April 12, 2022 News & Press Releases

Far-Right Unhinged Governor Vetoes 25 Bipartisan Bills

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Along with vetoes, Gov. Youngkin attempts to roll back cannabis legalization 

Richmond, VA – Last night, at the eleventh hour as the Governor’s deadline to take action on bills from this past session, Governor Youngkin vetoed a total of 25 bipartisan bills, a historically large number, and added controversial amendments to others. 

Some of the Governor’s vetoes include bills that passed both the House and the Senate unanimously, meaning all 100 delegates and all 40 senators voted yes to pass them. Nine of the Governor’s vetoes were of bipartisan bills sponsored by Senator Adam Ebbin, a blatantly political and personal move as retribution when the Governor didn’t get his way. The Governor also vetoed a bill providing important protections for crime victims, setting back Virginia’s progress toward ending predatory debt collection.

Along with his vetoes, Governor Youngkin broke yet another promise to Virginians by attempting to roll back the cannabis legalization law, reinstating criminal penalties into the law. 

“Last night, the Governor sabotaged the bipartisan work of legislators instead of signing meaningful and productive legislation to move Virginia forward,” said DPVA spokesperson Gianni Snidle. “His actions yesterday paint a clear picture that Governor Youngkin is only interested in one thing - advancing his own personal politics and agenda, not Virginians’. Democrats in the General Assembly will not allow the Governor to roll back our progress”