General Assembly 2019

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Virginia lawmakers wrapped up this year's scandal-marked legislative session Sunday after passing a state budget that includes pay raises for teachers and state employees and significant new spending on public education.

Lawmakers in Richmond are putting the final touches on a budget deal as the General Assembly session comes to an end this weekend.

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Virginia House Republicans have announced plans to hold a public hearing where Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and the two women who have recently accused him of sexual assault can testify, a move that will likely inflame a partisan battle over the General Assembly's role in investigating the allegations.

Lawmakers and administration officials in Richmond are working together to try to reduce the number of women dying in childbirth.

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A last ditch effort to get lawmakers in Richmond to vote on the Equal Rights Amendment failed today.  It ends this year’s push to make Virginia the final state needed to change the constitution.