Constitutional amendment; right to work (submitting to qualified voters). (HB4)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); right to work. Provides for a referendum at the November 8, 2016, election to approve or reject an amendment to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
11/16/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100597D
11/16/2015Committee
11/16/2015Committee
11/16/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100597D
11/16/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Constitutional Amendments
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee Constitutional Amendments
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub:
01/15/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB4)
01/18/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 2-N)
01/29/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2016Read first time
02/02/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/03/2016Read third time and passed House (63-Y 34-N)
02/03/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (63-Y 34-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/09/2016Reported from Privileges and Elections (7-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Passed by for the day
02/15/2016Read third time
02/15/2016Passed by temporarily
02/15/2016Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2016Enrolled
02/16/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB4ER)
02/16/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB4ER)
02/16/2016Signed by Speaker
02/16/2016Signed by President
02/17/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/16
02/17/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
02/24/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 12 (effective 7/1/16)
02/24/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 12 (effective - see bill)
02/24/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0012)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

SPEAKING TO THE BILL, THIS IS SENATE BILL -- SORRY, HOUSE BILL 4 THAT WAS HEARD IN THE PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE, AND THIS BILL IS IDENTICAL TO A BILL THAT WAS DEBATED ON THE SENATE FLOOR ALREADY. THIS IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON RIGHT TO WORK, AND IT WAS FAIRLY FULLY DEBATED ON THE SENATE FLOOR. I WON'T ELABORATE ANY FURTHER. I WOULD MOVE PASSAGE OF THE

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester): THANK YOU, SENATOR. BILL. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 4 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY OF THE SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 21, NO'S 19.

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester): AYES 21, NO'S 19.

Comments

Bill P writes:

FCTA supports Right to Work

Labor Laura writes:

One problem with Democracy today is that American people are uninterested in voting, in their elected representatives, and are easily swayed by TV soundbites.
"Kill Unions" legislation like this bill would deny the first ammendment right of assembly other than for a day, as in a demonstration. This bill would preclude the right to assemble in organized maner to improve pay and benefits, something that is anathma to corporations who don't care a fig about the people who create their wealth.
We positively proved in the 20th Century that Democracy is strenghten when you create a broad middle class, and tame the excesses of the very elite. Labor unions are a strong element of that success, while inequality is greatly diminshed. We should be looking for ways to improve the lot of ordinary people, and drop efforts to restrict organizations whose sole purpose is to improve their share of the economic pie.

MP writes:

The general public doesn't understand government enough to be informed. Too many bills every session and feeling overwhelming data overload.

The very people that need the union protection from employers are uninformed of this. Especially those in low income high unemployment areas.

Shame on the legislators for keeping their own people uninformed. With facebook and other public mediums, they wont be getting by with this under the table for long. They went to facebook on the guns issue with mass support. But not this?

Perhaps the local legislature should openly put their work in local papers, I am sure they won't because if everything stays under the radar they get by with it.

People are learning, not fast enough to stop the inundation of frivolous activities that hb687 and hb302 and over 2,200 other bills in 2016 alone cover the most important issues.