Voting rights being heard in House and Senate committees
Tuesday morning in the House, and afternoon in the Senate:
Same day voter registration: HB187 (Simon-HD53) HB201 (Ayala-HD51), and SB74 (Deeds-SD25) to pilot or create a same-day registration program allowing registration and absentee in person voting on Election Day.
Automatic voter registration: HB219 (Lopez-HD49) HB235 (Cole-HD28) SB219 (Marsden-SD37) SB278 (Barker-SD39) and SB887 (Ebbin-SD30) automatically transmits to Dept of Elections voting info for anyone providing appropriate identification at the DMV during their transactions.
Monday afternoon in House Elections Subcommittee and Tuesday afternoon in the Senate:
National Popular Vote Compact: HB177 (Levine-HD45) HB199 (Price-HD95) SB399 (Ebbin-SD30) would enter Virginia into the National Popular Vote Compact, an agreement to award all our electors in a Presidential election to the winner of the popular vote, if and only if enough other states have joined the compact to amount to a majority of the total electors in the US.
Ranked choice voting: HB360 (Rasoul-HD11) creates a jungle-style primary with ranked choice voting in the general election; HB1103 (Hudson-HD57) creates a ranked-choice voting pilot for local elections; and SB892 (Ebbin-SD30) would allow localities to use ranked choice voting in local elections.
Unions and worker’s rights in Senate and House Commerce and Labor
Monday PM in Senate Commerce & Labor, and Tuesday PM in House Labor & Commerce subcommittee:
Minimum wage increases: SB7 (Saslaw-SD35), SB73 (Locke-SD2), SB81 (Marsden-SD37), SB816 (Morrissey-SD16), HB395 (Ward-HD92), HB433 (Foy-HD2), HB615 (Plum-HD36) raise the minimum wage by increments to $15.
Prevailing wage: SB8 (Saslaw-SD35), SB180 (Favola-SD31), HB114 (Kory-HD38), and HB1203 (Tran-HD42) would require contractors on public works projects to pay the prevailing (union) wage rate.
Earned sick leave: SB481 (Favola-SD31), SB1069 (Barker-SD39), HB418 (Cole-HD28) would require employers to provide paid sick time to employees.
Fair share fees: SB426 (Saslaw-35) allows an employer and union to agree that nonunion employees must pay the share of union fees that cover their fair share of collective bargaining costs. Not quite a repeal of right to work, but works in same direction.
Paid Family Medical Leave: HB825 (Foy-HD2) would establish a paid family and medical leave program through the Virginia Employment Commission.