The 2018 General Assembly began on January 10th and ran for two months. 2,778 bills were introduced, of which 919 passed and went into law. The preceding 2017 elections – in which Democrats had won 15 Republican-held seats – signified a massive shift towards the left in the House of Delegates, but Republicans still controlled with a 51-49 majority. The session culminated in tense budget discussions, which eventually ended with the passage of a new state budget and Medicaid expansion. Along with Medicaid expansion, the session saw the passage of a massive Metro funding package, an increase in the felony threshold (from $200 to $500), and some bipartisan reforms to school discipline and suspensions. On the other hand, the 2018 session also witnessed the defeat of over 40 gun control bills, 7 attempts at a minimum wage increase, any opportunity for educational equality, as well as even the simplest campaign finance reform.
For a detailed look at what happened in 2018, please download our full report here.
During the 2018 session, VOW tracked and recorded bills in the following categories:
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