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Virginia Senate Republican Caucus 2011 Legislative Agenda

At a press conference on January 18th the Senate Republican Caucus announced their Legislative Agenda.  It includes measures to increase transparency and strengthen accountability in Virginia’s budget process, to oppose tax increases, to protect Virginia’s status as a Right-to-Work state and prevent the implementation of Card Check.

Some of the legislation that the Senate is featuring this year are Sponsored by Thomas K. Norment, Jr, Walter Stosch, Stephen H. Martin and Ryan T. McDougle.

SB 1353 General Assembly; general appropriation bills. Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Requires the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee to issue reports concurrently with the budget conference report that specifically identify (i) any nonstate appropriation, (ii) any item in the conference report that was not included in a general appropriation bill as passed by either the House or the Senate, and (iii) any item that represents legislation that failed in either house during the regular or a special session.

SB 1125 Labor organization; employees have right to vote by secret ballot. Walter A. Stosch

Declares that in any procedure providing for the designation, selection, or authorization of a labor organization to represent employees, the right of an individual employee to vote by secret ballot is a fundamental right that shall be guaranteed from infringement.

SJ 301 Constitutional amendment; right to a secret ballot (first reference). Stephen H. Martin

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); the right to a secret ballot.  Adds a provision to the Bill of Rights to preserve and protect the right to a secret ballot in elections for office, votes on ballot measures, and votes to designate or authorize employee representation.

SJ 323 Constitutional amendment (first resolution); right to work. Ryan T. McDougle

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); right to work.  Provides that any agreement or combination between any employer and any labor union or labor organization whereby persons not members of such union or organization shall be denied the right to work for the employer, or whereby such membership is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or whereby any such union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any enterprise, is against public policy and an illegal combination or conspiracy.


SB 1288 Public Procurement Act; verification of legal presence. Jeffrey L. McWaters

Public Procurement Act; verification of legal presence. Requires all public contractors and their subcontractors to register and participate in a federal Electronic Work Verification Program or similar electronic verification of work authorization program to determine that their employees and individual independent contractors are legally eligible for employment in the United States. Contractors and subcontractors are required to verify the employment status of their employees and independent contractors, and are prohibited from employing or contracting with an individual who is not determined to be legally eligible for employment in the United States as determined through the verification of the individual’s status. Contractors who do not register and participate in the registration program are ineligible for prequalification.

SB 1202 Health benefits exchanges; abortion coverage not permitted. Mark D. Obenshain

Health benefits exchanges; abortion coverage not permitted.  Prohibits any qualified health insurance plan that is sold or offered for sale through a health benefits exchange established or operating in the Commonwealth pursuant to federal health care reform legislation from providing coverage for abortions. The prohibition does not apply to an abortion performed (i) when the life of the mother is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or (ii) when the pregnancy is the result of an alleged act of rape or inces

About Michelle Stanley

A concern citizen, Co-Founder of Richmond Patriots, grass root activist interested in putting government back in its proper role.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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