SENATE DEFEATS PAWNBROKER LATE FEES

RICHMOND - This afternoon, with the help of Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam's tie-breaking vote, Senate Democrats successfully defeated HB 2394, carried by Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), which would have allowed pawnbrokers to charge late fees up to 10 percent of the amount loaned f…

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ANTI-WAGE FLOOR IN PUBLIC CONTRACTS PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE

RICHMOND – This afternoon, on a party-line vote, the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology passed HB 1753, an effort by Delegate Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach) to prohibit local governing bodies from requiring contractors to establish a wage floor while ca…

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SENATE COMMITTEE BANS SANCTUARY CITY POLICIES

RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Republican controlled Senate Local Government Committee reported HB 2000 by Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill) to ban sanctuary city policies throughout the Commonwealth on a party line vote. The bill now heads to the Senate Floor for what promi…

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TWO MORE ANTI-VOTER BILLS PASS SENATE

RICHMOND - This morning, the Republican-controlled Senate passed two more anti-voter bills. Delegate Mark Cole's (R-Fredericksburg) HB 1431 prohibits compensation on the basis of the number of completed voter registration applications collected. Delegate Buddy Fowler's (R-Gl…

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PUBLIC WORKERS BARRED FROM PREVAILING WAGE

RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed an anti-labor bill introduced again this year by Delegate Michael Webert (R-Marshall), HB 1596, on a party line vote. The bill aims to prohibit state agencies from requiring contractors to pay employees a prevailing wage. The …

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SENATE PASSES BILL TO SCRAP ACA PROVISIONS

RICHMOND - This afternoon, the Senate passed HB 2411 by Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) on a straight party line vote to repeal provisions that were added, and restore provisions that were amended or repealed, by the General Assembly since 2011 in efforts to bring the laws of the …

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SENATE DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD

RICHMOND - Today, the Republican-controlled Senate passed HB 2264 by Delegate Ben Cline (R-Amherst) to defund Planned Parenthood in Virginia. The bill passed on a party line vote, 20-19 and will now head to Governor McAuliffe's desk -- where it is sure to be vetoed.   …

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