Minimum wage; farm laborers or farm employees. (HB1786)

Introduced By

Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Minimum wage; farm laborers or farm employees. Eliminates the exemptions from Virginia's minimum wage requirements for (i) persons employed as farm laborers or farm employees and (ii) certain temporary foreign workers. Read the Bill »


02/22/2021: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/31/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101349D
12/31/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/14/2021Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce with amendment(s) (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Read first time
02/01/2021Read second time
02/01/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/01/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB1786E
02/01/2021Printed as engrossed 21101349D-E
02/02/2021Read third time and passed House (55-Y 44-N)
02/02/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2021Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/04/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1786E)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Failed to report (defeated) in Commerce and Labor (5-Y 10-N)


Billthethrill writes:

The kill farms bill
NC is reaping a harvest of tax and business exiles.
See IRS data at

edward writes:

High Horse ideological Democrats appear to be sponsors. What are some characteristics of High Horse Democrats?

1. typically from METRO areas or other ELITE CULTURAL SNOT ENCLAVES

2. typically haven't spent any time worth mentioning doing the hard jobs of agricultural labor

3. typically think that wages are all that matters ignoring, belittling, and discarding authentic rural community values, aims, and hopes (such as integrity of family and heritage, dignity of all labor and that everyone needs to work to preserve their dignity, respect for all life and living things, etc)

4. typically abandoned agricultural workers and other rural working class folks many times by NOT including them in legislation that benefits their constituents: for example, where is the public transportation infrastructure across rural Virginia so that rural folks can easily have better jobs by commuting on affordable public transportation? for example, where is the 100% Broadband coverage across rural Virginia so that rural folks can look for jobs, find jobs, train for jobs, do business, etc online? for example, when they expanded Medicaid under ACA (a good thing!) they didn't spend the money that was needed to ensure that rural health resources are EQUITABLE as in their own metro areas (EQUITABLE hospital proximity and quality. EQUITABLE access to medical specialties, dentistry, mental health, long term care. EQUITABLE numbers and quality and expertise of local provider in rural areas as in metro areas (just look at the map of how HATEFULLY poor health care is for rural Virginians compared to metro Virginians: )

5. typically continue to dump their hideous, hateful, stinking, rotting, diseased, toxic and polluting WASTE into grotesque landfills in poor and working class rural areas! Go see where they are: IN RURAL or VERY RURAL areas, that are POOR or WORKING CLASS areas, and mostly are in BLACK or other minority community areas.

Assembling the pieces above, THEREFORE - typically - High Horse Ideological Democrats participate in CULTURAL SNOT ELITISM and CAPITALIST EXTRACTION IMPERIALISM, both variants of White Supremacy Ideology.
PS, look over the maps:

- county health rankings where rural Virginians GET SICK MORE, STAY SICK LONGER, and DIE SOONER that the enclaves of High Horse Democratic Elites:
- landfills where Virginia and other metros hatefully dump their hateful, toxic, polluting waste to desecrate, defecate and obliterate rural landscapes, ecosystems, and communities:
- Virginias disproportionately non-White, or MAJORITY BLACK, counties:

THEY MATCH UP WELL! So this visually displays how RACIALLY and ECONOMICALLY HATEFUL typical High Horse Democratic Elites are.

And these are the FACTS!

Waldo Jaquith writes:

"People prefer to be paid in 'authentic rural community values' instead of money and only dang-nabbit city-slickers don't get that" is...that sure is a thing you wrote.

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