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School principals; incident reports, written threats against school personnel, etc. (HB4)

Patron: Del. Scott Wyatt (R-Mechanicsville)
Status: signed by governor

Ask your legislators to vote NO on this bill that would require principals of schools to feed the school to prison pipeline by reporting to police any behavior that could be criminal. The law was recently changed to only require reports of felonies. This bill would change that back.

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Absentee voting; return of absentee ballots, drop-off locations. (HB34)

Patron: Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine)
Status: in committee

OPPOSE. Repeals law allowing drop off boxes for absentee ballots.

There are 3 comments about this bill »

Absentee voting in person; available beginning on the fourteenth day prior to election. (HB39)

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

OPPOSE. Reduces from 45 days to 14 the period for in-person absentee voting.

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Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. (HB46)

Patron: Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE this bill that seeks to roll back changes made over the last couple of years to ease voter id requirements and other measures that enhance access to voting.

There are 2 comments about this bill »

Traffic offenses, certain; issuing citations. (HB79)

Patron: Del. Ronnie Campbell (R-Raphine)
Status: failed committee

Ask your legislators to vote NO on this bill that would repeal the prohibitions enacted last year on police use of minor traffic infractions and the smell of marijuana as excuses to stop and ask to search cars. The law was changed to eliminate unnecessary interactions between police and the public and address the reality that these kinds of stops were disproportionately being made on Black and Brown people.

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Felony homicide; certain drug offenses, penalties. (HB108)

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

OPPOSE this bill that would make a sibling or friend who shares a drug with another addict a murderer. This legislation has been defeated before in part because it will discourage people from seeking help for someone who has overdosed and is dying in their presence.

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Absentee voting; applications for ballots, annual absentee voter list. (HB175)

Patron: Del. Rob Bloxom (R-Accomack)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE. Requires annual application for absentee ballot.

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Absentee voting; witness requirement for absentee ballots. (HB177)

Patron: Del. Rob Bloxom (R-Accomack)
Status: passed senate

OPPOSE. Instead of eliminating the arcane witness requirement that dates back to Jim Crow, this bill strengthens the requirement for a witness without any evidence that this is needed, and despite concern about the impact on people living alone or who continue to be concerned about exposure to COVID.

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Voter registration; registration permitted up to and including the day of the election. (HB185)

Patron: Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE this bill that would limit access to the ballot box by repealing the law scheduled to go into effect this year that would allow people to register to vote and vote on election day (called "same day registration).

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Absentee voting; permanent absentee voter list repealed. (HB196)

Patron: Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE. Reinstitutes the requirement to apply for an absentee ballot each election.

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Abortion; right to informed consent. (HB212)

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

OPPOSE this bill that demeans people seeking abortion care and doctors alike. Doctors because it assumes that they don't comply with ethical and legal requirements to obtain informed consent for all medical procedures. And, people seeking abortion care because it assumes that people seeking abortions don't understand the procedure or need to be told by the state what information they need to make an informed decision.

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Minimum wage; clarifies definition of wages. (HB296)

Patron: Del. Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE this bill that would freeze Virginia's minimum wage at $11.00 by repealing the provisions of law that would increase it going forward.

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Minimum wage; removes certain provisions relating to increasing state wage. (HB320)

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

OPPOSE this bill that would freeze Virginia's minimum wage at $11.00 by repealing the provisions of law that would increase it going forward.

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Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk, penalties. (HB509)

Patron: Del. Marie March (R-Floyd)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE this bill that seeks to repeal so-called "Red Flag" law that allows guns to be removed from people posing a substantial risk of harm to others and themselves.

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Voter identification; optional restrictive identification requirement. (HB544)

Patron: Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano)
Status: failed committee

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Search warrants; removes certain provisions in regard to execution of warrants. (HB660)

Patron: Del. Will Wampler (R-Abingdon)
Status: passed committee

OPPOSE this bill which repeals limitations on service of search warrants by police during nighttime hours.

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Correctional facilities, state; fees associated with inmates. (HB665)

Patron: Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)
Status: signed by governor

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Search warrants; execution. (HB736)

Patron: Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)
Status: passed senate

OPPOSE. Interesting that leadership of the House of Delegates allowed this bill that would have repealed limits on the execution of search warrants at night to die on the floor of the House without a vote.

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Arrest and summons quotas; prohibition. (HB750)

Patron: Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)
Status: signed by governor

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Admission to bail; rebuttable presumptions against bail. (HB812)

Patron: Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE. Everyone should be entitled to be released pending trial unless the prosecutor proves by objective evidence that they present a danger to the community.

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Law-enforcement agencies; acquisition of military property. (HB813)

Patron: Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart)
Status: signed by governor

OPPOSE. Removes limitations on law enforcement use of military equipment in carrying out their responsibilities. Increases the militarization of our law enforcement agencies.

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Absentee voting; deadline for returning absentee ballot. (HB956)

Patron: Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE. Repeals law extending time from for submitting absentee ballots. Reinstitutes requirement of receipt by end of election day.

