Gov. Northam signs executive order to examine prejudice in Virginia laws

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Ralph Northam is forming a commission to look at possible racial discrimination embedded in Virginia law. 

The governor on Tuesday signed an executive order establishing the ‘Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law.’

He announced this shortly after signing Senator Lionel Spruill’s Senate Bill 1079 to remove Jim Crow era minimum wage exemptions. 

The Commission will review Virginia laws that were originally intended to promote racial discrimination and issue a report with its discoveries by November 15, 2019.

“Identifying the vestiges of racial discrimination that still remain in Virginia’s laws today is critical to the work before us to build a Commonwealth that is equitable for all who call it home,” Governor Northam said in a release. 

“We must remove these unjust laws from the books immediately,” said Delegate Lamont Bagby, of Henrico County, who added that he looks forward to supporting the Commission.

The full Executive Order Thirty-Two can be found HERE. 

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