Virginia is about to abolish the death penalty. That doesn't sound like much, but that would make it the first southern state to do so. Virginia has the most executions of all the states and was the location of the first US execution, and also has the second most executions in the modern era after Texas, so it's a watershed moment in the abolitionist struggle.
The modern era is usually defined in the USA as post-Furman, which was a legal moratorium imposed by SCOTUS between 1972 and 1976 due to racial bias in death sentencing, with the first execution after that being Gary Gilmour by firing squad in 1977 in Utah (for sports fans, his last words were "Let's do it", which was the inspiration for Nike's catch phrase of "Just do it!").
Virginia used to be solidly Republican at state level, but has recently switched to Democratic, so it's interesting to see the various agenda items being progressed after the change and whether that will be replicated in other purple states.