Virginia

Equal Rights Amendment Clears First Step in Virginia, as Trump Administration Declares Effort Dead

A Justice Department opinion issued this week says the deadline for ratification has passed. Advocates say otherwise.

How One Election May Have Shifted the Bar for Gun Control

After winning control of the Virginia statehouse, Democrats in 2020 are poised to pass gun control measures. It’s already set up a battle with local leaders in conservative parts of the state.

With New Democratic Majority, Virginia Sees a Push for Denser Housing

Facing an affordability crisis, the state is floating an “upzoning” bill that would legalize duplex housing in any place that currently bans it.

After Floods, Some Cities Take On More Restrictive Zoning and Building Regulations

Cities that have experienced flooding in recent years are trying new strategies to ensure that existing and new developments are prepared for the floods to come.

Offering a Place for City Workers to Heal After a Mass Shooting

Virginia Beach has opened a resiliency center to provide mental health resources to all victims impacted by the May 31 attack.

Virginia’s Flood Mitigation Program Needs Funding

COMMENTARY | Communities lack resources to prepare for more common and costly flood events.

After Virginia Beach Mass Shooting, Report Calls for Improved Security and Other Changes

The independent report made 58 recommendations, ranging from significant changes to the city’s management of human resources to increased workplace violence prevention training.

The Deferred Dream of an Equal Rights Amendment

Newly empowered Democrats are likely to make Virginia the final state needed to ratify the long-dormant ERA.

States Try to Stop Political Deepfake Videos

State lawmakers are increasingly focused on deceptively edited videos, a pervasive technology that advocates say has the potential to disrupt elections. But are bans constitutional?

Virginia AG Says Couples No Longer Need to Disclose Race on Marriage Licenses

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida legal marijuana push raises more than $1.2 million ... Gun rights protests in Columbus, Ohio ... Drugstores and drug distributors ask for a new judge in opioid lawsuit.

States With the Most Cost-Efficient Highways

The Reason Foundation’s annual highway report gives high marks to North Dakota, Virginia and Missouri for good road conditions and low spending on highway and bridge maintenance.

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How Libraries are Embracing Artificial Intelligence

A humanoid robot named Pepper helps teach coding at Roanoke County Public Libraries, one of many branches across the country embracing the emerging technology.

State's Ban on Uranium Mining Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

The Virginia case involved questions about legislative intent and the power states have under an atomic energy law.

Virginia Governor to Call a Special Session to Address Gun Violence

Following the death of 12 people in a Virginia Beach mass shooting, the Virginia governor will reintroduce a package of gun control bills rejected by lawmakers this year.

As Virginia Beach Deals with a Mass Shooting, San Bernardino Offers Lessons

The California county lost 13 employees in a terrorist attack in 2015. Earlier this year, officials released reports about how they responded to the challenges they faced.

Investigation Fails to Determine if Virginia Governor Was in Racist Photo

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona prison whistleblower asks for more transparency … Idaho cuts one-third of its administrative code … California takes action on homelessness.

Virginia Prepares for the Arrival of Amazon’s HQ2

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Not many people want to run for elected positions in this county … Texas deals with voting maps and databases … Tulsa improves on equality markers.

Why HR Managers Should Be Partnering With State Governments

Legislatures are taking up important issues of key interest to companies and their employees.

Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Meant to Stall State Effort to Join Regional Cap-and-Trade Alliance

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Georgia Republicans pass state elections overhaul… Investigation finds Orange County homeless shelters riddled with problems… A Florida town’s two arrested mayors.

Time to Try Something New: Parliamentary State Government

COMMENTARY | If states truly are "laboratories of democracy," it is time one traded its legislature and governor for a parliament and prime minister.