Let’s indulge in a little bit of time travel. Come with me, to July 1, 2020, in a world where control of the General Assembly has flipped…
Author: Marcus Simon
If you are wondering how seriously Republicans in the General Assembly took Governor Northam’s special session call to address gun violence here in the Commonwealth, you can start watching the “Lion King” on Netflix. By the time the closing credits wrap on this movie designed not to exceed the attention […]
Hundreds of new laws went into effect on July 1, 2019 across the Commonwealth of Virginia, on topics ranging from public safety to transportation, health care and the environment, to education and taxation.
I can’t tell you all how glad I am to have the primary election behind us. Picking amongst my fellow Democrats is almost like asking me to pick a favorite family member. On any given day I may have a preference, but I never want them to know that. This […]
The Virginia House of Delegates will celebrate its 400th birthday this year. It met for the first time, as the House of Burgesses, in Jamestown, in July of 1619. In a few months, we’ll have a special commemorative session, in which it is my great honor to participate. While many […]
This year the Governor was able to use language amendments in the budget to bypass House GOP leadership and accomplish some important bipartisan policy objectives.
In a future column I’ll talk about laws that passed during the 2019 session that you’ll need to know about before they go into effect on July 1 of this year. This month, though, I need to share with you a rundown of the important legislation that failed to pass. […]
While much of the news out of Richmond for the last several weeks was about shocking and disappointing scandals, the just concluded 2019 General Assembly Session also produced some important legislation that will have a positive impact on the lives of Virginians across the commonwealth. The biggest bill we took […]
This is the final week of the 2019 General Assembly Session. Odd year sessions are our short sessions, when we meet for 45 days rather than 60. In theory we have less to do, since Virginia adopts a biennial budget every other year, although in practice we end up doing […]
This week’s edition of my Richmond Report is really coming to you from Richmond this month. The House of Delegates convened for our “short” 46-day session last week. With one full week behind us, things are starting to ramp up. A 46-day session means each chamber only has three weeks […]