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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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Parole; application of statutes.
Rae writes: I remember *why* Virginia stopped parole. Some winner of a human being got released based on parole and then went out and shot 6 women - think one died. No reason other than pure hate. The state was so embarrassed that they stopped parole. I'm mixed about parole. We hear all of these heartbreaking stories, but a lot of these folk just go back and do what got them there in the first place.
Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
Anne Puckett writes: PLEASE support HB#1532. Inmates are incarcerated with little incentive or opportunity to make improvements in their lives. Not all of the prisons have programs or jobs for the inmates to participate in. They are basically being warehoused in a punitive system when it should be a restorative system. My son was sentenced to 9 years. His pre-sentencing report recommended 4 and 1/2 years. Because he took a plea deal we were not able to appeal. He has dealt with the issues that caused him to go down the wrong path and he has stayed out of trouble since his incarceration. He would definitely benefit from the passage of this bill and it would give him, and many others in the same situation, a chance to become a productive member of society.
Kratom; Board of Pharmacy to study whether it should be classified as a controlled substance.
Dan Thomas writes: I was introduced to Kratom as an alternate method to control my seemingly uncontrollable anxiety. I've taken it as part of my morning routine every day since 2010. I'm in my late 30's, father of two lovely little girls, I hold an MBA from Forbes School of Business. I feel the scheduling of mitragyna speciosa would be a huge loss for many. I am not saying it should be unregulated, but pairing it with powerful narcotics is not the way to go. I feel if I were to lose access to this plant, I would not have any other choice but to look to prescriptions with seemingly severe side effects (which terrifies me).
Assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties.
Jack R writes: The 2nd Amendment is here to protect the citizens from a tyrannical government. Our so called "public servants" continually persist in taking away the liberties of law abiding, tax paying citizens. Don't kid yourself. This is not about public safety. The proposals in this tyrannical bill chip away at our constitutional right with the end goal being to disarm the public.
Attorneys for the Commonwealth; compensation and collection of fees.
AtticusFinch writes: Strongly support passage of this bill. The worst-kept secret in Virginia criminal justice has been that (some) Commonwealths' Attorneys offices make (some) charging decisions with "the Comp. Board" in mind because their office staffing and funding is dependent on criminal statistics. Just ask any defense attorney how often his client's case has had to get certified to the grand jury as a felony before being eventually reduced to a misdemeanor. If s/he has long experience or a broad exposure to lots of jurisdictions (especially in Tidewater), s/he will have stories to tell. It's corrupt and it ought to end.
Corrections, Department of; earned sentence credits.
Christina Moore writes: Im a for HB430 & HB1532. Mass Incarceration must end. I agree that giving outrageous sentences to young people does not teach a lesson. The mentality has not matured. IF the young men and women are going to be locked away for decades or sentenced wrongfully; and yes that is happening also at least prepare and rehabilitate them while they are behind bars. I believe there should be a program put into each prison system that teaches and rehabilitates. Inspires not degrades and beats or mistreats. So please support these bills #HB430 & HB#1532