Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee

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

  • HB 1760 Conservation easements; construction
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/11 1/18 1/25

Sub-Committee Companion Animals:

Sub-Committee Hemp: 

Sub-Committee Menhaden: 

 

SB 1258 - Solar Projects; erosion and sediment control
Senate LIS, David W. MarsdenJanuary 19, 2021 (Short)

Senator David W. Marsden sponsored a bill that authorizes the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to administer erosion and sediment control programs on behalf of small localities. Voted to report bill with technical amendments and refer to Finance Committee 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1115 – Industrial hemp; increase maximum THC concentration
LegiScan, Mark J. PeakeJanuary 26, 2021 (Short)

Senator Mark J. Peake introduced the original bill that was amended to declare that the Commonwealth will not prosecute or punish any hemp crop of that which the THC concentration is at 1%.
Voted to report bill with amendment from allowing to not punishing 13 – Yeas 0 – Nays 1 – Abs.

SB 1194 – Produce safety; removes the sunset date
LIS, Mark ObenshainJanuary 19, 2021 (Short)

Senator Mark Obenshain sponsored a bill that would prolong Title 3.2 on produce safety (2017) that was set to expire on July 1, 2022.
Voted to report bill with no amendments 14 – Yeahs 0 – Nays 1 – Abs.

Meets at: Tuesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment, Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Chap Petersen (Chair) – Barbara Favola – Emmett Hanger – Ghazala Hashmi – Lynwood Lewis – Dave Marsden – Monty Mason – Jennifer McClellan –  Joe Morrissey  – Mark Obenshain – Todd Pillion – Frank Ruff –Bill Stanley – Richard Stuart – Dave Suetterlein 

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Companion Animals
  • Hemp
  • Menhaden

Commerce and Labor Committee (Senate)

Commerce & Labor bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System (Short)

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

  • HB 1807: Health maintenance organizations; insolvency.
Commerce & Labor 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/18   1/25 2/1  2/22

Subcommittees:
Energy: 1/27 2/12
Health Insurance:

Senators also rejected a compromise measure from Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) last year that would have allowed unions to collect some fees from nonmembers. Just three members of the Senate’s powerful Commerce and Labor committee voted for that proposal.

“If sharing the expenses of writing a union contract can only get three votes, a full repeal of Virginia’s prohibition on union shops does not appear to have the votes to pass the Senate right now,” says Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax), who supported Saslaw’s compromise.

Carter’s latest repeal attempt may have already encountered an early roadblock. As of Jan. 19, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn had not assigned the bill to a committee, prompting speculation from supporters that the Democrat intends to let it die.

Senate Bill 1182: Motor vehicle liability; insurance coverage limits
Senate LIS, Scott A. SurovellFebruary 5, 2021 (Short)

Increases the motor vehicle liability insurance coverage amounts from $25,000 to $50,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of one person, from $50,000 to $100,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of more than one person in any one accident, and from $20,000 to $40,000 for damage to property of others as a result of any one accident. The bill applies to policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022. Passed Senate ( 27 Yes, 11 No, & 1 Abstain)

Broadband expansion bills advance in Virginia House committee
Inside NOVA, Tyler Arnold February 11, 2021 (Short)

Senate Bill 1334, sponsored by Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, would extend a current pilot program that allows municipalities and government-owned broadband authorities to participate in expanding broadband to unserved areas of the state. The bill does not have any fiscal impact, according to the fiscal impact statement.

The legislation has already passed the Senate and would be sent to Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature if it passes the House without any amendments. It advanced through the Labor and Commerce Committee with a 22-0 vote.

Another Senate-passed broadband bill advanced in the committee with amendments. Senate Bill 1413 would make permanent a pilot program that allows utility companies to petition the State Corporation Commission to provide broadband capacity to unserved areas of the state. The bill allows companies to recover the costs and revenue generated from providing broadband services. It would also consolidate the SCC’s petition approval process to one hearing.

Virginia House passes bill that would let customers shop for renewable power
Energy News Network , Elizabeth McGowan February 9, 2021 (Long)

The bill is now before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. He acknowledges that rounding up enough votes from Republican senators will be tougher.

Brianna Esteves, manager of state policy with Ceres, agrees with Bourne’s assessment. She was pleased when the stronger bill emerged from the House Labor and Commerce Committee last week on a 16-6 bipartisan vote.

“Last year’s version passed in the House, but there was pushback in the Senate,” she said. “This bill shouldn’t be controversial. But we might see the same thing happen again this year. I’m not sure there’s enough interest among legislators to stand up to Dominion Energy.”

Senate Bill 1351: Workers' compensation; claims not barred.
Legiscan, Senator Lynwood Lewis and Senator Scott SurovellFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Provides that an order issued by the Workers’ Compensation Commission awarding or denying benefits shall not bar by res judicata any claim by an employee or cause a waiver, abandonment, or dismissal of any claim by an employee if the order does not expressly adjudicate such claim. Passed Senate (37 Yes & 0 No)

Meets on: Monday at 15 Minutes After Adjournment in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Dick Saslaw (Chair) – George Barker – John Bell – Creigh Deeds – Adam Ebbin – John Edwards – Lynwood Lewis – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Monty Mason – Steve Newman – Tommy Norment – Mark Obenshain – Lionell Spruill – Scott Surovell

(12 Democrats and 3 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Energy
  • Health
  • Insurance

 

Education and Health Committee

Education and Health Committee Bills Passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information Systems (Short)

HB 1737
Nurse practitioners; practice without a practice agreement. Reduces from five to two the number of years of full-time clinical experience a nurse practitioner must have to be eligible to practice without a written or electronic practice agreement. The provisions of the bill expire on July 1, 2022.

Education and Health 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/14 1/21 1/28 

Subcommittee on Health:

Subcommittee on Certificate of Public Need:

Subcommittee on Health Professionals:

Subcommittee on Higher Education:

Subcommittee on Public Education:

SB 1205
Legiscan, George BarkerJanuary 15, 2021 (Short)

Provides support to medical professionals/providers that are licensed, through counseling. Bill was reported to full committee.

SB 1464
Virginia Legislative Information System, Stephen NewmanFebruary 5, 2021 (Short)

Drug Control Act; Schedule I. Adds certain chemicals to Schedule I of the Drug Control Act. The Board of Pharmacy has added these substances to Schedule I in an expedited regulatory process. A substance added via this process is removed from the schedule after 18 months unless a general law is enacted adding the substance to the schedule.

SB 1178
Virginia Legislative Information System, Adam EbbinFebruary 5, 2021 (Short)

Genetic counseling; conscience clause. Repeals the conscience clause for genetic counselors who forgo participating in counseling that conflicts with their deeply held moral or religious beliefs, provided that they inform the patient and offer to direct the patient to the online directory of licensed genetic counselors maintained by the Board of Medicine. The law being repealed also prohibits the licensing of any genetic counselor from being contingent upon participating in such counseling.

SB 1187
Virginia Legislative Information Systems, Ghazala HashmiFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Department of Health Professions; practice of physical therapy. Extends from 30 days to 60 days the time allowed for a physical therapist who has completed a doctor of physical therapy program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education or who has obtained a certificate of authorization to evaluate and treat patients after an initial evaluation without a referral under certain circumstances. The bill also provides that after discharging a patient a physical therapist shall not perform an initial evaluation of a patient without a referral if the physical therapist has performed an initial evaluation of the patient for the same condition within the immediately preceding 60 days.

SB 1190
Virginia Legislative Information System, Jennifer KiggansFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Board of Education; Health Standards of Learning; advanced directive education. Directs the Board of Education to include advanced directive education in its curriculum framework for the Health Standards of Learning for high school students.

SB 1322
Virginia Legislative Information System, Bill DeStephFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Public schools; seizure management and action plans; biennial training. Provides for the submission and utilization of seizure management and action plans for students with a diagnosed seizure disorder. The bill requires that school nurses and certain school division employees biennially complete Board of Education-approved training in the treatment of students with seizure disorders. The bill provides immunity from civil liability for acts or omissions related to providing for the care of a student under a seizure management and action plan. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2022.

Meets on: Meets on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members:  Louise Lucas (Chair) – George Barker – John Cosgrove – Siobhan Dunnavant – John Edwards – Ghazala Hashmi – Janet Howell – Lynwood Lewis – Mamie Locke – Steve Newman – Mark Peake – Chap Petersen – Dick Saslaw – Dave Suetterlein

(9 Democrats and 6 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Certificate of Public Need
  • Health
  • Health Professions
  • Higher Education
  • Public Education

 

Finance and Appropriations Committee

Meets on: Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room B, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members: Janet Howell (Chair) – George Barker – Creigh Deeds – Adam Ebbin – John Edwards – Emmett Hanger – Mamie Locke – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Jennifer McClellan – Steve Newman – Tommy Norment – Chap Petersen – Frank Ruff – Dick Saslaw – Jill Vogel

(11 Democrats and 5 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Capital Outlay
  • Claims
  • Economic Development and Natural Resources
  • General Government
  • Health and Human Resources
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Public Safety
  • Resources
  • Transportation

 

General Laws and Technology Committee

General Laws & Technology bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System (Short)
General Laws and Technology Committee 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/13   1/20  1/27  2/2  2/10  2/17   2/24

Sub-committee 1:

Meets on: Wednesday at 30 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

Members:  George Barker (Chair)  –  John Bell –  Jennifer Boysko  – Siobhan Dunnavant  – Adam Ebbin – Ghazala Hashmi  – Jen Kiggans  – Mamie Locke  – Monty Mason  –  Jeremy McPike  –  Todd Pillion  –  Bryce Reeves  – Frank Ruff  – Richard Stuart  –  Jill Vogel

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

 

Judiciary Committee

SB 1122: Habitual offenders; repeal.
VA LIS, Senator William M. Stanley JrFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Repeals the remaining provisions of the Habitual Offender Act. The bill also requires that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles reinstate a person’s privilege to drive a motor vehicle that was suspended or revoked solely on the basis that such person was determined to be or adjudicated a habitual offender pursuant to the Habitual Offender Act. The bill also authorizes the Virginia Alcohol and Safety Action Program to continue to administer intervention for individuals who were ordered to attend an intervention interview on or before June 30, 2021.

SB 1206: Confidentiality of juvenile court records; exceptions.
VA LIS, Senator George L. BarkerFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Provides that juvenile court service unit records and Department of Juvenile Justice records may be open for inspection to the Department of Social Services or any local department of social services that is providing services or care for, or has accepted a referral for family assessment or investigation and the provision of services regarding, a juvenile and these local agencies have entered into a formal agreement with the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide coordinated services to such juveniles.

SB 1213:Driver's license suspensions; restricted licenses; drug offenses.
VA LIS, Senator John S. EdwardsFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue restricted driving credentials to individuals with driver’s license suspensions resulting from drug-related offenses.

SB 1181: Special immigrant juvenile status; jurisdiction
VA LIS, Senator Scott A. SurovellFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

Permits the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to retain jurisdiction in cases where a child has petitioned the court to make findings of fact that would allow the child to apply for or receive a state or federal benefit until such child reaches 21 years of age for the purpose of entering findings of fact or amending past orders, to include findings of fact necessary for the person to petition the federal government for status as a special immigrant juvenile.

SB 1400:Board of Wildlife Resources; quitclaim and conveyance of easement; Tazewell County
VA LIS, Senator Todd E. PillionFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Authorizes the Board of Wildlife Resources to quitclaim any interest in a parcel of land and convey a right-of-way easement to the Valerie H. MacDowell Trust. The quitclaim is a result of a boundary line correction of an acquisition by the Board and applies to an unimproved parcel of land containing about 13.6 acres on the watershed of Little Tumbling Creek. The easement, which will follow an existing road and bridge across a portion of the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, will allow ingress and egress to the MacDowell Trust property from State Route 607. The MacDowell Trust shall be solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the easement. This bill is identical to HB 2252.

Virginia Senate Committee Kills Cyberflashing Bill
Courthouse News, Brad KutnerFebruary 18, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND, Va. (CN) — Virginia’s Senate nixed a bill aiming to make unsolicited pictures of genitals or sex acts illegal after citing First Amendment concerns in a hearing Thursday.

“Sending an obscene picture should require consent from the recipient,” Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler argued regarding her bill, which sailed through the state’s House with unanimous consent.

“Sending one without consent should be the equivalent of cyberflashing,” the Virginia Beach Democrat said.

Convirs-Fowler defended the effort during a hearing of the state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, saying the bill came from constituents who had been victimized by unwanted sexual photos sent via email, text or even during video-streamed events.

Meets at: Wednesday at Monday, 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday, 30 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: John Edwards (Chair) – Jennifer Boysko – Ben Chafin  – Creigh Deeds – Louise Lucas – Jennifer McClellanRyan McDougle – Joe Morrissey –Tommy Norment – Mark Obenshain – Chap Petersen –Dick Saslaw –Bill Stanley – Richard Stuart – Scott Surovell 

(9 Democrats and 6 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Law

 

Local Government Committee

SB 1267: Charter; City of Covington; consolidated school division; salaries.
VA LIS, Senator Creigh DeedsFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Amends the charter for the City of Covington to help facilitate the consolidation of the school divisions of the City of Covington and Alleghany County. The bill sets out the salary of a school board member of such consolidated school district and shall become effective on July 1, 2022, provided that the consolidation of the City of Covington and Alleghany County school divisions is approved by the Board of Education prior to that date. This bill is identical to HB 2091.

