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Virginia lawmakers face tight deadlines on major issues

Posted at 2:29 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 17:40:33-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia lawmakers are in a mad scramble finalize passage of several top priorities for the new Democratic majority.

Lawmakers have only a few days left to pass legislation before this year's legislative session is set to end but are at an impasse on a number of high-profile bills, including legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and a bill to require universal background checks on gun purchases.

And legislators still need to pass a $135 billion two-year state budget while resolving key differences between competing versions of bills that would legalize casino gambling and undo the state’s existing ban on public sector collective bargaining.