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Gov. Youngkin amends more than 100 bills, vetoes 25

Gov. Glenn Youngkin - (R) Virginia
Gov. Glenn Youngkin - (R) Virginia(wdbj7)
Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 8:48 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2022 at 3:23 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Governor Glenn Youngkin amended more than 100 bills, vetoed 25 and signed more than 700 into law.

A press release said many of the amendments to bills were technical in nature, but others included “eliminating a potential tax increase on gaming receipts paid by charitable organizations, clarifying hemp sale statutes and prohibiting sales of products containing Delta-8.”

Another change was to allow law enforcement the limited use of facial recognition technology.

“The bipartisan accomplishments of this legislative session will be strengthened by the amendments I have added and will increase the positive impacts on Virginians,” said Youngkin. “We engaged stakeholders on important issues in community safety and provided a commonsense path forward on facial recognition technology for law enforcement without compromising individual freedoms. We provided accountability and transparency in education by ensuring school boards reflect the will of their constituents right now. We eliminated a possible tax increase on charitable organizations and lowered the tax rate on charitable gaming receipts. We protected Virginians from potentially harmful synthetically-modified substances while preserving the market for regulated CBD products currently available. I call on the General Assembly to adopt these changes and quickly enact them into law so that they can benefit all residents of the Commonwealth.”

Among Youngkin’s vetoed bills was legislation that raised fees on household waste collection and limited the constitutionally vested authority of the State Corporation Commission. He also vetoed a bill that would have made Virginia the second state to prohibit “name, image, likeness” deals for high school athletes.

Another bill would have prohibited insurers from charging higher premiums to smokers. The governor also vetoed a bill that would have allowed cities and counties to sue landlords for negligence.

Lawmakers will return on April 27 to vote on overriding the vetoes.

“My goal as Governor is to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family and the bills I vetoed today reaffirm that commitment,” said Youngkin. “I look forward to working together with members of the General Assembly in the future to ensure that we’re working for all Virginians. Together we can make the Commonwealth a place where businesses can prosper, students can thrive, and communities are safer.”

Overall, Youngkin also signed over 700 bills into law during the 2022 General Assembly session.

“Today marks another important step in a journey for the people of Virginia, one which started even before our nation’s founding. Every year the duly elected representatives of the people assemble to pass new laws on behalf of their constituencies, and I am honored to sign these 700 bills into law this year,” said Youngkin. “These bills are all bipartisan and we can all be proud that together we’ve taken steps to make life easier for Virginians, make our Commonwealth’s economy more competitive, support law enforcement, protect the most vulnerable among us, increase access to health care, and take necessary steps toward making Virginia’s schools the absolute best in the nation.”

You can look at actions taken on bills, here.

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