General Assembly 2019

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At Virginia’s state house, lobbyists are everywhere. They meet with lawmakers, help draft bills, and testify in committees.

But one day this week there was a surprising group of lobbyists: teenagers. And they’ve successfully convinced lawmakers to close one of the state’s juvenile prisons.

Do local governments hide public information? One senator is concerned about the possibility they do, and he’s moving forward with a bill to create new penalties to prevent it.

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Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is denying the allegations of two women who accuse him of sexual assault. So what comes next?

The blackface scandal may end up derailing the political career of two statewide elected officials.

But it may also end up changing policy in Virginia.

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How much influence should health insurance providers have over which drugs you take? That’s an issue lawmakers are debating in Richmond.

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