Excellent thread by Del. Cia Price, which asks why Gov. Youngkin would possibly have vetoed her bill that “would’ve provided renters with long-overdue protections from slumlords,” and which was a “bipartisan, commonsense measure.” The answer?
“For the same reason Republicans who supported my bill voted yesterday to uphold the Governor’s veto – because they’d rather protect the interests of wealthy slumlords than protect the rights of tenants in need. This veto was shameful, partisan, and a perfect example of what’s at stake: real people counting on us to solve real problems. But my bill co-patrons @EBPforVA and @NadariusClarkVA and I aren’t going anywhere. Our fight to protect Virginia’s renters is just getting started.”
For the record, this bill passed the Republican-controlled House of Delegates 59-41, then passed the State Senate by a wide/bipartisan margin (26-14), before Youngkin disgracefully vetoed it. Even more pathetically, the Republicans in the House of Delegates who had initially voted for this bill caved to Youngkin, for absolutely no good reason other than pure partisanship and cynical, calculating politics. The lesson: this is what you get if you put Republicans in charge, so do NOT put Republicans in charge – ever!