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Special session to focus on COVID-19, police reform
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Special session to focus on COVID-19, police reform

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Police in riot gear stand together along East Broad Street on May 31. House and Senate Democrats plan to introduce legislation calling for the creation of Citizen Review Panels to study police misconduct at the locality level, a key demand from protests in Richmond after the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.

Mel Leonor reports that state legislators convene in Richmond on Tuesday for a special session charged by a summer of COVID-19 and protests of racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd in police custody.

Among the many police reform proposals, House and Senate Democrats plan to introduce legislation calling for the creation of Citizen Review Panels to study police misconduct at the locality level.

Despite differences and GOP warnings of overreaching, Leonor reports that Democrats and Republicans might find common ground on some police-related measures, including banning chokeholds and making it easier to permanently remove officers with records of egregious misconduct — measures that have support from many in law enforcement. READ MORE

Michael Martz reports that Gov. Ralph Northam expects the state's revenues to be $2.7 billion less than projected because of the pandemic. While a lot of new spending is going by the boards, the governor expects to avoid layoffs of state workers and cuts to essential services. READ MORE

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