Criminals, Senators, and Ethics

Virginia lawmaker, Joe Morrissey, charged with forgery and perjury, wants authorities to return materials seized from his law office

Two members of Virginia Senate leadership, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Normen and Senator Ryan McDougle, were asked how much they earned at other state jobs and refused to say

Former First Lady McDonnell of Virginia was sentenced to 366 days in prison for trading favors for loans, vacations, and gifts

McDonnell cases highlight ethics battle in #Virginia

Speaker Howell speaks out about Virginia House ethics bill restoring trust in government officials.


New Law, Bill Progress, and Set Backs

Bills to laws:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed new rules for Uber and Lyft into law Tuesday

Bills moving forward:

Bill restricting how long information collected from license plate readers can be stored in a database passes Virginia General Assembly Senate

Bill allowing the ingredients in and the suppliers of execution drugs to be secret moves forward

 Bill Set Backs:

UVA students are lobbying bills requiring mental health reporting on college campuses

Virginia House tabled the bill protecting LGBTQ in the workplace

Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA making women equal in the workplace

Bills Moving Forward this Week

The General Assembly passed legislation allowing two derivatives of marijuana in the form of oils to treat epilepsy with a certification card

Virginia lawmakers pass legislation tightening ethics laws governing public officials behavior. Approval of legislation to decrease the current $250 cap on gifts to public officials to $100 was 35-1 by the State Senate and 93-6 by the House of Delegates

Bill sponsored by Sen. Tom Garrett expanding types of works that can be sold and used in Virginia passes in Virgina Senate

Virginia House unanimously passed bill stating that a mother may breast-feed in any place where the mother is lawfully present. Current law only allows breast-feeding on any property owned, leased, or controlled by the Commonwealth.

The Virginia House passed a bill on Monday requiring voters to submit a copy of their photo identification when they apply by mail to vote by absentee ballot.

Virginia House and Senate propose 1.5-3% raise for State employees

Virginia House passes bill requiring universities and state government to work together to develop a cooperative, affordable BA degree program

Status of State Legislation This Week

A bill introduced by Senator Jeff McWaters allowing Virginia cities and counties to ban plastic bags, with the exclusion of reusable bags, packages of garbage bags, and bags for meat, prescription drugs, alcoholic beverages and other specialty uses, passed in Senate.

Legislation to legalize two derivatives of marijuana to treat epilepsy by Senator Dave Marsen cleared Virginia House Senate

Bill by Senator Barbara Favola to prevent Domestic Abusers from possessing guns stalled in Senate

Virginia Senate is still deciding on the fate of Joseph D. Morrissey