Youngkin passes 100 bills; vetoes marijuana sales and raising minimum wage

Governor Glenn Youngkin acted on 107 bills yesterday regarding a variety of topics.

Of the 100 passed, they included increasing law enforcement’s ability to prosecute child predators, expanding inmate access to health services, and raising the age for Jury Duty exemption from 70 to 73.

7 bills were vetoed including raising the minimum wage and the retail sale of marijuana.

In Youngkin’s veto statement, he claimed that legalizing the sale of marijuana would increase gang and violent crime, and have a negative effect on youth.

Virginia became the first southern state to legalize recreational use of marijuana in 2021.

The minimum wage proposal would have increased the current $12 rate incrementally to $13.50 in 2025 then $15 by 2026.

A full list of the 100 bills passed is available here.

Veto statements for the 7 others are available here.

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Minimum wage increases in Virginia

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As of Saturday minimum wage in Virginia went from the Federally mandated $7.25 an hour to $9.50 an hour.

This was part of a state law passed last year.

Minimum wage is projected to increase to $11 an hour in January then to $12 an hour in 2022.

If approved by future legislature minimum wage could reach $15 an hour by 2026 in the state.

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