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HB 10 - Del. Marcus Simon (D-VA)
Student loans; licensing of qualified education loan servicers, civil penalties, report.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Qualified education loan servicers. Prohibits any person from acting as a qualified education loan servicer except in accordance with provisions established by this bill. The bill requires a loan servicer to obtain a license from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) and establishes procedures pertaining to such licenses. Banks, savings institutions, credit unions, nonprofit institutions of higher education, and farm credit systems are exempt from the licensing provisions. The servicing of a qualified education loan encompasses (i) receiving any scheduled periodic payments from a qualified education loan borrower or notification of such payments; (ii) applying the payments of principal and interest and such other payments, with respect to the amounts received from a qualified education ...

HB 1012 - Del. David Bulova (D-VA)
Early childhood care and education; establishment of system, definitions, licensure.
04/08/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Early childhood care and education; licensing. Requires the Board of Education to establish a statewide unified public-private system for early childhood care and education in the Commonwealth to be administered by the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Department of Education. The bill transfers the authority to license and regulate child day programs and other early child care agencies from the Board of Social Services and Department of Social Services to the Board of Education and Department of Education. The bill maintains current licensure, background check, and other requirements of such programs. Such provisions of the bill have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021. The bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a plan ...

HB 1017 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority; created.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Research and development in the Commonwealth. Creates the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (the Authority) to oversee and support research, development, and commercialization, as well as related investment and seed-stage funding, in the Commonwealth. The Authority is governed by an 11-member Board, consisting of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, six nonlegislative citizen members appointed by the Governor, and four nonlegislative citizen members appointed by the Joint Rules Committee. Existing grant, loan, and investment funds currently administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority and the Virginia Research Investment Committee, repealed under the bill, would be consolidated under the Authority, and the Authority would be responsible ...

HB 1018 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; created, report.
01/10/2020 - Stricken from House calendar
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange. Creates the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange, which will be established and operated by a new division within the State Corporation Commission (SCC). The Exchange shall facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans and qualified dental plans to qualified individuals and qualified employers. The Exchange shall make qualified plans available to qualified individuals and qualified employers by July 1, 2023, unless the SCC postpones this date. The measure authorizes the SCC to review and approve accident and sickness insurance premium rates applicable to health benefit plans in the individual and small group markets and health benefit plans providing health insurance coverage in the individual market through certain non-employer group plans. The ...

HB 1026 - Del. Dawn Adams (D-VA)
Mandatory outpatient treatment; criteria.
02/04/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Mandatory outpatient treatment; criteria. Eliminates the requirement that a person have a history of lack of compliance with treatment for mental illness that has, at least twice within the previous 36 months, resulted in the person being subject to an order for involuntary admission to be eligible for mandatory outpatient treatment following a period of involuntary inpatient treatment.

HB 1036 - Del. Sam Rasoul (D-VA)
Preventive services; coverage for outpatient mental health screenings or visits.
02/06/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Labor and Commerce by voice vote
Preventive services; coverage for outpatient mental health screenings or visits. Requires a health carrier to provide coverage as a preventive service for at least six annual therapy or counseling outpatient screenings or visits with a licensed mental health professional for the early detection or prevention of mental illness. Health carriers are prohibited from imposing any cost-sharing requirements for mandated preventive services.

HB 1039 - Del. Sam Rasoul (D-VA)
Felony homicide; repeals the crime.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Felony homicide; repeal. Repeals the crime of felony homicide. Under current law, felony homicide is the killing of one accidentally, contrary to the intention of the parties, while in the prosecution of some felonious act other than capital murder or first degree murder.

HB 1040 - Del. Sam Rasoul (D-VA)
Naturopathic doctors; Board of Medicine to license and regulate.
01/30/2020 - Continued to 2021 with substitute in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Naturopathic doctors; license required. Requires the Board of Medicine to license and regulate naturopathic doctors, defined in the bill as an individual, other than a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry, who may diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals, using physiological, psychological, or physical methods, and who may also use natural medicines, prescriptions, legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies, including light and air.

HB 1043 - Del. Paul Krizek (D-VA)
Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder, individual and small group markets.
01/28/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder; individual and small group markets. Eliminates the exemption from the requirements to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for insurers, corporations, and organizations issuing policies, contracts, and plans in the individual and small group markets. Under current law, only policies, contracts, and plans issued in the large group market are required to provide such coverage. This bill was incorporated into HB 1503.

HB 1049 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity. Prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation, public contracting, apprenticeship programs, housing, banking, and insurance on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill also adds discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill contains technical amendments.

HB 1050 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Discrimination; prohibited in public accommodations, employment, credit, etc.
01/28/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Prohibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates explicit causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the Virginia Human Rights Act. Currently, under the Act there is no cause of action for discrimination in public accommodations, and the only causes of action for discrimination in employment are for (i) unlawful discharge on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, by employers employing more than five but fewer than 15 persons and (ii) unlawful discharge on the basis of age by employers employing more than five but fewer than 20 persons. The bill allows the ...

HB 1052 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Telecommunications services; provision by local governments.
01/31/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Counties, Cities and Towns by voice vote
Provision of telecommunications services by local governments. Authorizes any locality to provide any telecommunications service, including cable television services, Internet, broadband, telephone service, and wireless Internet service, within its boundaries, after holding a public hearing, adopting a resolution, and obtaining approval from the State Corporation Commission. The measure eliminates existing provisions that (i) prohibit cross-subsidization of such services, (ii) require feasibility studies, (iii) prevent a locality from charging less than an incumbent provider, and (iv) limit the types of localities, by population and whether they provide electric utility service, that may qualify to offer such services.

HB 1057 - Del. Dawn Adams (D-VA)
Health insurance; clinical nurse specialists.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health insurance; clinical nurse specialists. Prohibits health insurers and health service plan providers whose policies or contracts cover services that may be legally performed by a licensed clinical nurse specialist from denying reimbursement because the service is rendered by a licensed clinical nurse specialist. The measure removes the existing limitation that requires such reimbursement only to licensed clinical nurse specialists who render mental health services.

HB 1084 - Del. Cliff Hayes (D-VA)
Surgical assistants; definition, licensure.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Surgical assistants; licensure. Defines ""surgical assistant"" and ""practice of surgical assisting"" and directs the Board of Medicine to establish criteria for the licensure of surgical assistants. Currently, the Board may issue a registration as a surgical assistant to eligible individuals. The bill clarifies that requiring the licensure of surgical assistants shall not be construed as prohibiting any professional licensed, certified, or registered by a health regulatory board from acting within the scope of his practice. The bill also establishes the Advisory Board on Surgical Assisting to assist the Board of Medicine regarding the establishment of qualifications for and regulation of licensed surgical assistants.

HB 1087 - Del. Jason Miyares (R-VA)
High deductible health plans; funding deductibles through health savings accounts.
02/11/2020 - Left in Labor and Commerce
High deductible health plans; funding deductibles through health savings accounts. Requires each employer sponsoring a high deductible health plan for its employees annually to fund the health savings account associated with the plan in an amount that is not less than the annual deductible amount under the plan. A similar requirement is imposed with regard to high deductible health plans offered to state employees under the state employee health insurance program.

HB 1094 - Del. Jason Miyares (R-VA)
Certificate of public need; exempts physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers.
02/04/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Certificate of public need; exception; physician-owned ambulatory surgery center. Exempts physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers, as that term is defined in the bill, from the requirement of obtaining a certificate of public need before undertaking a project.

HB 1100 - Del. Betsy Carr (D-VA)
State Inspector General; powers and duties.
03/12/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
...Provides that in order for the State Inspector General to refer a complaint alleging fraud, waste, abuse, or corruption by a public institution of higher education to the internal audit department of that institution, such institution must be (i) a covered institution as defined by the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act and (ii) classified as a Level 3 institution by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. A public institution of higher education that receives a complaint from the State Inspector General shall provide periodic updates on the status of investigations, whether they originated internally or were referred by the State Inspector General, and report annually to the State Inspector General on the results of all such ...

HB 1115 - Del. Sally Hudson (D-VA)
Higher educational institutions, public; threat assessment team, data reporting.
01/27/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Education by voice vote
Public institutions of higher education; threat assessment team; data reporting. Requires each threat assessment team at public institutions of higher education to collect and report to the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety quantitative data on its activities according to guidance developed by the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety in consultation with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

HB 1118 - Del. Robert Bell (R-VA)
Involuntary admission order; transportation, transfer to local law enforcement.
04/08/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Involuntary admission; transportation; transfer to local law enforcement. Establishes procedures for changing the transportation provider designated to provide transportation to a minor or a person who is the subject of a temporary detention order and provides that in cases in which an alternative transportation provider providing transportation of a minor or a person who is subject to an involuntary admission order becomes unable to continue providing transportation, local law enforcement shall take custody of the minor or person and provide transportation to the proper facility. This bill incorporates HB 1117 and is identical to SB 603.

HB 1125 - Del. Glenn Davis (R-VA)
Charitable Gaming Board; Texas Hold'em poker events.
02/10/2020 - VOTE: DEFEATED
Charitable Gaming Board; Texas Hold'em poker events. Allows certain qualified organization to conduct Texas Hold'em poker events in conjunction with its charitable gaming activities. The conditions under which a qualified organization may manage, operate, or contract with operators of or conduct Texas Hold'em poker games and tournaments shall be prescribed by the Charitable Gaming Board. In addition, the bill establishes the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund administered by the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide counseling and other support services for compulsive and problem gamblers, develop problem gambling treatment and prevention programs, and provide grants to supporting organizations that provide assistance to compulsive gamblers.

HB 1127 - Del. Glenn Davis (R-VA)
Therapeutic day treatment; definition.
02/10/2020 - VOTE: Engrossment
Board of Medical Assistance Services; definition of therapeutic day treatment. Directs the Board of Medical Assistance Services to revise its regulations to define ""therapeutic day treatment"" as a preventive mental health support available in place of partial hospitalization and reformative care.

HB 1141 - Del. Kathy Tran (D-VA)
Health benefit plans; renewal of plans, special exception.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health benefit plans; special exception. Eliminates provisions of the Code of Virginia authorizing health carriers to sell, issue, or offer for sale any health benefit plan that would otherwise not be permitted to be sold, issued, or offered for sale due to conflict with the requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), to the extent that the requirements of the PPACA are amended by any federal law.

HB 1148 - Del. Mark Keam (D-VA)
Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Department of; reorganizes provisions.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. Reorganizes provisions of the Code related to the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is relocated in the Code and the Respite Care Grant Program is eliminated. The bill also calls for additional education services to be provided by the Department with respect to Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

HB 1153 - Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-VA)
Evidence in criminal cases; duty to provide discovery, writs of actual innocence.
02/07/2020 - Incorporated by Courts of Justice
Evidence in criminal cases; duty to provide discovery; writs of actual innocence. Requires the attorney for the Commonwealth, upon written notice by an accused to the court and to the attorney for the Commonwealth, to permit the accused to inspect and copy or photograph (i) any relevant written or recorded statements or confessions made by the accused and the substance of any oral statements or confessions made by the accused to any law-enforcement officer; (ii) any relevant written reports of autopsies, ballistic tests, fingerprint analyses, handwriting analyses, blood, urine, and breath tests, and other scientific reports and written reports of a physical or mental examination of the accused or the alleged victim; (iii) any books, papers, documents, tangible objects, buildings, or ...

