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  • Tue, 12/03/2019 : Prince William Times

    Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park are the only Northern Virginia locales that aren’t served by a public defenders’ office. But that could change in 2020 if a bill introduced by state Sen. Scott Surovell reaches the governor’s desk.

  • Fri, 07/05/2019 : Fairfax County Times

    A new slate of state laws took effect in Virginia on July 1 as the Commonwealth observed the beginning of a new fiscal year.

    While these laws primarily stem from bills introduced and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly, one of the most significant legislative changes from the 2019 session came out of Gov. Ralph Northam’s state budget amendments.

  • Fri, 06/28/2019 : Washington Post

    Virginians will have an easier time hanging onto their driver’s licenses, having children with donated embryos and finding the best happy-hour drink deals come Monday, as a host of new laws take effect in the commonwealth.

  • Fri, 06/28/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald

    Starting July 1, 2019, more than 620,000 Virginians whose licenses have been suspended for failing to pay court fines and fees will be eligible to have those licenses reinstated by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    That’s thanks to a new law prohibiting Virginia courts from suspending driving privileges over unpaid or delinquent court debt.

  • Mon, 06/10/2019 : Fox5

    Virginia Tech has announced plans to build its Innovation Campus in Alexandria. The campus will be part of a mixed used development in National Landing and will be near the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, the university says.

  • Mon, 06/10/2019 : ARL Now

    A local interfaith group is proposing Arlington and Alexandria redirect Amazon revenue to address long-standing community issues like affordable housing and school crowding.

  • Sun, 06/09/2019 : WJLA
  • Tue, 06/04/2019 : Washington Post

    About 600 people gathered inside a Fairfax County church recently to hear how the four Democratic candidates for chairman of the Board of Supervisors would address a widening gap between the rich and poor in Virginia’s most populous jurisdiction.

  • Fri, 05/31/2019 : Fairfax County Times

    The Gum Springs Community Center is a second home to Elias Anwar.

    The West Potomac High School student visits the community center in Alexandria on a daily basis and has spent summers working there.

    One of 10 centers currently overseen by Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, the Gum Springs Community Center provides recreational facilities, event space, programs, and support services to area residents. The center even paid for the suit that Anwar wore to prom.

    However, the high school senior has become frustrated by the lack of upkeep for the community center

  • Thu, 05/23/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald

    Democratic Party candidates running for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have thrown their support behind a push to significantly increase funding for affordable housing.

  • Wed, 05/22/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald

    Democratic Party candidates for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have pledged to increase funding for a new legal aid program set up to help immigrant residents fight deportation by the federal government.

  • Mon, 05/20/2019 : Fort Hunt Herald

    In a spirited community forum on Sunday, May 19, 2019, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) obtained commitments from the Democratic Party contenders for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors on a range of important local issues, to include millions more dollars in County funding for affordable housing projects, and an expansion of the legal defense fund for local immigrants who are in the country illegally.

  • Thu, 04/11/2019 :

    VIENNA, Va. - It was two years ago when the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority decided to eliminate a bus route that many people relied on as their primary mode of transportation. Thanks to grassroots efforts, that route is up and running again.

  • Wed, 04/10/2019 : Prince WilliamTimes

    In voting to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court fines and fees, Virginia lawmakers paved the way for as many as 13,000 residents of Prince William and Fauquier counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to have their driver’s licenses reinstated July 1.

  • Fri, 04/05/2019 : Charlottesville Tomorrow

    RICHMOND — During the reconvened General Assembly session, state legislators voted Wednesday to eliminate driver’s license suspension fees for people who lost their licenses due to unpaid court fees or fines.

    More than 600,000 Virginians have been affected by the law, which can have a disproportionate effect on lower income Virginians for whom public transportation may be sparse or inconvenient and the ability to drive is a necessity for them to get to work. 

  • Thu, 04/04/2019 :

    On Wednesday night, Virginia's General Assembly agreed to a budget amendment which ended the state's practice of suspending the driver's licenses of people with unpaid court fees. Many argue that practice made it hard for people to repay their debts. However, as News4's Drew Wilder reports, this "vicious cycle" might be relitigated next year.

  • Thu, 04/04/2019 : News 3

    RICHMOND, Va. - Overshadowed by the sexual assault allegations surrounding Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Virginia lawmakers upheld all of Gov. Ralph Northam’s vetoes.

    The General Assembly convened Wednesday for just one day to consider Northam’s vetoes of bills passed during the Assembly’s regular session.

  • Tue, 02/12/2019 : Washington Post

    Young Virginians, raised amid a culture of tobacco and enamored of the newly popular vaping products, probably will have to wait to buy smoking materials until they turn 21 under a bill passed this week by the General Assembly.

  • Fri, 10/26/2018 : Fairfax County Times

    Virginia’s current cash bail system prioritizes money over safety and is in clear need of reform, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a gathering of Northern Virginia faith communities at Fairfax High School on Oct. 21.

  • Mon, 10/22/2018 :

    FAIRFAX, Va. — They’re not on the ballot for the 2018 midterm election, but two of Virginia’s top leaders fielded questions from a multifaith, nonpartisan group at Fairfax High School Sunday.