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.