Panel Calls for Virginia to Purge Dozens of Old Racist Laws

Dec 5, 2019

A commission Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tasked with researching racist laws from the state’s past has recommended that dozens be repealed in order to purge the state’s books of discriminatory language.

The commission issued an interim report on its work Thursday. The report says that while most of the

pieces of legislation are outdated and “have no legal effect,” they are still enshrined in law. 

The nine-member commission is made up of attorneys, judges, scholars and community leaders. The report notes its work is not yet finished.

The panel focused only on certain laws passed between 1900-1960.

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