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Virginia Under Republican Leadership 2023

 

Office of the Governor Website, Office of the Lt. Governor Website, Office of the Attorney General Website

NRA 2023 Virginia General Election Ratings

2022-2023 Virginia General Assembly Report Card by the Family Foundation

Dec 23, 2023, Youngkin Administration to Halt 'Critical' Academic Recovery Program Mid Year, Richmond.com

[Premise of the headline is false - federal funding for program ends Dec 31, however, local districts may apply individually for continuation]

Dec 21, 2023, Arlington Embraces Ranked-Choice Voting for Primaries, Virginia Mercury

Dec 20, 2023, Gov. Youngkin Wants to Cut Income Taxesand Raise Sales Taxes in Proposed Budget, Associated Press

Dec 20, 2023, Mulchi and Younger Face Off For Southside Senate Seat, Virginia Mercury

[Republican Sen. Frank Ruff was reelected in Nov, but declined to be sworn in due to cancer diagnosis after the election]

Dec 13, 2023, Young Announces $2 Billion Entertainment District in Virginia, Capitals and Wizards Moving to New Arena, DC News Now 

Dec 13, 2023, Virginia's Prince William County Approves One of the World's Largest Data Center Projects after 24+ Hour Public Meeting, WTVR CBS 6 Richmond

Dec 11, 2023, Governor Announces Funding Proposal for 'Virginia's Research Triangle'; including Roanoke and New River Valley, Cardinal News

Dec 7, 2023, Governor Youngkin to Address Early Childcare and  Education in New Plan for Virginia, WRIC

Nov 20, 2023, The First Bills of the 2024 Virginia General Assembly Have Dropped. Here's What They Would Do, Virginia Mercury

[These include constitutional amendments supporting abortion, felons rights, property tax exemptions for spouse of fallen soldier in the line of duty, increases in the state minimum wage, assault weapons ban, and recalls of Virginia Clean Cars Law by Del. Wilt and Sen. Stuart.]

Nov 17, 2023, Virginia Board of Education Back Creation of Standards for Career and Technical Education, Virginia Mercury

Nov 15, 2023, Who Virginia Dems and the GOP Picked to Lead Them in the 2024 General Assembly, Virginia Mercury

Nov 14, 2023, Gov. Youngkin Announces $14.7 Million in Conservation land Grants, WSET ABC 13

Nov 13, 2023, Virginia Voters Gave Democrats Control of the Legislature. What Will That Mean for Policy?, Virginia Mercury

Oct 6, 2023, Virginia VSU Not Underfunded, Youngkin Administration Says, Richmond Times Dispatch

Sept 28, 2023, Youngkin: Virginia Districts 'Really Don't Have a Choice" on Transgender Policy, The Hill

Sept 28, 2023, Youngkin Praises Parents Suing Virginia Beach School Board; Board to Give Updates on LGBTQ+ Model Policies, WAVY 10 TV

Sept 27, 2023, Virginia Dept. of Ed Eyes Zearn, Ignite Reading for for Statewide High-Impact Contract, Virginia Mercury

[State expects to deploy math tutoring services October 1]

Sept 25, 2023, Amazon to Build Two -State-of-the Art Facilities in Virginia Beach, Governor Youngkin Announces, WSET ABC 13 News

Sept 22, 2023, Youngkin Directive Puts Focus on Artificial Intelligence in Virginia, ABC8 News WRIC

Sept 14, 2023, Youngkin Signs Virginia Budget Offering Tax Deductions, Major New Spending, Virginia Mercury

Sept 8, 2023, Virginia's General Assembly Finally Passes Budget, The Republican Standard

Sept 7, 2023, Tax Reductions Under Youngkin Have Been Significant, Thomas Jefferson Institute

Sept 6,. 2023, Youngkin Raises $3.3 Million Again Ahead of November Elections. The Republican Standard

Sept 5, 2023, Here's a Look At Virginia's 2023 Budget Deal, WRIC ABC 8 News

 

