RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ/Governor’s Workplace Launch) – Governor Ralph Northam took action Wednesday on quite a few parts of legislation, concluding his review of payments handed by the Normal Assembly throughout the 2021 unique session.
In all, Governor Northam took action on 552 bills and did not veto any legislation from the 2021 specific session.
“Throughout this session, we have targeted on responding to the ongoing public health and financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and shifting our Commonwealth forward,” reported Governor Northam. “These new laws will enhance support for Virginia families and businesses, be certain our little ones and instructors can safely return to school rooms, advance equity, and deal with systemic racism. I am exceptionally very pleased of the significant progress we have made to enact laws as unparalleled as the challenges we are experiencing.”
Governor Northam signed the following costs into legislation:
· Residence Bill 1889 extends eviction protections for renters experiencing economic hardship thanks to the pandemic by July 1, 2022.
· Home Monthly bill 1930 prohibits public establishments of increased schooling from asking about an individual’s prison history through the software approach. The new law also prohibits schools and universities from denying admission based mostly on felony record.
· Dwelling Invoice 1980 establishes the “Enslaved Ancestors Higher education Accessibility Scholarship and Memorial Program” to assist the households of enslaved persons who labored at Virginia colleges.
· House Invoice 2081 prohibits the possession of firearms in just 40 feet of a polling place or electoral board meeting to certify the outcomes of an election.
· Residence Invoice 2075 designates U.S. Route 1 as “Emancipation Freeway.” Route 1 is presently named “Jefferson Davis Highway” in a number of components of Virginia.
· House Monthly bill 2132 eliminates the “gay panic” protection.
· Property Bill 2137 involves employers to present compensated sick depart to residence wellbeing staff. This new regulation also prohibits businesses from having specified retaliatory steps against employees who use go away.
· Dwelling Invoice 2332 establishes the Commonwealth Wellness Reinsurance Software to increase obtain to wellness treatment and lower insurance plan premiums.
· Senate Invoice 1122 repeals the remaining provisions of the Habitual Offender Act, with the target of enabling much more than 13,000 individuals to receive driver’s licenses.
· Senate Monthly bill 1138 updates quite a few criminal regulations associated to individuals residing with HIV and other sexually transmitted bacterial infections. The reforms mirror “contemporary public wellbeing expertise and support to de-stigmatize these disorders.”
· Senate Invoice 1261 offers for an enchantment of correct in just about every civil circumstance and expands the Virginia Court docket of Appeals from 11 to 17 judges.
· Senate Invoice 1303 calls for college divisions to supply “in-man or woman mastering steady with general public health and fitness guidelines, in accordance with the constitutional authority of university divisions, and although prioritizing the protection of learners, instructors, and personnel.” All of Virginia’s 132 college divisions are at this time supplying in-person learning options or have approved options to do so.
Governor Northam proposed improvements to the adhering to expenditures:
· Residence Bill 1899 and Senate Invoice 1252 close the Coal Work and Production Incentive Tax Credit history and Coalfield Work Improvement Tax Credit score immediately after tax yr 2021. The Governor’s amendments established the target of dedicating the anticipated financial savings to the University of Virginia’s Faculty at Clever in Southwest Virginia, for the expansion of system offerings in information science, laptop science, and renewable electrical power.
· Residence Invoice 1992 aligns Virginia to federal regulation by prohibiting persons who have been convicted of assaulting a family members member from possessing or purchasing a firearm. The Governor’s amendments explain this prohibition applies to persons in a domestic partnership and extends the period of prohibition from a few years to 5 many years.
· Household Invoice 2031 prohibits local law enforcement businesses and campus police departments from getting or employing facial recognition technology except expressly permitted by the Basic Assembly. The Governor’s modification corrects a technological mistake and ensures airports are exempt from these provisions, as meant.
· Residence Bill 2038 restrictions when a court docket could impose incarceration for a probation or suspended sentence violation. Governor Northam amended the monthly bill to be certain a defendant who absconds or has fantastic restitution obligations remains on probation.
· Home Bill 2113 and Senate Monthly bill 1339 produce a process for the automated sealing of legal documents and for petition-primarily based sealing. The Governor’s amendment empowers condition businesses to get started this method prior to 2025, as infrastructure will allow.
· Home Monthly bill 2138 will allow undocumented Virginians to get identification playing cards. The Governor’s amendment is specialized.
· Dwelling Bill 2295 and Senate Invoice 1381 prohibit firearms in Capitol Square, Virginia Point out Capitol, and condition-owned buildings. The Governor’s proposed modification would provide an exemption for magistrates.
Governor Northam proposed 18 amendments to Household Monthly bill 1800, the Commonwealth’s spending plan. The the vast majority of the Governor’s spending budget amendments are language only, in accordance to the governor’s workplace, and involve measures to make certain adaptability in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, protect federal stimulus checks from debt collectors, and transfer the company cash flow tax reporting date from June 1, 2021 to July 1, 2021. The Governor is also proposing $250,000 for an independent overview of the Place of work of the Point out Inspector General’s investigation of the Virginia Parole Board’s launch of Vincent Martin.
Governor Northam’s letter to the Basic Assembly detailing his amendments to the revised condition price range is offered listed here. A complete record of legislation signed by the Governor from the 2021 special session can be found below.
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