ERA passed Jan. 15, 2020
Delegates applaud Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy after passage of ERA. Photo from NYtimes.com

Advocacy

Highlights of
2020 VA Legislative session

⇨ Full list of VGC priority Legislation
⇨ Blue Virginia article mentioning work of Virginia Grassroots Coalition

VGC Priority Bills signed by the Governor  

UD Cat S House Senate Number Summary
4/16 elections Passed Passed HB 1 No Excuse Absentee Voting.
4/16 guns Passed Passed HB 2 Universal Background Checks. Closes loopholes on universal background checks and firearms transfers.
4/16 elections Passed Passed HB 19 Repeal Voter ID Law.
4/12 economy Passed Passed SB 48 Nonpayment of wages.
3/28 economy Passed Passed SB 49 Nonpayment of wages.
4/12 guns Passed Passed SB 69 One Gun per Month. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period.
3/5 cjr Passed Passed HB 100 Inform Jury of Potential Range of Punishment. Allows the court and counsel for either party in a criminal case to (i) ask potential jurors any relevant question to ascertain whether the juror can sit impartially.
4/16 elections Passed Passed SB 111 No Excuse Absentee Voting.
4/12 economy Passed Passed HB 123 Nonpayment of wages under construction.
3/5 lgbtq Passed Passed HB 145 Supports Trans students.
3/5 lgbtq Passed Passed SB 161 Supports Trans students.
4/12 guns Passed Passed SB 240 Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO). Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties.
4/12 lgbtq Passed Passed SB 245 Bans Conversion Therapy.
4/12 cjr Passed Passed SB 325 Inform Jury of Potential Range of Punishment.
3/4 lgbtq Passed Passed HB 386 Bans Conversion Therapy.
4/16 environment Passed Passed HB 572 Solar Freedom.
4/12 health Passed Passed SB 667 Safe reporting of overdoses; immunity from prosecution.
4/16 environment Passed Passed SB 710 Solar Freedom.
4/12 women Passed Passed SB 733 Provision of abortion. Eliminates procedures and processes, including the performance of an ultrasound.
4/12 health Passed Passed HB 791 Comprehensive harm reduction programs.
4/16 economy Passed Passed SB 838 Nonpayment of wages under construction. Creates a private cause of action for workers to recover unpaid wages. Additionally, this new law makes general contractors liable and subject to penalty for wage theft, under certain conditions.
4/12 politics Passed Passed HB 849 Disclosure related to political campaign advertisements. Subjects any message that is placed or promoted for a fee on an online platform to the same disclosure requirements to which print media, television, and radio advertisements are subject.
4/16 environment Passed Passed SB 851 Virginia Clean Economy Act. Establishes a schedule by which Dominion Energy Virginia and American Electric Power are required to retire electric generating units located in the Commonwealth that emit carbon . . .
4/16 lgbtq Passed Passed SB 868 Virginia Values Act. Creates explicit causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the Virginia Human Rights Act.
3/4 cjr Passed Passed HB 995 Increasing the Felony Larceny Threshold.
4/16 environment Passed Passed HB 1526 Virginia Clean Economy Act.

Passed!

Equal Rights Amendment

Guarantee equality of rights under the law through the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. [Passed both houses of VA Legislature Jan 15, 2020.]

2020 Legislative Priorities
of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition

Read the letter to our General Assembly Senators and Delegates

Create safe and environmentally healthy communities for all Virginians

  • Combat climate change by requiring 100% clean energy including the transportation sector by 2040
  • Reduce gun violence through universal background checks; extreme risk laws and one handgun per month purchase limitation.

Promote equity and human rights of all Virginia residents

  • Ratify the ERA, repeal targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) and consent regulations
  • End cash bail and pre-trial detention
  • Legalize drivers licenses and in-state tuition for non-documented immigrants

Invest in our economic future by supporting our students, workers and families

  • Establish a statewide paid family and medical leave program
  • Establish a baseline "living wage" of $15 per hour by 2024
  • Allow for equity in education by increasing "at-risk add-on" funding by 25%
  • Strengthen opportunities for labor organizing, including by repealing "Right to Work"

Promote fairness and transparency in our elections and politics

  • Ban contributions to elected officials by public service corporations and regulated monopolies, such as Dominion Energy
  • Authorize automatic voter registration


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PRIORITY ISSUES

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✪ Environment
✪ Gun violence prevention
✪ Economy
✪ Reproductive rights
✪ Criminal justice reform
✪ Immigrants' Rights
✪ LGBTQ Rights
✪ Mental Health
✪ Education
✪ Politics
✪ Election Reform
✪ Rural issues