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Court ceremony for first-time Va. drivers might be thing of past

It has been a rite of passage for Virginia teens for generations. But a state lawmakers wants to give local judges the power to end the requirement that youth come to the court in order to get their first...

Legislation would give break to those squatting in parking spots

A measure patroned by a local legislator in the 2022 General Assembly session would make it open season on squatting in many private parking lots – at least for the first hour. The bill – HB 867 – from Del....

Measure would mandate seat belts on Va. school buses

It’s a battle that is fought out nearly every session in the General Assembly – should school buses have seat belts? In general, school systems have said no; they contend that buses are intrinsically safe and there is a larger...

Jurors could get more under proposed state legislation

Jurors in Virginia trials would get a slight bump up in pay under a measure introduced in the 2022 General Assembly session. Del. Angelia Williams Graves (D-Norfolk) has proposed increasing the jury-duty allowance from its current $30 per day to...

Bye-bye, daylight saving time? In Virginia, maybe.

The Virginia state government would consider ditching participation in the federal daylight saving time under a resolution introduced for the 2022 General Assembly session. Del. Joseph McNamara (R-Roanoke) has patroned a resolution that, if adopted by the two houses, would...

Playing defense, Democratic legislators still have plenty of bills in hopper

Their bills weren’t posted until right before the 2022 General Assembly session began Jan. 12, but local House of Delegates members have proposed legislation concerning tax credits, land use, weapons, health, hazing and sex trafficking. But with Republicans in control...

Arlington has two committee chairs in ranks for 2022

And then there were two. In the 2021 General Assembly session, three members of the Arlington delegation held committee chairmanships. But with the Republican takeover of the lower house of the legislature, the ranks have been denuded by one. Del. Patrick...

New legislator picks up pair of committee assignments

New-for-2022 Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker has been named to a pair of House of Delegates committees for the session. Parker (D-Alexandria-Arlington-Fairfax) on Jan. 12 was appointed to the House Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns and the House Committee on Finance...

Legislation would permit judges to serve until 75

Legislation introduced for the 2022 General Assembly session would allow Virginia judges to serve until they are 75, an increase of two years from the current law. The measure was introduced by state Sen. William Stanley (R-Glade Hill). If enacted,...

Legislator aims to restore TJ admissions process

Legislation to be considered during the 2022 General Assembly session would slap down the Fairfax County School Board’s recent revisions to admissions policies at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology. A measure patroned by Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia...
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Police: Robber pummels store clerk after being asked for ID

On Jan. 18 at 7:37 p.m., an individual attempted to purchase items from a business in the 3100 block...
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