Abortion Access

Access to a safe, legal abortion was one of the top 3 issues of importance to Asian American voters. Reproductive access is critical to maintaining autonomy over one’s body, health, and life.

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HJ 1 / SJ 1

Enshrines every Virginian’s right to reproductive freedom. Prohibits the state from penalizing an individual for exercising this right, or for helping someone else exercise their right.

Full text: HJ 1 (Del. Herring) / SJ 1 (Sen. Boysko)

Education Equity

Education is one the top 3 issues of importance to Asian American voters. Virginia’s constitution guarantees residents the right to a high-quality public education, which is critical to a vital community and a strong workforce. Yet, many students, including Asian American Virginians, are barred from opportunities to access this education, effectively participate, or improve their academic experience.

We are a proud member of the Fund Our Schools Coalition.

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SB 127 / HB 181

Improves quality of care in schools by increasing the number of full-time counselors per number of students at K-12 public schools.

The Senate version of this bill (SB 127) also increases the number of mental health support staff (social workers, psychologists, nurses, licensed behavioral health analysts, and other licensed health and behavioral positions) per number of students at K-12 public schools.

Full text: SB 127 (Sen. VanValkenburg) / HB 181 (Del. Feggans)

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HB 458 / SB 14

Allows all counties/cities in Virginia to use local sales tax revenue to repair and build schools within their area, if approved in a voter referendum.

Full text: HB 458 (Del. Callsen) / SB 14 (Sen. McPike)

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Health Access

Access to affordable healthcare is consistently identified as one of the top 3 issues of importance to Asian American voters in Virginia. Although federal, state, and local coverage options and programs exist, access to health coverage and vital care services are not guaranteed for all Virginians.

We are a proud member of the Healthcare For All Virginians Coalition.

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HB 970 / SB 231

Cover All Kids – Provides uninsured, undocumented youth (< 19 years old) in Virginia with state-funded health care coverage through Medicaid / DMAS. Provides free translation and interpretation services to make program information accessible to those with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency. Ensures personal information remains confidential.

Establishes group of consisting of individuals with lived experience being undocumented and uninsured, and individuals with experience doing outreach to aforementioned populations, to do marketing and outreach for the program.

Full text: HB 970 (Del. Tran) / SB 231 (Sen. Hashmi)

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Language Access

Asian languages make up the 5 top languages most commonly spoken in Virginia after English and Spanish. Yet, Virginia state agencies continue to provide services without adequate or consistent support for linguistically-marginalized* Virginians. All Virginians need to be able to communicate and receive the support they need in their communities.

* linguistically-marginalized: groups and individuals who “use any dominant spoken or sign language, and are not fully proficient in the dominant language,” which in the U.S. is English.

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HB 989

Requires the Department of Elections to translate its website- especially voter, election, and departmental information- to languages other than English for non-English-speaking voters.

Full text: HB 989 (Del. Tran)

Budget Items 331 #6s, 267 #7h

Provides $2.5 million for state agencies to improve language access.

Full text: Item 267 #7h (Del. Tran) / Item 331 #6s (Sen. Hashmi)

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Defending Democracy

Hamkae Center defends our communities’ rights to freely participate in civil processes and maintain civil liberties, based on the issues identified by our community base of Asian American Virginians.

🥳 All these bills were killed!

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SB 295

Restricts “foreign enemies” from owning land and operating businesses in Virginia.

Full text: SB 295 (Sen. Sturtevant)

🥳 This bill was killed!

SB 32

Requires voters to confirm their SSNs to vote.

Full text: SB 32 (Sen. Peake)

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SB 42

Limits the in-person early voting time period from 45 days to 21 days.

Full text: SB 42 (Sen. Peake)

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HB 44

Limits the in-person early voting time period from 45 days to 30 days.

Full text: HB 44 (Del. Green)

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Economic Justice

Hamkae Center supports fair treatment and protection of working-class Asian American Virginians.

We are a proud member of Tax Fairness for All Virginians and Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

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SB 246 / HB 1454

Extend the validity period of Driver Privilege Cards from 2 years to 7 years.

Full text: SB 246 (Sen. McPike) / HB 1454 (Del. Lopez)

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HB 1 / SB 1

Re-approves the minimum wage increase from $12/hour to $13.50/hour (effective Jan. 1, 2025), then $15/hour (effective Jan. 1, 2026).

Full text: HB 1 (Del. Ward) / SB 1 (Sen. Lucas)

HB 132

Establishes a 13-member commission (to expire on July 1, 2026) to promote the growth and competitiveness of Virginia minority-owned businesses.

Full text: HB 132 (Del. Convirs-Fowler)

HB 256

Requires employers to provide paid sick leave for grocery store and healthcare workers (effective Jan. 1, 2025). Removes requirements to work a certain number of hours to be eligible for paid sick leave. Requires the Department of Labor & Industry to develop and publish guidelines for retail employers by Dec. 1, 2024.

Full text: HB 256 (Del. King)

HB 865

Creates new income tax bracket (effective Jan. 1, 2024) to tax $1M+ earners at 10%.

Allocates revenues generated from this new tax bracket:

  • 50% to funding public schools
  • 30% to Child Care Subsidy Program
  • 20% to Virginia Housing Trust Fund

Full text: HB 865 (Del. Hernandez)

HB 887

Creates new income tax bracket (effective Jan. 1, 2024) to tax $600K+ earners at 7%.

Also creates 2 new refundable tax credits (effective Jan. 1, 2024 to Jan. 1, 2029) for Virginia residents:

  • Child and dependent care tax credit: equals 50% of the federal tax credit allowed for employment-related expenses for household and dependent care services
  • Family caregiver tax credit: equals 50% of caregiver’s expenses, up to $1000; available only to taxpayers that have federal AGI of up to $100K (if single) or $200K (if married)

Full text: HB 887 (Del. Watts)

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