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RICHMOND, VA. —This afternoon, HB 1848, a bill that extends discrimination protections for disabled individuals, emerged from the General Laws Committee on a 22-0 vote. The bill now  heads to the full House on the uncontested calendar. HB 1848 extends new protections to  Virginians with disabilities under the Virginia Human Rights Act, specifically in employment,  housing, and public accommodations. 

RICHMOND, VA. —Today, HB 1848, a bill that extends discrimination protection to disabled Virginians under the Virginia Human Rights Act, passed out of the Profession/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee with a vote of 8-0.


“I am thrilled the bill has unanimous, bi-partisan support coming out of subcommittee and I look forward to gaining more support as the bill works through the General Assembly process,” says Delegate Mark D. Sickles, Chair of the Health, Welfare, and Institutions committee.


For Immediate Release

Ilana Creinin



RICHMOND, VA. —Today, Delegate Mark D. Sickles, Chair of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, introduced HB 1848, a bill that extends employment, housing, and public accommodations discrimination protection to disabled Virginians under the Virginia Human Rights Act. 


RICHMOND, VA. -- Earlier today, the House voted unanimously to pass HB 5048, my bill requiring the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to make communicable disease outbreak information at state-regulated institutions available to the public. 


RICHMOND, VA — On Sunday, February 16, 2020, the House Appropriations Committee released their budget for the biennium, increasing funding for health and human resources by $1.2 billion from the current 2018-2020 budget, and about $40 million more than the Governor’s introduced budget.


ALEXANDRIA, VA — The LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed Mark Sickles for House Delegate of the 43rd District. He is one of 107 openly LGBTQ candidates to be endorsed in the 2019 election cycle. 


"I am honored and humbled by their endorsement and look forward to working with other LGBTQ members and allies in the Virginia House of Delegates," says Delegate Mark Sickles.


ALEXANDRIA, VA– The Supreme Court takes final action to confirm constituional maps for the Virginia House of Delegates. In a 5-4 ruling for the case, Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, the majority opinion stated that Republicans lack standing in their appeal of racially gerrymandered districts. Justice Ginsburg gave the majority opinion, joined by Justice Thomas, Justice Gorsuch, Justice Sotomayor, and Justice Kagan. 


ALEXANDRIA, VA- On May 13, Delegate Sickles recognized and memorialized Wesley Charles Lipicky, a nine year old boy killed in a tragic school accident one year ago this month. HB 1753 was ceremonially signed into law at the Franconia Firehouse by Governor Ralph Northam. The bill’s provisions, if followed by school divisions across the Commonwealth, will prevent another such accident from ever occurring.


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