VA NOW (National Organization for Women)’s Portfolio

23 bills are being tracked.

School principals; incident reports. (HB59)

Patron: Del. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen)
Status: failed committee

Fail. This will lead to more kids getting into the penal system - not because they're criminals but more likely because of behavior issues.

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Abortion; right to informed consent. (HB212)

Patron: Del. Karen Greenhalgh (R-Virginia Beach)
Status: failed committee

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Public charter schools; applications, review and approval. (HB344)

Patron: Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach)
Status: failed committee

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Transgender students; model policies. (HB988)

Patron: Del. Scott Wyatt (R-Mechanicsville)
Status: failed committee

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Protective orders; possession of firearms. (HB1051)

Patron: Del. Phil Scott (R-Spotsylvania)
Status: failed committee

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Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; created, penalty. (HB1274)

Patron: Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper)
Status: failed committee

Companion bill to sb710. Both must be defeated. They aim to criminalize abortion providers and shame women for seeking abortion care.

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Paid family and medical leave program; Virginia Employment Commission required to establish. (SB1)

Patron: Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)
Status: in subcommittee

Pass! Good for working families and individuals, good for businesses. We need it in Virginia.

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School principals; incident reports. (SB2)

Patron: Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)
Status: incorporated

Fail

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School boards; employment of at least one school resource officer in elementary & secondary schools. (SB415)

Patron: Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)
Status: failed committee

This raises concerns about children having negative encounters with police officers at a young age. A 2015 Center for Public Integrity report found Virginia had the highest number of student referrals to law enforcement - more than double the national average. A Virginia Tech analysis found that minorities and students with disabilities were disproportionately represented in the students referred to law enforcement. The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposed these bills, saying that police in schools too often become the go-to person for enforcing discipline, increasing the likelihood that routine misbehavior could lead to criminal charges.
SROs undermine the academic environment and allow for the escalation of routine administrative discipline. We need to invest in school nurses, counselors and other supportive services.

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Public charter schools; applications, review and approval. (SB608)

Patron: Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)
Status: failed committee

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Physical evidence recovery kits; victim's right to notification, storage. (SB658)

Patron: Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)
Status: signed by governor

Pass. Keep rape kits - some victims need time before they are ready to bring charges against their rapist.

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Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; created, penalty. (SB710)

Patron: Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian)
Status: failed committee

Companion bill to hb1274. Both must be defeated. They aim to criminalize abortion providers and shame women for seeking abortion care.

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