2012 Projects

HB 1075/SB 201 Alicia’s Compass

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Patrice Banks, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Cydny Neville, Town of Dumfries
Sookyung Oh, The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
Keith Rogers Jr., City of Richmond

The economic and social consequences of untreated (or under-treated) substance abuse among minors are significant. This report provides a racial impact analysis of HB 1075/SB 201, legislation approved in the 2012 General Assembly session that seeks to improve access and use of substance and alcohol services by minors. In short, this policy could go a long way to ensure that families are properly educated about these life-changing (and life-saving) programs; however our analysis raises concerns related to cultural competency that may serve...

HB 462 Abortion Informed Consent

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Daphne Bryan, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Melissa Brown, City of Richmond
William Randolph, Minister
Tarvaris McCoy, Community Housing Partners Corporation

The adoption of House Bill 462 into law brings forth questions about the probable impact on the physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being of the women in Virginia. In particular, analysis of its effect on the minority and underserved female population is required. Understanding the origin of this new legislation and the thinking behind its proposal and subsequent adoption dictates an endeavor into the backgrounds and intended goals of its sponsors and supporters. Proponents of HB 462 were unresponsive to requests for an interview to expound...

HB 869/SB 274 Urban Development Area (UDA)

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Ashley Chapman, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Ida Jones, City of Richmond
Donald Knight, Department of Defense, DeCA Head Quarters
Susan Lawyer Willis, Mosaica Education

Virginia is growing. Between 1990 and 2000, Virginia’s population rose by over 14% - the largest population growth experienced by the state in a single decade (Pollard, 2007). And the state continues to grow. It has been estimated that by 2030, Virginia’s total population may exceed 9.8 million people (Pollard, 2007). Along with population growth, land development has increased which in turn affects transportation, housing and job placement across the Commonwealth. In fact, in many parts of the state, development has outpaced...

HB 9 Voting Procedures

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Olutosin Burrell, District of Columbia Public Schools
Dawn Lawson, United States Department of the Army
Robert Mayfield, Tenaska
LaDonna Sanders, Department of Family Services

House Bill 9 was introduced by Delegate Mark L. Cole (R – House District 88 – Fredericksburg) as chief patron with support from co-patron Delegate Charles D. Poindexter (R – House District 9 – Glade Hill). The bill states that a voter who is unable to present one of the forms of ID may sign a sworn statement that he/she is the named registered voter he/she claims to be and then be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. The current law allows such a voter to cast an official ballot rather than a provisional one...