CONTACT YOUR GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE PRIORITIZED IN NEXT YEAR'S LEGISLATIVE SESSION!
In a year that has been, at best, challenging, and, at worst, downright demoralizing for conservatives, Christians, and freedom-loving patriots across our country, two things have become clear: (1) Under Joe Biden, Washington, DC has been hopelessly overrun by the radical left, and (2) Americans would be wise to look elsewhere for policies and leadership that will defend our rights and uphold our shared principles.
As a result, individual states have become ground zero in the nationwide battle to defend our nation against the radical left's all-out attack on our culture, our history, and our future.
That's why we're reaching out to Virginians like you: To keep you abreast of important developments -- both the good news and the bad news -- to come out of this year's legislative session in Richmond.
In providing this important information about legislation that was introduced, and both passed and rejected, we hope you'll take this opportunity to reach out to your State Legislators, and let them know about the important issues you wish to see addressed the next time the General Assembly convenes.
SENATE BILL 1303
PURPOSE: To resume in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year
STATUS: SIGNED by Governor (3/30/2021)
This bipartisan bill, which earned the support and signature of Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, required Virginia schools to return to in-person education for students during the 2021-2022 academic year, with an effective date of July 1st (last month). It also afforded schools the opportunity to continue remote or virtual learning for children whose parents specifically request it, allowing families to decide for themselves what best meets their needs.
HOUSE BILL 2242
PURPOSE: To crack down on vaccine requirements and discrimination
This bill would have made discrimination based on an individual's vaccination status an unlawful employment practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, effectively banning any form of vaccine requirement outright. It also would have banned vaccination discrimination with respect to education, insurance, or the issuance of at any state ID (i.e. driver's license), and prevented the inclusion of any patient's immunization data in the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS) database without written consent. The bill was tabled by the House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee back in January, where it ultimately died before advancing in the legislative process.
HOUSE BILL 2312
PURPOSE: To legalize marijuana for recreational use
STATUS: SIGNED by Governor (4/21/2021)
This bill, now law in Virginia, allows individuals over the age of 21 to carry and possess marijuana for recreational use. Furthermore, it authorizes the change of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority to the Virginia Alcoholic and Cannabis Control Authority, which will have the ability to issue guidance and regulate the growth and sale of recreational marijuana within the commonwealth.
HOUSE BILL 1896, SENATE BILL 1276
PURPOSE: To expand insurance coverage for abortion in Virginia
STATUS: SIGNED by Governor (3/12/2021)
These companion bills repealed a preexisting ban on elective abortion coverage in health plans provided on the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange, which was established after the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) became law. Being that many of the plans offered on the Exchange are funded by public subsidies, Virginia taxpayers will now effectively be responsible for funding abortions under this new law, which allows for unlimited coverage.
With the exception of occasional victories like the passage of SB 1303, it would be fair to say that Virginia's 2021 legislative session didn't prove especially fruitful in terms of the quality of the major bills that the General Assembly both passed and rejected, or failed to advance in the first place.
And while this may be discouraging on the whole, it also serves to underscore the importance of supporting candidates that will stand up for our values, prioritize common-sense in legislating, and advance pro-life, pro-family, and pro-freedom policies in future elections; it also emphasizes just how vital civic participation from concerned citizens like you will be moving forward.
Virginia will elect a new governor this year and, additionally, you'll have the chance to shake up the makeup of the General Assembly -- to elect legislators that will put Virginia first and protect the rights of ALL its people.
But you don't have to wait until Election Day to make YOUR voice heard: You can contact your sitting members of the General Assembly TODAY, and urge them to take action during the next legislative session, after new members are sworn in, to defend our freedoms; protect life, faith, and family; and legislate for ALL people of Virginia, not the leftist elite.
Please take a few minutes to contact your General Assembly members now, and urge them to refocus their priorities the next time they're in session -- to take a courageous, common-sense approach to legislating that will advance a principled, pro-freedom agenda in the Old Dominion.
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