General Assembly Bill Tracking

Immigrants’ Rights

Virginia should pursue policies that make us more, not less, welcoming to newcomers. There are several proposals that would make it very difficult for Virginia’s counties and cities to put in place commonsense policies that build trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities. Instead, these proposals send an unwelcoming message of exclusion for refugees seeking a chance to rebuild their lives.

 

Position

Bill #

Patron

Summary

Oppose

HB1468

Marshall, R.

Requires law enforcement to hold immigrants on ICE detainers

Oppose

HB2000

Poindexter

Prohibits sanctuary policies

Oppose

HB2002

Poindexter

Requires report on refugee and immigrant resettlements

Oppose

SB1262

Black

Liability of sanctuary cities for certain injuries and damages  

 

Criminal Justice Reform

Virginia’s criminal justice system should be fair and provide returning citizens with opportunities to lead productive lives. Virginia should embrace alternatives to incarceration for people with mental health concerns and address the mental health issues within incarcerated populations. There are many proposals that seek to address these issues and reduce the number of Virginians in prisons.

 

Position

Bill #

Patron

Summary

Support

HB1534 & 1536

Bell, Richard P.

Reduces the maximum length of a long-term suspension from 364 calendar days to 90 school days.

Support

HB1784

Bell, R.W.

Forensic discharge planning services; local and regional correctional facilities.

Support

HB1845

Cox

Department of Criminal Justice Services; model addiction recovery program; jails.

Support

SB816

Surovell

Increases from $200 to $500 the threshold amount of money taken or value of goods or chattel taken at which the crime rises from petit larceny to grand larceny.

Support

SB825

Wexton

Provides that a person who was sentenced by a jury prior to the date of the Supreme Court of Virginia decision in Fishback v. Commonwealth is entitled to a new sentencing proceeding if such person is still incarcerated.

Support

SB940

Cosgrove

Mental health screening of prisoners at local correctional facilities.

Support

SB995 & 997

Stanley

Reduces the maximum length of a long-term suspension from 364 calendar days to 90 school days.

Support

SB1066

Deeds

Petition for writ of actual innocence.

Support

SB1188

Edwards

Driver’s license; suspension of license for nonpayment of fines and court costs.

Support

SB1227

Barker

Drug Treatment Court Act; eligibility.

Support

SB1442

Deeds

Jails; DCJS to develop behavioral health screening for all persons.

Support

SB1563

Stanley

Discovery in criminal cases; duty to provide.

 

Voter Access

Our democracy is strongest when all eligible citizens are able to participate. Proposals that create  gratuitous barriers to voting, such as regressive photo ID laws, laws against absentee voting, and laws against early voting seek to limit access to the ballot.Redistricting rules need to be implemented to create a fair system where voters are choosing the politicians instead of politicians choosing their voters.

 

Position

Bill #

Patron

Summary

Oppose

HB1399

Cole

Proportions State Board of Elections and local electoral boards by political party

Oppose

HB1428

Fowler

Requires photo ID for mail-in absentee ballots

Oppose

HB1598

Cole

Requires proof of citizenship documentation for voter registration

Support

SB845

Howell

Allows caregivers to vote absentee

Support

SB846

Lucas

Creates interim redistricting commission for remedial redistricting plans

Oppose

SB872

Chase

Requires photo ID for mail-in absentee ballots

Oppose

SB1253

Obenshain

Requires DMV photo to be included in electronic poll books

Oppose

SB1303

Vogel

Changes time of the deadline for electronic voter registration from 11:59pm to 5:00pm

Oppose

SB1581

Peake

Requires data match with Social Security Administration for voter registration

Oppose

SJ223

Norment

Constitutional amendment that removes discretionary authority of the governor to restore the civil rights for individuals convicted of felonies; imposes mandatory waiting period and repayment of all fines, fees and restitution before becoming eligible for persons convicted of violent felonies

Support

SJ231

Hanger

Constitutional amendment to establish redistricting commission and criteria to draw voting districts

Support

SJ290

Howell

Constitutional amendment to establish criteria for to draw voting districts

 

Climate Justice

 

Position

Bill #

Patron

Summary

Support

SB1398

Surovell

Prohibits the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) from issuing a draft permit for the closure of a coal combustion residuals unit (CCR unit) until he has reviewed an assessment of closure options prepared by the owner or operator of the CCR unit.

 


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