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Governor Youngkin takes action on more than 800 pieces of legislation

Youngkin Executive Order Signature
Steve Helber
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin prepares to sign executive orders in the governors conference room at the Capitol, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Last night was the deadline for Governor Glenn Youngkin to act on legislation. Youngkin’s office said he had taken action on 841 bills passed by the General Assembly.

Governor Glenn Youngkin’s office said Monday night that he amended more than 100 pieces of legislation and vetoed another 25 bills, bringing the total to 26 vetoes.

One notable veto prohibited name, image and likeness deals for high school athletes.

He also vetoed four bills that created studies and workgroups. The governor’s office said that they were unnecessary and costly or time consuming.

Amendments included changes to a bill that allowed the limited use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement. The amendments also require additional training to use the technology.

Youngkin also sent back a bill designed to prohibit delta-8, a chemical found in cannabis products. His amendments established new misdemeanor penalties for possessing more than two ounces of marijuana.

Another amendment requires the whole Loudoun County School board to stand for election this fall. Then the board members would have staggering terms starting next year.

Jahd Khalil is a reporter and producer in Richmond.