Mar 12, 2024 - News

The Virginia bills likely facing Youngkin's veto

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

This year's legislative session in Virginia has come to an end.

Why it matters: Now it's on Gov. Glenn Youngkin to sign, amend, or veto Democratic bills on abortion rights, guns and weed for the first time since taking office — and it's not looking good for Democrats.

He's already vetoed eight bills, including one that would prevent the state from using marijuana alone as evidence of child neglect and another aimed at limiting a school board's ability to ban books.

  • His proposed amendments so far include adding a religious exemption to a bill requiring that health insurers cover birth control and a reenactment clause for a bill mandating school boards notify parents of safe firearm storage.

Here are other major proposals on his desk likely facing vetoes or amendments:

Abortion

  • One bill would prohibit search warrants from accessing menstrual health data. The legislation failed last year after Youngkin's office announced its opposition.
  • Another would prevent Virginia from extraditing people who come here for an abortion from states where it's illegal. A similar bill failed in the Republican-controlled House last year.

Guns

Minimum wage

Weed

  • A bill legalizing the retail sale of marijuana with a May 2025 start date historically passed this year.
  • Separate legislation would allow nearly 800 people incarcerated for marijuana-related felonies a chance for a reduced sentence.

Paid leave

Other interesting but less controversial bills

What's next: The legislature reconvenes April 17 to consider Youngkin's changes.

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