Gov. Youngkin acts on 84 bills

Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Friday took action on 84 bills, signing 64 into law, amending 12 and vetoing eight.

“These bills cover a wide range of topic areas but demonstrate my continuing commitment to lowering the cost of living for Virginians, streamlining regulations, supporting our veterans, ensuring safe communities, and improving government efficiency,” the governor said. “In addition, I have returned several bills to the General Assembly with amendments, hopeful that they will be reviewed with serious consideration.”

The full list of signed bills is available here.

The governor’s full veto statements are available here.

Plans announced for 7th annual Virginia Women Veterans Week

The Commonwealth will recognize Virginia Women Veterans Week March 17-23 to highlight contributions of women who have served and continue to serve the U.S. Military.

This is the 7th year that Virginia has set aside the third week of March to honor over 108,000 women veterans in the state representing the largest percentage of any state in the nation.

During a ceremony held by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the new “Support Women Veterans” license plate will be unveiled and a presentation of a special lapel pin will be presented to women veterans.

This event will be held at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond on Thursday, March 21st.

Additional virtual events will be held at the Military Women’s Memorial in Arlington and the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Gregg-Adams.

For more information on these events or links to the virtual presentation, click here

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CoStar Group relocates headquarters to Virginia

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced on Tuesday that CoStar Group, a leader in online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics for commercial and residential properties, will relocate their global headquarters from Washington D.C. across the river to Rosslyn.

The company will invest $20 million to move to the 560,000 sq ft Central Palace Tower late in 2024.

The new headquarters will relocate 500 jobs and create 150 new jobs in the Commonwealth.

CoStar previously invested in the state in 2016 when the Group established headquarters in Richmond with 1,000 employees and in 2021 when they announced their plans to build a 750,000 sq ft campus which would create an additional 2,000 jobs.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Arlington Economic Development to secure the project.

Governor Youngkin approved a $1.25 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund and additional $2.5 million Virginia Economic Development Grant to secure the project.

To view the Governor’s announcement, click here.

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Gov. Youngkin Designates Virginia State Pony

RICHMOND, VA – Surrounded by hundreds of visitors, locals, and dozens of ponies, Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin joined legislators, local leaders, first responders and Cabinet Secretaries as the Governor signed HB 1951 and SB 1478, to designate the Chincoteague Pony as the Official State Pony of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the 98th Annual Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival.

“For 98 years, Chincoteague ponies has been a tradition of this community. Every July, over 47,000 people – from across the Commonwealth, the United States, and yes, the world, come travel to Chincoteague,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “This little horse uplifts a huge portion of the eastern shore and provides valuable tourism for residents every single year. They represent the Virginia spirit and we can now proudly say that they are the Pony of Virginia.”

The Chincoteague pony holds a special place in Virginia history. These hardy and resilient ponies have roamed the marshes and beaches of Chincoteague Island for centuries and have become a permanent fixture of the region’s character. Their fascinating history can be traced back to the early colonial era when they were believed to have descended from shipwrecked Spanish horses.

One of the more anticipated events surrounding the Chincoteague ponies is the annual pony swim, a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. Each year, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company conducts the legendary pony swim, where a group of ponies is herded from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island, captivating spectators with its timeless beauty and cultural significance.

Through the passage of this legislation, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the historical and cultural significance of the Chincoteague pony, safeguarding their legacy for future generations. This momentous step demonstrates the commitment of Governor Youngkin and the state legislature in preserving Virginia’s natural wonders.

Governor Youngkin’s July 27 press release is here.

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Special Olympic Torch passes through New Market

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The New Market Police Department along with players from the New Market Rebels baseball team participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run this week.

Law enforcement agencies and local businesses across the Commonwealth came together for the torch run.

The Flame of Hope traveled over 1,900 miles in eight days with the help of over 2000 law enforcement officers and personnel representing over 200 agencies.

The flame traveled its final mile yesterday to Richmond as part of the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Games. 

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Authorities thwart assault attempt in Richmond

ABC news reports that Richmond Authorities thwarted an assault attempt near Richmond July 4.

Richmond Police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents and FBI reported Wed. July 6 the arrest of two roommates in connection to a attempted mass shooting.

Two men are in custody after a hero citizen overheard the men planning the assault.

The citizen told police what he heard which led to the raid of the two men’s apartment.

Authorities entered the apartment to find multiple guns including assault weapons in plain view.

The assault was planned for the Dogwood Dell Independence Day celebration in Richmond July 4.

The raid on the apartment took place July 1 with men being charged with being a non US citizen in possession of a firearm with additional charges expected.

Both 52 year old Julio Alvardo-Dubon and 38 year old Rolman Balacarcel are being held without bond in a Richmond area jail.

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VA. will remove the pedestal that held the Robert E. Lee statue

An email from Governor Northam confirmed that the pedestal that held Robert E. Lee’s statue will be removed.

Virginia began removing the structure today Mon. Dec. 6 with the project expected to be complete by Dec. 31.

The Commonwealth will safely disassemble and store the pedestal until the next steps have been determined.

The circle the statue stood on will become the property of the City of Richmond.

The Governor went on to say that Richmonders will determine what happens with the piece of property in the middle of the city.

The 1887 time capsule from the pedestal will remain under the control of the sate and removed for preservation.

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A new time capsule has replaced the old one in the pedestal of the Lee statue

Gov. Northam announced that a new time capsule will replace the old one in the Robert E. Lee statue.

The old time capsule was placed in the removed statue’s concrete pedestal back in 1887.

It’s believed that a possible 60 items were placed in the original capsule which will be given to the Department of Historic Resources.

The new time capsule contains 39 items that reflect Virginia and the nation’s history today.

Should the concrete pedestal also be removed the new capsule will be removed and buried elsewhere.

The largest confederate monument in the south was removed earlier today Sept. 8 with a link for watching the removal here.

The 12 ton statue of the Confederate General was disassembled and is to be placed in secure storage at a state facility until an appropriate location is chosen for display.

The 40 foot tall pedestal is to remain until a decision is made on if it will be used in the re-imagining of Monument Ave. in Richmond.

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