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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.
Jodi Androw writes: I have been voting Republican, but I will be voting Democrat from now on. How in the world do you expect anyone to make it without Govenment assistant on $7.25 an hour. Not going to happen. I earn $9.25 and hour at FoodLion and I still receive food stamps for just me, no children at home. Imagine if you will that it was 5 years ago when raising my Great Niece and Nephew on $7.25 an hour or even $9.25. I couldn’t do it. At that time I was earning much more as a CNA, I feel My education level could be higher , I also feel I am educated. So it’s not just those that didn’t completeiPlease Republicans think what it would be like if you had to raise your family on 7.25 an hour. Thank you, Jodi
Health insurance; nondiscrimination, gender identity or transgender status.
AJ writes: Thank you for using your "valuable time and energy" to work towards providing support and protection for the marginalized people in your constituency. They are PEOPLE, too. -Another tax-paying constituent
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.