SB 1309: Local stormwater assistance; flood mitigation and protection.
VA LIS, Senator Adam P. EbbinFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Authorizes grants from a local Stormwater Management Fund to be used for flood mitigation and protection measures that are part of a comprehensive flood mitigation and protection plan adopted by the locality, and requires such grants, where practicable, to prioritize projects that include nature-based practices. Current law allows such funds to be used only for the construction, improvement, or repair of a stormwater management facility or for erosion and sediment control.

SB 1393: Replacement and conservation of trees during development; work group.
VA LIS, Senator David MarsdenFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Gives a locality the ability to exceed general requirements in its tree replacement and conservation ordinances in specific circumstances, including development that impacts stormwater permit requirements, recurrent flooding, formerly redlined areas, and comprehensive plan compliance. The bill also directs the Secretary of Natural Resources and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry to convene a stakeholder work group for the purpose of developing and providing recommendations to state and local governments related to policies that encourage the conservation of mature trees and tree cover on sites being developed, increase tree canopy cover in communities, and encourage the planting of trees. The bill will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2022 Session of the General Assembly, but the stakeholder work group is effective in due course. This bill is identical to HB 2042.

Meets on: Monday at 9:00 a.m. in Senate Room 3, Capitol

Members: Lewis, Lynwood (Chair) –  John Bell – Amanda Chase  – Bill DeSteph –Siobhan Dunnavant – Barbara Favola – Emmett Hanger  – Ghazala Hashmi  – Janet Howell – Jen Kiggans  –  Jeremy McPike –  Joe Morrissey  – Todd Pillion –Lionell Spruill  – Bill Stanley

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

Privileges and Elections Committee (Senate)

Meets on: Tuesday at 15 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

Members: Creigh Deeds (Chair)  –  John Bell – Jennifer Boysko – Adam Ebbin –  Janet Howell – Monty Mason   Jennifer McClellan  –  Ryan McDougle – Mark Peake – Bryce Reeves –  Frank Ruff – Lionell Spruill – Scott Surovell   – Jill Vogel

(9 Democrats and 5 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

 

Rehabilitation and Social Services

Meets on:  Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Barbara Favola (Chair) – Jennifer Boysko – John Cosgrove – Bill DeSteph – Emmett Hanger – Jen Kiggans – Mamie Locke – Monty Mason – Ryan McDougle – Jeremy McPike –  Joe Morrissey – Bryce Reeves –Lionell  Spruill – Scott Surovell

(8 Democrats and 6 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

Rules Committee (Senate)

Meets on: The call of the Chair

MembersMamie Locke (Chair) – George Barker – Creigh Deeds – John Edwards – Barbara Favola – Janet Howell – Lynwood Lewis – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Ryan McDougle – Jeremy McPike – Tommy Norment  –   Chap Petersen – Dick Saslaw  – Jill Vogel

(12 Democrats and 3 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

 

Transportation Committee (Senate)

SB 1098
Virginia Legislative Information System, Barbara FavoliFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Aircraft registration; unmanned aircraft. Exempts an owner of an unmanned aircraft from the requirement to register aircrafts.

SB 1217
Virginia Legislative Information System, Frank RuffJanuary 21, 2021 (Short)

Taking certain private roads into the secondary state highway system. Directs the Department of Transportation to accept certain private roads into the secondary state highway system if the locality in which the private road is located adopts an ordinance dedicating one percent of real property revenues generated by property on the road to the Department to contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the road. A private road would be eligible if the private road has served at least 10 occupied parcels for a minimum of 45 years and if the private road intersects with two or more roads in the primary or secondary state highway system.

SB 1335
Virginia Legislative Information System, Richard StuartFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Learner’s permits; use of personal communications device. Eliminates the provision prohibiting a holder of a learner’s permit to operate a vehicle while using a wireless communication device. Such provision was specific only to the holder of a learner’s permit. Under a different current law, all drivers, including those with a learner’s permit, are prohibited from holding a personal communications device while operating a vehicle.

SB 1258
Virginia Legislative Information System, John BellFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Virginia Highway Corporation Act; alteration of certificate of authority; powers and duties of the State Corporation Commission. Requires any application for a transfer, extension, or amendment of a certificate of authority issued under the Virginia Highway Corporation Act to include information demonstrating the financial fitness of the entity applying to operate the roadway. The bill requires an applicant for a toll increase to provide a forward-looking analysis return that will be reviewed by the Department of Transportation that demonstrates that the proposed rates will be reasonable to the user in relation to the benefit obtained, not likely to materially discourage use of the roadway, and provide the operator no more than a reasonable return. The bill also prohibits the State Corporation Commission from authorizing a toll increase if these criteria are not met or if the proposed increase is for more than one year. The bill requires an operator to receive approval from the Commission prior to refinancing any existing debt.

SB 1253
Virginia Legislative Information System, Jeremy McPike February 8, 2021 (Short)

Funds for access roads to economic development sites; criteria for use of funds. Directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board, in consultation with the Secretaries of Transportation and Commerce and Trade, to develop criteria to be used in the award of funds for access roads to economic development sites. The criteria shall take into account job creation, capital investment, and other relevant economic development considerations.

SB 1160
Virginia Legislative Information System, David SuetterleinFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Vehicles; liens; abandoned vehicles; removing vehicles involved in accidents. Modernizes and improves enforcement of mechanics’ and storage liens by (i) transferring notification and auction posting requirements to the Department of Motor Vehicles (the Department); (ii) allowing for independent appraisals to establish accurate vehicle values; (iii) expanding vehicle owner searches to other states and requiring the Department to notify owners in those states; and (iv) creating a limited process for relinquishing mechanics’ and storage liens. The bill permits out-of-state requesters to obtain Virginia vehicle information for mechanics’ or storage lien or abandoned vehicle enforcement in their states, and clarifies disposal rights, auction requirements, and titling documentation for abandoned vehicles. The Department is authorized to collect administrative fees to cover the expenses associated with these duties. The bill also provides that an entity acting at the direction of law enforcement or the Department of Transportation to remove a vehicle or cargo after an accident shall not be liable for damages or claims resulting from exercise of authority, provided that the entity acted reasonably.

Meets on: Thursday at 15 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

MembersDave Marsden (Chair) –  Jennifer Boysko – John Cosgrove – Bill DeSteph – Adam Ebbin – Barbara Favola – Jennifer McClellan – Jeremy McPike – Steve Newman – Mark Obenshain – Mark Peake – Todd Pillion – Lionell Spruill – Dave Suetterlein – Scott Surovell

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources CommitteeAgriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee

Meets at: Tuesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment, Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Chap Petersen (Chair) – Barbara Favola – Emmett Hanger – Ghazala Hashmi – Lynwood Lewis – Dave Marsden – Monty Mason – Jennifer McClellan –  Joe Morrissey  – Mark Obenshain – Todd Pillion – Frank Ruff –Bill Stanley – Richard Stuart – Dave Suetterlein 

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Companion Animals
  • Hemp
  • Menhaden

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

  • HB 1760 Conservation easements; construction
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/11 1/18 1/25

Sub-Committee Companion Animals:

Sub-Committee Hemp: 

Sub-Committee Menhaden: 

 

SB 1258 - Solar Projects; erosion and sediment control
Senate LIS, David W. MarsdenJanuary 19, 2021 (Short)

Senator David W. Marsden sponsored a bill that authorizes the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to administer erosion and sediment control programs on behalf of small localities. Voted to report bill with technical amendments and refer to Finance Committee 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1115 – Industrial hemp; increase maximum THC concentration
LegiScan, Mark J. PeakeJanuary 26, 2021 (Short)

Senator Mark J. Peake introduced the original bill that was amended to declare that the Commonwealth will not prosecute or punish any hemp crop of that which the THC concentration is at 1%.
Voted to report bill with amendment from allowing to not punishing 13 – Yeas 0 – Nays 1 – Abs.

SB 1194 – Produce safety; removes the sunset date
LIS, Mark ObenshainJanuary 19, 2021 (Short)

Senator Mark Obenshain sponsored a bill that would prolong Title 3.2 on produce safety (2017) that was set to expire on July 1, 2022.
Voted to report bill with no amendments 14 – Yeahs 0 – Nays 1 – Abs.

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

  • HB 1760 Conservation easements; construction
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/11 1/18 1/25

Sub-Committee Companion Animals:

Sub-Committee Hemp: 

Sub-Committee Menhaden: 

 

SB 1258 – Solar Projects; erosion and sediment control
Senate LIS, David W. MarsdenJanuary 19, 2021 (Short)

Senator David W. Marsden sponsored a bill that authorizes the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to administer erosion and sediment control programs on behalf of small localities. Voted to report bill with technical amendments and refer to Finance Committee 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1115 – Industrial hemp; increase maximum THC concentration
LegiScan, Mark J. PeakeJanuary 26, 2021 (Short)

Senator Mark J. Peake introduced the original bill that was amended to declare that the Commonwealth will not prosecute or punish any hemp crop of that which the THC concentration is at 1%.
Voted to report bill with amendment from allowing to not punishing 13 – Yeas 0 – Nays 1 – Abs.

SB 1194 – Produce safety; removes the sunset date
LIS, Mark ObenshainJanuary 19, 2021 (Short)

Senator Mark Obenshain sponsored a bill that would prolong Title 3.2 on produce safety (2017) that was set to expire on July 1, 2022.
Voted to report bill with no amendments 14 – Yeahs 0 – Nays 1 – Abs.

Summary

Meets at: Tuesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment, Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Chap Petersen (Chair) – Barbara Favola – Emmett Hanger – Ghazala Hashmi – Lynwood Lewis – Dave Marsden – Monty Mason – Jennifer McClellan –  Joe Morrissey  – Mark Obenshain – Todd Pillion – Frank Ruff –Bill Stanley – Richard Stuart – Dave Suetterlein 

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Companion Animals
  • Hemp
  • Menhaden

About

From Senate Rules, “A Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, 15 Senators, to consider matters concerning agriculture; air and water pollution and solid waste disposal; conservation of land and water resources; crustaceans and bivalves; all matters of environment, forest, fresh and saltwater fishing, game, mining, parks and recreation, and petroleum products”.

Web

LIS webpages

Subcommittees

Companion Animals

Meets on: Thursday at 9:00 a.m. in Senate Subcommittee Room #1, Pocahontas Building.

Members:  Dave Marsden (Chair), Barbara Favola,  Todd Pillion

 

Hemp

Meets on: Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in Subcommittee Room 3, 5th Fl. Pocahontas Bldg

Members:   Joe Morrissey (Chair),  Frank Ruff,  Dave Suetterlein 

Menhaden

Meets on:  TBD

Members:  

Lynwood Lewis (Chair),  Monty MasonJennifer McClellan,  Richard Stuart

Bills

Bills in committee   

(Subcommittee) SB 1467 – Menhaden bill (January 28, 2021)

  • Senator Bill DeSteph introduced a bill for further restrictions on processing of Menhaden fish lying west or within 3 miles of Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
  • Voted to to bypass the bill indefinitely. 3 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

Bills reported out 

SB 1135 – Dangerous dogs, restructures procedures for adjudication, penalty (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator David W. Marsden introduced a bill to reorganize code section arounds dangerous dogs to provide better sequencing and clarity for animal control officers, dog owners, courts, and victims.
  • Voted to report bill with amendment for technicalities 12 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1379 – Humane Cosmetics Act; civil penalties (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator David W. Marsden sponsored a bill that prohibits the sales of cosmetics tested on animals by any manufacturers in the Commonwealth.
  • Voted to report bill with amendment to change enforcement body from Commonwealth’s attorneys to Commonwealth attorney general 10 – Yeas 4 – Nays.

SB 1390 – Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs; civil penalty (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator Lynwood W. Lewis sponsored a bill that authorizes localities to adopt the policy of public or private animal shelters, releasing agencies, or hospitals and clinics to trap, neuter, and release to original place of entrapment for cats in the surrounding areas.
  • Voted to report bill with technical amendment 11 – Yeas 3 – Nays.

SB 1412 – Pet shops, dealers, and dog breeders; employees convicted of animal abuse or cruelty, civil penalty (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator William M. Stanley sponsored a bill that prohibits someone previously convicted of animal abuse or cruelty from working in a pet shop, as a dealer, or as a commercial dog breeder.
  • Voted to report bill with amendment from requiring a signed signature stating no previous convictions to outright prohibiting work in pet shops, as dealers, or as commercial dog breeders 11 – Yeas 3 – Nays.

SB 1417 – Animal testing facilities; adoption of dogs and cats, civil penalty (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator William M. Stanley sponsored a bill that requires any animal testing facility that no longer has a need for a cat or dog in their possession, which does not pose a health or safety risk to the public, be offered up for adoption to a releasing agency or through a private placement up to 3 weeks prior to euthanasia.
  • Voted to report bill with amendment clarifying amount of time prior to euthanasia 14 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1115 – Industrial hemp; increase maximum THC concentration (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator Mark J. Peake introduced the original bill that was amended to declare that the Commonwealth will not prosecute or punish any hemp crop of that which the THC concentration is at 1%.
  • Voted to report bill with amendment from allowing to not punishing 13 – Yeas 0 – Nays 1 – Abs.

SB 1453 – Mines and Mining and Virginia Energy Plan; revision of Titles 45.1 and 67 (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator John Edwards sponsored a bill to completely revise Title 45.1 and 67 of the Virginia Energy Policy and merge them to create Title 45.2.
  • Voted to report bill with no amendments 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1143 – Wetlands; extension of certain permits through 2021 (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator John A. Cosgrove, Sr. sponsored a bill that would extend existing wetlands permits that have been issued between March 1st, 2020 and July 1st, 2021 until January 1st, 2022.
  • Voted to report bill with no amendments 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1396 – Equity and Water Treatment Act (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator Ghazala F. Hasmi sponsored a bill that establishes that the Commonwealth’s policy is to have equitable access to wastewater treatment to protect public health and the environment. It establishes an interagency working group and directs the Department of Environmental Policy to partner with the Department of Health to quantify the funding needs for the public.
  • Voted to report bill and refer it to Finance Committee 12 – Yeas 3 – Nays.

