Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee

Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/13 1/20

Subcommittee on Agriculture:

Subcommittee on Chesapeake:

Subcommittee on Natural Resources:

Meets on:  Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members Ken Plum (Chair) – Rob Bloxom – David Bulova – Joshua Cole –  James Edmunds – Todd Gilbert – Wendy Gooditis – Nancy Guy – Dan Helmer – Sally Hudson –  Mark Keam – Alfonso Lopez  – Danny Marshall    Charles Poindexter – Margaret Ransone –  Shelly Simonds – Kathy Tran – Roslyn Tyler – Lee Ware  – Michael Webert – Rodney Willett – Tony Wilt

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Agriculture
  • Chesapeake
  • Natural Resources

Appropriations Committee

Appropriations 2021 Hearings
Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/18  1/18  1/28  2/3  2/10  2/17   2/24

Subcommittees:
Capital Outlay: 1/18
Commerce:
Agriculture and Natural Resource:
Compensation and General Government: 1/19 
Elementary and Secondary:
Health and Human Resource:
Higher Education:
Transportation and Public Safety: 1/14

Virginia legislators can ensure big environmental wins this session
Virginia Mercury, Peggy SannerFebruary 15, 2021 (Medium)

Legislators are also recommitting to our lands and waters. Virginia is poised to enact landmark legislation (HB 2129 — Del. Alfonso Lopez and SB 1354— Sen. Emmett Hanger) that will require and direct significant upgrades to many older wastewater treatment plants along the James and York Rivers and other waterways. This work — continuing an effort that has seen great success in earlier phases — will lead to substantial reductions in the pollution that reaches the Chesapeake Bay over the next several years. But funding this effort will require help from the state.

Fortunately, state revenue forecasts are better than had been feared. The budget amendments proposed last week by committees in the House of Delegates and the Senate reflect legislators’ recognition of the importance of this work. Notably, the House Appropriations Committee proposed $150 million in bond funding to help upgrade these plants. A conference committee of legislators, including committee chairs Sen. Janet Howell and Del. Luke Torian, is now negotiating a final state budget for Gov. Ralph Northam’s approval.

Accelerating investments in other effective clean water programs will also be necessary to achieve the goals. The Stormwater Local Assistance Fund reduces polluted runoff, the noxious brew that, during rainstorms, flows off pavement and buildings and into local streams. This money has helped cities and counties across Virginia pay for effective runoff-reducing projects by providing grants for up to half the project’s cost. These investments can also reduce localized flooding issues, which is essential as we see increased precipitation as a result of climate change.

HB 1925: Virginia Brownfield and Coal Mine Renewable Energy Grant Fund and Program; handbook.
Senate LIS, Delegate Terry G. KilgoreFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Establishes the Virginia Brownfield and Coal Mine Renewable Energy Grant Fund and Program (the Fund and Program). The bill provides that no allocation of funds shall be made to the Fund or Program unless federal funds are available to cover the cost of such allocation. The Fund and Program shall be administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for the purpose of awarding grants to renewable energy projects that are located on brownfields or previously coal mined lands, both defined in the bill. Grants are to be awarded on a basis of $500 per kilowatt of nameplate capacity from renewable energy sources that are located on previously coal mined lands and $100 per kilowatt of nameplate capacity from renewable energy sources that are located on brownfields.

No more than $10 million shall be awarded to any previously coal mined lands project and no more than $5 million to any single brownfield project. No more than $35 million shall be allocated per year by the grant program. Of the $35 million, $20 million shall be reserved for previously coal mined lands projects. If less than $20 million is distributed to such projects, the remaining funds may be reallocated to brownfield projects. The bill also provides that the Department shall, in consultation with stakeholders, develop a handbook for renewable energy and energy storage development on brownfields and previously coal mined lands. Finally, the bill requires the Department to submit an annual report regarding the administration of the Fund and Program to the General Assembly. However, the annual report shall not be required if the Fund and Program are not funded.

Provides that the Department of Juvenile Justice is no longer required to apply for child support from, and the parent of a juvenile is no longer responsible to pay child support to, the Department of Social Services for a juvenile who is in the temporary custody of or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Bill passes both the House and Senate

HB 2207: Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19
Senate LIS, Jerrauld C. "Jay" JonesFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers, and correctional officers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The bill provides that the COVID-19 virus is established by a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19, an incubation period consistent with COVID-19, and signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that require medical treatment. The bill provides that such presumption applies to any death or disability occurring on or after March 12, 2020, caused by infection from the COVID-19 virus, provided that for any such death or disability that occurred on or after March 12, 2020, and prior to December 31, 2021, the claimant received a diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed physician, after either a presumptive positive test or a laboratory-confirmed test for COVID-19, and presented with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that required medical treatment. Senate is insisting on a substitute and has requested for a conference committee

New research shows Virginia House budget disproportionately harms students of color
Rappahannock News, Rachel NeedhamFebruary 15, 2021 (Short)

According to independent research conducted by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, the budget proposed by the Virginia House Appropriations Committee last week would disproportionately cut funding to school districts with the highest share of students of color.

School divisions with the highest proportion of Asian, Black, Hispanic, and other ethnic minorities on average are seeing cuts of $65 per pupil on average under the proposed house budget. That’s almost two times the $34 per pupil reduction to predominantly White school districts.

In Culpeper County, where roughly 47% of the school-age population are people of color, schools will lose $106 per pupil — one of the largest per-student cuts in the state.

Virginia House of Delegates Passes Amended Biennial Budget
Blue Virginia, Blue VirginiaFebruary 12, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, VA—Today the Virginia House of Delegates passed the amended 2020-2022 biennial budget (HB 1800) by a vote of 68-30.

The House’s package of budget amendments will fund policies that support the House Democratic Caucus’s 2021 agenda aimed at building a better Virginia. This fiscally responsible budget will also protect the Commonwealth’s “AAA” bond rating by placing an additional $130 million into Virginia’s revenue reserves.

The House Appropriations Committee released its recommended amendments to the FY 2020-2022 budget on February 10.

Meets on:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at ½ hour after adjournment in Shared Committee Room

Members:  Luke Torian (Chair) – Lashrecse Aird – Terry Austin – Rob Bloxom – Emily Brewer – David Bulova –Betsy Carr – Kirk Cox – Glenn Davis – Matt Fariss – Cliff Hayes – Chris Hurst – Jay Jones – Barry Knight – Paul Krizek – Delores McQuinn – Will Morefield – Ken Plum – David Reid – Nick Rush – Mark Sickles – Roslyn Tyler

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Capital Outlay
  • Commerce
  • Agriculture and Natural Resource
  • Compensation and General Government
  • Elementary and Secondary
  • Health and Human Resource
  • Higher Education
  • Transportation and Public Safety

Communications, Technology and Innovation Committee

Meets on:  Monday at 10:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:  Cliff Hayes (Chair) – Alex Askew – Hala Ayala – Emily Brewer – Kathy Byron –  Jeff Campbell –  James Edmunds – Kelly Fowler – Nick Freitas – Keith Hodges – Sally Hudson –  Clint Jenkins – Dave LaRock –   Ken Plum – Danica Roem – Chris Runion – Ibraheem Samirah – Don Scott – Suhas Subramanyam – Jeion Ward – Michael Webert – Rodney Willett

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Communications
  • Technology
  • Innovation

Courts of Justice

A broad section of Chesterfield’s legal community, along with a number of current and former politicians, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the state NAACP, have thrown their support behind O’Berry.

At least 35 people lined up to speak on her behalf at the Dec. 11 joint meeting of the Senate Judiciary and House Courts of Justice committees that interviewed judges.

At the same gathering, O’Berry was met with strong opposition by supporters of criminal justice reform, including community activists and the Chesterfield Branch of the NAACP. Many accused O’Berry of doling out harsh punishments, wrongly holding criminal defendants without bail and disregarding their rights, especially in the Black and Hispanic communities.

Meets on: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at ½ hour after adjournment in House Room 3

Members:   Charniele Herring (Chair) – Les Adams – Rob Bell –  Jeff Bourne –  Jeff Campbell – Ronnie Campbell – Karrie Delaney – Steve Heretick – Patrick Hope – Terry Kilgore – Jay Leftwich – Mark Levine – Jason Miyares – Mike Mullin – Margaret Ransone – Don Scott – Marcus Simon – Rip Sullivan – Vivian Watts

11 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Civil, Criminal
  • Judicial

Education Committee

Meets on: Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m (Monday) 8:00 a.m (Wednesday) in House Committee Room

MembersRoslyn Tyler (Chair) – John Avoli – Lamont Bagby – Amanda Batten – Jeff  Bourne – David Bulova – Joshua Cole – Mark Cole – Glenn Davis – Nancy Guy – Elizabeth Guzman –  Mark Keam – Danny Marshall –
John McGuire – Delores McQuinn – Martha  Mugler – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Suhas Subramanyam – Schuyler VanValkenburg – Will Wampler

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
  • Pre-K-12

Finance Committee

Meets on: Monday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. (Monday) Subcommittees meeting in lieu of full committee – (Wednesday) House Committee Room 1/2 hour after adjournment in House Committee Room

Members Vivian  Watts (Chair) – Hala Ayala – Kathy Byron – Ronnie Campbell – Lee Carter – Budd Fowler – Todd Gilbert – Steve Heretick – Sally Hudson – Mark Keam – Kaye Kory – Joe McNamara – Martha Mugler –   Kathleen Murphy – Bobby Orrock – Charles Poindexter – Don Scott – Rip Sullivan – Lee Ware – Tommy Wright

12 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee #1
  • Subcommittee #2
  • Subcommittee #3

General Laws Committee

Note: Details on bills passed below are in the Heading “Bills passed”)

  • HB 1812 Casino gaming; technical amendments.
  • HB 1816 Property Owners’ Association Act/Condominium Act; use of electronic means for meetings and voting.
  • HB 1824 Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures for buyer to beware, mold.
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General Laws Committee 2021 hearings
House streaming archives

Standing Committee1/14   1/21  1/28  2/3  2/10  2/17   2/24

Subcommittees:
ABC/Gaming:
Housing/Consumer Protection:
Open Government/Procurement:
Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process:

Virginia House lawmakers advanced Senate legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, but amended the legislation to conform to the House version—the Senate is expected to do the same and eventually send the bill to a conference committee comprised of lawmakers from both chambers.

Substitute Senate Bill 1406, the House version, advanced through the Democrat-controlled House General Laws Committee on a 16-5 vote. Both bills legalize the recreational cultivation, sale and use of marijuana with sales beginning in 2024. They would allow the sale to any person 21 years or older and require ID checks, similar to alcohol sale requirements.

A key area in which the two bills differ surrounds local government authority. In the Senate’s version, localities could prohibit the retail sale of marijuana within their jurisdiction, while in the Senate bill, there is no opt-out clause, but retail sales would still be subject to local zoning regulations.

Meets on: Tuesday and Thursday at 1/2 hour after adjournment in House Room 3

MembersDavid Bulova (Chair) – Dawn Adams – Lashrecse Aird – Emily Brewer – Betsy Carr – Mark Cole – Buddy Fowler – Kelly Fowler – Chris Hurst – Barry Knight – Paul Krizek – Jay Leftwich – Jason Miyares – Will Morefield – Kathleen Murphy – Marcia Price – Marcus Simon – Luke Torian – Kathy Tran –  Schuyler VanValkenburg – Will Wampler  – Tommy Wright

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • ABC/Gaming
  • Housing/Consumer Protection
  • Open Government/Procurement
  • Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process

Counties, Cities & Towns Committee

Counties, Cities & Towns Committee 2021 hearings
Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/15

Subcommittee Ad Hoc: 

Subcommittee Charters: 

Subcommittee Land Use: 

HB 893 - Law enforcement; use of force data collection
LegiScanJanuary 7, 2021 (Short)

Requires state and local law-enforcement officers to collect data on use of force incidents involving law enforcement and forward the data to the Superintendent of State Police, which the Department of State Police shall include in the annual Crime in Virginia report.

HB 1752 – Golf Cars and Utility Vehicles; Operation of vehicle on highways
LegiScan, Emily BrewerJanuary 15, 2021 (Short)

Delegate Brewer introduced a renewal of a bill that authorizes the town of Smithfield, VA to operate a golf cart or utility vehicle on a designated public highway.
Voted to report and refer bill to Transportation Committee 16 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

Delegate Guy sponsored a bill to change the parameters for local ordinances authorizing loan contracts for the installation by property owners of clean energy or stormwater management improvements.
Voted to report bill with an amended substitution 16 – Yeas 6 – Nays.

Meets on:  Friday at 9:00 a.m. in Shared Committee Room

Members: Kaye Kory (Chair) – Alex Askew  – Jeff Campbell  – Lee Carter  – Carrie Coyner  – Wendy Gooditis  – Nancy Guy  – Steve Heretick  – Keith Hodges  – Clint Jenkins – Jay Jones – Dave LaRock  – Jay Leftwich – Joe McNamara –  Will Morefield – Martha Mugler – Kathleen Murphy  – Charles Poindexter – Danica Roem  – Ibraheem Samirah  – Suhas Subramanyam  –  Scott Wyatt

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Ad Hoc
  • Charters
  • Land Use

Health, Welfare & Institutions Committee

Meets on:  Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in House Committee Room

MembersMark Sickles (Chair) – Dawn Adams – Lashrecse Aird –  John Avoli – Rob Bell – Karrie Delaney – James Edmunds – Buddy Fowler – Elizabeth Guzman – Cliff Hayes – Christopher Head – Keith Hodges – Patrick Hope –  Mark Levine – Bobby Orrock – Marcia Price – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Ibraheem Samirah – Kathy Tran – Wendell Walker – Rodney Willett

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Professions
  • Health, Social Services

 

Labor and Commerce Committee (House)

Meets on: Tuesday and Thursday at ½ hour after adjournment in House Committee Room

Members Jeion Ward (Chair) – Hala Ayala – Lamont Bagby – Jeff Bourne – Kathy Byron – Wendy Gooditis –   Elizabeth Guzman – Christopher Head – Steve Heretick – Mark Keam – Terry Kilgore – Kaye Kory – Alfonso Lopez – Danny Marshall – Mike Mullin – Israel O’Quinn – Margaret Ransone – Rip Sullivan – Lee Ware – Michael Webert – Tony Wilt

12 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee #1
  • Subcommittee #2
  • Subcommittee #3

Privileges and Elections Committee (House)

Va. House panel expands felon rights proposal to allow voting after release
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawJanuary 25, 2021 (Short)

A Virginia House of Delegates panel on Monday expanded a felon voting rights proposal to allow former inmates to vote when they’re released from incarceration, a change potentially allowing their rights to be restored years earlier than envisioned under the plan’s prior rules.

As originally drafted, the proposed constitutional amendment would have automatically restored felons’ civil rights after they had completed their sentence and any period of supervised probation.

But some Democratic lawmakers said they preferred a simpler solution, one that wouldn’t complicate the rights restoration process by tying it to a probation period or an ex-offender’s ability to pay fines and fees after their release.

“To me, completion of sentence of imprisonment is a very clear, bright-line standard,” said Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, the chairman of the House’s subcommittee on constitutional amendments.

During a subcommittee hearing Monday, a representative of Gov. Ralph Northam told House members the administration would support that approach. The panel amended the proposal accordingly.

The proposal has not yet been voted on by the full House, and a similar measure in the Senate has not yet been taken up in committee. But Monday’s hearing offered a glimpse of how key policy decisions on felon voting might play out over the rest of the General Assembly session.

Some Democrats and voting advocacy groups are pushing to end felon disenfranchisement altogether, arguing the right to vote is so fundamental that people convicted of crimes should be allowed to continue to cast ballots from their cells.

“It’s time for you to be bold and move this conversation from restoring votes to giving people the right to vote,” ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga told the subcommittee Monday.

Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, the chairman of the House Privileges and Elections Committee, said he supports that concept generally. But because the amendment needs final approval from voters in a ballot referendum that could happen in 2022, he said, making the conversation about voting from jail could jeopardize the larger reform effort.

“I would hate to risk this progress, which I think is really important,” Simon said.

Whatever form the proposal ends up taking, the General Assembly would have to approve the exact same version next year before it could be sent to the voters.

Many Republicans have been supportive of relaxing Virginia’s policy, which prevents all felons from voting unless a governor has taken action to restore their rights. But some have also cautioned against blanket restoration, insisting the nature of the offense committed and whether debts have been paid should factor into the process.

Del. Chris Head, R-Roanoke, said leaving some limitations in place would prevent a major erosion of conservative support.

“As a Christian, personally, my faith is all about grace,” Head said. “That means that there is a point where you have to have a road back.”

Meets on: Friday at 9:30 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:   (Chair)    Dawn Adams  –  Les Adams  –  Alex Askew  –  Rob Bloxom   –  Mark Cole   –  Kelly Fowler    Christopher Head   –  Paul Krizek  –  Mark Levine   –  John McGuire  –  Israel O’Quinn  –  Bobby Orrock  –  Cia Price  –  Sam Rasoul  –  David Reid  –  Chris Runion  –  Nick Rush  –  Mark Sickles  –  Marcus Simon  –  Shelly Simonds  –  Schuyler VanValkenburg

(13 Democrats and 9 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Campaign Finance
  • Constitutional Amendments
  • Elections, Gubernatorial
  • Appointments
  • Redistricting

Public Safety Committee

Meets on:  Friday at 8:00 a.m. in House Committee Room

Members: Patrick Hope (Chair) – Amanda Batten – Jeff Bourne – Ronnie Campbell  –  Joshua Cole –  Carrie Coyner – Glenn Davis – Matt Fariss – Dan Helmer – Clint Jenkins – Kaye Kory – Mark Levine – Alfonso Lopez   –  Ken Plum – Cia Price – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Nick Rush – Shelly Simonds – Tony Wilt  – Tommy Wright

(12 Democrats and 9 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Firearms
  • Public Safety

 

Rules Committee (House)

Meets on: the call of the Chair

Members: Eileen Filler-Corn (Chair) – Terry Austin – Lamont Bagby – Betsy Carr – Kirk Cox – Todd Gilbert  –  Charniele Herring – Terry Kilgore – Barry Knight – Alfonso Lopez – Delores McQuinn – Mike Mullin – Mark Sickles – Marcus Simon – Rip Sullivan – Luke Torian – Jeion Ward  – Vivian Watts

13 Democrats and 5 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Joint Rules
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Studies
  • Subcommittee #2

Transportation Committee (House)

Meets on:  Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:  Delores McQuinn (Chair) – Les Adams – Terry Austin – Lamont Bagby – Rob Bell – Betsy Carr – Lee Carter – Karrie Delaney – Nick Freitas – Dan Helmer – Chris Hurst – Jay Jones – Dave LaRock – Jason Miyares – Kathleen Murphy – David Reid – Danica Roem – Wendell Walker – Jeion Ward – Vivian Watts – Scott Wyatt

13 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Agriculture
  • Chesapeake
  • Natural Resources
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources CommitteeAgriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee

Meets on:  Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members Ken Plum (Chair) – Rob Bloxom – David Bulova – Joshua Cole –  James Edmunds – Todd Gilbert – Wendy Gooditis – Nancy Guy – Dan Helmer – Sally Hudson –  Mark Keam – Alfonso Lopez  – Danny Marshall    Charles Poindexter – Margaret Ransone –  Shelly Simonds – Kathy Tran – Roslyn Tyler – Lee Ware  – Michael Webert – Rodney Willett – Tony Wilt

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Agriculture
  • Chesapeake
  • Natural Resources
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming (Short)

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Subcommittee on Natural Resources:

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Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
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Meets on:  Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members Ken Plum (Chair) – Rob Bloxom – David Bulova – Joshua Cole –  James Edmunds – Todd Gilbert – Wendy Gooditis – Nancy Guy – Dan Helmer – Sally Hudson –  Mark Keam – Alfonso Lopez  – Danny Marshall    Charles Poindexter – Margaret Ransone –  Shelly Simonds – Kathy Tran – Roslyn Tyler – Lee Ware  – Michael Webert – Rodney Willett – Tony Wilt

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Agriculture
  • Chesapeake
  • Natural Resources

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VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Agriculture Subcommittee

Meets on:  Wednesday at 4:00 pm in 400-B Subcommittee Room

MembersWendy Gooditis (Chair),  Joshua Cole,  Sally HudsonMark Keam,  Danny Marshall,   Charles Poindexter,  Roslyn Tyler,  Tony Wilt

Chesapeake Subcommittee

Meets on:  Monday at 4:00 p.m. in 300-A Subcommittee Room

MembersAlfonso Lopez (Chair),  Rob Bloxom,  David Bulova,  Todd Gilbert,  Nancy GuyDan Helmer,   Margaret Ransone Shelly Simonds

Natural Resources Subcommittee

Meets on:  Wednesday at 8:00 AM in House Room 3

MembersKathy Tran (Chair),  Joshua Cole,   James Edmunds,  Sally HudsonMark Keam,   Lee WareMichael WebertRodney Willett

Bills in committee   

Bills in committee   

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

(none at this time)

Bills Passed

Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Commissions & Boards

Chesapeake Bay Commission

Source: Website

To be a catalyst for the coordination and leadership of State legislative and policy action to restore the Bay watershed. As a formal signatory to every Bay agreement, the Commission serves as the legislative voice in the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership and as a liaison to the U.S. Congress on policy and budgetary matters related to the restoration of the Bay and its watershed.

Coal and Energy Commission

Source: Webpage

The Coal and Energy Commission exists to study all aspects of coal as an energy resource and endeavor to stimulate, encourage, promote, and assist in the development of renewable and alternative energy resources other than petroleum.

State Water Commission

Source: Webpage

The State Water Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly to:

  • Study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; and
  • Coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues.

Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission

Source: Webpage

To study, develop, and promote a plan for the design, construction, financing, and operation of interstate facilities of strategic interest to the signatory states; 2. To coordinate efforts to establish a common legal framework in all the signatory states to authorize and facilitate design, construction, financing, and operation of such facilities either as publicly operated facilities or through other structures authorized by law; 3. To advocate for federal and other public and private funding to support the establishment of interstate facilities of interest to all signatory states; 4. To make available to such interstate facilities funding and resources that are or may be appropriated and allocated for that purpose; and 5. To do all things necessary or convenient to facilitate and coordinate the economic and workforce development plans and programs of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the other signatory states, to the extent such plans and programs are not inconsistent with federal law and the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia or other signatory states.

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee

Source: Webpage

To advise the General Assembly on the expenditure of moneys received in the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund

Clean Energy Advisory Board

Source: Website

The Clean Energy Advisory Board (the Board) is established as an advisory board in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Board is to establish a pilot program for disbursing loans or rebates for the installation of solar energy infrastructure in low-income and moderate-income households through the “Low-to-Moderate Income Solar Loan and Rebate Fund” (the Fund).

Board of Trustees Land Conservation Foundation

Source: Website

Prepare a comprehensive plan that recognizes and seeks to implement all of the purposes for which the Foundation is created. The Foundation shall establish, administer, manage, including the creation of reserves, and make expenditures and allocations from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund.

Plastic Waste Prevention Advisory Council

Source: Webpage

Advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to eliminate plastic waste impacting native species and polluting the Commonwealth’s environment and to contribute to achieving plastics packaging circular economy industry standards.

