Anti-trans bills are on the rise in Virginia. Advocates say they cause harm and fear — even if they fail. (The Virginian Pilot)

Stephen Farnsworth, director of the University of Mary Washington Center for Leadership and Media Studies and a political science professor, said there are a few questions to ask for balanced legislative coverage.

Reporters should ask questions, Farnsworth said, such as: What are the bill’s prospects; is it likely to get through the House or the Senate; and is the governor likely to sign it?

“What you see in terms of a divided government is that not a lot is going to make it through that process,” Farnsworth said. “There’s not a lot of opportunity for bipartisan lawmaking.”