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Here Are the Bills Targeting Transgender Virginians That Have Been Introduced This Legislative Session

The past several years have brought an onslaught of anti-transgender legislation across the country, and Virginia is no exception. Here’s a breakdown.

Virginia Senate Dems Advance New Gun Safety Bills in Wake of UVA and Newport News Shootings

Earlier this week, a panel from the Democratic-led Virginia Senate voted to advance legislation related to gun safety, ranging from a bill that would require adults to keep guns safely locked up and away from any children in the household to restrictions on the sale of assault-style weapons, as well as one that would specify in Virginia state law that firearms are banned at public higher education institutions. 

FILE - Protestors gather at a vigil for recent victims of gun violence outside the National Rifle Association's headquarters building in Fairfax, Va., Aug. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Virginia Senate committee advances bill toughening gun storage laws

After a classroom shooting allegedly committed by a Virginia 6-year-old, Democrats in the state Senate are advancing a bill that would require adults to keep guns locked up if minors are in the home.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin works in the old Governor's office at the Capitol Wednesday March 2, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Culture Wars and Campaigning: Here’s a Look Back at Gov. Youngkin’s First Year in Office

It’s been a busy first year for the Virginia governor. Let’s rewind. Sunday, Jan. 15, marks one year since Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin assumed office in Virginia—and what a year it has been. Between COVID-19, divisive education policy, and campaigning in other states, Virginia’s governor has kept himself busy–but not always with the business of...

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, center, arrives to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly in the House chambers at the Capitol Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Here’s What We’re Watching: A Look At Some of the General Assembly Bills That Could Impact You

From abortion and LGBTQ rights to marijuana and gun safety, Virginia lawmakers have a lot on their plates when the General Assembly convenes on Wednesday.

Alexandra Walker, 17 (right), and Sonia Krishna, 16 (left), attended a rally outside the Virginia Capitol after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to overturn abortion protections established under Roe v. Wade. (Graham Moomaw/Virginia Mercury)
From Start to Finish, 2023 Will Be a Big Year for Abortion Policy in Virginia

In a matter of weeks, the winner of the upcoming special election could potentially be voting on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal to ban most abortions in Virginia after 15 weeks of pregnancy. 

FILE- A cannibis plant that is close to harvest grows in a grow room at the Greenleaf Medical Cannabis facility in Richmond, Va., June 17, 2021. Marijuana would be decriminalized at the federal level under legislation that the House approved on Friday, April 1, 2022, as Democrats made the case for allowing states to set their own policies on pot. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Virginia GOP Lawmaker Files Bill To Create a Regulated Marijuana Market in the State, and Some Are Saying It Could Hurt Those Affected by the War on Drugs

Del. Keith Hodges’ proposal would replace policies intended to help communities harmed by the drug war with new financial incentives for corporations who locate businesses in disadvantaged areas, according to legalization advocates.