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Area’s state legislators paint a mostly gloomy picture of 2021 session

From the abrupt legalization of marijuana to a plethora of bills they deem bad for business and public safety, the area’s five Republican legislators had little to celebrate as they recapped this year’s General Assembly session Thursday.

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Sen. Obenshain, Del. Wilt discuss legislative agendas – and the wild news cycle

Next week, State Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Tony Wilt, both Republicans, will head to Richmond next week for the 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly. On Thursday, The Citizen spoke with both of Harrisonburg’s state legislators about the bills they’ve already introduced, their expectations for the session, and the political chaos unfolding in Washington, D.C. and more.

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Obenshain’s bill to limit fuel tax for some I-81 communities gets parked

A bill introduced by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) aimed at limiting a gas tax increase in communities not directly along Interstate-81 got shut down this week in the General Assembly.

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Newly Re-Elected Local Republicans Face New Reality in Richmond

By Jeremiah Knupp, senior contributor // Graphic by Ilse Ackerman Local Republicans re-elected to the General Assembly on Tuesday will return to a new environment in Richmond next year, after Democrats flipped control of both houses on Tuesday night. It will be the first time in 26 years that Virginia’s state’s legislative and executive branches …

Election 2019: talking points and things to know

It’s Tuesday and voting is on in the 2019 state legislative elections. For Harrisonburg voters, names on the ballot in the two General Assembly races should look familiar, as both the House of Delegates and State Senate races are rematches from last time around.

At Shenandoah County Forum, Candidates Face Off Across the Table

A crowd gathered Wednesday evening in Edinburg for a rare event: the chance to see their choices for the General Assembly who will be on the ballot in November come together for a public forum.

Guns and politics: Where does the debate in Virginia go next?

The special session the governor called to enact gun control measures in Virginia last week lasted just two hours — but its abrupt end hasn’t stopped the debate over gun violence policies. Instead, the venue has shifted from the state House and Senate floors to the Virginia State Crime Commission and to the campaign trail as legislators and their challengers differ over the potential path forward.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling steps down from JMU position as Sen. Obenshain’s ethics bill takes effect

In response to legislation passed by the General Assembly this spring and took effect on Monday, former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling has stepped away from his job as Senior Fellow at James Madison University.

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