SB 1210 – Environmental permit fees; Va. Waste Management Budget to adopt regulations to collect (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator J. Chapman Petersen sponsored a section 1 bill to put together a work group to find a middle ground which would make the regulatory waste management, wastewater, and landfills programs self-funding.
  • Voted to report bill and refer it to Finance Committee 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1282 – Greenhouse gas emissions inventory; regulations (January 26, 2021)

  • Senator Joe Morrissey sponsored a bill that which gives DEQ and the Air Quality Board the authority to collect baseline data for Virginia air emissions.
  • Voted to report bill and refer it to Finance Committee 9 – Yeas 6 – Nays.

SB 1161 – Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board; clarifies membership (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator Emmett W. Hangar sponsored a bill that would ensure there is a regional dispersion of appointments across the Commonwealth with the Governor. It also further clarifies the membership requirements for the Conservation Board.
  • Voted to report bill with technical amendments 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1188 – Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Program and Fund (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator Ghazala F. Hashmi sponsored a bill that would establish the Agriculture Food Assistance Program to both assist Virginia farmers and address the growing crisis of food insecurity within the Commonwealth.
  • Voted to report bill and refer to Finance Committee 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1193 – Dairy Producer Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program; established (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator Mark Obenshain sponsored a bill to which offers incentives for dairy farmers to participate in the federal dairy margin program and to adopt nutrient management plans in exchange for conservation commitments from the dairy farmers.
  • Voted to report bill and refer to Finance Committee 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1194 – Produce safety; removes the sunset date (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator Mark Obenshain sponsored a bill that would prolong Title 3.2 on produce safety (2017) that was set to expire on July 1, 2022.
  • Voted to report bill with no amendments 14 – Yeahs 0 – Nays 1 – Abs.

SB 1258 – Solar Projects; erosion and sediment control (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator David W. Marsden sponsored a bill that authorizes the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to administer erosion and sediment control programs on behalf of small localities.
  • Voted to report bill with technical amendments and refer to Finance Committee 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1280 – Dams; negotiated settlement agreements (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator John J. Bell sponsored a bill that authorizes the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board to enter into negotiated settlement agreements to correct safety and structural issues on dams regulated by the board.
  • Voted to report bill with no amendments 15 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1274 – Government planning; wildlife corridors (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator David W. Marsden sponsored a bill that will direct various Commonwealth agencies to connect areas for wildlife corridors in order to prevent wildlife caused traffic accidents and property damage.
  • Voted to report bill with technical amendments 11 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

SB 1290 – ConserveVirginia program; established (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason sponsored a bill that of which uses data points to map lands throughout the Commonwealth in order to set up conservation points.
  • Voted to pass with technical amendments 14 – Yeas 1 – Nays.

SB 1291 – Virginia Water Protection Permit (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason sponsored a bill that will establish a water auditing and leak detection layer plan in the Commonwealth.
  • Voted to report bill with technical amendments 8 – Yeas 7 – Nays.

SB 1402 – Trout fishing in stocked water (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator Todd Pillion sponsored a bill that which requires a person to have a season state or county fishing license or a trip fishing license along with a valid special permit in order to partake in trout fishing in stocked water.
  • Voted to report and refer to Finance Committee 12 – Yeas 1 – Nays.

SB 1199 – Conservation easements; construction (January 19, 2021)

  • Senator Chap Petersen sponsored a bill which specifies and reorganizes a previous conservation easement bill to clarify purpose.
  • Voted to report bill with technical amendments 10 – Yeas 0 – Nays.

 

 

 

 

Bills passed

  • HB 1760 Conservation easements; construction. Provides that an easement held pursuant to the Virginia Conservation Easement Act or the Open-Space Land Act shall be construed in favor of achieving the conservation purposes for which it was created. This bill is identical to SB 1199.

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

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

Abatement of existing pollution and the control of future pollution of interstate streams located within the Potomac Valley Conservancy District.

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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Senate Commerce and Labor CommitteeCommerce and Labor Committee (Senate)

Meets on: Monday at 15 Minutes After Adjournment in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Dick Saslaw (Chair) – George Barker – John Bell – Creigh Deeds – Adam Ebbin – John Edwards – Lynwood Lewis – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Monty Mason – Steve Newman – Tommy Norment – Mark Obenshain – Lionell Spruill – Scott Surovell

(12 Democrats and 3 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Energy
  • Health
  • Insurance

 

Commerce & Labor bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System (Short)

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

  • HB 1807: Health maintenance organizations; insolvency.
Commerce & Labor 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/18   1/25 2/1  2/22

Subcommittees:
Energy: 1/27 2/12
Health Insurance:

Senators also rejected a compromise measure from Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) last year that would have allowed unions to collect some fees from nonmembers. Just three members of the Senate’s powerful Commerce and Labor committee voted for that proposal.

“If sharing the expenses of writing a union contract can only get three votes, a full repeal of Virginia’s prohibition on union shops does not appear to have the votes to pass the Senate right now,” says Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax), who supported Saslaw’s compromise.

Carter’s latest repeal attempt may have already encountered an early roadblock. As of Jan. 19, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn had not assigned the bill to a committee, prompting speculation from supporters that the Democrat intends to let it die.

Senate Bill 1182: Motor vehicle liability; insurance coverage limits
Senate LIS, Scott A. SurovellFebruary 5, 2021 (Short)

Increases the motor vehicle liability insurance coverage amounts from $25,000 to $50,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of one person, from $50,000 to $100,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of more than one person in any one accident, and from $20,000 to $40,000 for damage to property of others as a result of any one accident. The bill applies to policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022. Passed Senate ( 27 Yes, 11 No, & 1 Abstain)

Broadband expansion bills advance in Virginia House committee
Inside NOVA, Tyler Arnold February 11, 2021 (Short)

Senate Bill 1334, sponsored by Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, would extend a current pilot program that allows municipalities and government-owned broadband authorities to participate in expanding broadband to unserved areas of the state. The bill does not have any fiscal impact, according to the fiscal impact statement.

The legislation has already passed the Senate and would be sent to Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature if it passes the House without any amendments. It advanced through the Labor and Commerce Committee with a 22-0 vote.

Another Senate-passed broadband bill advanced in the committee with amendments. Senate Bill 1413 would make permanent a pilot program that allows utility companies to petition the State Corporation Commission to provide broadband capacity to unserved areas of the state. The bill allows companies to recover the costs and revenue generated from providing broadband services. It would also consolidate the SCC’s petition approval process to one hearing.

Virginia House passes bill that would let customers shop for renewable power
Energy News Network , Elizabeth McGowan February 9, 2021 (Long)

The bill is now before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. He acknowledges that rounding up enough votes from Republican senators will be tougher.

Brianna Esteves, manager of state policy with Ceres, agrees with Bourne’s assessment. She was pleased when the stronger bill emerged from the House Labor and Commerce Committee last week on a 16-6 bipartisan vote.

“Last year’s version passed in the House, but there was pushback in the Senate,” she said. “This bill shouldn’t be controversial. But we might see the same thing happen again this year. I’m not sure there’s enough interest among legislators to stand up to Dominion Energy.”

Senate Bill 1351: Workers' compensation; claims not barred.
Legiscan, Senator Lynwood Lewis and Senator Scott SurovellFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Provides that an order issued by the Workers’ Compensation Commission awarding or denying benefits shall not bar by res judicata any claim by an employee or cause a waiver, abandonment, or dismissal of any claim by an employee if the order does not expressly adjudicate such claim. Passed Senate (37 Yes & 0 No)

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Commerce & Labor bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System (Short)

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

  • HB 1807: Health maintenance organizations; insolvency.
Commerce & Labor 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/18   1/25 2/1  2/22

Subcommittees:
Energy: 1/27 2/12
Health Insurance:

Senators also rejected a compromise measure from Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) last year that would have allowed unions to collect some fees from nonmembers. Just three members of the Senate’s powerful Commerce and Labor committee voted for that proposal.

“If sharing the expenses of writing a union contract can only get three votes, a full repeal of Virginia’s prohibition on union shops does not appear to have the votes to pass the Senate right now,” says Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax), who supported Saslaw’s compromise.

Carter’s latest repeal attempt may have already encountered an early roadblock. As of Jan. 19, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn had not assigned the bill to a committee, prompting speculation from supporters that the Democrat intends to let it die.

Senate Bill 1182: Motor vehicle liability; insurance coverage limits
Senate LIS, Scott A. SurovellFebruary 5, 2021 (Short)

Increases the motor vehicle liability insurance coverage amounts from $25,000 to $50,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of one person, from $50,000 to $100,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of more than one person in any one accident, and from $20,000 to $40,000 for damage to property of others as a result of any one accident. The bill applies to policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022. Passed Senate ( 27 Yes, 11 No, & 1 Abstain)

Broadband expansion bills advance in Virginia House committee
Inside NOVA, Tyler Arnold February 11, 2021 (Short)

Senate Bill 1334, sponsored by Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, would extend a current pilot program that allows municipalities and government-owned broadband authorities to participate in expanding broadband to unserved areas of the state. The bill does not have any fiscal impact, according to the fiscal impact statement.

The legislation has already passed the Senate and would be sent to Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature if it passes the House without any amendments. It advanced through the Labor and Commerce Committee with a 22-0 vote.

Another Senate-passed broadband bill advanced in the committee with amendments. Senate Bill 1413 would make permanent a pilot program that allows utility companies to petition the State Corporation Commission to provide broadband capacity to unserved areas of the state. The bill allows companies to recover the costs and revenue generated from providing broadband services. It would also consolidate the SCC’s petition approval process to one hearing.

Virginia House passes bill that would let customers shop for renewable power
Energy News Network , Elizabeth McGowan February 9, 2021 (Long)

The bill is now before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. He acknowledges that rounding up enough votes from Republican senators will be tougher.

Brianna Esteves, manager of state policy with Ceres, agrees with Bourne’s assessment. She was pleased when the stronger bill emerged from the House Labor and Commerce Committee last week on a 16-6 bipartisan vote.

“Last year’s version passed in the House, but there was pushback in the Senate,” she said. “This bill shouldn’t be controversial. But we might see the same thing happen again this year. I’m not sure there’s enough interest among legislators to stand up to Dominion Energy.”

Senate Bill 1351: Workers’ compensation; claims not barred.
Legiscan, Senator Lynwood Lewis and Senator Scott SurovellFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Provides that an order issued by the Workers’ Compensation Commission awarding or denying benefits shall not bar by res judicata any claim by an employee or cause a waiver, abandonment, or dismissal of any claim by an employee if the order does not expressly adjudicate such claim. Passed Senate (37 Yes & 0 No)

Summary

Meets on: Monday at 15 Minutes After Adjournment in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Dick Saslaw (Chair) – George Barker – John Bell – Creigh Deeds – Adam Ebbin – John Edwards – Lynwood Lewis – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Monty Mason – Steve Newman – Tommy Norment – Mark Obenshain – Lionell Spruill – Scott Surovell

(12 Democrats and 3 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Energy
  • Health
  • Insurance

 

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Commerce and Labor, 16 Senators, to consider all matters concerning banking; commerce; commercial law; corporations; economic development; industry; insurance; labor; manufacturing; partnerships; public utilities, except matters relating to transportation; tourism; workmen’s compensation and unemployment matters.”.

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VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Subcommittees

Energy

Meets on: Monday at upon adjournment of full committee in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members:  Lionell Spruill (Chair), Louise LucasDave Marsden,   Steve NewmanTommy Norment

Health Insurance

Meets on: the call of the Chair in TBD

Members:  George Barker (Chair),  John Edwards,   Mark Obenshain

 Bills 

Bills in committee 

HB 1754: Prohibits an employer or anyone else from discharging or taking action against an employee if they believe that the employee has filed a claim or intends to take certain actions under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.

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.

HB 1807: Updates provisions of the Code of Virginia related to insolvency procedures for health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that were inconsistent with the method to address insolvencies provided for members of the Virginia Life, Accident, and Sickness Insurance Guaranty Association.

HB 1829: Provides that provisions requiring health insurers and other carriers to establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing a health professional for services provided while such professional’s credentialing application is pending also apply to certain health maintenance organizations and to corporations operating dental or optometric plans.

HB 1881: Provides that, for purposes of wage requirements for the enterprise zone job creation grant program, the minimum wage shall be higher than the state minimum wage or the federal minimum wage. It also reduces the percentage of the minimum wage that grant eligible jobs must meet. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022.

HB 1892: Permits an insurer that receives approval of an insurance policy form or endorsement from the State Corporation Commission to use the form as soon as it is approved rather than waiting 30 days after the filing date to use it as is current law.

HB 1896: Removes the prohibition on the provision of coverage for abortions in any qualified health insurance plan that is sold or offered for sale through a health benefits exchange established or operating in Virginia.

HB 1923: Expands an existing pilot program under which Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power are authorized to provide or make available broadband capacity to Internet service providers in areas of the Commonwealth that are unserved by broadband to include municipal Internet service providers. The current program is restricted to nongovernmental Internet service providers.