HB 1172 - Del. Charles Poindexter (R-VA)
Electronic health records; digital format.
02/11/2020 - Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Electronic health records; digital format. Requires electronic health record systems to transfer data in a common file format that is suitable for electronic access and use by the receiving entity and provides that if an individual requests his health record in an electronic format from a health care entity, the health care entity shall provide such health record in a common electronic file format that is suitable for electronic access and use by the receiving entity.

HB 1185 - Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-VA)
Nicotine vapor products; sale, penalties.
02/05/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Finance by voice vote
Sale of nicotine vapor products; penalties. Limits the sale of (i) flavored nicotine vapor products, including mint and menthol but not tobacco flavors, and (ii) high-nicotine vapor products above 30 mg strength to retail establishments that sell to persons 21 years of age or older and have proven age restriction processes. The bill requires such retail establishments to prove valid identification checks at the door upon entry and again before any transaction is processed and to maintain required age verification documentation for every transaction. The bill also prohibits all direct-to-consumer online sales that are intended to deliver nicotine vapor products and prohibits the sale of nicotine vapor products with additives other than traditional e-liquid ingredients (e.g., propylene ...

HB 1209 - Del. Kathy Tran (D-VA)
New Americans, Office of; created within Department of Social Services.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Department of Social Services; Office of New Americans created. Establishes the Office of New Americans within the Department of Social Services and the Office of New Americans Advisory Board to assist with immigrant integration within the Commonwealth on an economic, social, and cultural level. The Office shall provide (i) advice and assistance regarding the citizenship application process; (ii) assistance with securing employment, housing, and services for which such persons may be eligible; (iii) information to localities and immigration service organizations about state programs that help such persons find and secure employment, housing, and services for which they may be eligible; and (iv) information to localities and immigration service organizations regarding health epidemics and ...

HB 1214 - Del. Shelly Simonds (D-VA)
Family day homes; licensure threshold.
02/06/2020 - Failed to report
Family day homes; licensure threshold. Reduces from five to three the number of children for whom a family day home must obtain a license to provide child care services.

HB 1218 - Del. Kathy Tran (D-VA)
Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, civil penalty.
01/24/2020 - Incorporated by Privileges and Elections
Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds; civil penalty. Prohibits any person from making personal use of campaign contributions to a candidate or his campaign committee, or of items acquired using such contributions, for a strictly personal purpose that has no intended, reasonable, or foreseeable benefit to the candidate's campaign or public office. Any person who contributes to a candidate or a candidate's campaign committee or who is qualified to vote for a candidate may file a written complaint with the State Board of Elections (State Board) alleging a violation of the personal use prohibition by such candidate, and the State Board is tasked with reviewing the specific use alleged in the complaint.

HB 1231 - Del. Tony Wilt (R-VA)
Criminal Justice Services, Department of; crisis intervention team training.
03/31/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Department of Criminal Justice Services; crisis intervention team training. Adds the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and brain injury stakeholders to the list of entities with whom the Department of Criminal Justice Services is required to consult in developing a training program for all persons involved in the crisis intervention team programs and requires the curriculum for such training program to include a module on brain injury as part of the four hours of mandatory training in legal issues. This bill is identical to SB 494.

HB 1251 - Del. Luke Torian (D-VA)
Health insurance; definitions, payment to out-of-network providers, emergency services.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers. Provides that when an enrollee receives emergency services from an out-of-network health care provider or receives out-of-network surgical or ancillary services at an in-network facility, the enrollee is not required to pay the out-of-network provider any amount other than the applicable cost-sharing requirement and such cost-sharing requirement cannot exceed the cost-sharing requirement that would apply if the services were provided in-network. The measure also provides that the health carrier's required payment to the out-of-network provider of the services is a commercially reasonable amount based on payments for the same or similar services provided in a similar geographic area. If such provider disputes the amount to be paid by ...

HB 1281 - Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-VA)
Southwestern Va. Mental Health Institute; Governor to lease a portion of property to Smyth County.
02/11/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Disposition 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 for a term of three years. The bill also corrects tax map references contained in Chapter 678 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019, which also involved conveyances of property in Smyth County.

HB 1283 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Tobacco products retailers; registration, purchase, possession, and sale of products, penalties.
02/05/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Finance by voice vote
Registration of tobacco products retailers; purchase, possession, and sale of tobacco products; penalties. The bill prohibits any person from selling any tobacco product at retail (i) without first obtaining a permit from the Department of Taxation and (ii) at a location within 1,000 feet of a youth-oriented facility, defined in the bill. The bill prohibits Internet sales of tobacco products, except to a permit-holding retailer, and prohibits the sale of tobacco products from vending machines. The bill imposes civil penalties of up to $1,500 for selling tobacco products without a permit and up to $2,000 for selling tobacco products to persons under age 21. Permits would be subject to annual renewal and subject to revocation for violations of federal, state, or local laws related to tobacco ...

HB 1284 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Correctional facilities; use of isolated confinement.
03/31/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Correctional facilities; use of isolated confinement. Directs the Board of Corrections, in consultation with a stakeholder work group, to conduct a review of the standards and requirements governing, and the application and use of, isolated confinement in local correctional facilities.

HB 1288 - Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-VA)
Firearms; purchase, possession, etc., following certain convictions, penalty.
02/24/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Judiciary
Prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, sexual battery, assault and battery of a family or household member, or assault and battery when the person intentionally selects the person against whom a simple assault is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color, or national origin from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides for a process by which a person convicted of such crime may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his right to possess or transport a firearm and the factors a court shall consider in determining such reinstatement. This bill incorporated HB 78, HB 900, and HB 459.

HB 1301 - Del. Chris Hurst (D-VA)
Children's Ombudsman, Office of the; established.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Office of the Children's Ombudsman established. Establishes the Office of the Children's Ombudsman as a means of effecting changes in policy, procedure, and legislation; educating the public; investigating and reviewing actions of the State Department of Social Services, local departments of social services, child-placing agencies, or child-caring institutions; and monitoring and ensuring compliance with relevant statutes, rules, and policies pertaining to children's protective services and the placement, supervision, treatment, and improvement of delivery of care to children in foster care and adoptive homes. The Office of the Children's Ombudsman is headed by the Children's Ombudsman, who is appointed for a term of four years by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the General ...

HB 1321 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Guardianship; supported decision making.
02/04/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Guardianship; supported decision making. Creates the Supported Decision-Making Act, which allows an adult with an intellectual or developmental disability to enter into an agreement with another person, called a ""supporter,"" for the purposes of having the supporter assist the adult in making decisions to manage his affairs, giving adults who need assistance a less restrictive means of receiving such assistance than being appointed a guardian or conservator by a court.

HB 1328 - Del. Vivian Watts (D-VA)
Offender medical and mental health information and records; exchange of information to facility.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Exchange of offender medical and mental health information and records. Provides that a health care provider who has been notified that a person to whom he has provided services within the last two years is committed to a local or regional correctional facility shall, upon request by the local or regional correctional facility, disclose to the local or regional correctional facility where the person is committed any information necessary to ensure the continuity of care of the person committed. The bill also provides protection from civil liability for such health care provider, absent bad faith or malicious intent. This bill is identical to SB 656.

HB 1332 - Del. Terry Kilgore (R-VA)
Telehealth services; definitions, report.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Statewide Telehealth Plan. Directs the Board of Health to develop and implement, by January 1, 2021, and thereafter maintain as a component of the State Health Plan a Statewide Telehealth Plan (the Plan) to promote an integrated approach to the introduction and use of telehealth services and telemedicine services, as those terms are defined in the bill. The bill requires the Plan to include, among other provisions, provisions for (i) the use of remote patient monitoring services and store-and-forward technologies, including in cases involving patients with chronic illness; (ii) the promotion of the inclusion of telehealth services in hospitals, schools, and state agencies; and (iii) a strategy for the collection of data regarding the use of telehealth services.

HB 1336 - Del. Mark Keam (D-VA)
Family life education; SOL and curriculum guidelines, contemporary community standards.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Family life education; Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines; contemporary community standards; review. Requires each school board to conduct a review of its family life education curricula at least once every seven years, to evaluate whether such curricula reflect community standards, and to revise such curricula if necessary.

HB 1343 - Del. Jeffrey Bourne (D-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming.
02/06/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board (the Board). Casino gaming shall be limited to certain cities that meet the criteria that is outlined in the bill, and a referendum must be passed in the city on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city. This bill is a reenactment of the first enactment of Senate Bill 1126 of the 2019 legislative session.

HB 1344 - Del. Alex Askew (D-VA)
Teacher licensure; written reprimand, suspension.
03/27/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Board of Education; teacher licensure; written reprimand; suspension. Provides that when adopting regulations regarding the issuance of written reprimands of teachers and other school personnel required to hold a license, the Board of Education shall establish in such regulations the grounds for such written reprimands and provides that for a teacher who breaches his contract the local board of education or division superintendent, in addition to a written reprimand or revocation of the teacher's license as in current law, may issue a suspension of the teacher's license.

HB 1351 - Del. Vivian Watts (D-VA)
Temporary detention; expands category of individuals who may evaluate a person.
02/04/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Temporary detention; evaluation; who may perform. Expands the category of individuals who may evaluate a person who is the subject of an emergency custody order to determine whether the person meets the criteria for temporary detention to include any person described in the definition of ""mental health professional"" in i 54.1-2400.1 who (i) is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, (ii) has completed a certification program approved by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and (iii) complies with regulations of the Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services related to performance of such evaluations.

HB 1381 - Del. James Leftwich (R-VA)
Special education; due process hearings, nonattorney representatives.
02/05/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
Special education; due process hearings; nonattorney representatives. Permits a school division and the parents of a child with a disability in the school division to be accompanied and advised by any nonattorney with special knowledge or training with respect to the needs of children with disabilities in any due process hearing before a hearing officer. The bill declares that it constitutes the practice of law without being authorized or licensed to do so as prohibited by law when any such nonattorney drafts or submits pleadings, motions, or briefs; presents evidence; makes any argument, including any argument relating to any law or regulation; or questions witnesses on behalf of any parent or student. The bill requires the Board of Education to adopt regulations to establish (i) ...

HB 1385 - Del. James Leftwich (R-VA)
Insurance benefits; certain retired employees of political subdivisions.
03/23/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Insurance for certain retired employees of political subdivisions. Allows localities to extend certain insurance benefits to retired employees of political subdivisions. This bill is identical to SB 349.

HB 1386 - Del. James Leftwich (R-VA)
Death penalty; severe mental illness.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Death penalty; severe mental illness. Provides that a defendant in a capital case who had a severe mental illness, as defined in the bill, at the time of the offense is not eligible for the death penalty. The bill establishes procedures for determining whether a defendant had a severe mental illness at the time of the offense and provides for the appointment of expert evaluators. The bill provides that when the defendant's severe mental illness is at issue, a determination will be made by the jury or by the judge in a bench trial as part of the sentencing proceeding, and the defendant bears the burden of proving his severe mental illness by a preponderance of the evidence. The bill also provides that in the event the defendant fails to provide notice that he will offer testimony by an ...

