VACOLAO’s 2019 Legislative Priorities – Results


  1. Bill imposing restrictions on localities that welcome immigrants 

VACOLAO opposed SB 1156 introduced by Senator Richard Black that sought to prohibit localities from adopting any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

This was an unnecessary message bill that sought to stigmatize immigrant communities and the localities that welcome them. There are no Virginia localities that have passed restrictions on the enforcement of federal immigration law.


History and status:

02/23/19  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1156ER)

02/23/19  Senate: Signed by President

02/23/19  House: Signed by Speaker

03/19/19  Governor: Vetoed by Governor:

        2.     Imposing new obligations on localities

VACOLAO opposed HB 2270 introduced by Delegate Charles Poindexter. This bill required that the sheriff, jail superintendent, or other official in charge of a local correctional facility or a regional jail in which an alien is incarcerated shall notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the release or discharge of the alien forthwith as soon as the release date is known

HB 2270, chief patron: Delegate Charles Poindexter


History and status:

02/21/19  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2270ER)

02/21/19  House: Enrolled

02/21/19  House: Signed by Speaker

02/21/19  Senate: Signed by President

03/19/19  Governor: Vetoed by Governor:


  1. Wage payment statements:

This bill  requires each employer to provide on each regular pay date a written statement, by a paystub or online accounting, that shows the name and address of the employer, the number of hours worked during the pay period, and the rate of pay.

HB 2664, chief patron: Delegate Lashrecse D. Aird

History and status:

02/06/19  Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

2/20/19 Signed by President of Senate  and Speaker of the House 

04/03/19  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0836)

SB 1696, chief patron: Senator Frank Wagner (identical to HB 2664)

2/20/19 Signed by President of Senate and Speaker of the House

04/03/19  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0845)

     2.   Removing exceptions to minimum wage requirements:

This bill eliminates the exemptions to Virginia’s minimum wage requirements for newsboys, shoe-shine boys, babysitters who work 10 hours or more per week, ushers, doormen, concession attendants, and cashiers in theaters. The measure contains technical amendments..

SB 1079, (This bill is identical  to HB 2473). Chief patron : Lionell Spruill:

03/08/19  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 331 (effective 7/1/19)

HB 2473, chief patron: Marcia Price:

03/08/19  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 330 (effective 7/1/19)

    3.    Helping immigrant children who seek protection from abuse, neglect and abandonment.

This bill will allow a circuit or district court in which there is a proceeding related to the custody or visitation of a child, upon the request of any party, to make any finding of fact required by state or federal law to permit such minor to apply for a state or federal benefit. 

In terms of immigrant children, this bill will help immigrant children fleeing abuse, neglect, and abandonment in their home countries seek protection from deportation in Virginia.

Immigrant children and DREAMers facing deportation proceedings seek a form of immigration relief called “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status” (SIJS). SIJS is unique in that it requires a state court to issue a certain type of order before the child may even attempt to seek SIJS relief from the federal government. 

SB 1758, chief patron: Senator Scott Surovell (Identical to HB 2679)

03/19/19  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 631 (effective 7/1/19)

 HB 2679, chief patron: Marcus Simon

03/18/19  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 412 (effective 7/1/19)

For more information about this bill, please click here:



VACOLAO supports several Virginia  House and Senate bills providing driving privilege card for aspiring Americans residing in Virginia as already authorized in 12  states such as Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The below bills would allow immigrants to operate motor vehicles in a lawful manner as they go about their daily lives like getting to work, visiting a sick relative, attending a house of worship or taking their children to school. They would also help ensure that drivers on the road meet proper safety regulations and insurance requirements, creating a safer environment on the roads for all Virginians.


HB 1843, chief patron: Delegate Robert Bloxom

HB 2025, chief patron: Delegate Kathy Tran

History and current status: HB 1843 and HB 2025 were assigned to the six-member Transportation Subcommittee #4.  Despite a room full of both bills’ supporters, on 1/25/19, both bills was tabled, meaning it did not get enough votes to be passed to the full Transportation Committee. 

YEAS–Adams, L.R., Garrett, Collins, Miyares (4 Republicans).

