Family Friendly Economy

Virginia General Assembly Crossover was last week, which means we’re left to support or work to defeat only the bills that made it through either the House or the Senate. We are refocusing our monitoring efforts to make sure we get you timely alerts about the remaining relevant and important legislation that is up for vote before the end of the session! 

Here are some of the bills we will be monitoring and keeping you updated on going forward:

  • HB632: Requires the Board of Education to establish guidelines for and implement a course focused on career investigation. This bill is designed to ensure that students have the ability to further explore interests in careers and technical education opportunities in middle and high school.
  • HB544: Permits each local school board to establish Work Partnerships with local businesses to create opportunities for students to participate in apprenticeship, internship, or job shadow programs. 

Your voice makes a difference! Calling and emailing puts pressure on our lawmakers to do the right thing. While we’ve seen some good legislation make its way through committees, there have been numerous common-sense bills that either have been killed or were left in committee to die. Below are a few of the bills that, unfortunately, didn’t make it through:

  • HB285: Would have established two-year Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Scholarship Pilot Program, which would have provided scholarships to select comprehensive community colleges to some individuals who meet the TANF criteria.
  • HB518 (and other similar bills): Would have increased the minimum wage in Virginia.
  • SB41: Would have established a paid family leave program. 

Please keep an eye out for our updates and take action by calling and emailing your Senator and Delegate to support legislation that helps families. 

Thank you for your continued support and engagement while we try to see the good bills through to the finish line.