Potomac River Basin Commission

Source: Website

Rappahannock River Basin Commission

Source: Website

“(T)o provide guidance for the stewardship and enhancement of the water quality and natural resources of the Rappahannock River Basin. The Commission shall be a forum in which local governments and citizens can discuss issues affecting the Basin’s water quality and quantity and other natural resources. Through promoting communication, coordination and education, and suggesting appropriate solutions to identified problems, the Commission shall promote activities by local, state and federal governments, and by individuals, that foster resource stewardship for the environmental and economic health of the Basin.”

Virginia Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee

Source: Webpage

Assist the Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission in fulfilling their duties and carrying out the objectives of the Commission.

Virginia Delegation of the Roanoke River Bi-State Commission

Source: Webpage

Provide guidance, conduct joint meetings and make recommendations regarding the use, stewardship and enhancement of the Roanoke River Basin’s water and other natural resources.

Southern States Energy Board

Source: Website

Provide instruments and framework for the proper employment and conservation of energy and energy related facilities, materials, and products, within the context of a responsible regard for the environment in a cooperative effort to improve the economy of the South.

State Water Commission

Source: Webpage

The State Water Commission was established by the Virginia General Assembly to:

  • Study all aspects of water supply and allocation problems in the Commonwealth, whether these problems are of a quantitative or qualitative nature; and
  • Coordinate the legislative recommendations of all other state entities having responsibilities with respect to water supply and allocation issues.
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Appropriations Committee 1Appropriations Committee

Meets on:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at ½ hour after adjournment in Shared Committee Room

Members:  Luke Torian (Chair) – Lashrecse Aird – Terry Austin – Rob Bloxom – Emily Brewer – David Bulova –Betsy Carr – Kirk Cox – Glenn Davis – Matt Fariss – Cliff Hayes – Chris Hurst – Jay Jones – Barry Knight – Paul Krizek – Delores McQuinn – Will Morefield – Ken Plum – David Reid – Nick Rush – Mark Sickles – Roslyn Tyler

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Capital Outlay
  • Commerce
  • Agriculture and Natural Resource
  • Compensation and General Government
  • Elementary and Secondary
  • Health and Human Resource
  • Higher Education
  • Transportation and Public Safety
Appropriations 2021 Hearings
Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/18  1/18  1/28  2/3  2/10  2/17   2/24

Subcommittees:
Capital Outlay: 1/18
Commerce:
Agriculture and Natural Resource:
Compensation and General Government: 1/19 
Elementary and Secondary:
Health and Human Resource:
Higher Education:
Transportation and Public Safety: 1/14

Virginia legislators can ensure big environmental wins this session
Virginia Mercury, Peggy SannerFebruary 15, 2021 (Medium)

Legislators are also recommitting to our lands and waters. Virginia is poised to enact landmark legislation (HB 2129 — Del. Alfonso Lopez and SB 1354— Sen. Emmett Hanger) that will require and direct significant upgrades to many older wastewater treatment plants along the James and York Rivers and other waterways. This work — continuing an effort that has seen great success in earlier phases — will lead to substantial reductions in the pollution that reaches the Chesapeake Bay over the next several years. But funding this effort will require help from the state.

Fortunately, state revenue forecasts are better than had been feared. The budget amendments proposed last week by committees in the House of Delegates and the Senate reflect legislators’ recognition of the importance of this work. Notably, the House Appropriations Committee proposed $150 million in bond funding to help upgrade these plants. A conference committee of legislators, including committee chairs Sen. Janet Howell and Del. Luke Torian, is now negotiating a final state budget for Gov. Ralph Northam’s approval.

Accelerating investments in other effective clean water programs will also be necessary to achieve the goals. The Stormwater Local Assistance Fund reduces polluted runoff, the noxious brew that, during rainstorms, flows off pavement and buildings and into local streams. This money has helped cities and counties across Virginia pay for effective runoff-reducing projects by providing grants for up to half the project’s cost. These investments can also reduce localized flooding issues, which is essential as we see increased precipitation as a result of climate change.

HB 1925: Virginia Brownfield and Coal Mine Renewable Energy Grant Fund and Program; handbook.
Senate LIS, Delegate Terry G. KilgoreFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Establishes the Virginia Brownfield and Coal Mine Renewable Energy Grant Fund and Program (the Fund and Program). The bill provides that no allocation of funds shall be made to the Fund or Program unless federal funds are available to cover the cost of such allocation. The Fund and Program shall be administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for the purpose of awarding grants to renewable energy projects that are located on brownfields or previously coal mined lands, both defined in the bill. Grants are to be awarded on a basis of $500 per kilowatt of nameplate capacity from renewable energy sources that are located on previously coal mined lands and $100 per kilowatt of nameplate capacity from renewable energy sources that are located on brownfields.

No more than $10 million shall be awarded to any previously coal mined lands project and no more than $5 million to any single brownfield project. No more than $35 million shall be allocated per year by the grant program. Of the $35 million, $20 million shall be reserved for previously coal mined lands projects. If less than $20 million is distributed to such projects, the remaining funds may be reallocated to brownfield projects. The bill also provides that the Department shall, in consultation with stakeholders, develop a handbook for renewable energy and energy storage development on brownfields and previously coal mined lands. Finally, the bill requires the Department to submit an annual report regarding the administration of the Fund and Program to the General Assembly. However, the annual report shall not be required if the Fund and Program are not funded.

Provides that the Department of Juvenile Justice is no longer required to apply for child support from, and the parent of a juvenile is no longer responsible to pay child support to, the Department of Social Services for a juvenile who is in the temporary custody of or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Bill passes both the House and Senate

HB 2207: Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19
Senate LIS, Jerrauld C. "Jay" JonesFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers, and correctional officers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The bill provides that the COVID-19 virus is established by a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19, an incubation period consistent with COVID-19, and signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that require medical treatment. The bill provides that such presumption applies to any death or disability occurring on or after March 12, 2020, caused by infection from the COVID-19 virus, provided that for any such death or disability that occurred on or after March 12, 2020, and prior to December 31, 2021, the claimant received a diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed physician, after either a presumptive positive test or a laboratory-confirmed test for COVID-19, and presented with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that required medical treatment. Senate is insisting on a substitute and has requested for a conference committee

New research shows Virginia House budget disproportionately harms students of color
Rappahannock News, Rachel NeedhamFebruary 15, 2021 (Short)

According to independent research conducted by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, the budget proposed by the Virginia House Appropriations Committee last week would disproportionately cut funding to school districts with the highest share of students of color.

School divisions with the highest proportion of Asian, Black, Hispanic, and other ethnic minorities on average are seeing cuts of $65 per pupil on average under the proposed house budget. That’s almost two times the $34 per pupil reduction to predominantly White school districts.

In Culpeper County, where roughly 47% of the school-age population are people of color, schools will lose $106 per pupil — one of the largest per-student cuts in the state.

Virginia House of Delegates Passes Amended Biennial Budget
Blue Virginia, Blue VirginiaFebruary 12, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, VA—Today the Virginia House of Delegates passed the amended 2020-2022 biennial budget (HB 1800) by a vote of 68-30.

The House’s package of budget amendments will fund policies that support the House Democratic Caucus’s 2021 agenda aimed at building a better Virginia. This fiscally responsible budget will also protect the Commonwealth’s “AAA” bond rating by placing an additional $130 million into Virginia’s revenue reserves.

The House Appropriations Committee released its recommended amendments to the FY 2020-2022 budget on February 10.

Top News

Appropriations 2021 Hearings
Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/18  1/18  1/28  2/3  2/10  2/17   2/24

Subcommittees:
Capital Outlay: 1/18
Commerce:
Agriculture and Natural Resource:
Compensation and General Government: 1/19 
Elementary and Secondary:
Health and Human Resource:
Higher Education:
Transportation and Public Safety: 1/14

Virginia legislators can ensure big environmental wins this session
Virginia Mercury, Peggy SannerFebruary 15, 2021 (Medium)

Legislators are also recommitting to our lands and waters. Virginia is poised to enact landmark legislation (HB 2129 — Del. Alfonso Lopez and SB 1354— Sen. Emmett Hanger) that will require and direct significant upgrades to many older wastewater treatment plants along the James and York Rivers and other waterways. This work — continuing an effort that has seen great success in earlier phases — will lead to substantial reductions in the pollution that reaches the Chesapeake Bay over the next several years. But funding this effort will require help from the state.

Fortunately, state revenue forecasts are better than had been feared. The budget amendments proposed last week by committees in the House of Delegates and the Senate reflect legislators’ recognition of the importance of this work. Notably, the House Appropriations Committee proposed $150 million in bond funding to help upgrade these plants. A conference committee of legislators, including committee chairs Sen. Janet Howell and Del. Luke Torian, is now negotiating a final state budget for Gov. Ralph Northam’s approval.

Accelerating investments in other effective clean water programs will also be necessary to achieve the goals. The Stormwater Local Assistance Fund reduces polluted runoff, the noxious brew that, during rainstorms, flows off pavement and buildings and into local streams. This money has helped cities and counties across Virginia pay for effective runoff-reducing projects by providing grants for up to half the project’s cost. These investments can also reduce localized flooding issues, which is essential as we see increased precipitation as a result of climate change.

HB 1925: Virginia Brownfield and Coal Mine Renewable Energy Grant Fund and Program; handbook.
Senate LIS, Delegate Terry G. KilgoreFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Establishes the Virginia Brownfield and Coal Mine Renewable Energy Grant Fund and Program (the Fund and Program). The bill provides that no allocation of funds shall be made to the Fund or Program unless federal funds are available to cover the cost of such allocation. The Fund and Program shall be administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for the purpose of awarding grants to renewable energy projects that are located on brownfields or previously coal mined lands, both defined in the bill. Grants are to be awarded on a basis of $500 per kilowatt of nameplate capacity from renewable energy sources that are located on previously coal mined lands and $100 per kilowatt of nameplate capacity from renewable energy sources that are located on brownfields.

No more than $10 million shall be awarded to any previously coal mined lands project and no more than $5 million to any single brownfield project. No more than $35 million shall be allocated per year by the grant program. Of the $35 million, $20 million shall be reserved for previously coal mined lands projects. If less than $20 million is distributed to such projects, the remaining funds may be reallocated to brownfield projects. The bill also provides that the Department shall, in consultation with stakeholders, develop a handbook for renewable energy and energy storage development on brownfields and previously coal mined lands. Finally, the bill requires the Department to submit an annual report regarding the administration of the Fund and Program to the General Assembly. However, the annual report shall not be required if the Fund and Program are not funded.

Provides that the Department of Juvenile Justice is no longer required to apply for child support from, and the parent of a juvenile is no longer responsible to pay child support to, the Department of Social Services for a juvenile who is in the temporary custody of or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Bill passes both the House and Senate

HB 2207: Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19
Senate LIS, Jerrauld C. “Jay” JonesFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers, and correctional officers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The bill provides that the COVID-19 virus is established by a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19, an incubation period consistent with COVID-19, and signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that require medical treatment. The bill provides that such presumption applies to any death or disability occurring on or after March 12, 2020, caused by infection from the COVID-19 virus, provided that for any such death or disability that occurred on or after March 12, 2020, and prior to December 31, 2021, the claimant received a diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed physician, after either a presumptive positive test or a laboratory-confirmed test for COVID-19, and presented with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that required medical treatment. Senate is insisting on a substitute and has requested for a conference committee

New research shows Virginia House budget disproportionately harms students of color
Rappahannock News, Rachel NeedhamFebruary 15, 2021 (Short)

According to independent research conducted by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, the budget proposed by the Virginia House Appropriations Committee last week would disproportionately cut funding to school districts with the highest share of students of color.

School divisions with the highest proportion of Asian, Black, Hispanic, and other ethnic minorities on average are seeing cuts of $65 per pupil on average under the proposed house budget. That’s almost two times the $34 per pupil reduction to predominantly White school districts.

In Culpeper County, where roughly 47% of the school-age population are people of color, schools will lose $106 per pupil — one of the largest per-student cuts in the state.

Virginia House of Delegates Passes Amended Biennial Budget
Blue Virginia, Blue VirginiaFebruary 12, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, VA—Today the Virginia House of Delegates passed the amended 2020-2022 biennial budget (HB 1800) by a vote of 68-30.

The House’s package of budget amendments will fund policies that support the House Democratic Caucus’s 2021 agenda aimed at building a better Virginia. This fiscally responsible budget will also protect the Commonwealth’s “AAA” bond rating by placing an additional $130 million into Virginia’s revenue reserves.

The House Appropriations Committee released its recommended amendments to the FY 2020-2022 budget on February 10.

Summary

Meets on:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at ½ hour after adjournment in Shared Committee Room

Members:  Luke Torian (Chair) – Lashrecse Aird – Terry Austin – Rob Bloxom – Emily Brewer – David Bulova –Betsy Carr – Kirk Cox – Glenn Davis – Matt Fariss – Cliff Hayes – Chris Hurst – Jay Jones – Barry Knight – Paul Krizek – Delores McQuinn – Will Morefield – Ken Plum – David Reid – Nick Rush – Mark Sickles – Roslyn Tyler

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Capital Outlay
  • Commerce
  • Agriculture and Natural Resource
  • Compensation and General Government
  • Elementary and Secondary
  • Health and Human Resource
  • Higher Education
  • Transportation and Public Safety

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Subcommittees

 

Capital Outlay Subcommittee

Meets on:  Monday at 8:30 a.m. in 300-A Subcommittee Room

MembersCliff Hayes (Chair),  Terry Austin,  Chris Hurst,  Jay JonesBarry KnightPaul Krizek,   Will MorefieldKen PlumDavid Reid

Commerce, Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee

Meets on:  Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in Shared Committee Room

MembersDavid Bulova,(Chair),  Rob Bloxom,   Matt Fariss,   Barry Knight,  Ken PlumDavid Reid,   Mark SicklesRoslyn Tyler

Compensation and General Government Subcommittee

Meets on:  Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in Shared Committee Room

Members:  Roslyn Tyler (Chair),  Lashrecse Aird,  Rob Bloxom,  David BulovaBetsy CarrGlenn Davis,   Delores McQuinn,   Nick Rush

Elementary and Secondary Subcommittee

Meets on:  Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in Shared Committee Room

MembersDelores McQuinn (Chair),  Emily BrewerDavid Bulova,  Glenn Davis,   Chris Hurst,  Jay Jones,  Ken Plum,   Nick Rush

Health and Human Resources Subcommittee

Meets on:  Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in 300-A Subcommittee Room

MembersMark Sickles,(Chair),  Emily Brewer,  Betsy CarrKirk Cox,  Matt FarissCliff Hayes,  Jay Jones,   Paul Krizek

Higher Education Subcommittee

Meets on:    Monday at 3:00 p.m. in Shared Committee Room

Members:  Betsy Carr (Chair),  Terry Austin ,  Kirk Cox,  Cliff HayesChris Hurst,  Jay Jones,   David ReidNick Rush

Transportation and Public Safety Subcommittee

Meets on:  Monday at 4:00 p.m. in Shared Committee Room

MembersPaul Krizek (Chair),  Lashrecse Aird,  Terry Austin,  Barry Knight,   Delores McQuinnWill Morefield,  Mark SicklesRoslyn Tyler

Bills

Bills in committee 

SB 1100: Amends Chapter 56 of the 2020 Special Session I Acts of Assembly.

SB 1105: Provides that a person who was convicted of a felony offense, or who was adjudicated delinquent of an offense that would have been a felony offense if committed by an adult, may petition the Court of Appeals to have his conviction vacated.

SB 1106: Creates the Public School Assistance Fund and Program, to be administered by the Department of Education, for the purpose of providing grants to school boards to be used for the purposes of repairing or replacing the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, or plumbing systems or the roofs of public elementary and secondary school buildings in the local school division, including financing costs for such repairs and replacements

SB 1109: Provides for a statewide referendum on the question of whether the General Assembly shall issue state general obligation bonds in the amount of $3 billion for the purpose of K-12 school building construction, repair, or other capital projects related to the modernization of school facilities.

SB 1119: Creates a special non-reverting fund to be known as the Body-Worn Camera System Fund to assist state or local law enforcement agencies with the costs of purchasing, operating, and maintaining body-worn camera systems. Transportation & Public Safety sub-committee recommends reporting with amendments (7 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1150: Establishes the position of Military Spouse Liaison (the Liaison) in the Department of Veterans Services to conduct outreach and advocate on behalf of military spouses in the Commonwealth. Transportation & Public Safety sub-committee recommends reporting with amendments (7 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1211: Imposes an additional $4 vehicle registration fee to be deposited into the Public Safety Trust Fund, established by the bill. 

SB 1226: Provides that the Compensation Board shall consider workload totals comprehensively, including the use of diversion programs and specialty dockets, when determining staffing and funding levels for an attorney for the Commonwealth and the office. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Compensation & General Government sub-committee recommends laying bill on the table (8 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1258: Requires any locality that does not operate a regulated MS4 and for which the Department did not administer a VSMP as of July 1, 2020, to notify the Department of Environmental Quality (the Department) if it decides to have the Department provide the locality with (i) review of a required erosion and sediment control plan and (ii) a recommendation on the plan’s compliance with the requirements of the Erosion and Sediment Control Law and the State Water Control Board’s regulations, for any solar project and its associated infrastructure with a rated electrical generation capacity exceeding five megawatts. Commerce, Agriculture, & Natural Resources sub-committee recommends reporting with amendments (8 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1261: Expands the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals of Virginia by providing for an appeal of right in every civil case and provides that the granting of further appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia shall be within the discretion of the Supreme Court. Transportation & Public Safety sub-committee recommends reporting (5 Yes to 2 No)

SB 1301: Prohibits the use of isolated confinement in state correctional facilities and juvenile correctional centers, subject to certain exceptions. 

SB 1305: Requires all public bodies in a locality with a population in excess of 25,000 and covered institutions, defined in the bill, to include in every construction contract of more than $500,000 certain provisions related to the outsourcing of subcontracted work, which a contractor shall agree to during the performance of such contract. Passed by for the day in Commerce, Agriculture, & Natural Resources sub-committee (2/19/21)

SB 1319: Requests the Department of Environmental Quality to continue and expand the scope of the Waste Diversion and Recycling Task Force. Commerce, Agriculture, & Natural Resources sub-committee recommends reporting ( 5 Yes to 2 No)

SB 1339: Establishes a process for the sealing of police and court records, defined in the bill, of criminal records for certain convictions, deferred dispositions, and acquittals and for offenses that have not been prosecuted or otherwise dismissed. Transportation & Public Safety sub-committee recommends reporting (5 Yes to 2 No)

SB 1362: Requires that, upon determination that a worksite cluster of COVID-19 has occurred at a workplace with 50 or more employees, the Department of Health (the Department) shall make a report available to the public on a website maintained by the Department that includes (i) the name of the employer at which a worksite cluster has been reported and (ii) the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by such employer. Health and Human Resources sub-committee recommends laying on the table (8 Yes to 0 No) 

SB 1365: Creates the Office of Data Governance (the Office) in the Office of the Secretary of Administration, to be directed by the existing Chief Data Officer of the Commonwealth. 

SB 1367: Requires that, for any medical review of a claim made pursuant to the provisions of the Line of Duty Act, the Virginia Retirement System shall require that such review be conducted by a doctor, nurse, or psychologist who is licensed in the Commonwealth or a contiguous state. Compensation & General Government sub-committee recommends laying bill on the table (5 Yes to 3 No)

SB 1369: Redefines “small business” for the purpose of programs for the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to allow a cooperative association organized pursuant to Chapter 3 (Cooperative Associations) of Title 13.1 as a nonstock corporation to qualify as a small business if it is at least 51 percent independently controlled by one or more members who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens and, together with affiliates, has 250 or fewer employees or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. Commerce, Agriculture, & Natural Resources sub-committee recommends laying bill on the table ( 6 Yes to 2 No)

SB 1396: Authorizes the State Board of Health to use the Onsite Sewage Indemnification Fund to provide grants and loans to property owners with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to repair failing onsite sewage systems or install onsite sewage systems on properties that lack adequate sewage disposal. Commerce, Agriculture, & Natural Resources sub-committee recommends reporting (8 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1427: Establishes the Early Psychosis Intervention and Coordinated Specialty Care Program Advisory Board for the purpose of assisting the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in expanding the provision of high-quality, evidence-based early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention services.

SB 1428: Prohibits the Board of Directors (the Board) of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority from selling in government stores low alcohol beverage coolers not manufactured by licensed distillers. Transportation & Public Safety sub-committee recommends reporting (7 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1442: Establishes a public defender office for the County of Chesterfield. Transportation & Public Safety sub-committee recommends reporting (7 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1443: Eliminates all mandatory minimum sentences of confinement from the Code of Virginia. Transportation & Public Safety sub-committee recommends reporting with substitute (5 Yes to 2 No)

SB 1462: Requires the Department of Social Services to establish a pilot program to provide a fixed reimbursement for the costs of broadband services to households currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Health and Human Resources sub-committee recommends laying bill on the table (5 Yes to 3 No)

Bills reported out 

HB 1750: Directs the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to establish and administer the Dairy Producer Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program (the Program). The bill provides that any dairy farmer that has a resource management plan or nutrient management plan and participates in the federal margin coverage program for dairy producers at the tier I level as contained in the federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 is eligible to participate in the Program.  Passed House (99 Yes to 0 No) and Re-referred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 1763: Creates an enhanced individual and corporate income tax credit beginning in the taxable year 2021 for the implementation of certain agricultural best management practices by the taxpayer that are required as part of a certified resource management plan. Bill passes both the House and Senate

HB 1776: Requires the Board of Education to grant a two-year extension of the license of any individual licensed by the Board whose license expires on June 30, 2021, in order to provide the individual with sufficient additional time to complete the requirements for licensure. Bill passes both the House and Senate

HB 1796:  Removes the fee for the issuance of a special license plate for retired members of the Virginia National Guard. Currently, such special license plates cost the same as the prescribed cost for a typical Virginia license plate. Bill passes both the House and Senate

HB 1800: Amends Chapter 56 of the 2020 Special Session I Acts of Assembly. Bill was rejected in House and is now in conference with House delegates and Senators present.

