Between the abolition of the death penalty and the continued fallout from
the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia General Assembly had a full plate of
legislative priorities in 2021. This Article will provide a summary of the major
bills that were introduced, passed, or that failed during the 2021 Regular
and Special Sessions. The other articles within this issue cover the following
topics in depth: reproductive justice, criminal justice legal reform, housing
policy concerns during the pandemic, cannabis legalization, and environmental
justice. This Article summarizes legislation grouped in the following
parts: I. Civil and Criminal law, II. Education, III. Labor and Commerce, IV.
Housing, V. Immigration, VI. Voting rights, and VII. The Environment.
A Year of Monumental Change: A Review of Virginia's 2021 General Assembly Regular and Special Sessions,
Rich. Pub. Int. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.richmond.edu/pilr/vol25/iss1/3