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Republicans Say No Abortion, and No Contraception Too 

Richmond, Virginia—Republican members of the House Commerce and Energy Subcommittee #4 voted last night to reject HB2089, better known as the Contraceptive Equity Act. The bill would have made it easier for everyone who needs it to access birth control by requiring insurance companies to cover birth control without cost sharing. This is already federal law, […]

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Senate Committee Passes Marriage Equality Constitutional Amendment

Richmond, Virginia—A group of Senators who sit on the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted this afternoon to pass SJ242, sponsored by Senator Adam Ebbin. This constitutional amendment would repeal the referendum that was passed in 2006 limiting marriage to one man and one woman. It’s high time we corrected that bigoted mistake, and we’re thrilled […]

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Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act Passes Senate Commerce and Labor Committee 

Richmond, Virginia—Members of the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor passed SB1321, also known as the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act this afternoon. The bill, sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan, would help ensure that utility monopolies are not making too much profit at the expense of hardworking families in our community, and that’s something we can […]

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Republicans Reject Constitutional Amendment Guaranteeing Right to Reproductive Freedom

Richmond, Virginia—Republican members of the House Courts of Justice Subcommittee #1 rejected Delegate Charniele Herring’s HJ519, a constitutional amendment that would have guaranteed a fundamental right to reproductive freedom in Virginia. It’s disappointing but not surprising that these largely white, Republican men would reject the amendment, but we will keep working to ensure that everyone can […]

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Progress Virginia Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols by Police 

Memphis, Tennessee—We are appalled and devastated by the murder of Tyre Nichols by police. Tyre was a beautiful soul who enjoyed skateboarding and photography. His life was unfairly cut short when police brutally and violently murdered him for no reason. His life mattered, and he deserved so much more than becoming the next hashtag in […]

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Republicans Vote to Lower Minimum Wage for Workers Under 18 

Richmond, Virginia—Republican members of the House Commerce and Energy Subcommittee #1 voted today to pass HB1669, a bill that would lower the minimum wage to $9 an hour for any worker who is under the age of 18 years old. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Danny Marshall, unfairly discriminates against youth workers, and it is […]

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Members of Senate Subcommittee Pass Right To Vote Amendment 

Richmond, Virginia—Returning citizens and their families are excited to see that Democratic members of the Senate Privileges and Elections Subcommittee #1 passed Senator Mamie Locke’s SJ223, which would grant all returning citizens the right to vote after completion of their sentence. This is the first step towards restoring civil rights for people who have been […]

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Progress Virginia Statement on Congressman Donald McEachin’s Passing

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Congressman Donald McEachin’s passing. Congressman McEachin was a genuinely kind person who was always fighting for his constituents and hardworking families across the Commonwealth,” LaTwyla Mathias, Executive Director of Progress Virginia, said. “We could always count on Congressman McEachin to stand up for justice and do […]

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ICYMI: Virginia Loses Best State For Business Ranking Under Youngkin’s Poor Leadership

Richmond, Virginia—According to CNBC, Virginia has dropped from the topped rank state to do business in the country to third place. Virginia has held the top spot since 2019, under Democratic leadership, but since Governor Glenn Youngkin took office and started his culture wars and attacks on public schools, the Commonwealth has slipped in the […]

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Advocates for Abortion Access “Will Not Stop Fighting” For Our Rights

Video footage of the event can be found here. Richmond, Virginia—In the wake of the Supreme Court of the United States decision today to overturn Roe v. Wade and along with it nearly 50 years of precedent, advocates for abortion access held a press conference to say that abortion is still legal in Virginia and […]