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The 2019 Virginia General Assembly session began on January 9, 2019, and continued for 45 days. Here you can read the bills that were proposed, voted on, and the few that ultimately become law.

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Minimum wage; increase to $10 per hour effective July 1, 2019.
Derrick Martin writes: They need too pass this bill nobody can live off of 7.25 I would like one of them to come and work for 7.25!!! It got too get done!!!
Motor vehicle safety inspections; increases maximum charge from $16 to $20.
John Mini writes: I am VERY PLEASED this bill has failed! Why would ANYONE vote for original inspect bill in the first place, let alone vote for an increase! The bill does NOTHING for safety....check your numbers and fax against states that have done away with the law. This bill is perpetrated by the automobile lobbyist. I drive a company vehicle, 2018 Chevy Impala. My shop forgot to "inspect" in and I didnt notice that the ticket had expired. I was pulled over on the interstate and given a ticket!! It's a brand new car and I don't own it!!! It didn't matter.I was put in more danger, being pulled over on the interstate, that that car could have ever caused me 10 years, let alone 1 year old. Shame on you Sen. Barker and anyone who supported it.
Reckless driving; exceeding speed limit.
John Mini writes: Mr. Wilcox- I feel you are missing the point. The current law does NOTHING to deter criminal negligence, with regard to speeding. If it does deter speeding, why aren't we the safest state in US to drive on? The law does not have the same impact for non-Virginia residents. In my opinion, the majority of the people speeding on our interstates are from another state. The current law is classified the same as a DUI and stays on your criminal record (yes, it's a crime) for life. If you are pulled over going 10 mph on I-81, you will be charged with reckless driving. This comes with a possible $2500.00 fine, 12 months in jail and your license suspended. For me, this would mean my job. The punishment doesn't fit the crime, not by a long shot. This is purely about revenue. Before you assume, no; I DON'T have a reckless driving ticket on my record BUT I almost did. I have a clean driving record (+5 points) and drive 40k miles a year. Take a drive up and down I-81...how many signs do you see warning you about this law? Why do you think that is? Better yet, ask someone you know what they think the speed for reckless driving on 81 is? If the state wants to protect lives, educate their residents and STOP fleecing their residents for traffic infractions. Senator Suetterlein; I SUPPORT YOU! Maybe next on the agenda should be the car inspection law and personal property tax. I am seriously thinking of leaving this state for all the reasons listed above. I have been a Virginia resident since 1983. J
Educators; Board of Education to establish code of ethics and professional responsibility.
Barbara Ettner writes: This bill is absolutely necessary to preserve the integrity, neutrality and professionalism of educators in k-12 schools in Virginia. I do not any good reason why any professional educator would not welcome adhering to a code of ethics that is a straightforward as this one proposed in HJ 841. I fully support LaRock's resolution and hope he will introduce a bill for a code of ethics in the 2020 GA session.
Minimum wage; increase to $10 per hour effective July 1, 2019.
Stanley Hines writes: How on Gods blue earth can I take little Johnny and little Suzie to them big golden arches of McDonald's to get them a happy meal for being so so good in school this week on a ridiculous $7.25/hr. That is INSANE!! Pull it together Republicans!!
Cruelty to animals; increases penalty.
Kathryn writes: Now is the time to sign this bill! We will not stand by while innocent pets are tortured. We are their voice and need you to take the necessary step to show that we are serious about intolerance to animal abuse. Please sign it now