Mar 6, 2024 - News

Youngkin has until Friday to act on marriage equality and birth control bills

Photo illustration of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin with lines radiating from him.

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios; Photo: Robb Hill/Washington Post via Getty Images

Gov. Youngkin has until midnight Friday to take action on more than 80 bills, including one that would protect same-sex marriage in Virginia.

Why it matters: The accelerated timeline will force Youngkin to take a stance on issues he's been able to dodge with a Republican-controlled House, Democratic leaders said this week.

Between the lines: This is happening because of a seven-day deadline that applies to bills sent over to the governor before the final week of session, which ends Saturday.

  • The governor usually has 30 days.
  • Not all of these bills are controversial though, and most have some level of bipartisan support, like banning legacy admissions at public universities.

Zoom in: Here's a quick look at the bills Youngkin is reviewing.

🏳️‍🌈 A measure to enshrine the legality of same-sex marriage in Virginia would preserve it even if the Supreme Court overturned its 2015 decision legalizing marriage equality nationwide.

🏥 Another bill would require health insurance companies to cover birth control without a copayment in most cases, including over-the-counter contraceptives.

📚 A clarification to an existing law that notifies parents if their child is being assigned books with sexually explicit content would limit the ability for school boards to use that law to ban books.

🚫 A gun-safety measure says people banned from having a firearm due to domestic assault convictions cannot transfer their gun to someone who is under the age of 21 and lives with them.

📢 A separate gun reform push would require school boards to annually notify parents of their responsibility to safely store firearms. This is in response to the Newport News shooting in which a 6-year-old shot his teacher with his mother's gun.

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