Virginia lawmakers debate bill on getting kids back in the classroom

“I think it’s more important than really anything,” said Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach). “We know that our children learn better in the classroom.” “I think this legislation is needed because we’ve seen so many changes with the virus over the past year.” Read the full article

Northam introduces first-ever statewide plan for advancing diversity, inclusion

The plan is being codified by the General Assembly through previously-passed legislation. House Bill 1993 — sponsored by Delegates Alex Askew, D-Virginia Beach, and Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond — requires state agencies to establish and maintain diversity, equity and inclusion plans in coordination with the Governor’s Chief Diversity Officer. Read the full article

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 […]

Opinion: When storms strike, communities of color face greater risks

Adding another crisis scenario to the mix of events right now in our country seems unthinkable. More than 159,000 American lives have been lost to COVID-19. Decades after the Civil Rights Act, somehow, there are still people who don’t recognize the sanctity of Black lives. While there are good people of all races working together […]

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 […]