In a pivotal step away from justice today, Virginia community members are concerned today after members of House Courts of Justice Committee Subcommittee #1 voted down HB369, Delegate Angelia Williams Graves’ bill requiring defendants to have access to a lawyer the very first time they appear before a judge.
Continuing their streak, Senate Democrats on the Privileges and Elections Committee stood up today to protect our progress on voting rights, voting to shut down a slew of voter suppression bills sponsored by Republican Senators.
In the first major test of this legislative session, Democratic members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted to protect our progress and rejected SB173, a bill sponsored by Senator Mark Peake that would cap the minimum wage at $11 an hour and prevent it from rising to the $15 an hour promised by previously passed legislation.
I hope y’all are hungry because Virginia’s GOP is serving up a buffet of ridiculousness. We knew this session would be different – and difficult – without a trusted Democratic trifecta to lead the Commonwealth. So when it comes to the nonsense some GOP legislators are trying to push through the General Assembly, you can color us shocked, but NOT surprised.
For democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all. This year, the Commonwealth passed and enacted the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, making us the first
Richmond, Virginia—Senators voted today to censure Senator Amanda Chase by a margin of 24-9, with 3 Republicans voting in favor of the measure. The censure comes in the wake of
When the 2021 General Assembly legislative session starts in January, it will be a session like no other. COVID has changed everything. The House of Delegates will meet virtually and
We just wrapped up a critical (and exhausting) federal election, but don’t relax just yet. The 2021 General Assembly session is right around the corner, as are primaries for Governor,
In 2018, I joined a couple of dozen students visiting the state Capitol during the General Assembly session to advocate for legislation. They specifically wanted to talk to then-Speaker of
Richmond—Progress Virginia announced today the suspension of Eyes on Richmond for the 2021 legislative session. A groundbreaking and award winning transparency program, Eyes on Richmond streams and archives legislative committee