A lot of progress was made during the 2020 General Assembly session! On July 1, all of the legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor will go into effect. We’re putting a spotlight on 12 bills that our making our spirits bright! Check them out!
12 Bills of Chirstmas
Freedom to Vote in Virginia, No Excuse Required
Tuesdays, amiright? Alarms, commute, school drop off, school pick up, dinner, bath time, bed time. And it’s not even the middle of the week. Add to that list getting out of the house or leaving work a little early to get to your polling location to vote? Look, voting is IMPORTANT and our civic duty […]
Celebrate Election Day in Virginia!
Holidays mark celebrations of people and occasions we deem important as a community. Labor Day, Veterans Day, New Year’s Day, Juneteenth. But you know what day is incredibly important to all of us but isn’t a holiday? Election Day. That is, until now! A new law going into effect July 1 makes Election Day––the first […]
It’s Getting Hot in Here––Hopefully RGGI Will Help Us Cool Down
I’m a gardener and I love harvesting my veggies to make fresh, wholesome meals. I can now expect to do this well into winter these days, but it’s all for a very ominous reason––climate change. It kind of freaks me out that it doesn’t get cold enough anymore to kill my greens and I can […]
The Virginia Values Act Is Good for People and Business
Since my partner decided to come out as transgender almost two years ago, we’ve had more conversations about how the decision would affect our careers, shared earning potential, and living options than we did about how it would affect our personal and emotional lives. via GIPHY The Workforce Still Doesn’t Accept LGBTQ+ Individuals My partner […]
Take the Monuments Down!
We all know that Confederate monuments are racist and gross. But the good news is, thanks to a new law passed by the General Assembly, which goes into effect on July 1, localities finally have the power to take these monuments down.! They’re not going to go away on their own. So, we’re all going […]
Virginia’s Universities Are Now Open to ALL Virginia Residents!
Everyone deserves access to a higher education and if you’re a Virginia resident, you deserve the right to pay in-state tuition at our colleges and universities. As of July 1, undocumented students who live in Virginia won’t have to pay international student rates to attend the public college or university of their choice in the […]
Virginia Is Behind the Wheel with Driving Privileges for All
We all love our cars and the privileges that come with them. They are part of our everyday lives–they help us get to our jobs, run errands, ferry our kids around, and buy groceries. Driving is essential to the ability to be a productive member of a family and community. With the addition of ride […]
The Reproductive Health Protection Act Finally Gets Rid of Some Major Burdens to Abortion Access
It’s official. As of July 1, some of the major barriers to abortion access here in Virginia will be a thing of the past. Because we passed the Reproductive Health Protection Act during this year’s General Assembly session, we no longer have to worry about TRAP laws that regulate the number of parking spaces or […]
Finally! We Have Universal Background Checks For Gun Purchases in Virginia!
It took way too long for this and way too many families grieving loved ones lost due to gun violence. The day is finally here, and we have passed a bill to require universal background checks for all gun purchases in Virginia. The law went into effect on July 1, and it will go far […]