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The 2020 Virginia General Assembly session began on January 8, and will continue for 60 days. Here you can read the bills that are proposed, follow them as they’re voted on, and learn about the few that ultimately become law.

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Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
Mario Lanza writes: I know this bill has been pushed back to 2021, but please consider passing it then. So many first time offenders have done great things with their lives in prison, and they deserve a chance to use their new college education and their second chance and earn time off for good behavior. Passing it is just the right thing to do.
Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
Denise writes: To the above comment...it’s not only people that are criminals and there families who wants to see this bill pass. It’s those who has humanity in their hearts; who would love to see this bill pass. I have been a victim of a crime but that will not effect my decision on this. Because this bill reform is for the majority not for the few. Everyone is entitled to a second chance to get back into society with their families and love ones; with lessons learned and to be a better person. I’m from New York and yes like everything else there will always be those few. But, the reform is working for the majority in New York, local politicians and government revenue. This bill is for those who appreciate there second chance. For those who learned from there wake up call, mistakes and bad decision making. Their are prisoners being incarcerated for crimes that the length of time and punishment is real steep compare to others convictions and sentencing. Their debt to society is already being paid off. Let’s show them as a society and let’s give them that second chance sooner then later. So yes please pass the HB1532 earned sentence credits. But it is sad to note that the bill has stopped at the courts of justice till 2021. Other words this bill has failed. Hopefully there will be another bill presented and that bill will pass...
Minimum wage; increases to $9 per hour effective January 1, 2020.
Dianne Rencsok writes: People paid minimum wage, don't see that amount in their paycheck. Income, Medicare and Social Security tax come out first. Although they will get the Income tax back as a refund, they need to be able to afford living until then. Employers will have to raise prices, but if you will pay $4 for a hamburger you could make at home for less than a dollar, you can afford the increase.
Assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, etc.; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties.
Waldo Jaquith writes: Senators are paid $18,000/year. Delegates are paid $17,640. Nobody is taking the job for that sweet, sweet salary.
Assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, etc.; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties.
Robert P writes: This bill will do nothing to reduce crime, it will only make innocent law biding citizens criminals. Most guns used to commit crimes are stolen or acquired illegally. This is a stop gap bill to make it look like law maker are doing something about crime. Get a grasp people, lawmakers are not trying to help anyone. They want to be re-elected and live off tax payers money. The second amendment is about protection against people trying to take away your rights and guns. Hitler did it too! Look where that ended up for Poland and the Jewish Germans, no books, no guns and then no life.
Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
bob writes: If you want your precious recidivism rate to go up then pass this bill. Many criminals do what they have to do while in prison, yet totally change once out. Ask California and New York how releasing criminals earlier than expected is working out for them. The only people who want this bill passed is criminals and their families.