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Stopping bad ideas in Richmond from becoming
bad laws in Southwest Virginia

Yesterday I shared some highlights of legislation that officially became law in Virginia on July 1. These new laws include several bills from our SWVA delegation aimed at making our region a better place to live, work, and raise family.

Our Republican majority also delivered a major win for Virginia taxpayers by passing the second largest tax cut in Virginia history. As a result, individual filers will receive up to a $110 rebate and joint filers will be eligible for up to $220 this fall. We were proud to put this money back where it belongs - in YOUR pocket. 

The bills we pass in Richmond matter. As important as it is to pass good bills into law, it's just as important to prevent bad bills from becoming law. Stopping bad ideas and policies in Richmond before they have a chance to impact lives in Southwest Virginia is a critical part of our job - and we had to do a lot of it this year.

Below are just some of the bills we stopped. Why is it important to talk about these? Because all 140 seats of the General Assembly are up for election this November. With only a two-seat Republican majority in the House and Senate, Democrats and their allies are vowing to reintroduce some of these very same bills next year. If they win a majority, they've stated they'll need only two afternoons to pass their agenda. 

Would you want these bills to be Virginia law this time next year?

HB 1806 Right to Work repeal
Repeals provisions that prohibit any agreement between an employer and a labor union or labor organization. Refusing to join a union could result in termination or paying fees. 

HB 1635 Fossil fuel projects moratorium; clean energy mandates.
Establishes a moratorium on fossil fuels and imposes a 100% renewable energy mandate. This is Virginia’s version of the “Green New Deal”. 

Separately, Virginia would join RGGI, even though the State Corporation Commission estimates it will cost between $3 and $5 billion and raise electricity rates by $7 to $12 per customer per month.

HB 2491 Abortion; eliminate certain requirements
Provides for late-term abortions up to birth and removes certain procedures and processes. This was the horrific bill that Governor Northam defended with comments that suggested infanticide. 

HJ 598 Constitutional amendment; 
Provides that prisoners, convicted felons and death row inmates will all get to vote - just like Bernie Sanders promised. 

Remember that election day is November 5th. I ask for your vote and hope you'll join me in supporting our Republican candidates. As your Senator, I'd continue to oppose these bills--and all legislation that would have a negative impact on SWVA--just as I have in the House of Delegates. 
Todd Pillion is the Republican nominee for State Senate in the 40th District.

He currently represents the 4th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.
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