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

  • SB 1135 Dangerous dogs; restructures procedure for adjudication, penalty. 
  • SB 1164 Advanced recycling; not considered solid waste management, definition. 
  • SB 1188 Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Program and Fund; established and created. 
  • SB 1193 Dairy Producer Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program; established. 
  • SB 1194 Produce safety; removes the sunset date. 
  • SB 1196 Teachers and other licensed school board employees; cultural competency. 
  • SB 1199 Conservation easements; construction. 
  • SB 1210 Permit fee schedules; DEQ to revise current schedule for nonhazardous solid waste mgmt. facilities. 
  • SB 1220 State facilities; admission of certain aliens. 
  • SB 1258 Solar projects; erosion and sediment control. 
  • SB 1265 Natural gas pipelines; stop work orders. 
  • SB 1274 Wildlife corridors; various agencies to consider and incorporate. 
  • SB 1280 Dams; negotiated settlement agreements. 
  • SB 1282 Greenhouse gas emissions inventory; regulations. 
  • SB 1290 ConserveVirginia program; established. 
  • SB 1291 Va. Water Protection Permit; withdrawal of surface water or ground water, plans for water auditing. 
  • SB 1311 Water quality standards; modification of permits and certifications. 
  • SB 1319 Waste Diversion & Recycling Task Force; Department of Environmental Quality to continue Task Force. SB 1354 Chesapeake Bay; wastewater treatment, Enhanced Nutrient Removal Certainty Program established. 
  • SB 1374 Carbon Sequestration Task Force; established. 
  • SB 1379 Humane Cosmetics Act; civil penalties. 
  • SB 1396 Onsite Sewage Indemnification Fund; use of Fund for grants to certain property owners. .
  • SB 1402 Trout fishing in stocked waters; equalizes for residents and nonresidents requirements to fish. 
  • SB 1404 Stormwater Local Assistance Fund; grants awarded for projects related to Chesapeake Bay. 
  • SB 1411 Peanuts; extends sunset date of excise tax on all peanuts grown in Virginia. 
  • SB 1412 Pet shops, dealers, and dog breeders; employees convicted of animal abuse, penalty. 
  • SB 1417 Animal testing facilities; definitions, adoption of dogs and cats, civil penalty. 
  • SB 1453 Mines and Mining and Virginia Energy Plan; revision of Titles 45.1 and 67. 
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Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/19  1/26  2/4  2/16 

Subcommittees:

Companion Animals: 1/25

Menhaden: 1/28 

On Virginia’s rural coast, resiliency and Chesapeake Bay conservation goals collide amid sea level rise
Virginia Mercury, The geography of Mathews County was carved by catastrophe. Thirty-five million years ago, a meteorite or comet tore through the Earth’s atmosphere and slammed into its surface somewhere between the county and what is now called Cape Charles. In the ruin it left behind, the Chesapeake Bay would form. Mathews, at the very tip of Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, remains one of the state’s lowest-lying areas, surrounded on three sides by the Chesapeake Bay and the waters that flow into it. “We’re flat as a pancake,” said Thomas Jenkins, the county’s planning, zoning and wetlands director. “Much of the county is close to sea level.” Today a far slower but perhaps no less catastrophic force is reshaping Mathews. As climate change drives seas upward, the county is struggling to keep its waterfront properties above the tides. March 31, 2021 (Medium)

The geography of Mathews County was carved by catastrophe.

Thirty-five million years ago, a meteorite or comet tore through the Earth’s atmosphere and slammed into its surface somewhere between the county and what is now called Cape Charles. In the ruin it left behind, the Chesapeake Bay would form. Mathews, at the very tip of Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, remains one of the state’s lowest-lying areas, surrounded on three sides by the Chesapeake Bay and the waters that flow into it.

“We’re flat as a pancake,” said Thomas Jenkins, the county’s planning, zoning and wetlands director. “Much of the county is close to sea level.”

Today a far slower but perhaps no less catastrophic force is reshaping Mathews. As climate change drives seas upward, the county is struggling to keep its waterfront properties above the tides.

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

News

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

  • SB 1135 Dangerous dogs; restructures procedure for adjudication, penalty. 
  • SB 1164 Advanced recycling; not considered solid waste management, definition. 
  • SB 1188 Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Program and Fund; established and created. 
  • SB 1193 Dairy Producer Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program; established. 
  • SB 1194 Produce safety; removes the sunset date. 
  • SB 1196 Teachers and other licensed school board employees; cultural competency. 
  • SB 1199 Conservation easements; construction. 
  • SB 1210 Permit fee schedules; DEQ to revise current schedule for nonhazardous solid waste mgmt. facilities. 
  • SB 1220 State facilities; admission of certain aliens. 
  • SB 1258 Solar projects; erosion and sediment control. 
  • SB 1265 Natural gas pipelines; stop work orders. 
  • SB 1274 Wildlife corridors; various agencies to consider and incorporate. 
  • SB 1280 Dams; negotiated settlement agreements. 
  • SB 1282 Greenhouse gas emissions inventory; regulations. 
  • SB 1290 ConserveVirginia program; established. 
  • SB 1291 Va. Water Protection Permit; withdrawal of surface water or ground water, plans for water auditing. 
  • SB 1311 Water quality standards; modification of permits and certifications. 
  • SB 1319 Waste Diversion & Recycling Task Force; Department of Environmental Quality to continue Task Force. SB 1354 Chesapeake Bay; wastewater treatment, Enhanced Nutrient Removal Certainty Program established. 
  • SB 1374 Carbon Sequestration Task Force; established. 
  • SB 1379 Humane Cosmetics Act; civil penalties. 
  • SB 1396 Onsite Sewage Indemnification Fund; use of Fund for grants to certain property owners. .
  • SB 1402 Trout fishing in stocked waters; equalizes for residents and nonresidents requirements to fish. 
  • SB 1404 Stormwater Local Assistance Fund; grants awarded for projects related to Chesapeake Bay. 
  • SB 1411 Peanuts; extends sunset date of excise tax on all peanuts grown in Virginia. 
  • SB 1412 Pet shops, dealers, and dog breeders; employees convicted of animal abuse, penalty. 
  • SB 1417 Animal testing facilities; definitions, adoption of dogs and cats, civil penalty. 
  • SB 1453 Mines and Mining and Virginia Energy Plan; revision of Titles 45.1 and 67. 
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Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/19  1/26  2/4  2/16 

Subcommittees:

Companion Animals: 1/25

Menhaden: 1/28 

On Virginia’s rural coast, resiliency and Chesapeake Bay conservation goals collide amid sea level rise
Virginia Mercury, The geography of Mathews County was carved by catastrophe. Thirty-five million years ago, a meteorite or comet tore through the Earth’s atmosphere and slammed into its surface somewhere between the county and what is now called Cape Charles. In the ruin it left behind, the Chesapeake Bay would form. Mathews, at the very tip of Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, remains one of the state’s lowest-lying areas, surrounded on three sides by the Chesapeake Bay and the waters that flow into it. “We’re flat as a pancake,” said Thomas Jenkins, the county’s planning, zoning and wetlands director. “Much of the county is close to sea level.” Today a far slower but perhaps no less catastrophic force is reshaping Mathews. As climate change drives seas upward, the county is struggling to keep its waterfront properties above the tides. March 31, 2021 (Medium)

The geography of Mathews County was carved by catastrophe.

Thirty-five million years ago, a meteorite or comet tore through the Earth’s atmosphere and slammed into its surface somewhere between the county and what is now called Cape Charles. In the ruin it left behind, the Chesapeake Bay would form. Mathews, at the very tip of Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, remains one of the state’s lowest-lying areas, surrounded on three sides by the Chesapeake Bay and the waters that flow into it.

“We’re flat as a pancake,” said Thomas Jenkins, the county’s planning, zoning and wetlands director. “Much of the county is close to sea level.”

Today a far slower but perhaps no less catastrophic force is reshaping Mathews. As climate change drives seas upward, the county is struggling to keep its waterfront properties above the tides.

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”.

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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

 

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

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

  • SB 1182: Motor vehicle liability insurance; increases coverage amount.
  • SB 1219: Paid family and medical leave; SCC’s Bureau of Insurance to review and make recommendations, report.
  • SB 1223: Virginia Energy Plan; amends Plan to include an analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • SB 1225: Broadband services; school boards to appropriate funds for expansion of services for education.
  • SB 1247: Electric generating facility closures; integrated resource plan.
  • SB 1255: SCC; issuance or renewal of insurance licenses or registrations during an emergency.
  • SB 1269: Health insurance; authorization of drug prescribed for the treatment of a mental disorder.
  • SB 1275: Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases
  • SB 1284: Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy; established.
  • SB 1289: Health insurance; carrier business practices, provider contracts
  • SB 1295: Electric utilities; procurement of certain equipment.
  • SB 1310: Va. Human Rights Act; application of laws applicable to employee safety and payment of wages.
  • SB 1334: Broadband capacity; expands existing pilot program, municipal broadband authorities.
  • SB 1351: Workers’ compensation; claims not barred.
  • SB 1375: Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19
  • SB 1413: Phase I or Phase II electric utilities; provision of broadband capacity
  • SB 1420: Electric utilities; nonjurisdictional customers, third party power purchase agreements.
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Commerce & Labor 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/18  1/25  2/1  2/15  2/22

Subcommittees:
Energy: 1/27 2/12

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.

Broadband expansion bills advance in Virginia House committee
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.

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.”

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.”

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

 

News

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

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

  • SB 1182: Motor vehicle liability insurance; increases coverage amount.
  • SB 1219: Paid family and medical leave; SCC’s Bureau of Insurance to review and make recommendations, report.
  • SB 1223: Virginia Energy Plan; amends Plan to include an analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • SB 1225: Broadband services; school boards to appropriate funds for expansion of services for education.
  • SB 1247: Electric generating facility closures; integrated resource plan.
  • SB 1255: SCC; issuance or renewal of insurance licenses or registrations during an emergency.
  • SB 1269: Health insurance; authorization of drug prescribed for the treatment of a mental disorder.
  • SB 1275: Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases
  • SB 1284: Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy; established.
  • SB 1289: Health insurance; carrier business practices, provider contracts
  • SB 1295: Electric utilities; procurement of certain equipment.
  • SB 1310: Va. Human Rights Act; application of laws applicable to employee safety and payment of wages.
  • SB 1334: Broadband capacity; expands existing pilot program, municipal broadband authorities.
  • SB 1351: Workers’ compensation; claims not barred.
  • SB 1375: Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19
  • SB 1413: Phase I or Phase II electric utilities; provision of broadband capacity
  • SB 1420: Electric utilities; nonjurisdictional customers, third party power purchase agreements.
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Commerce & Labor 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/18  1/25  2/1  2/15  2/22

Subcommittees:
Energy: 1/27 2/12

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.

Broadband expansion bills advance in Virginia House committee
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.

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.”

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.”

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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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

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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

 

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

  • SB 1121 Birth certificates; amending certificate, review of request. Birth certificates; amendments.
  • SB 1132 Public schools; severe weather conditions and other emergency situations.
  • SB 1147 Nurse Loan Repayment Program; certified nurse aide.
  • SB 1154 Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Commissioner of; reports to designated protection.
  • SB 1169 Student driver safety; driver education program shall include dangers of speeding.
  • SB 1175 Removes the Brunswick County school board from the list of approved member salaries for appointed school boards.
  • SB 1178 Genetic counseling; repeals conscience clause. Genetic counseling; conscience clause.
  • SB 1187 Physical therapy; extends time allowed for a therapist to evaluate and treat patients. Department of Health Professions; practice of physical therapy.
  • SB 1189 Authorizes Virginia to become a signatory to the Occupational Therapy Interjurisdictional Licensure Compact.
  • SB 1190 Health Standards of Learning; advanced directive education for high school students.
  • SB 1205 Career fatigue and wellness in certain health care providers; programs to address, civil immunity.
  • SB 1220 State facilities; admission of certain aliens.
  • SB 1221 Loudoun County; operation of local health department.
  • SB 1227 Hormonal contraceptives; payment of medical assistance for 12-month supply.
  • SB 1257 SOQ; school board to provide at least three specialized student support positions.
  • SB 1276 Essential health benefits; abortion coverage.
  • SB 1288 Special education; Department of and the Board of Education to develop new policies and procedures.
  • SB 1302 Crisis Call Center Fund; created, collection of 988 charges.
  • SB 1303 Local school divisions; availability of virtual and in-person learning to all students.
  • SB 1304 Community services boards; discharge planning.
  • SB 1307 School-based health services; Bd. of MAS to amend state plan for services to provide for payment.
  • SB 1313 Children’s Services Act; funds expended special education programs.
  • SB 1320 Licensed certified midwives; clarifies definition, licensure, etc.
  • SB 1322 Public schools; seizure management and action plans, biennial training, effective date.
  • SB 1333 Pharmaceutical processors; permits processors to produce & distribute cannabis products.
  • SB 1338 Telemedicine services; remote patient monitoring services.
  • SB 1356 Hospitals, nursing homes, etc.; visits by clergy.
  • SB 1357 Standards of Learning; reading & mathematics assessments for students in grades three through eight
  • SB 1387 Students; eligibility for in-state tuition.
  • SB 1405 Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program; established.
  • SB 1408 Health Care, Joint Commission on; repeals sunset provision.
  • SB 1421 Brain injury; clarifies definition.
  • SB 1436 Eligible Health Care Provider Reserve Directory; established.
  • SB 1439 Students; guidelines on excused student absences, civic engagement.
  • SB 1464 Drug Control Act; adds certain chemicals to Schedule I of Act.
  • SB 1465 Illegal gambling; skill games, definitions, enforcement by localities and Attorney General.
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Education and Health 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/14 1/21 1/28 2/11 2/18 

Subcommittee on Health: 1/19 2/16 

Subcommittee on Health Professionals: 1/15 2/2 2/12 

Subcommittee on Higher Education: 1/18 1/28 2/3 2/15 

Subcommittee on Public Education: 1/15 2/2 2/12 

Makya Little was helping her fourth-grade daughter review for the Virginia Studies SOL, a standardized test on state history, when she found herself taken aback by one of the questions on the study guide.

“She gets to this one question that says ‘What’s the status of the early African?’” said Little, who lives in Prince William County. The correct answer, according to the class materials, was “unknown. They were either servants or enslaved.”

“I got really, really upset,” Little said. While historians widely agree that the first Africans to arrive at the Jamestown settlement were enslaved, there’s been contentious discussion on the topic — some of the state’s own study materials also state that it’s “unknown” whether they arrived as slaves or indentured servants. The school division didn’t provide any of that context, and Little said multiple thoughts flashed through her head. The information was “misleading,” she added, and seemed designed to “soften how early Americans treated Black and Indigenous people” (another prompt on the study guide stated that native people and English settlers had a “trade relationship”).

In late September, when Virginia health officials launched a dashboard that detailed outbreaks in K-12 schools across the state, it was applauded as a long-needed step toward more transparency — and a relief for parents hesitant over the prospect of sending their children back to the classroom.

Six months later, the data on reopening has gained even more importance amid a state and nationwide push to return students to the classroom. But there are limits on what it can and can’t tell officials, parents and others looking for answers on the relative risks of in-person school.

In early February, Gov. Ralph Northam directed local divisions to begin offering in-person instruction by March 15. Three weeks later, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation — with bipartisan support — that mandates a return to the classroom by July 1.

As a result, only three of the state’s 132 local school divisions were operating fully remotely as of March 22, according to data from the Virginia Department of Education. Thirty-eight are fully in-person — defined by the agency as providing at least four days of in-person instruction for all students.

Northam signs bill funding Va. community-college education costs
WTOP, Rick Massimo March 29, 2021 (Short)

Low-income students in Virginia will soon be getting financial help with all the costs of getting an education.

Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday signed into law the “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” program, which will provide full tuition for community college for low-income students in certain majors, as well as incidental expenses such as food and transportation.

The bill, which passed the legislature overwhelmingly last month, budgets $36 million a year over the next two years.

The bill covers education that leads to in-demand jobs in fields such as technology, skilled labor and health care. Officials gathered at Northern Virginia Community College for the signing Monday said the bill would open doors to people who were considering higher education.

“I am so incredibly proud of this initiative,” said House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn. “This has been something that we’ve been working on for a number of years.” She said there was a lot of bipartisan support for the bill even before COVID-19, but with a lot of lower-skill jobs disappearing because of the pandemic, “It’s more important now than ever.”

A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Nichole Wardlaw opened her own midwifery practice in Chesapeake.

A certified nurse-midwife, or CNM, Wardlaw was taking advantage of an emergency order signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, which allowed certified-nurse midwives and nurse practitioners to treat patients without an agreement with a licensed physician — something that’s typically required in Virginia.

But she was also trying to fill a need in her community. Wardlaw said she’s now the only Black certified nurse midwife in the Hampton Roads region to open an independent practice, spurred by concerns she heard from expecting mothers throughout the early months of the pandemic.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Two Virginia bills that would have allowed a parent or guardian to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine for their child citing religious practices will not advance.

The Senate Education and Health Committee killed the two bills Thursday morning.

When Virginia senators passed a bill requiring local school divisions to provide in-person instruction by the summer, some anticipated the legislation would face an uphill battle in the House.

Nearly a month later, though, the same legislation is now on the verge of passing both chambers after several rounds of revisions — and mounting pressure to return children to school buildings.

Just a few days after the Senate vote, Gov. Ralph Northam directed Virginia’s 132 local divisions to begin offering in-person classes by March 15, saying that months of remote learning was “taking a toll on our children and our families.” Northam’s announcement followed a pledge from President Joe Biden to reopen schools within his first 100 days of office, and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on safely reopening schools and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in buildings.