HB 1387 - Del. James Leftwich (R-VA)
Certificate of public need; definition of ""medical care facility,"" projects filed on/before 12/2017.
02/11/2020 - Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Certificate of public need; definition of ""medical care facility."" Adds to the list of medical care facilities for which a certificate of public need is required any facility that has common ownership with an affiliated licensed hospital located within 35 miles of the facility and that includes, as part of the facility, a dedicated emergency department as defined in 42 C.F.R. i 489.24(b) that is subject to the requirements of the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.

HB 1414 - Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-VA)
Transportation; amends numerous laws related to funds, safety programs, revenue sources, etc.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Transportation. Amends numerous laws related to transportation funds, revenue sources, construction, and safety programs.

HB 1419 - Del. Jerrauld Jones (D-VA)
School resource officers and school security officers; training standards.
04/02/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
School resource officers and school security officers; training standards. Requires school resource officers and school security officers to receive training specific to the role and responsibility of a law-enforcement officer working with students in a school environment that includes training on (i) relevant state and federal laws; (ii) school and personal liability issues; (iii) security awareness in the school environment; (iv) mediation and conflict resolution, including de-escalation techniques such as physical alternatives to restraint; (v) disaster and emergency response; (vi) awareness of cultural diversity and implicit bias; (vii) working with students with disabilities, mental health needs, substance abuse disorders, or past traumatic experiences; and (viii) student behavioral ...

HB 1428 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; created.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange. Creates the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange, which will be established and operated by a new division within the State Corporation Commission (SCC). The Exchange shall facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans and qualified dental plans to qualified individuals and qualified employers. The Exchange shall make qualified plans available to qualified individuals and qualified employers by July 1, 2023, unless the SCC postpones this date. The measure authorizes the SCC to review and approve accident and sickness insurance premium rates applicable to health benefit plans in the individual and small group markets and health benefit plans providing health insurance coverage in the individual market through certain non-employer group plans. The ...

HB 1429 - Del. Danica Roem (D-VA)
Health insurance; nondiscrimination, gender identity or transgender status.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health insurance; nondiscrimination; gender identity or transgender status. Prohibits a health carrier from denying or limiting coverage or imposing additional cost sharing or other limitations or restrictions on coverage, under a health benefit plan for health care services that are ordinarily or exclusively available to covered individuals of one sex, to a transgender individual on the basis of the fact that the individual's sex assigned at birth, gender identity, or gender otherwise recorded is different from the one to which such health services are ordinarily or exclusively available. The measure also prohibits a health carrier from (i) subjecting an individual to discrimination under a health benefit plan on the basis of gender identity or being a transgender individual or (ii) ...

HB 1440 - Del. Jerrauld Jones (D-VA)
Juveniles; trial as an adult.
01/27/2020 - Incorporated by Courts of Justice
Increases from age 14 to age 16 the minimum age at which a juvenile must be tried as an adult in circuit court for murder or aggravated malicious wounding or for certain charges requiring notice of intent to try such juvenile as an adult by the attorney for the Commonwealth. In order to be tried as an adult in circuit court for charges that require notice of intent to proceed with trial as an adult by the attorney for the Commonwealth, the bill requires that (i) a report of the juvenile be prepared by probation services or other qualified agency and (ii) the attorney for the Commonwealth review such report prior to filing his notice of intent to proceed with a preliminary hearing for trial of such juvenile as an adult. This bill was incorporated into HB 477.

HB 1444 - Del. Mark Cole (R-VA)
Discovery in criminal cases; duty to provide.
01/31/2020 - Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice
Discovery in criminal cases; duty to provide. Requires the attorney for the Commonwealth, upon written notice by an accused to the court and to the attorney for the Commonwealth, to permit the accused to inspect and copy or photograph (i) any relevant written or recorded statements or confessions made by the accused and the substance of any oral statements or confessions made by the accused to any law-enforcement officer; (ii) any relevant written reports of autopsies, ballistic tests, fingerprint analyses, handwriting analyses, blood, urine, and breath tests, and other scientific reports and written reports of a physical or mental examination of the accused or the alleged victim; (iii) any books, papers, documents, tangible objects, buildings, or places, or copies or portions thereof, ...

HB 1447 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Firearms, loaded; carrying in public while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
02/11/2020 - Left in Public Safety
Carrying loaded firearms in public while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs; penalties. Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs to carry a loaded firearm on or about his person in a public place and that a person found guilty of such act is ineligible to apply for a concealed handgun permit for a period of five years. Current law provides that such prohibition applies only to persons permitted to carry a concealed handgun.

HB 1448 - Del. Kenneth Plum (D-VA)
Menhaden; management of the fishery.
03/08/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations necessary to manage Atlantic menhaden, including those necessary to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The bill repeals several Code sections relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery. The bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish a Menhaden Management Advisory Committee to provide guidance to the Commission. This bill incorporates HB 79 and is identical to SB 791. The bill contains an emergency clause.

HB 1449 - Del. Sam Rasoul (D-VA)
Physicians; medical specialty board certification options.
02/11/2020 - Left in Labor and Commerce
Physicians; medical specialty board certification options. Prohibits requiring maintenance of certification from physicians licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth, as a prerequisite to hospital medical staff membership, employment, malpractice liability insurance coverage, network status, or reimbursement for services provided to a person covered by a health insurance policy.

HB 1452 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Temporary detention; observation, testing, or treatment.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Temporary detention for observation and treatment. Clarifies that a person can be subject to a temporary detention order for observation and treatment related to intoxication where the person is located, upon a finding that (i) probable cause exists to believe the person is incapable of making or communicating an informed decision regarding treatment due to intoxication and (ii) the medical standard of care calls for observation, testing, or treatment within the next 24 hours to prevent injury, disability, death, or other harm to the individual resulting from such intoxication. The bill limits the duration of such temporary detention to 24 hours. The bill provides that a person subject to emergency custody due to a mental illness shall remain in custody until (a) a temporary detention ...

HB 1453 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Acute psychiatric bed registry; DBHDS shall establish work group to evaluate, etc.
03/18/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Acute psychiatric bed registry; information required to be reported. Directs the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to establish a work group to evaluate the role of, and make recommendations related to improving the structure and effectiveness of, the psychiatric bed registry in collecting and disseminating information about the availability of acute psychiatric beds in the Commonwealth. The work group shall report its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Education and Health, the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions, and the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century by November 1, 2020. This bill is identical to SB 739.

HB 1463 - Del. Jason Miyares (R-VA)
Court Reporters, Virginia Board for; created, report.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Virginia Board for Court Reporters. Creates the Virginia Board for Court Reporters as an independent board to regulate court reporting services in the state. Beginning July 1, 2021, no person may engage in or offer to engage in work as a court reporter unless he has been licensed by the Board. The bill establishes standards of conduct for court reporters and creates the Board for Court Reporters Fund to receive licensing and registration fees to fund the regulatory program.

HB 1472 - Del. Jason Miyares (R-VA)
Court Reporters, Virginia Board for; created.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Virginia Board for Court Reporters. Creates the Virginia Board for Court Reporters as an independent board to establish the qualification of applicants for licensure or registration of court reporters in the state. Beginning July 1, 2021, no person may engage in or offer to engage in work as a court reporter unless he has been licensed by the Board. The bill establishes principles of conduct for court reporters and creates the Board for Court Reporters Fund to receive licensing and registration fees to fund the licensure and registration program.

HB 1494 - Del. Lamont Bagby (D-VA)
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers, emergency services.
02/04/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
Balance billing; emergency services. Provides that when a covered person receives covered emergency services from an out-of-network health care provider, the covered person is not required to pay the out-of-network provider any amount other than the applicable cost-sharing requirement. The measure deletes a provision that allows an out-of-network provider to charge an individual for the balance of the provider's billed amount after applying the amount the health carrier is required to pay for such services. The measure also establishes a fourth standard for calculating the health carrier's required payment to the out-of-network provider of the emergency services, which standard is (i) the regional average for commercial payments for such service if the provider is a health care ...

HB 1502 - Del. Jeion Ward (D-VA)
Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty.
01/24/2020 - Incorporated by Public Safety
Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts from this provision (i) persons who have been issued a certificate by the Department of State Police under certain circumstances and with an enhanced background check, (ii) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (iii) state and local correctional facilities, (iv) licensed private security companies, (v) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (vi) persons whose handgun has been stolen or irretrievably lost or who are trading in a handgun, (vii) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (viii) purchases of antique ...

HB 1503 - Del. Jeion Ward (D-VA)
Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder, individual and small group markets.
04/02/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder. Requires health insurers, corporations providing health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder under insurance policies, subscription contracts, or health care plans issued in the individual market or small group markets. The existing requirement that such coverage be provided for policies, contracts, or plans issued in the large group market is not affected. The provision applies with respect to insurance policies, subscription contracts, and health care plans delivered, issued for delivery, reissued, or extended on or after January 1, 2021. This bill incorporates HB 1043 and is identical to SB 1031.

HB 1506 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Pharmacists; initiating of treatment with and dispensing and administering of controlled substances.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Allows a pharmacist to initiate treatment with and dispense and administer certain drugs and devices to persons 18 years of age or older in accordance with a statewide protocol developed by the Board of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Board of Medicine and the Department of Health. The bill directs the Board of Pharmacy to establish such protocols by November 1, 2020, to promulgate emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill, and to convene a work group to provide recommendations regarding the development of protocols for the initiating of treatment with and dispensing and administering of additional drugs and devices for persons 18 years of age and older. The bill also clarifies that an accident and sickness insurance policy that provides reimbursement for a service ...

HB 1540 - Del. Christopher Collins (R-VA)
Behavioral health providers; barrier crimes, exceptions.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Behavioral health providers; barrier crimes; exceptions. Adds additional crimes to the list of barrier crimes for which an exception is available in the case of employment with an adult substance abuse or mental health program at community services boards and private providers of behavioral health services licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The bill also allows the Department to hire individuals convicted of various barrier crimes in a position of employment at a state facility if the Department determines that the individual has been rehabilitated successfully and is not a risk to individuals receiving services.

HB 1541 - Del. Delores McQuinn (D-VA)
Central Virginia Transportation Authority; created.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Creation of the Central Virginia Transportation Authority; funding. Creates the Central Virginia Transportation Authority, comprising the counties and cities located in Planning District 15. The Authority will administer transportation funding generated through the imposition of an additional regional 0.7 percent sales and use tax and a wholesale gas tax of 7.6 cents per gallon of gasoline and 7.7 cents per gallon of diesel fuel. The gas tax rates would be indexed for inflation. The bill requires a local maintenance of effort for transit funding of at least 50 percent of what was provided on July 1, 2020, with such amount to be indexed beginning in 2023. The Authority is directed to review the governance structure of existing transit service in the Richmond region, and evaluate the ...

