Check out these key votes made by elected officials in Virginia during the most recent legislative session, and go to www.votespotter.com to signup and see how your elected officials voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.
House Bill 145, Prohibit “prevailing wage”: Passed 66 to 32 in the House on February 1, 2016, and 21 to 19 in the Senate on February 25, 2016. Vetoed by the governor on March 11, 2016.
To ban state agencies from requiring that contractors pay the “prevailing wage” on public works projects. “Prevailing wage” is based on the union pay scale of a region.
Senate Bill 48, Allow concealed carry without a permit: Rejected on a tie vote, 20 to 20, in the Senate on February 1, 2016
To allow anyone to carry a concealed firearm without a permit if that person is legally eligible to carry a concealed firearm.
Senate Bill 191, Establish independent redistricting commission: Passed 31 to 9 in the Senate on February 1, 2016.
To place an advisory question on the November ballot on whether Virginia should establish an independent commission that would draw district lines for the House of Delegates, Senate, and congressional seats.
House Bill 259, Prohibit use of Common Core: Passed 77 to 22 in the House on January 27, 2016, and 24 to 16 in the Senate on February 22, 2016. Vetoed by the governor on March 1, 2016.
To prohibit the state from replacing the current education standards with Common Core State Standards without prior approval by the General Assembly.
House Bill 1163, Recognize out-of-state concealed handgun permits: Passed 72 to 26 in the House on February 10, 2016, and 29 to 11 in the Senate on February 22, 2016.
Allows someone with a concealed handgun permit issued by any state who is at least 21 years of age to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia. This bill requires the Attorney General to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states to do this.