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

 

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

  • SB 1121 Birth certificates; amending certificate, review of request. Birth certificates; amendments.
  • SB 1132 Public schools; severe weather conditions and other emergency situations.
  • SB 1147 Nurse Loan Repayment Program; certified nurse aide.
  • SB 1154 Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Commissioner of; reports to designated protection.
  • SB 1169 Student driver safety; driver education program shall include dangers of speeding.
  • SB 1175 Removes the Brunswick County school board from the list of approved member salaries for appointed school boards.
  • SB 1178 Genetic counseling; repeals conscience clause. Genetic counseling; conscience clause.
  • SB 1187 Physical therapy; extends time allowed for a therapist to evaluate and treat patients. Department of Health Professions; practice of physical therapy.
  • SB 1189 Authorizes Virginia to become a signatory to the Occupational Therapy Interjurisdictional Licensure Compact.
  • SB 1190 Health Standards of Learning; advanced directive education for high school students.
  • SB 1205 Career fatigue and wellness in certain health care providers; programs to address, civil immunity.
  • SB 1220 State facilities; admission of certain aliens.
  • SB 1221 Loudoun County; operation of local health department.
  • SB 1227 Hormonal contraceptives; payment of medical assistance for 12-month supply.
  • SB 1257 SOQ; school board to provide at least three specialized student support positions.
  • SB 1276 Essential health benefits; abortion coverage.
  • SB 1288 Special education; Department of and the Board of Education to develop new policies and procedures.
  • SB 1302 Crisis Call Center Fund; created, collection of 988 charges.
  • SB 1303 Local school divisions; availability of virtual and in-person learning to all students.
  • SB 1304 Community services boards; discharge planning.
  • SB 1307 School-based health services; Bd. of MAS to amend state plan for services to provide for payment.
  • SB 1313 Children’s Services Act; funds expended special education programs.
  • SB 1320 Licensed certified midwives; clarifies definition, licensure, etc.
  • SB 1322 Public schools; seizure management and action plans, biennial training, effective date.
  • SB 1333 Pharmaceutical processors; permits processors to produce & distribute cannabis products.
  • SB 1338 Telemedicine services; remote patient monitoring services.
  • SB 1356 Hospitals, nursing homes, etc.; visits by clergy.
  • SB 1357 Standards of Learning; reading & mathematics assessments for students in grades three through eight
  • SB 1387 Students; eligibility for in-state tuition.
  • SB 1405 Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program; established.
  • SB 1408 Health Care, Joint Commission on; repeals sunset provision.
  • SB 1421 Brain injury; clarifies definition.
  • SB 1436 Eligible Health Care Provider Reserve Directory; established.
  • SB 1439 Students; guidelines on excused student absences, civic engagement.
  • SB 1464 Drug Control Act; adds certain chemicals to Schedule I of Act.
  • SB 1465 Illegal gambling; skill games, definitions, enforcement by localities and Attorney General.
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Education and Health 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/14 1/21 1/28 2/11 2/18 

Subcommittee on Health: 1/19 2/16 

Subcommittee on Health Professionals: 1/15 2/2 2/12 

Subcommittee on Higher Education: 1/18 1/28 2/3 2/15 

Subcommittee on Public Education: 1/15 2/2 2/12 

Makya Little was helping her fourth-grade daughter review for the Virginia Studies SOL, a standardized test on state history, when she found herself taken aback by one of the questions on the study guide.

“She gets to this one question that says ‘What’s the status of the early African?’” said Little, who lives in Prince William County. The correct answer, according to the class materials, was “unknown. They were either servants or enslaved.”

“I got really, really upset,” Little said. While historians widely agree that the first Africans to arrive at the Jamestown settlement were enslaved, there’s been contentious discussion on the topic — some of the state’s own study materials also state that it’s “unknown” whether they arrived as slaves or indentured servants. The school division didn’t provide any of that context, and Little said multiple thoughts flashed through her head. The information was “misleading,” she added, and seemed designed to “soften how early Americans treated Black and Indigenous people” (another prompt on the study guide stated that native people and English settlers had a “trade relationship”).

In late September, when Virginia health officials launched a dashboard that detailed outbreaks in K-12 schools across the state, it was applauded as a long-needed step toward more transparency — and a relief for parents hesitant over the prospect of sending their children back to the classroom.

Six months later, the data on reopening has gained even more importance amid a state and nationwide push to return students to the classroom. But there are limits on what it can and can’t tell officials, parents and others looking for answers on the relative risks of in-person school.

In early February, Gov. Ralph Northam directed local divisions to begin offering in-person instruction by March 15. Three weeks later, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation — with bipartisan support — that mandates a return to the classroom by July 1.

As a result, only three of the state’s 132 local school divisions were operating fully remotely as of March 22, according to data from the Virginia Department of Education. Thirty-eight are fully in-person — defined by the agency as providing at least four days of in-person instruction for all students.

Northam signs bill funding Va. community-college education costs
WTOP, Rick Massimo March 29, 2021 (Short)

Low-income students in Virginia will soon be getting financial help with all the costs of getting an education.

Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday signed into law the “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” program, which will provide full tuition for community college for low-income students in certain majors, as well as incidental expenses such as food and transportation.

The bill, which passed the legislature overwhelmingly last month, budgets $36 million a year over the next two years.

The bill covers education that leads to in-demand jobs in fields such as technology, skilled labor and health care. Officials gathered at Northern Virginia Community College for the signing Monday said the bill would open doors to people who were considering higher education.

“I am so incredibly proud of this initiative,” said House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn. “This has been something that we’ve been working on for a number of years.” She said there was a lot of bipartisan support for the bill even before COVID-19, but with a lot of lower-skill jobs disappearing because of the pandemic, “It’s more important now than ever.”

A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Nichole Wardlaw opened her own midwifery practice in Chesapeake.

A certified nurse-midwife, or CNM, Wardlaw was taking advantage of an emergency order signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, which allowed certified-nurse midwives and nurse practitioners to treat patients without an agreement with a licensed physician — something that’s typically required in Virginia.

But she was also trying to fill a need in her community. Wardlaw said she’s now the only Black certified nurse midwife in the Hampton Roads region to open an independent practice, spurred by concerns she heard from expecting mothers throughout the early months of the pandemic.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Two Virginia bills that would have allowed a parent or guardian to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine for their child citing religious practices will not advance.

The Senate Education and Health Committee killed the two bills Thursday morning.

When Virginia senators passed a bill requiring local school divisions to provide in-person instruction by the summer, some anticipated the legislation would face an uphill battle in the House.

Nearly a month later, though, the same legislation is now on the verge of passing both chambers after several rounds of revisions — and mounting pressure to return children to school buildings.

Just a few days after the Senate vote, Gov. Ralph Northam directed Virginia’s 132 local divisions to begin offering in-person classes by March 15, saying that months of remote learning was “taking a toll on our children and our families.” Northam’s announcement followed a pledge from President Joe Biden to reopen schools within his first 100 days of office, and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on safely reopening schools and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in buildings.

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”.

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Subcommittees

Bills

Commissions & Boards

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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

 

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

  • SB 1112 Research and development expenses; tax credit available against the bank franchise tax.
  • SB 1130 Personal property tax; exemption for motor vehicle of a 100 percent disabled veteran.
  • SB 1134 Refunding bonds; alters the principal and interest requirements.
  • SB 1145 Commonwealth of Virginia Higher Educational Institutions Bond Act of 2021; created.
  • SB 1146 Income tax, state; conformity with the Internal Revenue Code.
  • SB 1254 Sports betting; clarifies certain procedures.
  • SB 1155 Capital outlay plan; repeals existing six-year capital outlay for projects to be funded.
  • SB 1156 Technology Development Grant Fund; created.
  • SB 1158 Port of Virginia tax credits; extends the sunset date.
  • SB 1162 Tax credit; agricultural best management practices.
  • SB 1163 Agricultural equipment; establishes a refundable individual and corporate income tax credit.
  • SB 1197 Virginia housing opportunity; tax credit established.
  • SB 1201 Energy storage systems; definitions, tax exemption, revenue share for systems.
  • SB 1204 George Mason University; management agreement with the Commonwealth.
  • SB 1251 Virginia Retirement System; technical amendments.
  • SB 1252 Coal tax credits; sunset dates.
  • SB 1326 Local cigarette taxes; regional cigarette tax boards.
  • SB 1398 Retail sales and transient occupancy taxes; room rentals.
  • SB 1403 Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for personal protective equipment.
  • SB 1423 Data centers; sales and use tax exemption, identifying a “distressed locality.”
  • SB 1438 Combined transient occupancy and food and beverage tax; technical amendments.

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

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Finance and Appropriations 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/19 1/20 1/21 1/26 1/27 2/2 2/3 2/16 2/17 2/22 

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A proposal to make it illegal for Virginia politicians to use campaign funds to enrich themselves failed in the state Senate Tuesday, the latest sign of the legislature’s continuing wariness on campaign finance reform.

Several senators said they agreed with the proposal generally, but insisted policymakers should take more time to study it before imposing new rules on candidates running in Virginia’s wide-open fundraising system.

“The critical component here is to actually get it right,” said Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Fauquier, an election lawyer who noted that she sponsored a similar bill in the past and wants it to be wrapped into an upcoming study on comprehensive campaign finance reform.

MCLEAN, VA. (AP) — A Virginia Senate budget amendment would block the D.C. region’s Metro system from receiving at least $166 million in state funding unless it adds the name of Capital One bank to a northern Virginia Metrorail station.
Capital One wants the McLean station near its corporate headquarters to be renamed McLean-Capital One Hall to recognize a 1,600-seat theater it’s building on the campus.

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

 

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

  • SB 1112 Research and development expenses; tax credit available against the bank franchise tax.
  • SB 1130 Personal property tax; exemption for motor vehicle of a 100 percent disabled veteran.
  • SB 1134 Refunding bonds; alters the principal and interest requirements.
  • SB 1145 Commonwealth of Virginia Higher Educational Institutions Bond Act of 2021; created.
  • SB 1146 Income tax, state; conformity with the Internal Revenue Code.
  • SB 1254 Sports betting; clarifies certain procedures.
  • SB 1155 Capital outlay plan; repeals existing six-year capital outlay for projects to be funded.
  • SB 1156 Technology Development Grant Fund; created.
  • SB 1158 Port of Virginia tax credits; extends the sunset date.
  • SB 1162 Tax credit; agricultural best management practices.
  • SB 1163 Agricultural equipment; establishes a refundable individual and corporate income tax credit.
  • SB 1197 Virginia housing opportunity; tax credit established.
  • SB 1201 Energy storage systems; definitions, tax exemption, revenue share for systems.
  • SB 1204 George Mason University; management agreement with the Commonwealth.
  • SB 1251 Virginia Retirement System; technical amendments.
  • SB 1252 Coal tax credits; sunset dates.
  • SB 1326 Local cigarette taxes; regional cigarette tax boards.
  • SB 1398 Retail sales and transient occupancy taxes; room rentals.
  • SB 1403 Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for personal protective equipment.
  • SB 1423 Data centers; sales and use tax exemption, identifying a “distressed locality.”
  • SB 1438 Combined transient occupancy and food and beverage tax; technical amendments.

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

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Finance and Appropriations 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/19 1/20 1/21 1/26 1/27 2/2 2/3 2/16 2/17 2/22 

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A proposal to make it illegal for Virginia politicians to use campaign funds to enrich themselves failed in the state Senate Tuesday, the latest sign of the legislature’s continuing wariness on campaign finance reform.

Several senators said they agreed with the proposal generally, but insisted policymakers should take more time to study it before imposing new rules on candidates running in Virginia’s wide-open fundraising system.

“The critical component here is to actually get it right,” said Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Fauquier, an election lawyer who noted that she sponsored a similar bill in the past and wants it to be wrapped into an upcoming study on comprehensive campaign finance reform.

MCLEAN, VA. (AP) — A Virginia Senate budget amendment would block the D.C. region’s Metro system from receiving at least $166 million in state funding unless it adds the name of Capital One bank to a northern Virginia Metrorail station.
Capital One wants the McLean station near its corporate headquarters to be renamed McLean-Capital One Hall to recognize a 1,600-seat theater it’s building on the campus.

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.”

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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 reported out 

SB 1102 Personal care aides; DMAS shall establish an orientation program for certain aides. Requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to establish an orientation program for all personal care aides who provide self-directed services through the Medicaid program.

SB 1103 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; Virginia Parole Board member votes.

SB 1104 Parole; notice and certification, monthly reports. Provides that the Department of Corrections shall release a prisoner no sooner than 21 business days after the date of notification by the Virginia Parole Board (the Board) to the appropriate attorney for the Commonwealth of the decision to grant parole.

SB 1105 Post-conviction relief; previously admitted scientific evidence, report. Provides that a person who was convicted of a felony offense, or who was adjudicated delinquent of an offense that would have been a felony offense if committed by an adult, may petition the Court of Appeals to have his conviction vacated.

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

SB 1108 General district courts; jurisdictional limits. 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.

SB 1112 Research and development expenses; tax credit available against the bank franchise tax.

SB 1113 Communicating threats of death or bodily injury to a person with intent to intimidate; penalty. 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 is guilty of a Class 5 felony.

SB 1119 Law-enforcement agencies; body-worn camera systems. 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 1125 Parole Board; notice of parole of prisoner to victim. Requires the Parole Board, within seven days of making any decision regarding the parole of a prisoner, to provide written or electronic notice of such decision to the victim of the crime for which the prisoner was incarcerated, unless the victim has submitted a written request to forgo such notice.

SB 1127 Charitable gaming; conduct of instant bingo, network bingo, pull tabs, and seal cards. The bill modifies the list of organizations that may conduct charitable gaming and requires such organizations to obtain a permit from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; however, the bill exempts certain organizations from the permit application and audit fees.

SB 1130 Personal property tax; exemption for motor vehicle of a 100 percent disabled veteran.

SB 1134 Refunding bonds; alters the principal and interest requirements. Alters the principal and interest requirements, maturity date, and allowable discount for previously issued refunding bonds.

SB 1145 Commonwealth of Virginia Higher Educational Institutions Bond Act of 2021; created.

SB 1146 Income tax, state; conformity with the Internal Revenue Code. Advances Virginia’s date of conformity with the Internal Revenue Code from December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2020.

SB 1147 Nurse Loan Repayment Program; certified nurse aide. Expands eligibility for the Nurse Loan Repayment Program to include certified nurse aides who meet criteria determined by the State Board of Health.

SB 1150 Military Spouse Liaison; position created in Department of Veterans Services, report.

SB 1155 Capital outlay plan; repeals existing six-year capital outlay for projects to be funded.

SB 1156 Technology Development Grant Fund; created.

B 1158 Port of Virginia tax credits; extends the sunset date. Extends the sunset for the international trade facility tax credit, the barge and rail usage tax credit, and the port volume increase tax credit from taxable years before January 1, 2022, to taxable years before January 1, 2025.

SB 1162 Tax credit; agricultural best management practices. Creates an enhanced individual and corporate income tax credit for taxable years 2021 through 2024 for the implementation of certain agricultural best management practices by the taxpayer that are required as part of a certified resource management plan.

SB 1163 Agricultural equipment; establishes a refundable individual and corporate income tax credit. Establishes for taxable years 2021 through 2024 a refundable individual and corporate income tax credit for 25 percent of expenditures, up to a maximum of $17,500, made for the purchase of conservation tillage and precision agriculture equipment certified by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.

SB 1165 Death penalty; abolition of current penalty.

SB 1170 Isle of Wight County; authorized to impose an additional local sales and use tax to support schools.

SB 1188 Virginia Agriculture Food Assistance Program and Fund; established and created.

SB 1193 Dairy Producer Margin Coverage Premium Assistance Program; established.

SB 1196 Teachers and other licensed school board employees; cultural competency. The bill requires teacher, principal, and division superintendent evaluations to include an evaluation of cultural competency.

SB 1197 Virginia housing opportunity; tax credit established.

SB 1201 Energy storage systems; definitions, tax exemption, revenue share for systems .Amends the definition of electric supplier to include certain battery storage facilities with a storage capacity greater than 25 megawatts and subjects such facilities to central assessment by the State Corporation Commission.

SB 1204 George Mason University; management agreement with the Commonwealth.

SB 1207 Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements throughout the Commonwealth.

SB 1210 Permit fee schedules; DEQ to revise current schedule for nonhazardous solid waste mgmt. facilities.

SB 1211 Vehicle registration fees; imposes an additional fee to be deposited into Public Safety Trust Fund.

SB 1212 New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Authority; creation of authority in Planning District 4. Authorizes the creation of a regional passenger rail station authority in Planning District 4 to assist in the creation and maintenance of passenger rail in the region.

SB 1221 Loudoun County; operation of local health department.

SB 1226 Compensation Board; determining staffing and salaries for an attorney for the Commonwealth. 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 1227 Hormonal contraceptives; payment of medical assistance for 12-month supply. Directs the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance a provision for the payment of medical assistance for the dispensing or furnishing of up to a 12-month supply of hormonal contraceptives at one time for Medicaid and Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) enrollees.

SB 1250 Firearm rentals; criminal history record information check required, penalty. Provides that for the purposes of conducting a criminal history record information check for a firearm transfer, the term “rent” includes a temporary change in dominion or control of a firearm for use at or on the premises of a dealer’s business location in exchange for money or other consideration.

SB 1251 Virginia Retirement System; technical amendments.

SB 1252 Coal tax credits; sunset dates. Sunsets the Coal Employment and Production Incentive Tax Credit and Coalfield Employment Enhancement Tax Credit after tax year 2021 and prohibits the allocation of such credits on and after January 1, 2022.

SB 1254 Sports betting; clarifies certain procedures.Clarifies the types of events on which sports betting is allowed.

SB 1257 SOQ; school board to provide at least three specialized student support positions

SB 1258 Solar projects; erosion and sediment control. Requires any locality that does not operate a regulated MS4 and for which the Department did not administer a VSMP as of July 1, 2020.

SB 1261 Court of Appeals; expands jurisdiction, increases from 11 to 17 number of judges on Court.

SB 1262 Restricted permit; prepayment of fines and costs. 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 1275 Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases. Provides that the occupational disease presumption for death caused by hypertension or heart disease will apply for salaried or volunteer emergency medical services personnel.

SB 1278 Charitable gaming; regulations of operators of Texas Hold’em poker games. Clarifies that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (the Department) has specific authority to approve and regulate operators of both Texas Hold’em poker games and Texas Hold’em poker tournaments.

SB 1279 Veterans Services, Department of; initiatives to reduce unemployment among veterans.

SB 1282 Greenhouse gas emissions inventory; regulations. Directs the Department of Environmental Quality to conduct a statewide baseline and projection inventory of all greenhouse gas emissions and to update such inventory every four years.

SB 1284 Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy; established.

SB 1298 Tourism improvement districts; authorizes any locality to create. 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.

SB 1300 Inmates; Board of Local and Regional Jails to review services provided during pregnancy, etc. Directs the Board of Local and Regional Jails (the Board), in consultation with a stakeholder work group, to (i) identify and analyze all obstetric and gynecological services and any other services provided by local and regional jails to inmates during pregnancy, pregnancy termination, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery.

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

SB 1302 Crisis Call Center Fund; created, consistency with federal guidelines.

SB 1305 Virginia Public Procurement Act; construction contracts, subcontractor workforce requirements. Requires all public bodies in a locality with a population in excess of 25,000 and covered institutions, defined in the bill, to include in every construction contract of more than $500,000 certain provisions related to the outsourcing of subcontracted work, which a contractor shall agree to during the performance of such contract.