HB 1818: Provides that the occupational disease presumption for death caused by hypertension or heart disease will apply for salaried or volunteer emergency medical services personnel who have at least five years of service and are operating in a locality that has legally adopted a resolution declaring that it will provide one or more of such presumptions. Senate substitute was rejected by House (3 Yes to 95 No)

HB 1820: Adds participation in educational activities that lead to a post-secondary credential from an accredited institution of higher education or other postsecondary school licensed or certified by the Board of Education or the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to the list of activities to which a participant in the Virginia Initiative for Education and Work may be enrolled and directs the Board of Social Services to amend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP benefits program). Bill passes both the House and Senate 

HB 1822:Prohibits health insurance companies and other carriers from setting an amount exceeding $50 per 30-day supply of a tier-one or tier two prescription asthma inhaler that a covered person is required to pay at the point of sale in order to receive a covered prescription asthma inhaler unless the carrier is prohibited from providing the additional benefits under state or federal law. Bill passed House but was defeated in Senate Commerce and Labor committee

HB 1849: Directs the Virginia Board of Workforce Development (the Board), the Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), and the Department of General Services (DGS) to review the availability of registered apprenticeship programs in the Commonwealth and evaluate the capacity to build a program that would require contractors engaged in construction contracts with public bodies to participate in apprenticeship training programs for each trade or classification of employees engaged in the construction contract.  Bill is sent to Governor and is currently waiting for Governor action

HB 1893: Authorizes the creation of a regional passenger rail station authority in Planning District 4 to assist in the creation and maintenance of passenger rail in the region. Senate amendment agreed to by House (90 Yes to 8 No)

HB 1895: Provides that no interest shall accrue on any fine or costs imposed in a criminal case or in a case involving a traffic infraction (i) for a period of 180 days following the date of the final judgment imposing such fine or costs; (ii) during any period the defendant is incarcerated; and (iii) for a period of 180 days following the date of the defendant’s release from incarceration if the sentence includes an active term of incarceration. Bill passes both the House and Senate 

HB 1912: Provides that the Department of Juvenile Justice is no longer required to apply for child support from, and the parent of a juvenile is no longer responsible to pay child support to, the Department of Social Services for a juvenile who is in the temporary custody of or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Bill passes both the House and Senate

HB 1925: Establishes the Virginia Brownfield and Coal Mine Renewable Energy Grant Fund and Program (the Fund and Program). Bill passes both the House and Senate 

HB 1950: Directs the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the Department of Health to convene a work group to develop a plan for the establishment of a Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Team and to report such plan to the Chairmen of the House Committees on Appropriations and Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committees on Finance and Appropriations and Education and Health by December 1, 2021. Bill passed Senate (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 1953: Defines “practice of licensed certified midwifery,” directs the Boards of Medicine and Nursing to establish criteria for the licensure and renewal of a license as a certified midwife, and requires licensed certified midwives to practice in consultation with a licensed physician in accordance with a practice agreement.  Bill passes both the House and Senate 

HB 1963: Provides that funding for local health departments shall consist of such state funds as may be allocated for the operation of the local health department together with local matching funds and estimated self-generated local service revenues, the total amount of which shall constitute the cooperative local health budget available to a local department of health, and that the amount of local matching funds for which a county or city is responsible shall be based on the county’s or city’s revenue generation capacity factor, as defined in the bill; in no case, however, shall the amount of local matching funds required to be greater than 45 percent or less than 18 percent of the total amount of the cooperative local health budget for the local health department that serves the county or city, after deducting estimated self-generated local service revenues. Passed Senate (33 Yes to 6 No)

HB 1978:Establishes the Legislative Staff Development Fund (Fund) to encourage and support the professional development of legislative staff. Passed by Indefinitely by Senate Rules committee 

HB 1979:Creates a rebate program for the purchase or lease of new and used electric vehicles, to be administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.  Passed Senate with substitute (21 Yes to 17 No)

HB 1985: Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of health care providers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Bill rejected by House vote ( 0 Yes to 95 No to 2 Abstain)

HB 1987: Requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to amend the state plan for medical assistance to provide for payment of medical assistance for remote patient monitoring services provided via telemedicine for certain high-risk patients, makes clear that nothing shall preclude health insurance carriers from providing coverage for services delivered through real-time audio-only telephone that are not telemedicine, and clarifies rules around prescribing of Schedule II through VI drugs via telemedicine, including establishing a practitioner-patient relationship via telemedicine. Passed Senate with substitute (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 1989: Directs the Department of Health to develop and implement a system for sharing information regarding confirmed cases of communicable diseases of public health threat with emergency medical services agencies in real-time during a declared public health emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat and with the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board and regional emergency medical services councils upon request, in order to protect the health and safety of emergency medical services personnel and the public. Passed by for the day in House (02/22/21)

HB 1990: Provides that the Chair of the House Committee for Courts of Justice or the Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary may request the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to review and prepare a racial and ethnic impact statement for a proposed criminal justice bill to outline its potential impact on racial and ethnic disparities within the Commonwealth. Constitutional reading dispensed (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 1995: Creates the Rare Disease Council for the purpose of (i) advising the Governor and the General Assembly on the needs of individuals with rare diseases in the Commonwealth; (ii) identifying challenges that such individuals face, including delays in obtaining a diagnosis or the receipt of a misdiagnosis, shortages of medical specialists who can provide treatment, and lack of access to therapies and medication used to treat rare diseases; (iii) funding research related to rare diseases and the development of new treatments for rare diseases; and (iv) funding for supports for persons with rare diseases in the Commonwealth. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2001:Requires that any executive branch agency or institution or locality entering the design phase for the construction of a new building greater than 5,000 gross square feet in size or the renovation of a building where the cost of the renovation exceeds 50 percent of the value of the building ensure that such building has sufficient electric vehicle charging infrastructure, defined in the bill, and has features that permit the agency or institution to track the building’s energy efficiency and carbon emissions. Rereffered to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2004: Adds criminal investigative files, defined in the bill, relating to a criminal investigation or proceeding that is not ongoing, also defined in the bill, to the types of law enforcement and criminal records required to be released in accordance with the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2007: Directs the Department of Health to enter into a contract or an agreement with a nonprofit data services organization to collect, compile, and make available on its website information about prescription drug pricing and requires every health carrier, pharmacy benefits manager, and drug manufacturer to report information about prescription drug prices to the nonprofit data services organization with which the Department of Health has entered into a contract for such purpose. Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2027: Requires the Board of Education to establish, in lieu of a one-time end-of-year assessment and for the purpose of providing measures of individual student growth over the course of the school year, a through-year growth assessment system, aligned with the Standards of Learning, for the administration of reading and mathematics assessments in grades three through eight. Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2035: Modifies the Full Employment Program (FEP) for Virginia Initiative for Education and Work participants by (i) allowing FEP participants to continue receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); (ii) disregarding wages received through FEP for purposes of calculating TANF; (iii) removing the requirement that a person be unable to find unsubsidized employment in order to participate in FEP; and (iv) allowing employers participating in FEP to receive a subsidy of up to $1,000 per month for each FEP employee for a period not to exceed six months. Constitutional reading dispensed (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2040: Provides that an employer shall be deemed to have established a pattern of failing to respond timely or adequately to written requests for information relating to claims if the Virginia Employment Commission determines that the employer has failed to respond timely or adequately to a written request for information relating to a claim on two or more occasions within a 48-month window and requires such employer to pay a penalty upon his second such failure to respond timely or adequately. Bill was rejected in House and is now in conference with House delegates and Senators present.

HB 2053: Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development (Department) to convene a stakeholder advisory group to evaluate the construction of internal, attached, and detached accessory dwelling units as a strategy to address the Commonwealth’s growing demand for affordable and market-rate housing. Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2065: Directs the Department of Social Services, in cooperation with the Department of Medical Assistance Services, to convene a work group to develop a plan for a three-year pilot Produce Rx program to incentivize consumption of qualifying fruits and vegetables by eligible individuals for whom increased consumption of fruits and vegetables is recommended by a qualified care provider.  Constitutional reading dispensed (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2068:Establishes the Local Food and Farming Infrastructure Grant Program and authorizes the Governor to award grants to political subdivisions from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund as part of the Program. Passed Senate (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2074: Establishes the Interagency Environmental Justice Working Group as an advisory council in the executive branch of state government to further environmental justice in the Commonwealth and directs each of the Governor’s Secretaries to designate at least one environmental justice coordinator to represent the secretariat as a member of the Working Group. Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2075:Renames any section of U.S. Route 1 in Virginia that is designated as “Jefferson Davis Highway” to “Emancipation Highway.” Constitutional reading dispensed (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2092:Requires background checks for contract staff providing direct care services for Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ licensed services. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2098: Authorizes the Governor to lease a portion of property previously used by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services as the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute to Smyth County in as-is condition for a term of three years upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed by the parties, including, without limitation, Smyth County’s responsibility for building or infrastructure refurbishments and operational expenses.  Passed Senate (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2101: Repeals the July 1, 2021, sunset of the provision of the Code of Virginia allowing a locality to use grant funds awarded by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission as matching funds for GO Virginia grants. House voted to adopt ( 84 Yes to 13 No)

HB 2110: Requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to collect and disseminate, on an annual basis, statewide and locality-level data related to adults charged with criminal offenses punishable by confinement in jail or a term of imprisonment. Bill incorporates HB 1945. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2111: Directs the State Health Commissioner to establish the Task Force on Maternal Health Data and Quality Measures for the purpose of evaluating maternal health data collection processes to guide policies in the Commonwealth to improve maternal care, quality, and outcomes for all birthing people in the Commonwealth. House voted to adopt ( 98 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2113:Establishes a process for the automatic expungement, defined in the bill, of criminal records for certain convictions, deferred dispositions, and acquittals and for offenses that have not been prosecuted or otherwise dismissed.  Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2117: Requires that funds expended for special education services under the Children’s Services Act only be expended on educational programs that are licensed by the Department of Education. House voted to adopt ( 95 Yes to 3 No)

HB 2123: Provides that students who meet the criteria to be deemed eligible for in-state tuition regardless of their citizenship or immigration status shall be afforded the same educational benefits, including financial assistance programs administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges, or a public institution of higher education, as any other individual who is eligible for in-state tuition. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2124: Directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to, during a public health emergency related to COVID-19 declared by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, deem testing for, treatment of, and vaccination against COVID-19 to be emergency services for which payment may be made pursuant to federal law for certain aliens not lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2129: Requires the State Water Control Board to adopt regulations establishing a Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan Enhanced Nutrient Removal Certainty Program (ENRC Program), consisting of a number of total nitrogen and total phosphorous waste load allocation reductions assigned to particular water treatment facilities with schedules for compliance. Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2137: Requires employers to provide certain employees paid sick leave. An employee is eligible for paid sick leave under the bill if the employee is an essential worker and works on average at least 20 hours per week or 90 hours per month. Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2163: Limits the release of Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) privileged information to government entities and law-enforcement agencies for the purpose of civil immigration enforcement unless (i) the subject of the information provides consent or (ii) the requesting agency presents a lawful judicial order, judicial subpoena, or judicial warrant. Rereferred to Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2166: Amends provisions governing involuntary inpatient and mandatory outpatient treatment to (i) revise criteria for entry of a mandatory outpatient treatment order to become effective upon expiration of an order for involuntary inpatient treatment; (ii) eliminate the requirement that a person agree to abide by a mandatory outpatient treatment plan to be eligible for mandatory outpatient treatment and instead require that the judge or special justice find that the person is able to adhere to a mandatory outpatient treatment plan; (iii) eliminate the role of a treating physician in determining when a person is eligible to transition from inpatient to mandatory outpatient treatment under an order for mandatory outpatient treatment following a period of involuntary inpatient treatment; (iv) increase from 90 to 180 days the length of an order for mandatory outpatient treatment; (v) revise requirements for monitoring of a person’s adherence to a mandatory outpatient treatment plan by a community services board; (vi) expand the category of persons who may file petitions for various reviews of a mandatory outpatient treatment order or plan; and (vii) add a provision for status hearings during the period of mandatory outpatient treatment. House voted to adopt ( 55 Yes to 42 No)

HB 2174: Directs the governing board of the Virginia College Savings Plan (the Board) to establish an automatic enrollment payroll deduction individual retirement account (IRA) retirement savings program, to be known as the VirginiaSaves Program (the Program). Passed Senate with substitute with amendments (23 Yes to 14 No)

HB 2177: Updates the six-year capital outlay plan for projects to be funded entirely or partially from general fund-supported resources. Rejected by House vote (0 Yes to 100 No)

HB 2178: Authorizes issuance of bonds in an amount up to $34,136,000 for revenue-producing capital projects at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Bill is identical to SB 1145.  House voted to adopt ( 98 Yes to 2 No)

HB 2179: Alters the principal and interest requirements, maturity date, and allowable discount for previously issued refunding bonds. Bill is identical to SB 1134. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2181: Makes technical amendments to provisions of the Code of Virginia relating to the Virginia Retirement System to reflect recent changes to federal law and conform terminology to federal law. Bill is identical to SB 1251. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2185: Establishes a retail sales and use tax exemption for personal protective equipment, defined in the bill. The exemption would be available to any business that has in place a COVID-19 safety protocol that complies with the Emergency Temporary Standard promulgated by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and that meets other criteria. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2187: Directs the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency (the Center) to evaluate the development of a Flood Resiliency Clearinghouse Program and to work with the Department of Conservation and Recreation to evaluate solutions that manage both water quality and flooding and emphasize nature-based solutions. Passed Senate (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2203: Requires the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services (the Commissioner) to establish the Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Program (VAFA Program) for Virginia farmers and food producers to donate, sell, or otherwise provide agriculture products to charitable food assistance organizations.Rereferred to  Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee

HB 2207: Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers, and correctional officers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Rejected by House vote (0 Yes to 98 No)

HB 2212: Requires the director of the Office of Children’s Services to provide for the effective implementation of the Children’s Services Act (§ 2.2-5200 et seq.) in all localities by (i) regularly monitoring local performance measures and child and family outcomes; (ii) using audit, performance, and outcomes data to identify local programs that need technical assistance; and (iii) working with local programs that are consistently underperforming to develop a corrective action plan for submission to the Office and the State Executive Council for Children’s Services. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2213: Directs the Secretary of Natural Resources, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to establish a work group to study the mining of gold in the Commonwealth.  Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2223: Eliminates language that directs certain officers and board members to procure individual surety bonds mandated by current law when such officers and board members are already covered under bonding provided by the Division of Risk Management. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2230: Directs the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (the Department) to develop and implement a program to educate individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and others regarding the availability of supported decision-making agreements, the process by which an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability may enter into a supported decision-making agreement with a supporter, and the rights and responsibilities of principals and supporters who are parties to a supported decision-making agreement, which shall include specific training opportunities, development of model supported decision-making agreements, and development of information about and protocols for preventing, identifying, and addressing abuse and exploitation of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who enter into supported decision-making agreements. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2261: Removes the fee for the issuance of special license plates to a member of the Virginia National Guard. Current law provides that such special license plates are issued at half the prescribed cost of state license plates. Bill passed both the House and Senate 

HB 2271:Directs the Joint Commission on Health Care to enter into a contract with a qualified entity to study options for financing universal health care in the Commonwealth. Passed by indefinitely in Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee with a letter (10 Yes to 5 No)

HB 2288: Requires bidders or offerors on contracts for construction of $250,000 or more to submit along with their bid or proposal a list of all subcontractors, regardless of tier, that the bidder or offeror intends at the time of submitting the bid or proposal to use on the contract to perform work valued at $50,000 or more, including labor and materials. Passed Senate with amendment (21 Yes to 18 No)

HB 2299: Requires the Department of Education to (i) provide training and guidance documents to local school divisions on the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with disabilities, (ii) develop a training module for each individual who participates in an IEP meeting, with the exception of parents, (iii) annually conduct structured reviews of a sample of IEPs from a sufficiently large sample of local school divisions to verify that the IEPs are in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, (iv) develop and maintain a statewide plan for improving (a) its ongoing oversight of local practices related to transition planning and services for children with disabilities and (b) technical assistance and guidance provided for postsecondary transition planning and services for children with disabilities, (v) develop and maintain a statewide strategic plan for recruiting and retaining special education teachers, and (vi) (a) conduct a one-time targeted review of the transition sections of a random sample of students’ IEPs in each school division; (b) communicate its findings to each local school division, school board, and local special education advisory committee; and (c) ensure that local school divisions correct any IEPs that are found to be out of compliance no later than the end of the 2021-22 school year. Passed Senate with substitute (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2312: Eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana, modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and provides for an automatic expungement process for those convicted of certain marijuana-related crimes to have such crimes automatically expunged by July 1, 2026. Bill was rejected in House and is now in conference with House delegates and Senators present

HB 2321:Creates in the Governor’s Cabinet the position of Secretary of Labor. Rejected by House vote (0 Yes to 99 No)

HB 2322: Establishes the Opioid Abatement Authority. The Authority, with the assistance of the Office of the Attorney General, would administer the Opioid Abatement Fund, which would receive moneys from settlements, judgments, verdicts, and other court orders relating to claims regarding the manufacturing, marketing, distribution, or sale of opioids and any other funds received on the fund’s behalf that would be used to provide grants and loans to Virginia agencies and certain localities for the purpose of treating, preventing, or reducing opioid use disorder and the misuse of opioids or otherwise abating or remediating the opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth. Reported from Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee (14 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2330: Requires the Department of Social Services (the Department), in consultation with, as it deems necessary, the Department of Housing and Community Development, to adopt rules or establish guidelines for the adoption, implementation, and general administration of the Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP) and the Percentage of Income Payment Fund (Fund).  Bill was rejected in House and is now in conference with House delegates and Senators present

HB 2331: Eliminates mandatory minimum sentences of confinement for certain crimes. Reported from Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee with substitute (10 Yes to 3 No to 1 Abstain)

HB 2332: Requires the State Corporation Commission (Commission)  to establish, upon approval of a state innovation waiver request pursuant to § 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, a reinsurance program, known as the Commonwealth Health Reinsurance Program (the Program). Bill was rejected in House and is now in conference with House delegates and Senators present

HB 5001: Establishes the Shipping and Logistics Headquarters Grant Program to provide grants to a qualified shipping and logistics company that retains its North American headquarters in the City of Norfolk, makes a capital investment of at least $36 million, creates and maintains at least 415 new jobs, and establishes and operates a research and development center. Referred to Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations

HB 5002: Establishes the Small Business Procurement Enhancement Program with a statewide goal of 42 percent of certified small business utilization in all discretionary spending by state agencies and covered institutions in procurement orders, prime contracts, and subcontracts, as well as a target goal of 50 percent subcontracting to certified small businesses for all new capital outlay construction solicitations that are issued. Read for the first time on the House floor (2/22/21)

HJ 522: Continues the joint committee of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions; the House Committee on Public Safety; the Senate Committee on the Judiciary; and the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services established by House Joint Resolution 29 (2020) to study staffing levels, employment conditions, and compensation at the Virginia Department of Corrections. The resolution directs the joint committee to conclude its work by November 30, 2021, and to report its findings and recommendations no later than the first day of the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly.  Agreed to by Senate via voice vote

HJ 526: Establishes a joint subcommittee to study comprehensive campaign finance reform in the Commonwealth. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee is tasked with examining the costs of campaigning in the Commonwealth, the effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s present disclosure laws and their enforcement, the constitutional options available to regulate campaign finances, and the desirability of specific revisions in the Commonwealth’s laws, including the implementation of contribution limits, all with the aim of promoting the integrity of, and public confidence in, the Commonwealth’s campaign finance system. Agreed to by Senate via voice vote

HJ 542: Requests the Department of Rail and Public Transportation to conduct a two-year study of transit equity and modernization in the Commonwealth, with emphasis on transit services and engagement opportunities for underserved and underrepresented communities. Rejected by House vote (0 Yes to 99 No).

HJ 578: Requests the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to establish a work group to study the feasibility of developing a secure, de-identified, renewable, and relational database of criminal justice, behavioral health, and other human services records to facilitate development of more effective interventions. Reading waived in Senate (39 Yes to 0 No)

Bills Passed

Commissions & Boards

Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia, Higher Education

Source: Webpage

The Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees shall each appoint four members from their respective committees to a Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia Higher Education to (a) review ways to maintain and improve the quality of higher education, while providing for broad access and affordability; (b) examine the impact of financial, demographic, and competitive changes on the sustainability of individual institutions and the system as a whole; (c) identify best practices to make the system more efficient, including shared services, institutional flexibility, and easily accessible academic pathways; (d) evaluate the use of distance education and online instruction across the Commonwealth and appropriate business models for such programs; (e) review current need-based financial aid programs and alternative models to best provide for student affordability and completion; (f) review the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on the study of the cost efficiency of higher education institutions and make recommendations to their respective committees on the implementation of those recommendations; (g) study the effectiveness and value of transfer students; (h) evaluate the effectiveness of dual enrollment in reducing the cost of higher education; and (i) study the effectiveness of preparing teachers to enter the K-12 system.

Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission

Source: Webpage

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) is a key component of the legislative oversight function in Virginia. Legislative oversight is an important part of government accountability. It is how the Virginia General Assembly ensures that the funds it has appropriated are used effectively and efficiently by state and local agencies. Legislative oversight is also how the General Assembly assesses the performance of the agencies and programs it creates.

Auditor of Public Accounts (APA)

Source: Website

The Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) is the legislative external auditor for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s agencies, colleges, universities and municipal courts.

Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress

Source: Webpage

The goals and objectives of the Joint Subcommittee will be to review (i) savings opportunities from increased regional cooperation and consolidation of services, including by jointly operating or merging small school divisions; (ii) local responsibilities for service delivery of state-mandated or high priority programs, (iii) causes of fiscal stress among local governments, (iv) potential financial incentives and other governmental reforms to encourage increased regional cooperation; and (v) the different taxing authorities of cities and counties.

Board of Trustees Veterans Services Foundation

Source: Webpage

The Foundation shall (i) administer the Veterans Services Fund (the Fund), (ii) provide funding for veterans services and programs in the Commonwealth through the Fund, and (iii) raise revenue from all sources including private source fundraising to support the Fund.

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Communications, Technology and Innovation CommitteeCommunications, Technology and Innovation Committee

Meets on:  Monday at 10:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:  Cliff Hayes (Chair) – Alex Askew – Hala Ayala – Emily Brewer – Kathy Byron –  Jeff Campbell –  James Edmunds – Kelly Fowler – Nick Freitas – Keith Hodges – Sally Hudson –  Clint Jenkins – Dave LaRock –   Ken Plum – Danica Roem – Chris Runion – Ibraheem Samirah – Don Scott – Suhas Subramanyam – Jeion Ward – Michael Webert – Rodney Willett

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Communications
  • Technology
  • Innovation

Summary

Meets on:  Monday at 10:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:  Cliff Hayes (Chair) – Alex Askew – Hala Ayala – Emily Brewer – Kathy Byron –  Jeff Campbell –  James Edmunds – Kelly Fowler – Nick Freitas – Keith Hodges – Sally Hudson –  Clint Jenkins – Dave LaRock –   Ken Plum – Danica Roem – Chris Runion – Ibraheem Samirah – Don Scott – Suhas Subramanyam – Jeion Ward – Michael Webert – Rodney Willett

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Communications
  • Technology
  • Innovation

About

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Communications Subcommittee

Meets on:  Monday at 8:30 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:  Danica Roem (Chair)  Kathy ByronJeff Campbell,  James Edmunds,  Kelly Fowler,  Clint Jenkins,   Ken Plum,  Danica RoemChris Runion,  Suhas Subramanyam,  Michael Webert, Rodney Willett

Technology and Innovation Subcommittee

Meets on:  Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in 400-B Subcommittee Room

Members:  Hala Ayala (Chair),   Alex Askew,  Emily Brewer,  James Edmunds,  Kelly Fowler,  Keith HodgesSally Hudson,  Dave LaRock,  Ibraheem SamirahDon Scott,  Jeion Ward

Bills

Bills in committee 

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Bills reported out 

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Bills Passed

Commissions & Boards

Joint Commission on Technology and Science

Source: Webpage

The Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), a permanent legislative agency established in 1997, studies all aspects of technology and science, and strives to encourage, promote, and assist in the development of sound technology and science policy in the Commonwealth.

