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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 […]