Tag: General Assembly

By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore’s local and state government representatives reflected on how the region fared throughout the COVID-19 pandemic this last year and looked forward to the future at the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s semiannual Eggs and Issues breakfast and political forum May...
By Stefanie Jackson – The economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have led Northampton County Public Schools to trim every inch of fat from its fiscal year 2021 budget, down to the “bare bones,” school board members said during a May 7 meeting. Chief Financial Officer Brook Thomas said when...
By Stefanie Jackson – The biannual Eggs and Issues breakfast and political forum, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Dec. 4 at the Onley Town Center, gave local and state representatives the opportunity to address current issues. Virginia General Assembly representatives Sen. Lynwood Lewis and Del. Rob Bloxom...
By Stefanie Jackson – A Northampton supervisor is “appalled” at an unfunded mandate handed down by the Virginia legislature, which will cost the county more than $50,000 extra in its annual budget – a number that could double in years to come. “This board will have to approve this ongoing...
By Linda Cicoira -- A bill that would create a state-maintained registry for adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation was introduced last month to the General Assembly by Sen. Lynwood Lewis. In his Eastern Shore Post column last week, Lewis said the intent behind the bill was to protect the elderly. Legitimate...
By Linda Cicoira Recently proposed bills set to go before Virginia’s General Assembly later this month range from designating the oyster as the state’s first food and doubling the minimum wage by 2021. The wage proposal aims to increase the federally mandated $7.25 an hour to $10 effective July 1, 2019,...
By Linda Cicoira Virginia Legislators continued to introduce bills recently to the General Assembly and are awaiting a vote in the Courts of Justice Committee for the decriminalization of “simple” marijuana possession.The marijuana bill, as written, comes with stipulations. It “provides a civil penalty of no more...
By Linda CicoiraNearly 47 years after the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was passed by Congress in 1972, advocates are hoping Virginia will finally approve it and it will become ratified. Two Virginia bills have been proposed in favor of the amendment. Last year Nevada approved it. In...