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Governor Northam highlights priorities in State of the Commonwealth address

Raise the minimum wage. Fight climate change. Expand affordable housing. These are just a few measures some lawmakers want to expedite in the General Assembly.

RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Northam, alongside other legislators, has a plan to advance certain measures in the statehouse as lawmakers convened for the first day of the 2020 General Assembly session.

These measures are all a part of an 11-point Virginia 2020 Plan that the governor wants to put at the forefront of the session for lawmakers to focus on and work to pass.

A few legislators, including Senator Mamie Locke who represents parts of Hampton Roads, announced the plan that includes advancing the proposals below:

  1. Pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
  2. Restore women's reproductive rights.
  3. Expand affordable housing.
  4. Ban discrimination in housing and employment.
  5. Raise the minimum wage.
  6. Make voting easier.
  7. Reform criminal justice.
  8. Advance common-sense gun safety measures.
  9. Fight climate change, protect natural resources.
  10. Increase education funding.
  11. Expand transit and broadband.

You can read more about those proposals here.

You can view the full 2020 State of the Commonwealth address below: 

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