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2021 Legislation

Elections

SB 1101 Enters Virginia into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Under the compact, Virginia, and other states in the compact, would award electoral votes to the presidential ticket that receives the most popular votes nationwide. The compact would take effect once the electoral votes represented by the states in the compact total 270.
   

LGBT Equality

SJ 270 Repeals the now inoperable ban on same sex marriage in the Virginia Constitution and replaces it with an affirmative right to marry regardless of gender. The amendment must be passed again next year and then by the voters to go into effect.

Gun Violence Prevention

SB 1381 Codifies current state policy to ban firearms and dangerous weapons in state owned or leased buildings and and expands the ban to Richmond’s Capitol Square.
   

Environment

SB 1309 Allows localities to use their local flood water assistance for short-term, stop-gap projects to protect neighborhoods and homes from inland flooding, provided that the projects are in alignment with the localities long term flood mitigation plan.

Criminal Justice Reform

SB 1179 Ends the operation of private prisons in Virginia. (Effective at the end of Virginia’s contract with the GEO Group for the operation of its one private prison).
SB 1406 Eliminates criminal penalties for personal possession of marijuana for those 21 and older, creates a regulated adult-use market for cannabis centered on equity, and expunges certain criminal records for the possession of marijuana.

Housing

SB 1215 Allows tenants to sue landlords for illegally evicting them from their home. The bill expedites the timeline in which hearings to remedy illegal evictions are heard, and allows for tenants to receive 4 months rent or $5,000, whichever is greater as well as reasonable attorney’s fees, from the landlord if the judge deems they were evicted illegally. .

General Government and Taxation

SJ 271 Permits a Governor elected in 2025 and thereafter to run for a second, consecutive four year term.

Healthcare

SB 1178 Repeals a medically unnecessary and potentially harmful barrier to patient-centered-care for those seeking genetic counseling.