2020 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

2020 Legislative Priorities One Pager
Economic Justice
  • Paid Sick Days – 5 paid sick days for full-time employees, or a pro-rated share for part-time employees
  • Wage Theft Reform- Creating a “Private Cause of Action” and strengthening DOLI (Dept. of Labor & Industry)
  • Predatory Lending Reform – comprehensively reform payday & auto title lending like Ohio & Colorado
  • Refundable Earned Income Tax Credit
    • HB 1435 Delegate Jay Jones- died in sub-committee
  • Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024!
  • Remove Exemptions to the Minimum Wage! Everyone deserves at least minimum wage
    • Minimum Wage Exemptions Fact Sheet
      • HB 338 Delegate Price- Removes exemption for domestic workers
      • HB 339 Delegate Price- Removes exemption for micro-businesses
      • HB 583 Delegate Guzman- Removes exemption for farm workers
      • SB 78 Senator Howell- Removes exemption for workers paid by the piece (quantity)
      • SB 804 Senator McClellan- Removes exemption for domestic workers
  • Prevent Misclassification of Employees
    • HB 407 Delegate Delaney- Prohibits State from contracting with employers engaged in misclassification
    • HB 801 Delegate Delaney- Defines misclassification
    • HB 984 Delegate Delaney- Creates a private cause of action for misclassification
    • HB 1199 Delegate Tran- Prohibits retaliation against employee for reporting misclassification
    • HB 1407 Delegate Ward- Defines misclassification and prohibits State from contracting with employers engaged in misclassification
    • SB 662 Senator Boysko- Prohibits retaliation against employee for reporting misclassification
    • SB 744 Senator McPike- Defines misclassification
    • SB 894 Senator Saslaw- Creates a private cause of action for misclassification
Environmental Justice

See Virginia Interfaith Power & Light’s Priorities here

  • Codifying the Environmental Justice Council
  • Incorporating Environmental Justice into State Agencies
  • Lower Energy Burden (electricity bills) on Virginia’s most vulnerable
    • Energy Burden Fact Sheet
      • Use 50% of revenue from RGGI for energy efficiency and low-income households
      • Stop overcharging families on electricity bills by allowing the SCC its traditional oversight role
        • HB 1132 Delegate Jay Jones & Lee Ware
      • Create an Energy Efficiency Standard
Health Equity
  • Prenatal Care for All Children  — regardless of a mother’s status
    • Prenatal Care Fact Sheet
      • HB30, Item 312, #2h Delegate Guzman
      • SB30, Item 312 #1s Senator Ebbin
  • Support the priorities of the Healthcare for All Virginians (HAV) coalition
Racial Equity
  • Establish a position; Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Create a Commission to Study Slavery and Subsequent De Jure and De Facto Racial and Economic Discrimination Against African Americans
Welcoming All
  • In State Tuition for All- allowing all Virginia residents access to in-state tuition for higher education

OPPOSING!!!!

  • Allowing weapons into houses of worship
    • HB 373 Delegate McGuire- died in sub-committee
    • HB 596 Delegate Walker- died in sub-committee
    • HB 1486 Delegate LaRock- died in sub-committee
    • SB 958 Senator Chase- died in committee