HB 1543 - Del. Lee Carter (D-VA)
Minimum wage and workers' compensation; inmates as employees.
02/06/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Labor and Commerce by voice vote
Minimum wage and workers' compensation; inmates as employees. Requires the entity that operates the correctional facility at which an inmate performs labor to be paid therefor at a rate not less than the Commonwealth's minimum wage. The measure also provides that, for purposes of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act, an inmate is an employee of the entity operating the correctional facility where the inmate participates in any work program during his incarceration.

HB 1554 - Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-VA)
Public schools; Mental Health First Aid training every three years.
01/22/2020 - Incorporated by Education
Public schools; Mental Health First Aid training. Requires each school board to adopt and implement policies that require each teacher and other relevant personnel, as determined by the school board, who are employed on a full-time basis to complete a Mental Health First Aid training or similar program every three years. The bill requires each school board to provide such training and allows a school board to contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a community services board, a behavioral health authority, a nonprofit organization, or a certified trainer of the Mental Health First Aid training program to provide such training.

HB 1570 - Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-VA)
Tobacco products, etc.; possession by persons under 21 years of age.
03/31/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Possession of tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products by persons under 21 years of age; exception; scientific study. Provides an exception to the law prohibiting possession of tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, or alternative nicotine products by a person less than 21 years of age when such possession is part of a scientific study being conducted by an organization for the purpose of medical research to further efforts in cigarette and tobacco use prevention and cessation and tobacco product regulation, provided that such medical research has been approved by an institutional review board pursuant to applicable federal regulations or by a research review committee.

HB 1574 - Del. Mark Cole (R-VA)
Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, civil penalty.
01/24/2020 - Incorporated by Privileges and Elections
Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds; civil penalty. Adds a definition of ""personal use of campaign funds"" and prohibits the use of contributions, or conversion of items acquired using contributions, to a candidate or campaign committee for a strictly personal purpose with no intended, reasonable, or foreseeable benefit to the candidate's campaign or public office. Complaints of alleged violations may be made to the State Board of Elections (the State Board) by any person who contributed to the candidate or candidate's campaign committee. The subject of the complaint has 30 days to either (i) reimburse the campaign committee the complained-of amount or (ii) provide to the State Board documentation or other evidence that the use of the campaign funds had an intended, ...

HB 1589 - Del. Lamont Bagby (D-VA)
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of electronic gaming devices, penalty.
02/11/2020 - Left in General Laws
Virginia Lottery Board; repeal prohibition against sale of lottery tickets over the Internet; regulation of the manufacturing, distributing, hosting, and playing of electronic gaming devices; penalties. Renames the Virginia Lottery as the Virginia Lottery and Gaming Department and the Virginia Lottery Board as the Virginia Lottery and Gaming Oversight Board. The bill authorizes the manufacture, distribution, hosting, and playing of electronic gaming devices in the Commonwealth, to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery and Gaming Oversight Board. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for the manufacture, distribution, and hosting of electronic gaming devices and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the law and regulations related to electronic gaming devices. The ...

HB 160 - Del. Marcus Simon (D-VA)
License plates, special; bearing the legend STOP GUN VIOLENCE, revenue-sharing provisions.
03/23/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Special license plate bearing the legend STOP GUN VIOLENCE; revenue-sharing provisions. Provides that the special license plate bearing the legend STOP GUN VIOLENCE will remain nonrevenue-sharing. Current law provides that such special license plate will become revenue-sharing on July 1, 2020.

HB 1630 - Del. Terry Kilgore (R-VA)
Public schools; extension of provisional teacher licensure.
04/02/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Public schools; provisional teacher licensure; certain individuals. Permits any school board and division superintendent to extend from three months to six months the period within which the provisional license of an individual seeking initial teacher licensure who has not completed professional assessments will expire for the purpose of establishing such individual's eligibility for initial licensure, provided that such individual has received a satisfactory mid-year performance review in the current school year and meets all other eligibility criteria.

HB 1641 - Del. Hala Ayala (D-VA)
Coal ash ponds; definitions, testing private wells and public water supply wells, etc.
04/02/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Coal ash ponds; private wells and public water supply wells; resident notification. Requires a utility, defined in the bill as the owner or operator of a coal ash pond in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to complete a survey of all private wells and public water supply wells within 1.5 miles of each of its ponds by October 1, 2020, and to notify residents via mail and a local newspaper posting that the survey will be conducted.

HB 1642 - Del. Hala Ayala (D-VA)
Coal ash ponds; definitions, well monitoring program, wells near ponds.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Coal ash ponds; well monitoring program; well testing. Requires each utility, defined in the bill as the owner or operator of a coal ash pond in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to commission an independent well water test on behalf of the owner of any private well or public water supply well located within 1.5 miles of such coal ash pond by January 1, 2021, and requires such test to be conducted once per year during each of the five years following the approval of the closure of the coal ash pond and once every five years thereafter. The bill provides that if any test exceeds any U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Maximum Contaminant Level for drinking water, the utility shall provide water treatment or alternative water supplies, potentially including a connection to a city or county ...

HB 1648 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Correctional facilities, state; treatment of prisoners known to be pregnant.
03/31/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
State correctional facilities; treatment of prisoners known to be pregnant or who are parents of minor children. Provides for rules and regulations regarding the treatment, control, and education of prisoners known to be pregnant and prisoners who are primary caretakers of minor children in state correctional facilities. The bill requires the Department of Corrections to include in the training it provides for state correctional officers and juvenile correctional officers who may have contact with pregnant inmates training on the general care of pregnant women and the impact of restraints, restrictive housing or solitary confinement, and body cavity searches on such inmates. The bill requires the Director of the Department of Corrections, after accounting for safety, security, and ...

HB 1649 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Health care; decision making, end of life, penalties.
02/07/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
Health care; decision making; end of life; penalties. Allows an adult diagnosed with a terminal condition to request and an attending health care provider to prescribe a self-administered controlled substance for the purpose of ending the patient's life in a humane and dignified manner. The bill requires that a patient's request for a self-administered controlled substance to end his life must be given orally on two occasions and in writing, signed by the patient and one witness, and that the patient be given an express opportunity to rescind his request at any time. The bill makes it a Class 2 felony (i) to willfully and deliberately alter, forge, conceal, or destroy a patient's request, or rescission of request, for a self-administered controlled substance to end his life with the intent ...

HB 1658 - Del. Christopher Head (R-VA)
Adult protective services; creates central registry.
02/04/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Adult protective services; central registry. Creates a central registry of founded complaints of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation to be maintained by the Department of Social Services. The bill establishes (i) investigation requirements for local departments of social services related to complaints of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation; (ii) record retention and disclosure requirements for the Department and local departments; (iii) notice requirements related to findings by local departments and central registry entries; and (iv) an appeals process to contest the findings of a local department related to founded reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

HB 1661 - Del. Betsy Carr (D-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming.
02/06/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board (the Board). The bill limits casino gaming to certain cities that meet the criteria outlined in the bill and requires that, prior to the establishment of casino gaming operations in such city, the voters of the city approve a referendum on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city. The bill also provides that if an operator license to conduct casino gaming is issued to an owner that is a Virginia Indian tribe as described in the bill for any city that meets the criteria outlined in the bill, any entity holding an owner's or operator's license from the Virginia Racing Commission that is operating in the same city shall be allowed to conduct casino ...

HB 1663 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Discrimination; prohibited in public accommodations, etc., causes of action.
03/12/2020 - Failed to pass in House
Prohibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates explicit causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the Virginia Human Rights Act. Currently, under the Act there is no cause of action for discrimination in public accommodations, and the only causes of action for discrimination in employment are for (i) unlawful discharge on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, by employers employing more than five but fewer than 15 persons and (ii) unlawful discharge on the basis of age by employers employing more than five but fewer than 20 persons. The bill allows the ...

HB 1666 - Del. Cliff Hayes (D-VA)
People with disabilities that can impair communication; vehicle registration.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Voluntary registry for people with disability that impairs communication; vehicle registration. Authorizes an individual with a disability that can impair communication to voluntarily indicate such disability on his application for registration of a motor vehicle. The bill requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to share this indication with criminal justice agencies.

HB 1677 - Del. Mark Keam (D-VA)
Electric utility regulation; retail customer choice.
02/04/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Labor and Commerce by voice vote
Electric utility regulation; retail customer choice. Replaces the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act with a system under which retail customers will be able to purchase electricity from the retail electric provider of their choice. The measure requires each incumbent investor-owned utility, electric cooperative, and municipal electric authority by January 10, 2021, to file with the State Corporation Commission a plan by which it will separate its customer energy services business activities that are otherwise also already widely available in the competitive market from its regulated utility activities by September 1, 2021, and to separate its business activities into an electric distribution utility, an electric transmission utility, a power generation company, and a retail electric ...

HB 1682 - Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-VA)
Health benefit plans; coding for adverse childhood experiences.
02/11/2020 - Left in Labor and Commerce
Health benefit plans; coding for adverse childhood experiences. Requires any carrier that offers a health benefit plan that provides coverage for screening of covered persons for adverse childhood experiences that may impact a patient's physical or mental health or the provision of health care services to such patient to utilize a coding system that enrolls a code for such screening services.

HB 1683 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Diagnostic medical sonography; definition, certification.
02/04/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Diagnostic medical sonography; certification. Defines the practice of ""diagnostic medical sonography"" as the use of specialized equipment to direct high-frequency sound waves into an area of the human body to generate an image. The bill provides that only a certified and registered sonographer may hold himself out as qualified to perform diagnostic medical sonography. The bill requires any person who fails to maintain current certification and registration or is subject to revocation or suspension of a certification and registration by a sonography certification organization to notify his employer and cease using ultrasound equipment or performing a diagnostic medical sonography or related procedure.

HB 1684 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Public and private employers; earned paid sick time for employees.
01/30/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
Requires public and private employers with 25 or more employees to provide those employees with earned paid sick time. The measure provides for an employee to earn at least one hour of paid sick leave benefit for every 30 hours worked. An employee shall not use more than 40 hours of earned paid sick time in a year, unless the employer selects a higher limit. Employees shall not be entitled to use accrued earned paid sick time until the ninetieth calendar day following commencement of their employment, unless otherwise permitted by the employer. The bill provides that earned paid sick time may be used (i) for an employee's mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; an employee's need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health ...

HB 1686 - Del. David Reid (D-VA)
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of video game terminals.
02/11/2020 - Left in General Laws
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of the manufacturing, distributing, operating, servicing, hosting, and playing of video game terminals; penalties. Authorizes the manufacturing, distributing, operating, servicing, hosting, and playing of video game terminals in the Commonwealth, to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for the manufacture, distribution, operating, servicing, and hosting of video game terminals, requires employees of such licensees to be registered with the Lottery Department, and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the law and regulations related to video game terminals. The bill prohibits any host location licensee from offering more than five electronic gaming devices to the public for play at such ...