Sept 4, 2023, Younkgin Faces Test With Virginia Legislative Races, The Hill

Aug 31,2023, Governor Youngkin Shares Why He Is Pushing for a 15-Week Ban on Abortion, WSET ABC 13 News

Aug 29, 2023, Governor Youngkin Calls General Assembly to Meet In Special Session Next Week, WRIC ABC 8 News

Aug 2, 2023, Biden's Economy Hurts All Americans: Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Fox News

Aug 2, 2023, How Youngkin's Plan to Withdraw from Greenhouse Gas Initiative Affects Us, Charlottesville Tomorrow

Aug 1, 2023, Haner: Senators Claim 'Voodoo Estimating' In Battle Over Tax Cuts, The Republican Standard

July 26, 2023, Some Virginia School Districts Rejecting Governor's Policy on Transgender Bathrooms, Preferred Pronouns, Fox News

July 24, 2023, Virginians Overtaxed $5bn as Youngkin Urges Budget Deal, The Republican Standard

July 7, 2023, Youngkin 'not interested' in Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Sales, Daily Progress

July 6, 2023, Youngkin Officials Pulled Online LGBTQ Resource Materials After Inquiry From Conservative Outlet: Report, The Hill

June 30, 2023, Lt. Gov. Sears Speaks Out After Race-Based Admissions Decision, The Republican Standard

June 27, 2023, Virginia Budget Negotiations Break Down Over Tax Cuts, Special Session Next?, Richmond Times Dispatch

June 5, 2023, How Virginia Is Spending New State Funding to Prevent Gun Violence?, Virginia Mercury

May 31, 2023, Virginia and South Carolina Governors Send National Guard to Southern Border, NBC News

May 30, 2023, Five Questions: Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, The Republican Standard

May 4, 2023,  Gov Youngkin Signs 'Swatting' Bill at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, WDBJ CBS 7

[Bill makes it a felony crime to call in false threats to stimulate a strong police response. The law goes into effect July 1 and carries a fine up to $2,500 and a year in jail, plus financial responsibility for the response to a false call. Lynchburg public safety organizations asked Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg) to introduce house bill. 1572]

Apr 14, 2023, Dominion's renewable Projects Approved By Regulators Despite Cost Concerns, Virginia Mercury

Apr 14, 2023, Lawmakers in Virginia Shoot Down Youngkin Bill to Label Nuclear Power as 'Renewable', America News Nation

Apr 12, 2023, Department of Environmental Quality Withdraws Proposed Variance For Data Centers, Virginia Mercury

Apr 12, 2023, Virginia Legislators Weigh Youngkin Amendments, Sustain Vetoes, WTOP 

Apr 11, 2023, FIVE QUESTIONS: Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle Sears, The Republican Standard

Apr 11, 2023, Virginia Groups Struck a Deal on Biomass Plants. Youngkin Amendments Are More Controversial, Virginia Mercury

(Virginia Clean Economy Act called for Closure of Plants by 2028)

Apr 6, 2023, Youngkin Amends Subminimum Wage for Disabled Workers, Virginia Mercury

Mar 30, 2023, Speaker Todd Gilbert Blasts VCU for Failing to Protect Pro-Life Students, The Republican Standard

[VCU Students were shouted down and attacked by Richmond Antifa Groups]

Mar 29, 2023, Virginia Gov Youngkin Signs into Law More than 700 New Measures, Star News Network

[The governor approved 738 bills and vetoed three. He also issued recommendations and amendments to 78 other measures, which the General Assembly will consider when it reconvenes in Richmond April 12.]

