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Please Attend Lobby Day Monday January 22, 2001!

Virginians For Justice, January 21, 2001
Action Alert

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Join Virginians for Justice as we spend the day educating our elected officials on issues of concern to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender citizens and those with HIV/AIDS. Lobby Day 2001 will take place four months to the day after the anti-gay murder of Danny Overstreet and the shootings of the other victims in Roanoke. It is a great opportunity for the GLBT and GLBT-supportive community to come together and ask our elected officials for action. In addition to hate crimes legislation, VJ also work again on bills addressing sodomy law reform, anti-discrimination and other pertinent issues.

Lobby Day 2001 Headquarters: The Commonwealth Park Suites Hotel 901 Bank Street, Downtown Richmond just across Capitol Square from the State Capitol Building

Lobby Day begins at 9:00 AM with lobby and issue trainings.

Immediate following Lobby Day:

Lobby Day Reception 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.

VJ will host our annual reception where attendees can mingle and meet with legislators, legislative aides and allies from other organizations. The reception is also at the Commonwealth Park Suites Hotel. All are welcome to attend. We have had a record number of legislators and legislative aides indicate that they will attend - so join us even if you can’t get to Lobby Day!

Legislative Update and Call to Action

Contact your DELEGATE and SENATOR immediately to ask for their support or opposition, as indicated below, to any of these bills.

Spread the word to Virginians across the Commonwealth!

As is often the case, little notice is given on committee hearings and bills as they move quickly through committee activity. Virginians for Justice asks you to call your legislators as soon as possible!

Information about contacting legislators is found below.

SUPPORT-----House Bill 2441 (HB2441)
Adds sexual orientation to existing Hate Crimes Laws.

UPDATE -----Senate Bill 1005 (SB1005)
Adds sexual orientation to existing Hate Crimes Laws. Passed by indefinitely(PBI) (Y9-N6) A vote to PBI was a vote in opposition to the bill.
YEAS--Stolle, Saslaw, Trumbo, Quayle, Norment, Williams, Forbes, Mims, Rerras--9.
NAYS--Marsh, Howell, Lucas, Edwards, Reynolds, Puller--6. Please attend Lobby Day and express thanks to those who voted Nay and educate those who voted Yea.

Prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. This legislation is showing signs for moving forward for the first time, so constituent contact is needed!

Would allow Fairfax County to change their local ordinances to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, real estate transactions, employment, public accomodations, credit and education. SB1147 is currently scheduled to be heard on Tuesday January 23. Please attend Lobby Day to log your support of this bill.

Would allow Arlington County to enact an ordinance to extend health insurance benefits to county employee’s spouse or to one other adult who meets criteria established by the county. This would override the VA Supreme Court’s 2000 decision that overturned Arlington’s benefits policy.

UPDATE -----SB1002
Would require that the Virginia Housing and Development Authority make loans available to persons living together as a single, non-profit housekeeping unit. Passed by indefinitely(PBI) (Y8-N5-1A) A vote to PBI was a vote in opposition to the bill.
YEAS--Stosch, Wampler, Hawkins, Martin, Bolling, Potts, Ruff, Wagner--8.
NAYS--Marye, Lambert, Miller, Y.B., Maxwell, Byrne--5.
ABSTENTIONS--Houck--1. Please attend Lobby Day and express thanks to those who voted Nay and educate those who voted Yea.

A bill to add age, disability or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law related to employment discrimination to the VA Public Procurement Act (gov’t contracts, purchasing, etc.) Ask for "sexual orientation" to be included.

Establishes a procedure for determining "probably cause" for persons who have been charged with a crime that mandates HIV testing. This applies only to those accused whose competency is at issue. VJ believes that this new procedure could protect the civil rights of the accused and does not endanger the rights of victims.
UPDATE: This bill passed the Senate (40Y-0N) and has been communciated to the House. Please attend Lobby Day to communicate support for this bill in the House of Delegates.

Effectively legalizes consensual adult acts of sodomy. Passed by indefinitely(PBI) (Y13-N9) A vote to PBI was a vote in opposition to the bill. This is a particularly harsh defeat - with much anti-gay rhetoric spouted during and after the hearing.
YEAS--Howell, McClure, McDonnell, Albo, Griffith, Harris, Black, Nixon, Weatherholtz, Drake, Johnson, Armstrong, Deeds--13.
NAYS--Almand, Rust, McQuigg, Jones, J.C., Melvin, Watts, McEachin, Moran, Joannou--9.
NOT VOTING--Kilgore--1.
Please attend Lobby Day and express thanks to those who voted Nay and educate those who voted Yea.

Similar to HB2632 except that it lowers the penalty for sodomy rather than an outright legalization. Please call in support of this bill.

Establishes a joint subcommitte to study the need for a moratorium on death sentence executions in the Commonwealth.

OPPOSE----- HB2386
This so-called "Religious Freedom Preservation" bill would prohibit the state from burdening a person’s exercise of religion. If enacted, it could wreak havoc on civil rights laws, fair housing laws and any other law or policy that a particular religious group may oppose.

Contacting your legislators:

Please attend Lobby Day. If you cannot, please join us in a virtual Lobby Day by calling your Senator or Delegate, or sending them an email. Email addresses are available from the Legislative Information System website.

You may call your Delegate and Senator directly at their office in Richmond, or call the Virginia Constituent Hotline at 1-800-889-0229 (in Richmond call 698-1990)

If you do not know who your Delegate and Senator are, the hotline operators can tell you. Also, you can visit the "Who’s My Legislator" portion of the General Assembly’s website at

VJ’s Legislative Guide 2001, including contact information for legislators, is available on our website at You may also visit the Legislative Information System website to obtain information on each bill at

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Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 643-4816

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