Aerospace Advisory Council

Source: Webpage

To advise the Governor, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science, and the Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, Technology, and Education on policy and funding priorities with respect to aerospace economic development, workforce training, educational programs, and educational curriculum, and to promote the aerospace and space exploration industry in the Commonwealth.

Broadband Advisory Council

Source: Webpage

The purpose of the Council shall be to advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth

Clean Energy Advisory Board

Source: Website

The Clean Energy Advisory Board (the Board) is established as an advisory board in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Board is to establish a pilot program for disbursing loans or rebates for the installation of solar energy infrastructure in low-income and moderate-income households through the “Low-to-Moderate Income Solar Loan and Rebate Fund” (the Fund).

Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council

Source: Webpage

To advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to promote the modeling and simulation industry in the Commonwealth

Online Virginia Network Authority

Source: Webpage

The Online Virginia Network Authority (the Authority) is established as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth for the purpose of providing a means for individuals to earn degrees and postsecondary education credentials by improving the quality of and expanding access to online degree and credential programs that are beneficial to citizens, public institutions of higher education, and employers in the Commonwealth.

Research & Technology Investment Advisory Committee

Source: Webpage

The Advisory Committee shall be administered by and advise the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority.

Qualifications: Ten (10) members as follows: the four vice-provosts of research at major state institutions of higher education from the state institutions of higher education not represented on the Authority, the president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and five citizens members appointed by the Governor (1), Speaker of the House (2), and the Senate Committee on Rules (2).

Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority

Source: Webpage

Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Development Authority is created as a body corporate and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth and as such shall have, and is vested with, all of the politic and corporate powers as are set forth in this chapter. The Authority is established for the purposes of facilitating, coordinating, and supporting the development, either by the Authority or by other qualified entities, of the solar energy industry and solar energy projects by developing programs that increase the availability of financing for solar energy projects, facilitate the increase of solar energy generation systems on public and private sector facilities in the Commonwealth, promote the growth of the Virginia solar industry, and provide a hub for collaboration between entities, both public and private, to partner on solar energy projects. The Authority may also consult with research institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and stakeholders as the Authority deems appropriate.

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Judiciary CommitteesCourts of Justice

Meets on: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at ½ hour after adjournment in House Room 3

Members:   Charniele Herring (Chair) – Les Adams – Rob Bell –  Jeff Bourne –  Jeff Campbell – Ronnie Campbell – Karrie Delaney – Steve Heretick – Patrick Hope – Terry Kilgore – Jay Leftwich – Mark Levine – Jason Miyares – Mike Mullin – Margaret Ransone – Don Scott – Marcus Simon – Rip Sullivan – Vivian Watts

11 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Civil, Criminal
  • Judicial

A broad section of Chesterfield’s legal community, along with a number of current and former politicians, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the state NAACP, have thrown their support behind O’Berry.

At least 35 people lined up to speak on her behalf at the Dec. 11 joint meeting of the Senate Judiciary and House Courts of Justice committees that interviewed judges.

At the same gathering, O’Berry was met with strong opposition by supporters of criminal justice reform, including community activists and the Chesterfield Branch of the NAACP. Many accused O’Berry of doling out harsh punishments, wrongly holding criminal defendants without bail and disregarding their rights, especially in the Black and Hispanic communities.

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A broad section of Chesterfield’s legal community, along with a number of current and former politicians, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the state NAACP, have thrown their support behind O’Berry.

At least 35 people lined up to speak on her behalf at the Dec. 11 joint meeting of the Senate Judiciary and House Courts of Justice committees that interviewed judges.

At the same gathering, O’Berry was met with strong opposition by supporters of criminal justice reform, including community activists and the Chesterfield Branch of the NAACP. Many accused O’Berry of doling out harsh punishments, wrongly holding criminal defendants without bail and disregarding their rights, especially in the Black and Hispanic communities.

Summary

Meets on: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at ½ hour after adjournment in House Room 3

Members:   Charniele Herring (Chair) – Les Adams – Rob Bell –  Jeff Bourne –  Jeff Campbell – Ronnie Campbell – Karrie Delaney – Steve Heretick – Patrick Hope – Terry Kilgore – Jay Leftwich – Mark Levine – Jason Miyares – Mike Mullin – Margaret Ransone – Don Scott – Marcus Simon – Rip Sullivan – Vivian Watts

11 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Civil, Criminal
  • Judicial

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VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Civil Subcommittee

Meets on: Monday and Wednesday at 1/2 hr after adj in House Room 1

Members:  Jeff Bourne (Chair)  Steve HeretickPatrick HopeTerry KilgoreJay Leftwich,   Jason Miyares,   Marcus SimonRip Sullivan

Criminal Subcommittee

Meets on:  Monday and Wednesday at 1/2 hr after adj; Wednesday 1.5 hr after adj. in House Room 3

Members:  Mike Mullin, (Chair),  Les Adams,  Rob Bell,   Karrie Delaney,  Don ScottVivian Watts

Judicial Subcommittee

Meets on:  the call of the Chair in House Room 1

Members:   Jeff Bourne Karrie Delaney,  Terry KilgoreJay Leftwich,  Margaret RansoneDon Scott

Bills

Bills in committee   

SB 1123: Provides that in any case contesting the validity of a decedent’s will where a presumption of undue influence arises, the burden of producing evidence and the burden of persuasion as to the factual issue that undue influence was exerted over the testator shall be on the party against whom the presumption operates. Civil subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table (5 Yes to 3 No)

SB 1125: Requires the Parole Board, within seven days of making any decision regarding the parole of a prisoner, to provide written or electronic notice of such decision to the victim of the crime for which the prisoner was incarcerated, unless the victim has submitted a written request to forgo such notice.

SB 1180: Provides that a circuit court may enter an order joining, coordinating, consolidating, or transferring civil actions upon finding that separate civil actions brought by a plaintiff on behalf of multiple similarly situated persons involve common questions of law or fact and arise out of the same transaction, occurrence, or series of transactions or occurrences. Civil subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4 Yes to 4 No)

SB 1306: Eliminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement of six months for an assault and battery committed against a judge, magistrate, law-enforcement officer, correctional officer, person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates, firefighter or volunteer firefighter, or emergency medical services personnel.

SB 1324: Provides that no action for damages or other relief alleging that a certified general real estate appraiser, a certified residential real estate appraiser, a licensed residential real estate appraiser, or an appraisal management company committed malpractice or negligence or an error, mistake, omission, or breach in an appraisal or appraisal report, whether based on contract or tort, shall be brought unless it is filed in a court of competent jurisdiction and proper venue within five years from the date of the malpractice, negligence, error, mistake, omission, or breach.

SB 1384: Allows a participating locality, for any procurement solicitation or contract exceeding $10,000 for goods and services, to require the bidder or offeror to disclose certain information regarding pre-dispute arbitration clauses, defined in the bill, in employment, civil rights, and consumer disputes, and provides that a locality may consider the policies and practices related to the arbitration of each bidder and offeror. Civil subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4 Yes to 4 No)

SB 1437: Eliminates the requirement that a promise to appear be completed after the issuance of a summons for a misdemeanor offense or an administrative violation. Assigned to Criminal subcommittee 

Bills reported out 

HB 1775: Adds the State Corporation Commission to the list of agencies that are exempt from paying fees for remote access to local land records. Senate constitutional reading dispensed (38 Yes to 0 No)

HB 1801: Increases the minimum fine for dumping or disposing of litter, trash, or other unsightly matter on public or private property from $250 to $500. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 1806: Provides that if a motion to suspend or otherwise modify a person’s sentence is filed with the court that heard the case at any time before the person is transferred to the Department of Corrections (the Department), the court may enter an order to retain jurisdiction over the matter for up to 60 days in order to consider and rule on such motion. House voted to adopt (100 Yes to 0 No)

HB 1814: Provides that the Virginia minimum hourly wage shall be used to calculate the amount of a person’s aggregate disposable earnings protected from garnishment if it is greater than the federal minimum hourly wage. Awaiting Governor action 

HB 1821: Prohibits the arrest or prosecution of an individual for the unlawful purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, intoxication in public, or possession of controlled paraphernalia if (i) such individual, in good faith, renders emergency care or assistance, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or the administration of naloxone or other opioid antagonist for overdose reversal, to an individual experiencing an overdose while another individual seeks or obtains emergency medical attention; (ii) such individual remains at the scene of the overdose or at any location to which he or the individual requiring emergency medical attention has been transported; (iii) such individual identifies himself to the law-enforcement officer who responds; and (iv) the evidence for a prosecution of one of the enumerated offenses would have been obtained only as a result of the individual’s rendering emergency care or assistance. Awaiting Governor action 

HB 1852: Creates the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, which provides a framework for the practice of collaborative law, a process entered into voluntarily by clients for the express purpose of reaching a settlement in a family or domestic relations law matter, including (i) marriage, divorce, dissolution, annulment, and property distribution; (ii) child custody, visitation, and parenting time; (iii) alimony, spousal support, maintenance, and child support; (iv) adoption; (v) parentage; and (vi) negotiation or enforcement of premarital, marital, and separation agreements. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 1853: Repeals the provision prohibiting the Supreme Court of Virginia from adopting a disciplinary rule requiring that lawyers deposit client funds in an interest-bearing account. Passed Senate with amendment (36 Yes to 3 No)

HB 1856: Permits trusts, advance medical directives, and refusals to make anatomical gifts to be signed and notarized, as appropriate, by electronic means. Passed by indefinitely in Senate Judiciary committee with letter (12 Yes to 0 No)

HB 1866: Permits court-appointed special advocates to participate in and verbally share information with family partnership meetings and in meetings of family assessment and planning teams, multidisciplinary child sexual abuse response teams, individualized education program teams, and multidisciplinary teams related to child abuse. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 1867: Provides that the requirement that the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission found that police records show the crime was promptly reported no more than 120 hours after it occurred in order to award a claimant funds from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund does not apply to claims of sexual abuse. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 1878: Limits the ability to appeal a decision by an intake officer not to authorize a petition relating to an offense that, if committed by an adult, would be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor or felony, when the decision is based solely upon a finding of no probable cause. Awaiting Governor action 

HB 1882: Provides that a deed of trust that has been recorded and that states that it secures indebtedness or other obligations under a loan document and that it also secures indebtedness or other obligations under such loan document as it may be amended, modified, supplemented, or restated shall secure such loan document as amended, modified, supplemented, or restated from time to time, without the necessity of recording an amendment to such deed of trust. Awaiting Governor action 

HB 1895: Provides that no interest shall accrue on any fine or costs imposed in a criminal case or in a case involving a traffic infraction (i) for a period of 180 days following the date of the final judgment imposing such fine or costs; (ii) during any period the defendant is incarcerated; and (iii) for a period of 180 days following the date of the defendant’s release from incarceration if the sentence includes an active term of incarceration. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 1897: Requires any summons for unlawful detainer to include a notice to the tenant that it is unlawful for his employer to discharge him from employment or take any adverse personnel action against him for appearing at an initial or subsequent hearing on such summons, provided that he has given reasonable notice of such hearing to his employer. Defeated in Senate Judiciary (7 Yes to 8 No)

HB 1911: Removes the corroborating witness requirement for no-fault divorces. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 1912: Provides that the Department of Juvenile Justice is no longer required to apply for child support from, and the parent of a juvenile is no longer responsible to pay child support to, the Department of Social Services for a juvenile who is in the temporary custody of or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 1936: Creates degrees of punishment corresponding to the severity of a robbery offense. Any person who commits a robbery and causes serious bodily injury to or the death of another person is guilty of a Class 2 felony. House voted to adopt (54 Yes to 45 No)

HB 1951: Abolishes the common-law crime of suicide. Defeated in Senate Judiciary (5 Yes to 10 No)

HB 1991: Clarifies that the Department of Juvenile Justice (the Department) may petition the court that committed a juvenile for a hearing for an earlier release of a juvenile when good cause exists for an earlier release as permitted under current law and shall petition the committing court for a determination as to the continued commitment of each juvenile committed as a serious offender at least 60 days prior to the second anniversary of the juvenile’s date of commitment and at least 60 days prior to each annual anniversary thereafter as required under current law, notwithstanding the terms of any plea agreement. Passed Senate with amendments (23 Yes to 16 No)

HB 1992: Prohibits a person who has been convicted of assault and battery of a family or household member, as defined in the bill, from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. House voted to adopt (52 Yes to 46 No)

HB 2002: Provides that in any case in which a petitioner is seeking to establish child support, the intake officer shall provide the petitioner information on the possible availability of medical assistance through the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) plan or other government-sponsored coverage through the Department of Medical Assistance Services. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2010:Contains a technical amendment. This bill is declarative of existing law. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2012: Changes the punishment and sentencing requirements for a violation of a preliminary child protective order so that the maximum penalty is a Class 1 misdemeanor and the court is no longer required to enter a permanent family abuse protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) upon a conviction of a violation of a preliminary child protective order.  Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2017: Authorizes any jurisdiction to establish a youth justice diversion program, defined in the bill as a diversionary program that (i) is monitored by a local youth justice diversion program advisory committee; (ii) uses juvenile volunteers as lawyers, jurors, and other court personnel; (iii) uses volunteer attorneys as judges; (iv) conducts peer trials, subject to the juvenile and domestic relations court’s jurisdiction, of juveniles who are referred to the program by an intake officer; and (v) imposes various sentences emphasizing restitution, rehabilitation, accountability, competency building, and education, but not incarceration. Reported from Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee (15 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2018: Allows the circuit court, upon a finding that an incapacitated adult has been, within a reasonable period of time, subjected to an act of violence, force, or threat or been subjected to financial exploitation, to include in an emergency order for adult protective services one or more of the following conditions to be imposed on the alleged perpetrator: (i) a prohibition on acts of violence, force, or threat or criminal offenses that may result in injury to person or property; (ii) a prohibition on such other contacts by the alleged perpetrator with the adult or the adult’s family or household members as the court deems necessary for the health and safety of such persons; or (iii) such other conditions as the court deems necessary to prevent (a) acts of violence, force, or threat; (b) criminal offenses that may result in injury to persons or property; (c) communication or other contact of any kind by the alleged perpetrator; or (d) financial exploitation by the alleged perpetrator. Passed Senate (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2038: Limits the amount of active incarceration a court can impose as a result of a revocation hearing for a probation violation. Passed Senate with substitute (23 Yes to 16 No)

HB 2047: Permits the admission of evidence concerning a defendant’s mental condition at the time of an alleged offense, including expert testimony, if such evidence (i) tends to show the defendant did or did not have the specific mental state required for the offense charged and (ii) is otherwise admissible pursuant to the general rules of evidence. Senate requested a conference committee

HB 2055: Provides that a party’s incarceration for 180 or more consecutive days shall not ordinarily be deemed voluntary unemployment or underemployment for the purposes of calculating child support and imputing income for such calculation. Passed Senate with amendments (21 Yes to 18 No)

HB 2056: Removes the option for a court to order that a status offender be detained in a secure facility for a willful and material violation of a court order or term of probation. Defeated in Senate Judiciary Committee (7 Yes to 7 No to 1 Abstain)

HB 2064: Provides that if a clerk has an eRecording System, the clerk shall follow the provisions of the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2073: Provides that, in a civil action for the wrongful death of an injured person, such an action may be brought by a personal representative of a decedent within two years after the death of the person or, if applicable, within two years of the conclusion of a criminal investigation by law enforcement of such death, whichever is longer. Passed by indefinitely in Senate Judiciary committee with letter (15 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2099: Reduces from 20 years to 10 years from the date of a judgment the period of time within which an execution may be issued or action may be taken on such judgment. Reported from Senate Finance and Appropriations with amendment (12 Yes to 2 No) 

HB 2110: Requires the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission to collect and disseminate, on an annual basis, statewide and locality-level data related to adults charged with criminal offenses punishable by confinement in jail or a term of imprisonment. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2113: Establishes a process for the automatic expungement, defined in the bill, of criminal records for certain convictions, deferred dispositions, and acquittals and for offenses that have not been prosecuted or otherwise dismissed. Reported from Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee (10 Yes to 4 No)

HB 2132: Provides that the discovery of, perception of, or belief about another person’s actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, whether or not accurate, is not a defense to any charge of capital murder, murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, voluntary manslaughter, or assault and bodily wounding-related crimes and is not provocation negating or excluding malice as an element of murder. Reported from Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee (14 Yes to 1 No)

HB 2133: Establishes a procedure for victims of sex trafficking to file a petition of vacatur in circuit court to have certain convictions vacated and the police and court records expunged for such convictions. House voted to adopt (98 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2139: Provides that a cause of action for a latent injury shall accrue when such injury and its causal connection to an injurious or disease-causing substance, product, or circumstance is first communicated to the injured person or his agent by a physician. Passed Senate with substitute (30 Yes to 8 No)

HB 2147: Renames the Division of Human Rights in the Department of Law as the Office of Civil Rights. Passed Senate (23 Yes to 16 No)

HB 2150: Provides that upon (i) certification by the general district court of any felony charge and ancillary misdemeanor charge or when an appeal of a conviction of an offense in general district court is noted or (ii) certification by the juvenile and domestic relations district court of any felony charge and ancillary misdemeanor charge committed by an adult or when an appeal of a conviction or adjudication of an offense is noted, jurisdiction as to such charges shall vest in the circuit court unless such case is reopened, modified, vacated, or suspended or the appeal has been withdrawn in the district court within 10 days. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2167: Provides that the Department of Corrections shall set the release date for an inmate granted discretionary parole or conditional release no sooner than 30 business days from the date that the Department of Corrections receives notification from the Chairman of the Parole Board of the Board’s decision to grant discretionary parole or conditional release, except that the Department of Corrections may set an earlier release date in the case of a terminally ill inmate granted conditional release. Senate requested a conference committee

HB 2168: Provides that any person who conducts, finances, manages, supervises, directs, or owns a gambling device that is located in an unregulated location is subject to a civil penalty of $25,000. Senate requested a conference committee

HB 2169: Reorganizes the statute penalizing prostitution into two distinct sections. The penalties for all offenses remain unchanged.  Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2190: Provides that an award in a wrongful death action, where there is no surviving spouse of the decedent, children of the decedent, or children of a deceased child of the decedent, shall be distributed to the parents, brothers and sisters of the decedent, and any other family member who is primarily dependent on the decedent and the same member of the decedent’s household. Passed Senate with substitute (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2192: Requires support orders to contain a provision requiring an obligor to keep the Department of Social Services or a court informed of, in addition to the name, address, and telephone number of his current employer, any change to his employment status and if he has filed a claim for or is receiving unemployment benefits. Passed Senate (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2193: Provides that, in any case in which a plaintiff or counterclaim plaintiff is seeking a civil judgment against a defendant or counterclaim defendant, if the parties enter into a written settlement agreement, upon request of the parties, dismissal of such case shall be stayed to allow for full compliance with such settlement agreement. Passed Senate with amendment (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2194: Provides that any person 18 years of age or older who communicates a threat in writing, including an electronically transmitted communication producing a visual or electronic message, to another to kill or to do serious bodily injury to any other person and makes such threat with the intent to (i) intimidate a civilian population at large; (ii) influence the conduct or activities of a government, including the government of the United States, a state, or a locality, through intimidation; or (iii) compel the emergency evacuation, or avoidance, of any place of assembly, any building or other structure, or any means of mass transportation is guilty of a Class 5 felony. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2233: Provides that an order of restitution shall be docketed in the name of the Commonwealth, or a locality if applicable, on behalf of a victim, unless the victim named in the order of restitution requests in writing that the order be docketed in the name of the victim. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2234: Provides an affirmative defense to prosecution for prostitution and keeping, residing in, or frequenting a bawdy place if, at the time of the offense leading to such charge, such person was a victim of sex trafficking, as defined in the bill, and (i) was coerced to engage in the offense through the use of force or intimidation of another, (ii) such offense was committed as part of a commercial sex trafficking scheme, or (iii) such offense was committed at the direction of an operator of a commercial sex trafficking scheme. Passed Senate with substitute (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2236: Provides that if an offender determined to be eligible to participate in a behavioral health docket resides in a locality other than that in which the behavioral health docket is located, or such offender desires to move to a locality other than that in which the behavioral health docket is located, and the court determines it is practicable and appropriate, the supervision of such offender may be transferred to a supervising agency in the new locality. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2254: Provides that any person who, with the intent to coerce, harass, or intimidate, disseminates to any person 18 years of age or older any unsolicited, obscene videographic or still image created by any means whatsoever that depicts himself totally nude, or in a state of undress so as to expose his own genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or female breast is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Passed by indefinitely in Senate Judiciary committee with letter (8 Yes to 5 No to 1 Abstain)

HB 2258: Authorizes the Department of State Police to release Substantial Risk Order Registry information upon request to institutions of higher education and other research organizations or institutions for the purpose of monitoring and evaluating the impact of substantial risk orders on public safety. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2263: Abolishes the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence. The bill incorporates HB 1779. Passed Senate (22 Yes to 16 No)

HB 2290: Repeals the enhanced penalties for a second or subsequent misdemeanor larceny conviction. Bill passed both the House and Senate

HB 2312: Eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana, modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and provides for an automatic expungement process for those convicted of certain marijuana-related crimes to have such crimes automatically expunged by July 1, 2026. Senate requested a conference committee

HB 2317: Increases from 15 to 19 the total number of members of the Advisory Committee on Sexual and Domestic Violence (the Advisory Committee) by adding the Executive Director of the Virginia Victim Assistance Network and by increasing from six to nine the number of nonlegislative citizen members. Passed Senate (39 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2331: Eliminates mandatory minimum sentences of confinement for certain crimes. Reported from Senate Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10 Yes to 3 No to  1 Abstain)

HJ 629: Confirms the appointment by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia of the Honorable Edward L. Hogshire as Chairman of the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission. Agreed to by Senate (38 Yes to 0 No)

Bills Passed

Commissions & Boards

oint Subcommittee to Study Barrier Crimes and Criminal History Records Checks

Source: Webpage

Study of the Commonwealth’s laws related to barrier crimes and criminal history records checks and development of recommendations related to (i) whether statutory provisions related to criminal history records checks, barrier crimes, and barrier crime exceptions should be reorganized and consolidated into a central location in the Code of Virginia; (ii) whether certain crimes should be removed from the list of barrier crimes; (iii) whether barrier crime exceptions and waiver processes should be broadened; (iv) whether the required amount of time that must lapse after conviction of certain barrier crimes should be shortened; and (v) other changes that could be made to criminal history records check and barrier crimes requirements that would improve the organization, effectiveness, and fairness of such provisions.

Criminal Justice Services Board

Source: Webpage

Supervisory board of the Department of Criminal Justice Services which is the planning and coordinating agency responsible for the implementation and administration of any federal programs for strengthing and improving law enforcement, and the administration of criminal justice, and delinquency prevention and control throughout the Commonwealth.

Criminal Sentencing Commission

Source: Website

To develop discretionary sentencing guidelines to achieve the goals of certainty, consistency, and adequacy of punishment with due regard to the seriousness of the offense, the dangerousness of the offender, deterrence of individuals from committing criminal offenses,and the use of alternative sanctions, where appropriate.

