Virginia commission to examine racial inequality in state law recommends policies to address economic, rural and conservation discrimination – The Washington Post – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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RICHMOND — A Virginia commission formed to identify root causes of inequality in state law has recommended a number of policy changes aimed at addressing racial disparities in economic opportunity, rural life and environmental conservation.

From paid family and medical leave to tax relief, foreclosure protection and access to legal and health services, the 45 policy prescriptions are contained in a 65-page report issued Thursday by the Commission to Examine Racial and Economic Inequity in Virginia Law.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) created the commission last year. An earlier version of the panel had issued two reports in 2020 on racist language that persists in the state’s vast code of laws, from statutes created more than a century ago during the oppression of Jim Crow to more-recent legal language that discriminated based on race.

The General Assembly acted on many of

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