2014 Projects

HB 936 Accessibility of Electronic Textbooks

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Melanie Avery, Avery Strategy, LLC
Theresa Cry, Virginia Commonwealth University
Linda Haskins, Dominion
Branden Riley, Babcock & Wilcox

The economic and social consequences of the lack of access to technology for students in the Commonwealth of Virginia are real and significant.  This report provides a legislative racial impact analysis of House Bill (HB) 936, a proposed bill in the Virginia General Assembly, prohibiting school boards from making electronic textbooks available for students, unless the school board adopts a plan to ensure that e-textbooks are available on or before July 1, 2017. The bill focuses solely on developing a plan for installing prior to implementing electronic textbooks in K-12 classrooms.  Electronic textbooks are important...

SB 30 Medicaid Expansion

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Cindy Davis, VA Dept. of Housing and Community Development
Robert Irving, VA Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Kimberly Pope, Department of Defense
Monica Reid, Fairfax County

Virginia is the second worst state in providing Medicaid to its citizens.  The focus of this report is to provide a racial equity impact analysis of Senate Bill (SB) 30, the Senate legislative vehicle for the appropriations of the budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.  SB 30 included a provision called “Marketplace Virginia” as an alternative to traditional Medicaid expansion in Virginia.  This compromise bill would have covered an estimated 430,000 Virginians who fall in the Medicaid coverage gap by assisting them in purchasing private insurance.  This report provides...

HB 32 Minimum Wage Expansion

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Gena Burr, GTT Enterprises, Inc.
Danise Harmon, Virginia Commonwealth University
Uzziah Harris, City of Richmond
Tammy Martin, UPSide to Youth Development, LLC

The racial equity impact of HB 32 is important because minorities in Virginia disproportionately work in minimum wage positions.  The purpose of this report is to provide a racial impact analysis of House Bill (HB) 32, legislation proposed in the 2014 Virginia General Assembly to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour.  According to 2013 data, 1.8 million workers in Virginia are paid hourly rates and 6.8 percent of these workers earn the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.  Examining fiscal years 2015 to 2020 for the Commonwealth, such an increase would cost $2,712,696. This impact includes...

HB 994 Human Trafficking

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Staci Boone, City of Richmond
Traci DeShazor, Commonwealth of Virginia
Selonia Miles, United States Marine Corps
Katina Williams, St. Joseph’s Villa

Human Trafficking has become an international crisis that has caused a devastating impact on the Commonwealth of Virginia. The purpose of this report is to examine the racial equity impact of Virginia House Bill 944. HB 994 was introduced to the House by Delegate Barbara Comstock, along with 13 other members of the House and was passed by the House of Delegates and was Passed Indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter in 2014. This Bill, as initially introduced, would have made it a felony to participate in Human Trafficking by expanding...