2022 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
Download our one-page VICPP Legislative Priorities for 2022 summary here (or here in Spanish) and sign up to advocate with us!
You can also follow our Bill Tracker to see where our priority bills are in the legislative process!
Economic Justice/Worker Justice
- Paid Sick Days. These bills failed. Extend Paid Sick Days to key groups of essential workers.
- Protecting Children in the Workplace. This bill failed. Require parental permission for children to work on tobacco farms
Criminal Justice Reform
- Limiting Use of Solitary Confinement. This bill turned into a study and passed. Extensive solitary confinement is torture, and Virginia should limit time in solitary to 15 days
- Counsel at First Appearance. This bill failed. Ensure that poor people do not end up in jail before their trials simply because they are poor and don’t have access to bail funds or attorneys
- Voting Rights. This amendment failed. Constitutional amendment to allow automatic restoration of voting rights for people who had completed their sentence after a felony conviction
Human Needs and Racial Equity
- Affordable Housing. Virginia’s budget should include funding for more affordable housing. VICPP is supporting three budget proposals, which would amend the budget bills HB30 and SB30.
- Expand funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund to build new affordable housing units and prevent homelessness
- Provide rental assistance vouchers for those needing but not receiving federal assistance
- Create a Restorative Housing Pilot Program (designed by Virginia Poverty Law Center) to increase home ownership among those who have been historically excluded from opportunities through discrimination
- Click here to read our updated Affordable Housing Fact Sheet
- Click here to see our Faith Leaders Letter calling to fund more affordable housing in the budget
- Unconscious (Implicit) Bias Training Licensing Criterion. The committee recommended studying this bill and returning to it in 2023. Require unconscious (implicit) bias training become an eligibility criterion for all health care professionals licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine
Defending Past Gains – VICPP is prepared to defend, if necessary, previous issues, such as:
- Minimum wage increase
- Removal of the 40-quarter rule (regulating immigrant access to healthcare)
- Death penalty abolition
- Wage theft reforms