Mar 27, 2023, Gov Youngkin Signs Legislation Supporting Virginians With Developmental Disabilities, WJHL News 11

Mar 26, 2023, Virginia to Offer Firearm Safety Device Credit Under New Law, Virginia Mercury

Mar 24 2023, Youngkin Signs Bill Creating $300 Tax Credit for Gun Safes, Virginia Mercury

Mar 23, 2023, Youngkin Administration Now Requires Felon to Apply to Get Their Voting Rights Back, Virginia Mercury

[This is a departure from previous  Virginia administrations that made it automatic]

Mar 23, 2023, Virginia Policymakers Consider Changing Hemp Bill To Reduce Impact on CBD Products, Virginia Mercury

[Pending law as written might adversely affect supply of CBD oil]

Mar 22, 2023, Gov. Youngkin Appoints New Superintendent for Virginia Board of Education, WRIC ABC8 News

Mar 19, 2023, No Losses, No Gains for Virginia Farms and Farmland in 2022, Virginia Mercury

Mar 16, 2023, What This Year's Big Electric Utility Bill Does, Virginia Mercury

[Sweeping bill changes frequency of reviews, methods of determining profit levels]

Mar 10, 2023, Youngkin Calls For Gender-neutral Bathrooms After Question from Transgender Teen, The Hill 

Mar 9, 2023, Youngkin Announces New Slate of Efforts to Address Learning Loss, Virginia Mercury

Mar 6, 2023, Virginia Department of Education Mathematical Error Resolved, WCYB NBC New 5

Mar 4, 2023, Poll: Virginia Governor Youngkin's Approval Rating at 57 Percent, Star News Network

Mar 3, 2023, Youngkin Signs Universal License Recognition Law at Richmond Barber Shop, Virginia Mercury

Mar 3, 2023, Gov Youngkin's Plan to Bring Small Modular Nuclear Reactor to Southwest Virginia Hits Roadblock, WCYB New 5

Feb 25, 2023, Lawmakers Pass Energy Bill, Skinny Budget As Session Ends, WTVR CBS 6

Feb 24, 2023, Virginia Lawmakers Pass Bill to Get Tougher on Hemp That Gets You High, Virginia Mercury

Feb 24, 2023, Virginia Passed Emergency Legislation to Let Chase, Capitol One Lounges Serve Alcohol at Airport, View from the Wing

Feb 23, 2023,  GovernorYoungkin Teaches Kids About Slavery Undermining Nikole Nikole-Jones Attack, Daily Signal

Feb 23, 2023, Virginia Lawmakers Approve Bill Limiting Emergency Restrictions on Houses of Worship, Virginia Mercury

Feb 23, 2023, Republicans and Democrats Both Want to Make Life Cheaper on Virginians. They Disagree on How, Virginia Mercury

Feb 18, 2023, FACT CHECK: No, Glenn Youngkin Did Not Empower Police to Seize Women's Menstrual Histories, Washington Free Beacon

Feb 14, 2023, Despite Nationwide Advances, School Choice Efforts Fail in Virginia, American Liberty

Feb 13, 2023, Ban on Adversaries Buying Farmland in Virginia Heads to Youngkin, The Republican Standard

[This was a priority highlighted by Youngkin in his State of the State Address in January]

Feb 13, 2023 Key Legislation Recap

  • Within the General Assembly, a vacancy filing must be conducted within 30 days(SB944). If a vacancy happens between December 10 and March 1, the special election must be held at most 30 days from the date of the vacancy. 

  • SB1253 requires each school board to provide students' results on any Standards of Learning assessment or Virginia Alternate Assessment Program to parents, teachers, and other school leaders. 

  • SB904 protects law enforcement, firefighters, correctional officers, and public safety telecommunicator by compensating workers when suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety. 

  • SB1515 allows for civil action to be taken upon any commercial entity that intentionally publishes or distributes material harmful to minors on the Internet. 

  • Women Veterans are authorized to be issued special license plates with proof and evidence that they are former members of the United States Armed Forces (SB1372).

