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The 2021 Virginia General Assembly session began on January 13, and will continue for at least 30 days. Here you can read the bills that are proposed.

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Intentional injury to property or a monument or memorial; reduces penalty.
Carol J Bova writes: Has anyone noticed this says "intentional injury or destruction of (1) any property, real or personal, not his own" and includes trees used as boundary markers for tracts of land, in addition to war memorials and monuments?
Funeral service establishments; manager of record.
Gene Gardner writes: My wife of 48 years passed away in September 2020. During the arrangements, I had an opportunity to speak with the funeral director about the challenges to his business in general (such as an aging population) and in the new Covid-19 environment. They are facing a shortage of available staff to serve their clients and have had to rely on other funeral homes to take on some of the workload. Making arrangements has to happen in a very timely fashion after death. Anything that would restrict the number of businesses or available staff would only make things worse. SB1424 requires that funeral directors can only serve as a manager of record if they also have certification as an embalmer. There is no reason for this other than to help larger establishments that have a combination director/embalmer reduce competition from other firms. There is nothing that uniquely qualifies embalmers to better oversee the business, comply with state regulation, or serve clients. My wife was cremated (no embalming). Embalming is a declining choice for consumers. There is no valid reason to prop up practices seeking prestige for outdated and increasingly irrelevant practices. What your constituents in this current climate need are more alternative choices and lower prices. These families (like me) do not need some kind of occupation licensing restrictions to cause shortages and rising costs in their time of grief.
Study; Virginia State Crime Commission; alternative approaches to the Commonwealth's enforcement.
Robert Legge writes: When will this bill get to Rules?
Shifting municipal elections to November.
Jeanne Hanewich writes: Passage of this bill would drastically increase voter participation in local elections across Virginia. May elections suffer from low turnout. This isn't just a problem in Virginia, but nationwide, when local elections occur during other months than November. Wherever you are from in the United States, NOVEMBER means it is time to vote. Continuing to hold local elections in May is problematic because it results in elected officials that are not as accountable to the electorate and gives an ever greater advantage for incumbents to retain their office. It is also expensive for localities to hold these elections when they could be consolidated to November and the cost savings could be used for other programs. It is also confusing to voters when some localities vote in May and others in November. As far as the public is concerned, most people don't understand why these elections aren't already in November. It is an issue that people can agree on across party lines. The shift needs to be made for more convenience and cost savings and less confusion on when to vote for local officials in Virginia.
Funeral service establishments; manager of record.
Philip Olson writes: I am the son, grandson, and great-grandson of funeral directors who ran a successful family funeral business for nearly 100 years. It is not in the public good to require funeral home managers to be skilled at embalming. Embalming is a highly specialized, technical and scientific skill that is not essentially related to the management of a funeral home, or to a funeral director's capacity to provide the wide range of funeral service options that do not include embalming. Passing this proposed legislation would place unreasonable limits (or requirements) on professionals whose important work has become all the clearer during the course of the present pandemic. Please say No to SB1424. Let funeral professionals serve the public without requiring training in a skill that has been decreasing in demand for many years. Sincerely, Phil Olsoon
Funeral service establishments; manager of record.
Isabel Berney writes: There is no need for this bill. A funeral home should be able to contract embalming services and not even have an embalmer on its staff. The manager of record just needs administrative skills. There should be two separate licenses: one for funeral director, one for embalmers. This bill should be killed.