Analysis by University of Richmond Capital News Service: HB 262 addresses a public safety issue in the Commonwealth. In Del. Alfonso Lopez's district, American Latino communities saw staggering decreases in crime reporting statistics. Sexual violence reports, for example, fell 85% in the first eight months of 2017. "What you have are people who are too scared to report when they are the victims or witnesses of crimes because they or a loved one might get caught up in the ICE detention process."
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 20-19-1 on 2/19/20; State Sen. Jen Kiggans voted NO; Passed House 54-42-4 on Feb/21/20; Signed by Governor Ralph Northam on Mar/11/20.
Analysis by Blue Virginia: The Virginia House Democratic Caucus eagerly anticipate their new laws making voting more accessible. These pieces of legislation include creating a permanent absentee vote-by-mail program, removing the excuse requirement for absentee voting, enacting same-day registration, establishing Election Day as a state holiday...
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 25-15-0 on Feb/24/20; State Sen. Jen Kiggans voted NO; Passed House 62-34-4 on Feb/26/20; Signed by Governor Ralph Northam on Apr/11/20
Analysis by 32BJ SEIU Service Union: Wheelchair attendants at Virginia airports were banned from asking for or soliciting tips yet could be still legally be paid as low as the $2.13 per hour, the Virginia tipped worker minimum wage. Because of this legislation, they will no longer be classified as tipped workers and now qualify for the airport minimum wage.
Legislative Outcome: Passed House 86-14-0 on Jan/22/20; Passed Senate 23-17-0 on Mar/5/20; State Sen. Jen Kiggans voted NO; Signed by Governor Ralph Northam on Apr/11/20
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