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February 8, 2023

Crossover Update – Legislative Session 2023

In the first half of the 2023 General Assembly session, LAJC staff have advocated, testified, and supported the testimony of community members in favor of bills that would improve public school funding, expand comprehensive and affordable children’s health care coverage, increase tenants’ rights, ease the burden and harm court fines can have on those returning […]

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January 11, 2023

Virginia’s 2023 Legislative Session Starts!

January 11, 2023, marks the start of the Virginia General Assembly legislative session and LAJC is ready.   Our teams have worked with community groups and advocacy partners throughout the past year to identify priorities and issues of concern that are likely to arise as members bring bills to committees and legislation moves forward in the […]

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October 3, 2022

Unemployment Insurance Victory

When the pandemic caused mass layoffs in 2020, hundreds of thousands of Virginians found themselves out of work and struggling to pay rent, buy food, afford prescriptions, or make loan payments. The struggle many didn’t expect? Trying to access unemployment insurance funds through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). Instead of receiving the emergency help they […]

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May 6, 2022

Veto Session Update – 2022 Legislative Session

Every legislative session in Virginia culminates in a brief “Reconvene” or “Veto” session where the General Assembly considers any vetoes or amendments from the Governor. On April 27th, legislators gathered to act on approximately 100 bills that Gov. Youngkin proposed amending, as well as 26 bills that he vetoed. Several of those bills directly implicated our […]

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April 14, 2022

Statement – Gov. Youngkin’s Vetoes of HB573 & SB279

Outstanding bills for medical treatment are one of the leading causes of debt and bankruptcy, and medical debt is one of the most common debts for which Virginians are sued. Governor Youngkin’s vetoes of Del. Clark’s HB573 and Sen. Deeds’ SB297 have derailed critical, popular, and thoughtfully crafted bipartisan consumer debt reforms for thousands upon […]

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July 1, 2021

Unemployment Insurance – July 1st Report to Court

Download PDF version here IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Richmond Division ASHLEY COX, et al.,             Plaintiffs, v. ELLEN MARIE HESS, in her official capacity as Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission,             Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )         […]

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May 25, 2021

Judge Orders VEC to Fix Issues at the Agency

Judge Orders Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to End Unemployment Insurance Backlog and Fix Issues at the Agency    Legal Aid groups and their Pro Bono Partners will monitor the VEC’s progress to ensure Virginians who have been struggling, often for months, get access to the relief they are owed    Richmond, VA – Today, Judge Henry […]

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May 5, 2021

VEC Attempts to Delay Unemployment Lawsuit

  The Virginia Employment Commission Responds to Lawsuit About Delays in Unemployment Payments with…a Request to Delay.  Despite having been fully informed about the issues detailed in the lawsuit more than six months ago, the VEC moves to put the case on hold for an extra month. Richmond VA – Yesterday, the Virginia Employment Commission […]

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