Virginia’s 2024 60-day General Assembly session started Wednesday, January 10. CLICK HERE to find your current legislators and scroll to learn more about VPLC’s legislative advocacy agenda and ways to get involved.
LEARN ABOUT THE ISSUES
VPLC’s 2024 Legislative Agenda
- extending the time a tenant may pay rent late (from 5 to 14 days) before eviction proceedings begin
- changing how in-home care is financed so people aren't forced into nursing homes
- fair and reasonable standards on home utility service disconnection
Read more about what we want for housing legislation here.
- expansion of free school and summer meals for hungry children
- extending health care coverage to all children
- a state child tax credit to raise children out of poverty
- improved legal representation in child dependency cases
- nonpunitive court processes for families to help troubled youth
- eliminating longstanding "best interests of the child" factors that judges must consider in making custody and visitation rulings in favor of factors that result in favoring abusive parents over protective parents
- requiring that the total price for goods or services including all mandatory fees or charges be disclosed prominently before the sale
- the Truth in Renting Act requiring landlords to disclose all potential fees and rent to potential tenants
- prohibiting residential landlords from charging for maintenance they're required to provide
- prohibiting landlords from charging "convenience" fees for online rent payments
- prohibiting abusive utility reconnection fees
- allowing appeals in public benefit cases where the government doesn't follow the law
- further study of eligibility rules for Medicaid and other life-sustaining benefits
- a fair court process before children are separated from their parents
- making it easier for people under guardianship to ask that their guardianship be changed
- allowing class action lawsuits that provide access to courts
- legislation to improve unemployment entitlement decisions and to limit unemployment overpayments
To download the above information as a PDF, CLICK HERE.
VPLC Newsletters and Events:
- VPLC Coffee Chat: Crossover Day 2024 (2/13 @ 9am)
- Read our January 10, 2024 newsletter online: “Virginia General Assembly Convenes”
- Read our January 18, 2024 newsletter online: “Because you care about justice…”
- Read our January 26, 2024 newsletter online: “Justice for ALL”
- Read our February 2, 2024 newsletter online: “Unacceptable choices for Virginia’s seniors”
Current Action Alerts:
- School Lunches for All Children! HB 686 has been assigned to the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Elementary & Secondary Education. Contact the sub-committee members and tell them you support HB 686 and access to school meals for all children.
- Cover All Kids! Use TCI’s form to take action and let lawmakers know you support a program to expand health care access to all low-income Virginia children.
- Allow class action lawsuits in Virginia! Class actions are a way of leveling the playing field for poor or economically less powerful individuals who are seeking access to justice. Say YES to HB418.
VPLC Issues in the News:
- Richmond Times-Dispatch: Assembly seeks to ease burden of jobless overpayments
- Virginia Mercury: Will Virginia finally address poor outcomes for children in foster care?
- WTVR:Unemployed network technician says VEC has not improved since pandemic
- VPM:Lawmakers pitch rental assistance to improve students’ education
- Richmond Times-Dispatch:Virginia: Legislators are making big push to help renters
- Richmond Times-Dispatch:Virginia: Class action bill passes key House subcommittee
- Richmond Times-Dispatch:Coyner: Crackdown on costly loans targeting the bereaved
- Virginia Mercury:Three interesting bills: medical debt, mobile home park tenant rights and state data breaches
- Pod Virginia: Jay Speer and Christie Marra: Fighting Predatory Landlords, Lenders, and Realtors
- Raise the minimum SNAP benefit for Virginia’s seniors.
- Keep the lights on for Virginians experiencing hard times.
- Increase the state’s minimum wage.
- Protect consumers and stop the spread of junk fees.
- Untangling Virginia’s Unemployment Insurance Overpayments
- Parents need better legal protection.
- Class Action lawsuits provide better access to justice
- Disclose all mandatory fees and charges
- Make probate loans comply with the Virginia Fairness in Lending Act
- Help get rid of zombie mortgage foreclosures
HOW TO FOLLOW THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION
You can find legislation at Virginia’s Legislative Information System’s (LIS) database. You can search this legislation by entering the bill number (e.g., 5051) or by searching a keyword (e.g., eviction). Once you find the legislation, you will find the bill’s sponsor(s) and a summary of the bill’s language. You will also find which committee the bill has been referred to (e.g., referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology). You can track the progress of each bill as it moves through the legislative process.
CLICK HERE to access the 2024 LIS database now.
Finding a Committee:
Once you find where legislation has been referred, you can find when that committee is meeting on the Session Meeting List. Once you know when your committee is convening, be prepared to stream the meeting at the “Virginia Senate Live Stream Video” page or the “Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming” page. Once the time of your committee is scheduled to start, it will be viewable under the heading entitled “upcoming events.” To stream the event, click “view event.”
CLICK HERE to access the Senate streaming page.
CLICK HERE to access the House streaming page.
STAY UPDATED ON LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY DURING SESSION
CLICK HERE to join VPLC’s email list and receive weekly updates throughout session, invitations to legislative advocacy trainings, and more.
To download the VPLC 2024 Legislative Advocates list as a PDF, CLICK HERE.