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Why Vote for Virginia Democrats?

Virginia legislative accomplishments since Democrats took control in 2019

Housing

Eviction protections – including

  • 14-day notice and payment plan offers
  • Consent to enter (landlords must give 72 hours’ notice)
  • Right of redemption (48 hours to clear accounts and pay all monies)
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Education

  • All public schools must offer in-person instruction in Virginia
  • Teachers pay (5%) increase;
  • Cultural competence tests required for teachers/counselors etc.
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COURTS/CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

  • Law enforcement agencies will be required to wear body cameras (funds will be provided with Senate bill 1119
  • Abolished the death penalty
  • Established an Office Of Civil Rights office (to focus on unnecessary and unconstitutional policing; combats housing discriminations, combatting LBGTQ & gender based discriminations, combats pregnancy discriminations)
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GUN SAFETY/ GUN REFORM

  • 5 days for background check
  • Persons with a history of violence cannot own a firearm
  • More leeway by local government to ban guns in public spaces, like parks, rec centers, etc
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CHILDREN

  • Must be 21 to purchase tobacco and nicotine products.
  • Ministers, priests, etc. now have an obligation to report suspected child abuse, except where the religious doctrine to remain secret.
  • Elementary and middle school children can no longer be charged with ‘disorderly conduct’
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HEALTH

  • Prescription Insulin will no longer cost more than $50.00 for a 30/day supply.
  • Assed the Reproductive Health Protection Act, eliminating restrictions on abortions.
  • Decriminalized marijuana and working towards full retail legalization in 2023.
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INCOME/SUPPORT

  • The minimum wage will increase, incrementally to 15.00/hour
  • Fair Labor Standards Act – employers must pay overtime for over 40 hours (stricter exemptions)
  • Simple drug felons (marijuana) can still be eligible for food stamps based solely on that conviction.
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And there's more!

  • You will no longer need a voter id to vote.
  • You will no longer need an excuse to vote absentee-in person
  • Students entering college in Virginia will be entitled to in state tuition as long as you can prove Virginia residency (specifically assists undocumented persons).
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