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Marijuana and certain traffic offenses; issuing citations. (HB1030)

Patron: Del. Terry Austin (R-Buchanan)
Status: incorporated

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Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. (HB1090)

Patron: Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE. Reinstitutes the requirement for a valid government-issued photo ID from voting and eliminates the option of a voter affirmation under penalty of perjury if the voter doesn't have such an ID.

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Attorney General; instituting/conducting crim. prosecutions for certain violence against children. (HB1198)

Patron: Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)
Status: failed committee

OPPOSE this bill. AG Miyares and his patron Delegate Rob Bell apparently believe that it is appropriate for the state legislature to give a local police chief, who is an employee of a locality and subject to being hired and fired by the county manager/executive or city manager/chief administrative officer, state statutory authority to bypass the locally elected constitutional officer whose job it is to prosecute crimes (the Commonwealth's Attorney) if that police chief doesn't like the local prosecutor's decisions about whether and when to prosecute a case. And, they'd also grant another independent constitutional officer, the sheriff, the same authority to have the AG override local prosecutorial decisions.
Up to now, the law (restated in the bill) has clearly said "the Attorney General shall have no authority to institute or conduct criminal prosecutions in the circuit courts of the Commonwealth except" in limited circumstances specifically authorized by the legislature (initially, theft of state property, for example), and, only then, "with the concurrence of the local commonwealth's attorney."
What Miyares is seeking to do is to take away the authority to govern police and prosecutions at the local level ... to override the will of the prosecutors elected by the voters who are residents of the locality and have prosecutorial decisions made by him ... a person who may or may not have garnered a majority of votes in that particular jurisdiction.
The people being policed deserve to have the most direct control over the policies and procedures being used by the people policing them, whether at the ballot box or by public engagement in civilian review boards or other mechanisms for making their views known.
Mr. Miyares' wants to substitute his judgment for that of certain local prosecutors he has described as "progressive." This is not what the voters who elected those local constitutional officers want or expect from him as AG.

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Facial recognition technology; redefines, local law enforcement and campus police to utilize. (HB1339)

Patron: Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake)
Status: passed senate

OPPOSE this bill that will allow widespread use of facial recognition technology despite serious concerns about its reliability particularly for identifying people of color.

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Judges; nominations for election to Court of Appeals of Virginia. (HR10)

Patron: Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)
Status: passed house

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School principals; incident reports. (SB2)

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

Ask your legislators to vote NO on this bill that would require principals of schools to feed the school to prison pipeline by reporting to police any behavior that could be criminal. The law was recently changed to only require reports of felonies. This bill would change that back.

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Voting systems; reporting absentee results by precinct, definitions. (SB3)

Patron: Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)
Status: signed by governor

Requires general registrars to report to the Department of Elections the number and results of absentee ballots cast by voters assigned to each precinct in the registrar's locality.

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Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (voter referendum). (SB21)

Patron: Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Status: failed committee

Encourage your Senator and Delegate to vote FOR this bill. This legislation implements the constitutional referendum authorized in SJ1 and includes the question that will be on the ballot in 2022 regarding the proposed amendment guaranteeing the fundamental right to vote.

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School principals; incident reports, written threats against school personnel, etc. (SB36)

Patron: Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)
Status: signed by governor

Ask your legislators to vote NO on this bill that would require principals of schools to feed the school to prison pipeline by reporting to police any behavior that could be criminal. The law was recently changed to only require reports of felonies. This bill would change that back.

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Summons; promise to appear after issuance. (SB98)

Patron: Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)
Status: failed committee

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Law-enforcement officers; evidence obtained during prohibited stop. (SB105)

Patron: Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)
Status: failed committee

This bill gives retroactive and prospective effect to legislation passed last year that limits pretextual stops and stops for minor equipment issues or because of the "smell of marijuana."

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Correctional facilities; DOC to convene work group to study use of restorative housing. (SB108)

Patron: Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)
Status: enacted

SUPPORT this bill that prohibits the use of solitary confinement in state adult and juvenile correctional facilities.

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Law-enforcement officer; purpose of traffic stop. (SB246)

Patron: Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)
Status: failed committee

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Public defender; supplementing compensation. (SB282)

Patron: Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)
Status: incorporated

SUPPORT this bill that will help equalize compensation for prosecutors and public defenders. The bill would require localities that supplement state payments for prosecutors to do the same for public defenders. Equalizing pay will help make the system fairer by helping public defender office attract and retain highly qualified attorneys.

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School principals; incident reports. (SB287)

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

Ask your legislators to vote NO on this bill that would require principals of schools to feed the school to prison pipeline by reporting to police any behavior that could be criminal. The law was recently changed to only require reports of felonies. This bill would change that back.

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Arrest and summons quotas; prohibition. (SB327)

Patron: Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)
Status: signed by governor

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Law-enforcement agencies; acquisition of military property. (SB328)

Patron: Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)
Status: signed by governor

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Marcus alert system; participation in the system is optional for localities, etc. (SB361)

Patron: Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)
Status: signed by governor

OPPOSE this bill that makes local participation optional for the new Marcus alert system for people having a mental health crisis. How law enforcement responds in these situations should not vary by the locality in which you live.

