At VPLC we dedicate a portion of our work to advocacy at the federal, state, local, and regulatory levels. A significant part of that advocacy is on legislation at the state level during the Virginia General Assembly session. This critical time illuminates the need for vigorous defense of low-income families’ rights and the push for understanding and new advances to help all Virginians in need. Every day of the legislative session we work to preserve and enhance opportunities for low-income Virginians to obtain health care, public assistance, and safe affordable housing. We also work to protect their rights to be free from predatory consumer practices, financial exploitation, and safe from domestic and sexual violence. Advocacy means that we work from within the system, whether it be in the legislature or in the courts, to protect some of the most vulnerable in the Commonwealth. Our non-partisan advocacy allows us to provide creative solutions and work with all sides to advance initiatives. At the end of the day, our successes during the legislative session come from bills we prevent from getting passed and new laws that do pass to help low-income families. Above all, during every session, we will work to ensure that Virginia’s laws treat low-income people fairly and provide them equal access to our justice system.
Here is the 2017 VPLC Legislative Agenda.
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