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The 2015 Virginia General Assembly session began on January 15, 2015, and continued for 45 days. Here you can see the bills that were proposed, voted on, and the few that ultimately became law.

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Virginia Still Deciding If Women Are Equal

2/15/2015 by VCU Capital News Service
In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and asked the states to ratify it. Forty-three years later, Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA, which would guarantee women and men equal rights.

2 Bills Target Human Trafficking at General Assembly

2/08/2015 by VCU Capital News Service
RICHMOND – Virginia Delegate Tim Hugo and Senator John Edwards have introduced two new human trafficking bills to the House and Senate, outlining harsher penalties against those convicted of human trafficking and helpful services for the victims.

VA’s Bridges Are Falling Down: Virginia Infrastructure Earns Grade of C-

2/08/2015 by VCU Capital News Service
RICHMOND -- A press conference held by the American Society of Civil Engineers discussed the high and low points of Virginia's infrastructure.

Don’t Start School Before Labor Day, Group Says

2/04/2015 by VCU Capital News Service
RICHMOND – Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

Bills Would Allow Crowdfunding for Businesses

2/03/2015 by VCU Capital News Service
RICHMOND – Imagine you have an innovative business idea but not enough money to turn it into reality. You soon might have a new option – crowdfunding – thanks to legislation moving through the General Assembly.

Panel Shelves Bill to Change Rezoning Process

2/01/2015 by VCU Capital News Service
RICHMOND – The Virginia Association of Counties received its wish when a bill to change local governments’ rezoning process was killed in a House subcommittee this past week. House Bill 2262, proposed by Del. Rick L. Morris, R-Carrollton, would have required the staff of the local planning commission to advise rezoning applicants about the feasibility of their requests and possibly grant preliminary approval.