HB797: Lead testing of water in public schools

Local school boards; lead testing; report; parental notification. Requires each local school board’s plan to test and remediate certain potable water sources to be consistent with guidance published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Health. The bill requires each local school board to submit such testing plan and report the results […]

HB799: Lead testing of water in daycare programs

Child day programs; potable water; lead testing. Requires licensed child day programs and certain other programs that serve preschool-age children to develop and implement a plan to test potable water from sources identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as high priority. The bill requires such plan and the results of each such test to […]

VA Public Radio: Virginia Takes on Race-Motivated 911 Calls

You’ve probably seen the viral videos of people calling 911 on African Americans using a public pool or birdwatching in the park. That’s about to become a felony in Virginia because of a bill introduced by Delegate Alex Askew, a Democrat from Virginia Beach. “People shouldn’t have to worry about the police being called because […]

Mass Transit Magazine: Hampton Roads Transit wins dedicated funding

Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) reached a historic milestone in September when it hosted a ceremonial bill-signing event at its Norfolk, Va., campus that will forever change the way the agency plans and funds its regional bus service. Legislation that allows HRT to receive dedicated regional funding means it will proceed with ambitious plans to launch […]

Virginia Business: Hampton Roads to deploy first electric buses in Va.

Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday signed legislation that will bring zero-emission electric buses to Virginia as part of an initiative to change public transportation in Hampton Roads. Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Louise Lucas and Del. Alex Askew creates the first-ever dedicated Hampton Roads Regional Transit Program and Fund, which will be managed by the […]

Virginia bill looks to make false 911 calls based on discrimination a hate crime

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A bill introduced in the Virginia General Assembly’s special session aims to make false 911 calls based on discriminatory behavior a hate crime. HB 5098 passed in the House of Delegates earlier this week and is currently being reviewed in the Senate. Del. Alex Askew, who represents the 85th District […]

Del. Alex Askew to serve as Secretary of Virginia Legislative Black Caucus

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) is excited to welcome Delegate Alex Askew (D-85th, Virginia Beach) as the newest member of the VLBC Executive Committee as he begins his service as Secretary for the VLBC. Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price (D-95th, Newport News) had served previously as Caucus Secretary. “It was an honor to serve in […]

WDBJ7: Digital staffing company moving to VA from CA, creating 700 jobs

ASGN Incorporated will spend $12.4 million to move its corporate headquarters from Calabasas, California to Henrico County, and grow operations across the Commonwealth, creating 700 jobs. The digital staffing company will invest $5 million in its new headquarters with 121 new jobs there. ASGN will also invest $7.4 million to expand its operations already in […]