HB 1942: Provides for continuing education requirements for public adjusters and that the insurance continuing education board (the Board), appointed by the State Corporation Commission, is responsible for establishing and monitoring standards for such requirements. Currently, the Commission is given such responsibility and the Board is responsible for the continuing education requirements for other insurance agents and agencies. The bill maintains the current requirement that a public adjuster complete a minimum of 24 hours of approved credits, including three hours of ethics, on a biennial basis.

HB 1964: Amends the provisions governing the supervisory merger or transfer of assets of insolvent credit unions to include state credit unions that are financially unstable. The measure removes the requirement that the Commission find that an emergency exists to expedite mergers or sales of assets between credit unions.

HB 1994: Expands the definition of small agricultural generator to include any business operating a small agricultural generating facility that has been granted a manufacturer license as a distillery, limited distillery, brewery, limited brewery, winery, or farm winery. Under current law, small agricultural generators include only those businesses operating a small agricultural generating facility as part of an agricultural business. 

HB 2034: Provides that for pilot programs under which an owner or operator of a renewable energy generation facility sells electricity to an eligible customer-generator through a third party power purchase agreement, both jurisdictional and nonjurisdictional customers may participate on a first-come, first-serve basis.

HB 2121:Aligns provisions governing the filings by nonstock corporations, limited liability companies, business trusts, and partnerships related to cancellations, abandonments, name restrictions and registered agent resignations, and entity conversions to the provisions governing such filings for stock corporations.

SB 1247:Requires each owner of a large carbon-emitting power plant to provide a facility retirement study every 18 months. The bill requires that whenever a generation asset owner makes the decision to close a plant, such owner must provide notice to relevant localities and state agencies within 14 days of making that decision. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

SB 1284: Establishes the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, replacing the Commonwealth Energy Policy. The bill sets out the energy policy and objectives of the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, which include: (i) the Commonwealth recognizes that effectively addressing climate change and enhancing resilience will advance the health, welfare, and safety of the residents of the Commonwealth and that addressing climate change requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the Commonwealth’s economy sufficient to reach net-zero emission by 2045 in all sectors, including the electric power, transportation, industrial, agricultural, building, and infrastructure sectors; (ii) the Commonwealth recognizes the need to promote environmental justice and ensure that it is carried out throughout the Commonwealth and the need to address and prevent energy inequities in historically economically disadvantaged communities; and (iii) the Commonwealth must continue to prioritize economic competiveness and workforce development in an equitable manner. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

SB 1289: Requires that each provider contract include provisions (i) requiring providers to provide health care services to enrollees in a manner similar to and within the same time availability in which the provider provides health care services to any other individual and (ii) prohibiting a provider from discriminating against any enrollee as a result of the enrollee’s enrollment in a health plan or on the basis of the enrollee’s race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, marital status, age, disability, payment source, state of health, need for health care services, status as a litigant except in cases where the enrollee claims medical malpractice by the provider, status as a Medicare enrollee, status as a medical assistance recipient, sexual orientation, or gender identity, or on any other basis prohibited by law. 

SB 1292: Requires the State Corporation Commission to direct that 100 percent of the amount of a utility’s earnings above a certain threshold be credited to customers’ bills. Under current law, the Commission is required to direct that 70 percent of such over earnings be credited to customers’ bills. The provisions of the bill apply to the first triennial review of Dominion Energy Virginia conducted after January 1, 2021. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

SB 1295: Requires a utility, in the construction of certain offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, and energy storage facilities, to procure, subject to a competitive process, equipment from a Virginia-based or United States-based manufacturer using materials or product components made in Virginia or the United States, if available. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

SB 1341: Provides that a licensed insurer may issue a policy of group accident and sickness insurance to an association of real estate salespersons (association), which association shall be deemed the policyholder, and that such association health plan is not considered to be insurance and is not subject to the existing requirements for insurance if certain requirements are met.

SB 1419: Requires that for contracts requiring the design or construction of a road, highway, bridge, or similar transportation improvement, a public body wishing to enter into a project labor agreement shall first determine by written finding that participation in such project labor agreement advances the public interest, based on objective criteria established by the public body by regulation, ordinance, or resolution that may include cost, efficiency, quality, safety, timeliness, maintenance of a skilled labor force, labor stability, or advancing minority-owned or women-owned business participation in the project.

SB 1420: Provides that for pilot programs under which an owner or operator of a renewable energy generation facility sells electricity to an eligible customer-generator through a third-party power purchase agreement, both jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional customers may participate on a first-come, first-serve basis. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

Bills reported out 

SB 1159: Requires employers with a sick leave program to allow an employee to use his sick leave for the care of an immediate family member.  Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1182:  Increases the motor vehicle liability insurance coverage amounts from $25,000 to $50,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of one person, from $50,000 to $100,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of more than one person in any one accident, and from $20,000 to $40,000 for damage to property of others as a result of any one accident. The bill applies to policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022. Passed Senate ( 27 Yes, 11 No, & 1 Abstain)

SB 1195:  Provides that a motor vehicle is underinsured when the total amount of bodily injury and property damage coverage applicable to the operation or use of the motor vehicle and available for payment for such bodily injury or property damage, including all bonds or deposits of money or securities, is insufficient to fully compensate any person injured as a result of the operation or use of the vehicle. Passed Senate ( 31 Yes, 5 No, & 1 Abstain)

SB 1202: Provides that if an insurance company denies, refuses, or fails to pay its insured, or refuses a reasonable settlement demand within the policy’s coverage limits, for a claim for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits within a reasonable time after being presented with a demand for such benefits and it is subsequently found that such denial, refusal, or failure was not in good faith, then the insurance company is liable to the insured for the full amount of the judgment and reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and interest.Passed Senate (29 Yes to 9 No)

SB 1219: Directs the State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance (the Bureau) to review and make recommendations, including any necessary statutory and regulatory changes, to authorize the State Corporation Commission to approve the sale of individual and group paid family leave plans in Virginia. Passed Senate (24 Yes to 13 No)

SB 1223: Amends the Virginia Energy Plan to include an analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other infrastructure needed to support the 2045 net-zero carbon target in the transportation sector. Passed Senate (22 Yes & 15 No)

SB 1225: Authorizes school boards to appropriate funds for the purposes of promoting, facilitating, and encouraging the expansion and operation of broadband services for educational purposes. Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N)

SB 1255: Authorizes the State Corporation Commission to temporarily suspend, authorize extensions of time, or waive requirements for the issuance or renewal of licenses or registrations related to insurance in the event of an emergency. Passed Senate (38 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1269: Requires that any provider contract between a carrier and a participating health care provider with prescriptive authority, or its contracting agent, provide that no prior authorization is required for any drug prescribed for the treatment of a mental disorder listed in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association if the prescription (i) is a covered benefit, (ii) does not exceed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-labeled dosages, and (iii) has been continuously issued for no fewer than three months. Passed Senate (37 Yes & 0 No)

SB 1275: Adds salaried or volunteer emergency medical services personnel to the list of persons to whom, after five years of service, the occupational disease presumption for death caused by hypertension or heart disease applies. Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1276: Removes the prohibition on the provision of coverage for abortions in any qualified health insurance plan that is sold or offered for sale through a health benefits exchange established or operating in Virginia. Passed Senate (20 Yes & 17 No)

SB 1310: Provides that individuals who are engaged in providing domestic service are not excluded from employee protection laws, laws regarding the payment of wages, and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.  Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1323: Provides that in a proceeding involving allegations of worker misclassification an individual or business is not considered an employee with respect to a hiring party if the person qualifies as an independent contractor relative to the hiring party under the common law right-of control test as established by the Internal Revenue Service Revenue Ruling 87-41, by an applicable determination of the Internal Revenue Service, or if (i) the individual or business signs a written contract with the hiring party stating that the individual or business is self-employed or is being engaged as an independent contractor and containing certain acknowledgments, (ii) the individual or business has the right to control the manner and means by which the final result of the work is to be accomplished, and (iii) four or more additional criteria provided for in the bill are satisfied. Referred to Judiciary Committee.

SB 1334: Expands the existing broadband pilot program to allow for the participation of municipalities and government-owned broadband authorities in order to provide broadband service to unserved areas of the Commonwealth authorities. Passed Senate (36 Yes & 1 No).

SB 1342: 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. Referred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1351: Provides that an order issued by the Workers’ Compensation Commission awarding or denying benefits shall not bar by res judicata any claim by an employee or cause a waiver, abandonment, or dismissal of any claim by an employee if the order does not expressly adjudicate such claim. Passed Senate (37 Yes & 0 No)

SB 1375:  Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters and emergency medical services personnel is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The provisions of the bill will be effective retroactive to March 1, 2020. Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1380: Authorizes electric utilities to partner with school divisions to implement projects designed to encourage the proliferation of school buses that are fueled in whole or in part by electricity, along with associated charging and other infrastructure, for the purpose of transporting students and that may also serve as electric grid stabilization or peak-shaving resources. Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1413: Makes permanent the pilot program under which a Phase I or Phase II electric utility is permitted to petition the State Corporation Commission to provide broadband capacity to unserved areas of the Commonwealth. Passed Senate (28 Yes & 7 No)

Bills Passed

  • HB 1807: Health maintenance organizations; insolvency.
    Updates provisions of the Code of Virginia related to insolvency procedures for health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that were inconsistent with the method to address insolvencies provided for members of the Virginia Life, Accident and Sickness Insurance Guaranty Association. HMOs became members of the Association following legislation passed during the 2018 Session.

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

Render advisory opinions concerning the effectiveness of the Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Program, difficulties encountered and the degree and severity of enforcement.

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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Education and Health CommitteeEducation and Health Committee

Meets on: Meets on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members:  Louise Lucas (Chair) – George Barker – John Cosgrove – Siobhan Dunnavant – John Edwards – Ghazala Hashmi – Janet Howell – Lynwood Lewis – Mamie Locke – Steve Newman – Mark Peake – Chap Petersen – Dick Saslaw – Dave Suetterlein

(9 Democrats and 6 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Certificate of Public Need
  • Health
  • Health Professions
  • Higher Education
  • Public Education

 

Education and Health Committee Bills Passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information Systems (Short)

HB 1737
Nurse practitioners; practice without a practice agreement. Reduces from five to two the number of years of full-time clinical experience a nurse practitioner must have to be eligible to practice without a written or electronic practice agreement. The provisions of the bill expire on July 1, 2022.

Education and Health 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/14 1/21 1/28 

Subcommittee on Health:

Subcommittee on Certificate of Public Need:

Subcommittee on Health Professionals:

Subcommittee on Higher Education:

Subcommittee on Public Education:

SB 1205
Legiscan, George BarkerJanuary 15, 2021 (Short)

Provides support to medical professionals/providers that are licensed, through counseling. Bill was reported to full committee.

SB 1464
Virginia Legislative Information System, Stephen NewmanFebruary 5, 2021 (Short)

Drug Control Act; Schedule I. Adds certain chemicals to Schedule I of the Drug Control Act. The Board of Pharmacy has added these substances to Schedule I in an expedited regulatory process. A substance added via this process is removed from the schedule after 18 months unless a general law is enacted adding the substance to the schedule.

SB 1178
Virginia Legislative Information System, Adam EbbinFebruary 5, 2021 (Short)

Genetic counseling; conscience clause. Repeals the conscience clause for genetic counselors who forgo participating in counseling that conflicts with their deeply held moral or religious beliefs, provided that they inform the patient and offer to direct the patient to the online directory of licensed genetic counselors maintained by the Board of Medicine. The law being repealed also prohibits the licensing of any genetic counselor from being contingent upon participating in such counseling.

SB 1187
Virginia Legislative Information Systems, Ghazala HashmiFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Department of Health Professions; practice of physical therapy. Extends from 30 days to 60 days the time allowed for a physical therapist who has completed a doctor of physical therapy program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education or who has obtained a certificate of authorization to evaluate and treat patients after an initial evaluation without a referral under certain circumstances. The bill also provides that after discharging a patient a physical therapist shall not perform an initial evaluation of a patient without a referral if the physical therapist has performed an initial evaluation of the patient for the same condition within the immediately preceding 60 days.

SB 1190
Virginia Legislative Information System, Jennifer KiggansFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Board of Education; Health Standards of Learning; advanced directive education. Directs the Board of Education to include advanced directive education in its curriculum framework for the Health Standards of Learning for high school students.

SB 1322
Virginia Legislative Information System, Bill DeStephFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Public schools; seizure management and action plans; biennial training. Provides for the submission and utilization of seizure management and action plans for students with a diagnosed seizure disorder. The bill requires that school nurses and certain school division employees biennially complete Board of Education-approved training in the treatment of students with seizure disorders. The bill provides immunity from civil liability for acts or omissions related to providing for the care of a student under a seizure management and action plan. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2022.

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Education and Health Committee Bills Passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information Systems (Short)

HB 1737
Nurse practitioners; practice without a practice agreement. Reduces from five to two the number of years of full-time clinical experience a nurse practitioner must have to be eligible to practice without a written or electronic practice agreement. The provisions of the bill expire on July 1, 2022.

Education and Health 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/14 1/21 1/28 

Subcommittee on Health:

Subcommittee on Certificate of Public Need:

Subcommittee on Health Professionals:

Subcommittee on Higher Education:

Subcommittee on Public Education:

SB 1205
Legiscan, George BarkerJanuary 15, 2021 (Short)

Provides support to medical professionals/providers that are licensed, through counseling. Bill was reported to full committee.

SB 1464
Virginia Legislative Information System, Stephen NewmanFebruary 5, 2021 (Short)

Drug Control Act; Schedule I. Adds certain chemicals to Schedule I of the Drug Control Act. The Board of Pharmacy has added these substances to Schedule I in an expedited regulatory process. A substance added via this process is removed from the schedule after 18 months unless a general law is enacted adding the substance to the schedule.

