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Voters in Virginia may no longer have to carry a photo ID with them when they go to the polls.

On Tuesday, the Virginia state Senate voted 21-19 to pass a bill from Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) that would repeal current voter ID requirements.

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- The Virginia Senate advanced a bill that would decriminalize possession of marijuana.

SB2 would decriminalize the simple possession of marijuana in Virginia and the Virginia Senate advanced the bill to the Finance Committee on Wednesday.

More than 30 Virginia employers — including Altria Group Inc., Inc., Capital One Financial Corp. and Dominion Energy — on Monday sent a letter to Virginia lawmakers asking for comprehensive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) nondiscrimination protections.

The letter addressed to House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw, D-Falls Church, states that employees, their families and customers deserve equal opportunities at work and in daily life.

It was an offhand question, for sure. But during an early morning briefing by the Virginia Department of Corrections, Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, recalled eating the food served to inmates at Red Onion State Prison during a site visit to the Southwestern Virginia supermax facility several years ago.

How much, he asked, does the department spend feeding the men and women under its care?

The answer: $2.10 per day.

“Just as a comment,” he said, “we are thrifty with what we fund this agency, but for $2.10 a day, the food is not close to gourmet. It’s quite far.”

RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate on Tuesday passed a host of LGBT rights bills as Democrats continued to flex their new power in the Capitol.

The Senate voted to ban conversion therapy on children, repeal the state’s now-defunct ban on same-sex marriage and establish statewide policies for the treatment of transgender students. The chamber also voted to replace “husband and wife” with gender-neutral “parties to the marriage” language in divorce law and make it easier for transgender people to change how their sex is listed on their birth certificates.

When plastic bags first appeared in the 1960s and 1970s, they were not only cheaper, but they were supposed to be better for the environment: Plastic doesn’t require cutting down trees, and it takes less water and energy to manufacture.

RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) — Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, introduced Friday SB 868, called the “Virginia Values Act” which would amend existing nondiscrimination laws to extend protections for the state’s LGBTQ residents. While protection from discimination against race, religion, age and disability, among other demographics, already exist under Virginia law, the proposed bill seeks to include the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”


Virginia’s General Assembly opens Wednesday with a Democrat in the Governor’s mansion and a Democratic majority in both houses for the first time in more than two decades.

Lawmakers say they have a mandate to enact dramatic change on voting rights, guns, the environment, minimum wage and protections for the LGBTQ community — and they have just 60 days to get that agenda passed.

“Virginians spoke loud and clear on Election Day,” incoming House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn said Tuesday. “They came out in record numbers, as you all well know, and they told us they want action.”

For the first time in over a generation, Democrats control both houses of the General Assembly, and advocates are working to ensure that this has positive results for Virginia’s LGBTQ community.

Governor Ralph Northam says removing arrest and jail penalties for possession meant for personal use is his highest priority for criminal justice legislation in the upcoming session of Virginia’s General Assembly.