Steve Newman weighs in on July 1st date for VA legalization of marijuana

The recreational use of marijuana will become legal in Virginia on July 1st, 2021. Governor Ralph Northam approved amendments to Senate Bill 1406 and House Bill 2312 on Wednesday making Virginia the first Southern state to legalize the possession and use of marijuana by adults. As of July 1st, adults can grow up to four […]

Va Democrats lay groundwork for changes to sentencing, parole laws

Democrats in Richmond are laying the groundwork for changes in Virginia criminal justice laws when they meet next month in special session. Two House of Delegates committees conducted an on-line  hearing today focusing on sentencing and parole, subjects that included current minimum sentences in Virginia for hundreds of felonies and a lack of discretionary parole. […]

Complaint filed against judge in Confederate monuments’ case

An attorney in Virginia has filed a complaint against a judge who had halted the removal of Confederate statues from Richmond’s Monument Avenue. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Friday that the complaint criticizes the judge for presiding over the statue cases despite living near the monuments. It also cites a college editorial the judge wrote in […]

Va. Democrats promise action next month on police-related laws

Virginia Democrats in the General Assembly are making it clear – they plan to enact major legislation next month involving police conduct and criminal justice laws. Ahead of that, the process is already underway, as two House of Delegates committees combined yesterday for an on-line hearing. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones: 07-24 Policing Laws-WLNI WEB […]

GOP: Northam should stay out school reopening decisions

Virginia Republicans say they intend to address public education when the General Assembly reconvenes next month in special session – even if Governor Northam has not called for any consideration on that subject. Republicans say any steps that keep students out of school for any number of days puts them at a permanent disadvantage behind […]

Northam calls for special session to focus on budget, police

Governor Ralph Northam has called for a special legislative session next month to focus on the state budget in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as well as criminal and social justice reform. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Northam’s office made the announcement Friday. Lawmakers will be due back in Richmond on Aug. 18. The […]

GOP: Northam wrong to threaten pulling business licenses

Virginia Republicans says Governor Northam is going about it all wrong when he threatens to pull licenses from businesses that do not enforce his COVID-19 regulations. Northam said yesterday that a recent surge in case counts led to his warning. But Franklin County State Senator Bill Stanley joined other Republican legislative leaders in saying Northam […]