The 2024 General Assembly session is underway and on Feb. 13, we reached Crossover, the midway point of the General Assembly session. Crossover is the day in the legislative session where bills from the originating chamber must "cross over" to the other to be considered. Bills that didn’t crossover by February 13 are effectively dead for the session.  

Click on each of the issue areas below for the latest updates on our legislative priorities this session, including the bills we are tracking. Sign up for our email to stay posted and visit this page often for updates!  

Key takeaways: 

  • All constitutional amendments, including for reproductive freedom, right to vote, and same-sex marriage ban repeal, were continued to the 2025 session, meaning they will be considered during next January’s session rather than this one. This is a procedural step because traditionally, constitutional amendments are introduced on odd number years before a House of Delegates election, like the 2025 elections. We’re deeply committed to working to put these constitutional amendments on the 2026 ballot for Virginia voters to decide. 
  • All bills seeking to harm trans people introduced this session were defeated. 
  • All abortion bans introduced this session were defeated. 
  • All classroom censorship bills introduced this session were defeated. 
  • Several criminal legal reform bills we support, including the Second Look legislation, made it through Crossover. 

Know your legislative process:  

  • The bills that start with “SB” (Senate Bill) originate in the Senate and the bills that start with “HB” (House Bill) originate in the House. Senate Bills (SBs) must first pass the Senate, then cross over to the House, and vice versa for House Bills. 
  • When you see a Senate Bill and a House Bill listed together, they are companion bills that are either identical or practically identical bills. When a Senate Bill and a House Bill are identical, they are sometimes called “cognates.” 
  • Sometimes, one of the companion bills makes it through Crossover while the other one doesn’t.  
  • If any bill crosses over and is passed by the other chamber, meaning a Senate Bill is passed by the House or vice versa, then: 
    • It goes to the governor’s desk to be signed, vetoed, or amended; or 
    • If it was amended during the process, so that it’s different from the version passed by the initial chamber, then the original chamber can either agree to the changes or send the bill to a “conference committee” to iron out the differences between the bills before they are sent to the governor’s desk. 
  • No matter whether a bill has a companion or cognate, it must ultimately pass both chambers in an identical form. 

Reproductive Freedom

Every person in Virginia should be able to decide if, and when to start a family—free from government interference.

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We’ll work to expand abortion access and promote reproductive freedom in Virginia, the last abortion access state in the South.  
 
Alongside the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance and partners like Planned Parenthood of Virginia, we’re raising awareness about the need for a constitutional amendment that would guarantee reproductive freedom for every person in Virginia. Traditionally, constitutional amendments are introduced on odd number years preceding a House of Delegates election, such as 2025.  

The stakes for this one couldn’t be higher: Virginia is the last state in the South without a post-Dobbs restriction on abortion. Until the Commonwealth has an amendment enshrining it in our constitution, Virginians’ access to reproductive healthcare will depend on the whims of politicians. We’re deeply committed to working to make a constitutional amendment for reproductive freedom a reality in order to eventually put power back into Virginians’ hands on the 2026 ballot. 
 
In addition, we seek to strengthen protections for those accessing reproductive healthcare and providers.

We’re ready to defeat any bill that takes away a person’s right to decide what to do with their reproductive freedom. 

Bills we support: 

  • SB15: prohibits extradition for providing certain reproductive health care services; (CROSSED OVER) 

  • HB1539: prohibits extradition for providing certain reproductive health care services; (CROSSED OVER)

  • SB16/ HB78: protects menstrual health data from search warrants (CROSSED OVER) 

  • HB609/ SB237: establishes and protects the right to contraception (CROSSED OVER) 

  • HB819/SB238: provides insurance coverage for contraception (CROSSED OVER) 

  • HB935/SB118: provides health insurance coverage for doula services (CROSSED OVER) 

  • SB35: requires unconscious bias and cultural competency training for healthcare providers and medical professionals (CROSSED OVER) 

Bills we oppose: 

  • HB1364, HB1184: seeks to ban abortion (DEAD)
  • HB8/SB153: allows medical providers to refuse to provide care based on religious objections (WITHDRAWN BY PATRON)
  • HB404: bans public funding for abortion (DEAD)

 

LGBTQ+ Rights

LGBTQ+ Virginians, especially trans & nonbinary youth, deserve to live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights. 