SB 1178
Virginia Legislative Information System, Adam EbbinFebruary 5, 2021 (Short)

Genetic counseling; conscience clause. Repeals the conscience clause for genetic counselors who forgo participating in counseling that conflicts with their deeply held moral or religious beliefs, provided that they inform the patient and offer to direct the patient to the online directory of licensed genetic counselors maintained by the Board of Medicine. The law being repealed also prohibits the licensing of any genetic counselor from being contingent upon participating in such counseling.

SB 1187
Virginia Legislative Information Systems, Ghazala HashmiFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Department of Health Professions; practice of physical therapy. Extends from 30 days to 60 days the time allowed for a physical therapist who has completed a doctor of physical therapy program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education or who has obtained a certificate of authorization to evaluate and treat patients after an initial evaluation without a referral under certain circumstances. The bill also provides that after discharging a patient a physical therapist shall not perform an initial evaluation of a patient without a referral if the physical therapist has performed an initial evaluation of the patient for the same condition within the immediately preceding 60 days.

SB 1190
Virginia Legislative Information System, Jennifer KiggansFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Board of Education; Health Standards of Learning; advanced directive education. Directs the Board of Education to include advanced directive education in its curriculum framework for the Health Standards of Learning for high school students.

SB 1322
Virginia Legislative Information System, Bill DeStephFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Public schools; seizure management and action plans; biennial training. Provides for the submission and utilization of seizure management and action plans for students with a diagnosed seizure disorder. The bill requires that school nurses and certain school division employees biennially complete Board of Education-approved training in the treatment of students with seizure disorders. The bill provides immunity from civil liability for acts or omissions related to providing for the care of a student under a seizure management and action plan. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2022.

Summary

Meets on: Meets on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members:  Louise Lucas (Chair) – George Barker – John Cosgrove – Siobhan Dunnavant – John Edwards – Ghazala Hashmi – Janet Howell – Lynwood Lewis – Mamie Locke – Steve Newman – Mark Peake – Chap Petersen – Dick Saslaw – Dave Suetterlein

(9 Democrats and 6 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Certificate of Public Need
  • Health
  • Health Professions
  • Higher Education
  • Public Education

 

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Education and Health, 15 Senators, to consider matters concerning education; human reproduction; life support; persons under disability; public buildings; public health; mental health; mental retardation and health professions”.

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VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Subcommittees

Certificate of Public Need

Meets on: The call of the Chair

MembersLouise Lucas (Chair),  George Barker,  John CosgroveSiobhan Dunnavant,   Steve Newman,   Chap PetersenDick Saslaw

Health

Meets on: Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in Senate Subcommittee Room #2, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersLynwood Lewis (Chair),  George Barker,    Siobhan Dunnavant,  Dick SaslawDave Suetterlein 

Health Professions

Meets on:  Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Subcommittee Room #2, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersGeorge Barker (Chair),   Siobhan DunnavantJohn Edwards,   Lynwood Lewis,   Steve Newman,  Dick SaslawDave Suetterlein 

 

George Barker (Chair), Siobhan Dunnavant, John Edwards, Lynwood Lewis, Steve Newman, Dick Saslaw, Dave Suetterlein

Higher Education

Meets on: Monday at 30 minutes after adjournment in Subcommittee Room #2, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members:   Mamie Locke,ise Lucas (Chair),  Ben ChafinJohn CosgroveGhazala Hashmi,  Chap Petersen

Public Education

Meets on: Monday at 30 minutes after adjournment in Subcommittee Room #2, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members:   Ghazala Hashmi (Chair),  Siobhan Dunnavant,  Janet Howell,   Mamie Locke,  Mark Peake

Bills

Bills in full committee

SB 1106
Establishes a roof repair and replace fund for public schools. It would require state and local funding, with some private donations. It was referred to senate finance.
SB1132
An online school day can be declared in case of a weather emergency without loosing school funding or days added to the academic calendar. Bills was passed.
SB 1154
Establishes a database for nursing home accidents, including abuse and neglect. It will be open to advocacy groups to look for wrong doings. Main advocacy group is the Disability Law Center. It was sent to Health Subcommittee.
SB 1175
Brunswick County School Board has switched from appointed officials to elected officials, but their salary has not changed accordingly. Bill was passed.
SB 1147
Sought to expand nurse loan repayment programs to certified nurse aides. It was referred to senate finance.
SB 1190
It defines health services and advanced directive education to high school children for unresponsive and nearing end of life care. Bill was passed.
SB 1191
Sought to require all schools to have a registered nurse. Bill was referred to senate finance.
SB 1235
Sought to prohibit sexual health discussion through the Department of Health over text without parental consent. It was postponed.
SB 1102
Establishes an orientation for personal care workers. It was referred to senate finance.
SB 1196
Required training on culture competence to educators every two years if they are working in the history or social science fields. It was referred to senate finance.
SB 1276
It was referred straight to commerce and finance.

Health Professionals Subcommittee

SB1178
Eliminates the possibility for Genetic counselors to refuse business based on personal morals or religious beliefs. Bill was reported to full committee.
SB1187
Expand physical therapists prescribed days from 30 to 60 when generally prescribed before another extension. Bill was reported to full committee.
SB 1189
Allows occupational therapists to perform their job in multiple states without getting recertified. Bill was reported to full committee.
SB 1218
Provides a license for naturopathic doctors. Bill was reported to full committee.
SB 1192
Develop regulations on naturopathic doctors. Bill was passed by indefinitely.
SB 1167
The bill was stricken.
SB 1205
Provides support to medical professionals/providers that are licensed, through counseling. Bill was reported to full committee.

Bills in Education and Health Subcommittee

SB 1114
To expand CSA funding to public schools. Bills bypassed temporarily.
SB 1313
To expand CSA funding to licensed place and transition services. It could be combined with SB 1114 before being presented before the full committee.
SB 1169
Requires high school students to present a drivers license when purchasing a parking pass. Bill is reported.
SB 1303
To give an in-person option for public schools. The vote tied 2-2 but was reported to full committee.
SB 1322
Allowing schools to receive personal action plans for students that are prone to seizures. It would only apply to staff that is regularly around the student. Bill will go to full committee.
SB 1317
Passed for the day.

Bills Passed

  • HB 1737 Nurse practitioners; practice without a practice agreement.
    Reduces from five to two the number of years of full-time clinical experience a nurse practitioner must have to be eligible to practice without a written or electronic practice agreement. The provisions of the bill expire on July 1, 2022.

Commissions & Boards

Commission on Youth

Source: Website

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Commissio

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

Source: Website

The Authority may acquire, construct, equip, establish, improve, maintain, and/or operate hospitals or health centers and may condemn property and issue bonds and other obligations for such purpose.

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

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.

Board of Trustees Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

Source: Webpage

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

Source: Webpage

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

Source: Webpage

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

Source: Webpage

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

Source: Webpage

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 and Appropriations CommitteeFinance and Appropriations Committee

Meets on: Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room B, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members: Janet Howell (Chair) – George Barker – Creigh Deeds – Adam Ebbin – John Edwards – Emmett Hanger – Mamie Locke – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Jennifer McClellan – Steve Newman – Tommy Norment – Chap Petersen – Frank Ruff – Dick Saslaw – Jill Vogel

(11 Democrats and 5 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Capital Outlay
  • Claims
  • Economic Development and Natural Resources
  • General Government
  • Health and Human Resources
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Public Safety
  • Resources
  • Transportation

 

Summary

Meets on: Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Committee Room B, Ground Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members: Janet Howell (Chair) – George Barker – Creigh Deeds – Adam Ebbin – John Edwards – Emmett Hanger – Mamie Locke – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Jennifer McClellan – Steve Newman – Tommy Norment – Chap Petersen – Frank Ruff – Dick Saslaw – Jill Vogel

(11 Democrats and 5 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Capital Outlay
  • Claims
  • Economic Development and Natural Resources
  • General Government
  • Health and Human Resources
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Public Safety
  • Resources
  • Transportation

 

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Finance, 15 Senators, to consider matters concerning auditing; bills and resolutions for appropriations; the budget of the Commonwealth; claims; general and special revenues of the Commonwealth; all taxation and all matters concerning the expenditure of funds of the Commonwealth.”

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Subcommittees

Meets on: Friday at 8:00 a.m. in Subcommittee Room #1 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members:   Creigh Deeds(Chair),  Janet Howell,   Emmett HangerMamie Locke,  Tommy Norment  Dick Saslaw

Capital Outlay

Meets on: Friday at 8:00 a.m. in Subcommittee Room #1 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

Members:  Creigh Deeds (Chair), Janet HowellEmmett Hanger,
Mamie Locke,   Tommy Norment,  Dick Saslaw

Claims

Meets on: Meets on Monday at upon adjournment of full committee in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members:  John Edwards (Chair),  Louise Lucas,   Chap Petersen,   Jill Vogel

Economic Development and Natural Resources

Meets on: Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. in Subcommittee Room #1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersDave Marsden (Chair),   Janet Howell,    Emmett Hanger,  Frank RuffDick Saslaw

General Government

Meets on: Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. in Leadership Conference Room, 6th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersChap Petersen (Chair),   Adam Ebbin,  Mamie Locke,  Steve NewmanTommy Norment,   Jill Vogel

Health and Human Resources

Meets on: Monday at 4:00 p.m. in Subcommittee Room #1 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersJanet Howell (Chair),  George BarkerCreigh Deeds,  Adam EbbinJohn EdwardsEmmett Hanger,  Jennifer McClellan,   Jill Vogel

Higher Education

Meets on: Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Subcommittee Room #1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersMamie Locke (Chair),  Janet Howell,  John Edwards,  Tommy Norment,  Frank RuffDick Saslaw

K-12 Education

Meets on: Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in Subcommittee Room #1, 5th Floor, Pocahontas Building

MembersDick Saslaw (Chair),  Janet Howell,  Jennifer McClellanSteve NewmanTommy Norment

Public Safety

Meets on: Meets on Monday at upon adjournment of full committee in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

MembersLouise Lucas (Chair),  Adam EbbinJohn EdwardsDave Marsden,  Tommy NormentChap PetersenFrank Ruff

Resources

Meets on: Meets on Monday at upon adjournment of full committee in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

MembersJanet Howell (Chair),  George BarkerJennifer McClellanSteve NewmanTommy Norment

Transportation

Meets on: Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in Subcommittee Room #1, Pocahontas Building

Members:  George Barker (Chair)Creigh Deeds,  Emmett Hanger,  Dave MarsdenJennifer McClellanSteve Newman,  Dick Saslaw

Bills

Bills in committee   

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

(none at this time)

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.

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 and Technology CommitteeGeneral Laws and Technology Committee

Meets on: Wednesday at 30 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

Members:  George Barker (Chair)  –  John Bell –  Jennifer Boysko  – Siobhan Dunnavant  – Adam Ebbin – Ghazala Hashmi  – Jen Kiggans  – Mamie Locke  – Monty Mason  –  Jeremy McPike  –  Todd Pillion  –  Bryce Reeves  – Frank Ruff  – Richard Stuart  –  Jill Vogel

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

 

General Laws & Technology bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System (Short)
General Laws and Technology Committee 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/13   1/20  1/27  2/2  2/10  2/17   2/24

Sub-committee 1:

Top News

General Laws & Technology bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System (Short)
General Laws and Technology Committee 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream (Short)

Standing Committee: 1/13   1/20  1/27  2/2  2/10  2/17   2/24

Sub-committee 1:

Summary

Meets on: Wednesday at 30 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

Members:  George Barker (Chair)  –  John Bell –  Jennifer Boysko  – Siobhan Dunnavant  – Adam Ebbin – Ghazala Hashmi  – Jen Kiggans  – Mamie Locke  – Monty Mason  –  Jeremy McPike  –  Todd Pillion  –  Bryce Reeves  – Frank Ruff  – Richard Stuart  –  Jill Vogel

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

 

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on General Laws and Technology, 15 Senators, to consider matters concerning affirmation and bonds; the boundaries, jurisdiction and emblems of the Commonwealth; cemeteries; condominiums; consumer affairs; fire protection; gaming and wagering; housing; inter – or intra-government information technology applications and uses other than those proposed or used to support the operations of the General Assembly or the Senate; land offices; landlord and tenant; libraries; military and war emergency; nuisances; oaths; professions and occupations (except the health and legal professions); religious and charitable matters; state governmental reorganization; veterans’ affairs; warehouses; and matters not specifically referable to other Committees, including, but not limited to, matters relating to technology, engineering, or electronic research, development, policy, standards, measurements, or definitions, or the scientific, technical, or technological requirements thereof, except for those affecting the operations of the General Assembly or the Senate.”.

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Bills

Bills in committee   

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

(none at this time)

Bills passed

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.

Joint Reapportionment Committee

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

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 CommitteesJudiciary Committee

Meets at: Wednesday at Monday, 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday, 30 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: John Edwards (Chair) – Jennifer Boysko – Ben Chafin  – Creigh Deeds – Louise Lucas – Jennifer McClellanRyan McDougle – Joe Morrissey –Tommy Norment – Mark Obenshain – Chap Petersen –Dick Saslaw –Bill Stanley – Richard Stuart – Scott Surovell 

(9 Democrats and 6 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Law

 

SB 1122: Habitual offenders; repeal.
VA LIS, Senator William M. Stanley JrFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Repeals the remaining provisions of the Habitual Offender Act. The bill also requires that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles reinstate a person’s privilege to drive a motor vehicle that was suspended or revoked solely on the basis that such person was determined to be or adjudicated a habitual offender pursuant to the Habitual Offender Act. The bill also authorizes the Virginia Alcohol and Safety Action Program to continue to administer intervention for individuals who were ordered to attend an intervention interview on or before June 30, 2021.

