VPLC dedicates a significant amount of work to advocacy at the state level during the Virginia General Assembly session. When the state’s legislators congregate in Virginia’s capital, our advocates meet with lawmakers to defend, preserve, and enhance opportunities for low-income Virginians in the areas of public benefits and health insurance, family and child welfare, domestic and sexual violence, housing, and consumer protections.
Fact Sheets on 2021 Session Issues
- Snapshot of 2021 Renters' Rights Priorities
- Give Families Time to Pay Rent and Stay Housed: Support HB1889
- Keep Vulnerable Tenants Safe During a Pandemic: Support HB1981
- Stop Unlawful Evictions: Support HB1900
- When Landlords Made Whole, Tenants Stay Housed: Support HB2014
- Public Benefits
- Increase Access to SNAP: Implement Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility
- Health Insurance
- Vote NO to AHPs, SB1341
- Cover COVID-19 Services as "Emergency Only" Medicaid Services
- Increase Age for "Legally Residing" Immigrant Children to Qualify for Medicaid and FAMIS
- Provide Prenatal Care to Low-Income Immigrants, Save $2.3 Million GF
Get Involved During Session
To support our legislation: send written comment or speak during virtual committee
To speak in support of our legislation during session, you can (1) send written comment or (2) speak during a virtual committee meeting via phone or computer when the bill is being heard. But note that signing up for public testimony is not a guarantee that you will get to be heard. The legislature is running on a tight schedule, and many committee chairs are limiting the amount of time for public testimony. We encourage people to submit written comment in addition to speaking!
To give testimony in the House:
- – Sign up for live testimony via Zoom ahead of time on hodspeak.house.virginia.gov.
- – Sign-up links will also be available in the meeting agenda available on LIS. The sign-up will close an hour before the meeting starts, and everyone who has signed up will get a Zoom link 30 minutes before the meeting begins.
- – To submit written testimony, follow the same link used for spoken comment.
To speak during Senate committee meetings: click here.
Tip: Use the “raise hand” feature in Zoom when the committee takes up the bill you want to speak to.
More ways to stay updated on session: to track bills yourself, visit Lobbyist-in-a-Box, and select which bills you’d like to follow.