Virginia lawmakers witnessed another historic moment Monday, as Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears picked up a gavel in the State Senate for the first time. Sears is the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor, and the first woman of color to hold statewide office.
The funding will advance 100 targeted efforts to reduce homelessness, which include rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless and underserved population innovation projects.
Outgoing Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has reversed more than 50 legal opinions issued by predecessors during the Jim Crow and Massive Resistance eras that justified segregation, interracial marriage bans and other racist laws.
Since the election, Jason Miyares says his focus has been on getting his executive team together. The Virginia Beach republican says there’s really not any area of state government that the attorney general’s office doesn’t touch and he plans to be visible.
The 2022 General Assembly begins today at the state capitol, and Republicans now have power in the House of Delegates and in the Governor’s mansion - creating a different landscape than in recent years.