Disbursement Review Committee

Source: Webpage

Provide input to the Attorney General on forfeitures through the U.S. Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program or the U.S. Treasury Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture

Committee on District Courts

Source: Webpage

Authorizing the appointment of substitute judges pursuant to § 16.1-69.14, authorizing the establishment of clerks’ offices in counties or cities as may be required and establishing when such offices are open for business, authorizing the appointment of personnel for the district courts and establishing procedures for administrative review of appeals from personnel actions for district court personnel and magistrates, fixing salary classification schedules of court personnel and establishing vacation and sick leave for district court judges, district court personnel and magistrates, and for such other duties or matters as may be conferred upon by law.

Forensic Science Board

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Policy Board

VA Council Interstate Compact for Juveniles

Source: Webpage

The Council shall exercise oversight and advocacy concerning its participation in interstate commission activities and other duties as may be determined by the Council, including development of policies concerning operations and procedures of the compact within Virginia.

Judicial Conference of Virginia for District Courts

Source: Webpage

There is hereby established a Judicial Conference of Virginia for District Courts whose active members shall be the judge of every general district court and juvenile and domestic relations district court of the Commonwealth. The Attorney General of Virginia, the chairmen of the Courts of Justice Committees of the Senate and House of Delegates or their designees who shall be members of the Courts of Justice committees, the president and secretary of the Virginia State Bar, the president and secretary of the Virginia Bar Association, the president and secretary of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the president and secretary of the Old Dominion Bar Association, the president and secretary of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, the president and secretary of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the president and secretary of the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the president and secretary of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys shall be honorary members of the Conference without voting privilege.

Judicial Council of Virginia

Source: Webpage

Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission

Source: Webpage

To investigate charges arising out of the present or any prior term of office which would be the basis for retirement, censure, or removal of a judge under Article VI, Section 10 of the Constitution of Virginia.

Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice

Source: Webpage

Advise and assist all agencies on matters related to the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency and the administration of juvenile justice in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Advisory Committee on Sexual and Domestic Violence

Source: Webpage

The Advisory Committee shall have the responsibility for advising and assisting the Board, the Department, all agencies, departments, boards, and institutions of the Commonwealth, and units of local government, or combinations thereof, on matters related to the prevention and reduction of sexual and domestic violence in the Commonwealth, and to promote the efficient administration of grant funds to state and local programs that work in these areas.

Commission To Study Slavery and Subsequent De Jure and De Facto Racial and Economic Discrimination Against African Americans

Source: Webpage

To study the current impact and long-term inequities of slavery and subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African Americans

Virginia African American Advisory Board

Source: Webpage

The Virginia African American Advisory Board (the Board) is established as an advisory board in the executive branch of state government.

Qualifications: The Board shall have a total membership of 26 members that shall consist of 21 nonlegislative citizen members and five ex officio members. Nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed as follows: 21 members, at least 15 of whom shall be African American, to be appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. The Secretaries of the Commonwealth, Commerce and Trade, Education, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security or their designees shall serve ex officio with nonvoting privileges.

Virginia Indigent Defense Commission

Source: Website

To develop and publicize a list of and develop and enforce the qualification standards for attorneys seeking eligibility to serve as court-appointed counsel for indigent defendants pursuant to § 19.2-159.

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Education CommitteeEducation Committee

Meets on: Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m (Monday) 8:00 a.m (Wednesday) in House Committee Room

MembersRoslyn Tyler (Chair) – John Avoli – Lamont Bagby – Amanda Batten – Jeff  Bourne – David Bulova – Joshua Cole – Mark Cole – Glenn Davis – Nancy Guy – Elizabeth Guzman –  Mark Keam – Danny Marshall –
John McGuire – Delores McQuinn – Martha  Mugler – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Suhas Subramanyam – Schuyler VanValkenburg – Will Wampler

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
  • Pre-K-12

Summary

Meets on: Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m (Monday) 8:00 a.m (Wednesday) in House Committee Room

MembersRoslyn Tyler (Chair) – John Avoli – Lamont Bagby – Amanda Batten – Jeff  Bourne – David Bulova – Joshua Cole – Mark Cole – Glenn Davis – Nancy Guy – Elizabeth Guzman –  Mark Keam – Danny Marshall –
John McGuire – Delores McQuinn – Martha  Mugler – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Suhas Subramanyam – Schuyler VanValkenburg – Will Wampler

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
  • Pre-K-12

About

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VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Post-Secondary and Higher Ed Subcommittee

Meets on:  Wednesday at After full committee in House Committee Room

MembersMark Keam (Chair),   Amanda BattenJeff  Bourne,  Joshua Cole,  Mark Cole,   Martha  MuglerSam Rasoul,  Will Wampler

Pre-K-12 Subcommittee

Meets on: Monday at 4:00 p.m. in 400-C Subcommittee Room

Members:  Lamont Bagby (Chair),  John Avoli,   Mark Cole,  John McGuireDelores McQuinn,  Sam Rasoul,   Schuyler VanValkenburg,

SOL and SOQ Subcommittee

Meets on:  Monday at 7:30 a.m. in House Committee Room

Members:  Schuyler VanValkenburg(Chair),  John Avoli,  David BulovaGlenn Davis,   Nancy GuyElizabeth Guzman,   Danny Marshall,  Roxann RobinsonSuhas Subramanyam

Bills    

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Bills in committee  

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Bills reported out 

HB 2176 – School board policies (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Bagby sponsored a bill that which defines school board policies relating to  harmful and abusive environments such as abusive conduct, abusive work environment, psychological and physical harm.
  • Voted to report bill 12 – Yeas 9 – Nays

HB 1885 – Comprehensive review of computer science standards (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate VanValkenburg sponsored a bill that which would enforce a review of current and constructive implementation of mandatory computer science standards in elementary school and middle schools.
  • Voted to report bill 21 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2211 – Individualized education programs (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate McQuinn sponsored a bill that Requires individualized education work teams to identify any children with disabilities that might require outside additional service of the school in order to refer them to the local family planning assessment and planning team.
  • Voted to report bill 21 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2117 – Children’s Services Act; special education programs (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate VanValkenburg sponsored a bill that which requires that funds that are directed for special education services under the Children’s Services Act only be used on licensed educational programs licensed by the Department of Education.
  • Voted to report and refer to Appropriations Committee 19 – Yeas 2 – Nays.

HB 2299 – Department of Education; duties and special education (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate VanValkenburg sponsored a bill that which requires the Department of Education to provide training and localized guidance documents to schools on the developments of individualized education programs for children with disabilities.
  • Voted to report bill and refer to Appropriations Committee 21 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2305 – Board of Education (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate VanValkenburg sponsored a bill that which requires the Board of Education to issue guidance on the governance of the academic year, including admissions places and diversity and inclusion training.
  • Voted to report bill 14 – Yeas 7 – Nays.

HB 1930 – Applicant’s criminal history in education (January 25, 2021)

  • Delegate Aird sponsored a bill that of which would prohibit higher education institutions in Virginia to not require or to use an applicant’s criminal history in the context of admission.
  • Voted to report bill 15 – Yeas 7 – Nays.

HB 1975 – Tuition waiver for survivors of sexual assault (January 25, 2021)

  • Delegate Rush sponsored a bill that of which would require schools and higher education systems in Virginia to waive fees for tuition if that student happens to be a survivor of criminal sexual assault.
  • Voted to report and refer to Appropriations Committee 17 – Yeas 5 – Nays.

HB 1986 – George Mason University program elevation (January 25, 2021)

  • Delegate Bulova sponsored a bill that which would request the management program for GMU to be elevated to a category 3, given its achievements in certain levels of history.
  • Voted to report with technical amendments 21 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2123 – Expanding opportunities for Virginia students (January 25, 2021)

  • Delegate Lopez sponsored a bill which would expand higher education opportunities such as scholarships to students with undefined or questionable legal status living within Virginia.
  • Voted to report and refer to Appropriations Committee 14 – Yeas 6 – Nays.

HB 2204 – Codify G3 program (January 25, 2021)

  • Delegate Filler-Corn sponsored a bill that would enforce and codify the G3 program which would allow those who wish to continue pursuing higher education in exchange for working to waive tuition fees in local community colleges in Virginia.
  • Voted to report and refer to Appropriations Committee 21 – Yeas 1 – Nays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bills passed

Commissions & Boards

Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Awards Committee v. Board of Education Scholarship Awards Committee

Source: Website

The Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program was established in accordance with § 30-231.8  of the Code of Virginia for the purpose of providing a public education to persons who were denied an education in the public schools of Virginia between 1954 and 1964, in jurisdictions in which the public schools were closed to avoid desegregation.

Commission on Youth

Source: Webiste

The Commission on Youth is tasked with providing a forum for review and study of youth policies and services. Whether you are a member or staff of the General Assembly, a government official, service provider, educator, parent or caregiver, or interested member of the public, you will find this website a wonderful resource on the Commission’s work on a host of issues, from child welfare to juvenile justice, or from mental health to education.

Commission on School Construction and Modernization

Source: Webpage

Assesses the Commonwealth’s school facilities and determines school construction and modernization funding needs; identifies funding mechanisms and makes recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly; establishes best practices in school modernization and construction for school divisions; creates standardized construction designs and procurement practices to recommend and make available to local school divisions; and Identifying potential cost-saving measures for implementation by local school divisions to minimize construction and modernization costs where possible; and identifies potential cost-saving measures for implementation by local school divisions to minimize construction and modernization costs where possible.

Joint Subcommittee Early Childhood Care and Education

Source: Webpage

(i) review the cost-effectiveness of federal and state funding used to improve Virginia's early childhood care and education system, (ii) ensure that the transition of child care regulation from the Board of Social Services to the Board of Education occurs seamlessly without impacting health and safety oversight functions, (iii) ensure that the transition of functions from the Department of Social Services to the Department of Education occurs seamlessly without the interruption of the provision of state services or undue impact on the operation of either agency, (iv) review the implementation of the Board of Education's Quality Rating Implementation System, (v) review workforce needs for Virginia's early childhood education system, (vi) further facilitate partnerships between school divisions and private providers for the Virginia Preschool Initiative, (vii) consider recommendations and options included in the 2017 JLARC report on Improving Virginia's Early Childhood Development Programs, and (viii) consider funding methodology changes to transition the Virginia Preschool Initiative funding model to maximize the number of children served, while recognizing prevailing costs.

Education Commission of the States

Source: Webpage

To improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders.

Task Force to Assist in Identification of the History of Formerly Enslaved African Americans in Virginia

Source: Webpage

Task Force shall assist the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Foundation 1. Promote the identification, preservation, and conservation of historic sites significant to the history, presence, and contributions of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; 2. Assess the extent to which students and the public are knowledgeable concerning African American history, the African slave trade, slavery in Virginia and America, and the vestiges of slavery in the Commonwealth and the nation; 3. Identify the contributions of African Americans to Virginia, the nation, and the world; 4. Inventory relevant African American historical sites, memorials, exhibits, and resources in the Commonwealth and assess the potential economic impact of tourism and economic development promotion relative to such sites; 5. Develop a register of historical sites significant to African American history in Virginia that should be preserved and recommend options for preservation and ways to increase tourism revenues; and 6. Develop and maintain a roster of volunteer historians, educators, businesses, organizations, and speakers to act as resource persons for classroom teachers on African American history, the African slave trade, American slavery, the impact of slavery on modern society, and the contributions of African Americans to Virginia and the nation.

Board of Trustees Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia

Source: Website

To construct, operate, and maintain, in the Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro areas of the Commonwealth, an outdoor museum to commemorate on an international scale the contribution that the pioneers and colonial frontiersmen and frontierswomen of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made to the creation and development of the United States

Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia – Higher Education

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The Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees shall each appoint four members from their respective committees to a Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia Higher Education to (a) review ways to maintain and improve the quality of higher education, while providing for broad access and affordability; (b) examine the impact of financial, demographic, and competitive changes on the sustainability of individual institutions and the system as a whole; (c) identify best practices to make the system more efficient, including shared services, institutional flexibility, and easily accessible academic pathways; (d) evaluate the use of distance education and online instruction across the Commonwealth and appropriate business models for such programs; (e) review current need-based financial aid programs and alternative models to best provide for student affordability and completion; (f) review the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on the study of the cost efficiency of higher education institutions and make recommendations to their respective committees on the implementation of those recommendations; (g) study the effectiveness and value of transfer students; (h) evaluate the effectiveness of dual enrollment in reducing the cost of higher education; and (i) study the effectiveness of preparing teachers to enter the K-12 system.

Board of Trustees Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

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To seek to diversify the Dan River Region’s economy by engaging the resources of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in partnership with Danville Community College and Averett University and public and private bodies and organizations of the region and state.

Virginia Council on Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Source: Webpage

To remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents.

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees

Source: Webpage

Do all things necessary and proper to further an appreciation of the contributions of the first permanent English-speaking settlers and their American Indian neighbors of Virginia and the United States to the building of our Commonwealth and nation, to commemorate the winning of American independence on the battlefield at Yorktown, and to enhance our understanding of the making of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, including Virginia’s role in shaping the fundamental principles of the American constitutional system.

Memorial Commission Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source: Website

To identify, plan, develop, and implement appropriate programs and events that further the philosophy and memory of Dr. King.

New College Institute

Source: Website

Seek to diversify the region’s economy by engaging the resources of other institutions of higher education, public and private bodies, and organizations of the region and state. Serve as a catalyst for economic and community transformation by leveraging and brokering resources that support economic diversity. Facilitate development of the technology and trained workforce necessary for new economic enterprises to flourish, using the resources available from collaborating educational institutions. Expand educational opportunities in the region by providing access to degree-granting programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, through partnerships with private and public institutions of higher education, the public schools, and public and private sectors. Encourage and coordinate the development and delivery of degree programs and other credit and noncredit courses with a focus on statewide and regional critical shortage areas as well as the needs of industry. This shall include needed adult education and workforce training. Serve as a resource and referral center by maintaining and disseminating information on existing educational programs, research, and university outreach and technology resources.

Roanoke Higher Education Authority

Source: Website

To expand access to higher education in the Roanoke Valley by providing for adult and continuing education and degree-granting programs, including undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, through partnerships with the Commonwealth’s public and private institutions of higher education.

School Readiness Committee

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Secretary of Education; establishment of School Readiness Committee. Directs the Secretary of Education to establish a School Readiness Committee with the first goal of addressing the development and alignment of an effective professional development and credentialing system for the early childhood education workforce in the Commonwealth, including the (i) development of a competency-based professional development pathway for practitioners who teach children birth to age five in both public and private early childhood education programs; (ii) consideration of articulation agreements between associate and baccalaureate degree programs; (iii) refinement of teacher licensure and education programs to address competencies specific to early childhood development; (iv) alignment of existing professional development funding streams; and (v) development of innovative approaches to increasing accessibility, availability, affordability, and accountability of the Commonwealth’s workforce development system for early childhood education teachers and providers.

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees

Source: Website

Encourage and coordinate the development and delivery of continuing education programs offered by those educational institutions serving the region.

Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board

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Coordinate with those educational institutions and agencies in the Commonwealth and surrounding areas to develop joint educational initiatives; promote and establish, in conjunction with the Department of Education and the region’s public school divisions, regional programs to address area educational needs; coordinate the development and sharing of programs, educational techniques, and resources among and between the region’s school divisions and institutions of higher education to enhance the educational opportunities for students and teachers in Southwest Virginia; and provide technical assistance to school divisions throughout the Commonwealth for the implementation of effective educational programs.

Advisory Board Teacher Education and Licensure

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The Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure shall advise the Board of Education and submit recommendations on policies applicable to the qualifications, examination, licensure, and regulation of school personnel including revocation, suspension, denial, cancellation, reinstatement, and renewals of licensure, fees for processing applications, standards for the approval of preparation programs, reciprocal approval of preparation programs, and other related matters as the Board of Education may request or the Advisory Board may deem necessary. The final authority for licensure of school personnel shall remain with the Board of Education.

Board of Veterans Services

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Advise the Director of the Department of Veterans’ Services on matters relating to veterans.

Board of the Virginia College Savings Plan

Source: Webpage

To administer the Virginia College Savings Plan established to enhance the accessibility and affordability of higher education for all citizens of the Commonwealth.

Board of Trustees Virginia Retirement System

Source: Website

Administer the Virginia Retirement System: a retirement system for teachers, state employees, and employees of local participating political subdivisions.

Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Source: Website

Coordinate with organizations and agencies providing programs and services to Consortium schools division to reduce duplication and optimize use of available resources.

Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the Women of Virginia

Source: Website

The Commission shall determine and recommend to the General Assembly an appropriate monument in Capitol Square to commemorate the contributions of the women of Virginia. The Commission shall seek private funding for the operation and support of the Commission and the erection of an appropriate monument.

World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission

Source: Website

The Commission shall plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities appropriate to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.

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Finance CommitteeFinance Committee

Meets on: Monday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. (Monday) Subcommittees meeting in lieu of full committee – (Wednesday) House Committee Room 1/2 hour after adjournment in House Committee Room

Members Vivian  Watts (Chair) – Hala Ayala – Kathy Byron – Ronnie Campbell – Lee Carter – Budd Fowler – Todd Gilbert – Steve Heretick – Sally Hudson – Mark Keam – Kaye Kory – Joe McNamara – Martha Mugler –   Kathleen Murphy – Bobby Orrock – Charles Poindexter – Don Scott – Rip Sullivan – Lee Ware – Tommy Wright

12 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee #1
  • Subcommittee #2
  • Subcommittee #3

Summary

Meets on: Monday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. (Monday) Subcommittees meeting in lieu of full committee – (Wednesday) House Committee Room 1/2 hour after adjournment in House Committee Room

Members Vivian  Watts (Chair) – Hala Ayala – Kathy Byron – Ronnie Campbell – Lee Carter – Budd Fowler – Todd Gilbert – Steve Heretick – Sally Hudson – Mark Keam – Kaye Kory – Joe McNamara – Martha Mugler –   Kathleen Murphy – Bobby Orrock – Charles Poindexter – Don Scott – Rip Sullivan – Lee Ware – Tommy Wright

12 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee #1
  • Subcommittee #2
  • Subcommittee #3

About

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Subcommittees

Subcommittee #1

Meets on:  Monday at 8:30 a.m. in Shared Committee Room

Members:  Mark Keam (Chair),  Hala AyalaKathy ByronRonnie CampbellLee Carter,  Budd Fowler,   Kaye Kory,   Don Scott,  Lee Ware

Subcommittee #2

Meets on:  Monday at 8:30 a.m. in House Room 1

MembersSteve Heretick (Chair),   Lee Carter,  Sally Hudson,  Joe McNamaraMartha MuglerKathleen MurphyBobby OrrockCharles Poindexter,   Rip Sullivan,   Tommy Wright

Subcommittee #3

Meets on:   Friday at 7:30 a.m. in House Room 1

Members:  Rip Sullivan (Chair),  Todd GilbertSteve HeretickMark Keam,  Bobby Orrock,    Lee Ware,  Vivian  Watts

Bills in committee   

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Bills in committee   

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Bills reported out 

HB 1969 – Administration of blighted and derelict properties (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Carr sponsored a bill that which modifies the definition of “qualifying locality” to include any locality with a score of 100 or higher on the fiscal stress index.
  • Voted to report bill 16 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2293 – Local gas severance tax; extends sunset date (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Morefield sponsored a bill that which extends the sunset date from January 1, 2022 to January 1, 2024 to impose an additional local gas severance tax.
  • Voted to report bill 21 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2006 – Energy storage systems; tax exemptions (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Heretick sponsored a bill that which emphasizes that energy storage systems are a separate class of property and exempt from state and local taxation.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 18 – Yeas 2 – Nays 1 – Abs.

HB 2269 – Solar energy revenue share for projects (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Heretick sponsored a bill that which provides that every five years the maximum amount of the revenue that a locality may impose on certain solar energy projects shall be adjusted by the CPI-U.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 18 – Yeas 2 – Nays.

HB 1763 – Tax credit; agricultural best management practices (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Heretick sponsored a bill that which allows the creation of an enhanced individual corporate income tax beginning in taxable year 2021 for agricultural best management practices.
  • Voted to report bill and refer to Appropriations Committee 21 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 1884 – Facilitated enrollment program (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Sickles sponsored a bill that which directs the Department of Taxation to include space on individual income tax forms for voluntary inclusion of personal and contract information
  • Voted to report bill with technical amendments 19 – Yeas 2 – Nays.

HB 1899 – Coal tax credits; sunset date (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Hudson sponsored a bill that which extends the Coal Employment and Production INcentive Tax Credit and Coalfield Employment Enhancement Tax Credit after tax year 2020.
  • Vote to report bill with substitute 13 – Yeas 8 – Nays.

 

 

Bills passed

Commissions & Boards

Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission

Source: Webpage

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) is a key component of the legislative oversight function in Virginia. Legislative oversight is an important part of government accountability. It is how the Virginia General Assembly ensures that the funds it has appropriated are used effectively and efficiently by state and local agencies. Legislative oversight is also how the General Assembly assesses the performance of the agencies and programs it creates.

Auditor of Public Accounts (APA)

Source: Website

The Auditor of Public Accounts (APA) is the legislative external auditor for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s agencies, colleges, universities and municipal courts.

Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates

Source: Webpage

Review revenue estimates with respect to economic assumptions and the general climate of the Commonwealth.

Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress

Source: Webpage

The goals and objectives of the Joint Subcommittee will be to review (i) savings opportunities from increased regional cooperation and consolidation of services, including by jointly operating or merging small school divisions; (ii) local responsibilities for service delivery of state-mandated or high priority programs, (iii) causes of fiscal stress among local governments, (iv) potential financial incentives and other governmental reforms to encourage increased regional cooperation; and (v) the different taxing authorities of cities and counties.

Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences

Source: Webpage

To oversee the evaluation of Virginia’s tax preferences, including but not limited to tax credits, deductions, subtractions, exemptions, and exclusions.

Board of Trustees Veterans Services Foundation

Source: Webpage

The Foundation shall (i) administer the Veterans Services Fund (the Fund), (ii) provide funding for veterans services and programs in the Commonwealth through the Fund, and (iii) raise revenue from all sources including private source fundraising to support the Fund.

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General Laws Committee 1General Laws Committee

Meets on: Tuesday and Thursday at 1/2 hour after adjournment in House Room 3

MembersDavid Bulova (Chair) – Dawn Adams – Lashrecse Aird – Emily Brewer – Betsy Carr – Mark Cole – Buddy Fowler – Kelly Fowler – Chris Hurst – Barry Knight – Paul Krizek – Jay Leftwich – Jason Miyares – Will Morefield – Kathleen Murphy – Marcia Price – Marcus Simon – Luke Torian – Kathy Tran –  Schuyler VanValkenburg – Will Wampler  – Tommy Wright

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • ABC/Gaming
  • Housing/Consumer Protection
  • Open Government/Procurement
  • Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process

Note: Details on bills passed below are in the Heading “Bills passed”)

  • HB 1812 Casino gaming; technical amendments.
  • HB 1816 Property Owners’ Association Act/Condominium Act; use of electronic means for meetings and voting.
  • HB 1824 Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures for buyer to beware, mold.
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General Laws Committee 2021 hearings
House streaming archives

Standing Committee1/14   1/21  1/28  2/3  2/10  2/17   2/24

Subcommittees:
ABC/Gaming:
Housing/Consumer Protection:
Open Government/Procurement:
Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process:

Virginia House lawmakers advanced Senate legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, but amended the legislation to conform to the House version—the Senate is expected to do the same and eventually send the bill to a conference committee comprised of lawmakers from both chambers.