SB 1307 School-based health services; Bd. of MAS to amend state plan for services to provide for payment. Directs the Board of Medical Assistance Services to amend the state plan for medical assistance services to provide for payment of medical assistance services delivered to Medicaid-eligible students when such services qualify for reimbursement by the Virginia Medicaid program.

SB 1310 Virginia Human Rights Act; application of laws applicable to employee safety and payment of wages. Provides that individuals who are engaged in providing domestic service are not excluded from employee protection laws and laws regarding the payment of wages.

SB 1313 Children’s Services Act; funds expended special education programs.

SB 1314 Education and Labor Market Alignment, Office of; established.

SB 1315 Criminal proceedings; consideration of mental condition & intellectual & developmental disabilities. 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.

SB 1316 Child care providers; background checks, portability. 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.

SB 1318 Interagency Environmental Justice Working Group; established, report.

SB 1321 Confirmatory adoption; expands the stepparent adoption provisions. Expands the stepparent adoption provisions to allow a person who is not the child’s stepparent but has a legitimate interest in the child to file a joint petition for adoption with the child’s birth parent or parent by adoption.

SB 1326 Local cigarette taxes; regional cigarette tax boards. States that it is the policy of the Commonwealth, where practical, to encourage local cigarette stamping and tax collection to be accomplished through regional cigarette tax boards, defined in the bill.

SB 1328 State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; created.

SB 1333 Pharmaceutical processors; permits processors to produce & distribute cannabis products.

SB 1336 Restricted permits to operate a motor vehicle; ignition interlock systems. 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.

SB 1338 Telemedicine services; remote patient monitoring services. Requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance services a provision for the payment of medical assistance for remote patient monitoring services provided via telemedicine.

SB 1339 Police and court records; expungement and sealing of records, Expungement Fee Fund created.

SB 1350 Transportation funding; statewide prioritization process, resiliency. Requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board to determine whether a project has been designed to be resilient when evaluating projects for the Six-Year Improvement Program and consider resiliency when establishing the Statewide Transportation Plan.

SB 1354 Chesapeake Bay; wastewater treatment, Enhanced Nutrient Removal Certainty Program established.

SB 1357 Through-year growth assessment system; Board of Education shall establish.

SB 1360 Virginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment, sexual harassment. Clarifies, by defining sexual harassment and workplace harassment, what constitutes an unlawful employment practice if engaged in by an employer.

SB 1362 Employers; reporting outbreaks of COVID-19, effective clause. Requires that, upon determination that a worksite cluster of COVID-19 has occurred at a workplace with 50 or more employees, the Department of Health (the Department) shall make a report available to the public on a website maintained by the Department.

SB 1363 Local and Regional Jails, State Board of; membership, powers and duties, effective clause. Restores the authority of the State Board of Local and Regional Jails.

SB 1365 Data Governance and Analytics, Office of; created.

SB 1367 Line of Duty Act; Virginia licensed health practitioners required to conduct medical reviews.

SB 1375 Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19. 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.

SB 1380 Electric utilities; electric school bus projects. 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.

SB 1382 Firearms; purchase, etc., following conviction for assault and battery of a family member. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of assault and battery of a family or household member from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm.

SB 1387 Students; eligibility for in-state tuition. Provides that students who meet the criteria to be deemed eligible for in-state tuition regardless of their citizenship or immigration status shall be afforded the same educational benefits, including financial assistance programs administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

SB 1389 Real property; required disclosures for buyer to exercise due diligence, flood risk report. Requires the Real Estate Board (the Board) to make available on its website a flood risk information form, the details of which are outlined in the bill.

SB 1391 Pretrial data collection; VCSC to collect and disseminate on an annual basis. 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.

SB 1392 Consumer Data Protection Act; establishes a framework for controlling and processing personal data. Establishes a framework for controlling and processing personal data in the Commonwealth.

SB 1395 Discrimination; prohibited in voting and elections administration, etc. Prohibits any voting qualification or any standard, practice, or procedure related to voting from being imposed or applied in a manner that results in the denial or abridgment of the right of any United States citizen to vote based on his race or color or membership in a language minority group.

SB 1396 Onsite Sewage Indemnification Fund; use of Fund for grants to certain property owners. Authorizes the State Board of Health to use the Onsite Sewage Indemnification Fund to provide grants and loans to property owners with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to repair failing onsite sewage systems or install onsite sewage systems on properties that lack adequate sewage disposal.

SB 1398 Retail sales and transient occupancy taxes; room rentals. Provides that retail sales and hotel taxes on transient room rentals shall be computed on the basis of the total charges or the total price paid for the use or possession of the room.

SB 1401 Standards of Learning; reduces total number & type of required assessments to minimum requirements. Reduces the total number and type of required Standards of Learning assessments to the minimum requirements established by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended.

SB 1402 Trout fishing in stocked waters; equalizes for residents and nonresidents requirements to fish.

SB 1403 Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for personal protective equipment.

SB 1405 Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program; established.

SB 1406 Marijuana; legalization of simple possession, penalties. 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 1411 Peanuts; extends sunset date of excise tax on all peanuts grown in Virginia.

SB 1418 Commonwealth’s Development Opportunity Fund; grants, waiver or reduction of capital investment. Provides that, for grants from the Commonwealth’s Development Opportunity Fund, capital investment and local match requirements may be reduced or waived based on the creation of telework jobs that pay an average wage of at least 1.2 times the Virginia minimum wage.

SB 1423 Data centers; sales and use tax exemption, identifying a “distressed locality.”

SB 1425 Data centers; expands sales and use tax exemption. Provides that if a data center operator qualifies for the exemption in one locality and seeks to qualify in another, it shall be required to meet a reduced job creation requirement of 25 jobs for purposes of qualifying in the other locality.

SB 1428 Alcoholic beverage control; operation of government stores, sale of low alcohol beverage coolers. Prohibits the Board of Directors (the Board) of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority from selling in government stores low alcohol beverage coolers not manufactured by licensed distillers.

SB 1429 Southwestern Va. Mental Health Institute; Governor to lease a portion of property to Smyth County.

SB 1436 Eligible Health Care Provider Reserve Directory; established.

SB 1438 Combined transient occupancy and food and beverage tax; technical amendments.

SB 1442 Public defender office; establishes an office for the County of Chesterfield.

SB 1443 Mandatory minimum sentences; elimination, modification of sentence to mandatory minimum term. Eliminates all mandatory minimum sentences of confinement from the Code of Virginia.

SB 1461 Bribery in correctional facilities; penalty. 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.

SB 1462 Virginia Digital Equity Pilot Program and Fund; established, report, sunset date.

SB 1465 Illegal gambling; skill games, definitions, enforcement by localities and Attorney General. 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 1469 Opioid Abatement Authority; established, Fund created, report, membership.

SB 1471 Alcoholic beverage control; local special events license, taxes and fees. Allows the Board of Directors of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority to increase the frequency, duration, and designated area of events held under a local special events license upon the request of a locality after adoption of an ordinance allowing such increases.

Bills Passed

SB 1112 Research and development expenses; tax credit available against the bank franchise tax. Research and development tax credits. Provides that the research and development expenses tax credit and the major research and development expenses tax credit shall be available against the bank franchise tax for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2021. Under current law, the credits are available only against the individual and corporate income tax. This bill is identical to HB 1916.

SB 1130 Personal property tax; exemption for motor vehicle of a 100 percent disabled veteran. Personal property tax exemption; motor vehicle of a disabled veteran. Provides that one motor vehicle of a veteran who has a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability shall be exempt from local taxes. This bill is the enabling legislation for a constitutional amendment ratified by the voters of the Commonwealth at the November 2020 general election.

SB 1134 Refunding bonds; alters the principal and interest requirements. Refunding bonds; emergency. Alters the principal and interest requirements, maturity date, and allowable discount for previously issued refunding bonds. The bill contains an emergency clause and has an expiration date of June 30, 2023. This bill is identical to HB 2179.

SB 1145 Commonwealth of Virginia Higher Educational Institutions Bond Act of 2021; created. Bonds for public institutions of higher learning; emergency. Authorizes issuance of bonds in an amount up to $34,136,000 for revenue-producing capital projects at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The bill contains an emergency clause and is identical to HB 2178.

SB 1146 Income tax, state; conformity with the Internal Revenue Code. Conformity of the Commonwealth’s taxation system with the Internal Revenue Code. Advances Virginia’s date of conformity with the Internal Revenue Code from December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2020. The bill deconforms from the suspension of the overall limitation on itemized deductions and the reduction in the medical expense deduction floor for taxable year 2017 and taxable years on and after January 1, 2019, and from the provisions of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) related to the net operating loss limitation and carryback, a loss limitation applicable to taxpayers other than corporations, the limitation on business interest, and certain loan forgiveness and other business financial assistance. The bill provides an individual and corporate income tax deduction or subtraction, as applicable, of up to $100,000 for Rebuild Virginia grants and certain amounts related to Paycheck Protection Program loans.

SB 1254 Sports betting; clarifies certain procedures. Sports betting; technical amendments. Clarifies the types of events on which sports betting is allowed. The bill clarifies that a permit issued to a casino operator shall not count toward the maximum of 12 permits that the Director of the Virginia Lottery can issue and makes technical amendments related to the interaction between sports betting law and casino gaming law.

SB 1155 Capital outlay plan; repeals existing six-year capital outlay for projects to be funded. Capital outlay plan. Updates the six-year capital outlay plan for projects to be funded entirely or partially from general fund-supported resources. This bill is identical to HB 2177.

SB 1156 Technology Development Grant Fund; created. Technology Development Grant Fund created. Creates the Technology Development Grant Fund to make grant payments to a qualified technology company that makes a capital investment of at least $64 million at a facility in Fairfax County and creates at least 1,500 new full-time jobs at the facility. A qualified technology company would be eligible for an aggregate of $22.5 million in grants paid over four years if it meets performance parameters and complies with the terms of a memorandum of understanding agreed upon by the company, the Commonwealth, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority.

SB 1158 Port of Virginia tax credits; extends the sunset date. Port of Virginia tax credits; sunset. Extends the sunset for the international trade facility tax credit, the barge and rail usage tax credit, and the port volume increase tax credit from taxable years before January 1, 2022, to taxable years before January 1, 2025.

SB 1162 Tax credit; agricultural best management practices. Tax credit; agricultural best management practices. Creates an enhanced individual and corporate income tax credit for taxable years 2021 through 2024 for the implementation of certain agricultural best management practices by the taxpayer that are required as part of a certified resource management plan. The enhanced tax credit is equal to 50 percent of the first $100,000 expended in implementing certain agricultural best management practices, and each amount shall be consistent with the rate offered for each eligible practice under the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program. The bill retains a tax credit for 25 percent of expenses made for all other agricultural best management practices that are not eligible for the enhanced credit rate but increases the maximum amount of expenses to which one can apply the 25 percent credit from $70,000 to $100,000. A taxpayer may not claim credit for the same practice in the same management area under both the 25 percent and enhanced 75 percent credits. The aggregate amount of credit claimed per taxpayer shall not exceed $75,000 per year, and the aggregate amount of individual and corporate credits claimed among all taxpayers and credits shall not exceed $2 million per year. The bill sunsets the existing agricultural best management practices tax credits after taxable year 2024. This bill is identical to HB 1763.

SB 1163 Agricultural equipment; establishes a refundable individual and corporate income tax credit. Tax credits of agricultural equipment. Establishes for taxable years 2021 through 2025 a refundable individual and corporate income tax credit for 25 percent of expenditures, up to a maximum of $17,500, made for the purchase of conservation tillage and precision agriculture equipment certified by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board as reducing soil compaction or improving precision of pesticide and fertilizer application or injection. The bill expires the existing individual and corporate income tax credits for conservation tillage equipment and purchase of advanced technology pesticide and fertilizer application equipment after taxable year 2020. Under current law, an individual or corporate taxpayer is allowed nonrefundable credits of up to $4,000 for conservation tillage equipment purchases and up to $3,750 for advanced technology pesticide and fertilizer application equipment purchases, which credits may be carried over for five years.

SB 1197 Virginia housing opportunity; tax credit established. Virginia housing opportunity tax credit. Establishes, starting in taxable year 2021, a Virginia housing opportunity tax credit, which is equal to the amount of the federal low-income housing tax credit allocated or allowed by the Virginia Housing Development Authority to a low-income building that is eligible for the federal credit. The credit would be nonrefundable and could be carried forward for up to five years.

SB 1201 Energy storage systems; definitions, tax exemption, revenue share for systems. Tax exemptions for energy storage systems. Declares that energy storage systems are included in the definition of certified pollution control equipment and facilities, making energy storage systems exempt from state and local taxation. The bill defines “energy storage system” as equipment, facilities, or devices that are capable of absorbing energy, storing it for a period of time, and redelivering that energy after it has been stored. The tax exemption applies only to certain projects with alternating current (AC) storage capacity of more than five megawatts and less than 150 megawatts. The bill also allows localities to assess a revenue share of up to $1400 per megawatt on energy storage systems. The bill provides that on July 1, 2026, and every five years thereafter, the maximum amount of the revenue share that a locality may impose on energy storage systems as well as certain solar energy projects shall be increased by 10 percent. No increase may be made to any revenue share imposed by a locality on a solar energy project or energy storage systems for which an application has been filed with the locality and such application has been approved prior to January 1, 2021. The bill defines energy storage systems as electric suppliers whose property shall be assessed by the State Corporation Commission. This bill is identical to HB 2006.

SB 1204 George Mason University; management agreement with the Commonwealth. George Mason University; management agreement. Provides a management agreement between the Commonwealth and George Mason University pursuant to the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act (§ 23.1-1000 et seq.). This bill is identical to HB 1986.

SB 1251 Virginia Retirement System; technical amendments. Virginia Retirement System; technical amendments. Makes technical amendments to provisions of the Code of Virginia relating to the Virginia Retirement System to reflect recent changes to federal law and conform terminology to federal law. This bill is identical to HB 2181.

SB 1252 Coal tax credits; sunset dates. Sunset of coal tax credits. Sunsets the Coal Employment and Production Incentive Tax Credit and Coalfield Employment Enhancement Tax Credit after tax year 2021 and prohibits the allocation of such credits on and after January 1, 2022. The bill provides that if Coal Employment and Production Incentive tax credits were earned prior to January 1, 2022, the credit holder may claim the credits in subsequent tax years pursuant to the applicable carryover requirements of current law; however, such credit holders would be limited to claiming $1 million in carryover credits per taxable year. The bill directs the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to convene a stakeholder process to report by December 1, 2021, on recommendations for how the Commonwealth can provide economic transition support to the coalfield region. This bill is identical to HB 1899.

SB 1326 Local cigarette taxes; regional cigarette tax boards. Local cigarette taxes; regional cigarette tax boards. States that it is the policy of the Commonwealth, where practical, to encourage local cigarette stamping and tax collection to be accomplished through regional cigarette tax boards, defined in the bill. The bill directs the Department of Taxation to establish a task force to develop methods for modernizing the local cigarette tax collection system and provide assistance as appropriate to localities seeking to form new regional cigarette tax boards.

SB 1398 Retail sales and transient occupancy taxes; room rentals. Retail sales and transient occupancy taxes on room rentals. Provides that retail sales and hotel taxes on transient room rentals shall be computed on the basis of the total charges or the total price paid for the use or possession of the room. For those cases in which a hotel or similar establishment contracts with an intermediary to facilitate the sale of the room and the intermediary charges the customer for the room and such facilitation efforts, the bill requires the intermediary to separately state the taxes on the bill or invoice provided to the customer and to collect the taxes based upon the total charges or the total price paid for the use or possession of the room. The bill requires an amount equal to the estimated state sales tax revenue generated from the tax on accommodations fees to be appropriated to the Virginia Tourism Authority each fiscal year to be used for promoting tourism.

SB 1403 Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for personal protective equipment. Sales tax; exemption for personal protective equipment; emergency. Establishes a retail sales and use tax exemption for personal protective equipment, defined in the bill. The exemption is available to any business that has in place a COVID-19 safety protocol that complies with the Emergency Temporary Standard promulgated by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and that meets other criteria. The exemption sunsets on the first day following the expiration of the last executive order issued by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the termination of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard and any permanent COVID-19 regulations adopted by the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board. The bill contains an emergency clause and is identical to HB 2185.

SB 1423 Data centers; sales and use tax exemption, identifying a “distressed locality.” Sales and use tax exemption for data centers. Reduces the job creation requirement to qualify for the sales and use tax exemption for data centers in a distressed locality from 25 to 15 jobs. Under current law, such data centers must create at least 25 new jobs. The bill also redefines what criteria are used to identify a distressed locality; under the bill, a locality qualifies as distressed if it has an unemployment rate that is greater than the statewide unemployment rate and a poverty rate that exceeds the statewide poverty rate. The bill requires all data centers claiming the exemption to report certain information to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (the Authority). The Department of Taxation, in collaboration with the Authority, would aggregate and publish such information biennially.

SB 1438 Combined transient occupancy and food and beverage tax; technical amendments. Combined transient occupancy and food and beverage tax; technical amendments. Provides that, for purposes of the combined transient occupancy and food and beverage tax that is currently authorized for Rappahannock and Madison Counties, the rate limit for such tax shall be the same as if the two taxes were imposed separately. The bill also eliminates the referendum requirement for the food and beverage component of the combined tax, consistent with Chapters 1214 and 1263 of the Acts of Assembly of 2020, which eliminated the referendum requirement for the food and beverage tax generally.

 

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

 

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

  • SB1110–  Property; duties of real estate settlement agents.
  • SB 1127 Charitable gaming; conduct of instant bingo, network bingo, pull tabs, and seal cards.
  • SB1150– Department of Veterans Services; Military Spouse Liaison; position created. 
  • SB 1183Property Owners’ Association Act/Condominium Act; use of electronic means for meetings and voting. 
  • SB 1215Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant remedies for exclusion from dwelling unit, interruption of services, or actions taken to make premises unsafe.
  • SB 1271Virginia Freedom of Information Act; meetings held through electronic communication means during a state of emergency.
  • SB 1279- Department of Veterans Services; initiatives to reduce unemployment among veterans; comprehensive transition program. 
  • SB 1287Charitable Gaming Board; regulations; electronic pull tabs.
  • SB 1296State Coordinator of Emergency Management; establishment of Emergency Management Equity Working Group. 
  • SB 1314Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; Office of Education and Labor Market Alignment established; workforce and higher education alignment.
  • SB 1327Housing Bill of Rights; housing protections; foreclosures; manufactured housing. 
  • SB 1343Virginia Freedom of Information Act; proprietary records and trade secrets; carbon sequestration agreements.
  • SB 1365- Data governance; Office of Data Governance and Analytics; Chief Data Officer; Virginia Data Commission; report.
  • SB 1389Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures; repetitive risk loss structure; flood risk information form.
  • SB1392Consumer Data Protection Act.
  • SB1206Marijuana; legalization; retail sales; penalties.
  • SB1410Active military or a military spouse; prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, etc.
  • SB1418Grants from the Commonwealth’s Development Opportunity Fund; waiver or reduction of capital investment and local match requirement.
  • SB1429Disposition of property previously used by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services as the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
  • SB1458Secretary of Commerce and Trade; Identity Management Standards Advisory Council.
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General Laws and Technology Committee 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

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

When Virginia’s General Assembly first took up legislation billed as a major step toward giving regular people more control over their data in an increasingly online world, some of the first testimony lawmakers heard came from tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon.

