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Virginia House speaker plans hearings on criminal justice

Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn announced the special hearings Friday, saying they would take place in July and August.
Credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker-designate, Eileen Filler-Corn, left, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, along with State Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, right, applaud during remarks on their legislative agenda at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn is announcing three public hearings on criminal justice matters ahead of a special session set for later this summer. Filler-Corn announced the special hearings Friday, saying they would take place in July and August. 

Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to call a special legislative session in August. The initial purpose of the session was to focus on the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but it has grown to include a focus on criminal justice reform following the widespread civil unrest following the death of George Floyd. 

Floyd died after a white police officer in Minneapolis pressed a knee on his neck. 

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