Substitute Senate Bill 1406, the House version, advanced through the Democrat-controlled House General Laws Committee on a 16-5 vote. Both bills legalize the recreational cultivation, sale and use of marijuana with sales beginning in 2024. They would allow the sale to any person 21 years or older and require ID checks, similar to alcohol sale requirements.

A key area in which the two bills differ surrounds local government authority. In the Senate’s version, localities could prohibit the retail sale of marijuana within their jurisdiction, while in the Senate bill, there is no opt-out clause, but retail sales would still be subject to local zoning regulations.

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Note: Details on bills passed below are in the Heading “Bills passed”)

  • HB 1812 Casino gaming; technical amendments.
  • HB 1816 Property Owners’ Association Act/Condominium Act; use of electronic means for meetings and voting.
  • HB 1824 Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures for buyer to beware, mold.
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General Laws Committee 2021 hearings
House streaming archives

Standing Committee1/14   1/21  1/28  2/3  2/10  2/17   2/24

Subcommittees:
ABC/Gaming:
Housing/Consumer Protection:
Open Government/Procurement:
Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process:

Virginia House lawmakers advanced Senate legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, but amended the legislation to conform to the House version—the Senate is expected to do the same and eventually send the bill to a conference committee comprised of lawmakers from both chambers.

Substitute Senate Bill 1406, the House version, advanced through the Democrat-controlled House General Laws Committee on a 16-5 vote. Both bills legalize the recreational cultivation, sale and use of marijuana with sales beginning in 2024. They would allow the sale to any person 21 years or older and require ID checks, similar to alcohol sale requirements.

A key area in which the two bills differ surrounds local government authority. In the Senate’s version, localities could prohibit the retail sale of marijuana within their jurisdiction, while in the Senate bill, there is no opt-out clause, but retail sales would still be subject to local zoning regulations.

Summary

Meets on: Tuesday and Thursday at 1/2 hour after adjournment in House Room 3

MembersDavid Bulova (Chair) – Dawn Adams – Lashrecse Aird – Emily Brewer – Betsy Carr – Mark Cole – Buddy Fowler – Kelly Fowler – Chris Hurst – Barry Knight – Paul Krizek – Jay Leftwich – Jason Miyares – Will Morefield – Kathleen Murphy – Marcia Price – Marcus Simon – Luke Torian – Kathy Tran –  Schuyler VanValkenburg – Will Wampler  – Tommy Wright

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • ABC/Gaming
  • Housing/Consumer Protection
  • Open Government/Procurement
  • Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process

About

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VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

ABC/Gaming Subcommittee

Meets on: Tuesday at 2 hours after adjournment of full committee in House Room 3

Members:  Paul Krizek (Chair),  Lashrecse Aird,  Chris HurstBarry Knight,  Jay Leftwich,  Will Morefield,   Luke Torian,   Schuyler VanValkenburg

Housing/Consumer Protection Subcommittee

Meets on:  Thursday at Upon adjournment of full committee in House Room 3

Members:  Marcus Simon (Chair),   Lashrecse Aird,  Emily BrewerBetsy Carr,   Buddy FowlerKelly Fowler,   Marcia Price,  Will Wampler,  Tommy Wright

Open Government/Procurement Subcommittee

Meets on:  Tuesday at Upon adjournment of full committee in House Room 3

Members:   Betsy Carr  (Chair),  Dawn Adams,  Barry KnightPaul KrizekJay LeftwichJason Miyares,  Will Morefield, Kathleen Murphy,  Kathy Tran,

Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee

Meets on:  Thursday at 2 hours after adjournment of full committee in House Room 3

Members:  Chris Hurst(Chair),  Mark ColeBuddy FowlerKelly Fowler,  Jason Miyares Kathleen Murphy,  Marcus Simon,  Kathy Tran Schuyler VanValkenburg

Bills

Bills in committee  

HB 1735: Expands the privileges of farm winery licensees by allowing them to sell at retail beer manufactured by limited brewery licensees for on-premises consumption. The bill also expands the privileges of limited brewery licensees by allowing them to sell at retail wine manufactured by farm winery licensees for on-premises consumption. Assigned to ABC/Gaming subcommittee

HB 1738: Defines “outdoor refreshment area” and permits the governing body of any locality in the Commonwealth to designate, by ordinance, up to three outdoor refreshment areas within such locality. The bill makes it that the consumption of alcoholic occurs within the outdoor refreshment area and is sold by the on-premises retailer with a license. The beverage may be no more than 16 fl oz and should clearly display the logo/name of the seller. Assigned to ABC/Gaming subcommittee

HB 1741: Requires any contract awarded by a state/local government agency to require the contractor to include in each of its subcontracts provisions that require the subcontractor to report to the contractor, monthly, (i) payroll records for all the subcontractor’s employees; (ii) records of all payments the subcontractors made to individual contractors; and (iii) the total number of individuals on the job site (includes the number classifies as employees/independent contractors. The contractor then has to compile the information and submit it in a monthly report to the Department of Labor and Industry. 

HB 1784: Establishes the Small Business Procurement Enhancement Program with a statewide goal of 42% of small business use in all discretionary spending by state agencies in procurement orders, prime contracts, and subcontract. The bill also provides for a small business set-aside for competition among all small businesses for states purchases up to $100,000 for goods, nonprofessional services, and construction and up to $80,000 for professional services. Lastly, it establishes the certification criteria for participating in the Program by business operations based on the total number of employees/annual gross receipts over the past three years. 

HB 1792: Exempts people bidding upon or performing services on a public contract with a unit of state government/political subdivision of the Commonwealth from licensure and certification requirements when working on the maintenance or repair of natural gas, propane, gasoline, or diesel-powered engines used as emergency power generators. 

HB 1809: Requires the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to submit an annual written report to the Governor and the General Assembly, by October 1 of each year. The report must include the number of charitable or civic organizations, professional fund-raising counsel, and professional solicitors registered in Virginia; the number of contracts or agreements between such registered professional fund-raising counsel or professional solicitors and such registered charitable or civic organizations; and compensation paid, in relation to funds raised and administrative costs, to any professional fund-raising counsel or professional solicitor registered in Virginia by a charitable or civic organization registered in Virginia. Assigned in ABC/Gaming subcommittee

HB 1857: Exempts any locality with a population of more than 400,000 from the limitations on architectural and professional engineering contract single-project fees for environmental, location, design, and inspection work regarding highways and bridges. The current law exempts the Commissioner of Highways from such limitations and the exemption is continued in the bill.

HB 1880: Delays by one additional year, from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2022, the prohibition on the play or offering for play of skill games that was instituted in the 2020 Regular Session. The bill decreases to 90% the total number of machines that a distributor may provide for play to truck stops and Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority retail licensees (ABC retail licensees) relative to the number of machines the distributor previously reported to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (the Authority) on July 1, 2020. It caps the total number of skill games available to play at truck stops and by ABC retail licensees at no more than 20 and six. The bill extends the requirement that each distributor pay a monthly tax of $1,200 for each skill game provided for play during the previous month. Persons younger than 21 years of age are prohibited from playing skill games or redeeming winnings. 

HB 1946: Permits an operator, defined in the bill, to manage, operate, or conduct charitable gaming on behalf of a qualified organization or otherwise assist a qualified organization with the management, operation, or conduct of charitable gaming, provided that such operator obtains a license from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and complies with all charitable gaming laws and regulations that would otherwise be applicable to such qualified organization related to the management, conduct, or operation of charitable gaming. 

HB 1974: Removes certain requirements from the exemption from licensure as an architect or professional engineer for persons who prepare plans, specifications, documents, and designs for conventional and alternative onsite sewage systems receiving residential wastewater. It specifically removes the requirement that any such plans, specifications, documents, or designs utilize packaged equipment generally, changes the allowable flow rate from 1,000 to 1,200 gallons per day, and removes stipulations related to the inclusion of pumps.

HB 1997: Increases from three to four the number of members of a public body meeting as an informal assemblage that constitutes a meeting under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Open Government/Procurement subcommittee recommended laying it on the table (7 Yes to 1 No)

HB 2051: Defines “outdoor refreshment area” and permits the governing body of any locality in the Commonwealth to designate, by ordinance, up to three outdoor refreshment areas within such locality. ABC/Gaming subcommittee recommended incorporating HB2266 by voice vote.

HB 2089: Requires that the reports, information, or documents of the Office of the State Inspector General that are required to be transmitted to the executive and legislative branches be transmitted concurrently.

HB 2127: Gives redevelopment and housing authorities greater flexibility in naming an authority.

HB 2136: Creates a mobile retailer license, which authorizes the licensee to sell wine and beer during events within designated areas for on-premises consumption or in closed containers for off-premises consumption. The bill requires such licensees to (i) comply with any requirements or limitations imposed by the Board of Directors of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority and (ii) serve food, prepared on or off-premises, whenever wine or beer is served. ABC/Gaming subcommittee recommended laying it on the table (7 Yes to 1 No)

HB 2183: Requires the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (the Department) to publish on its website, by November 1 of each year, a resource to assist small businesses in the Commonwealth to navigate recent changes in the law impacting small businesses. 

HB 2237: Requires every public body, prior to requiring bidders, offerors, contractors, subcontractors, or operators on contracts for the design or construction of a road, highway, bridge, or similar transportation improvement to enter into, become or remain signatories to, or adhere to project labor agreements, to make a written determination that requires such bidders, offerors, contractors, subcontractors, or operators to advance the public’s interests based on objective criteria established by the public body by regulation or ordinance, such as cost, efficiency, quality, safety, timeliness, maintenance of a skilled labor force, labor stability, or advancing minority-owned and women-owned business participation in the project.

HB 2246: Requires all state agencies with more than 20 full-time teleworking employees to use automatic workforce management verification software to verify the hours employees worked while teleworking by counting and reporting to the agency all keystroke, mouse event, and screenshot data.

HB 2259:  Provides that the Governor may issue a license of the kind granted by a regulatory board under the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation or the Department of Health Professions to any person whose application for such license to such board has been denied. Open Government/Procurement subcommittee recommended laying it on the table (8 Yes to 0 No)

HB 2279: Prohibits the Board for Contractors from requiring continuing education as a prerequisite to renewal of any certificate or license issued under its authority.

HB 2297: Allows retail off-premises and on-and-off premises wine and beer licensees to transfer wine from one licensed place of business to another, subject to certain requirements.

SB 1110: Provides that the State Corporation Commission may share information collected from a settlement agent or agency regarding any errors and omissions or malpractice insurance policy or surety bond with any party to the real estate transaction in connection with the actions of such agent or agency arising out of a settlement.

SB 1150: Establishes the position of Military Spouse Liaison (the Liaison) in the Department of Veterans Services to conduct outreach and advocate on behalf of military spouses in the Commonwealth. 

SB 1171:  Requires the executive director and members of each industrial development authority and economic development authority, as created by the Industrial Development and Revenue Bond Act, in a locality with a population in excess of 25,000 or in a region serving more than one locality that has a population of more than 25,000 to file a Statement of Economic Interests (SOEI) with the clerk of the local governing body as a condition to assuming office and subsequently annually on/before Feb. 1.

SB 1183: Allows meetings of property owners’ associations, boards of directors, unit owners’ associations, executive boards, and committees to be held entirely or partially by electronic means, provided that the board of directors, unit owners’ association, or executive board, as applicable, has adopted guidelines for the use of electronic means for such meetings.

SB 1215: Provides that a general district court shall enter an order upon petition by a tenant that his landlord has (i) removed or excluded the tenant from the dwelling unit unlawfully, (ii) interrupted or caused the interruption of an essential service to the tenant, or (iii) taken action to make the premises unsafe for habitation. 

SB 1254: Clarifies the procedures by which the Virginia Lottery determines whether an event is considered youth sports, on which betting is prohibited.

SB 1271: Allows a public body, or a joint meeting thereof, to meet by electronic communication means without a majority of the public body physically assembled at one location when a locality in which the public body is located has declared a local state of emergency. The state of emergency must make it impracticable or unsafe to assemble a quorum in a single location and the purpose of the meeting should be to provide for the continuity of operations of the public body or the discharge of its lawful purposes, duties, and responsibilities. 

SB 1279: Requires the Department of Veterans Services to develop a comprehensive program to assist military service members, veterans, and their spouses in making a successful transition from military to civilian life in Virginia. Programs may include skills and workforce assessments and internship/apprenticeship programs. 

SB 1287: Prohibits the Charitable Gaming Board from communicating regulations that prohibit the use of multiple video monitors or touch screens on an electronic pull-tab device.

SB 1299: Allows distillers that have been appointed as agents of the Board of Directors (the Board) of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (the Authority), mixed beverage restaurant licensees, and limited mixed beverage restaurant licensees to sell mixed beverages for off-premises consumption and deliver such mixed beverages to consumers subject to requirements set forth in the bill. Incorporates SB 1388.

SB 1305: Requires all public bodies and covered institutions, defined in the bill, to include in every public works contract of more than $250,000 certain provisions related to the outsourcing of subcontracted work, which a contractor shall agree to during the performance of such contract.

SB 1314: Directs the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority to establish an Office of Education and Labor Market Alignment (the Office) to coordinate data analysis on workforce and higher education alignment and translate data to partners. 

SB 1327: Provides for various protections for homeowners and tenants of manufactured home parks. Such protections may include restricting the circumstances under which a court may order a person’s primary residence to be sold to enforce a judgment charge,  requiring localities to incorporate into their comprehensive plans strategies to promote manufactured housing as a source of affordable housing, or prohibiting a trustee from selling a property in a foreclosure sale without sending notice of the sale to the owner and signing an affidavit attesting to such notification among several others.

SB 1343: Requires the private business to specify the records for which protection is sought before submitting them to the public body and to state the reasons why protection is necessary.

SB 1369: Redefines “small business” for the purpose of programs for the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to allow a cooperative association organized pursuant to Chapter 3 (Cooperative Associations) of Title 13.1 as a nonstock corporation to qualify as a small business if it is at least 51 % independently controlled by one or more members who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens and, together with affiliates, has 250 or fewer employees or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. 

SB 1410: Prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, employment, and housing on the basis of a person’s status as an active military or a military spouse.

Bills reported out 

HB 1811: Provides that in the course of procuring goods, if a public body receives two or more bids for products that are Energy Star certified, meet Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designated efficiency requirements, appear on FEMP’s Low Standby Power Product List, or are WaterSense certified, such public body may only select among those bids. Passed House (55 Yes to 44 No) and referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology 

HB 1812: Makes technical amendments to the casino gaming law related to its interaction with sports betting law, the capital investment required of an applicant for a license, authorized closed meetings under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and the frequency of the distribution of tax revenues to cities. Passed House (68 Yes to 32 No) and referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB 1816: Allows meetings of property owners’ associations, boards of directors, unit owners’ associations, executive boards, and committees to be held entirely or partially by electronic means, provided that the board of directors, unit owners’ association, or executive board, as applicable, has adopted guidelines for the use of electronic means for such meetings. Passed House ( 98 Yes to 0 No) and referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB 1824: Adds to the provision of the required disclosure statement directing a buyer to beware and exercise necessary due diligence with respect to determining the condition of real property or any improvements thereon a provision advising the buyer to obtain a mold assessment conducted by a business that follows the guidelines provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Passed House ( 99 Yes to 0 No) and referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology 

HB 1830: Requires at least five of the nine citizen members of the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority to have experience in small business lending. Passed House ( 99 Yes to 0 No) and referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB 1842: Permits, except to the extent that the declaration provides otherwise, the board of directors of a property owners’ association to establish reasonable rules that restrict smoking in the development. Passed House ( 72 Yes to 27 No) and referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology 

HB 1843: Increases the maximum allowable amount for a single bingo door prize from $50 to $250 and the maximum allowable cumulative door prizes in any one bingo session from $250 to $500. Passed House ( 79 Yes to 20 No) and referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB 1845: Delays the effective date of the 2020 alcoholic beverage control license and fee reform from July 1, 2021, to January 1, 2022.  Passed House ( 98 Yes to 0 No) and referred to Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

HB 1847: Clarifies the procedures by which the Virginia Lottery determines whether an event is considered youth sports, on which betting is prohibited. Passed House ( 67 Yes to 33 No) and referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB 1848: Adds discrimination on the basis of disability as an unlawful discriminatory practice under the Virginia Human Rights ActPassed House ( 99 Yes to 0 No) and referred to Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

Bills passed

  • HB 1812 Casino gaming; technical amendments
    Makes technical amendments to the casino gaming law related to its interaction with sports betting law, the capital investment required of an applicant for a license, authorized closed meetings under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and the frequency of the distribution of tax revenues to cities. The bill also requires applicants for operator’s licenses to submit (i) a minority investment plan disclosing any equity interest owed by a minority individual or minority-owned business or the applicant’s efforts to seek equity investment from minority individuals or minority-owned businesses and (ii) a plan for the participation of minority individuals or minority-owned businesses in the applicant’s purchase of goods and services related to the casino gaming establishment.

Commissions & Boards

Commission on Civic Education

Source: Webpage

The purposes of the Commission are to (i) educate students on the importance of citizen involvement in a representative democracy, (ii) promote the study of state and local government among the Commonwealth’s citizenry, and (iii) enhance communication and collaboration among organizations in the Commonwealth that conduct civics education.

Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council

Source: Website

The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council, a state agency, is an office with the expertise to help resolve disputes over Freedom of Information issues. The FOIA Council answers questions from private citizens, state and local public officials, and the media about access to public records and meetings. Under Virginia law, the presumption is that all documents in the possession of public officials and all meetings of state and local public bodies are open to citizens of the Commonwealth. Of course, there are exceptions and these exceptions can lead to good faith disagreements between citizens or media and public officials.

Virginia Housing Commission

Source: Webpage

The Virginia Housing Commission exists to study and provide recommendations to ensure and foster the availability of safe, sound and affordable housing for every Virginian.

The Commission may also study and make recommendations relating to such other housing, real property, and community development issues as it may be called upon to consider or as may be desirable.

Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

The Commission on VASAP has grown tremendously from its original status as a pilot program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1972. I know that may not seem like that long ago, but we have been in existence for over 45 years and we have grown into one of the premiere programs in the country. We were expanded state-wide in 1975 via passed legislation in the General Assembly. We now have 24 programs providing services throughout the Commonwealth. Many factors go in to making us unique, topping the list is the fact that in Virginia we receive no tax dollars and are funded via offender fees. In addition, we are one of the only programs to combine ignition interlock with intervention services. This combination provides an obstacle to impaired driving while simultaneously working to create a permanent change in behavior.

Charitable Gaming Board

Source: Webpage

The purpose of the Board (within the executive branch of government) shall be to advise the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on all aspects of the conduct of charitable gaming in Virginia.

Joint Reapportionment Committee

Supervise activities required for the tabulation of population for the census and the timely reception of precinct population data for reapportionment.

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Counties, Cities & Towns CommitteeCounties, Cities & Towns Committee

Meets on:  Friday at 9:00 a.m. in Shared Committee Room

Members: Kaye Kory (Chair) – Alex Askew  – Jeff Campbell  – Lee Carter  – Carrie Coyner  – Wendy Gooditis  – Nancy Guy  – Steve Heretick  – Keith Hodges  – Clint Jenkins – Jay Jones – Dave LaRock  – Jay Leftwich – Joe McNamara –  Will Morefield – Martha Mugler – Kathleen Murphy  – Charles Poindexter – Danica Roem  – Ibraheem Samirah  – Suhas Subramanyam  –  Scott Wyatt

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Ad Hoc
  • Charters
  • Land Use
Counties, Cities & Towns Committee 2021 hearings
Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/15

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Subcommittee Land Use: 

HB 893 - Law enforcement; use of force data collection
LegiScanJanuary 7, 2021 (Short)

Requires state and local law-enforcement officers to collect data on use of force incidents involving law enforcement and forward the data to the Superintendent of State Police, which the Department of State Police shall include in the annual Crime in Virginia report.

HB 1752 – Golf Cars and Utility Vehicles; Operation of vehicle on highways
LegiScan, Emily BrewerJanuary 15, 2021 (Short)

Delegate Brewer introduced a renewal of a bill that authorizes the town of Smithfield, VA to operate a golf cart or utility vehicle on a designated public highway.
Voted to report and refer bill to Transportation Committee 16 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

Delegate Guy sponsored a bill to change the parameters for local ordinances authorizing loan contracts for the installation by property owners of clean energy or stormwater management improvements.
Voted to report bill with an amended substitution 16 – Yeas 6 – Nays.

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Counties, Cities & Towns Committee 2021 hearings
Virginia House of Delegates Video Streaming (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/15

Subcommittee Ad Hoc: 

Subcommittee Charters: 

Subcommittee Land Use: 

Requires state and local law-enforcement officers to collect data on use of force incidents involving law enforcement and forward the data to the Superintendent of State Police, which the Department of State Police shall include in the annual Crime in Virginia report.

HB 1752 – Golf Cars and Utility Vehicles; Operation of vehicle on highways
LegiScan, Emily BrewerJanuary 15, 2021 (Short)

Delegate Brewer introduced a renewal of a bill that authorizes the town of Smithfield, VA to operate a golf cart or utility vehicle on a designated public highway.
Voted to report and refer bill to Transportation Committee 16 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

Delegate Guy sponsored a bill to change the parameters for local ordinances authorizing loan contracts for the installation by property owners of clean energy or stormwater management improvements.
Voted to report bill with an amended substitution 16 – Yeas 6 – Nays.

Summary

Meets on:  Friday at 9:00 a.m. in Shared Committee Room

Members: Kaye Kory (Chair) – Alex Askew  – Jeff Campbell  – Lee Carter  – Carrie Coyner  – Wendy Gooditis  – Nancy Guy  – Steve Heretick  – Keith Hodges  – Clint Jenkins – Jay Jones – Dave LaRock  – Jay Leftwich – Joe McNamara –  Will Morefield – Martha Mugler – Kathleen Murphy  – Charles Poindexter – Danica Roem  – Ibraheem Samirah  – Suhas Subramanyam  –  Scott Wyatt

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Ad Hoc
  • Charters
  • Land Use

About

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Ad Hoc Subcommittee

Meets on: the call of the Chair

Members:  Kathleen Murphy (Chair),   Jeff Campbell,   Lee Carter,  Nancy GuySteve Heretick Keith Hodges,   Joe McNamaraWill Morefield,  Danica Roem

Charters Subcommittee

Meets on:   Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in 400-A Subcommittee Room

MembersDanica Roem (Chair),  Wendy Gooditis,  Clint Jenkins,   Dave LaRock,  Charles PoindexterIbraheem SamirahSuhas SubramanyamScott Wyatt

Land Use Subcommittee

Meets on:  Wednesday at 4 p.m. in 400-B Subcommittee Room

Members:  Steve Heretick(Chair),  Alex Askew,  Carrie Coyner,  Nancy Guy,  Jay Jones,  Jay Leftwich,   Will MorefieldMartha Mugler

Bills

Bills in committee   

Bills reported out 

HB 1919 – Local green banks (January 29, 2021)

  • Chair Delegate Korey sponsored a bill that which establishes green banks in local ordinances to promote the invest of clean energy technologies.
  • Voted to report bill 13 – Yeas 8 – Nays 1 – Abs.