Both companies said they were in full support of Virginia’s effort to become just the second state in America to pass its own data privacy bill, an early marker in a debate still unfolding in other states and at the national level.

Supporters of Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act, approved by the General Assembly this year and already signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, say the fact that Virginia was able to pass such significant legislation without a major fight is a testament to the quality of the bill, which lays out new consumer protections while largely shielding companies from a flood of data-related lawsuits.

Noting that an estimated 70 percent of internet traffic flows through servers in Virginia, Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax, said Virginia’s legislation could be “a good starting place for a national privacy bill.”

Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition
AP, Denise LavoieMarch 29, 2021 (Short)

Last month, Virginia lawmakers quietly passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology.

The legislation, which won unusually broad bipartisan support, prohibits all local law enforcement agencies and campus police departments from purchasing or using facial recognition technology unless it is expressly authorized by the state legislature.

But now, some law enforcement officials are asking Gov. Ralph Northam to put the brakes on the legislation, arguing that it is overly broad and hasn’t been thoroughly vetted.

Virginia Senate bill demands Metro change station
Washington PostFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

State Legislatures across the U.S. are making privacy a priority out of the gate in 2021. The number of states with proposed privacy legislation up for consideration continues to grow, including bills in Washington and Virginia that are already seeing movement.

While the track of the Washington Privacy Act has accrued quite the following, Senate Bill 1392 for Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act has begun gaining traction. On Jan. 27, 2021, the Virginia Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted 13–0 with one abstention in favor of moving the bill forward to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration and debate.

“Mr. Chairman, it is time,” State Sen. David Marsden, D-Va., during the meeting. Marsden introduced the bill to the Senate Jan. 13. “It is time that we find a meaningful way of protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s data. … Virginia is in a unique position to be a leader on this issue. There’s a huge amount of the data on the internet that flows through the commonwealth. Privacy is not a new issue.”

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

 

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

  • SB1110–  Property; duties of real estate settlement agents.
  • SB 1127 Charitable gaming; conduct of instant bingo, network bingo, pull tabs, and seal cards.
  • SB1150– Department of Veterans Services; Military Spouse Liaison; position created. 
  • SB 1183Property Owners’ Association Act/Condominium Act; use of electronic means for meetings and voting. 
  • SB 1215Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant remedies for exclusion from dwelling unit, interruption of services, or actions taken to make premises unsafe.
  • SB 1271Virginia Freedom of Information Act; meetings held through electronic communication means during a state of emergency.
  • SB 1279- Department of Veterans Services; initiatives to reduce unemployment among veterans; comprehensive transition program. 
  • SB 1287Charitable Gaming Board; regulations; electronic pull tabs.
  • SB 1296State Coordinator of Emergency Management; establishment of Emergency Management Equity Working Group. 
  • SB 1314Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; Office of Education and Labor Market Alignment established; workforce and higher education alignment.
  • SB 1327Housing Bill of Rights; housing protections; foreclosures; manufactured housing. 
  • SB 1343Virginia Freedom of Information Act; proprietary records and trade secrets; carbon sequestration agreements.
  • SB 1365- Data governance; Office of Data Governance and Analytics; Chief Data Officer; Virginia Data Commission; report.
  • SB 1389Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures; repetitive risk loss structure; flood risk information form.
  • SB1392Consumer Data Protection Act.
  • SB1206Marijuana; legalization; retail sales; penalties.
  • SB1410Active military or a military spouse; prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, etc.
  • SB1418Grants from the Commonwealth’s Development Opportunity Fund; waiver or reduction of capital investment and local match requirement.
  • SB1429Disposition of property previously used by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services as the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
  • SB1458Secretary of Commerce and Trade; Identity Management Standards Advisory Council.
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General Laws and Technology Committee 2021 hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

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

When Virginia’s General Assembly first took up legislation billed as a major step toward giving regular people more control over their data in an increasingly online world, some of the first testimony lawmakers heard came from tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon.

Both companies said they were in full support of Virginia’s effort to become just the second state in America to pass its own data privacy bill, an early marker in a debate still unfolding in other states and at the national level.

Supporters of Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act, approved by the General Assembly this year and already signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, say the fact that Virginia was able to pass such significant legislation without a major fight is a testament to the quality of the bill, which lays out new consumer protections while largely shielding companies from a flood of data-related lawsuits.

Noting that an estimated 70 percent of internet traffic flows through servers in Virginia, Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax, said Virginia’s legislation could be “a good starting place for a national privacy bill.”

Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition
AP, Denise LavoieMarch 29, 2021 (Short)

Last month, Virginia lawmakers quietly passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology.

The legislation, which won unusually broad bipartisan support, prohibits all local law enforcement agencies and campus police departments from purchasing or using facial recognition technology unless it is expressly authorized by the state legislature.

But now, some law enforcement officials are asking Gov. Ralph Northam to put the brakes on the legislation, arguing that it is overly broad and hasn’t been thoroughly vetted.

Virginia Senate bill demands Metro change station
Washington PostFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

State Legislatures across the U.S. are making privacy a priority out of the gate in 2021. The number of states with proposed privacy legislation up for consideration continues to grow, including bills in Washington and Virginia that are already seeing movement.

While the track of the Washington Privacy Act has accrued quite the following, Senate Bill 1392 for Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act has begun gaining traction. On Jan. 27, 2021, the Virginia Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted 13–0 with one abstention in favor of moving the bill forward to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration and debate.

“Mr. Chairman, it is time,” State Sen. David Marsden, D-Va., during the meeting. Marsden introduced the bill to the Senate Jan. 13. “It is time that we find a meaningful way of protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s data. … Virginia is in a unique position to be a leader on this issue. There’s a huge amount of the data on the internet that flows through the commonwealth. Privacy is not a new issue.”

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Bills

Bills passed

  • 1110–  Property; duties of real estate settlement agents. Provides that the State Corporation Commission may share information collected from a settlement agent or agency regarding any errors and omissions or malpractice insurance policy or surety bond with any party to the real estate transaction in connection with the actions of such agent or agency arising out of a settlement.
  • SB 1127 Charitable gaming; conduct of instant bingo, network bingo, pull tabs, and seal cards.
  • SB1150– Department of Veterans Services; Military Spouse Liaison; position created. Establishes the position of Military Spouse Liaison (the Liaison) in the Department of Veterans Services to conduct outreach and advocate on behalf of military spouses in the Commonwealth. The bill directs the Liaison to report by December 1 of each year through the Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Services to the Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, the Governor, and the General Assembly on the work of the Liaison and any legislative recommendations. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.
  • SB 1183Property Owners’ Association Act/Condominium Act; use of electronic means for meetings and voting. Allows meetings of property owners’ associations, boards of directors, unit owners’ associations, executive boards, and committees to be held entirely or partially by electronic means, provided that the board of directors, unit owners’ association, or executive board, as applicable, has adopted guidelines for the use of electronic means for such meetings. The bill requires that such guidelines ensure that persons accessing such meetings are authorized to do so and that persons entitled to participate in such meetings have an opportunity to do so. The bill grants authority for determining whether any such meeting may be held entirely or partially by electronic means with the board of directors or executive board, as applicable. Under current law, if a meeting of a board of directors or executive board is conducted by telephone conference or video conference, at least two members of the board of directors or executive board, as applicable, are required to be physically present at the meeting place included in the meeting notice. The bill amends the definition of “electronic means” to provide that a meeting conducted by electronic means includes a meeting conducted via teleconference, videoconference, Internet exchange, or other electronic methods. The bill allows members of property owners’ associations or unit owners’ associations to vote at meetings of such associations by absentee ballot, and allows such members to vote in person, by proxy, or by absentee ballot by electronic means, provided that the board of directors or executive board, as applicable, has adopted guidelines for such voting. Finally, the bill provides that if a vote, consent, or approval required to be obtained by secret ballot is accomplished through electronic means, the electronic means shall protect the identity of the voter, and provides that if the electronic means cannot protect the identity of the voter, another means of voting shall be used. This bill is identical to HB 1816.
  • SB 1215Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant remedies for exclusion from dwelling unit, interruption of services, or actions taken to make premises unsafe. Provides that a general district court shall enter an order upon petition by a tenant that his landlord has (i) removed or excluded the tenant from the dwelling unit unlawfully, (ii) interrupted or caused the interruption of an essential service to the tenant, or (iii) taken action to make the premises unsafe for habitation. The bill allows entry of a preliminary order ex parte to require the landlord to allow the tenant to recover possession of the dwelling unit, resume any such interrupted essential service, or fix any willful actions taken by the landlord or his agent to make the premises unsafe for habitation if there is good cause to do so and the tenant made reasonable efforts to notify the landlord of the hearing. The bill requires that any ex parte order entered shall further indicate a date for a full hearing on the petition that is no later than 10 days from the initial hearing date. Finally, the bill provides that, at a full hearing on such petition and upon proper evidence presented, the tenant shall recover actual damages, the greater of $5,000 or four months’ rent, and reasonable attorney fees. This bill is identical to HB 1900.
  • SB 1271Virginia Freedom of Information Act; meetings held through electronic communication means during a state of emergency. Allows a public body, or a joint meeting thereof, to meet by electronic communication means without a quorum of the public body physically assembled at one location when a locality in which the public body is located has declared a local state of emergency, provided that (i) the catastrophic nature of the declared emergency makes it impracticable or unsafe to assemble a quorum in a single location and (ii) the purpose of the meeting is to provide for the continuity of operations of the public body or the discharge of its lawful purposes, duties, and responsibilities. Under current law, public bodies may only meet in such manner when the Governor has declared a state of emergency, and only for the purpose of addressing the emergency. Finally, the bill requires public bodies meeting through electronic communication means during a local or state declaration of a state of emergency to (a) make arrangements for public access to such meeting through electronic communication means, including videoconferencing if already used by the public body, and (b) provide the public with the opportunity to comment at such meetings when public comment is customarily received.
  • SB 1279- Department of Veterans Services; initiatives to reduce unemployment among veterans; comprehensive transition program. Requires the Department of Veterans Services to develop a comprehensive program to assist military service members, veterans, and their spouses in making a successful transition from military to civilian life in Virginia. The program promotes strategies and services for connecting transitioning service members, veterans, and spouses to local, regional, state, and federal employment resources in Virginia, including (i) skills and workforce assessments and (ii) internship and apprenticeship programs. The bill also requires that the program prioritize assistance to military service members, veterans, and their spouses who have not sought services from or do not qualify for services under certain federal programs administered by the Commonwealth.
  • SB 1287Charitable Gaming Board; regulations; electronic pull tabs. Prohibits the Charitable Gaming Board from promulgating regulations that prohibit the use of multiple video monitors or touchscreens on an electronic pull tab device and provides that the use of electronic pull tab devices utilizing multiple video monitors or touchscreens shall be limited to one player at a time. This bill is identical to HB 1943.
  • SB 1296State Coordinator of Emergency Management; establishment of Emergency Management Equity Working Group. Provides for the State Coordinator of Emergency Management to establish an Emergency Management Equity Working Group to ensure that emergency management programs and plans provide support to at-risk individuals and populations disproportionately impacted by disasters.
  • SB 1314Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; Office of Education and Labor Market Alignment established; workforce and higher education alignment. Directs the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority to establish an Office of Education and Labor Market Alignment (the Office) to coordinate data analysis on workforce and higher education alignment and translate data to partners. The Office shall provide a unified, consistent source of information or analysis for policy development and implementation related to talent development and shall partner with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, institutions of higher education, the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Employment Commission, GO Virginia, and other relevant entities to offer resources and expertise related to education and labor market alignment.
  • SB 1327Housing Bill of Rights; housing protections; foreclosures; manufactured housing. Provides for various protections for homeowners and tenants of manufactured home parks, including (i) restricting the circumstances under which a court may order a person’s primary residence to be sold to enforce a judgment lien; (ii) requiring localities to incorporate into their comprehensive plans strategies to promote manufactured housing as a source of affordable housing; (iii) requiring the Director of Housing and Community Development to develop a statement of tenant rights and responsibilities explaining in plain language the rights and responsibilities of tenants under the Virginia Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; (iv) in the case of a deed of trust conveying owner-occupied residential real estate, prohibiting a trustee of such deed of trust from selling such property in a foreclosure sale without receiving an affidavit signed by the party that provided notice of the sale to the owner confirming that such notice was sent to the owner, with a copy of such notice attached to the affidavit; (v) in the case of a deed of trust conveying owner-occupied residential real estate, increasing the notice period for a foreclosure sale from 14 to 60 days and requiring such notice to provide the grantor with information regarding housing counseling; and (vi) requiring the landlord of a manufactured home park to provide tenants who own their manufactured home information about housing assistance and legal aid organizations. The bill also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to convene a stakeholder group to assist in the development of the statement of tenant rights and responsibilities. The provisions of the bill related to the specifics of the notice that is required before a trustee can sell a property in a foreclosure sale have a delayed effective date of October 1, 2021. This bill is identical to HB 2175.
  • SB 1343Virginia Freedom of Information Act; proprietary records and trade secrets; carbon sequestration agreements. Excludes from the mandatory disclosure provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act proprietary information, voluntarily provided by a private business under a promise of confidentiality from a public body, used by the public body for a carbon sequestration agreement. The bill requires the private business to specify the records for which protection is sought before submitting them to the public body and to state the reasons why protection is necessary.
  • SB 1365- Data governance; Office of Data Governance and Analytics; Chief Data Officer; Virginia Data Commission; report. Creates the Office of Data Governance (the Office) in the Office of the Secretary of Administration, to be directed by the existing Chief Data Officer of the Commonwealth. The Office is charged with overseeing general data governance in the Commonwealth, as well as developing and managing the Commonwealth Data Trust, a multi-stakeholder data exchange and analytics platform. A multi-level governance structure is established to govern the Trust. The bill also establishes the advisory Virginia Data Commission to advise the Office on issues relating to data sharing.
  • SB 1389Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures; repetitive risk loss structure; flood risk information form. Requires the Real Estate Board to make available on its website a flood risk information form, the details of which are outlined in the bill. The bill also provides that an owner of residential real property located in the Commonwealth who has actual knowledge that the dwelling unit is a repetitive risk loss structure, as defined in the bill, shall disclose such fact to the purchaser on a form provided by the Real Estate Board on its website. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022. This bill is identical to HB 2320.
  • SB1392Consumer Data Protection Act. Establishes a framework for controlling and processing personal data in the Commonwealth. The bill applies to all persons that conduct business in the Commonwealth and either (i) control or process personal data of at least 100,000 consumers or (ii) derive over 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of personal data and control or process personal data of at least 25,000 consumers. The bill outlines responsibilities and privacy protection standards for data controllers and processors. The bill does not apply to state or local governmental entities and contains exceptions for certain types of data and information governed by federal law. The bill grants consumer rights to access, correct, delete, obtain a copy of personal data, and to opt out of the processing of personal data for the purposes of targeted advertising. The bill provides that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce violations of the law, and the Consumer Privacy Fund is created to support this effort. The bill directs the Joint Commission on Technology and Science to establish a work group to review the provisions of this act and issues related to its implementation, and to report on its findings by November 1, 2021. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2023. This bill is identical to HB 2307.
  • SB1206Marijuana; legalization; retail sales; penalties. Eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older, modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana, and imposes limits on dissemination of criminal history record information related to certain marijuana offenses. The bill creates the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority (the Authority) and establishes a regulatory and licensing structure for the cultivation, manufacture, wholesale, and retail sale of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products, to be administered by the Authority. The bill contains social equity provisions that, among other things, provide support and resources to persons and communities that have been historically and disproportionately affected by drug enforcement. The bill has staggered effective dates and numerous provisions of the bill are subject to reenactment by the 2022 Session of the General Assembly. This bill incorporates SB 1243 and is identical to HB 2312.
  • SB1410Active military or a military spouse; prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, etc. Prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, employment, and housing on the basis of a person’s military status, defined as a member of the uniformed services of the United States or a reserve component thereof or a spouse or other dependent of the same. The bill also prohibits terms in a rental agreement in which the tenant agrees to waive remedies or rights under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act prior to the occurrence of a dispute between the landlord and the tenant. This bill is identical to HB2161.
  • SB1418Grants from the Commonwealth’s Development Opportunity Fund; waiver or reduction of capital investment and local match requirement. Provides that, for grants from the Commonwealth’s Development Opportunity Fund, capital investment and local match requirements may be reduced or waived based on the creation of telework jobs that pay an average wage of at least 1.2 times the Virginia minimum wage.
  • SB1429Disposition of property previously used by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services as the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute. Authorizes the Governor to lease a portion of property previously used by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services as the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute to Smyth County in as-is condition for a term of three years upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed by the parties, including, without limitation, Smyth County’s responsibility for building or infrastructure refurbishments and operational expenses. The bill also corrects tax map references from a 2019 conveyance of property in Smyth County. This bill is identical to HB 2098.
  • SB1458Secretary of Commerce and Trade; Identity Management Standards Advisory Council. Transfers the management of the Identity Management Standards Advisory Council from the Secretary of Administration to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. The bill also adds to the membership of the Advisory Council a representative from the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority and a representative of Virginia consumers. The bill also allows the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to serve ex officio with voting privileges.

