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51 by 51: Fighting Human Trafficking

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51 by 51 Fighting Human Trafficking According to a recent report, Virginia ranks 6th in active federal human trafficking cases. This year, the House of Delegates passed legislation to help combat human trafficking here in the Commonwealth, building on our longstanding commitment to battling this scourge across our Commonwealth.. Legislation by Delegate Jason Miyares requires the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control … Read More

51 by 51: Tort Reform

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51 by 51 Tort Reform An important part of a good business climate is the ability for businesses to resolve legal disputes in a fair manner. A fair civil justice system is one that avoids frivolous lawsuits and eliminates unnecessary or overly burdensome costs in the legal system. This year, the House passed legislation that will bring positive changes to … Read More

51 by 51: Partnerships for Affordable Degrees & Good Jobs

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51 by 51 Partnerships for Affordable Degrees & Good Jobs Last September, Speaker Kirk Cox gave a speech outlining a vision for a stronger partnership between the Commonwealth, institutions of higher education, and the businesses that power our Commonwealth. The remarks were widely praised and led to the development of House Bill 2653, creating a framework for the creation of “Institutional Partnership Performance Agreements.” These agreements … Read More

51 by 51: Lowered the tax on essential personal hygiene products

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51 by 51 Lowered the tax on essential personal hygiene products Delegate Kathy Byron’s legislation to lower the tax on essential personal hygiene products was signed Wednesday by Governor Ralph Northam. The legislation lowers the sales tax on these products, including menstrual supplies and incontinence diapers, from 5.3 percent to 2.5 percent. These products are necessary to the health and … Read More

51 by 51: Break Times for Nursing Mothers

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51 by 51 Break Times for Nursing Mothers Mothers don’t stop being mothers just because they are at work. A mother’s need to nurse or pump for a newborn baby continues even once she has returned to the workplace. This is why this year the House of Delegates passed Delegate David Yancey’s legisl ation to ensure mothers are guaranteed break … Read More

51 by 51: Ensuring Paid Parental Leave for State Employees

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51 by 51 Ensuring Paid Parental Leave for State Employees March is Women’s History Month! This week we will be mentioning a few of the 51 accomplishments from the 51 members of the Republican-led House of Delegates that promote mothers & families. This year, Delegate Roxann Robinson carried legislation to ensure state employees receive paid parental leave. The legislation required … Read More

51 by 51: Right to Shop

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51 by 51 Right to Shop This year, the Republican-led House of Delegates passed a series of bills to help lower health insurance costs, improve transparency, and ensure better care. Our reforms put patients first. The House passed legislation to make it easier for small businesses to join together on health insurance coverage through “association” health plans. For too many small business … Read More

51 by 51: Lifted the age cap on Autism health coverage

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51 by 51 Lifted the age cap on Autism health coverage Continuing our week of highlighting healthcare related accomplishments from the Republican-led House of Delegates, this year Delegate Bob Thomas carried legislation to lift the age cap on autism health coverage, expanding access to health insurance for about 10,000 Virginians diagnosed with autism.  Currently, state law only says that health … Read More