HB 1699 - Del. Lashrecse Aird (D-VA)
Temporary detention; DBHDS shall study who may evaluate.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
...Directs the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to establish a work group to (i) review the current process for conducting evaluations of persons who are subject to emergency custody orders to determine whether they meet the criteria for temporary detention, including any challenges or barriers to timely completion of such evaluations and factors giving rise to delays in completion of such evaluations, and (ii) develop a comprehensive plan to expand the individuals who may conduct effective evaluations of persons who are subject to emergency custody orders to determine whether they meet the criteria for temporary detention. The work group shall report its findings and conclusions and the comprehensive plan to the Governor and the Chairmen of the ...

HB 1704 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Health insurance; coverage for case management services and peer support services.
01/28/2020 - Stricken from docket by Labor and Commerce
Health insurance; coverage for case management services and peer support services. Requires health insurance policies, subscription contracts, and health care plans to provide coverage for (i) case management services that are prescribed by a licensed physician for a covered individual who has a primary diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder and (ii) peer support services for any covered person who has a primary diagnosis of a mental health disorder other than substance abuse disorder.

HB 1730 - Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-VA)
Human Rights Act; employees providing domestic service.
02/06/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Labor and Commerce by voice vote
Employment; domestic service; Human Rights Act.

HB 189 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers, emergency services.
02/04/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
Balance billing; emergency services. Provides that when a covered person receives covered emergency services from an out-of-network health care provider, the covered person is not required to pay the out-of-network provider any amount other than the applicable cost-sharing requirement. The measure deletes a provision that allows an out-of-network provider to charge an individual for the balance of the provider's billed amount after applying the amount the health carrier is required to pay for such services. The measure also establishes a fourth standard for calculating the health carrier's required payment to the out-of-network provider of the emergency services, which standard is (i) the regional average for commercial payments for such service if the provider is a health care ...

HB 192 - Del. Robert Orrock (R-VA)
Firearm purchases; proof of demonstration of competence with a firearm.
01/09/2020 - Stricken from House calendar
Firearm purchases; proof of demonstration of competence with a firearm. Provides that any person purchasing from a dealer a firearm shall demonstrate competence with a firearm as provided in the statute governing proof of demonstration of competence with a handgun for the purposes of obtaining a concealed handgun permit. The bill also prohibits a firearms dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory any firearm to any person until he has been furnished with proof that the prospective has demonstrated competence with a firearm.

HB 2 - Del. Kenneth Plum (D-VA)
Firearm transfers; criminal history record information checks, penalty.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Firearm sales; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm sale and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a background check from licensed firearms dealers. A person who sells a firearm to another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also provides that a purchaser who receives a firearm from another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary. The bill also provides that the Department shall have three business days to complete a ...

HB 206 - Del. R. Lee Ware (R-VA)
Electric utility regulation; retail customer choice.
02/04/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
Electric utility regulation; retail customer choice. Replaces the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act with a system under which retail customers will be able to purchase electricity from the retail electric provider of their choice. The measure requires each incumbent investor-owned utility, electric cooperative, and municipal electric authority by January 10, 2021, to file with the State Corporation Commission a plan by which it will separate its customer energy services business activities that are otherwise also already widely available in the competitive market from its regulated utility activities by September 1, 2021, and to separate its business activities into an electric distribution utility, an electric transmission utility, a power generation company, and a retail electric ...

HB 217 - Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D-VA)
Va. Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation and gender, etc.
01/28/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; sexual orientation and gender identity. Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines ""sexual orientation"" and ""gender identity."" This bill was incorporated into HB 1663.

HB 227 - Del. Nicholas Freitas (R-VA)
Abortion; born alive human infant, treatment and care, penalty.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Requires every physician licensed by the Board of Medicine who attempts to terminate a pregnancy to (i) exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of a human infant who has been born alive following such attempt as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age and (ii) take all reasonable steps to ensure the immediate transfer of the human infant who has been born alive to a hospital for further medical care. A physician who fails to comply with the requirements of this act is guilty of a Class 4 felony and may be subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Medicine.

HB 23 - Del. Joseph Lindsey (D-VA)
Public employment and housing; prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation or gender identity.
01/28/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Prohibited discrimination in public employment and housing; sexual orientation or gender identity. Prohibits discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill also codifies for state and local government employment the current prohibitions on discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. Additionally, the bill adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines sexual orientation and gender identity. This bill was incorporated into HB 1663.

HB 245 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Fornication; repeal.
03/04/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Repeals the crime of fornication, i.e., voluntary sexual intercourse by an unmarried person, punishable under current law as a Class 4 misdemeanor.

HB 246 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Law-enforcement agencies, local; body-worn camera systems.
03/04/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Local law-enforcement agencies; body-worn camera systems. Requires localities to adopt and establish a written policy for the operation of a body-worn camera system, as defined in the bill, that follows identified best practices and is consistent with Virginia law and regulations, using as guidance the model policy established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services prior to purchasing or deploying a body-worn camera system. The bill also requires localities to make such policy available for public comment and review prior to its adoption. The bill requires the Department to establish a model policy for the operation of body-worn camera systems and the storage and maintenance of body-worn camera system records.

HB 250 - Del. Vivian Watts (D-VA)
Juvenile offenders; eligibility for parole.
01/31/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
Juvenile offenders; parole. Provides that any person sentenced to a term of life imprisonment for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 25 years of such sentence and any person who has active sentences that total more than 25 years for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 25 years of such sentences shall be eligible for parole.

HB 259 - Del. Marcus Simon (D-VA)
Unrestorably incompetent defendant; competency report.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Unrestorably incompetent defendant; competency report. Provides that in cases where a defendant is likely to remain incompetent for the foreseeable future due to an ongoing and irreversible medical condition and prior medical or educational records are available to support the diagnosis, a competency report may recommend that the court find the defendant unrestorably incompetent to stand trial, and the court may proceed with the disposition of the case based on such recommendation. Under current law, the defendant is required to undergo treatment to restore his competency before the court can find a defendant unrestorably incompetent to stand trial. The bill also provides that such person who is found unrestorably incompetent to stand trial shall be prohibited from purchasing, possessing, ...

HB 260 - Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-VA)
Firearms; transfer, criminal history record check delay.
02/11/2020 - Left in Public Safety
Transfer of firearms; criminal history record check delay; penalty. Increases from the end of the next business day to within five business days the time in which State Police must advise a dealer if its records indicate that a firearms buyer or transferee is prohibited from possessing or transporting a firearm and the time after which a dealer may complete the sale or transfer without a response from the State Police. The bill removes the option in current law that a dealer may immediately complete the sale or transfer if he is advised by the State Police that a response will not be available within the required timeframe.

HB 269 - Del. Steve Heretick (D-VA)
Marijuana; legalization of simple marijuana possession, penalty.
02/05/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
Eliminates criminal penalties for possession of marijuana for persons who are 21 years of age or older. The bill also decriminalizes marijuana possession for persons under 21 years of age and provides a civil penalty of no more than $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $250 for a third or subsequent violation. Under current law, a first offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana. The bill establishes a regulatory scheme for the regulation of marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, and retail marijuana stores by the Board of Agriculture ...

HB 274 - Del. Mark Cole (R-VA)
Juveniles; trial as adult.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Juveniles; trial as adult. Increases from 14 years of age to 16 years of age the minimum age at which a juvenile can be tried as an adult in circuit court for a felony.

HB 279 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Sentencing proceeding by the jury after conviction; recommendation of leniency.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Sentencing proceeding by the jury after conviction; recommendation of leniency. Provides that a jury may, in ascertaining the punishment for a person convicted of a felony or Class 1 misdemeanor, recommend that the sentence imposed be suspended in whole or in part, or that sentences imposed for multiple offenses be served concurrently, except where such suspension of sentence or concurrent service is prohibited by law. The bill prohibits the trial court from imposing an active term of incarceration in excess of the active term of incarceration recommended by the jury. The bill also allows the jury to recommend that the defendant be placed on probation, make full or partial restitution, perform community service, or receive mental health or substance abuse treatment in lieu of incarceration ...

HB 280 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Death penalty; severe mental illness.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Death penalty; severe mental illness. Provides that a defendant in a capital case who had a severe mental illness, as defined in the bill, at the time of the offense is not eligible for the death penalty. The bill establishes procedures for determining whether a defendant had a severe mental illness at the time of the offense and provides for the appointment of expert evaluators. The bill provides that when the defendant's severe mental illness is at issue, a determination will be made by the jury or by the judge in a bench trial as part of the sentencing proceeding, and the defendant bears the burden of proving his severe mental illness by a preponderance of the evidence. The bill also provides that in the event the defendant fails to provide notice that he will offer testimony by an ...

HB 281 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Prisoners; medical care.
02/25/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Finance and Appropriations
Prisoners; medical care. Eliminates the Department of Corrections prisoner co-payment program for nonemergency health care services.

HB 289 - Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-VA)
Child abuse; interviews.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Child abuse; interviews. Requires that interviews of child victims of alleged sexual abuse be conducted as a forensic interview at the local child advocacy center in accordance with the center's protocol, unless a forensic interview is not appropriate based on the child's age and development or the center's protocol. The bill allows such interviews to be conducted at a nearby child advocacy center if no child advocacy center exists in the locality where the alleged abuse occurred.

HB 29 - Del. Luke Torian (D-VA)
Budget Bill.
04/24/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Budget Bill. Amends Chapter 854 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly.

HB 3 - Del. Delores McQuinn (D-VA)
Va. Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation and gender, etc.
01/28/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; sexual orientation and gender identity. Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines ""sexual orientation"" and ""gender identity."" This bill was incorporated into HB 1663.

HB 30 - Del. Luke Torian (D-VA)
Budget Bill.
05/21/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Budget Bill. Provides for all appropriations of the Budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia in accordance with the provisions of 2.2-1509, Code of Virginia, and provides a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the thirtieth day of June 2021, and the thirtieth day of June 2022.

HB 301 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Marijuana; decriminalization of simple possession, penalty.
02/05/2020 - Incorporated by Courts of Justice
The bill reduces the criminal penalties for distribution and possession with intent to sell, give, or distribute marijuana. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a person who possesses no more than one ounce of marijuana possesses it for personal use and provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a minor. The bill also limits forfeiture of property from the sale or distribution of marijuana to quantities of more than one pound; currently there is no minimum amount. This bill was incorporated into HB 972.

HB 325 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Minimum wage; local alternative minimum wage.
02/11/2020 - Left in Labor and Commerce
Local alternative minimum wage. Establishes a procedure by which a local alternative minimum wage may be imposed in any locality. A local alternative minimum wage requires every employer to pay to each of its employees wages at a rate to be determined by local ordinance for work performed by them within the locality. If the federal minimum wage exceeds the levels specified in a local alternative minimum wage requirement, the federal minimum wage will prevail. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees.

HB 331 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Incapacitated person; definition, particular diagnosis.
02/17/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary
Definition of incapacitated person; particular diagnosis. Specifies that a particular diagnosis shall not alone be sufficient evidence that an individual is an incapacitated person within the meaning of the definition of incapacitated person.

HB 333 - Del. Paul Krizek (D-VA)
Virginia Minimum Wage Act; exclusions.
02/17/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Commerce and Labor
Virginia Minimum Wage Act; exclusions. Eliminates the exclusion in the Virginia Minimum Wage Act for persons whose earning capacity is impaired by physical deficiency, mental illness, or intellectual disability.

