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"The Toughest Beat in Virginia"

Richmond, VA -- A very busy day at the General Assembly -- The Senate passed SB 601 sponsored by Senator Louis Lucas which eliminates Lee Jackson Day as a state holiday and makes Election Day a state holiday. The Senate also passed SB 17 sponsored by Senator Adam Ebbin which repeals statutory prohibitions on same sex marriages and civil unions.

In the House Labor and Commerce committee today:

  • HB 10 sponsored by Delegate Marcus Simon passed the committee with a 15-3 vote. Fairfax County Federation of Teachers spoke in favor of the bill which creates civil penalties for student loan licensing of qualified education loan servicers.

In the House Labor and Commerce Subcommittee #1 today:

  • HB 169 sponsored by Delegate Roslyn Tyler focuses on workers' compensation and

occupational disease presumption, adding correctional officers to be covered by the law. National Coalition of Public Safety Officers (NPCSO) had their lobby day and showed up in full force to speak in favor of the bill. Their testimony resonated with the committee who voted with a recommendation to report the bill and refer it to the House Committee on Appropriations.

  • HB 617 sponsored by Delegate Elizabeth Guzman provides that a physical injury, including carpal tunnel syndrome, that results from repetitive motion shall be treated as an injury by accident for purposes of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act. Steelworkers from United Steel Workers (USW) Local 8888 and Virginia AFL-CIO President Doris Crouse-Mays spoke in favor of the bill. This passed the subcommittee committee and recommended to was referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

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