The Virginia State Capitol building

The Virginia State Capitol building

Virginia’s legislators will have a number of contentious issues to debate when they return to Richmond this week to convene the 2017 legislative session. While some controversial bills are likely to catch media attention, like proposed legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, legislators will likely spend much of the session going back and forth on where to cut state spending. The commonwealth is facing an estimated $1.26 billion shortfall for 2016 through 2018. Governor Terry McAuliffe will also look to solidify his legacy during his final session in charge. Kojo explores the big stories to watch out of Richmond.


  • Rachel Bitecofer Professor, Christopher Newport University; Assistant Director, Wason Center for Politics and Public Policy, @RachelBitecofer
  • Jeff Schapiro Columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch, @RTDSchapiro

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