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Petition for modification of sentence; eligibility, procedures. (SB378)

Patron: Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)
Status: failed committee

This is Second Look legislation passed by the Senate that would allow the judge in the district where the person was tried for a crime to take a "second look" at the person's sentence after a period of time and if the person has a "clean" disciplinary record in prison. The parallel House bill failed in committee.

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Independent policing auditor; county manager plan of government. (SB388)

Patron: Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)
Status: failed committee

This gives Arlington County the authority to hire an independent policing auditor.

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Cannabis control; retail market. (SB391)

Patron: Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)
Status: in subcommittee

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Drug possession; persons charged with first offense, probation. (SB413)

Patron: Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)
Status: failed committee

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Court appearance of a person not free on bail; changes to provisions regarding bail hearings, etc. (SB475)

Patron: Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)
Status: passed committee

SUPPORT this bill that helps assure a more level playing field in criminal proceedings by ensuring that defendents have counsel at their first appearance in court when bail is being considered. Commonwealth's Attorneys are opposing this bill.

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Virginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment, definition of employer. (SB494)

Patron: Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)
Status: failed committee

SUPPORT this bill that includes all employers with 5 or more employees in the prohibitions against workplace discrimination. There are more than 130,000 businesses with 1-19 employees that employ more than 500,000 people (SBA data 2020) in Virginia all of which are currently allowed to discriminate without prohibition.

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Attorney General; instituting or conducting criminal prosecutions for acts of violence. (SB563)

Patron: Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)
Status: failed committee

UPDATE: This bill was passed by indefinitely in Senate Judiciary. It is dead for this session. OPPOSE this bill. AG Miyares and his patron Senator Ryan McDougle apparently believe that it is appropriate for the state legislature to give a local police chief, who is an employee of a locality and subject to being hired and fired by the county manager/executive or city manager/chief administrative officer, state statutory authority to bypass the locally elected constitutional officer whose job it is to prosecute crimes (the Commonwealth's Attorney) if that police chief doesn't like the local prosecutor's decisions about whether and when to prosecute a case. And, they'd also grant another independent constitutional officer, the sheriff, the same authority to have the AG override local prosecutorial decisions.
Up to now, the law (restated in the bill) has clearly said "the Attorney General shall have no authority to institute or conduct criminal prosecutions in the circuit courts of the Commonwealth except" in limited circumstances specifically authorized by the legislature (initially, theft of state property, for example), and, only then, "with the concurrence of the local commonwealth's attorney."
What Miyares is seeking to do is to take away the authority to govern police and prosecutions at the local level ... to override the will of the prosecutors elected by the voters who are residents of the locality and have prosecutorial decisions made by him ... a person who may or may not have garnered a majority of votes in that particular jurisdiction.
The people being policed deserve to have the most direct control over the policies and procedures being used by the people policing them, whether at the ballot box or by public engagement in civilian review boards or other mechanisms for making their views known.
Mr. Miyares' wants to substitute his judgment for that of certain local prosecutors he has described as "progressive." This is not what the voters who elected those local constitutional officers want or expect from him as AG.

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Sex trafficking; minors engaged in prostitution, etc. (SB664)

Patron: Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)
Status: failed committee

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Law-enforcement employees; alleged wrongdoing. (SB669)

Patron: Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)
Status: failed committee

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Facial recognition technology; authorized uses. (SB741)

Patron: Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)
Status: enacted

OPPOSE this bill that allows law enforcement to use facial recognition technology, an unproven tech that misidentifies people of color disproportionately.

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Marijuana; expungement of offenses, civil penalty. (SB742)

Patron: Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)
Status: failed committee

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Marijuana-related offenses; modification of sentence. (SB745)

Patron: Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)
Status: failed committee

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Minors; prohibition of deceptive tactics during custodial interrogation. (SB746)

Patron: Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)
Status: failed committee

SUPPORT. Bans lying to minors by police when they are being interrogated while in custody.

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Voter registration; restoration of political rights upon release from incarceration, effective date. (SB767)

Patron: Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Status: failed committee

SUPPORT. Sets out procedures for implementing constitutional right to vote if passed by voters.

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Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (second reference). (SJ1)

Patron: Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Status: failed committee

Encourage your Senator and Delegate to vote FOR this resolution. If passed by the House and Senate without any change, this resolution would allow voters the chance to approve a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote to all Virginia citizens 18 and over.

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Constitutional amendment; fundamental right to marry, same-sex marriage prohibition. (SJ5)

Patron: Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)
Status: failed committee

Ask your Senator and Delegate to vote FOR this resolution that authorizes a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would repeal a provision limiting marriage to a man and a woman and assuring marriage equality going forward. The language of the proposed amendment protects religious organizations (already protected by the 1st Amendment to the federal constitution) from being required to perform marriages in violation of their beliefs.

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