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Virginia lawmakers OK marijuana possession starting July 1

The Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill legalizing simple possession of marijuana, becoming the latest state to modify its laws around cannabis use and possession that disproportionately jailed Black people for nonviolent offenses.
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Virginia Lawmakers OK Northam's Changes to Marijuana Bill

The Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly voted Wednesday to accept Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill that will allow limited possession and cultivation of the drug beginning in July.
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Virginia General Assembly passes law allowing for legal possession of one ounce of Marijuana

The Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. Zach Gibson/Getty Images The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday allowing for the legal possession of up to one ounce of Marijuana. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday allowing for the legal possession of up to one ounce of Marijuana.Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax broke a 20-20 tie in the Virginia Senate, moving the legislation forward years earlier than antici...
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After my sister died trying to stop gun violence, the Senate couldn't find the votes for background checks. We can't let that happen again.

The lawn outside the US Capitol is covered with 7,000 pairs of empty shoes to memorialize the 7,000 children killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook school shooting, in a display organized by the global advocacy group Avaaz, in Washington, DC, March 13, 2018. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Four months after my sister was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I watched the US Senate fall a handful of votes shy of passing landmark background checks for gun sales legislation. 93% of Ame...
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Virginia Lawmakers Establish More LGBTQ Protections

The Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly worked in its second year to establish more protections for LGBTQ people.
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Lawmakers Create Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus

Members of the Virginia General Assembly plan to announce the formation of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus.
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Virginia Is 10th State to Pass Domestic Worker Protections

The Virginia General Assembly passed multiple bills providing protections and benefits for the state’s domestic workers.
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Virginia: Ban on Homemade Firearms Dies in Conference Committee

Freedom Concepts Laboratory Reusable Polymer 1911 Jig Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- The 2021 Session of the General Assembly officially closes in a “pro-forma” session on Monday but all legislation had to be dealt with by mid-night last night and the House completed it’s work shortly before that time. The Senate adjourned shortly after 10:30PM.  Much of the day was taken up with bills dealing with a path to legalization of marijuana, requiring businesses that do not offer retirement plans to pr...
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Virginia Lawmakers Wind Down This Year's Session

The Democratic-led Virginia General Assembly is finishing up much of its work for the year.
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Lawmakers Vote to Remove Jefferson Davis' Name From Highway

The Virginia General Assembly has approved a bill renaming sections of U.S. Route 1 almost 100 years after it was named in honor of the first and only president of the Confederacy.
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Bill Aims to Expand Broadband Access for Low-Income Students

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in an effort to expand broadband internet access to low-income students across the commonwealth.
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Court Tosses Devin Nunes' Silly SLAPP Lawsuit Against CNN (techdirt)

As you may recall, Rep. Devin Nunes has spent the last few years suing all sorts of critics and journalists, in a vexatious bout of abusing the courts to try to stifle criticism. Most famously, Nunes sued a satirical cow on Twitter (that case is still ongoing). But in December of 2019 he sued CNN. As we noted at the time -- despite a weird column by a media critic at the Washington Post saying that this case was "halfway decent" -- the case seemed like the dumbest Nunes' suit we'd seen so far. ...
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Ban on Abortion Coverage Through Exchange Plans Repealed

The Virginia General Assembly passed two bills that repeal the ban keeping some health insurance plans sold in the state from covering abortions.
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2021 Construction Related Bills to Keep an Eye On

Each year here at Musings, I try and highlight some key construction industry-related bills that are winding their way through the Virginia General Assembly.  This year is no different, though this year does not have the action level that prior years have had. Without further ado, here are those that I spotted and which I will be “Tracking” as they move through the sausage-making process: HB2288– Virginia Public Procurement Act; construction contracts; requirement to submit list of subcontract...
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United States: The Road To Adult Use Cannabis Legalization - Foley Hoag LLP

The Virginia General Assembly is currently considering adult use cannabis legalization this session.
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2021 Construction Related Bills to Keep an Eye On [UPDATED]

Each year here at Musings, I try and highlight some key construction industry-related bills that are winding their way through the Virginia General Assembly.  This year is no different, though this year does not have the action level that prior years have had. Without further ado, here are those that I spotted and which I will be “Tracking” as they move through the sausage-making process: HB2288– Virginia Public Procurement Act; construction contracts; requirement to submit list of subcontract...
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Virginia Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Legalization Bills

Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have passed legislation that would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, with retail sales starting several years down the road.
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Construction Related Legislative Changes Effective July 1, 2013

Originally posted 2013-07-01 09:00:22. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Every year at this time, a new set of statutes comes into effect.  This year is no different.  If you are a fan (or at least follower) of the Virginia General Assembly and have an interest in construction, you have likely kept informed about some of the various statutory changes that will take place today (and probably a few that were attempted and killed). This year (and as summarized below), the Virginia legislators made cha...
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Legislative Changes that Impact Construction 2017

