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Column: New investments in child care will help working families

At a recent breakfast to raise funds for an early childhood center, a mother told a heartbreaking story about what it means to not have child care in today’s economy. Through tears, she said the only way she could make ends meet was doing online food deliveries with her baby tucked in a car seat. […]

Va. lawmakers pass bill requiring hazing training in high schools

Virginia legislators have passed a bill requiring hazing awareness and prevention training at public high schools. The House passed Senate Bill 379 by a vote of 56-44 on Monday, with all 51 Democrats and five Republicans voting in support. The Senate unanimously approved it earlier this month.  It comes two years after Virginia lawmakers mandated hazing training at […]

General Assembly Advances Bipartisan Legislation to Make Medicine More Affordable for Virginians

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia General Assembly took steps today to rein in prescription drug prices in the Commonwealth. The Senate and House both passed bills to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board (PDAB), which will allow Virginia to set reasonable rates for certain high-cost, burdensome prescription drugs. “This legislation isn’t just about lowering the cost […]

Virginia lawmaker proposing increased pay for court-appointed attorneys, effort to improve criminal justice system 

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia lawmaker is proposing increasing pay for court-appointed attorneys in an effort to improve the criminal justice system. Delegate-elect Atoosa Reaser, D-Loudoun County, has pre-filed a bill that would raise Virginia’s pay cap for court-appointed attorneys — those assigned to defend individuals who can’t afford representation. A state report found that the state’s pay […]

WTVR: Why they want Virginia schools to educate teens on the dangers of hazing

RICHMOND, Va. — Speaking before Virginia lawmakers Monday morning, Delegate Atoosa Reaser, (D-Loundon County) spoke in support of legislation that would further enhance Adam’s Law, named after VCU freshman Adam Oakes. Oakes died in February 2021 from alcohol poisoning after a hazing incident while pledging to the Delta Chi fraternity. Adam’s Law requires colleges and […]