SB 1206: Confidentiality of juvenile court records; exceptions.
VA LIS, Senator George L. BarkerFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Provides that juvenile court service unit records and Department of Juvenile Justice records may be open for inspection to the Department of Social Services or any local department of social services that is providing services or care for, or has accepted a referral for family assessment or investigation and the provision of services regarding, a juvenile and these local agencies have entered into a formal agreement with the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide coordinated services to such juveniles.

SB 1213:Driver's license suspensions; restricted licenses; drug offenses.
VA LIS, Senator John S. EdwardsFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue restricted driving credentials to individuals with driver’s license suspensions resulting from drug-related offenses.

SB 1181: Special immigrant juvenile status; jurisdiction
VA LIS, Senator Scott A. SurovellFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

Permits the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to retain jurisdiction in cases where a child has petitioned the court to make findings of fact that would allow the child to apply for or receive a state or federal benefit until such child reaches 21 years of age for the purpose of entering findings of fact or amending past orders, to include findings of fact necessary for the person to petition the federal government for status as a special immigrant juvenile.

SB 1400:Board of Wildlife Resources; quitclaim and conveyance of easement; Tazewell County
VA LIS, Senator Todd E. PillionFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Authorizes the Board of Wildlife Resources to quitclaim any interest in a parcel of land and convey a right-of-way easement to the Valerie H. MacDowell Trust. The quitclaim is a result of a boundary line correction of an acquisition by the Board and applies to an unimproved parcel of land containing about 13.6 acres on the watershed of Little Tumbling Creek. The easement, which will follow an existing road and bridge across a portion of the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, will allow ingress and egress to the MacDowell Trust property from State Route 607. The MacDowell Trust shall be solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the easement. This bill is identical to HB 2252.

Virginia Senate Committee Kills Cyberflashing Bill
Courthouse News, Brad KutnerFebruary 18, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND, Va. (CN) — Virginia’s Senate nixed a bill aiming to make unsolicited pictures of genitals or sex acts illegal after citing First Amendment concerns in a hearing Thursday.

“Sending an obscene picture should require consent from the recipient,” Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler argued regarding her bill, which sailed through the state’s House with unanimous consent.

“Sending one without consent should be the equivalent of cyberflashing,” the Virginia Beach Democrat said.

Convirs-Fowler defended the effort during a hearing of the state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, saying the bill came from constituents who had been victimized by unwanted sexual photos sent via email, text or even during video-streamed events.

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SB 1122: Habitual offenders; repeal.
VA LIS, Senator William M. Stanley JrFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Repeals the remaining provisions of the Habitual Offender Act. The bill also requires that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles reinstate a person’s privilege to drive a motor vehicle that was suspended or revoked solely on the basis that such person was determined to be or adjudicated a habitual offender pursuant to the Habitual Offender Act. The bill also authorizes the Virginia Alcohol and Safety Action Program to continue to administer intervention for individuals who were ordered to attend an intervention interview on or before June 30, 2021.

SB 1206: Confidentiality of juvenile court records; exceptions.
VA LIS, Senator George L. BarkerFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Provides that juvenile court service unit records and Department of Juvenile Justice records may be open for inspection to the Department of Social Services or any local department of social services that is providing services or care for, or has accepted a referral for family assessment or investigation and the provision of services regarding, a juvenile and these local agencies have entered into a formal agreement with the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide coordinated services to such juveniles.

SB 1213:Driver’s license suspensions; restricted licenses; drug offenses.
VA LIS, Senator John S. EdwardsFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue restricted driving credentials to individuals with driver’s license suspensions resulting from drug-related offenses.

SB 1181: Special immigrant juvenile status; jurisdiction
VA LIS, Senator Scott A. SurovellFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

Permits the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to retain jurisdiction in cases where a child has petitioned the court to make findings of fact that would allow the child to apply for or receive a state or federal benefit until such child reaches 21 years of age for the purpose of entering findings of fact or amending past orders, to include findings of fact necessary for the person to petition the federal government for status as a special immigrant juvenile.

SB 1400:Board of Wildlife Resources; quitclaim and conveyance of easement; Tazewell County
VA LIS, Senator Todd E. PillionFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Authorizes the Board of Wildlife Resources to quitclaim any interest in a parcel of land and convey a right-of-way easement to the Valerie H. MacDowell Trust. The quitclaim is a result of a boundary line correction of an acquisition by the Board and applies to an unimproved parcel of land containing about 13.6 acres on the watershed of Little Tumbling Creek. The easement, which will follow an existing road and bridge across a portion of the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, will allow ingress and egress to the MacDowell Trust property from State Route 607. The MacDowell Trust shall be solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the easement. This bill is identical to HB 2252.

Virginia Senate Committee Kills Cyberflashing Bill
Courthouse News, Brad KutnerFebruary 18, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND, Va. (CN) — Virginia’s Senate nixed a bill aiming to make unsolicited pictures of genitals or sex acts illegal after citing First Amendment concerns in a hearing Thursday.

“Sending an obscene picture should require consent from the recipient,” Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler argued regarding her bill, which sailed through the state’s House with unanimous consent.

“Sending one without consent should be the equivalent of cyberflashing,” the Virginia Beach Democrat said.

Convirs-Fowler defended the effort during a hearing of the state Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, saying the bill came from constituents who had been victimized by unwanted sexual photos sent via email, text or even during video-streamed events.

Summary

Meets at: Wednesday at Monday, 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday, 30 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: John Edwards (Chair) – Jennifer Boysko – Ben Chafin  – Creigh Deeds – Louise Lucas – Jennifer McClellanRyan McDougle – Joe Morrissey –Tommy Norment – Mark Obenshain – Chap Petersen –Dick Saslaw –Bill Stanley – Richard Stuart – Scott Surovell 

(9 Democrats and 6 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Law

 

About

From Senate Rules: A Committee for Courts of Justice (Note: The Courts of Justice Committee name has been changed to “Judiciary Committee”) 15 Senators, to consider matters relating to the Courts of the Commonwealth and the Justices and Judges thereof, including the nominations of such Justices and Judges where provided by the Constitution and statutes of Virginia; and all matters concerning the criminal laws of the Commonwealth; together with all matters concerning contracts, domestic relations, eminent domain, fiduciaries, firearms, garnishments, homestead and all other exemptions, immigration (with the exception of matters relating to the powers of the Governor or education), magistrates, mechanics’ and other liens, notaries public and out-of-state commissioners, property and conveyances (except landlord and tenant and condominium matters), wills and decedents’ estates.

It shall report to the Senate the names of such persons as it shall find qualified for election as a Justice or Judge of the Commonwealth. Senators, all or part of whose Senate Districts are within the Circuit or District for which a Judge is to be elected, shall nominate a qualified person for such election by affirmation of a majority of such Senators on a form provided by the Clerk of the Senate. If such Senators are unable to agree on a nominee, a Senator shall only nominate a person deemed qualified by the Committee for Courts of Justice for any judicial position.

Whenever a vacancy in the office of a justice of the Supreme Court or judge of the Court of Appeals is announced, the Chair of the Committee for Courts of Justice shall establish a date certain by which any Senator may forward the name of any potential nominee for such office to the Chair.

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Subcommittees

Civil Law

Meets on: TBD

Members:  Chap Petersen (Chair),  Jennifer BoyskoBen Chafin,  Louise LucasJennifer McClellanRyan McDougle,  Tommy NormentMark Obenshain

Criminal Law

Meets on: TBD

MembersCreigh Deeds (Chair),  Ryan McDougleJoe Morrissey,  Dick SaslawBill StanleyRichard StuartScott Surovell

Bills  

Bills in committee   

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

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. Referred to House Committee on Appropriations

SB 1108: Increases from $25,000 to $50,000 the maximum civil jurisdictional limit of general district courts for civil actions for personal injury and wrongful death. House amendments agreed to by Senate (38 Yes to 1 No)

SB 1113: Provides that any person 18 years of age or older who communicates a threat in writing 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. House substitute agreed to by Senate (38 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1119: Creates a special nonreverting 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.

SB 1122: Repeals the remaining provisions of the Habitual Offender Act. The bill also requires that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles reinstate a person’s privilege to drive a motor vehicle that was suspended or revoked solely on the basis that such person was determined to be or adjudicated a habitual offender pursuant to the Habitual Offender Act. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

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. 

SB 1129: Exempts a member of a lawfully recognized military color guard, honor guard, or similar organization, or a member of a veterans service organization that is Congressionally-chartered or officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, when such member is participating in a public ceremony on behalf of such color guard, honor guard, or similar organization or such veterans service organization from the crimes of brandishing a firearm and unlawful paramilitary activity.

SB 1138: Provides that any person who is diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection and engages in sexual behavior that poses a substantial risk of transmission to another person according to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding such risk of transmission with the intent to transmit the infection to another person and transmits such infection to that person is guilty of infected sexual battery, punishable as Class 1 misdemeanor. House amendments rejected by Senate (2 Yes to 37 No)

SB 1142: Authorizes any current member of the General Assembly and the current Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General to celebrate the rites of marriage anywhere in the Commonwealth without the necessity of bond or order of authorization. Passed House by BLOCK vote (98 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1165: Abolishes the death penalty, including for those persons currently under a death sentence. Passed House (57 Yes to 43 No)

SB 1168: Conforms the definition of “abused or neglected child” in Title 16.1 (Courts Not of Record) with the definition of the same term in Title 63.2 (Welfare (Social Services)).

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.

SB 1181: Permits the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to retain jurisdiction in cases where a child has petitioned the court to make findings of fact that would allow the child to apply for or receive a state or federal benefit until such child reaches 21 years of age for the purpose of entering findings of fact or amending past orders, to include findings of fact necessary for the person to petition the federal government for status as a special immigrant juvenile.

SB 1184: Allows a parent who has reason to anticipate his possible detention, incarceration, or deportation connected to an immigration action to petition the court for approval of a standby guardian for the parent’s minor child.  Passed House by BLOCK vote (98 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1206: Provides that juvenile court service unit records and Department of Juvenile Justice records may be open for inspection to the Department of Social Services or any local department of social services that is providing services or care for, or has accepted a referral for family assessment or investigation and the provision of services regarding, a juvenile and these local agencies have entered into a formal agreement with the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide coordinated services to such juveniles. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1209: Provides that in an action against a general contractor for nonpayment of wages to a subcontractor’s employees, the general contractor may offer as evidence a written certification that (i) the subcontractor and each of his sub-subcontractors has paid all employees all wages due for the period during which the wages are claimed for the work performed on the project and (ii) to the subcontractor’s knowledge all sub-subcontractors have also paid their employees. 

SB 1213: Authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue restricted driving credentials to individuals with driver’s license suspensions resulting from drug-related offenses. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

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.

SB 1234: Allows persons who have been licensed as an attorney or barrister in a foreign country, obtained an LL.M degree from an accredited law school in the United States and been admitted to practice law before the court of last resort in any state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia to sit for the Virginia Bar examination.

SB 1241: Provides that in a civil action for personal injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident, regardless of the number of losses sustained by an injured person, an insurance company shall disclose the policy limits of an alleged tortfeasor who has been charged with an offense of driving under the influence within 30 days of a request for such disclosure. Passed House by BLOCK vote (98 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1242: Provides that with the consent of the court and all parties, an appearance in a court may be made by two-way electronic video and audio communication for the purpose of (i) entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere and the related sentencing of the defendant charged with a misdemeanor or felony, (ii) entry of a nolle prosequi, or (iii) adjudication of an alleged violation of probation. House amendments agreed to by Senate (38 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1248: Requires the appointed evaluator or the director of the community services board, behavioral health authority, or hospital to acknowledge receipt of the court order requiring a competency evaluation to be performed to the clerk of the court on a form developed by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia as soon as practicable but no later than the close of business on the next business day following receipt of the court order. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1256: Requires the social justice organization represented by a member of the Criminal Justice Services Board and a member of the Committee on Training be engaged in advancing inclusion and human rights. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

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. 

SB 1262: Provides that any person who is otherwise eligible to receive a restricted permit to operate a motor vehicle shall not be required to pay in full his fines and costs before being issued such restricted permit.

SB 1266: Eliminates provisions regarding the rebuttable presumptions against being admitted to bail.

SB 1270: Provides that the notice required to be sent to a landowner prior to an authorized condemnor recording a certificate of take or certificate of deposit shall state that (i) the certificate of take or certificate of deposit will be recorded between 30 and 45 days from the date of the notice and (ii) that the property will transfer to the condemnor upon recordation and that the owner has the right to petition the court for distribution of the funds represented in the certificate. Passed House by BLOCK vote (98 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1272: Provides that a court may commit a capital murder defendant to the inpatient custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, provided that such defendant has remained unrestorably incompetent for a period of five years. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

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 1315: Permits the admission of evidence offered by the defendant concerning a defendant’s mental condition at the time of an alleged offense, including expert testimony, is relevant, is not evidence concerning an ultimate issue of fact, 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.