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We’ll continue to push for legislation and policy changes that make our Commonwealth a place where LGBTQ+ people can live freely as their authentic selves.  

Alongside our partners, we’re continuing our effort to repeal the outdated, regressive ban on same-sex marriage — a stain on our state constitution. Traditionally, constitutional amendments are introduced on odd number years preceding a House of Delegates election, such as 2025. We will continue to work to put a constitutional amendment for marriage equality on the 2026’s ballot for Virginians to decide. 
 
The Youngkin administration seems to be focused on violating the rights and even trying to erase the existence of LGBTQ+ people, especially young people. We defeated all anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ+ bills in the 2023 General Assembly session, and we will do so again this year. Legislation that will result in harm or discrimination against LGBTQ+ people has no place in Virginia. 

Bills we support: 

  • HB174/SB101: affirms the right to marriage, regardless of race, sex, gender, or parties (CROSSED OVER)
  • HB502: clarifies that any state or local documents that require a  gender designation will include a nonbinary option (DEAD)
  • HB224: requires school teachers and other personnel to take mental health awareness training that focuses on at-risk youth, including LGBTQ+ youth (CROSSED OVER) 
  • HB536: clarifies and expands current anti-bullying law to include enumerated classifications, including sexual orientation and gender identity (CROSSED OVER) 

Bills we oppose: 

  • HB8/SB153: allows medical providers to refuse to provide care based on religious objections (WITHDRAWN BY PATRON)
  • SB37/HB670: allows the principal of a school or their designee to forcibly out LGBTQ+ students (DEAD) 
  • HB1229: bans trans students from playing on the sports team or use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity (DEAD)  
  • SB68: bans trans students from participating in sports (DEAD)
  • HB1120: bans trans students from participating in sports (DEAD)
  • SB671: bans gender-affirming care for trans people (DEAD) 
  • SJ49/HJ86: attempt to erase trans people from the law and public life by disavowing the diverse spectrum of gender identities. (DEAD) 

Criminal Legal Reform

Virginia locks up too many people for way too long. It’s time to address the root causes of crime and incarceration in Virginia.

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We will continue to push for criminal legal reform in Virginia & work to strengthen our communities by bringing people home.

We went back to the capitol again this year with our partners Sistas in Prison Reform, Nolef Turns, the Humanization Project, and FAMM and had a successful Lobby Day to advocate for Second Look legislation, which would let judges take a second look at people who have received long sentences. Many of those people have done the hard work to transform themselves, but they're stuck behind bars for years – or even decades – on taxpayers' tab. It’s time to change that.   
 
In addition, we continue to advocate for independent oversight of Virginia’s Department of Corrections, affordable prison communications, more humane prison conditions, and other initiatives that would protect the rights of people who are incarcerated, reunite families, and provide reconciliation and rehabilitation to Virginia. 
 
We stand ready to defend the progress we’ve made to expand earned sentence credits, end pretextual policing, and treat substance use disorder as a mental health issue rather than a crime.   

Bills we support: 

  • HB834/SB247: lets judges take a second look at people with long sentences to determine if they’ve earned an earlier release (SB247 CROSSED OVER) 
  • HB555/SB456: codifies independent oversight of VADOC (CROSSED OVER) 
  • HB801/SB378: provides no-cost prison communications (AMENDED FROM ORIGINAL FORM AND CROSSED OVER) 
  • HB161: protects incarcerated people from disciplinary action if they seek help for themselves or for someone else who is overdosing (CROSSED OVER)  
  • HB159: restricts use of correctional canines (CROSSED OVER) 
  • HB915: addresses jail profiteering (AMENDED FROM ORIGINAL FORM AND CROSSED OVER) 
  • HB956/SB332: helps immigrants in VA avoid potential deportation for misdemeanors (SB332 CROSSED OVER)
  • HB1114/SB643: decriminalizes a person’s failure to appear in court, which often traps people experiencing poverty in a cycle of fines and criminalization (HB1114 CROSSED OVER) 

