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  • Third Week at the General Assembly: What’s Coming Up? Week 3: What’s on the docket? Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter Monday January 20, 2020 MLK Day, one of only two school holidays during the General Assembly session, is when citizens can take their kids to Richmond to watch our state government at work. It is

  • This week at the General Assembly: Majority matters! This week: majority matters! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter This week in the General Assembly, Democrats find out that being in the majority is pretty darn fun! They took that majority for a ride, passing bills in both House and Senate that we’ve been waiting in some

  • What’s ahead this week in the General Assembly? What’s on the docket this week? Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter The General Assembly got under way last week, deciding on rules for how they would go about their business. Committee chairs, subchairs, and members have all been assigned. They got to work hearing bills, but this week

  • Women front and center in Richmond as GA session begins! Women leading the way in Richmond! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter The 2020 General Assembly session gaveled in this Wednesday! Lots of changes with Democrats taking the majorities in both chambers. A new Speaker of the House and House Majority Leader, while the Senate Minority

  • General Assembly Pre-Filing Deadline is Today! Pre-Filing Deadline is Today! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter It’s been a quiet couple of weeks in the General Assembly, after the initial rush of bills filed the first day, but things are starting to pick up as we approach the pre-filing deadline (the day all bills must be

  • Bills starting to come in! Bills starting to come in! Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Newsletter The pre-filed bills are starting to show up in the Legislative Information System (LIS). The last few days have given a hint of the voting rights bills and criminal justice reform priorities we can expect to see this session. Check

  • Guest author: Outgoing Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Miles “We treat our jurors just like mushrooms. Keep ’em in the dark, and feed ’em manure.” This joke, popular earlier in my career but as applicable today, suggested itself to me when I saw HB 100, filed by Del. Lindsey (D) Norfolk/Va. Beach. It’s a very

  • by Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Scott Miles We have a lot of pent-up demand for progressive legislative action from our new majority, including the ERA, education funding, access to affordable healthcare, gun control, LGBTQ protections, environmental justice … and criminal justice reform. Please indulge me while I comment on the issue addressed by Senate Bill

  • There is only one single reported instance in the entire country of a juvenile sentenced to life without parole for a case not involving homicide or rape–and it wasn’t in a conservative place like Texas, Oklahoma, or Alabama; it was right here in progressive Arlington, Virginia. As we head into these important elections for Commonwealth’s

  • Over the last couple years, the Virginia Department of Corrections has made the news headlines, and not in a good way: There was the death of Jamycheal Mitchell while in the custody of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, where he was being held awaiting mental health treatment after being arrested for stealing a Mountain Dew,