• Stephen Buckingham

Where Things Stand

With one week to go before the important “crossover” deadline, our efforts are directed towards moving priority bills that have not yet been voted out of committee. Any bill that passes its committee and the full House or Senate chamber after March 22 will be referred to the other chamber’s Rules Committee. To go any further, it will have to get reassigned to a standing committee before it can get a hearing and vote. Since there will be less than three weeks left in the session, any delay makes final passage much less likely.


Since none of our Immigration, Economic Justice, or Gun Violence bills has officially emerged from committee, we need a everyone to contact their Senators and Delegates in the relevant committees to bring these measures to a vote. Please review any Task Force information you receive to see how you can help, especially any alerts they send out to contact lawmakers.


Now, the good news:

Criminal Justice:

  • Significant advances in police accountability have passed both houses (9 Senate bills and HB 670); their differences need to be reconciled so that the same bill(s) get final approval in both chambers

  • Parole Reform, HB 3, has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate

  • Both Citation bills, HB 445 and SB 671, have passed their respective chambers and need approval be the opposite chamber to become law

Climate Change:

  • Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021, SB 414, has passed the Senate and awaits action in the House

  • Community Choice Energy Pilot Program, HB 768, has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate

  • Banning plastic bags, HB 314 , has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate

Healthcare:

  • Unemployment revisions, HB 1002, that includes easy health enrollment is passing the House and will await action in the Senate

State Song: Repeal, HB 667, has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate

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