HB 338 - Del. Marcia Price (D-VA)
Virginia Minimum Wage Act; removes exemption for persons employed in domestic service, etc.
02/06/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Labor and Commerce by voice vote
Virginia Minimum Wage Act; exemption. Removes the exemption from the Virginia Minimum Wage Act for persons employed in domestic service or in or about a private home or in an eleemosynary institution primarily supported by public funds.

HB 339 - Del. Marcia Price (D-VA)
Virginia Minimum Wage Act; removes certain exemption.
02/06/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Labor and Commerce by voice vote
Minimum wage; exemptions. Removes the exemption from the Virginia Minimum Wage Act for individuals who are employed by an employer that does not have four or more persons employed at any one time.

HB 35 - Del. Joseph Lindsey (D-VA)
Juvenile offenders; eligibility for parole.
02/24/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Juvenile offenders; parole. Provides that any person sentenced to a term of life imprisonment for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 20 years of such sentence and any person who has active sentences that total more than 20 years for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 20 years of such sentences shall be eligible for parole. This bill is identical to SB 103.

HB 357 - Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-VA)
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices.
02/04/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. Adds discrimination on the basis of a person's source of income to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill defines ""source of income"" as any source that lawfully provides funds to or on behalf of a renter or buyer of housing, including any assistance, benefit, or subsidy program, whether such program is administered by a governmental or nongovernmental entity. This bill was incorporated into HB 6.

HB 362 - Del. Sam Rasoul (D-VA)
Physician assistant; capacity determinations.
03/02/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Capacity determinations; physician assistant. Expands the class of health care practitioners who can make the determination that a patient is incapable of making informed decisions to include a licensed physician assistant. The bill provides that such determination shall be made in writing following an in-person examination of the person and certified by the physician assistant. This bill is identical to SB 544.

HB 374 - Del. Terry Kilgore (R-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming.
02/06/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board (the Board). Casino gaming shall be limited to certain cities that meet the criteria that is outlined in the bill, and a referendum must be passed in the city on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city. This bill is a reenactment of the first enactment of Senate Bill 1126 of the 2019 legislative session.

HB 385 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Chiropractic, practice of; clarifies definition.
03/18/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Practice of chiropractic; definition. Clarifies the definition of ""practice of chiropractic"" to make clear that a doctor of chiropractic may (i) request, receive, and review a patient's medical and physical history, including information related to past surgical and nonsurgical treatment of the patient and controlled substances prescribed to the patient, and (ii) document in a patient's record information related to the condition and symptoms of the patient, the examination and evaluation of the patient made by the doctor of chiropractic, and the treatment provided to the patient by the doctor of chiropractic.

HB 395 - Del. Jeion Ward (D-VA)
Minimum wage; increases to $9.50 per hour effective January 1, 2021.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
For January 1, 2027, and thereafter, the annual minimum wage shall be adjusted to reflect increases in the consumer price index. The measure provides that the increases scheduled for 2025 and 2026 will not become effective unless reenacted by the General Assembly prior to July 1, 2024. If such provisions are not reenacted prior to July 1, 2024, then the annual minimum wage will be adjusted to reflect increases in the consumer price index beginning January 1, 2025. The measure creates a training wage at 75 percent of the minimum wage for employees in on-the-job training programs lasting less than 90 days. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act; persons employed in domestic service or in or about ...

HB 4 - Del. Barry Knight (R-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation and control of casino gaming, definitions.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the requirements for licensure of casino gaming operators and the conduct of casino gaming and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the casino gaming law. The location of casino gaming establishments shall be limited to eligible host cities that meet specified criteria: the Cities of Portsmouth, Richmond, Norfolk, Danville, and Bristol. The bill requires each eligible host city to hold a referendum on the question of whether to allow casino gaming in the city and, with the exception of the City of Richmond, to hold such referendum at the November 2020 general election. The bill imposes a tax ranging from 18 to 30 ...

HB 40 - Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-VA)
Public schools; mental health break spaces, regulations.
01/27/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Education by voice vote
Board of Education; mental health break spaces; regulations. Requires the Board of Education to amend its regulations to require that each public school create and maintain a mental health break space within the public school building. The bill requires the Board of Education to collaborate with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in the creation of regulations for the mental health break spaces.

HB 400 - Del. Mark Keam (D-VA)
Fostering Futures program; established.
03/03/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Fostering Futures program. Establishes the Fostering Futures program to provide services and support to individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 who were in foster care as a minor and are transitioning to full adulthood and self-sufficiency.

HB 41 - Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-VA)
Adverse childhood experiences; Board of Medicine to adopt regulations for screening.
01/13/2020 - Stricken from House calendar
Board of Medicine; regulations; screening for adverse childhood experiences. Directs the Board of Medicine to adopt regulations requiring every health care practitioner licensed by the Board who provides primary health care services to, at the time of a patient%92s first appointment, (i) provide to the patient information regarding the impact of adverse childhood experiences on physical and mental health and the risks and benefits of screening patients for adverse childhood experiences and (ii) screen patients for adverse childhood experiences that may impact a patient's physical or mental health or the provision of health care services to such patient.

HB 418 - Del. Mark Cole (R-VA)
Employees; paid earned sick leave, civil penalties.
01/30/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
Earned sick leave for employees; civil penalties. Requires employers to provide earned sick leave to employees at a rate of one hour per 30 hours worked, up to 24 hours in any 12-month period. For employers with more than five employees, the employee is paid for sick leave taken; for employers with fewer than five employees, not more than 32 hours of sick leave in a year are required to be paid leave. The measure authorizes the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to impose a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 for a violation.

HB 42 - Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-VA)
Prenatal and postnatal depression, etc.; importance of screening patients.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health care providers; screening of patients for prenatal and postpartum depression; training. Directs the Board of Medicine to annually issue a communication to every practitioner licensed by the Board who provides primary, maternity, obstetrical, or gynecological health care services reiterating the standard of care pertaining to prenatal or postnatal depression or other depression and encouraging practitioners to screen every patient who is pregnant or who has been pregnant within the previous five years for prenatal or postnatal depression or other depression, as clinically appropriate. The bill requires the Board to include in such communication information about the factors that may increase susceptibility of certain patients to prenatal or postnatal depression or other depression, ...

HB 425 - Del. Marcus Simon (D-VA)
Transfer of multiple firearms; report to the Department of State Police.
02/11/2020 - Left in Public Safety
Transfer of multiple firearms; report to the Department of State Police. Requires any dealer who sells, trades, or transfers more than two firearms to an individual in a single transaction to report such transaction to the Department of State Police. The bill also provides that the State Police shall maintain multiple firearms transaction records for 12 months. Current law states that State Police shall maintain multiple handgun transaction records for 12 months.

HB 428 - Del. Don Scott (D-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming.
02/06/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board (the Board). Casino gaming shall be limited to certain cities that meet the criteria that is outlined in the bill, and a referendum must be passed in the city on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city. This bill is a reenactment of the first enactment of Senate Bill 1126 of the 2019 legislative session.

HB 433 - Jennifer Carroll Foy
Minimum wage; increases to $9 per hour effective January 1, 2020.
01/30/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
January 1, 2024, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective January 1, 2025, the minimum wage shall be adjusted annually to reflect annual increases in the consumer price index. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to persons employed by the Commonwealth, its agencies or political subdivisions, or a public body. This bill was incorporated into HB 395.

HB 438 - Del. Steve Heretick (D-VA)
Workers' compensation; post-traumatic stress disorder, law-enforcement officers and firefighters.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Provides that post-traumatic stress disorder incurred by a law-enforcement officer or firefighter is compensable under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act if a mental health professional examines a law-enforcement officer or firefighter and diagnoses the individual as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the individual's undergoing a qualifying event, defined as an incident or exposure occurring in the line of duty on or after July 1, 2020, (i) resulting in serious bodily injury or death to any person or persons; (ii) involving a minor who has been injured, killed, abused, or exploited; (iii) involving an immediate threat to life of the claimant or another individual; (iv) involving mass casualties; or (v) responding to crime scenes for investigation. Other ...

HB 443 - Jennifer Carroll Foy
Coal combustion residuals impoundment; closures in Giles and Russell Counties.
03/31/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Coal combustion residuals impoundment; Giles and Russell Counties; closure. Requires the owner or operator of any coal combustion residuals (CCR) unit, defined in the bill to include a coal ash pond or landfill, at the Glen Lyn Plant and the Clinch River Plant in Giles and Russell Counties, respectively, to close such CCR unit under certain circumstances by removing all of the CCR for (i) recycling, known as encapsulated beneficial use, or (ii) deposition in a permitted and lined landfill that meets certain federal standards. The measure requires that any owner or operator beneficially reuse such removed CCR if doing so is anticipated to reduce costs. Such a closure project shall be completed within 15 years of the start of excavation and shall be accompanied by an offer by the owner or ...

HB 448 - Del. Nancy Guy (D-VA)
Menhaden; management of the fishery.
01/29/2020 - Incorporated by Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations necessary to manage Atlantic menhaden, including those necessary to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The bill repeals several Code sections relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery.

HB 458 - Del. Richard Sullivan (D-VA)
Firearms; purchase, possession, and transportation, fugitives, penalty.
02/11/2020 - Left in Public Safety
Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person who is a fugitive to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm. The bill also updates the criminal history record information check form to inquire if the applicant is a fugitive, as defined in the bill.

HB 459 - Del. Richard Sullivan (D-VA)
Firearms; possession or transportation following certain crimes.
02/11/2020 - Left in Public Safety
Possession or transportation of firearms following convictions for certain misdemeanor crimes; restoration of rights; penalty. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of assault and battery when the person intentionally selects the person against whom a simple assault is committed because of his race, religious conviction, color, or national origin from possessing or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides for a process by which a person convicted of such crimes may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his right to possess or transport a firearm. This bill was incorporated into HB 1288.

HB 473 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Personal data; management and oversight.
01/27/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Communications, Technology and Innovation by voice vote
Personal data; Virginia Privacy Act. Gives consumers the right to access their data and determine if it has been sold to a data broker. The measure requires a controller, defined in the bill as a person that, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data, to facilitate requests to exercise consumer rights regarding access, correction, deletion, restriction of processing, data portability, objection, and profiling. The measure also (i) requires transparent processing of personal data through a privacy notice, (ii) requires controllers to disclose if they process personal data for direct marketing or sell it to data brokers, and (iii) requires controllers to conduct a risk assessment of each of their processing activities involving ...

HB 477 - Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA)
Juveniles; trial as adult.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Increases from 14 years of age to 16 years of age the minimum age at which a juvenile must be tried as an adult in circuit court for murder or aggravated malicious wounding; however, if the juvenile is 14 years of age or older but younger than 16 years of age, the court, on motion of the attorney for the Commonwealth, shall hold a transfer hearing. The minimum age is also raised from 14 to 16 for certain charges requiring notice of intent to try such juvenile as an adult by the attorney for the Commonwealth. In order to be tried as an adult in circuit court for the charges that under current law require notice of intent to proceed with trial as an adult by the attorney for the Commonwealth, the bill requires that (i) a report concerning the juvenile be prepared by the court services unit ...