Youngkin Administration - Second Year

Feb 9, 2023, Virginia Schools Face $202 Million Shortfall?, The Republican Standard

Feb 8, 2023, NRA Defends Speak Todd Gilbert from Attacks by 'Fake' 2A Group, The Republican Standard

Feb 8, 2023, Mid-Session Update: What's Still Alive or Dead (Or on the Way There), Virginia Mercury

Feb 8, 2022, Virginia Lawmaker's Approve Bill to Ban Teachers From Hiding A Child's Gender Transition from Parents, Daily Caller

Feb 6, 2023, Virginia Legislature Weighing Novel Proposal to Fill State Corporation Commission Vacancies, Virginia Mercury

Feb 4, 2023, Youngkin Thwarts Dominion Push for Higher Profits, The Jefferson Institute

Feb 3, 2023, Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Bill Takes Different Form in the House, Virginia Mercury

Feb 1, 2023, Despite Negotiation Impasse, Dominion Rate Reform Bill Advances to the Senate, Virginia Mercury
 

Jan 26, 2023, Youngkin Tax Bills Move Forward, The Republican Standard

Jan 24, 2023, Youngkin Pitches His $1 BIllion Tax Cut Package to Supporters as Rally, Star News Network

Jan 20, 2023, Virginia, Amazon Announce $35 Billion Data Center Plan, NBC 4 News

Jan 20, 2023, Virginia Attorney General Announces $250,000 Civil Settlement Penalty for Illegal Landfill in Ruckersville, WSET ABC 13 News

[Money will go to Virginia Emergency Environmental Response Fund]

Jan 19, 2023, Youngkin Would Veto Bill That Could Allow Minors to Make Gender Decisions Without Parental Consent, Washington Examiner

Jan 12, 2023, Youngkin Shares His Legislative Priorities, The Republican Standard

Jan 12, 2023, General Assembly Poised to Take Up Variety of Parental Rights Bills, Virginia Mercury

Jan 10, 2023, Delegate Glenn Davis Introduces Bill to Give Parents More Say in Education, The Republican Standard

Jan 3, 2023, Republicans Target Northam-Era Environmental Mandate, The Republican Standard

Responses to Republican Initiatives

Dec 23, 2023, Virginia Lawmakers Weight In on Governor Younkin's Push To Remove The Car Tax, WSET ABC News 13

Dec 7, 2023, Southwest Virginia's Energy Transition Excludes Its Most Important Stakeholders: Southwest Virginians, Virginia Mercury

Dec 4, 2023, Virginia Water Board Approves New Sediment Limits in Five Counties Over Aquatic Effects, Virginia Mercury

[Sediment limits are for Rockbridge, Augusta, Bedford, Franklin, and Pittsylvania]

Nov 29, 2023, Democratic Control of Legislature Opens Up Chance For Long-Delayed SCC Appointments, Virginia Mercury

Nov 27, 2023, Virginia Democrats Propose Assault Weapons Ban, American Liberty News

Nov 18, 2023, New Democratic Virginia Senate Majority Leader Scott Surovelle Says Constitutional Abortion Amerndment is Possible, WTOP

Oct 24, 2023, The Policies of Youngkin vs. The Policies of McAuliffe and Northam: A Closing Case for the Future of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

Oct 3, 2023, Youngkin's PAC Get Third $1 million Dollar Donation from Republican Megadonor Thomas Petterffry, WRIC ABC 8 News

June 28, 2023, What Caused Virginia's Budget Breakdown? Accounts Differ, Virginia Mercury

June 26, 2023, Virginia Nets About $1.5 billion in Broadband Funds, Virginia Mercury

Mar 3, 2023, Head of Virginia State Police 'Excited' About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Federal News Network

Feb 22, 2023, Legislation to Restore Regulators' Authority to Set Rates Headed to Youngkin, Virginia Mercury

[Bipartisan measure advances out of both chambers unanimously]

Feb 21, 2023, Proposed Gun Legislation Killed in Virginia General Assembly, WRIC ABC 8 News

Feb 2, 2023, Guest Column: Are Virginia Ratepayers and Residents Subsidizing the Data Center Industry?, Virginia Mercury