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

 

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Judiciary bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System

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

  • SB 1108: General district courts; jurisdictional limits
  • SB 1113: Communicating threats of death or bodily injury to a person with intent to intimidate; penalty
  • SB 1119: Law-enforcement agencies; body-worn camera systems
  • SB 1122: Habitual offenders; repeals remaining provisions of Habitual Offender Act
  • SB 1138: Sexually transmitted infections; infected sexual battery, penalty
  • SB 1142: Marriage; persons who may celebrate rites, authorizes current members of the General Assembly
  • SB 1165: Death penalty; abolition of current penalty
  • SB 1168: “Abused or neglected child;” definition
  • SB 1181: Special immigrant juvenile status; jurisdiction
  • SB 1184: Standby guardianship; triggering event
  • SB 1209: Subcontractor’s employees; liability of general contractor for wages
  • SB 1213: Restricted licenses; DMV authorized to issue
  • SB 1234: Virginia State Bar examination; foreign applicants, evidence required
  • SB 1241: Personal injury claim; disclosure of insurance policy limits
  • SB 1242: Personal appearance by two-way electronic video and audio communication; entry of plea
  • SB 1248: Juveniles; competency evaluation, receipt of court order
  • SB 1256: Criminal Justice Services Board and Committee on Training; membership
  • SB 1261: Court of Appeals; expands jurisdiction, increases from 11 to 17 number of judges on Court
  • SB 1262: Restricted permit; prepayment of fines and costs
  • SB 1266: Admission to bail; rebuttable presumptions against bail
  • SB 1272: Unrestorably incompetent defendant; disposition, capital murder charge, inpatient custody
  • SB 1315: Criminal proceedings; consideration of mental condition & intellectual & developmental disabilities
  • SB 1316: Child care providers; background checks, portability
  • SB 1325: Visitation; petition of grandparent
  • SB 1336: Ignition interlock systems; restricted permits to operate a motor vehicle
  • SB 1339: Criminal records; sealing of records, Sealing Fee Fund created, penalties, report
  • SB 1381: Weapons; possessing or transporting within Capitol Square, etc
  • SB 1391: Pretrial data collection; VCSC to collect and disseminate on an annual basis
  • SB 1400: Tazewell County; quitclaim and conveyance of easement by Board of Wildlife Resources
  • SB 1415: Protective orders; violations of preliminary child protective order, changes punishment, etc
  • SB 1426: Orders of restitution; docketed on behalf of victim, enforcement
  • SB 1431: Unrestorably incompetent defendant; competency report
  • SB 1442: Public defender office; establishes an office for the County of Chesterfield
  • SB 1456: Juveniles; eligibility for commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice
  • SB 1461: Bribery in correctional facilities; penalty
  • SB 1468: Victims of crime; certifications for victims of qualifying criminal activity
  • SB 1475: Search warrants; date and time of issuance, exceptions
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Judiciary 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/18.1 1/18.2  1/18.3 1/20 1/25 1/27 2/1 2/3 2/9 2/10 2/15 2/17 2/22.1 2/22.2

Subcommittees:
Civil Law: 2/1 2/16
Criminal Law: 1/29

Virginia Senate Committee Kills Cyberflashing Bill
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.

McClellan’s bill was met with debate from other lawmakers in the Senate Judiciary committee, such as Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, over the bill’s language. McClellan asked Petersen if he wanted to add an amendment. He said he didn’t.

“I just want this bill to go away,” Petersen said.

Petersen questioned if his wife asking men “to move the furniture for her” constituted sexual harassment. Multiple lawmakers said the bill’s language was too broad.

Law360's Tort Report: Med Mal Damages Bill Fails In Virginia
Law360, Y. Peter KangMarch 9, 2021 (Medium)

A bid to overturn Virginia’s cap on medical malpractice damages ended last month when the state’s General Assembly adjourned its legislative session without taking action on a bill that was being supported by an attorney best known for representing Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton.

S.B. 1107, which would have eliminated the current $2.45 million total damages limit for medical malpractice payouts, didn’t make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee before the legislative session ended on Feb. 11.

Washington, D.C.-based attorney Joe Cammarata had garnered the support of state Sen. Bill Stanley, a Republican, to move the legislation forward, but to no avail. Cammarata, a partner with personal injury firm Chaikin Sherman Cammarata & Siegel PC, served as one of Jones’ attorneys in her suit against Clinton in the late 1990s, a case that ultimately ended in an $850,000 settlement.

More rights for Va. disabled and domestic workers
Fauquier Now, David TranMarch 5, 2021 (Medium)

The two bills amending the Human Rights Act that lawmakers could not advance would have strengthened current workplace sexual harassment laws.

Del. Vivian E. Watts (D-Fairfax) introduced HB 2155 to expand and clarify the definition of workplace harassment and sexual harassment. The bill passed the House but died in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-7. It was the delegate’s second attempt to pass such protections.

The Senate companion bill, SB 1360, reported out of the Senate Judiciary committee, but was sent back and never picked back up. Patroned by Sen. McClellan, the legislation died over concerns on the bill’s absence of employers’ liabilities, especially for small businesses.

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

 

News

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Judiciary bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System

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

  • SB 1108: General district courts; jurisdictional limits
  • SB 1113: Communicating threats of death or bodily injury to a person with intent to intimidate; penalty
  • SB 1119: Law-enforcement agencies; body-worn camera systems
  • SB 1122: Habitual offenders; repeals remaining provisions of Habitual Offender Act
  • SB 1138: Sexually transmitted infections; infected sexual battery, penalty
  • SB 1142: Marriage; persons who may celebrate rites, authorizes current members of the General Assembly
  • SB 1165: Death penalty; abolition of current penalty
  • SB 1168: “Abused or neglected child;” definition
  • SB 1181: Special immigrant juvenile status; jurisdiction
  • SB 1184: Standby guardianship; triggering event
  • SB 1209: Subcontractor’s employees; liability of general contractor for wages
  • SB 1213: Restricted licenses; DMV authorized to issue
  • SB 1234: Virginia State Bar examination; foreign applicants, evidence required
  • SB 1241: Personal injury claim; disclosure of insurance policy limits
  • SB 1242: Personal appearance by two-way electronic video and audio communication; entry of plea
  • SB 1248: Juveniles; competency evaluation, receipt of court order
  • SB 1256: Criminal Justice Services Board and Committee on Training; membership
  • SB 1261: Court of Appeals; expands jurisdiction, increases from 11 to 17 number of judges on Court
  • SB 1262: Restricted permit; prepayment of fines and costs
  • SB 1266: Admission to bail; rebuttable presumptions against bail
  • SB 1272: Unrestorably incompetent defendant; disposition, capital murder charge, inpatient custody
  • SB 1315: Criminal proceedings; consideration of mental condition & intellectual & developmental disabilities
  • SB 1316: Child care providers; background checks, portability
  • SB 1325: Visitation; petition of grandparent
  • SB 1336: Ignition interlock systems; restricted permits to operate a motor vehicle
  • SB 1339: Criminal records; sealing of records, Sealing Fee Fund created, penalties, report
  • SB 1381: Weapons; possessing or transporting within Capitol Square, etc
  • SB 1391: Pretrial data collection; VCSC to collect and disseminate on an annual basis
  • SB 1400: Tazewell County; quitclaim and conveyance of easement by Board of Wildlife Resources
  • SB 1415: Protective orders; violations of preliminary child protective order, changes punishment, etc
  • SB 1426: Orders of restitution; docketed on behalf of victim, enforcement
  • SB 1431: Unrestorably incompetent defendant; competency report
  • SB 1442: Public defender office; establishes an office for the County of Chesterfield
  • SB 1456: Juveniles; eligibility for commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice
  • SB 1461: Bribery in correctional facilities; penalty
  • SB 1468: Victims of crime; certifications for victims of qualifying criminal activity
  • SB 1475: Search warrants; date and time of issuance, exceptions
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Judiciary 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/18.1 1/18.2  1/18.3 1/20 1/25 1/27 2/1 2/3 2/9 2/10 2/15 2/17 2/22.1 2/22.2

Subcommittees:
Civil Law: 2/1 2/16
Criminal Law: 1/29

Virginia Senate Committee Kills Cyberflashing Bill
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.

McClellan’s bill was met with debate from other lawmakers in the Senate Judiciary committee, such as Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, over the bill’s language. McClellan asked Petersen if he wanted to add an amendment. He said he didn’t.

“I just want this bill to go away,” Petersen said.

Petersen questioned if his wife asking men “to move the furniture for her” constituted sexual harassment. Multiple lawmakers said the bill’s language was too broad.

Law360’s Tort Report: Med Mal Damages Bill Fails In Virginia
Law360, Y. Peter KangMarch 9, 2021 (Medium)

A bid to overturn Virginia’s cap on medical malpractice damages ended last month when the state’s General Assembly adjourned its legislative session without taking action on a bill that was being supported by an attorney best known for representing Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton.

S.B. 1107, which would have eliminated the current $2.45 million total damages limit for medical malpractice payouts, didn’t make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee before the legislative session ended on Feb. 11.

Washington, D.C.-based attorney Joe Cammarata had garnered the support of state Sen. Bill Stanley, a Republican, to move the legislation forward, but to no avail. Cammarata, a partner with personal injury firm Chaikin Sherman Cammarata & Siegel PC, served as one of Jones’ attorneys in her suit against Clinton in the late 1990s, a case that ultimately ended in an $850,000 settlement.

More rights for Va. disabled and domestic workers
Fauquier Now, David TranMarch 5, 2021 (Medium)

The two bills amending the Human Rights Act that lawmakers could not advance would have strengthened current workplace sexual harassment laws.

Del. Vivian E. Watts (D-Fairfax) introduced HB 2155 to expand and clarify the definition of workplace harassment and sexual harassment. The bill passed the House but died in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 6-7. It was the delegate’s second attempt to pass such protections.

The Senate companion bill, SB 1360, reported out of the Senate Judiciary committee, but was sent back and never picked back up. Patroned by Sen. McClellan, the legislation died over concerns on the bill’s absence of employers’ liabilities, especially for small businesses.

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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.

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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  

Commissions & Boards

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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:

  • Charters
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Local Government bills passed by General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System

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

  • SB 1120: County executive form of government; local budgets
  • SB 1128: Norfolk, City of; amending charter, general updates
  • SB 1136: License plates, special; repeals issuance of certain plates
  • SB 1216: Crewe, Town of; amending charter, changes to charter including town council, elections and powers
  • SB 1152: Appomattox, Town of; amending charter, shifts local elections from May to November, etc
  • SB 1157: Municipal elections; shifting elections to November
  • SB 1207: Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements throughout the Commonwealth
  • SB 1208: Continuity of government; extends period of time that locality may provide after disaster, etc
  • SB 1267: Covington, City of; amending charter, consolidated school division, salaries
  • SB 1270: Eminent domain; notice of intent to file certificate
  • SB 1298: Tourism improvement districts; authorizes any locality to create
  • SB 1309: Local stormwater assistance; flood mitigation and protection
  • SB 1385: Underground utility facilities; Fairfax County
  • SB 1393: Trees; replacement and conservation during development, effective date
  • SB 1399: Tourism Development Authority; name change
  • SB 1447: Buckingham County; fees for disposal of solid waste
  • SB 1457: Historic sites; urban county executive form of gov’t. (Fairfax County), provisions in its ordinance
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Local Government 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/18  1/25  2/1  2/15  2/22

Subcommittees:
Charters: 2/15

RSA bill fails in committee
Daily Progess, Gracie Hart BrooksFebruary 9, 2021 (Medium)

A three-county marriage is in the midst of a divorce, senators said Monday.
Members of the Senate Committee on Local Government discussed Senate Bill 1355 during a Monday morning session. The bill would allow any member locality of the Rapidan Service Authority (RSA) to withdraw from the authority regardless of any outstanding bonds. The locality would need to meet certain requirements in order to do so including obtaining the unanimous consent of all holders of any outstanding bonds unless all such bonds have been paid or cashed or United States government obligations have been deposited for payment. Any written obligation to RSA incurred by the locality while a member of the authority would remain and the withdrawing locality would assume ownership and management of any RSA asset located within its limits and assume any debt related to said asset.

The bill was introduced by Senator Emmett Hanger, Jr. who represents the 24th District of which both RSA members Madison and Greene counties belong. Third RSA member Orange County is represented by Senator Bryce Reeves in the 17th District. The introduction of the bill came months after Greene County Supervisors passed a resolution asking to withdraw from the authority. Orange and Madison counties declined. In September, Greene County Supervisors filed two lawsuits against RSA.

November elections are more convenient and less confusing for voters, have massively higher voter turnout, and save taxpayers money compared to standalone May local elections. SB 1157, sponsored by Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), would consolidate all Virginia local elections to November. It was successfully reported out of the Senate’s Local Government committee on Monday morning, January 18. Del. Cliff Hayes, Del. Kelly Convirs- Fowler, and Del. Nancy Guy are co-sponsoring the bill in the House of Delegates. In the last two days, Del. Shelly Simonds and Del. Clint Jenkins have also agreed to complete co-sponsor paperwork for the bill as well.

Despite separate May local elections costing Virginia taxpayers more, 115 Virginia localities – representing hundreds of thousands of Virginians – hold local elections in May, when voter turnout is abysmally low compared to November elections. Four of the Virginia localities that hold these anti-democratic, low-turnout May elections each have more than 89,000 registered voters: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton.

Standalone municipal elections developed as efforts to decrease immigrant and minority voting. Historically and today, voters in low-turnout May elections tend to be whiter, wealthier, and older than November voters.

The Senate version of Jones’ bill, sponsored by Saslaw, initially contained a clause making it retroactive to March 1, 2020. But Senate committees ultimately stripped retroactivity from all three measures after the state’s Department of Planning and Budget warned the fiscal impact was “indeterminate.”

Localities, especially, have long argued that dating the bill back to March could lead to hundreds of additional COVID-19 claims from their employees, who would now be presumed to have contracted the virus on the job. That’s a financial burden that they — and their insurers — aren’t prepared to shoulder, representatives from cities and counties argued.

“Local governments and risk insurance providers haven’t budgeted for an expansion of the liability to cover additional presumptions related to COVID-19,” Jeremy Bennett, the director of intergovernmental affairs for the Virginia Association of Counties, said during a committee hearing last month, adding that it could have a “multi-million dollar impact.”

Senate lawmakers strip Chase of her last committee assignment
12onYourSide, Ned Oliver and Graham MoomawJanuary 19, 2021 (Short)

Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate stripped Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, of her last committee assignment Tuesday.

The post — a seat on the chamber’s typically sleepy panel on local government — is hardly sought after. But the decision, pushed by Democrats seeking to punish Chase for her support of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, prompted a half hour of debate as some in the GOP worried about the precedent the decision might set.

“A concern that I have is, I am not certain where the boundaries will be drawn in the future,” said Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City. He had prefaced his comments by observing that he would not “be defending some of the controversial behavior of the senator from Chesterfield.

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:

  • Charters

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Local Government bills passed by General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System

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

  • SB 1120: County executive form of government; local budgets
  • SB 1128: Norfolk, City of; amending charter, general updates
  • SB 1136: License plates, special; repeals issuance of certain plates
  • SB 1216: Crewe, Town of; amending charter, changes to charter including town council, elections and powers
  • SB 1152: Appomattox, Town of; amending charter, shifts local elections from May to November, etc
  • SB 1157: Municipal elections; shifting elections to November
  • SB 1207: Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements throughout the Commonwealth
  • SB 1208: Continuity of government; extends period of time that locality may provide after disaster, etc
  • SB 1267: Covington, City of; amending charter, consolidated school division, salaries
  • SB 1270: Eminent domain; notice of intent to file certificate
  • SB 1298: Tourism improvement districts; authorizes any locality to create
  • SB 1309: Local stormwater assistance; flood mitigation and protection
  • SB 1385: Underground utility facilities; Fairfax County
  • SB 1393: Trees; replacement and conservation during development, effective date
  • SB 1399: Tourism Development Authority; name change
  • SB 1447: Buckingham County; fees for disposal of solid waste
  • SB 1457: Historic sites; urban county executive form of gov’t. (Fairfax County), provisions in its ordinance
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Local Government 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/18  1/25  2/1  2/15  2/22

Subcommittees:
Charters: 2/15

RSA bill fails in committee
Daily Progess, Gracie Hart BrooksFebruary 9, 2021 (Medium)

A three-county marriage is in the midst of a divorce, senators said Monday.
Members of the Senate Committee on Local Government discussed Senate Bill 1355 during a Monday morning session. The bill would allow any member locality of the Rapidan Service Authority (RSA) to withdraw from the authority regardless of any outstanding bonds. The locality would need to meet certain requirements in order to do so including obtaining the unanimous consent of all holders of any outstanding bonds unless all such bonds have been paid or cashed or United States government obligations have been deposited for payment. Any written obligation to RSA incurred by the locality while a member of the authority would remain and the withdrawing locality would assume ownership and management of any RSA asset located within its limits and assume any debt related to said asset.

The bill was introduced by Senator Emmett Hanger, Jr. who represents the 24th District of which both RSA members Madison and Greene counties belong. Third RSA member Orange County is represented by Senator Bryce Reeves in the 17th District. The introduction of the bill came months after Greene County Supervisors passed a resolution asking to withdraw from the authority. Orange and Madison counties declined. In September, Greene County Supervisors filed two lawsuits against RSA.

November elections are more convenient and less confusing for voters, have massively higher voter turnout, and save taxpayers money compared to standalone May local elections. SB 1157, sponsored by Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), would consolidate all Virginia local elections to November. It was successfully reported out of the Senate’s Local Government committee on Monday morning, January 18. Del. Cliff Hayes, Del. Kelly Convirs- Fowler, and Del. Nancy Guy are co-sponsoring the bill in the House of Delegates. In the last two days, Del. Shelly Simonds and Del. Clint Jenkins have also agreed to complete co-sponsor paperwork for the bill as well.

Despite separate May local elections costing Virginia taxpayers more, 115 Virginia localities – representing hundreds of thousands of Virginians – hold local elections in May, when voter turnout is abysmally low compared to November elections. Four of the Virginia localities that hold these anti-democratic, low-turnout May elections each have more than 89,000 registered voters: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton.

Standalone municipal elections developed as efforts to decrease immigrant and minority voting. Historically and today, voters in low-turnout May elections tend to be whiter, wealthier, and older than November voters.

The Senate version of Jones’ bill, sponsored by Saslaw, initially contained a clause making it retroactive to March 1, 2020. But Senate committees ultimately stripped retroactivity from all three measures after the state’s Department of Planning and Budget warned the fiscal impact was “indeterminate.”

Localities, especially, have long argued that dating the bill back to March could lead to hundreds of additional COVID-19 claims from their employees, who would now be presumed to have contracted the virus on the job. That’s a financial burden that they — and their insurers — aren’t prepared to shoulder, representatives from cities and counties argued.

“Local governments and risk insurance providers haven’t budgeted for an expansion of the liability to cover additional presumptions related to COVID-19,” Jeremy Bennett, the director of intergovernmental affairs for the Virginia Association of Counties, said during a committee hearing last month, adding that it could have a “multi-million dollar impact.”