HB 481 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession, penalty.
02/05/2020 - Incorporated by Courts of Justice
The bill provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions and driver's license suspension provisions apply only to criminal violations or to civil violations by a juvenile. The bill provides that a court may suspend a driver's license for a civil violation committed by an adult. A civil violation will be treated as a conviction for prohibitions on the purchase or transport of a handgun and disqualification for a concealed handgun permit. This bill was incorporated into HB 972.

HB 5024 - Del. Glenn Davis (R-VA)
Firearm sales; criminal history record information check, penalty.
08/17/2020 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Firearm sales; criminal history record information check; penalty. Eliminates the Class 1 misdemeanor penalty for a person who purchases a firearm from another person without obtaining the required criminal history record information check. The bill also eliminates the question on the form provided to a firearm dealer by the Department of State Police asking whether a prospective purchaser of a firearm has ever been the subject of a mental health temporary detention order and subsequently agreed to a voluntary admission.

HB 5032 - Del. Jason Miyares (R-VA)
Criminal Justice Services, Dept. of; creation of statewide telephone hotline, police misconduct.
08/25/2020 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Department of Criminal Justice Services; powers and duties; creation of statewide telephone hotline for complaints of police misconduct. Directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services to create, maintain, and promote a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline through which members of the public may report incidents of police misconduct and to forward the information relating to each incident reported through the hotline to the appropriate investigative authority for such incident.

HB 5041 - Del. Christopher Head (R-VA)
Nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, and hospice facilities; public health emergency, etc.
09/22/2020 - Reported from Education and Health with amendments
Nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, and hospices; visitation; public health emergency. Requires the Board of Health to amend regulations governing nursing homes, certified nursing facilities and hospices to require that during a public health emergency related to COVID-19, each nursing home, certified nursing facility, and hospice to establish a protocol to allow each patient to receive visits, consistent with guidance from the centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Board.

HB 5042 - Del. Christopher Head (R-VA)
Adult protective services; creates a central registry.
08/17/2020 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
Adult protective services; central registry. Creates a central registry of substantiated complaints of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation to be maintained by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. The bill establishes (i) investigation requirements for local departments of social services related to reports of adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation; (ii) record retention and disclosure requirements for the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and local departments of social services; (iii) notice requirements related to findings by local departments and central registry entries; and (iv) an appeals process to contest the findings of a local department related to substantiated reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

HB 5043 - Del. Jeffrey Bourne (D-VA)
Mental health awareness response & community understanding serv. (Marcus) alert syst.; establishes.
09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
Mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system. Provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) shall support the development and establishment of a mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system throughout the Commonwealth. The bill provides that, by July 1, 2021, DBHDS shall establish five Marcus alert programs and community care teams, one located in each of the five agency regions. By July 1, 2023, DBHDS shall establish five additional Marcus alert system programs and community care teams in such regions. Additional systems and teams are to be established in subsequent years and by July 1, 2026, all ...

HB 5049 - Del. Dan Helmer (D-VA)
Law-enforcement agencies; acquisition and use of military property.
09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
Acquisition and use of military property by law-enforcement agencies. Provides that no state or local law-enforcement agency shall acquire, purchase, or otherwise accept on any terms (i) weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles; (ii) aircraft that are configured for combat or are combat-coded and have no established commercial flight application; (iii) grenades or similar explosives or grenade launchers; or (iv) armored multi-wheeled vehicles that are mine-resistant, ambush-protected, and configured for combat from a surplus program operated by the federal government. These provisions do not apply to the Virginia National Guard or Virginia Defense Force. The bill prohibits the use of such military property by a law-enforcement officer unless a waiver has been granted by the Department of ...

HB 5051 - Del. Marcus Simon (D-VA)
Law-enforcement officer or jail officer; notice to Criminal Justice Services Board of misconduct.
09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
Decertification of law-enforcement officer. Requires any sheriff, chief of police, or agency administrator to notify the Criminal Justice Services Board in writing within 48 hours of becoming aware that any certified law-enforcement or jail officer currently employed by his agency has been terminated for engaging in misconduct, as set forth in the bill. The bill requires the Board to initiate decertification proceedings against any current or former law-enforcement or jail officer who has engaged in such activities. The bill also requires any sheriff, chief of police, or agency administrator to notify the Board and a civilian review panel, if one has been established, if any certified law-enforcement or jail officer currently employed by his agency has received three complaints of ...

HB 5055 - Del. Charniele Herring (D-VA)
Law-enforcement civilian review panels; localities required, on or before 7/1/2021, to establish.
09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
Requires a locality to establish a law-enforcement civilian oversight body that may (i) receive, investigate, and issue findings on complaints from civilians regarding conduct of law-enforcement officers and civilian employees; (ii) investigate and issue findings on incidents, including the use of force by a law-enforcement officer, death or serious injury to any person held in custody, serious abuse of authority or misconduct, allegedly discriminatory stops, and other incidents regarding the conduct of law-enforcement officers or civilian employees; (iii) make binding disciplinary determinations in cases that involve serious breaches of departmental and professional standards; (iv) investigate policies, practices, and procedures of law-enforcement agencies and make recommendations ...

HB 5060 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Crisis intervention team program; annual report by Department of Criminal Justice Services & DBHDS.
08/18/2020 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Crisis intervention team program; annual report. Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to report annually by November 1 to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Public Safety, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and the Joint Commission on Health Care on (i) the status of crisis intervention team programs in the Commonwealth, including the number of programs and the criteria developed for each area in which a program has been established, and (ii) the impact and effectiveness of crisis intervention team programs in meeting their goals, including information about the number of incidents to which crisis intervention teams responded during the previous year and any injuries to the parties involved in such ...

HB 5061 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
School security officers and school resource officers; training, students with disabilities.
08/18/2020 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
School security officers and school resource officers; training; students with disabilities; emergency. Requires the compulsory minimum training standards for school security officers and school resource officers to include identifying and working with students with intellectual and physical disabilities, including exercising the appropriate level of caution and understanding during interactions with such students and employing condition-appropriate de-escalation techniques with such students, when necessary. The bill contains an emergency clause.

HB 5066 - Del. Marcia Price (D-VA)
Law-enforcement officer training and qualifications; DCJS to develop curriculum & lesson plans.
08/18/2020 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety

HB 5086 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Mobile crisis co-response team programs; DCJS & DBHDS to establish throughout the Commonwealth.
08/18/2020 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Mobile crisis co-response team programs. Provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall support the development and establishment of a mental health first response and alert system that uses mobile crisis co-response team programs in areas throughout the Commonwealth. A mobile crisis co-response team is defined in the bill as a group of mental health service providers working with law-enforcement officers as a team, with the mental health service providers leading such team, to help stabilize individuals during law-enforcement encounters and crisis situations. A mental health first response and alert system is defined in the bill as a process in which a call for service or other communication to an ...

HB 5095 - Del. M. Keith Hodges (R-VA)
COVID-19; impact of distance learning; Department of Health to develop criteria and information.
08/19/2020 - Referred to Committee on Education
Department of Health to develop criteria and information; civil immunity; emergency. Directs the Department of Health to work with the Department of Education and representatives of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other appropriate stakeholders to develop specific criteria for assessing the long-term impact of distance learning on students in the Commonwealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including the impact of distance learning on students' health, mental health, social and emotional development, and academic achievement, and provides that any school board that considers such criteria and information in determining whether to offer in-person education shall be immune from civil liability for any civil cause of action arising from any act or ...

HB 5104 - Del. Marcia Price (D-VA)
Law-enforcement officers, sheriff, etc.; minimum qualifications, disclosure of information.
09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
Minimum qualifications for law-enforcement officer, etc.; disclosure of information. Provides that any sheriff or chief of police, the director or chief executive of any agency or department employing deputy sheriffs or law-enforcement officers, and the Director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services shall disclose to a prospective law-enforcement or jail employer any information (i) related to an arrest or prosecution of a former police officer, deputy sheriff, or jail officer, including expunged information; (ii) related to a civil suit regarding a former police officer's, deputy sheriff's, or jail officer's employment or performance of his duties; (iii) obtained during the course of any internal investigation related to a former police officer's, deputy sheriff's, or jail ...

HB 5108 - Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA)
Criminal Justice Services Board and Committee on Training; change in membership & responsibilities.
09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
Criminal Justice Services Board; Committee on Training; membership and responsibilities. Changes the membership of the Criminal Justice Services Board and its Committee on Training by requiring that some members be representatives of a civil rights organization, representatives of community interests of minorities, and representatives of a mental health service provider. The bill requires that the Committee on Training include a representative from the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission and reduces the representatives from the Virginia Sheriffs' Association and Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police from two representatives to one representative each. In addition, the bill permits the Committee on Training to appoint curriculum review committees.

HB 5109 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Law-enforcement officer training & qualifications; DCJS to develop uniform curriculum & plans, etc.
09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
Department of Criminal Justice Services; law-enforcement officer training and qualifications. Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) to develop a uniform curriculum and lesson plans for the compulsory minimum entry-level, in-service, and advanced training standards to be employed by criminal justice training academies approved by the Department when conducting training. The bill also requires the Department to include the recognition of implicit biases in interacting with persons who have a mental illness, substance use disorder, or developmental or cognitive disability in its (i) training standards and model policies; (ii) compulsory training standards for basic training and recertification of law-enforcement officers; and (iii) operating procedures, ...

HB 5116 - Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA)
Public and private employers; required to provide eligible employees paid quarantine leave, etc.
09/16/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor

HB 5121 - Del. Kathy Byron (R-VA)
Nursing homes, certified nursing, or hospice facility; patient visitation, notice to family.
08/24/2020 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
State Board of Health; public health emergency; patient visitation; notice to family; emergency. Requires each nursing home, certified nursing facility, and hospice facility to allow each patient to receive visits, either virtually or in person, at least once per week from family or any person designated by the patient. If such visits are conducted virtually, each such facility shall provide access to equipment and staff support that (i) allows each patient the ability to schedule and receive no less than one virtual visit per week and (ii) provides both visual and sound technology allowing the patient to interact with persons outside the facility, unless the patient or power of attorney of the patient waives such rights to virtual visitation and such waiver is noted in the care plan for ...

HB 5127 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Crisis intervention teams; bilingual and multilingual members.
08/24/2020 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Crisis intervention teams; bilingual and multilingual members. Directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services to include in criteria for the development of crisis intervention teams a requirement that each crisis intervention team include at least two individuals who are fluent in a language or languages other than English that are commonly spoken in the community.

HB 5128 - William C. Wampler III
Criminal Justice Services, Department of; powers and duties, de-escalation training.
08/25/2020 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Department of Criminal Justice Services; powers and duties; de-escalation training. Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) to establish training standards and publish and periodically update model policies for law-enforcement personnel on de-escalation techniques and practices, including guidelines for the use of force continuum and the risks of using neck restraints, such as chokeholds, carotid restraints, and lateral vascular neck restraints. The bill also requires the Department to establish compulsory minimum training standards for certification and recertification of law-enforcement officers on de-escalation techniques and practices that include guidelines on the use of force continuum and training on the risks of using neck restraints, such as ...