SB 1316: Exempts prospective employees and volunteers of certain child care providers from statutory background check requirements where the individual completed a background check within the previous five years, provided that (i) such background check was conducted after July 1, 2017; (ii) the results of such background check indicated that the individual had not been convicted of any barrier crime and was not the subject of a founded complaint of child abuse or neglect; and (iii) the individual is an employee or volunteer of a child care provider that is subject to background check requirements or has been separated from such employment or volunteer position for not more than 180 days. Passed House by BLOCK vote (98 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1325: Allows a grandparent who has petitioned the court for visitation of a minor grandchild, in cases where the parent of the minor grandchild is deceased or incapacitated, to introduce evidence of such deceased or incapacitated parent’s consent to visitation with the grandparent. House substitute agreed to by Senate (37 Yes to 2 No)

SB 1336: Provides that in any criminal case for reckless or improper driving where a defendant’s license to operate a motor vehicle, engine, or train is subject to revocation or suspension and the court orders a defendant, as a condition of probation or otherwise, to enter into and successfully complete an alcohol safety action program, the court may issue the defendant a restricted license to operate a motor vehicle where the only restriction is to prohibit the defendant from operating a motor vehicle that is not equipped with a functioning, certified ignition interlock system for a period of not less than 12 consecutive months without alcohol-related violations of the interlock requirements. House substitute agreed to by Senate (38 Yes to 0 No)

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.

SB 1381: Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to possess or transport any (i) firearm or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile or projectile of any kind; (ii) frame, receiver, muffler, silencer, missile, projectile, or ammunition designed for use with a dangerous weapon; or (iii) other dangerous weapon within Capitol Square or into any building owned or leased by the Commonwealth. A dangerous weapon includes a bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, fighting chain, throwing star, and oriental dart or any weapon of like kind.

SB 1391: 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. Passed both the House and Senate

SB 1400: Authorizes the Board of Wildlife Resources to quitclaim any interest in a parcel of land and convey a right-of-way easement to the Valerie H. MacDowell Trust. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1406: 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. 

SB 1415: 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.

SB 1426: 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. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1431: Provides that in cases where a defendant was previously determined to be unrestorably incompetent in the past two years, a competency report may recommend that the court find the defendant unrestorably incompetent to stand trial, and the court may proceed with the disposition of the case based on such recommendation. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

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.

SB 1442: Establishes a public defender office for the County of Chesterfield. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

SB 1443: Eliminates all mandatory minimum sentences of confinement from the Code of Virginia. The bill directs the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to establish a work group to evaluate the feasibility of resentencing persons previously convicted of a felony offense that was punishable by a mandatory minimum term of confinement.

SB 1456: Provides that a juvenile may be committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice (the Department) only if he (i) is adjudicated delinquent of a violent juvenile felony and is 11 years of age or older or (ii) is 14 years of age or older. House amendment agreed to by Senate (38 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1461: Provides that any person who (i) offers, confers, or agrees to confer upon another any pecuniary benefit as consideration for the recipient to act in the unlawful delivery of items or contraband to prisoners or (ii) receives any pecuniary benefit or other consideration to act in in the unlawful delivery of items or contraband to prisoners shall be guilty of bribery, punishable as a Class 4 felony. House substitute agreed to by Senate (39 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1465: 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 up to $25,000. 

SB 1468: Establishes a process for a state or local law-enforcement agency, an attorney for the Commonwealth, the Attorney General, or any other agency or department employing law-enforcement officers to complete a certification form or declaration that is required by federal immigration law certifying that a person is a victim of qualifying criminal activity.

SB 1475: Provides that a search warrant for the search of any place of abode shall be executed by initial entry of the abode only in the daytime hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. unless (i) a judge or a magistrate, if a judge is not available, authorizes the execution of such search warrant at another time for good cause shown by particularized facts in an affidavit; or (ii) prior to the issuance of the search warrant, law-enforcement officers lawfully entered and secured the place to be searched and remained at such place continuously. House amendments 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Study the organization and the rules and methods of procedure and practice of the judicial system, the work accomplished and the results produced by the system and shall make studies of the need, or lack of need, of additional judges or justices of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and the circuit courts.

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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Local Government Committee 1Local Government Committee

Meets on: Monday at 9:00 a.m. in Senate Room 3, Capitol

Members: Lewis, Lynwood (Chair) –  John Bell – Amanda Chase  – Bill DeSteph –Siobhan Dunnavant – Barbara Favola – Emmett Hanger  – Ghazala Hashmi  – Janet Howell – Jen Kiggans  –  Jeremy McPike –  Joe Morrissey  – Todd Pillion –Lionell Spruill  – Bill Stanley

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

SB 1267: Charter; City of Covington; consolidated school division; salaries.
VA LIS, Senator Creigh DeedsFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Amends the charter for the City of Covington to help facilitate the consolidation of the school divisions of the City of Covington and Alleghany County. The bill sets out the salary of a school board member of such consolidated school district and shall become effective on July 1, 2022, provided that the consolidation of the City of Covington and Alleghany County school divisions is approved by the Board of Education prior to that date. This bill is identical to HB 2091.

SB 1309: Local stormwater assistance; flood mitigation and protection.
VA LIS, Senator Adam P. EbbinFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Authorizes grants from a local Stormwater Management Fund to be used for flood mitigation and protection measures that are part of a comprehensive flood mitigation and protection plan adopted by the locality, and requires such grants, where practicable, to prioritize projects that include nature-based practices. Current law allows such funds to be used only for the construction, improvement, or repair of a stormwater management facility or for erosion and sediment control.

SB 1393: Replacement and conservation of trees during development; work group.
VA LIS, Senator David MarsdenFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Gives a locality the ability to exceed general requirements in its tree replacement and conservation ordinances in specific circumstances, including development that impacts stormwater permit requirements, recurrent flooding, formerly redlined areas, and comprehensive plan compliance. The bill also directs the Secretary of Natural Resources and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry to convene a stakeholder work group for the purpose of developing and providing recommendations to state and local governments related to policies that encourage the conservation of mature trees and tree cover on sites being developed, increase tree canopy cover in communities, and encourage the planting of trees. The bill will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2022 Session of the General Assembly, but the stakeholder work group is effective in due course. This bill is identical to HB 2042.

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SB 1267: Charter; City of Covington; consolidated school division; salaries.
VA LIS, Senator Creigh DeedsFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Amends the charter for the City of Covington to help facilitate the consolidation of the school divisions of the City of Covington and Alleghany County. The bill sets out the salary of a school board member of such consolidated school district and shall become effective on July 1, 2022, provided that the consolidation of the City of Covington and Alleghany County school divisions is approved by the Board of Education prior to that date. This bill is identical to HB 2091.

SB 1309: Local stormwater assistance; flood mitigation and protection.
VA LIS, Senator Adam P. EbbinFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Authorizes grants from a local Stormwater Management Fund to be used for flood mitigation and protection measures that are part of a comprehensive flood mitigation and protection plan adopted by the locality, and requires such grants, where practicable, to prioritize projects that include nature-based practices. Current law allows such funds to be used only for the construction, improvement, or repair of a stormwater management facility or for erosion and sediment control.

SB 1393: Replacement and conservation of trees during development; work group.
VA LIS, Senator David MarsdenFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Gives a locality the ability to exceed general requirements in its tree replacement and conservation ordinances in specific circumstances, including development that impacts stormwater permit requirements, recurrent flooding, formerly redlined areas, and comprehensive plan compliance. The bill also directs the Secretary of Natural Resources and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry to convene a stakeholder work group for the purpose of developing and providing recommendations to state and local governments related to policies that encourage the conservation of mature trees and tree cover on sites being developed, increase tree canopy cover in communities, and encourage the planting of trees. The bill will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2022 Session of the General Assembly, but the stakeholder work group is effective in due course. This bill is identical to HB 2042.

Summary

Meets on: Monday at 9:00 a.m. in Senate Room 3, Capitol

Members: Lewis, Lynwood (Chair) –  John Bell – Amanda Chase  – Bill DeSteph –Siobhan Dunnavant – Barbara Favola – Emmett Hanger  – Ghazala Hashmi  – Janet Howell – Jen Kiggans  –  Jeremy McPike –  Joe Morrissey  – Todd Pillion –Lionell Spruill  – Bill Stanley

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Local Government, 15 Senators, to consider matters of local government in the counties, cities, towns, regions or districts, planning boards and commissions and authorities, except matters relating to the compensation of elected officeholders, where funds of the Commonwealth are involved”.

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Bills reported out 

SB 1120: Provides that a county that has adopted the county executive form of government (Albemarle and Prince William Counties) may carry over unspent funds from year to year for multiyear capital projects and outstanding grants without having to reappropriate the funds.

SB 1128: Changes from a judge or justice of the peace to the city clerk the person to whom newly elected or appointed officials, other than members of the city council, take their oaths of office. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1141: Changes various requirements of the Southeastern Public Service Authority (the Authority) when budgeting or incurring debt, including (i) changing the required five-year overall strategic plan to a financial plan, (ii) specifying that detailed financial plans be made only when incurring long-term debt or issuing new debt, (iii) authorizing other qualified financial consultants instead of a certified public accountant to assist in the creation of the detailed financial plan, (iv) changing from the Authority’s Board of Directors to the Authority the body that performs a due diligence investigation of the appropriateness of issuing new debt, and (v) and raising the permissible threshold for the executive director of the authority to execute or commit the authority to a contract, memorandum of agreement, or memorandum of understanding without acquiring Board approval.

SB 1152: Shifts local elections for the Town of Appomattox from May to November and staggers the election of members of the town council. The bill makes organizational changes to provisions related to the election and appointment of town officers. This bill is identical to HB 1858. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1157: Shifts all municipal elections for city and town council and school board from May to November, beginning with elections held after January 1, 2022. Awaiting Governor Action

SB 1207: Expands existing provisions related to siting agreements and zoning special exceptions for solar projects located in an opportunity zone to include energy storage projects and makes the provisions statewide.

SB 1208: Extends from six to 12 months the period of time after an enemy attack or other disaster that a locality may, by ordinance, provide for a method to assure continuity in its government and requires the ordinance to provide a method for the locality to resume normal governmental authority by the end of that 12-month period.

SB 1216: Makes various changes to the charter for the Town of Crewe in Nottoway County, including (i) staggering town council elections; (ii) changing from three to two the number of town council members required to call a special meeting; and (iii) transferring from the town council to the town manager the authority to appoint, suspend, or terminate the chief of police with majority approval by the town council. The bill also repeals provisions related to the establishment of a municipal court. This bill is identical to HB 1764. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

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. 

SB 1267:  Amends the charter for the City of Covington to help facilitate the consolidation of the school divisions of the City of Covington and Alleghany County. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1285: Removes the requirement that a building meet the definition of “derelict building,” and instead requires that such building potentially endanger the public health, safety, or welfare in order for the Town of Clifton Forge, the Town of Pulaski, in a conservation and rehabilitation district of the town, the Town of Timberville, and any city to require, by ordinance, the owner or owners of buildings that have been vacant for a continuous period of 12 months or more to register such buildings on an annual basis and pay an annual registration fee not to exceed $100 to defray the cost of processing such registration.

SB 1298: Authorizes any locality to create a local tourism improvement district plan, consisting of fees charged to businesses and used to fund tourism promotion activities and capital improvements. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1309: Authorizes grants from a local Stormwater Management Fund to be used for flood mitigation and protection measures that are part of a comprehensive flood mitigation and protection plan adopted by the locality, and requires such grants, where practicable, to prioritize projects that include nature-based practices. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1385: Removes the sunset on a pilot program allowing a locality that has adopted the urban county executive form of government (Fairfax County) to request an electric utility to place underground electric distribution lines as part of a transportation infrastructure improvement project and changes a number of provisions in the program including (i) expanding the scope to include electric cooperatives, telecommunications providers, cable providers, and other utilities; (ii) expanding the scope to include all underground facilities; (iii) making negotiable in the agreement the costs of relocating the facilities; (iv) placing additional limits on the levy to fund the project and the types of projects for which it may be imposed; and (v) authorizing the locality to secure necessary permits on behalf of the utility or provider.

SB 1393: Gives a locality the ability to exceed general requirements in its tree replacement and conservation ordinances in specific circumstances, including development that impacts stormwater permit requirements, recurrent flooding, formerly redlined areas, and comprehensive plan compliance. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

SB 1399: Renames the Tourism Development Authority, also known as the Virginia Coalfield Regional Tourism Development Authority, as the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority. House amendments agreed to by Senate (38 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1447: Adds Buckingham County to the list of counties authorized, by ordinance, and after a public hearing, to levy a fee for the management of solid waste not to exceed the actual cost incurred by the county in removing and disposing of solid waste, and the list of counties authorized by ordinance, and after a public hearing, to levy a fee for the disposal of solid waste not to exceed the actual cost incurred by the county in procuring, developing, maintaining, and improving the landfill and for such reserves as may be necessary for capping and closing such landfill in the future.