Senate lawmakers strip Chase of her last committee assignment
12onYourSide, Ned Oliver and Graham MoomawJanuary 19, 2021 (Short)

Lawmakers in the Virginia Senate stripped Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, of her last committee assignment Tuesday.

The post — a seat on the chamber’s typically sleepy panel on local government — is hardly sought after. But the decision, pushed by Democrats seeking to punish Chase for her support of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, prompted a half hour of debate as some in the GOP worried about the precedent the decision might set.

“A concern that I have is, I am not certain where the boundaries will be drawn in the future,” said Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City. He had prefaced his comments by observing that he would not “be defending some of the controversial behavior of the senator from Chesterfield.

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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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VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Bills

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

  • SB 1120: County executive form of government; local budgets
    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. This bill is identical to HB 1949 (2021 Regular Session).
  • SB 1128: Norfolk, City of; amending charter, general updates
    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. The bill also repeals a section related to the establishment of a home guard militia in times of war or insurrection, and it removes references to payment of poll taxes in relation to whether a signature is valid on a petition for the nomination of councilmen or in connection with an initiative, referendum, or recall.
  • SB 1136: License plates, special; repeals issuance of certain plates
    Repeals the authorizations for issuance of special license plates no longer issued due to low plate sales, expired authorizations, or inability to issue. In addition, the bill directs the revenue shared for previous issuances and renewals and future renewals of Kids Eat Free special license plates to the Division of Community Nutrition at the Virginia Department of Health.
  • SB 1216: Crewe, Town of; amending charter, changes to charter including town council, elections and powers
    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.
  • SB 1152: Appomattox, Town of; amending charter, shifts local elections from May to November, etc
    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.
  • SB 1157: Municipal elections; shifting elections to November
    Shifts all municipal elections for city and town council and school board from May to November, beginning with elections held after January 1, 2022.
  • SB 1207: Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements throughout the Commonwealth
    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. The bill provides that its provisions shall not apply to any energy storage project that has received zoning and site plan approval, preliminary or otherwise, from the host locality before January 1, 2021. The bill also provides that its provisions shall not become effective with respect to energy storage projects unless the General Assembly approves legislation that authorizes localities to adopt an ordinance for taxation of energy storage projects such as solar projects with a local option for machinery and tools tax or solar revenue share. This bill is identical to HB 2201.
  • SB 1208: Continuity of government; extends period of time that locality may provide after disaster, etc
    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 1267: Covington, City of; amending charter, consolidated school division, salaries
    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 1270: Eminent domain; notice of intent to file certificate
    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) 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.
  • SB 1298: Tourism improvement districts; authorizes any locality to create
    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. Under the bill, the locality is authorized to contract with a nonprofit entity to administer the activities and improvements.
  • SB 1309: Local stormwater assistance; flood mitigation and protection
    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 1385: Underground utility facilities; Fairfax County
    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 1393Trees; replacement and conservation during development, effective date
    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.
  • SB 1399: Tourism Development Authority; name change
    Renames the Tourism Development Authority, also known as the Virginia Coalfield Regional Tourism Development Authority, as the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority. The bill contains technical amendments.
  • SB 1447: Buckingham County; fees for disposal of solid waste
    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 to 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: Historic sites; urban county executive form of gov’t. (Fairfax County), provisions in its ordinance
    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.

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

Source: Website

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

Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority Board of Directors

Source: Webpage

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

Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees

Source: Webpage

To govern the Fort Monroe Authority

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees

Source: Webpage

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

Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority

Source: Webpage

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

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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

 

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Privileges and Elections bills passed by General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System

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

  • SB 1097: Absentee voting; witness signature not required
  • SB 1111: Elections; preservation of order at the polls, powers of officers of election
  • SB 1148: Elections; date of June primary election
  • SB 1239: Absentee voting; third-party absentee ballot assembly and distribution
  • SB 1245: Absentee voting; establishment of drop-off locations preprocessing returned absentee ballots
  • SB 1281: General registrar; qualifications, residency
  • SB 1331: Absentee voting; accessibility for voters with a visual impairment or print disability
  • SB 1395: Discrimination; prohibited in voting and elections administration, etc
  • SJ 270: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference)
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Privileges and Elections 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/19  1/26  2/4 2/16

Lawmakers kill bill calling for transparency in redistricting commission
NBC29.com, Anya SczerzenieFebruary 19, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Senate killed a House proposal to expand access to the commonwealth’s new redistricting commission and help make the process more transparent and democratic.

House Bill 2082, patroned by Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, would have required the redistricting commission meetings to be advertised and accessible to the public. The commission will draw the commonwealth’s electoral districts every 10 years. The General Assembly previously drew the districts.

The bill was passed by indefinitely in the Senate Privileges and Elections committee after passing the House with a 55-41 vote.

“During the debates on the commission, I kept saying ‘There’s no transparency here, there’s no transparency,’” Levine said. “Well, there wasn’t, and there isn’t. Without my legislation, the commission can meet in a dark room.

“If something as simple as avoiding the appearance of corruption in Virginia can’t pass, then we must seriously consider whether we have the right people representing us,” said Clean Virginia Executive Director Brennan Gilmore. “This bill would have caught Virginia up to 47 other states and the federal government. Yet, despite the bill conforming to widely accepted federal language, a majority of Virginia’s Senators couldn’t get the job done.”

The bill, introduced by Delegate Marcus Simon, passed the House unanimously on Feb. 1. HB 1952 defined “personal use” using the federal “irrespective test,” which states that any expense incurred that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign for office is deemed ineligible for use of campaign funds, with the exception for childcare expenses.

The motion to refer the bill back to the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee occurred against the expressed wishes of Senator Creigh Deeds, the Committee Chair, who asked on the floor that Senators pass the bill instead.

Virginia Senate panel advances campaign finance reform bill
Tulsa World, Sarah RankinFebruary 16, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee advanced a House measure Tuesday that would prevent politicians from putting campaign funds toward personal uses, with an exception for child care-related expenses.

The bill’s continued advancement this year seems to be a breakthrough on an issue lawmakers have previously been reluctant to tackle. Virginia has one of the least restrictive and policed campaign finance systems in the country, with lawmakers only barred from using campaign funds for personal use once they close out their accounts.

The measure’s sponsor, Democratic Del. Marcus Simon, said the matter is one of both optics and integrity.

During a legislative hearing, Locke said voting is a fundamental right that shouldn’t be taken away, and argued that the policy’s racist origins should be addressed by scrapping it completely. A coalition of civil rights groups backed Locke’s proposal.

It was ultimately amended to mirror a proposal from the House that would automatically restore voting rights for people who complete their prison sentences. House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, introduced that resolution.
“Automatic restoration of rights is not racial justice,” Locke said before the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee on Feb. 4. “It is beyond dispute that felony disenfranchisement is as Jim Crow as poll taxes.

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

 

News

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Privileges and Elections bills passed by General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System

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

  • SB 1097: Absentee voting; witness signature not required
  • SB 1111: Elections; preservation of order at the polls, powers of officers of election
  • SB 1148: Elections; date of June primary election
  • SB 1239: Absentee voting; third-party absentee ballot assembly and distribution
  • SB 1245: Absentee voting; establishment of drop-off locations preprocessing returned absentee ballots
  • SB 1281: General registrar; qualifications, residency
  • SB 1331: Absentee voting; accessibility for voters with a visual impairment or print disability
  • SB 1395: Discrimination; prohibited in voting and elections administration, etc
  • SJ 270: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference)
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Privileges and Elections 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/19  1/26  2/4 2/16

Lawmakers kill bill calling for transparency in redistricting commission
NBC29.com, Anya SczerzenieFebruary 19, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Senate killed a House proposal to expand access to the commonwealth’s new redistricting commission and help make the process more transparent and democratic.

House Bill 2082, patroned by Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, would have required the redistricting commission meetings to be advertised and accessible to the public. The commission will draw the commonwealth’s electoral districts every 10 years. The General Assembly previously drew the districts.

The bill was passed by indefinitely in the Senate Privileges and Elections committee after passing the House with a 55-41 vote.

“During the debates on the commission, I kept saying ‘There’s no transparency here, there’s no transparency,’” Levine said. “Well, there wasn’t, and there isn’t. Without my legislation, the commission can meet in a dark room.

“If something as simple as avoiding the appearance of corruption in Virginia can’t pass, then we must seriously consider whether we have the right people representing us,” said Clean Virginia Executive Director Brennan Gilmore. “This bill would have caught Virginia up to 47 other states and the federal government. Yet, despite the bill conforming to widely accepted federal language, a majority of Virginia’s Senators couldn’t get the job done.”

The bill, introduced by Delegate Marcus Simon, passed the House unanimously on Feb. 1. HB 1952 defined “personal use” using the federal “irrespective test,” which states that any expense incurred that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign for office is deemed ineligible for use of campaign funds, with the exception for childcare expenses.

The motion to refer the bill back to the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee occurred against the expressed wishes of Senator Creigh Deeds, the Committee Chair, who asked on the floor that Senators pass the bill instead.

Virginia Senate panel advances campaign finance reform bill
Tulsa World, Sarah RankinFebruary 16, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee advanced a House measure Tuesday that would prevent politicians from putting campaign funds toward personal uses, with an exception for child care-related expenses.

The bill’s continued advancement this year seems to be a breakthrough on an issue lawmakers have previously been reluctant to tackle. Virginia has one of the least restrictive and policed campaign finance systems in the country, with lawmakers only barred from using campaign funds for personal use once they close out their accounts.

The measure’s sponsor, Democratic Del. Marcus Simon, said the matter is one of both optics and integrity.

During a legislative hearing, Locke said voting is a fundamental right that shouldn’t be taken away, and argued that the policy’s racist origins should be addressed by scrapping it completely. A coalition of civil rights groups backed Locke’s proposal.

It was ultimately amended to mirror a proposal from the House that would automatically restore voting rights for people who complete their prison sentences. House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, introduced that resolution.
“Automatic restoration of rights is not racial justice,” Locke said before the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee on Feb. 4. “It is beyond dispute that felony disenfranchisement is as Jim Crow as poll taxes.

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

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Bills

Bills in committee  

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

SB 1097: Provides that a voter’s failure to have a witness sign the absentee ballot envelope for any election held during a declared state of emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat shall not be considered a material omission and shall not render the ballot void. 

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

SB 1111: Removes the power of officers of election, in the event that no law-enforcement officer is in attendance, to appoint a person who is not a law-enforcement officer to have all the powers of a law enforcement officer within the polling place and the prohibited area.

SB 1148: Changes the date of the primary election held in June from the second Tuesday in June to the third Tuesday in June.

SB 1153: Provides that absentee ballots processed at a central absentee precinct must be sorted by the precinct to which the voter who cast the absentee ballot is assigned and that the resulting vote totals from such ballots must be reported separately for each voter precinct.

SB 1239: Permits a general registrar to contract with a third party for the printing, assembly, and mailing of absentee ballots.

SB 1245: Requires certain actions to be taken to process absentee ballots returned before the day of an election, including verifying the correct completion of the voter affirmation statement, and provides for an opportunity for an absentee voter to make corrections to the statement in certain circumstances.

SB 1246: Requires certain actions to be taken to process absentee ballots that are returned by mail before election day.

SB 1281: Exempts counties and cities with a population of 50,000 or less from the requirement that a person appointed to serve as a general registrar must be a qualified voter of the county or city for which he is appointed. 

SB 1331: Requires the Department of Elections to make available to all localities a tool to allow voters with a visual impairment or print disability to electronically and accessibly receive and mark his absentee ballot using screen reader assistive technology.

SB 1395: Prohibits any voting qualification or any standard, practice, or procedure related to voting from being imposed or applied in a manner that results in the denial or abridgment of the right of any United States citizen to vote based on his race or color or membership in a language minority group.

SB 1422: Requires the State Registrar of Vital Records to transmit to the Department of Elections a weekly list of decedents from the previous week. 

SB 1444: Changes the reporting requirement from any single contribution of $1,000 or more to all financial activity of a campaign committee of a candidate for a statewide office or the General Assembly knowingly received or reported by the candidate or his treasurer on behalf of his candidacy during the period beginning January 1 and ending on the day immediately before the first day of a regular session of the General Assembly to be reported to the State Board of Elections not later than January 15

SJ 270: Repeals the constitutional provision defining marriage as only a union between one man and one woman as well as the related provisions that are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 (2015).

SJ 272: Establishes that a person who meets the constitutional qualifications for voters has the fundamental right to vote and that such right cannot be abridged by law, except in the case of persons convicted of a felony and persons adjudicated to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting.

SJ 275: Requires the General Assembly to provide for a system of public schools in the Commonwealth with equitable educational opportunities for all children and to ensure that all school-age children are provided with equitable educational opportunities.

SJ 289: Allows easements on public property to be granted in perpetuity to a public body, political subdivision, or authority of the Commonwealth or to the United States of America or any of its departments or agencies. 

SJ 310: Amends the Constitution of Virginia to provide that a regular session of the General Assembly convened in an odd-numbered year shall continue for no longer than 46 days and may be extended for a period not exceeding 14 days. 

SJ 322: Requests the Secretary of Administration to oversee and develop a charter and directives for the State Board of Elections to form a working group to study the implementation of electronic return of voted military-overseas ballots.

Bills Passed

  • SB 1097: Absentee voting; witness signature not required
    Provides that a voter’s failure to have a witness sign the absentee ballot envelope for any election held during a declared state of emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat shall not be considered a material omission and shall not render the ballot void. The bill directs the Department of Elections to convene a work group to consider and evaluate alternatives to the witness signature requirement for election officials to use to verify that an absentee ballot was cast by the voter identified as having requested and received such ballot.
  • SB 1111: Elections; preservation of order at the polls, powers of officers of election
    Removes the power of officers of election, in the event that no law-enforcement officer is in attendance, to appoint a person who is not a law-enforcement officer to have all the powers of a law-enforcement officer within the polling place and the prohibited area.
  • SB 1148: Elections; date of June primary election
    Changes the date of the primary election held in June from the second Tuesday in June to the third Tuesday in June. The bill also changes candidate filing deadlines to reflect the change of date.
  • SB 1239: Absentee voting; third-party absentee ballot assembly and distribution
    Permits a general registrar to contract with a third party for the printing, assembly, and mailing of absentee ballots. The bill directs the State Board of Elections to adopt emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill and for those regulations to include processes to ensure secure and timely delivery of voter information to contractors and reports of mailed absentee ballots from contractors.
  • SB 1245: Absentee voting; establishment of drop-off locations preprocessing returned absentee ballots
    Requires certain actions to be taken to process absentee ballots returned before the day of an election, including verifying the correct completion of the voter affirmation statement, and provides for an opportunity for an absentee voter to make corrections to the statement in certain circumstances. The bill requires the establishment of drop-off locations. Additionally, a central absentee voter precinct is required to be established in each locality; currently, establishment is optional. On the day of the election, officers of election are required to begin processing absentee ballots in the central absentee voter precincts prior to the close of polls, but no ballot vote counts are permitted to be transmitted outside of the central absentee voter precinct prior to the close of polls; a violation of such prohibition is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill requires a ballot marking tool with screen reader assistive technology to be made available for absentee voters with a print disability. The Department of Elections is directed to convene a work group to consider and evaluate methods for sorting absentee ballots by precinct and reporting absentee ballot totals by precincts.
  • SB 1281: General registrar; qualifications, residency
    Exempts counties and cities with a population of 50,000 or less from the requirement that a person appointed to serve as a general registrar must be a qualified voter of the county or city for which he is appointed. Currently, such exemption applies to counties and cities with a population of 25,000 or less.
  • SB 1331: Absentee voting; accessibility for voters with a visual impairment or print disability
    Requires the Department of Elections to make available to all localities a tool to allow voters with a visual impairment or print disability to electronically and accessibly receive and mark absentee ballots using screen reader assistive technology. On receipt of an application for an absentee ballot from an applicant who indicates that he will require assistance due to a visual impairment or print disability, the general registrar is required to offer to provide to the applicant the ballot marking tool with screen reader assistive technology.
  • SB 1395: Discrimination; prohibited in voting and elections administration, etc
    Prohibits any voting qualification or any standard, practice, or procedure related to voting from being imposed or applied in a manner that results in the denial or abridgment of the right of any United States citizen to vote based on his race or color or membership in a language minority group. The bill further prohibits at-large methods of election from being imposed or applied in a locality in a manner that impairs the ability of a protected class, defined in the bill, to elect candidates of its choice or to influence the outcome of an election, by diluting or abridging the rights of voters who are members of a protected class. Prior to enacting or administering a covered practice, defined in the bill, the governing body of a locality is required to publish the proposed covered practice and accept public comment for a minimum of 30 days on the proposed covered practice; after the public comment period, a 30-day waiting period is required. During this period, any person who will be subject to or affected by the covered practice may challenge the covered practice as (i) having the purpose or effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on the basis of race or color or membership in a language minority group or (ii) resulting in the retrogression in the position of members of a racial or ethnic group with respect to their effective exercise of the electoral franchise. The bill permits the local governing body to instead submit the proposed covered practice to the Office of the Attorney General for issuance of a certification of no objection and, once such certification is issued, to enact or administer the covered practice. Certain unlawful actions, including knowingly communicating false information to voters, that are currently subject to criminal penalties will create civil causes of action under the bill. The bill authorizes the Attorney General to commence civil actions when there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation of an election law has occurred and the rights of any voter or group of voters have been affected by the violation. Civil penalties assessed as a result of such action are payable to the Voter Education and Outreach Fund, established by the bill. Current provisions related to language minority accessibility are moved to a newly created chapter relating to the rights of voters.
  • SJ 270: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference)
    Repeals the constitutional provision defining marriage as only a union between one man and one woman as well as the related provisions that are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 (2015). The amendment provides that the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of persons and requires the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions and agents to issue marriage licenses, recognize marriages, and treat all marriages equally under the law, regardless of the sex or gender of the parties to the marriage. Religious organizations and clergy acting in their religious capacity have the right to refuse to perform any marriage.

Commissions

Commission on Civic Education

Source: Webpage

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

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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:

  • ABC
  • Marijuana
  • Social Services

Below is a short summary by Chair Barbara Favola about what the Rehabilitation and Social Services committee does.

Rehab and Social Services Committee – Host, Senator Barbara Favola
May 20, 2021 – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (ET)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQBi2FKpr6g

This aircast was focused on the recent activities of the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services committee. A recording of this livestream is also archived in the Virginia onAir YouTube channel. The links below will open the YouTube video as a new tab and start at the designated time.

