stricter gun legislation in response to the Virginia Beach shootings on May 31.

For the special session, Gov. Northam proposed eight bills.

The Governors bills included background checks on all firearm sales, a ban on dangerous weapons, and allowing only one handgun purchase a month.

Assembly leaders referred all of the governor’s bills to the state Crime Commission for a full review.

The General Assembly will reconvene November 18 to vote on the proposed bills.

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May 20, 2019 •

Richmond City Council Passes Revolving Door Ordinance

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The Richmond City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 2019-115 prohibiting lobbying after employment. Ordinance No. 2019-115 defines “officer or employee” as members of the city council, city officers and employees, and individuals who receive monetary compensation for service on or […]

The Richmond City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 2019-115 prohibiting lobbying after employment.

Ordinance No. 2019-115 defines “officer or employee” as members of the city council, city officers and employees, and individuals who receive monetary compensation for service on or employment by agencies, boards, authorities, sanitary districts, commissions, committees, and task forces appointed by the city council.

Former officers and employees may not represent a client for compensation for one year following their term in office.

Matters of any nature involving any agency, department, or an office of the city government the former officer or employee served immediately prior to the termination of employment or service are prohibited.

The revolving door ordinance is effective July 1.

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February 25, 2019 •

VA Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 24. During the 47-day session, lawmakers failed to pass bills creating campaign contribution limits for candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or state legislators. A gift notification is due three […]

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 24.

During the 47-day session, lawmakers failed to pass bills creating campaign contribution limits for candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or state legislators.

A gift notification is due three weeks after the adjournment of the regular legislative session and will be due March 17.

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November 16, 2018 •

VA Special Election for State Senate District 33

Loudoun County officials announced a special election for the 33rd state Senate District seat on January 8, 2019. Candidates have until November 19 to file for the seat, but Democrats and Republicans will meet this weekend to vote for their […]

Loudoun County officials announced a special election for the 33rd state Senate District seat on January 8, 2019.

Candidates have until November 19 to file for the seat, but Democrats and Republicans will meet this weekend to vote for their nominees.

The seat was vacated by Congresswoman-elect Jennifer Wexton who was elected in the general election to represent Virginia’s 10th District.

The winner of the special election will complete Wexton’s term until December 31, 2019.

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November 12, 2018 •

VA Speaker Calls Special Election for District 24

Speaker Kirk Cox formally calls a special election to fill House District 24 on December 18. The House of Delegates seat must be filled before the 2019 legislative session begins in January. Del. Ben Cline vacated the 24th District seat […]

Speaker Kirk Cox formally calls a special election to fill House District 24 on December 18. The House of Delegates seat must be filled before the 2019 legislative session begins in January. Del. Ben Cline vacated the 24th District seat after winning the election for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in the November general election.

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November 7, 2018 •

Republican VA. Rep. Dave Brat Loses Seat to Abigail Spanberger

In an election upset, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Brat lost his House seat to Abigail Spanberger. Spanberger, who has never held public office, is a former CIA officer and Federal Postal Inspector. A Democrat, Spanberger won the election in […]

In an election upset, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Brat lost his House seat to Abigail Spanberger.

Spanberger, who has never held public office, is a former CIA officer and Federal Postal Inspector.

A Democrat, Spanberger won the election in a newly court-drawn congressional district now including areas considered stronger for the Democrats, such as Richmond, Virginia.

Brat has held the House seat for two terms, having beaten House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014.

Spanberger’s election victory yesterday in Virginia helped the Democrats gain control of the U.S. House.

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October 23, 2018 •

Expert to Redraw VA District Maps

Federal judges have appointed a University of California political science professor, Bernard Grofman, to redraw House of Delegates congressional maps. In June, the court ordered lawmakers to redraw lines to address racial gerrymandering by the end of October. The General […]

Federal judges have appointed a University of California political science professor, Bernard Grofman, to redraw House of Delegates congressional maps.

In June, the court ordered lawmakers to redraw lines to address racial gerrymandering by the end of October.

The General Assembly was not able to agree on a legislative solution and Gov. Northam promised to veto any redistricting bills sent to his desk.

The court will hold another conference to schedule the process but has indicated a new map will be enacted by March 28, 2019.

Pictured: University of California professor Bernard Grofman

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October 8, 2018 •

VA Lawmakers Cancel Redistricting Session

Lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates have canceled a redistricting session scheduled for October 21. Gov. Ralph Northam has previously stated his intentions to veto the current redistricting proposal, House Bill 7003, if the bill reaches his desk. Without […]

Lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates have canceled a redistricting session scheduled for October 21.

Gov. Ralph Northam has previously stated his intentions to veto the current redistricting proposal, House Bill 7003, if the bill reaches his desk.

Without a legislative solution, the redistricting of House districts will be handled by a court appointed independent party.

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August 20, 2018 •

Virginia Governor Calls Special Session to Redraw Districts

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a proclamation calling Virginia lawmakers into a special session on August 30. The purpose of the special session is to redraw districts of the House of Delegates. A U.S. District Court ruled on June 26 that […]

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a proclamation calling Virginia lawmakers into a special session on August 30.

The purpose of the special session is to redraw districts of the House of Delegates.

A U.S. District Court ruled on June 26 that House of Delegates districts were racially gerrymandered to concentrate black voters.

The court ordered new boundaries to be drawn by October 30 for use in next year’s elections.

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