[This column by Chris Miller from the Piedmont Environmental Council complaining about strains on the grid in Loudoun County fails to note that the Piedmont Environmental Council and other environmentalists have opposed all power and grid upgrades in Northern Virginia in the face of increased power usage, especially when all-electric cars are added to the mix]

Chief Patron Bills Sponsored by Rockingham County General Assembly members in 2023 Session

Link to Members List in General Assembly Legislative Information System to check individual bills: https://lis.virginia.gov/231/mbr/MBR.HTM

Chris S. Runion HD 25 R-Bridgewater

 

  • HB 1499 Absentee voting; limits availability of absentee voting in person. 

  • HB 1500 Adoption; nonrefundable tax credit for amount of qualified expenses. 

  • HB 1501 Law-enforcement civilian oversight bodies; requirements of members. 

  • HB 1930 Virginia Self-Service Storage Act; default by occupant, watercraft. 

  • HB 1932 Stationary vehicles; yielding or reducing speed for vehicles displaying hazard lights, etc. 

  • HB 1933 High school equivalency; creates tax credit. High school equivalency and employment tax credit. 

  • HB 1940 Waterworks and wastewater works operators; license reciprocity. 

  • HB 1943 Crime victim rights; notification from the attorney for the Commonwealth. Crime victim rights; notification from the attorney for the Commonwealth. 

  • HB 1956 Law-enforcement officer; magistrates to observe during training duties, etc. 

  • HB 1963 Individuals with developmental disabilities; financial flexibility, report.

  • HB 2326 Study; Department of Forestry; ecosystem services markets; report.

 

 

Tony O. Wilt HD 26 R-Harrisonburg, Rockingham

 

  • HB 1378 State Air Pollution Control Board; motor vehicle emissions standards. State Air Pollution Control Board; motor vehicle emissions standards.

  • HB 1459 Law-enforcement officers, retired state; retention of badge. Retired state law-enforcement officers; retention of badge.

  • HB 1660 Dairy Producer Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program Fund; created, removes sunset provision.

  • HB 2124 School psychologists; staffing flexibility. School psychologists; staffing flexibility.  

  • HB 2125 Charitable gaming; exemptions from certain requirements for specified organizations.

  • HB 2126 Soil erosion control and stormwater management plans; Phase I Utility. 

  • HB 2127 Passing certain stopped vehicles; motorcycles.

  • HB 2128 Virginia Small Estate Act; payment or delivery of small asset; disposition and funeral expenses. 

  • HB 2130 Renewable energy portfolio standard requirements; State Corporation Commission authority, report. Renewable energy portfolio standard requirements; State Corporation Commission authority; report. 

  • HB 2132 Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act; various changes to Act. Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act. Makes various changes to the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act. The bill (i) requires excavators to review updates in the 811 positive response system and conduct additional safety verifications before digging, (ii) allows an excavator to schedule a locate request 12 days in advance, (iii) grants stop work authority to State Corporation Commission representatives if they encounter a threat to public safety or property, (iv) creates a criminal penalty for any person who knowingly excavates in violation of the Act and fails or refuses to stop work after being requested to do so, (v) increases from $2,500 to $10,000 the maximum civil penalty for violations of the Act, and (vi) updates notification requirements.

  • HB 2133 State Fire Marshal; authority. State Fire Marshal; authority. 

  • HB 2263 Sex offenses; prohibiting proximity to children and school property, penalty.

  • HB 2265 Industrial hemp; maximum THC concentration. Industrial hemp; maximum THC concentration. 

  • HB 2267 Electric utilities; cost recovery; alternative to rate adjustment clause.

Robert B. Bell HD-58, R-Charlottesville

 

  • HB 1659 Students with disabilities; DBHDS, best practice standards, transition of records. 

  • HB 1673 Strangulation by blocking or obstructing the airway of another; penalty. 

