Tag Archives: General Assembly

Governor signs bill raising felony theft threshold

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will soften the penalties for people caught stealing smaller-dollar items. The Democratic governor announced April 4 that he’d approved a bill that raises the state’s felony theft threshold from $200 to $500. ...

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Change in support possible at retirement (access required)

Divorce Decree FEA

A divorced spouse paying support to an ex should have a better chance for a retirement age adjustment under a proposal advanced by the Virginia Family Law Coalition and approved by the General Assembly this year. The idea now awaits ...

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Pols point fingers as judgeships go unfilled (access required)


Democratic politicians say the sole GOP state legislator from Fairfax County tossed a monkey wrench into the judicial selection process this month, using his majority-party power to block election of new judges for badly needed seats on the county’s juvenile ...

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General Assembly wraps 2018 regular session (access required)


The 2018 Virginia General Assembly regular session ended March 10 with two major issues still unresolved. No compromise was reached on Medicaid expansion and, as a result, no state budget was passed. Now, the GA will reconvene at the governor’s ...

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Assembly picks 16 judges before departing (access required)


Legislators selected 16 new Virginia trial court judges March 9 before adjourning the next day to await a special session that could produce funding for additional judicial seats. The General Assembly elected five circuit judges, five general district judges and ...

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Court reporter regulation bill passes Assembly (access required)


Virginia is close to passing a bill that prevents out-of-state court reporting services from making multi-case deals with insurance companies, circumventing lawyers. The House of Delegates and Senate both approved a House-Senate conference report March 5, sending Senate Bill 545 to ...

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Bills to expand DNA collection moving forward (access required)

DNA test tube data - FEA

Two bills to expand the collection of DNA from people convicted of certain misdemeanors are currently moving ahead in the General Assembly. While the ACLU of Virginia opposes the expansion, support for both bills in the House and Senate is ...

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Hands-free driving law dies in conference committee (access required)


Attempts to tighten regulation of cell phone use while driving in Virginia failed to pass the General Assembly this year. The Virginia Senate approved a broad prohibition on holding a phone while driving earlier in the session, amending a House ...

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Legislators interview judges, wait on money (access required)


With final judgeship spending still up in the air, Virginia lawmakers interviewed more judicial candidates than they had official openings as the 2018 General Assembly session neared an end. Twenty-one candidates exchanged pleasantries with senators and delegates Feb. 23, but ...

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