For more information:Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee Post

Curator:

Host:

  • Senator Barbara Favola, Chair, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee – district31@senate.virginia.gov

Producer:

Lead Sponsor: US onAir Network

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

  • SB 1297: Emergency order for adult protective services; acts of violence, etc., or financial exploitation
  • SB 1299: Alcoholic beverage control; sale and delivery of mixed beverages and pre-mixed wine
  • SB 1300: Inmates; Board of Local and Regional Jails to review services provided during pregnancy, etc
  • SB 1321: Confirmatory adoption; expands the stepparent adoption provisions
  • SB 1328: State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; created
  • SB 1366: Aging services; economic and social needs
  • SB 1397: Parole and conditional release; notice by electronic means and certification
  • SB 1428: Alcoholic beverage control; operation of government stores, sale of low alcohol beverage coolers
  • SB 1471: Alcoholic beverage control; local special events license, taxes and fees
  • SB 1472: Individuals w/ intellectual & developmental disabilities; DMAS to study use of virtual support, etc
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Rehabilitation and Social Services 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee:  1/15 1/22 1/29 2/12 2/16  2/19

Subcommittees:
ABC: none during 2021 Session
Marijuana: 1/19
Social Service and Corrections: 1/20

Virginia senate defeats bill to restore parole
WSLS, Denise LavoieJanuary 29, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND, Va. – A bill that would have restored parole in Virginia was killed Friday after lawmakers heard emotional testimony from family members of crime victims who pleaded with them to guarantee their assailants would stay locked up.

The Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee voted to send the measure to the Virginia State Crime Commission for study, ending the bill’s chances of passing this year.

Virginia abolished discretionary parole in 1995 and began requiring offenders to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.

A Virginia Senate committee on Friday approved a bill to legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth, bringing the proposal one step closer to a full floor vote. Before advancing the legislation to another panel, lawmakers defeated a proposal to remove home cultivation rights for cannabis.

The Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee approved the legislation in a 8-7 vote. Members also accepted a series of recommended amendments from a newly formed subcommittee that’s singularly focused on marijuana policy and that held two hearings on the bill earlier this week.

The legislation, which was unveiled by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) last week and is being carried by top Senate and House leaders, would create a system of regulated and taxed marijuana sales and production, and allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis and cultivate up to four plants for personal use, two of which could be mature.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Nine of the 11 Virginia state senators who voted against a bill that would have abolished for-profit prison management by 2024 received campaign contributions ahead of this year’s General Assembly session from the company operating the state’s only privately run facility, according to campaign finance reports.

On Jan. 15, the Virginia Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee debated SB 1179, proposed by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), that sought to end the for-profit prison management system in the commonwealth by stripping the authority of the director of Virginia’s Department of Corrections to enter into contracts with private prison operators.

The only prison in Virginia not operated by the Department of Corrections is Lawrenceville Correctional Center, which has been run by GEO Group, Inc., a Florida-based private prison contractor, since 2003.

Proposal to end for-profit prison management fails in Virginia Senate
Virginia Mercury, Ned OliverJanuary 15, 2021 (Short)

A proposal to bring Virginia’s only privately operated prison under state management failed in the General Assembly on Friday when it was voted down by members of the Senate’s Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee.

The decision means GEO Group, a publicly traded corporation based in Florida, will likely continue to oversee the Lawrenceville Correctional Center in Brunswick County, where advocates and some lawmakers worried persistent staffing shortages have jeopardized inmate safety.

“They do not hold up their end of the contract as far as medical, dental,” said Franchesca Hylton, who told lawmakers during a hearing on the legislation that her husband is an inmate at the facility and was not getting proper care for his heart condition. “There’s a lot of stuff going on at that facility that shouldn’t be.”

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:

  • ABC
  • Marijuana
  • Social Services

Below is a short summary by Chair Barbara Favola about what the Rehabilitation and Social Services committee does.

News

Rehab and Social Services Committee – Host, Senator Barbara Favola
May 20, 2021 – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (ET)

This aircast was focused on the recent activities of the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services committee. A recording of this livestream is also archived in the Virginia onAir YouTube channel. The links below will open the YouTube video as a new tab and start at the designated time.

For more information:Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee Post

Curator:

Host:

  • Senator Barbara Favola, Chair, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee – district31@senate.virginia.gov

Producer:

Lead Sponsor: US onAir Network

i

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

  • SB 1297: Emergency order for adult protective services; acts of violence, etc., or financial exploitation
  • SB 1299: Alcoholic beverage control; sale and delivery of mixed beverages and pre-mixed wine
  • SB 1300: Inmates; Board of Local and Regional Jails to review services provided during pregnancy, etc
  • SB 1321: Confirmatory adoption; expands the stepparent adoption provisions
  • SB 1328: State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; created
  • SB 1366: Aging services; economic and social needs
  • SB 1397: Parole and conditional release; notice by electronic means and certification
  • SB 1428: Alcoholic beverage control; operation of government stores, sale of low alcohol beverage coolers
  • SB 1471: Alcoholic beverage control; local special events license, taxes and fees
  • SB 1472: Individuals w/ intellectual & developmental disabilities; DMAS to study use of virtual support, etc
i
Rehabilitation and Social Services 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee:  1/15 1/22 1/29 2/12 2/16  2/19

Subcommittees:
ABC: none during 2021 Session
Marijuana: 1/19
Social Service and Corrections: 1/20

Virginia senate defeats bill to restore parole
WSLS, Denise LavoieJanuary 29, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND, Va. – A bill that would have restored parole in Virginia was killed Friday after lawmakers heard emotional testimony from family members of crime victims who pleaded with them to guarantee their assailants would stay locked up.

The Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee voted to send the measure to the Virginia State Crime Commission for study, ending the bill’s chances of passing this year.

Virginia abolished discretionary parole in 1995 and began requiring offenders to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.

A Virginia Senate committee on Friday approved a bill to legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth, bringing the proposal one step closer to a full floor vote. Before advancing the legislation to another panel, lawmakers defeated a proposal to remove home cultivation rights for cannabis.

The Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee approved the legislation in a 8-7 vote. Members also accepted a series of recommended amendments from a newly formed subcommittee that’s singularly focused on marijuana policy and that held two hearings on the bill earlier this week.

The legislation, which was unveiled by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) last week and is being carried by top Senate and House leaders, would create a system of regulated and taxed marijuana sales and production, and allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis and cultivate up to four plants for personal use, two of which could be mature.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Nine of the 11 Virginia state senators who voted against a bill that would have abolished for-profit prison management by 2024 received campaign contributions ahead of this year’s General Assembly session from the company operating the state’s only privately run facility, according to campaign finance reports.

On Jan. 15, the Virginia Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee debated SB 1179, proposed by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), that sought to end the for-profit prison management system in the commonwealth by stripping the authority of the director of Virginia’s Department of Corrections to enter into contracts with private prison operators.

The only prison in Virginia not operated by the Department of Corrections is Lawrenceville Correctional Center, which has been run by GEO Group, Inc., a Florida-based private prison contractor, since 2003.

Proposal to end for-profit prison management fails in Virginia Senate
Virginia Mercury, Ned OliverJanuary 15, 2021 (Short)

A proposal to bring Virginia’s only privately operated prison under state management failed in the General Assembly on Friday when it was voted down by members of the Senate’s Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee.

The decision means GEO Group, a publicly traded corporation based in Florida, will likely continue to oversee the Lawrenceville Correctional Center in Brunswick County, where advocates and some lawmakers worried persistent staffing shortages have jeopardized inmate safety.

“They do not hold up their end of the contract as far as medical, dental,” said Franchesca Hylton, who told lawmakers during a hearing on the legislation that her husband is an inmate at the facility and was not getting proper care for his heart condition. “There’s a lot of stuff going on at that facility that shouldn’t be.”

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.”.

Web

VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Bills

(none at this time)

Bills reported out 

SB 1104: Provides that the Department of Corrections shall release a prisoner no sooner than 21 business days after the date of notification by the Virginia Parole Board (the Board) to the appropriate attorney for the Commonwealth of the decision to grant parole. 

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

SB 1297: Allows the circuit court, upon a finding that an incapacitated adult has been, within a reasonable period of time, subjected to an act of violence, force, or threat or been subjected to financial exploitation, to include in an emergency order for adult protective services one or more of the following conditions to be imposed on the alleged perpetrator: (i) a prohibition on acts of violence, force, or threat or criminal offenses that may result in injury to person or property; (ii) a prohibition on such other contacts by the alleged perpetrator with the adult or the adult’s family or household members as the court deems necessary for the health and safety of such persons; or (iii) such other conditions as the court deems necessary to prevent (a) acts of violence, force, or threat; (b) criminal offenses that may result in injury to persons or property; (c) communication or other contact of any kind by the alleged perpetrator; or (d) financial exploitation by the alleged perpetrator. The bill provides that any person who violates any such condition is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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

SB 1300: Directs the Board of Local and Regional Jails (the Board), in consultation with a stakeholder work group, to (i) identify and analyze all obstetric and gynecological services and any other services provided by local and regional jails to inmates during pregnancy, pregnancy termination, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery; (ii) compare such services to best practices recommended by the American Correctional Association, American Jail Association, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; and (iii) develop recommendations to ensure that proper services are provided to inmates during pregnancy, pregnancy termination, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery.

SB 1301: Prohibits the use of isolated confinement in state correctional facilities and juvenile correctional centers, subject to certain exceptions. Isolated confinement is defined in the bill as the confinement of a prisoner or juvenile to a cell, alone or with another prisoner or juvenile, for 20 hours or more per day for an adult or for 17 hours or more per day for a juvenile, other than for the purpose of providing medical or mental health treatment.

SB 1321: Expands the stepparent adoption provisions to allow a person who is not the child’s stepparent but has a legitimate interest in the child to file a joint petition for adoption with the child’s birth parent or parent by adoption.

SB 1328: Creates the State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program (the program) to facilitate child placements with relatives, including fictive kin, and ensure permanency for children. 

SB 1363: Restores the authority of the State Board of Local and Regional Jails (the Board) to (i) ensure the development of long-range policies, programs, and plans for corrections services provided at the state and local levels; (ii) review and comment on all budgets and requests for appropriations for the Department of Corrections (the Department) prior to submission to the Governor and on all applications for federal funds; and (iii) monitor the activities of the Department and its effectiveness in implementing the standards and goals of the Board. Chapter 375 of the Acts of Assembly of 2011 repealed the Board’s authority to perform these functions

SB 1366: Requires the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in providing aging services, to use available resources to provide services to older persons with the greatest economic or social needs. 

SB 1397: Provides that the Department of Corrections shall set the release date for an inmate granted discretionary parole or conditional release no sooner than 30 business days from the date that the Department of Corrections receives notification from the Chairman of the Parole Board of the Board’s decision to grant discretionary parole or conditional release, except that the Department of Corrections may set an earlier release date in the case of a terminally ill inmate granted conditional release. 

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 1428: Prohibits the Board of Directors (the Board) of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority from selling in government stores low alcohol beverage coolers not manufactured by licensed distillers. 

SB 1462: Requires the Department of Social Services to establish a pilot program to provide a fixed reimbursement for the costs of broadband services to households currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SB 1471: Allows the Board of Directors of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority to increase the frequency, duration, and designated area of events held under a local special events license upon the request of a locality after adoption of an ordinance allowing such increases. 

SB 1472: Directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to study and develop recommendations for the permanent use of virtual supports and increasing access to virtual supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by promoting access to assistive technology and environmental modifications

Bills Passed

  • SB 1297: Emergency order for adult protective services; acts of violence, etc., or financial exploitation
    Allows the circuit court, upon a finding that an incapacitated adult has been, within a reasonable period of time, subjected to an act of violence, force, or threat or been subjected to financial exploitation, to include in an emergency order for adult protective services one or more of the following conditions to be imposed on the alleged perpetrator: (i) a prohibition on acts of violence, force, or threat or criminal offenses that may result in injury to person or property; (ii) a prohibition on such other contacts by the alleged perpetrator with the adult or the adult’s family or household members as the court deems necessary for the health and safety of such persons; or (iii) such other conditions as the court deems necessary to prevent (a) acts of violence, force, or threat; (b) criminal offenses that may result in injury to persons or property; (c) communication or other contact of any kind by the alleged perpetrator; or (d) financial exploitation by the alleged perpetrator. The bill provides that any person who violates any such condition is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Also, the bill provides that hearings on emergency orders for adult protective services shall be held no earlier than 24 hours and no later than 72 hours after the notice required has been given, unless such notice has been waived by the court. Current law just requires such hearing be held no earlier than 24 hours. Lastly, the bill provides that if the court enters an order containing any of the aforementioned conditions, the primary law-enforcement agency providing service and entry of protective orders shall enter the name of the perpetrator into the Virginia Criminal Information Network and the order shall be served forthwith on the perpetrator. This bill is identical to HB 2018.
  • SB 1299: Alcoholic beverage control; sale and delivery of mixed beverages and pre-mixed wine
    Allows distillers that have been appointed as agents of the Board of Directors (the Board) of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (the Authority), mixed beverage restaurant licensees, and limited mixed beverage restaurant licensees to sell mixed beverages for off-premises consumption and deliver such mixed beverages to consumers subject to requirements set forth in the bill. The bill allows the Board to summarily revoke a licensee’s privileges to sell and deliver mixed beverages for off-premises consumption for noncompliance with the requirements set forth in the bill or applicable provisions of current law. The bill also allows farm winery licensees to sell pre-mixed wine for off-premises consumption. The bill directs the Authority to convene a work group to study the sale and delivery of mixed beverages and pre-mixed wine for off-premises consumption and report its findings to the Chairmen of the House Committee on General Laws and the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services by November 1, 2021. The provisions of the bill sunset on July 1, 2022. This bill incorporates SB 1388 and is identical to HB 1879.
  • SB 1300: Inmates; Board of Local and Regional Jails to review services provided during pregnancy, etc
    Directs the Board of Local and Regional Jails (the Board), in consultation with a stakeholder work group, to (i) identify and analyze all obstetric and gynecological services and any other services provided by local and regional jails to inmates during pregnancy, pregnancy termination, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery; (ii) compare such services to best practices recommended by the American Correctional Association, American Jail Association, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; and (iii) develop recommendations to ensure that proper services are provided to inmates during pregnancy, pregnancy termination, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery. The bill directs the Board to (a) post its findings and recommendations on its website and report such findings and recommendations to the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, House Committee for Courts of Justice, and House Committee on Public Safety by July 1, 2022, and (b) adopt regulations consistent with its findings and recommendations.
  • SB 1321: Confirmatory adoption; expands the stepparent adoption provisions
    Expands the stepparent adoption provisions to allow a person who is not the child’s stepparent but has a legitimate interest in the child to file a joint petition for adoption with the child’s birth parent or parent by adoption.
  • SB 1328: State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; created
    Creates the State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program (the program) to facilitate child placements with relatives, including fictive kin, and ensure permanency for children. The bill sets forth eligibility criteria for the program, payment allowances to kinship guardians, and requirements for kinship guardianship assistance agreements.
  • SB 1366: Aging services; economic and social needs
    Requires the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in providing aging services, to use available resources to provide services to older persons with the greatest economic or social needs. The bill defines “economic need” as need resulting from an income level at or below the poverty line. The bill defines “social need” as need caused by noneconomic factors, including (i) physical and mental disabilities, which include developmental disabilities and human immunodeficiency virus; (ii) language barriers; and (iii) cultural, social, or geographic isolation, including that which is related to a history of discrimination for factors such as racial or ethnic status, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation that can affect an individual’s ability to perform normal daily tasks or threatens such individual’s capacity to live independently.
  • SB 1397: Parole and conditional release; notice by electronic means and certification
    Provides that the Department of Corrections shall set the release date for an inmate granted discretionary parole or conditional release no sooner than 30 business days from the date that the Department of Corrections receives notification from the Chairman of the Parole Board of the Board’s decision to grant discretionary parole or conditional release, except that the Department of Corrections may set an earlier release date in the case of a terminally ill inmate granted conditional release. The bill provides that in the case of an inmate granted parole who was convicted of a felony and sentenced to a term of 10 or more years, or an inmate granted conditional release, the Board shall notify the attorney for the Commonwealth in the jurisdiction where the inmate was sentenced (i) by electronic means at least 21 business days prior to such inmate’s release that such inmate has been granted discretionary parole or conditional release or (ii) by telephone or other electronic means prior to release that a terminally ill inmate has been granted conditional release where death is imminent.
  • SB 1428: Alcoholic beverage control; operation of government stores, sale of low alcohol beverage coolers
    Prohibits the Board of Directors (the Board) of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority from selling in government stores low alcohol beverage coolers not manufactured by licensed distillers. Under current law, the Board may sell any low alcohol beverage coolers in government stores. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022.
  • SB 1471: Alcoholic beverage control; local special events license, taxes and fees
    Renames the “local special events” license as the “designated outdoor refreshment area” license. The bill allows the Board of Directors of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority to increase the frequency and duration of events held under such license after adoption of an ordinance by a locality requesting such increase in frequency and duration. Under current law, localities are limited to holding 16 events per year under such license, with each event lasting no more than three consecutive days, except during the effective dates of any rule, regulation, or order that is issued by the Governor or State Health Commissioner to meet a public health emergency and that effectively reduces allowable restaurant seating capacity. The bill also increases the state and local license fees for designated outdoor refreshment area licenses issued pursuant to a local ordinance. This bill is identical to HB 2266.
  • SB 1472: Individuals w/ intellectual & developmental disabilities; DMAS to study use of virtual support, etc
    Directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to study and develop recommendations for the permanent use of virtual supports and increasing access to virtual supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by promoting access to assistive technology and environmental modifications. The bill requires the Department to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 1, 2021.

Commissions & Boards

State Executive Council for Children’s Services

Source: Webpage

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

Commonwealth Council on Aging

Source: Webpage

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

Child Support Guidelines Review Panel

Source: Webpage

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

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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

 

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Rules Committee bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System

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

  • SB 1126 Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads; change in membership.
  • SB 1273 Behavioral Health Commission; created, report.
  • SB 1414 Henrietta Lacks Commission; extends sunset provision.
  • SB 1473 Health Insurance Reform Commission; mandated health insurance benefit or provider.
  • SJ 293 Assisted living and auxiliary grants; Joint Commission on Health Care to study available data.
  • SJ 294 JLARC; costs of education, report.