  • HB 1704 Public elementary and secondary schools; reports of certain arrests and convictions, etc.

  • HB 1706 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; dissemination of criminal history record info.

  • HB 1711 Minor's medical records; prohibits denial of parental access to records.  

  • HB 1835 Health care providers; threats made against providers, penalty. HB 1860 Guardianship or conservatorship; primary care physician of respondent. 

  • HB 1897 Protective orders; extensions and continuances, other monetary relief, penalty. 

  • HB 1954 Killing the fetus of another; guilty of manslaughter, penalties. 

  • HB 1976 Involuntary admission; temporary detention, release of detained individual.

  • HB 2303 Virginia Retirement System; school bus drivers, return to employment. 

  • HB 2339 Court-ordered treatment; expedited diversion in lieu of criminal adjudication.

  • HJ 489 Study; State Corporation Commission; tree-trimming practices of electric utilities; report. 

 

Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. SD 24, R-Mt. Solon

 

  • SB 795 Cattle Industry Board; collection and disposition of assessment by handler.

  • SB 903 Tetrahydrocannabinol; industrial hemp, regulated hemp products.

  • SB 914 Data Governance and Analytics, Office of; repeals sunset provision.

  • SB 959 Chesapeake Bay; nutrient credit calculations outside the watershed.

  • SB 1057 Farm use placards; delays requirement for vehicles claiming a farm use exemption to obtain.

  • SB 1058 Objects obstructing driver's view; dashboard cameras allowed.

  • SB 1059 Shenandoah River State Park; conveyance of easement.

  • SB 1113 Liability for sale of alcohol to an impaired customer; injury to another person.

  • SB 1122 Open-space lands preservation trust fund; use of funds, conservation easements.

  • SB 1129 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan; changes contingency for effective date.

  • SB 1169 Community services boards and behavioral health authorities; provisions of performance contracts.

  • SB 1170 Behavioral Health Commission; agency assistance, access Commission records.

  • SB 1305 Farm buildings and structures; building code exemptions.

  • SB 1332 Federally recognized Tribal Nations in the Commonwealth; consultation on permits and reviews.

  • SB 1465 Community services boards; behavioral health authorities; purpose; performance contracts.

Mark D. Obenshain SD-26, R-Rockingham

 

  • SB 1221 Assisted living facilities; minimum liability insurance.

  • SB 1223 Financial exploitation of vulnerable adults; venue.

  • SB 1224 Unlawful picketing or parading to obstruct or influence justice; penalty. 

  • SB 1225 Killing the fetus of another; guilty of manslaughter, penalties. 

  • SB 1226 Alcohol; liability for sale to an underage person. 

  • SB 1228 Line of Duty Act; campus police officers; contributing private institutions of higher education. 

  • SB 1229 Admission to bail; rebuttable presumptions against bail. 

  • SB 1233 Marijuana; advertising restrictions; penalties. 

  • SB 1235 Charitable gaming; exemptions from certain requirements for specified organizations. 

  • SB 1236 Firearms, etc.; control of possession by locality. 

  • SB 1237 Legal notices; online publications. Legal notices; online publications. 

  • SB 1238 Motor carriers; financial responsibility. Motor carriers; financial responsibility. 

  • SB 1239 Dairy Producer Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program Fund; created, removes sunset provision. 

  • SB 1240 Sales and use tax; agricultural exemptions. Sales and use tax; agricultural exemptions. .

  • SB 1241 Child Pornography Registry; required information. 

  • SB 1242 Geriatric prisoners; conditional release; review hearings. 

  • SB 1245 Parolee or felon; arrest & return when serving a period of post release supervision. 

  • SB 1246 Emergency medical services agencies; ordinances or resolutions; designation as emergency response. 

  • SB 1247 Parole Board; decision requirements, annual reports. 

  • SB 1449 Judicial Retirement System; creditable service and contributions; extended absence. 

  • SJ 254 Constitutional amendment (first reference); charter schools.

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