  • HB457/SB80: reduces probation supervision periods (CROSSED OVER) 

Bills we oppose: 

  • SB52, SB367, SB602: imposes extreme mandatory minimum sentences on people who use and share drugs if fentanyl is detected and death results (DEAD)
  • HB391: repeals recent reforms limiting certain police stops that are often used as pretexts for racial profiling (DEAD) 

First Amendment

Virginia students deserve the freedom to learn and Virginia educators deserve the freedom to teach.

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We will bring the full weight of our efforts to advance legislation that protects the freedom to learn for Virginia’s young people. We’ll work hard to keep classrooms a free and open space for learning and growing. 
 
We will oppose any bills that further censor books or ban the teaching of accurate, inclusive history in our schools. 

Bills we support: 

  • HB571/SB235: clarifies that parental notification and opt-out policies cannot be used to censor books in public schools (CROSSED OVER) 

Bills we oppose: 

  • HB1260: enables public school censorship (DEAD)
  • HB757: creates model policies to allow public school censorship (DEAD)
  • HB1206: expands definition of obscenity in school materials, another effort at classroom censorship (DEAD) 

Voting Rights

Voting is the building block of our democracy. Our communities are stronger when more people can participate.

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We will work to advance voting rights and expand Virginians’ access to the ballot box, keeping Virginia among the top states for ease of voting.  
 
We have been advocating for a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to vote for every Virginian over the age of 18 for many years, and we have not lost sight of the critical need to end felony disenfranchisement in our state constitution. Traditionally, constitutional amendments are introduced on odd number years preceding a House of Delegates election, such as 2025. We will continue to work to put a Right to Vote constitutional amendment on the 2026’s ballot for Virginians to decide. 
 
We will be vigilant to defend the progress Virginia has made over the last three years to make voting easier and more accessible. 

Bills we support: 

  • HB1003: requires that notice of changes to precincts and polling places be mailed at least 30 days before election (CROSSED OVER)
  • SB605, HB43: makes more voters with disabilities eligible for assistance outside of polling places (CROSSED OVER) 
  • SB606: requires Virginia to re-establish membership in the interstate Electronic Registration Information Center (“ERIC”) (CROSSED OVER) 
  • SB428: allows any local or constitutional office to be conducted via ranked-choice voting (CROSSED OVER) 
  • HB26: expands accepted forms of voter identification 
  • SB300/HB904: improves Virginia’s voter roll maintenance and gives voters new due process protections against wrongful voter purges (CROSSED OVER) 

Bills we oppose: 

  • SB92: eliminates same-day voter registration (DEAD)
  • SB81, SB45: brings back restrictive voter photo ID requirements (DEAD)
  • SB42: shortens the window to vote absentee in-person (DEAD)
  • SB32: requires voter registrars to verify the Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for voter registration applicants and to annually verify SSNs for their voter rolls (DEAD)

Privacy and Surveillance

Going about our day-to-day activities shouldn't mean surrendering our privacy protections. 

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We are committed to protecting Virginians’ right to privacy, free from government and technological surveillance.  
 
We are working to strengthen protections against mass surveillance by Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs), which includes greater oversight and transparency on data usage, distribution, and retention. 
 
We will be vigilant against efforts to infringe on the privacy of people in Virginia.

Bills we support: 

  • HB920/SB539: requires a search warrant for law-enforcement access to automated license plate reader (ALPR) data after 48 hours; authorizes use of ALPRs on state highway rights-of-way (DEAD) 

Bills we oppose:

  • HB 775: authorizes expansion of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to state highway rights-of-way (CROSSED OVER) 

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    SB 503: authorizes expansion of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to state highway rights-of-way (DEAD)