NAYS–Carr, Delaney. (2 Democrats)

See link for video of hearing:


SB 1740, chief patron: Senator Scott Surovell

SB 1641, chief patron: Senator Jennifer B. Boysko –

History and current status: SB 1740 and SB 1641 FAILED to report out of  Senate Transportation Committee on a party-line vote of 7 to 6.

YEAS- Deeds, Marsden, Favola, Edwards, McClellan, Boysko ( 6 Democrats).

NAYS- Carrico, Newman, Cosgrove, DeSteph, Chase, Suetterlein, Peake (7 Republicans)

The room was full of supporters who testified in favor of these bills before this committee.

You can see the hearing at this link:

Analysis of this hearing in SPANISH:

VACOLAO Supports In-state Tuition for Immigrant Students:

There were two type of bills. One for those applying permanent residency and other for DACA holders. All these bills failed in committee on a party line vote.

In-state tuition; eligibility, certain individuals who have applied for permanent residency

SB 1148, chief patron: Senator David Marsden

SB 1640, chief patron: Senator Jennifer Boysko

History and status: On 1/17/19, SB 1148 was incorporated into SB 1640 and voted out of the Senate Education and Health Committee in an  historic vote after many years advocating for this bill. The bill was received 8 yeah votes with Senator Chase crossing over to vote with all the Democrats  and 7 no votes and was referred to the Senate Finance COmmittee. The Finance Committee voted to return he bill to the Senate Education and Health where this time it died with Senator Chase changing her vote to NO on 1/31/19. 

YEAS–Newman, Black, Carrico, Cosgrove, Dunnavant, Chase, Suetterlein, Peake–(8 republicans).

NAYS–Saslaw, Lucas, Howell, Locke, Barker, Petersen, Lewis- (7 Democrats).

You can find the video of the hearing here: It is precisely at 57:00 minutes of the hearing


HB 1882, chief patron: Delegate Mark Keam:

History and status: On 01/25/19  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)

YEAS–Rush, Landes, Poindexter, Stolle, Robinson–5.

NAYS–Torian, Carr, Hayes–3.

HB 2388. Chief patron: Delegate Alfonso Lopez


History and status:  

01/25/19  House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)

YEAS–Torian, Carr, Hayes–3.

NAYS–Rush, Landes, Poindexter, Stolle, Robinson–5.

In-state tuition for individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

SB 1055, chief patron: Senator David Marsden


History and status: 01/17/19  Senate: Incorporated by Education and Health (SB 1640-Boysko) (15-Y 0-N)

Supports Employment and Labor bills to combat wage theft and increase minimum wage

Nonpayment of wages; private cause of action by an employee.

This bill provides that an employee has a private cause of action against an employer who fails to pay wages to recover the amount of wages due plus interest at eight percent annually from the date the wages were due.

HB 1687, chief patron:  Paul E. Krizek


History and status: This bill is dead for the year

01/29/19  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)

02/05/19  House: Left in Commerce and Labor

Increase Minimum Wage

This bill Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $10 per hour effective July 1, 2019, to $13 per hour effective July 1, 2020, and to $15 per hour effective July 1, 2021,.

SB 1200 , chief patron: Rosalyn Dance:


History and status: Defeated by Senate (19-Y 21-N)

Supports bill that will foster trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement.   

Remove provision inquiring and reporting of immigration status of persons charged with or convicted of certain crimes

HB 2392. Chief patron: Alfonso Lopez


History and status: This bill is dead for the year

01/16/19  House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)

02/05/19  House: Left in Courts of Justice

Oppose Anti-Immigrant Joint Resolution.

Senate Joint Resolution Commending U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

VACOLAO opposes this resolution as it ignores the harmful impact of ICE’s operations in the Commonwealth including the terrorizing of immigrant communities who live in constant fear of being permanently separated from loved ones. VACOLAO urges the Senate to instead send a strong message of welcoming Virginia’s immigrant communities who have brought so much benefit to our state’s economic and social development.

SR 255, chief patron: Senator Richard Black


History and status:  This senate resolution failed:

02/06/19  Senate: Left in Rules

Posted in Immigration Reform, Virginia General Assembly.