RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed off on a wide range of measures passed during this year’s legislative session – already 80 bills in total – his office said on Friday.
Legislation approved by Northam includes those that provide homeowners with foreclosure protections, allow some Virginia college students to receive financial aid regardless of their citizenship status by 2022, and repeal the ban on coverage for abortion plans through the state health insurance exchange.
“These new measures will support working Virginians, stimulate civic engagement and help us continue to build a stronger and more inclusive Commonwealth,” Northam said in a statement.
- Click here to find the complete list of laws approved by the governor.
The governor also signed a bill moving all municipal elections from May to November in 2022. The measure was introduced by Sen. Lionell Spruill Sr. (D-Chesapeake) with the aim of increasing voter turnout. local.
“I am grateful to the General Assembly for its hard work on these important issues, and I am proud to sign these bills,” Northam continued.
A list of some of the measures Northam enacted was provided by the governor’s office in a statement Friday. You can find them, along with the previous coverage of 8News, below:
- Internal Bill 2123, sponsored by delegate Alfonso Lopez, and Senate Bill 1387, sponsored by Senator Jennifer Boysko, makes any student eligible for state financial aid if they are eligible for state tuition fees, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. This law will come into force on August 1, 2022. Past coverage: https://www.wric.com/news/politics/capitol-connection/bill-passed-by-virginia-general-assembly-makes-undocumented-students-eligible-for-college-financial-aid/
- House bill 2165, sponsored by Delegate Patrick Hope, allows “heir” owners to claim property and gives them more time to pay overdue taxes. This law is a recommendation of the Virginia Commission to Examine Racial Inequalities in Law established by Governor Northam in 2019.
- House Bill 2175, sponsored by delegate Luke Torian, and Senate Bill 1327, sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan, strengthens protections for homeowners facing foreclosure.
- House Bill 2013, sponsored by delegate Danica Roem, prohibits school boards from suing families to collect debts on unpaid school meals. Past coverage: https://www.wric.com/news/politics/capitol-connection/lawmakers-pass-bill-to-keep-schools-from-suing-over-student-meal-debt/
- Senate Bill 1290, sponsored by Delegate Monty Mason, codifies Governor Northam’s ConserveVirginia program, a model of data-driven geographic information systems for prioritizing potential conservation areas across the Commonwealth.
- House Bill 1896, sponsored by delegate Sally Hudson, and Senate Bill 1276, sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan, remove the ban on abortion coverage in any qualified health insurance plan offered through the state-based exchange of Virginia. Learn more: https://www.wric.com/news/politics/capitol-connection/lawmakers-repeal-ban-on-abortion-coverage-through-state-exchange-plans/
- House bill 2042, sponsored by delegate Nancy Guy, and Senate Bill 1393, sponsored by Senator David Marsden, empower communities to exceed requirements for tree replacement and conservation efforts, including in development projects.
- Senate Bill 1157, sponsored by Sen. Lionell Spruill, Sr., moves all municipal elections from May to November, starting in 2022. Learn more: https://www.wric.com/news/politics/bill-moving-virginias-local-elections-from-may-to-november-passes-in-both-house-senate/
- House bill 1940, sponsored by delegate Sam Rasoul, and Senate Bill 1439, sponsored by Senator Jennifer McClellan, orders the Virginia Department of Education to establish guidelines for middle and high school students to attend a civic or political event and receive an excused absence.
- House bill 2110, sponsored by Chef Charniele Herring, and Senate Bill 1391, sponsored by Senator L. Louise Lucas, builds on work begun by the Virginia State Crime Commission to collect and study preliminary data across Virginia, including information on bail, conviction and sentencing. Learn more: https://www.wric.com/news/politics/capitol-connection/lawmakers-pass-bills-to-collect-data-on-pretrial-detention/
- House bill 2250, sponsored by delegate Kaye Kory, and Senate Bill 1379, Senator Jennifer Boysko, bans the testing of cosmetics on animals and the sale of cosmetics tested on animals from 2022.
- HB2307 https://www.wric.com/news/politics/capitol-connection/virginia-lawmakers-advance-consumer-data-protection-act/
“Virginia is now the first southern state to end political restrictions on access to abortion and reproductive coverage on the exchange,” said Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), candidate for the post governor who introduced the bill to the Senate, in a press release. declaration.
“By repealing the ban on abortion coverage by health care exchange plans, we have removed another medically unnecessary barrier preventing access to reproductive care.”