 

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Rules 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/22 1/29 2/12 2/19 

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

 

News

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Rules Committee bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System

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

  • SB 1126 Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads; change in membership.
  • SB 1273 Behavioral Health Commission; created, report.
  • SB 1414 Henrietta Lacks Commission; extends sunset provision.
  • SB 1473 Health Insurance Reform Commission; mandated health insurance benefit or provider.
  • SJ 293 Assisted living and auxiliary grants; Joint Commission on Health Care to study available data.
  • SJ 294 JLARC; costs of education, report.

 

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Rules 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/22 1/29 2/12 2/19 

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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VA Legislative Information Systems (LIS)

Bills in committee   

Bills reported out 

SB 1126 Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads; change in membership. Adds a member of the House of Delegates and Senate to the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads

SB 1172 Capitol Square Preservation Council; powers and duties, review and approval of plans for changes. Gives authority to the Preservation council to approve any changes to any artifacts within the Capitol Square.

SB 1273 Behavioral Health Commission; created, report. Creates the Behavioral Health Commission to study and improve health services provided by the state.

SB 1408 Health Care, Joint Commission on; repeals sunset provision. Repeals the sunset provision for the Joint Commission on Health Care.

SB 1414 Henrietta Lacks Commission; extends sunset provision.Extends the expiration of the Henrietta Lacks Commission from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2026.

SB 1473 Health Insurance Reform Commission; mandated health insurance benefit or provider. Refers certain legislation regarding a mandated health insurance benefit or provider to the Health Insurance Reform Commission for review.

SJ 276 Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month; designating as September 2021 and each succeeding year thereafter.

SJ 285 Barrier Crimes and Criminal History Records Checks, Joint Subcommittee Studying; continued.Continues the Joint Subcommittee to Study Barrier Crimes and Criminal History Records Checks for one additional year, through November 30, 2021.

SJ 286 Emergency Management Professionals Week; designating third week in March, in 2021 & each succeeding.

SJ 288 National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol; Barbara Rose Johns. Replaces Robert E. Lee’s statue in the Capitol Building with Barbara Johns.

SJ 292 Women’s Suffrage Month; designating as August 2020 and each succeeding year thereafter.

SJ 293 Assisted living and auxiliary grants; Joint Commission on Health Care to study available data.Requests the Joint Commission on Health Care to study available data regarding assisted living and auxiliary grants

SJ 294 JLARC; costs of education, report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the true cost of education in the Commonwealth and what it would cost to get it to the standards of quality.

SJ 308 COVID-19; JLARC to study the impact on Virginia’s public schools, students, and school employees. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the impact of COVID-19 on Virginia’s public schools, students, and school employees.

SJ 323 Liberty Amendments Month; designating June 19 through third Monday in July, in 2021.

SR 95 Washington, Booker T.; establishes commemorative commission to honor w/statue in Old Senate Chamber.

Bills Passed

SB 1126 Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads; change in membership. Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads; membership. Adds a member of the House of Delegates, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House, and a member of the Senate, to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, to the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads. Such legislative members must represent districts that include certain cities in the Hampton Roads region. The bill also requires that nonlegislative citizen members of the Commission appointed by the Governor have experience in one of the following fields: transit, transportation, or land use planning; management of transit, transportation, or other public sector operations; public budgeting or finance; corporate communications; government oversight; or state or local government. The new qualifications do not affect the appointment of any current members of the Commission until the expiration of their terms.

SB 1273 Behavioral Health Commission; created, report. Behavioral Health Commission created. Creates the Behavioral Health Commission in the legislative branch of state government for the purpose of (i) studying and making recommendations for the improvement of behavioral health services and the behavioral health service system in the Commonwealth to encourage the adoption of policies to increase the quality and availability of and ensure access to the full continuum of high-quality, effective, and efficient behavioral health services for all persons in the Commonwealth and (ii) providing ongoing oversight of behavioral health services and the behavioral health service system in the Commonwealth, including monitoring and evaluation of established programs, services, and delivery and payment structures and implementation of new services and initiatives in the Commonwealth and development of recommendations for improving such programs, services, structures, and implementation.

SB 1414 Henrietta Lacks Commission; extends sunset provision. Henrietta Lacks Commission; sunset. Extends the expiration of the Henrietta Lacks Commission from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2026.

SB 1473 Health Insurance Reform Commission; mandated health insurance benefit or provider. Health Insurance Reform Commission; mandated health insurance benefit or provider. Provides that, for the purposes of the requirement that the Chair of the House Committee on Labor and Commerce or Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor refer certain legislation regarding a mandated health insurance benefit or provider to the Health Insurance Reform Commission for review, “mandated health insurance benefit or provider” means coverage required under the laws of the Commonwealth to be provided in a policy of accident and sickness insurance or a contract for a health-related condition that (i) includes coverage for specific health care services or benefits; (ii) places limitations or restrictions on deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or any annual or lifetime maximum benefit amounts; or (iii) includes a specific category of licensed health care practitioners from whom an insured is entitled to receive care.

SJ 293 Assisted living and auxiliary grants; Joint Commission on Health Care to study available data. Study; Joint Commission on Health Care; assisted living and auxiliary grants; report. Requests the Joint Commission on Health Care to study available data regarding assisted living and auxiliary grants and develop a blueprint for implementing recommendations that will allow the Commonwealth to provide a more realistic system of addressing housing and care needs.

SJ 294 JLARC; costs of education, report. Study; JLARC; costs of education; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the true cost of education in the Commonwealth and provide an accurate assessment of the costs to implement the Standards of Quality.

Commissions

Joint Commission on Administrative Rules

Source: Webpage

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

Code Commission

Source: Webpage

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

Senate Ethics Advisory Panel

Source: Webpage

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

Virginia Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation

Source: Webpage

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

Legislative Support CommissionLegislative Support

Source: Webpage

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

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Senate Transportation CommitteeTransportation Committee (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

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

  • SB 1126 Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads; change in membership.
  • SB 1136 License plates, special; repeals issuance of certain plates.
  • SB 1144 Aircraft civil; registration and licensing.
  • SB 1160 Removal of vehicles involved in accidents; lien of keeper of vehicles.
  • SB 1212 New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Authority; creation of authority in Planning District 4.
  • SB 1214 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; repeals effective date for creation of Authority.
  • SB 1229 License plates, special; issuance for supporters of Ducks Unlimited, fees.
  • SB 1253 Access roads to economic development sites; criteria for use of funds.
  • SB 1259 Virginia Highway Corporation Act; alteration of certificate of authority, powers and duties of SCC.
  • SB 1260 Transportation purposes; entry onto land for inspection.
  • SB 1277 Motor Vehicles, Department of, and Supreme Court of Virginia; repeals reporting requirement.
  • SB 1329 Summons; promises to appear after issuance.
  • SB 1335 Learner’s permits; use of personal communication devices, restrictions.
  • SB 1350 Transportation funding; statewide prioritization process, resiliency.
  • SB 1470 Vehicle registration; special communication needs indicator.
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Transportation 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/20 1/21 1/28 1/29 2/3 2/11 2/18

Should Virginia bus systems go fare free forever?
Virginia Mercury, Wyatt Gordon April 6, 2021 (Medium)

When the General Assembly created the Transit Rider Incentive Program (TRIP) as part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s 2020 transportation omnibus, the lion’s share of the funding was allocated to support new regional bus routes. With COVID’s cancellation of much commuter service across the commonwealth, those dollars are now being dedicated to TRIP’s secondary goal: fare free transit pilot projects.

With large localities like Lynchburg, Roanoke, Alexandria, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Fairfax County now expressing interest in eliminating bus fares for at least three years, could the shift to zero fares in Virginia become permanent?

Nearly every transit system in the commonwealth dropped fares last year as a public health measure in response to COVID, but until recently none had announced intentions to make that move to protect riders and operators more permanent. Based on the responses to a request for ideas DRPT issued to transit providers last fall, the list of bus systems seeking to stay fare free beyond the pandemic could soon grow substantially longer.

Greenway Tolls Bill Advances; Reid Bill Dropped
Renss Greene February 19, 2021 (Short)

Subramanyam’s bill and its Senate twin, Sen. John J. Bell (D-13)’s Senate Bill 1259, have many elements of bills introduced and killed every year since Subramanyam’s predecessor David I. Ramadan held office. This year, it enjoys the broadest support among Loudoun’s state delegation of any bill of its type in that time, and is now headed to the Senate floor, possibly for a final vote. The Senate bill has already passed both chambers. One of its co-patrons, Sen. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-33), serves on the Senate transportation committee.

However, the bill still faces some opposition from the Greenway’s powerful lobbying firm, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, and lawmakers sympathetic to the Australia-based multinational firm that owns the Greenway, Atlas Arteria.

The bill seeks to create measurable standards for evaluating whether proposed toll increases would discourage use of the highway—something many Loudouners say is already happening, as they avoid Greenway tolls when they can. Under the law governing the Greenway, toll increases should not discourage use.

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

News

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

  • SB 1126 Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads; change in membership.
  • SB 1136 License plates, special; repeals issuance of certain plates.
  • SB 1144 Aircraft civil; registration and licensing.
  • SB 1160 Removal of vehicles involved in accidents; lien of keeper of vehicles.
  • SB 1212 New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Authority; creation of authority in Planning District 4.
  • SB 1214 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; repeals effective date for creation of Authority.
  • SB 1229 License plates, special; issuance for supporters of Ducks Unlimited, fees.
  • SB 1253 Access roads to economic development sites; criteria for use of funds.
  • SB 1259 Virginia Highway Corporation Act; alteration of certificate of authority, powers and duties of SCC.
  • SB 1260 Transportation purposes; entry onto land for inspection.
  • SB 1277 Motor Vehicles, Department of, and Supreme Court of Virginia; repeals reporting requirement.
  • SB 1329 Summons; promises to appear after issuance.
  • SB 1335 Learner’s permits; use of personal communication devices, restrictions.
  • SB 1350 Transportation funding; statewide prioritization process, resiliency.
  • SB 1470 Vehicle registration; special communication needs indicator.
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Transportation 2021 Committee Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/20 1/21 1/28 1/29 2/3 2/11 2/18

Should Virginia bus systems go fare free forever?
Virginia Mercury, Wyatt Gordon April 6, 2021 (Medium)

When the General Assembly created the Transit Rider Incentive Program (TRIP) as part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s 2020 transportation omnibus, the lion’s share of the funding was allocated to support new regional bus routes. With COVID’s cancellation of much commuter service across the commonwealth, those dollars are now being dedicated to TRIP’s secondary goal: fare free transit pilot projects.

With large localities like Lynchburg, Roanoke, Alexandria, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Fairfax County now expressing interest in eliminating bus fares for at least three years, could the shift to zero fares in Virginia become permanent?

Nearly every transit system in the commonwealth dropped fares last year as a public health measure in response to COVID, but until recently none had announced intentions to make that move to protect riders and operators more permanent. Based on the responses to a request for ideas DRPT issued to transit providers last fall, the list of bus systems seeking to stay fare free beyond the pandemic could soon grow substantially longer.

Greenway Tolls Bill Advances; Reid Bill Dropped
Renss Greene February 19, 2021 (Short)

Subramanyam’s bill and its Senate twin, Sen. John J. Bell (D-13)’s Senate Bill 1259, have many elements of bills introduced and killed every year since Subramanyam’s predecessor David I. Ramadan held office. This year, it enjoys the broadest support among Loudoun’s state delegation of any bill of its type in that time, and is now headed to the Senate floor, possibly for a final vote. The Senate bill has already passed both chambers. One of its co-patrons, Sen. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-33), serves on the Senate transportation committee.

However, the bill still faces some opposition from the Greenway’s powerful lobbying firm, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, and lawmakers sympathetic to the Australia-based multinational firm that owns the Greenway, Atlas Arteria.

The bill seeks to create measurable standards for evaluating whether proposed toll increases would discourage use of the highway—something many Loudouners say is already happening, as they avoid Greenway tolls when they can. Under the law governing the Greenway, toll increases should not discourage use.

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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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Bills in committee   

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Bills reported out 

SB 1098 Unmanned aircraft; exempts an owner from the requirement to register.

SB 1136 License plates, special; repeals issuance of certain plates. Repeals the authorizations for issuance of special license plates no longer issued due to low plate sales, expired authorizations, or inability to issue.

SB 1144 Aircraft civil; registration and licensing. If a civil aircraft has to be registered with the Department of Aviation, credit can be given for the tax paid.

SB 1160 Removal of vehicles involved in accidents; lien of keeper of vehicles. Modernizes the removal and appraisal process of vehicle involved in accidents.

SB 1212 New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Authority; creation of authority in Planning District 4. Creates a new railway passenger line to be established  and regularly run in the New River Valley.

SB 1214 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; repeals effective date for creation of Authority.Repeals the contingent effective date for the creation of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

SB 1229 License plates, special; issuance for supporters of Ducks Unlimited, fees. Authorizes the existing special license plates for supporters of Ducks Unlimited to become revenue-sharing special license plates.

SB 1253 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.

SB 1259 Virginia Highway Corporation Act; alteration of certificate of authority, powers and duties of SCC. Requires the financial fitness of an individual to be reviewed when applying to operate on the roadway.

SB 1260 Transportation purposes; entry onto land for inspection. Requires a 30 day notice in advance of inspection of property.

SB 1263 Bicycles; permits operators to treat a stop sign as a yield sign in certain situations.

SB 1277 Motor Vehicles, Department of, and Supreme Court of Virginia; repeals reporting requirement. Repeals the reporting requirement to the Department of Motor Vehicles and Supreme Court of Virginia for fees and fines collected.

SB 1329 Summons; promises to appear after issuance. Eliminates the requirement that a promise to appear be completed after the issuance of a summons for a misdemeanor traffic offense.

SB 1335 Learner’s permits; use of personal communication devices. Eliminates the provision prohibiting a holder of a learner’s permit to operate a vehicle while using a wireless communication device.

SB 1350 Transportation funding; statewide prioritization process, resiliency. Requires them to look at the resiliency of a six year project before approval.

SB 1470 Vehicle registration; special communication needs indicator. Expands eligibility of the special communication needs indicator on a vehicle’s registration.

SB 1474 Nonrepairable and rebuilt vehicles; extends sunset provision relating to certain requirements.

Bills Passed

SB 1126 Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads; change in membership.Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads; membership. Adds a member of the House of Delegates, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House, and a member of the Senate, to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, to the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads. Such legislative members must represent districts that include certain cities in the Hampton Roads region. The bill also requires that nonlegislative citizen members of the Commission appointed by the Governor have experience in one of the following fields: transit, transportation, or land use planning; management of transit, transportation, or other public sector operations; public budgeting or finance; corporate communications; government oversight; or state or local government. The new qualifications do not affect the appointment of any current members of the Commission until the expiration of their terms.

SB 1136 License plates, special; repeals issuance of certain plates.Special license plates; removal. Repeals the authorizations for issuance of special license plates no longer issued due to low plate sales, expired authorizations, or inability to issue. In addition, the bill directs the revenue shared for previous issuances and renewals and future renewals of Kids Eat Free special license plates to the Division of Community Nutrition at the Virginia Department of Health.

SB 1144 Aircraft civil; registration and licensing. Aircraft; registration and licensing. Clarifies that if a civil aircraft is required to be registered with the Department of Aviation, current law allows the owner a credit against the tax paid for such registration for similar taxes paid in another state.

SB 1160 Removal of vehicles involved in accidents; lien of keeper of vehicles.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.

SB 1212 New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Authority; creation of authority in Planning District 4. New River Valley Passenger Rail Station Authority; creation. Authorizes the creation of a regional passenger rail station authority in Planning District 4 to assist in the creation and maintenance of passenger rail in the region. The authority would be authorized to enter into revenue sharing agreements and to issue revenue bonds. The authority would be governed by a board consisting of members of each participating locality and institution of higher education. This bill is identical to HB 1893.

SB 1214 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; repeals effective date for creation of Authority. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; effective date. Repeals the contingent effective date for the creation of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Such contingency has been met. The bill is a recommendation of the Code Commission.

SB 1229 License plates, special; issuance for supporters of Ducks Unlimited, fees. Special license plates; DUCKS UNLIMITED. Authorizes the existing special license plates for supporters of Ducks Unlimited to become revenue-sharing special license plates. From each fee collected from registrations over 1,000, $15 shall be deposited into a special account to be paid annually to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., to support its wetlands and waterfowl habitat programs in Virginia.

SB 1253 Access roads to economic development sites; criteria for use of funds. 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 1259 Virginia Highway Corporation Act; alteration of certificate of authority, powers and duties of SCC. 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. This bill is identical to HB 1832.

SB 1260 Transportation purposes; entry onto land for inspection. Entry onto land for inspection. Requires that for any project wherein the power of eminent domain may be exercised, any locality or the Commissioner of Highways shall provide a landowner with a request to enter and inspect property at least 30 days in advance. The request must be on official letterhead and shall notify the landowner that even if permission is withheld, the locality or the Commissioner of Highways will be permitted to enter the property on the proposed date. Current law requires the locality or the Commissioner of Highways to send a request to enter and inspect the property and, if written permission is not received within 15 days, a subsequent notice of intent to enter with the date on which the locality or the Commissioner of Highways will be entering the property.

SB 1277 Motor Vehicles, Department of, and Supreme Court of Virginia; repeals reporting requirement. Repeal of reporting requirement; Department of Motor Vehicles and Supreme Court of Virginia. Repeals an enactment clause that requires the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Supreme Court of Virginia to submit an annual report regarding the implementation of a program to allow the Department to collect certain fees and fines on behalf of a district or circuit court.

SB 1329 Summons; promises to appear after issuance. Promises to appear after the issuance of a summons. Eliminates the requirement that a promise to appear be completed after the issuance of a summons for a misdemeanor traffic offense. The bill provides that an accused shall be released from custody after a summons has been issued.

SB 1335 Learner’s permits; use of personal communication devices, restrictions. 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 1350 Transportation funding; statewide prioritization process, resiliency. Transportation projects; resiliency. Requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board to determine whether a project has been designed to be or the project sponsor has committed that the design will be resilient when evaluating projects for the Six-Year Improvement Program and consider resiliency when establishing the Statewide Transportation Plan. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Highways to ensure resiliency is incorporated into the design standards for new construction projects. This bill is identical to HB 2071.

SB 1470 Vehicle registration; special communication needs indicator. Vehicle registration; special communication needs indicator. Expands eligibility for a special communication needs indicator on a vehicle registration to vehicle owners whose vehicle is regularly occupied by an individual who has a disability that can impair communication. Current law authorizes those vehicle owners who have a disability that can impair communication to apply for such an indicator. The bill authorizes the removal of such indicator by request in writing to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This bill is identical to HB 1960.

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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