Originally posted 2017-05-09 10:56:18. Virginia General Assembly (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Well, the Virginia General Assembly has finished its yearly run through the legislative process and this year there are a few highlights for those of us in the construction industry.  It is always interesting to see what issues are the big ones that get a lot of attention.  This year the changes impacted public procurement, VOSH fines, and employment of unlicensed individuals on a job site.  These cha...
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Is Privity of Contract with the Owner a Requirement of a Valid Mechanic’s Lien? Not for GC’s

As any reader of this construction law blog knows, mechanic’s liens make up much of the discussion here at Construction Law Musings.  A recent case out of Fairfax County, Virginia examined the question of whether contractual privity between the general contractor and owner of the property at issue is necessary.  As a reminder, in most situations, for a contract claim to be made, the claimant has to have a direct contract (privity) with the entity it sues.  Further, for a subcontractor to have a ...
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Is Privity of Contract with the Owner a Requirement of a Valid Mechanic’s Lien? Nope.

As any reader of this construction law blog know, mechanic’s liens make up much of the discussion here at Construction Law Musings.  A recent case out of Fairfax County, Virginia examined the question of whether contractual privity between the general contractor and owner of the property at issue is necessary.  As a reminder, in most situations, for a contract claim to be made, the claimant has to have a direct contract (privity) with the entity it sues.  Further, for a subcontractor to have a v...
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Is Your State Ready For The Pandemic Election? A Look At AZ, FL, NH, SC And VA

Our journey through America’s varying levels of pandemic-voting preparedness continues this week with looks at Arizona, Florida, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Virginia. Every week, we’re looking at what states have done — or not done — to make voting easier during the coronavirus outbreak, where the fights over those moves have been the most contentious, and which states feature the kind of competitive races that could make things extra messy and volatile come November. Here’s this week’s in...
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Assaulting Police More Acceptable to Virginia Senators

By Larry Keane A New Virginia proposal makes it clear, assaulting a law enforcement officer is now more acceptable to legislators in the Commonwealth iStock-884220580 U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- A new Virginia proposal is closer to receiving the governor’s signature and making it loud and clear: assaulting a law enforcement officer is now more acceptable to legislators in the Commonwealth. The bill, which downgrades the penalty for assaulting a police officer in some cases from a felony to a mi...
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Another Way a Mechanic’s Lien Protects You

Originally posted 2016-09-14 09:29:29. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Here at Construction Law Musings, we have discussed mechanic’s lien law in Virginia on multiple occasions.  We have discussed everything from the very picky nature of the perfection and enforcement of these liens to the changes that the Virginia General Assembly periodically makes to these requirements and how to defend against such liens. While the steps taken and content of a Virginia mechanic’s lien will be strictly const...
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United States: Virginia General Assembly Makes Pro-employee Changes To State Laws - lus Laboris

The Virginia General Assembly took a number of employee-favourable actions in its 2020 Session and its Reconvened Session in April 2020, which will require employers to revise their..
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Richmond Mayor Uses Emergency Powers to Take Down Stonewall Jackson Statue after City Council Delay

The mayor of Richmond, Va., ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson on Wednesday, and city authorities said additional confederate monuments will be removed in the near future.Richmond mayor Levar Stoney's initiative comes amid massive nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African-American man killed during arrest by Minneapolis police officers. Protesters have toppled various statues of historical figures including Christopher Co...
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‘A long time coming’: Iconic Gen. Robert E. Lee statue to be removed

RICHMOND, Va. — David Harris Jr., a nephew of humanitarian and tennis legend Arthur Ashe, tried for decades to get a street named after his uncle in Richmond, the hometown that once denied Ashe access to segregated public tennis courts. Finally, in 2019, the city council approved the renaming over the objections of some residents. So it was gratifying, Harris said, to see Virginia’s governor announce plans to remove an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee after days of protests over t...
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Black Liberty University Alums Suggest Falwell Step Down After Blackface Tweet

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly three dozen black alumni of Liberty University denounced school President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Monday, suggesting he step down after he mocked Virginia’s mask-wearing requirement by invoking the blackface scandal that engulfed the state’s governor last year. In a letter to Falwell, shared with The Associated Press, 35 faith leaders and former student-athletes told Falwell that his past comments “have repeatedly violated and misrepresented” Christian principles. They said ...
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United States: Virginia Increases Its Minimum Wage To $12.00 Per Hour By 2023 - Littler Mendelson

On April 22, 2020, during a special legislative session, the Virginia General Assembly voted to approve Governor Ralph Northam's proposed amendment to a bill that will increase the Commonwealth's...
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United States: Virginia General Assembly Makes Pro-Employee Changes To State Laws - Ford & Harrison LLP

The Virginia General Assembly took a number of employee-favorable actions in its 2020 Session and its Reconvened Session in April 2020, which will require employers to revise their employment policies and procedures...
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