Archives: 2013 general assembly

Senate votes to ban smoking in cars with kids

The Senate today passed a bill that prohibits smoking in a vehicle when a child under 15 is present.

UPDATE: After House measure fails, Senate subcommittee passes felon rights restoration bill

While a similar House measure failed this week, a Senate subcommittee has passed a proposed constitutional amendment to automatically restore rights to felons upon completion of their punishment.

Higher ed advocates focus on retirement benefits

While higher education issues seem hidden behind state gun control and uranium mining discussions at the Capitol so far, professors from VCU and other schools are urging legislators to improve retirement benefits for public university and college employees.

Virginia’s first openly gay judge confirmed by General Assembly

After not receiving enough votes for a judicial appointment last year, the House of Delegates today elected Tracy Thorne-Begland to a full six-year term.