In a post-session virtual luncheon hosted by Wason Center Academic Director Quentin Kidd, Senate Minority Leader Thomas Norment (R-James City) expressed alarm at erosion of Virginia’s business-friendly status while Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said moderate pro-business senators were helping protect Virginia’s business environment — for now.
As an example, Saslaw mentioned the Fair Share Bill, which he introduced in 2020 at the request of a union. The bill would have required non-union members to pay some fees to compensate the union for the cost of representing the non-member. But he said even some Senate Democrats asked him to kill the bill, which he did.
“Even in my caucus, there’s just not the mood there to do away with the right-to-work law,” Saslaw said. “That’s going to be around, I believe, for quite a while.”