HB 1752 – Golf Cars and Utility Vehicles; Operation of vehicle on highways (January 15, 2021)

  • Delegate Brewer introduced a renewal of a bill that authorizes the town of Smithfield, VA to operate a golf cart or utility vehicle on a designated public highway.
  • Voted to report and refer bill to Transportation Committee 16 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 1743 – Industrial Development Authorities; size of board in certain towns (January 15, 2021)

  • Delegate Wright sponsored a bill of that which reduces the number of members that can be appointed to industrial development authority boards in Kenbridge and Victoria from 7 to 5.
  • Voted to report bill 20 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 1768 – Lynchburg parking authority shortens the term of office (January 15, 2021)

  • Delegate Walker sponsored a bill that shorters the term of office of appointees to the Lynchburg Parking Authority from 5 years to 3 years beginning on or after July 1, 2021.
  • Voted to report bill 20 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 1825 – Virginia Beach sports or entertainment project (January 15, 2021)

  • Delegate Askew sponsored a bill that amends provisions related to bond issuance
  • Voted to report bill with technical amendments 20 – Yeas 1 – Nays.

HB 1859 – Clean energy and other programs; local financing (January 15, 2021)

  • Delegate Guy sponsored a bill to change the parameters for local ordinances authorizing loan contracts for the installation by property owners of clean energy or stormwater management improvements.
  • Voted to report bill with an amended substitution 16 – Yeas 6 – Nays.

HB 1927 – Economic development authorities in Fairfax County (January 15, 2021)

  • Delegate Sickles sponsored a bill which would allow Fairfax County to appoint 9, instead of 7, commissioners to the economic development authority.
  • Voted to report bill 20 – Yeas 1 – Nays.

HB 1949 – County executive form of government (January 15, 2021)

  • Delegate Runion sponsored a bill that allows counties that have adopted the county executive form of government to carry over unspent funds from year to year for multiyear grants and capital projects.
  • Voted to report bill 20 – Yeas 2 – Nays.

HB 2043 – Virginia Beach tourism authority (January 15, 2021)

  • Delegate Guy sponsored a bill to establish the Virginia Beach tourism authority in order to support and stimulate tourist attraction the city.
  • Voted to report bill 13 – Yeas 9 – Nays.

Bills passed

Commissions & Boards

Virginia Housing Commission

Source: Website

The Virginia Housing Commission exists to study and provide recommendations to ensure and foster the availability of safe, sound and affordable housing for every Virginian.

The Commission may also study and make recommendations relating to such other housing, real property, and community development issues as it may be called upon to consider or as may be desirable.

Capitol Square Preservation Council

Source: Website

Created by the General Assembly in 1999, the Capitol Square Preservation Council consists of thirteen individuals with expertise in art, architecture, landscape architecture, history, preservation, and administration. The Secretary of Administration, Clerk of the House of Delegates, and Clerk of the Senate serve as ex-officio members. This group is charged with planning and review of projects that affect the State Capitol, its historic artifacts, other historic buildings on or adjacent to Capitol Square, and the landscape and archaeological features of Capitol Square.

Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority Board of Directors

Source: Webpage

BVU Authority; Board powers, officers; broadband; FOIA. Reduces from nine to seven the number of directors on the Board of Directors (the Board) of the BVU Authority (the Authority) and alters the methods of their appointment and their powers and duties. The bill  institutes in their place a board of seven directors, comprising (i) one citizen of each of the following localities with its appointing authority: the City of Bristol, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; the City of Bristol, appointed by the Board; Scott County, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; and Washington County, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and (ii) one member of the governing body of each of the localities of the City of Bristol, the Town of Abingdon, and Washington County, appointed by their respective governing bodies. The citizen of the City of Bristol who is appointed by the Board is required to be engaged in business and may be appointed initially by the Bristol City Council.

Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees

Source: Webpage

To govern the Fort Monroe Authority

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees

Source: Webpage

Do all things necessary and proper to further an appreciation of the contributions of the first permanent English-speaking settlers and their American Indian neighbors of Virginia and the United States to the building of our Commonwealth and nation, to commemorate the winning of American independence on the battlefield at Yorktown, and to enhance our understanding of the making of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, including Virginia’s role in shaping the fundamental principles of the American constitutional system.

Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority

Source: Webpage

To (i) provide a high quality recreational attraction in the western part of the Commonwealth; (ii) expand the historical knowledge of adults and children; (iii) promote tourism and economic development in the Commonwealth; (iv) set aside and conserve scenic and natural areas along the Roanoke River and preserve open-space lands; and (v) enhance and expand research and educational programs

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Health, Welfare & Institutions CommitteeHealth, Welfare & Institutions Committee

Meets on:  Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in House Committee Room

MembersMark Sickles (Chair) – Dawn Adams – Lashrecse Aird –  John Avoli – Rob Bell – Karrie Delaney – James Edmunds – Buddy Fowler – Elizabeth Guzman – Cliff Hayes – Christopher Head – Keith Hodges – Patrick Hope –  Mark Levine – Bobby Orrock – Marcia Price – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Ibraheem Samirah – Kathy Tran – Wendell Walker – Rodney Willett

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Professions
  • Health, Social Services

 

Summary

Meets on:  Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in House Committee Room

MembersMark Sickles (Chair) – Dawn Adams – Lashrecse Aird –  John Avoli – Rob Bell – Karrie Delaney – James Edmunds – Buddy Fowler – Elizabeth Guzman – Cliff Hayes – Christopher Head – Keith Hodges – Patrick Hope –  Mark Levine – Bobby Orrock – Marcia Price – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Ibraheem Samirah – Kathy Tran – Wendell Walker – Rodney Willett

13 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Professions
  • Health, Social Services

 

About

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Institutions Subcommittee

Meets on:

MembersMarcia Price, (Chair),  Rob BellChristopher Head,   Patrick Hope,  Mark Levine,  Rodney Willett

Health Professions Subcommittee

Meets on:

Members:  Dawn Adams(Chair),  Karrie Delaney,  Keith Hodges,  Sam RasoulRoxann RobinsonIbraheem Samirah

Health Subcommittee

Meets on:

MembersPatrick Hope (Chair),  Dawn Adams,  James EdmundsBuddy Fowler,  Cliff HayesBobby Orrock,  Sam Rasoul,   Kathy Tran

Social Services Subcommittee

Meets on:

MembersElizabeth Guzman (Chair),  Lashrecse AirdJohn Avoli,  Karrie Delaney  Kathy TranWendell Walker

Bills

HB 1795 – Board of Counseling (January 28, 2021)

  • Delegate Cole sponsored a bill that which requires the Board of Counseling to issue a license as a licensed professional counselor without examination fo to a person who has applied for such a license and who satisfies all other education, experience and fitness to practice.
  • Voted to lay bill on the table 20 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2268 – Power of State Health Commissioner in epidemic (January 28, 2021)

  • Delegate Cole sponsored a bill that which allows a parent or guardian to object to the vaccination or immunization of a child on the grounds that it conflicts with his or her religious practices, even in the midst of an emergency or epidemic disease that has been declared by the United States.
  • Voted to lay bill on the table 13 – Yeas 9 – Nays.

HB 2242 – COVID-19 immunization; discrimination prohibited (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate LaRock sponsored a bill that which prohibits the Board of Health and the Department of Health from requiring any person to undergo vaccination for COVID-19 and prohibits discrimination based on a person’s vaccination status with regard to education, employment, insurance, and issuance of state identification.
  • Voted to lay bill on the table 18 – Yeas 3 – Nays 1 – Abs.

Bills in committee 

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

HB 1932 – Child-placing agencies (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Levine sponsored a bill that which repeals the provisions that allows child-placing agencies to refuse to perform, assist with, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any child placements when proposed placement would violate agency’s religious or moral convictions.
  • Voted to report bill with amendments 13 – Yeas 9 – Nays.

HB 1962 – Foster care; termination of parental rights (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Gooditis sponsored a bill that which requires social services in localities to involve in the development of a child’s foster care plan the child’s relatives and closest kin who are interested in the child’s welfare.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 21 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 1988 – Processing and dispensing of cannabis oil (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Adams sponsored a bill that which would effect changes to the processing and dispensing of cannabis oil by pharmaceutical processors in the Commonwealth. Allows for designated care facilities to assist with the administration of cannabis oil for any patients residing in the caregiver facility.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 22 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 2005 – Disposition of remains (January 27, 2021)

  • Chairman of the subcommittee sponsored a bill that which establishes order of priority for persons who have the right to make arrangements and otherwise be responsible for a decedent’s funeral and the disposition of his remains.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 18 – Yeas 3 – Nays.

HB 2086 – Portability of background checks for childcare providers (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate McGuire sponsored a bill that which exempts prospective employees and volunteers in childcare provision from background check requirements once on has been completed in the previous five years.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 20 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

 

Bills passed

Commissions & Boards

Joint Commission on Health Care

Source: Website

The JCHC was established as a standing commission of the Virginia General Assembly in 1992. JCHC seeks through its research, recommendations, and legislative actions to “ensure that the Commonwealth as provider, financier, and regulator adopts the most cost-effective and efficacious means of delivery of health care services so that the greatest number of Virginians receive quality health care.” JCHC’s statutory purpose and authority are denoted in Code of Virginia §§ 30-168 through 170.

State Executive Council for Children’s Services

Source: Webpage

To oversee the administration of Office of Children’s Services and make such decisions as may be necessary to carry out its purposes.

Commonwealth Council on Aging

Source: Webpage

To promote an effective, coordinated approach to meeting the needs of older Virginians.

Child Support Guidelines Review Panel

Source: Webpage

Review Child Support Guidelines established pursuant to § 20-108.2 H. The Panel shall determine the adequacy of the guideline for the determination of appropriate awards for the support of children by considering current research and data on the cost of and expenditures necessary for rearing children, and any other resources it deems relevant to such review.

Virginia Disability Commission

Source: Webpage

The purpose of the Commission is to identify and recommend legislative priorities and policies for adoption or examination by the General Assembly in order to provide ongoing support in developing and reviewing services and funding related to Virginians with physical and sensory disabilities.

Commonwealth Council on Aging

Source: Webpage

To promote an effective, coordinated approach to meeting the needs of older Virginians.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission

Source: Website

The 15 appointed members of the Commission serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources (HHR), and assist people with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders, as well as their caregivers. Commission meetings are held quarterly and members also serve on workgroups. In 2011 the Commission released Virginia’s first Dementia State Plan, which was updated in 2015 and will be revised every four years to remain receptive to the needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. The Commission also sponsors a website that is accessible to Virginia citizens who wish to learn more about the Commonwealth’s commitment to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This website contains information that can assist both family members and community service providers. It lists a series of free educational “webinars” on topics that impact persons dealing with the disease. The website is www.alzpossible.org.

Autism Advisory Council

Source: Webpage

To promote coordination of services and resources among agencies involved in the delivery of services to Virginians with autism spectrum disorders and to increase public awareness of such services and resources.

Block Grants

Source: Webpage

To ensure the continued receipt of federal funds pursuant to the Preventive Health and Human Services Block Grant, the Community Services Block Grant, or any other federal block grant program requiring legislative public hearings.
Report Date: The Subcommittee shall be continued for so long as federal law requires legislative hearings as a condition of any application for or receipt of any federal block grant moneys.

Commonwealth Health Research Board

Source: Website

Provide financial support, in the form of grants, donations, or other assistance, for research efforts that have the potential of maximizing human health benefits for the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight

Source: Webpage

The Joint Subcommittee shall monitor, evaluate and respond to federal legislation that repeals, amends or replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Title XXI of the Social Security Act) or any proposals to block grant or change the method by which these programs are funded. The joint subcommittee shall recommend actions to be taken by the General Assembly to address the impact of any such federal legislation that would affect the state budget and health care coverage now available to Virginians. Furthermore, the subcommittee shall evaluate federal changes for opportunities to improve Virginia’s Medicaid and other health insurance programs. The Joint Subcommittee shall provide ongoing oversight of initiatives and operations of the Health and Human Resources agencies.The joint subcommittee shall examine progress made in implementing changes to: (i) Medicaid managed care programs, including managed long-term supports and services (the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus program) and changes to the Medallion program; (ii) Medicaid waiver programs including the Medicaid waivers serving individuals with developmental disabilities; (iii) the Medicaid Enterprise System; (iv) improve eligibility, enrollment and renewal processes in the Medicaid and CHIP programs; (v) the organizational structure and realignment of staff and resources of the Department of Medical Assistance Services resulting from the change from a fee-for-service to a managed care delivery system; (vi) improve the cost effective delivery of services through the Comprehensive Services Act; and (vii) initiatives and programmatic changes across the Health and Human Resources agencies to ensure efficient and effective use of resources across the Secretariat.

Health Insurance Reform Commission

Source: Webpage

The Health Insurance Reform Commission was established by House Bill 2138 of the 2013 Session. The Commission’s powers and duties include monitoring the implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act); assessing proposed mandated health insurance benefits and providers; and developing recommendations to increase access to health insurance coverage are reasonable, and encourage a robust market for health insurance products in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority,

Source: Website

To provide for the health, welfare, convenience, knowledge, benefit, and prosperity of the residents of the Commonwealth and such other persons who might be served by the Authority. The Authority is being established to move the Commonwealth forward in achieving its vision of ensuring a quality health workforce for all Virginians.

Henrietta Lacks Commission

Source: Webpage

The Henrietta Lacks Commission (the Commission) is established as an advisory commission in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Commission is to sustain the legacy of the life-changing contribution of Henrietta Lacks to medical science by advancing cancer research and treatment through the creation of a biomedical research and data center.

Advisory Council on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANS) Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANDAS)

Source: Webpage

There is hereby created in the executive branch of state government the Advisory Council on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (the Advisory Council), for the purpose of advising the Commissioner of Health on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education relating to pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome

Task Force on Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Source: Webpage

Develops model treatment and transfer plans for use by transfer hospitals, treatment hospitals, and pediatric health care facilities and works with hospitals and pediatric health care facilities to facilitate the development of treatment and transfer plans; develops model written transfer agreements for use by treatment hospitals, transfer hospitals, and pediatric health care facilities and works with treatment hospitals, transfer hospitals, and pediatric health care facilities to facilitate the development of transfer agreements; develops model written agreements for use by treatment hospitals and approved pediatric health care facilities required to enter into agreements with rape crisis centers; works with treatment hospitals and approved pediatric health care facilities to develop plans to employ or contract with sexual assault forensic examiners to ensure the provision of treatment services to survivors of sexual assault by sexual assault forensic examiners, including plans for implementation of on-call systems to ensure availability of sexual assault forensic examiners; and works with treatment hospitals and approved pediatric health care facilities to identify and recommend processes to ensure compliance with law related to the creation, storage, and retention of photographic and other documentation and evidence.

Southwest Virginia Health Authority

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Senate Commerce and Labor CommitteeLabor and Commerce Committee (House)

Meets on: Tuesday and Thursday at ½ hour after adjournment in House Committee Room

Members Jeion Ward (Chair) – Hala Ayala – Lamont Bagby – Jeff Bourne – Kathy Byron – Wendy Gooditis –   Elizabeth Guzman – Christopher Head – Steve Heretick – Mark Keam – Terry Kilgore – Kaye Kory – Alfonso Lopez – Danny Marshall – Mike Mullin – Israel O’Quinn – Margaret Ransone – Rip Sullivan – Lee Ware – Michael Webert – Tony Wilt

12 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee #1
  • Subcommittee #2
  • Subcommittee #3

Summary

Meets on: Tuesday and Thursday at ½ hour after adjournment in House Committee Room

Members Jeion Ward (Chair) – Hala Ayala – Lamont Bagby – Jeff Bourne – Kathy Byron – Wendy Gooditis –   Elizabeth Guzman – Christopher Head – Steve Heretick – Mark Keam – Terry Kilgore – Kaye Kory – Alfonso Lopez – Danny Marshall – Mike Mullin – Israel O’Quinn – Margaret Ransone – Rip Sullivan – Lee Ware – Michael Webert – Tony Wilt

12 Democrats and 9 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Subcommittee #1
  • Subcommittee #2
  • Subcommittee #3

About

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Subcommittee #1

Meets on: Tuesday at Immed. upon adj. of full committee in House Committee Room

MembersLamont Bagby (Chair),  Jeff Bourne,  Elizabeth GuzmanKaye Kory,  Mike Mullin,   Margaret Ransone,  Lee Ware,  Tony Wilt

Subcommittee #2

Meets on: Thursday at Immed. upon adj. of full committee in House Committee Room

MembersSteve Heretick (Chair),  Kathy ByronWendy Gooditis,  Christopher Head,  Alfonso Lopez,  Rip Sullivan,  Michael Webert,

Subcommittee #3

Meets on: the call of the Chair in House Committee Room

MembersRip Sullivan (Chair), Hala Ayala,  Lamont Bagby,  Steve HeretickMark KeamTerry Kilgore,  Alfonso Lopez, Danny Marshall,   Israel O’Quinn,  Lee Ware

Bills

Bills in committee 

Bills reported out 

Bills Passed

Commissions & Boards

Commission on Unemployment Compensation

Source: Webpage

The Commission is to:

  • Evaluate the impact of existing statutes and proposed legislation on unemployment compensation and the Unemployment Trust Fund;
  • Assess the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation program and examine ways to enhance effectiveness;
  • Monitor the current status and long-term projections for the Unemployment Trust Fund; and
  • Report annually its findings and recommendations for the General Assembly and the Governor.

Virginia Disability Commission

Source: Webpage

The purpose of the Commission is to identify and recommend legislative priorities and policies for adoption or examination by the General Assembly in order to provide ongoing support in developing and reviewing services and funding related to Virginians with physical and sensory disabilities.

Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission

Source: Webpage

To study, develop, and promote a plan for the design, construction, financing, and operation of interstate facilities of strategic interest to the signatory states; 2. To coordinate efforts to establish a common legal framework in all the signatory states to authorize and facilitate design, construction, financing, and operation of such facilities either as publicly operated facilities or through other structures authorized by law; 3. To advocate for federal and other public and private funding to support the establishment of interstate facilities of interest to all signatory states; 4. To make available to such interstate facilities funding and resources that are or may be appropriated and allocated for that purpose; and 5. To do all things necessary or convenient to facilitate and coordinate the economic and workforce development plans and programs of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the other signatory states, to the extent such plans and programs are not inconsistent with federal law and the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia or other signatory states.

Broadband Advisory Council

Source: Webpage

The purpose of the Council shall be to advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth

Committee on Business Development and Marketing

Source: Webpage

The Committee shall advise the Board on all matters relating to business development and marketing and shall make such recommendations as it may deem desirable.

Virginia Commission on Coal and Energy

Source: Webpage

To study all aspects of coal as an energy resource and endeavor to stimulate, encourage, promote, and assist in the development of renewable and alternative energy resources other than petroleum.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority

Source: Website

To encourage, stimulate and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth through economic development.

Joint Advisory Board of Economists

Source: Webpage

To review with respect to economic assumptions and technical econometric methodology, the estimates of anticipated general, transportation, and other nongeneral fund revenues as submitted each year by the Governor

Commission on Electric Utility Regulation

Source: Webpage

The purpose of the Commission is to monitor the State Corporation Commission’s implementation of the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act (§ 56-576 et seq.)

Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform

Source: Webpage

Creates the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform (the Commission) in the legislative branch to study and make recommendations relating to the financial soundness of retirement plans covering state and local government employees; the suitability of retirement plans offered or maintained for current state and local government employees and the attributes of retirement plans that will be suitable for future employees; the impact on state and local governments of the anticipated retirement of experienced employees between 2016 and 2026 and strategies for replacing such employees; and the elements of compensation and benefits packages that are essential to attracting and retaining a highly productive state and local government workforce.

Employment Service Organization Steering Committee

Source: Webpage

The Employment Service Organization Steering Committee (the Committee) is established as an advisory board, within the meaning of § 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Committee shall be to report to and advise the Commissioner on policy, funding, and the allocation of funds to employment services organizations for Long-Term Employment Support Services and Extended Employment Services pursuant to § 51.5-169.1.

Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board

Source: Website

The GO Board is responsible for:

  • Promoting collaborative regional economic and workforce development opportunities;
  • Certifying the GO Virginia Regions and Regional Councils;
  • Distributing Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund monies;
  • Reviewing applications for monies from the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund and rewarding those funds to qualifying projects;
  • Collecting and disseminating information regarding local, state, and national best practices related to collaborative regional economic and workforce development activities;
  • Organizing advisory committees around industry clusters and other areas of opportunity to inform the work of the regions; and
  • Advising and reporting to the Governor and General Assembly

Committee on International Trade

Source: Webpage

The Committee shall advise the Board on all matters relating to international trade and trade promotion and shall make such recommendations as it may deem desirable.

Manufacturing Development Commission

Source: Webpage

To assess needs and formulate legislative and regulatory remedies to ensure the future of the manufacturing sector.
Expiration Date: If the Commission is not funded by a separate appropriation in the Appropriation Act for any year, this chapter shall expire on July 1 of the fiscal year that the Commission fails to receive such funding.

Public Private Partnership Advisory Commission

Source: Webpage

The purpose of the Commission shall be to advise responsible public entities that are agencies or institutions of the Commonwealth on proposals received pursuant to the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (§ 56-575.1 et seq.).

Public Private Partnership Oversight Committee

Source: Webpage

Review and approve the terms of contracts under § 58.1-202.2 relating to the measurement of the revenue attributable to the technology program.

Center for Rural Virginia Board of Trustees

Source: Webpage

Sustain economic growth in the rural areas of the Commonwealth.

Small Business Commission

Source: Webpage

To study, report and make recommendations on issues of concern to small businesses in the Commonwealth.

Small Business Environmental Compliance Advisory Panel

Source: Webpage

Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority

Source: Webpage

Creates the Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority (the Authority) to promote opportunities for energy development in Southwest Virginia, to create jobs and economic activity in Southwest Virginia consistent with the Virginia Energy Plan, and to position Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth as a leader in energy workforce and energy technology research and development. The Authority will be composed of 11 nonlegislative members, of whom four will be appointed by the Governor, four will be appointed by the Speaker of the House, and three will be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. The Authority is charged with, among other tasks, (i) leveraging the strength in energy research and workforce development of Virginia’s public and private institutions of higher education; (ii) supporting the development of pump storage hydropower in Southwest Virginia and energy storage generally; (iii) promoting the development of renewable energy generation facilities on brownfield sites, including abandoned mine sites; (iv) promoting energy workforce development; and (v) assisting energy technology research and development by promoting the development of a Southwest Virginia Energy Park.

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

Source: Website

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in formerly tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement.

Commission on Unemployment Compensation

Source: Webpage

Annually monitor and evaluate Virginia’s unemployment compensation system relative to the economic health of the Commonwealth.

Virginia Israel Advisory Board

Source: Website

Advise the Governor on ways to improve economic and cultural links between the Commonwealth and the State of Israel, with a focus on the areas of commerce and trade, art and education, and general government.