SB 1457: Provides that any locality utilizing the urban county executive form of government (Fairfax County) may include a provision in its historic preservation ordinance that would allow public access to an historic area, landmark, building, or structure, or land pertaining thereto, or providing that no subdivision shall occur within any historic district unless approved by the review board or, on appeal, by the governing body of the locality as being compatible with the historic nature of such area, landmarks, buildings, or structures therein with regard to any parcel or parcels that collectively are (i) adjacent to a navigable river and a national park and (ii) in part or as a whole subject to an easement granted to the National Park Service or Virginia Outdoors Foundation granted on or after January 1, 1973. Signed by Senate President (02/22/21)

Bills Passed

Commissions & Boards

Virginia Housing Commission

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

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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

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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

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To govern the Fort Monroe Authority

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees

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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

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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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Privileges and Elections Committee 2Privileges and Elections Committee (Senate)

Meets on: Tuesday at 15 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

Members: Creigh Deeds (Chair)  –  John Bell – Jennifer Boysko – Adam Ebbin –  Janet Howell – Monty Mason   Jennifer McClellan  –  Ryan McDougle – Mark Peake – Bryce Reeves –  Frank Ruff – Lionell Spruill – Scott Surovell   – Jill Vogel

(9 Democrats and 5 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

 

Summary

Meets on: Tuesday at 15 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

Members: Creigh Deeds (Chair)  –  John Bell – Jennifer Boysko – Adam Ebbin –  Janet Howell – Monty Mason   Jennifer McClellan  –  Ryan McDougle – Mark Peake – Bryce Reeves –  Frank Ruff – Lionell Spruill – Scott Surovell   – Jill Vogel

(9 Democrats and 5 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

 

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Privileges and Elections, 15 Senators, to consider matters concerning voting; apportionment; conflict of interests, except those concerning members of the judiciary or solely the legal profession, provided that any such matter, after being reported by the Committee, shall be rereferred by the Committee to the Committee for Courts of Justice for consideration of the matters relating only to members of the judiciary or solely to the legal profession; constitutional amendments; elections; elected officeholders; reprimand, censure, or expulsion of a Senator; and nominations and appointments to any office or position in the Commonwealth (except Justices and Judges of the Commonwealth).”.

It shall consider all grievances and propositions, federal relations and interstate matters. It shall examine the oath taken by each Senator and the certificate of election furnished by the proper office and report thereon to the Senate. It shall review and report as may be required in cases involving financial disclosure statements and shall recommend disciplinary action by majority vote where appropriate. It shall report in all cases involving contested elections the principles and reasons upon which their resolves are founded. It shall determine and report on all matters referred to it by the Senate Ethics Advisory Panel as set forth in the statutes.Whenever the Clerk receives a report of the Senate Ethics Advisory Panel or a resolution seeking the reprimand, censure, or expulsion of a Senator, the report shall be referred forthwith to the Committee on Privileges and Elections. The Committee shall consider the matter, conduct such hearings as it shall deem necessary, and, in all cases report its determination of the matter, together with its recommendations and reasons for its resolves, to the Senate. If the Committee deems disciplinary action warranted, it shall report a resolution offered by a member of the Committee to express such action. Any such resolution reported by the Committee shall be a privileged matter. The Senate as a whole shall then consider the resolution, and, by recorded vote, either defeat the resolution or take one or more of the following actions: (i) reprimand the Senator with a majority vote of the Senators present and voting; (ii) censure the Senator and place the Senator last in seniority with a majority vote of the elected membership of the Senate; (iii) expel the Senator with a two-thirds vote of the elected membership of the Senate; or (iv) refer the matter to the Attorney General f or appropriate action with a majority vote of the Senators present and voting, in the event the Senate finds a knowing violation of § 30-108 or subsection C of § 30-110 of the Code of Virginia

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Commission on Civic Education

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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.

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Rehabilitation and Social ServicesRehabilitation and Social Services

Meets on:  Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Barbara Favola (Chair) – Jennifer Boysko – John Cosgrove – Bill DeSteph – Emmett Hanger – Jen Kiggans – Mamie Locke – Monty Mason – Ryan McDougle – Jeremy McPike –  Joe Morrissey – Bryce Reeves –Lionell  Spruill – Scott Surovell

(8 Democrats and 6 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

Summary

Meets on:  Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Barbara Favola (Chair) – Jennifer Boysko – John Cosgrove – Bill DeSteph – Emmett Hanger – Jen Kiggans – Mamie Locke – Monty Mason – Ryan McDougle – Jeremy McPike –  Joe Morrissey – Bryce Reeves –Lionell  Spruill – Scott Surovell

(8 Democrats and 6 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, 15 Senators, to consider matters concerning alcoholic beverages; correctional and penal institutions; morals; social services and welfare; and substance abuse.”.

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Commissions & Boards

State Executive Council for Children’s Services

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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

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

Child Support Guidelines Review Panel

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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.

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Senate Rules CommitteeRules Committee (Senate)

Meets on: The call of the Chair

MembersMamie Locke (Chair) – George Barker – Creigh Deeds – John Edwards – Barbara Favola – Janet Howell – Lynwood Lewis – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Ryan McDougle – Jeremy McPike – Tommy Norment  –   Chap Petersen – Dick Saslaw  – Jill Vogel

(12 Democrats and 3 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

 

Summary

Meets on: The call of the Chair

MembersMamie Locke (Chair) – George Barker – Creigh Deeds – John Edwards – Barbara Favola – Janet Howell – Lynwood Lewis – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Ryan McDougle – Jeremy McPike – Tommy Norment  –   Chap Petersen – Dick Saslaw  – Jill Vogel

(12 Democrats and 3 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

 

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Rules, which shall be in addition to the foregoing standing Committees, consisting of the standing Committee Chairs; the President pro tempore, if the person is not a Chair; the Majority Leader, if the person is not a Chair; the Minority Leader; and other Senators to comprise not more than 17. The Chair of the Committee on Rules shall not be Chair of any standing Committee.”.

The Committee shall consider all resolutions amending or altering the Rules of the Senate; all joint rules with the House of Delegates; all bills and resolutions creating study committees or commissions; and all other resolutions (except those of a purely procedural nature, those concerning nominations and appointments to any office or position in the Commonwealth including the nominations of Justices and Judges, and those concerning constitutional amendments). The Committee may report such bills or resolutions with the recommendation that they be passed, or that they be rereferred to another Committee. In considering a bill or resolution, the Committee is empowered to sit while the Senate is in session. There shall be a subcommittee of the Committee, consisting of the Chair and members appointed by the Chair to equal the number of House members appointed to the subcommittee, which shall exercise on behalf of the Committee such powers as are delegated to the Committee when acting jointly with the Committee on Rules of the House of Delegates or a subcommittee thereof.

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Commissions

Joint Commission on Administrative Rules

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

Code Commission

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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.

Senate Ethics Advisory Panel

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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

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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 CommissionLegislative Support

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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 (Senate)

Meets on: Thursday at 15 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

MembersDave Marsden (Chair) –  Jennifer Boysko – John Cosgrove – Bill DeSteph – Adam Ebbin – Barbara Favola – Jennifer McClellan – Jeremy McPike – Steve Newman – Mark Obenshain – Mark Peake – Todd Pillion – Lionell Spruill – Dave Suetterlein – Scott Surovell

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

SB 1098
Virginia Legislative Information System, Barbara FavoliFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Aircraft registration; unmanned aircraft. Exempts an owner of an unmanned aircraft from the requirement to register aircrafts.

SB 1217
Virginia Legislative Information System, Frank RuffJanuary 21, 2021 (Short)

Taking certain private roads into the secondary state highway system. Directs the Department of Transportation to accept certain private roads into the secondary state highway system if the locality in which the private road is located adopts an ordinance dedicating one percent of real property revenues generated by property on the road to the Department to contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the road. A private road would be eligible if the private road has served at least 10 occupied parcels for a minimum of 45 years and if the private road intersects with two or more roads in the primary or secondary state highway system.

SB 1335
Virginia Legislative Information System, Richard StuartFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Learner’s permits; use of personal communications device. Eliminates the provision prohibiting a holder of a learner’s permit to operate a vehicle while using a wireless communication device. Such provision was specific only to the holder of a learner’s permit. Under a different current law, all drivers, including those with a learner’s permit, are prohibited from holding a personal communications device while operating a vehicle.

SB 1258
Virginia Legislative Information System, John BellFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Virginia Highway Corporation Act; alteration of certificate of authority; powers and duties of the State Corporation Commission. Requires any application for a transfer, extension, or amendment of a certificate of authority issued under the Virginia Highway Corporation Act to include information demonstrating the financial fitness of the entity applying to operate the roadway. The bill requires an applicant for a toll increase to provide a forward-looking analysis return that will be reviewed by the Department of Transportation that demonstrates that the proposed rates will be reasonable to the user in relation to the benefit obtained, not likely to materially discourage use of the roadway, and provide the operator no more than a reasonable return. The bill also prohibits the State Corporation Commission from authorizing a toll increase if these criteria are not met or if the proposed increase is for more than one year. The bill requires an operator to receive approval from the Commission prior to refinancing any existing debt.

SB 1253
Virginia Legislative Information System, Jeremy McPike February 8, 2021 (Short)

Funds for access roads to economic development sites; criteria for use of funds. Directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board, in consultation with the Secretaries of Transportation and Commerce and Trade, to develop criteria to be used in the award of funds for access roads to economic development sites. The criteria shall take into account job creation, capital investment, and other relevant economic development considerations.

SB 1160
Virginia Legislative Information System, David SuetterleinFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Vehicles; liens; abandoned vehicles; removing vehicles involved in accidents. Modernizes and improves enforcement of mechanics’ and storage liens by (i) transferring notification and auction posting requirements to the Department of Motor Vehicles (the Department); (ii) allowing for independent appraisals to establish accurate vehicle values; (iii) expanding vehicle owner searches to other states and requiring the Department to notify owners in those states; and (iv) creating a limited process for relinquishing mechanics’ and storage liens. The bill permits out-of-state requesters to obtain Virginia vehicle information for mechanics’ or storage lien or abandoned vehicle enforcement in their states, and clarifies disposal rights, auction requirements, and titling documentation for abandoned vehicles. The Department is authorized to collect administrative fees to cover the expenses associated with these duties. The bill also provides that an entity acting at the direction of law enforcement or the Department of Transportation to remove a vehicle or cargo after an accident shall not be liable for damages or claims resulting from exercise of authority, provided that the entity acted reasonably.

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SB 1098
Virginia Legislative Information System, Barbara FavoliFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Aircraft registration; unmanned aircraft. Exempts an owner of an unmanned aircraft from the requirement to register aircrafts.

SB 1217
Virginia Legislative Information System, Frank RuffJanuary 21, 2021 (Short)

Taking certain private roads into the secondary state highway system. Directs the Department of Transportation to accept certain private roads into the secondary state highway system if the locality in which the private road is located adopts an ordinance dedicating one percent of real property revenues generated by property on the road to the Department to contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the road. A private road would be eligible if the private road has served at least 10 occupied parcels for a minimum of 45 years and if the private road intersects with two or more roads in the primary or secondary state highway system.

SB 1335
Virginia Legislative Information System, Richard StuartFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Learner’s permits; use of personal communications device. Eliminates the provision prohibiting a holder of a learner’s permit to operate a vehicle while using a wireless communication device. Such provision was specific only to the holder of a learner’s permit. Under a different current law, all drivers, including those with a learner’s permit, are prohibited from holding a personal communications device while operating a vehicle.

SB 1258
Virginia Legislative Information System, John BellFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Virginia Highway Corporation Act; alteration of certificate of authority; powers and duties of the State Corporation Commission. Requires any application for a transfer, extension, or amendment of a certificate of authority issued under the Virginia Highway Corporation Act to include information demonstrating the financial fitness of the entity applying to operate the roadway. The bill requires an applicant for a toll increase to provide a forward-looking analysis return that will be reviewed by the Department of Transportation that demonstrates that the proposed rates will be reasonable to the user in relation to the benefit obtained, not likely to materially discourage use of the roadway, and provide the operator no more than a reasonable return. The bill also prohibits the State Corporation Commission from authorizing a toll increase if these criteria are not met or if the proposed increase is for more than one year. The bill requires an operator to receive approval from the Commission prior to refinancing any existing debt.

SB 1253
Virginia Legislative Information System, Jeremy McPike February 8, 2021 (Short)

Funds for access roads to economic development sites; criteria for use of funds. Directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board, in consultation with the Secretaries of Transportation and Commerce and Trade, to develop criteria to be used in the award of funds for access roads to economic development sites. The criteria shall take into account job creation, capital investment, and other relevant economic development considerations.

SB 1160
Virginia Legislative Information System, David SuetterleinFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Vehicles; liens; abandoned vehicles; removing vehicles involved in accidents. Modernizes and improves enforcement of mechanics’ and storage liens by (i) transferring notification and auction posting requirements to the Department of Motor Vehicles (the Department); (ii) allowing for independent appraisals to establish accurate vehicle values; (iii) expanding vehicle owner searches to other states and requiring the Department to notify owners in those states; and (iv) creating a limited process for relinquishing mechanics’ and storage liens. The bill permits out-of-state requesters to obtain Virginia vehicle information for mechanics’ or storage lien or abandoned vehicle enforcement in their states, and clarifies disposal rights, auction requirements, and titling documentation for abandoned vehicles. The Department is authorized to collect administrative fees to cover the expenses associated with these duties. The bill also provides that an entity acting at the direction of law enforcement or the Department of Transportation to remove a vehicle or cargo after an accident shall not be liable for damages or claims resulting from exercise of authority, provided that the entity acted reasonably.

Summary

Meets on: Thursday at 15 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

MembersDave Marsden (Chair) –  Jennifer Boysko – John Cosgrove – Bill DeSteph – Adam Ebbin – Barbara Favola – Jennifer McClellan – Jeremy McPike – Steve Newman – Mark Obenshain – Mark Peake – Todd Pillion – Lionell Spruill – Dave Suetterlein – Scott Surovell

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Transportation, 15 Senators, to consider matters concerning airports; airspaces; airways; the laws concerning motor vehicles relating to rules of the road or traffic regulations; heliports; highways; port facilities; public roads and streets; transportation safety; public waterways; railways; seaports; transportation companies or corporations; and transportation public utilities. Any matter relating to rules of the road or traffic regulations which include a change in a penalty shall be rereferred by the Committee to the Committee for Courts of Justice.”.

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Commissions and Boards

Commission on the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

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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

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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

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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

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

Interstate 81 Committee

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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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