Bills targeting gun rights, minimum wage begins General Assembly’s pre-filing session

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Monday began the first day of the General Assembly’s pre-filing session and there are already dozens of bills on the docket.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has said that passing common-sense gun legislation will be a priority in the upcoming session.

Among some of the bills that could be considered in January includes:

  • Senate Bill 22 which places a limit on people who are not licensed firearms dealers from buying more than one handgun in a 30-day period.
  • Senate Bill 18 would raise the age to buy any firearm in Virginia to 21. Currently, anyone age 18 and older can buy a rifle or shotgun.
  • Senate Bill 15 would make it a Class One Misdemeanor for carrying a gun, ammunition or silencer into a building owned or leased by the Commonwealth.
  • Senate Bill 7 would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15.00 per hour over the course of five years.

If Senate Bill 7 were to pass, the minimum wage would increase to $10 per hour starting on July 1, 2020 and one dollar more per year thereafter.

This is not the first time delegates have considered this increase.

A similar bill died on the Senate floor last year.

You can see a full list of bills slated for next year’s session, thus far, by clicking here.

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