Virginia Minority Business Commission

Source: Webpage

Evaluates the impact of existing statutes and proposed legislation on minority businesses, assesses the Commonwealth’s minority business assistance programs and examines ways to enhance their effectiveness, provides minority business owners and advocates with a forum to address their concerns, develops strategies and recommendations to promote the growth and competitiveness of Virginia minority-owned businesses, and collaborates with the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and other appropriate entities to facilitate the Commonwealth’s work and mission.

Virginia Board of Workforce Development

Source: Website

Assist the Governor in meeting workforce training needs in the Commonwealth.

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Privileges and Elections Committee 2Privileges and Elections Committee (House)

Meets on: Friday at 9:30 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:   (Chair)    Dawn Adams  –  Les Adams  –  Alex Askew  –  Rob Bloxom   –  Mark Cole   –  Kelly Fowler    Christopher Head   –  Paul Krizek  –  Mark Levine   –  John McGuire  –  Israel O’Quinn  –  Bobby Orrock  –  Cia Price  –  Sam Rasoul  –  David Reid  –  Chris Runion  –  Nick Rush  –  Mark Sickles  –  Marcus Simon  –  Shelly Simonds  –  Schuyler VanValkenburg

(13 Democrats and 9 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Campaign Finance
  • Constitutional Amendments
  • Elections, Gubernatorial
  • Appointments
  • Redistricting
Va. House panel expands felon rights proposal to allow voting after release
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawJanuary 25, 2021 (Short)

A Virginia House of Delegates panel on Monday expanded a felon voting rights proposal to allow former inmates to vote when they’re released from incarceration, a change potentially allowing their rights to be restored years earlier than envisioned under the plan’s prior rules.

As originally drafted, the proposed constitutional amendment would have automatically restored felons’ civil rights after they had completed their sentence and any period of supervised probation.

But some Democratic lawmakers said they preferred a simpler solution, one that wouldn’t complicate the rights restoration process by tying it to a probation period or an ex-offender’s ability to pay fines and fees after their release.

“To me, completion of sentence of imprisonment is a very clear, bright-line standard,” said Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, the chairman of the House’s subcommittee on constitutional amendments.

During a subcommittee hearing Monday, a representative of Gov. Ralph Northam told House members the administration would support that approach. The panel amended the proposal accordingly.

The proposal has not yet been voted on by the full House, and a similar measure in the Senate has not yet been taken up in committee. But Monday’s hearing offered a glimpse of how key policy decisions on felon voting might play out over the rest of the General Assembly session.

Some Democrats and voting advocacy groups are pushing to end felon disenfranchisement altogether, arguing the right to vote is so fundamental that people convicted of crimes should be allowed to continue to cast ballots from their cells.

“It’s time for you to be bold and move this conversation from restoring votes to giving people the right to vote,” ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga told the subcommittee Monday.

Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, the chairman of the House Privileges and Elections Committee, said he supports that concept generally. But because the amendment needs final approval from voters in a ballot referendum that could happen in 2022, he said, making the conversation about voting from jail could jeopardize the larger reform effort.

“I would hate to risk this progress, which I think is really important,” Simon said.

Whatever form the proposal ends up taking, the General Assembly would have to approve the exact same version next year before it could be sent to the voters.

Many Republicans have been supportive of relaxing Virginia’s policy, which prevents all felons from voting unless a governor has taken action to restore their rights. But some have also cautioned against blanket restoration, insisting the nature of the offense committed and whether debts have been paid should factor into the process.

Del. Chris Head, R-Roanoke, said leaving some limitations in place would prevent a major erosion of conservative support.

“As a Christian, personally, my faith is all about grace,” Head said. “That means that there is a point where you have to have a road back.”

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Va. House panel expands felon rights proposal to allow voting after release
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawJanuary 25, 2021 (Short)

A Virginia House of Delegates panel on Monday expanded a felon voting rights proposal to allow former inmates to vote when they’re released from incarceration, a change potentially allowing their rights to be restored years earlier than envisioned under the plan’s prior rules.

As originally drafted, the proposed constitutional amendment would have automatically restored felons’ civil rights after they had completed their sentence and any period of supervised probation.

But some Democratic lawmakers said they preferred a simpler solution, one that wouldn’t complicate the rights restoration process by tying it to a probation period or an ex-offender’s ability to pay fines and fees after their release.

“To me, completion of sentence of imprisonment is a very clear, bright-line standard,” said Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, the chairman of the House’s subcommittee on constitutional amendments.

During a subcommittee hearing Monday, a representative of Gov. Ralph Northam told House members the administration would support that approach. The panel amended the proposal accordingly.

The proposal has not yet been voted on by the full House, and a similar measure in the Senate has not yet been taken up in committee. But Monday’s hearing offered a glimpse of how key policy decisions on felon voting might play out over the rest of the General Assembly session.

Some Democrats and voting advocacy groups are pushing to end felon disenfranchisement altogether, arguing the right to vote is so fundamental that people convicted of crimes should be allowed to continue to cast ballots from their cells.

“It’s time for you to be bold and move this conversation from restoring votes to giving people the right to vote,” ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga told the subcommittee Monday.

Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, the chairman of the House Privileges and Elections Committee, said he supports that concept generally. But because the amendment needs final approval from voters in a ballot referendum that could happen in 2022, he said, making the conversation about voting from jail could jeopardize the larger reform effort.

“I would hate to risk this progress, which I think is really important,” Simon said.

Whatever form the proposal ends up taking, the General Assembly would have to approve the exact same version next year before it could be sent to the voters.

Many Republicans have been supportive of relaxing Virginia’s policy, which prevents all felons from voting unless a governor has taken action to restore their rights. But some have also cautioned against blanket restoration, insisting the nature of the offense committed and whether debts have been paid should factor into the process.

Del. Chris Head, R-Roanoke, said leaving some limitations in place would prevent a major erosion of conservative support.

“As a Christian, personally, my faith is all about grace,” Head said. “That means that there is a point where you have to have a road back.”

Summary

Meets on: Friday at 9:30 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:   (Chair)    Dawn Adams  –  Les Adams  –  Alex Askew  –  Rob Bloxom   –  Mark Cole   –  Kelly Fowler    Christopher Head   –  Paul Krizek  –  Mark Levine   –  John McGuire  –  Israel O’Quinn  –  Bobby Orrock  –  Cia Price  –  Sam Rasoul  –  David Reid  –  Chris Runion  –  Nick Rush  –  Mark Sickles  –  Marcus Simon  –  Shelly Simonds  –  Schuyler VanValkenburg

(13 Democrats and 9 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Campaign Finance
  • Constitutional Amendments
  • Elections, Gubernatorial
  • Appointments
  • Redistricting

About

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php?committee=H19

Bills

Bills in committee  

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

(none at this time)

Bills passed

Commissions

Commission on Civic Education

Source: Webpage

The purposes of the Commission are to (i) educate students on the importance of citizen involvement in a representative democracy, (ii) promote the study of state and local government among the Commonwealth’s citizenry, and (iii) enhance communication and collaboration among organizations in the Commonwealth that conduct civics education.

Subcommittees

Campaign Finance Subcommittee

Meets on: Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in 300-A Subcommittee Room

Members: David Reid (Chair),  Christopher HeadPaul Krizek,  Sam RasoulDavid Reid,  Nick RushShelly Simonds

 

Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee

Meets on: Monday at 4:30 p.m. in House Committee Room

Members: Marcus Simon (Chair),  Dawn AdamsLes AdamsKelly Fowler,  Mark Levine,  Israel O’QuinnCia Price,  Chris Runion

 

Elections Subcommittee

Meets on: Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. in House Room 1

Members:  (Chair),  Dawn AdamsLes AdamsAlex AskewRob BloxomMark ColeKelly Fowler,  Christopher HeadPaul KrizekMark LevineJohn McGuireIsrael O’QuinnBobby OrrockCia PriceSam RasoulDavid ReidChris RunionNick RushMark SicklesMarcus SimonShelly SimondsSchuyler VanValkenburg

 

Gubernatorial Appointments Subcommittee

Meets on: Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. in 400-A Subcommittee Room

MembersSchuyler VanValkenburg (Chair),  Alex AskewRob BloxomMark Cole,  Mark Sickles

 

Subcommittee on Redistricting

Meets on: the call of the Chair

Members:  Kelly Fowler (Chair),  Dawn Adams,  John McGuire,  Bobby Orrock,  Sam Rasoul,  Mark Sickles

 

Bills in committee   

(none at this time)

Bills reported out

HB 1952 – Campaign finance, prohibited personal use (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Simon sponsored a bill that which prohibits any person converting money or security contributed to a candidate or campaign committee for personal use or on anyone of a candidate’s immediate family.
  • Voted to report bill 20 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

HB 1890 – Virginia version of federal voting rights act (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Price sponsored a bill that which would prohibit voting qualifications from being impulsed that would deny any voter right from race or language of origin.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute 11 – Yeas 9 – Nays.

HB 2125 – Pre-registration for voting (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Price sponsored a bill that would require pre-registration for persons 16 and over, effective October 1, 2021.
  • Voted to report with technical amendments 11 – Yeas 9 – Nays.

HB 2198 – Qualified voters of a locality (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate Price sponsored a bill that which would allow any qualified voter of a locality to vote for the at large candidates and in a locality that elects its governing body form districts or wards, only voters in that district or ward will be qualified to vote for those governing bodies.
  • Voted to report with substitute 14 – Yeas 7 – Nays.

HB 2020 – Nomination exception meetings (January 27, 2021)

  • Delegate VanValkenburg sponsored a bill that which provides that a method of nomination for elected office may not be selected if such effort would have a practical effect of excluding participation in the nominating process by qualified voters who are unable to attend meetings because they are serving members in the military, student attending higher education, person with disability, person who has a communicable disease.
  • Voted to report bill 12 – Yeas 9 – Nays.

 

Bills reported out 

(none at this time)

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Public Safety CommitteePublic Safety Committee

Meets on:  Friday at 8:00 a.m. in House Committee Room

Members: Patrick Hope (Chair) – Amanda Batten – Jeff Bourne – Ronnie Campbell  –  Joshua Cole –  Carrie Coyner – Glenn Davis – Matt Fariss – Dan Helmer – Clint Jenkins – Kaye Kory – Mark Levine – Alfonso Lopez   –  Ken Plum – Cia Price – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Nick Rush – Shelly Simonds – Tony Wilt  – Tommy Wright

(12 Democrats and 9 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Firearms
  • Public Safety

 

Summary

Meets on:  Friday at 8:00 a.m. in House Committee Room

Members: Patrick Hope (Chair) – Amanda Batten – Jeff Bourne – Ronnie Campbell  –  Joshua Cole –  Carrie Coyner – Glenn Davis – Matt Fariss – Dan Helmer – Clint Jenkins – Kaye Kory – Mark Levine – Alfonso Lopez   –  Ken Plum – Cia Price – Sam Rasoul – Roxann Robinson – Nick Rush – Shelly Simonds – Tony Wilt  – Tommy Wright

(12 Democrats and 9 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Firearms
  • Public Safety

 

About

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Firearms Subcommittee

Meets on: Friday at 8:00 a.m. in House Committee Room

MembersJeff Bourne (Chair),  Amanda Batten,  Carrie CoynerGlenn Davis,  Dan HelmerClint Jenkins,  Ken Plum

Public Safety Subcommittee

Meets on: Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in 400-B Subcommittee Room

Members:  Mark Levine (Chair),  Ronnie Campbell Joshua Cole,  Kaye Kory,  Sam Rasoul,  Roxann Robinson,  Shelly Simonds,  Tony Wilt

Bills in committee

Bills in committee

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

(none at this time)

Bills Passed

Commissions & Boards

Virginia State

Source: Webpage

Study, report and make recommendations on all areas of public safety and protection.

Criminal Justice Services Board

Source: Webpage

Supervisory board of the Department of Criminal Justice Services which is the planning and coordinating agency responsible for the implementation and administration of any federal programs for strengthing and improving law enforcement, and the administration of criminal justice, and delinquency prevention and control throughout the Commonwealth.

Geographic Information Network Advisory Board

Source: Webpage

To advise the Geographic Information Network Division of the Department of Emergency Management on issues related to the exercise of the Division’s powers and duties.
Staff

State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision

Source: Webpage

Exercise oversight and advocacy concerning its participation in interstate commission activities and other duties as may be determined by the State Council, including development of policies concerning operations and procedures of the Compact within Virginia

Virginia Military Advisory Council

Source: Webpage

Volunteer Firefighter’s and Rescue Squad Worker’s Service Award Fund Board

Source: Webpage

With the assistance of the Virginia Retirement System – to establish, invest, and maintain the Volunteer Firefighter’s and Rescue Squad Worker’s Service Award Fund.

Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

Source: Webpage

Administer and supervise the state system of local alcohol safety action programs, develop and maintain operation and performance standards for local alcohol and safety action programs, and allocate funding to such programs.

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Senate Rules CommitteeRules Committee (House)

Meets on: the call of the Chair

Members: Eileen Filler-Corn (Chair) – Terry Austin – Lamont Bagby – Betsy Carr – Kirk Cox – Todd Gilbert  –  Charniele Herring – Terry Kilgore – Barry Knight – Alfonso Lopez – Delores McQuinn – Mike Mullin – Mark Sickles – Marcus Simon – Rip Sullivan – Luke Torian – Jeion Ward  – Vivian Watts

13 Democrats and 5 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Joint Rules
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Studies
  • Subcommittee #2

Summary

Meets on: the call of the Chair

Members: Eileen Filler-Corn (Chair) – Terry Austin – Lamont Bagby – Betsy Carr – Kirk Cox – Todd Gilbert  –  Charniele Herring – Terry Kilgore – Barry Knight – Alfonso Lopez – Delores McQuinn – Mike Mullin – Mark Sickles – Marcus Simon – Rip Sullivan – Luke Torian – Jeion Ward  – Vivian Watts

13 Democrats and 5 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Joint Rules
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Studies
  • Subcommittee #2

About

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Joint Rules

Meets on:  6th Floor Speaker’s Conference Room

Members:  Eileen Filler-Corn (Chair), Terry Austin,  Lamont Bagby,  Todd GilbertCharniele HerringTerry Kilgore,  Mike Mullin,  Marcus Simon

Filler-Corn (Chair),  Terry Austin, Lamont Bagby, Todd Gilbert, Charniele Herring, Terry Kilgore, Mike Mullin, Marcus Simon

Standards of Conduct Subcommittee

Meets on: the call of the Chair

Members:   Eileen Filler-Corn (Chair),  Betsy CarrKirk CoxBarry Knight,  Rip Sullivan,

Studies Subcommittee

Meets on:  the Call of the Chair –  6th Floor Speaker’s Conf. Room

Members: Mark Sickles (Chair), Terry Austin,  Lamont BagbyBetsy CarrTerry Kilgore,   Marcus Simon

Eileen Filler-Corn(Ex-Officio)

Subcommittee #2

Meets on: On the Call of the Chair

MembersBetsy CarrKirk Cox,  Barry Knight,  Rip Sullivan

Bills in committee

Bills in committee

HB 2244 – Family life education; curriculum guidelines, human reproduction (January 22, 2021)

  • Delegate LaRock sponsored a bill which requires the instruction on human reproduction contained in the Board of Education’s family life education curriculum guidelines to include the viewing of a video recording of an ultrasound of a live unborn human in the fetus.
  • Voted to lay bill on table 13 – Yeas 5 – Nays.

Bills reported out

HB 1990 – Criminal Justice legislation; racial and ethnic impact statements (January 22, 2021)

  • Delegate Aird sponsored a bill that which provides that the Chair of the House Committee for Courts of Justice may request the JLARC to review and prepare a racial and ethnic impact statement for a proposed criminal justice bill.
  • Voted to report bill and refer to Appropriations Committee 16 – Yeas 2 – Nays.

HB 1979 – Legislative staff development fund; establish (January 22, 2021)

  • Delegate Reld sponsored a bill which would create a legislative staff development fund in order to aid economic incentive.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute and refer to Appropriations Committee 13 – Yeas 5 – Nays.

HB 2213 – Gold; Secretary of Natural Resources, et al., to study mining and processing (January 22, 2021)

  • Delegate Guzman sponsored a bill which directs the Secretary of Natural Resources, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to conduct a study of the mining of gold in the Commonwealth.
  • Voted to report bill 13 – Yeas 5 – Nays.

HB 2271 – Universal health care (January 22, 2021)

  • Delegate Samirah sponsored a bill which enforces a contract for study of options for financing universal health care within the Commonwealth.
  • Voted to report bill with substitute and refer to Appropriations Committee 12 – Yeas 5 – Nays.

Bills passed

Commissions

Joint Commission on Administrative Rules

Source: Webpage

To review existing agency rules or regulations and agency rules or regulations during the promulgation or final adoption process.

Code Commission

Source: Webpage

The Commission is charged with the responsibility of publishing and maintaining a Code of the general and permanent statutes of the Commonwealth. The Commission also has the responsibility of publishing and maintaining the Virginia Administrative Code.

House Ethics Advisory Panel

Source: Webpage

To inquire into any alleged violation of Articles 2 through 5 (§ 30-102 et seq.) of this chapter by any member of the respective house of the General Assembly in his current term or his immediate prior term. In addition to the other powers and duties specified in the Code of Virginia the Panel has the power to organize and preserve statements and reports filed with the Panel for a period of five years from the date of receipt.

Virginia Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation

Source: Webpage

To encourage and arrange conferences with officials of other states and other units of government; carry forward the participation of Virginia as a member of the Council of State Governments, both regionally and nationally; formulate proposals for cooperation between Virginia and other states; establish such committees as it deems advisable to conduct conferences and formulate proposals concerning subjects of interstate cooperation; monitor and evaluate the Commonwealth’s participation in interstate compacts; review, evaluate, and recommend suggested uniform state legislation; require, at its discretion, from any appointee representing Virginia on any interstate compact, commission, committee, or board, a report on that organization’s work and accomplishments; and review, evaluate, and make recommendations concerning federal policies that are of concern to the Commonwealth.

Legislative Support Commission

Source: Webpage

To supervise the printing and distribution of bills, resolutions, joint resolutions, House documents, Senate documents or other matters directed to be printed for use of the Senate or the House of Delegates and intended for temporary use, as well as the printing and distribution of House Journals, Senate Journals and the Acts of Assembly; to supervise the maintenance and operation of the General Assembly Building; to supervise and assist the Capitol Tour Guides; and to supervise the Capitol Police Force.

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Senate Transportation CommitteeTransportation Committee (House)

Meets on:  Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:  Delores McQuinn (Chair) – Les Adams – Terry Austin – Lamont Bagby – Rob Bell – Betsy Carr – Lee Carter – Karrie Delaney – Nick Freitas – Dan Helmer – Chris Hurst – Jay Jones – Dave LaRock – Jason Miyares – Kathleen Murphy – David Reid – Danica Roem – Wendell Walker – Jeion Ward – Vivian Watts – Scott Wyatt

13 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Agriculture
  • Chesapeake
  • Natural Resources

Summary

Meets on:  Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:  Delores McQuinn (Chair) – Les Adams – Terry Austin – Lamont Bagby – Rob Bell – Betsy Carr – Lee Carter – Karrie Delaney – Nick Freitas – Dan Helmer – Chris Hurst – Jay Jones – Dave LaRock – Jason Miyares – Kathleen Murphy – David Reid – Danica Roem – Wendell Walker – Jeion Ward – Vivian Watts – Scott Wyatt

13 Democrats and 8 Republicans

Subcommittees:

  • Agriculture
  • Chesapeake
  • Natural Resources

About

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS), House Committee pages

Subcommittees

Motor Vehicles Subcommittee

Meets on: Monday at 4:00 p.m. in 400-A Subcommittee Room

Members:  Jay Jones, (Chair),  Les Adams,  Lamont Bagby,
Lee Carter,  Karrie Delaney,  Dan Helmer,  Chris Hurst,  Dave LaRockJason Miyares

Transportation Innovation and General Topics Subcommittee

Meets on: Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in 400-A Subcommittee Room

MembersKarrie Delaney, (Chair),  Les Adams,  Terry AustinLamont BagbyKathleen MurphyDavid Reid,  Danica Roem,  Jeion Ward,  Vivian Watts

Transportation Systems Subcommittee

Meets on: Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:  Betsy Carr (Chair),  Terry Austin,  Rob Bell,   Nick FreitasDan Helmer,  Jay Jones,  Kathleen Murphy,  Danica RoemWendell Walker,  Vivian Watts

Subcommittee #4

Meets on: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in House Room 3

Members:

Bills in committee

Bills in committee

(none at this time)

Bills Reported out

(none at this time)

Bills passed

Commissions and Boards

Commission on the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

Source: Website

Specializing in the improvement of highway safety, the Commission on VASAP is dedicated to implementing strategies and processes that result in a permanent change in behavior. The ASAP system is composed of 24 local programs who provide services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority

Source: Webpage

The Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority (the Authority) is established as a body politic and corporate, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth. The Authority shall have the powers and duties hereinafter conferred in this chapter.The primary purpose of the Authority is to improve the transportation into, from, within, and throughSouthwest Virginia, assist in regional economic development, and generally enhance highway safety inthe affected localities. The Coalfields Expressway, designated as U.S. Route 121 and a Congressional High Priority Corridor, is a proposed four-lane, limited-access highway to provide a modern, safe, and efficient transportation artery through the coalfields region of far Southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia.The proposed expressway is designed to provide safe and rapid access to communities along the corridor, with interchanges connecting citizens of Pound, Clintwood, Clinchco, Haysi, Breaks, Grundy,and Slate. It is hereby further declared that the foregoing is a public purpose and use for which public moneys may be spent and such activity will serve a public purpose in providing jobs to the citizens of the Commonwealth.The exercise of the powers granted by this chapter shall be in all respects for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Commonwealth, particularly the affected localities, for the increase of their commerce and for the promotion of their safety, health, welfare, convenience, and prosperity.

Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission

Source: Website

Comprised of locally elected officials, the commission has the organizational structure and leadership in place to determine how new regional money, approximately $200 million annually, will be invested in transportation projects.

Virginia-North Carolina High Speed Rail Compact Commission

Source: Webpage

Coordinate efforts to establish high-speed rail service at the federal, state, and local government levels

Interstate 81 Committee

Source: Webpage

Creates an Interstate 81 Committee, tasked with developing and updating a program related to Interstate 81 Corridor safety and improvements, and creates an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund (Fund). 3. That the Interstate 81 Committee (the Committee) created by this act shall review the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan adopted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on December 5, 2018, as it relates to funding options for improvements to the Interstate 81 corridor and the prioritization of projects in the Interstate 81 corridor. The Committee shall conduct regional public meetings on options for funding and improvements and seek input from the public and stakeholder organizations. The Committee shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 15, 2019, regarding its recommendations for funding and prioritization of projects.

Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability

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The Commission exists to make performance reviews of operations of state agencies with transportation responsibilities to ascertain that sums appropriated have been or are being expended for the purposes for which they were made and to evaluate the effectiveness of programs in accomplishing legislative intent.

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

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Prepare a regional transportation plan for Planning District Eight to include transportation improvements of regional significance and those improvements necessary or incidental thereto and shall from time to time revise and amend the plan.

Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

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Manage and control the functions, affairs, and property of the Northern Virginia Transportation District.

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission

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Manage and control the functions, affairs and property of the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation District.

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