HB 5136 - Del. John Avoli (R-VA)
Criminal Justice Services Bd., statewide professional standard of conduct.
08/25/2020 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Decertification of law-enforcement officers; Criminal Justice Services Board; statewide professional standards of conduct. Requires the Criminal Justice Services Board (the Board) to adopt statewide professional standards of conduct applicable to all law-enforcement officers. The bill requires any chief of police, sheriff, or agency administrator to notify the Board in writing within 48 hours of becoming aware that any law-enforcement officer currently employed by his agency has been found to have engaged in serious misconduct. The bill authorizes the Board to initiate decertification proceedings against any current or former law-enforcement officer who has engaged in serious misconduct as defined in such statewide professional standards of conduct. The bill provisions regarding ...

HB 5137 - Del. John Avoli (R-VA)
Law-enforcement agencies; all local & state agencies to obtain & maintain accreditation.
08/25/2020 - Referred to Committee on Public Safety
Requires all local and state law-enforcement agencies to obtain and maintain accreditation by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. The bill states that the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) shall establish a review process to assist any law-enforcement agency that has failed to obtain or maintain accreditation status. The process shall require (i) such law-enforcement agency to submit an accreditation action plan and (ii) any law-enforcement agency that fails to demonstrate progress in developing or implementing any such accreditation action plan to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Department.

HB 5140 - Del. Roxann Robinson (R-VA)
Long-term care facilities; public health emergency, patient visitation, end of life.
08/26/2020 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
Long-term care facilities; public health emergency; patient visitation; end of life. Provides that during a declared public health emergency related to a communicable disease of public health threat, every hospital, nursing home, nursing facility, hospice, and assisted living facility shall allow visits from a patient's or resident's family members or any person designated by the patient when the patient has been diagnosed with a terminal condition or illness and the patient's death is expected to be imminent.

HB 5144 - Del. C. Matthew Fariss (R-VA)
Hospitals, nursing homes, etc.; virtual visitation during public health emergency.
08/28/2020 - Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
Board of Health; public health emergency; virtual visitation. Requires the Board of Health to amend regulations governing hospitals, nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, and hospices to require such entities to adopt protocols to ensure that each patient is able to receive virtual visits from any person designated by the patient, within 72 hours of the time the request for a visit is made.

HB 550 - Del. Jeion Ward (D-VA)
Minimum wage; tipped employees.
02/11/2020 - Left in Labor and Commerce
Minimum wage; tipped employees. Requires employers to pay a tipped employee at a rate not less than the minimum wage set forth in the Virginia Minimum Wage Act for time that the tipped employee regularly performs services in the course of his employment for which there is no reasonable expectation that the employee will receive tips. The measure eliminates the ability of an employer to apply the tip credit for untipped portions of the work performed by an employee who regularly receives more than $30 a month in tips. Under current federal law, the minimum cash wage for tipped employees is $2.13 and the maximum tip credit that an employer can currently claim is $5.12 per hour based on a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

HB 551 - Del. Jeion Ward (D-VA)
Juvenile community correctional centers; establishment, placement of juveniles.
02/11/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Juvenile community correctional centers; establishment; placement of juveniles. Changes the name of ""juvenile correctional centers"" to ""juvenile community correctional centers."" The bill further provides that any juvenile community correctional center established after July 1, 2020, shall (i) be located within a locality in which at least five percent of all juvenile commitments occur statewide, using an average of the rate of commitments of three consecutive years, and (ii) be designed to confine 30 juveniles or fewer. The bill also states that the Department shall place children at the juvenile community correctional center located closest to their primary residence and within one hour of such residence via motor vehicle and within one and one-half hours of such residence via public ...

HB 552 - Del. Vivian Watts (D-VA)
Birth control; definition.
03/23/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Definition of birth control. Defines ""birth control,"" for the purposes of the regulation of medicine, as contraceptive methods that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and provides that birth control shall not be considered abortion for the purposes of Title 18.2 (Crimes and Offenses Generally).

HB 56 - Del. Lee Carter (D-VA)
Minimum wage; tipped employees, classification.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Minimum wage; tipped employees; classification. Prohibits an employer from classifying an individual as a tipped employee if the individual is prohibited by applicable federal or state law or regulation from soliciting tips.

HB 560 - Del. Joseph Lindsey (D-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming.
02/06/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board (the Board). Casino gaming shall be limited to certain cities that meet the criteria that is outlined in the bill, and a referendum must be passed in the city on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city. This bill is a reenactment of the first enactment of Senate Bill 1126 of the 2019 legislative session.

HB 58 - Del. R. Lee Ware (R-VA)
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers, emergency services.
02/04/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
Balance billing; emergency services. Provides that when a covered person receives covered emergency services from an out-of-network health care provider, the covered person is not required to pay the out-of-network provider any amount other than the applicable cost-sharing requirement. The measure deletes a provision that allows an out-of-network provider to charge an individual for the balance of the provider's billed amount after applying the amount the health carrier is required to pay for such services. The measure also establishes a fourth standard for calculating the health carrier's required payment to the out-of-network provider of the emergency services, which standard is (i) the regional average for commercial payments for such service if the provider is a health care ...

HB 580 - Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA)
Child abuse and neglect; gender identity or sexual orientation.
02/11/2020 - Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Child abuse and neglect; gender identity or sexual orientation. Expands the definition of ""abused or neglected child"" to include any child whose parents, or other person responsible for his care, create or inflict, threaten to create or inflict, or allow to be created or inflicted upon such child a physical or mental injury on the basis of the child's gender identity or sexual orientation.

HB 583 - Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA)
Minimum wage; farm workers.
01/30/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
Minimum wage; farm workers. Eliminates the exemptions to Virginia's minimum wage requirements for persons employed as a farm laborer or farm employee. This bill was incorporated into HB 395.

HB 589 - Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA)
Community services boards; funding formula, population and need.
02/11/2020 - Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Community services boards; funding formula; population and need. Adds the total population of the area served by each community services board and the level of need for services provided by a community services board among the population of the area served to the list of criteria the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services must consider when allocating state-controlled funds to community services boards.

HB 59 - Del. R. Lee Ware (R-VA)
Health carriers; licensed athletic trainers.
01/16/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Labor and Commerce by voice vote
Health carriers; licensed athletic trainers. Requires health insurers and health service plan providers whose policies or contracts cover services that may be legally performed by a licensed athletic trainer to provide equal coverage for such services when rendered by a licensed athletic trainer.

HB 597 - Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-VA)
Group homes and children's residential facilities; licensure, certain information required.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Group homes; licensure; certain information required. Requires every applicant for licensure or renewal of a license to establish, conduct, maintain, or operate or continue to operate a group home at which services for individuals with mental health or substance use disorder are offered to submit to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, together with such application, financial information; information about services and staffing; and a statement of (i) the legal name of the applicant and, if the applicant is an association, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation, the names and addresses of its officers, agents, sponsors, partners, shareholders, or members and (ii) the legal name under which the applicant, any entity that operates group homes that ...

HB 6 - Del. Jeffrey Bourne (D-VA)
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices.
03/27/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; source of funds. Adds discrimination on the basis of a person's source of funds to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill creates an exemption for an owner or owner's managing agent, provided that such owner does not own more than four rental dwelling units or more than a 10 percent interest in more than four rental dwelling units in the Commonwealth at the time of the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The bill allows an owner or owner's managing agent to deny or limit a person's rental or occupancy of a rental dwelling unit based on the person's source of funds for that unit if such source is not approved within 15 days of the person's submission of the request for tenancy approval. The ...

HB 606 - Del. Jason Miyares (R-VA)
Human trafficking; DCJS to develop training.
02/11/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Department of Criminal Justice Services; powers and duties; human trafficking training. Directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services, under the direction of the Criminal Justice Services Board, to develop an online course to train hotel proprietors on recognizing the signs of human trafficking and how to respond appropriately. The bill also defines ""hotel"" and ""hotel proprietor.""

HB 615 - Del. Kenneth Plum (D-VA)
Minimum wage; increases to $10.10 per hour effective January 1, 2021, etc.
01/30/2020 - Incorporated by Labor and Commerce
January 1, 2021, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective January 1, 2022, the minimum wage shall be adjusted biennially to reflect annual increases in the consumer price index over the two most recent calendar years. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to persons employed by the Commonwealth, its agencies or political subdivisions, or a public body. This bill was incorporated into HB 395.

HB 623 - Del. Marcus Simon (D-VA)
Gender-neutral terms; prohibitions on same-sex marriage and civil unions removed from Code.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Replaces the terms ""husband"" and ""wife,"" as well as related terms, with gender-neutral terms throughout the Code to comport with the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015). The bill also repeals the statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriages and civil unions or other arrangements between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges and obligations of marriage, and it makes conforming changes to various laws involving married individuals and their rights stemming from marriage.

HB 639 - Del. Chris Hurst (D-VA)
Persons acquitted by reason of insanity; use of two-way electronic communications in proceedings.
03/03/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Persons acquitted by reason of insanity; use of two-way electronic communications in proceedings. Permits the annual or biennial hearing required for persons acquitted of a criminal offense by reason of insanity to be conducted using a two-way electronic video and audio communication system unless objected to by the acquittee, the acquittee's attorney, or the attorney for the Commonwealth.

HB 674 - Del. Richard Sullivan (D-VA)
Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk of injury to himself, etc., penalties.
04/08/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Creates a procedure by which any attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may apply to a general district court, circuit court, or juvenile and domestic relations district court judge or magistrate for an emergency substantial risk order to prohibit a person who poses a substantial risk of injury to himself or others from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. Upon service of an emergency substantial risk order, the person who is subject to the order shall be given the opportunity to voluntarily relinquish any firearm. An emergency substantial risk order shall expire on the fourteenth day following issuance of the order. The bill requires a court hearing in the circuit court for the jurisdiction where the order was issued within 14 days from issuance of an ...

HB 700 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Mandatory outpatient treatment; eliminates patient consent.
02/11/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Mandatory outpatient treatment; consent. Eliminates the patient consent requirement for minors age 14 or older and adults before mandatory outpatient treatment may be ordered but there is no change in the requirement that a minor's parents must agree to abide by the minor's treatment plan.

HB 702 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Mandatory outpatient treatment; petition for review, efforts of the community services board.
02/04/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Mandatory outpatient treatment; petition for review; efforts of the community services board. Clarifies that a community services board must make efforts to assist a person with complying with the provisions of a mandatory outpatient treatment order or order authorizing discharge to mandatory outpatient treatment following inpatient treatment and that only in cases in which a person fails to comply with a mandatory outpatient treatment or order authorizing discharge to mandatory outpatient treatment following inpatient treatment despite efforts of the community services board to assist the person may the community services board petition for review of the mandatory outpatient order or order authorizing discharge to mandatory outpatient treatment following inpatient treatment.

HB 713 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Mandatory outpatient treatment orders; judicial review conferences.
02/11/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Mandatory outpatient treatment orders; judicial review conferences. Extends from 90 days to 180 days the maximum time period a court may order mandatory outpatient treatment for adults and juveniles. The bill provides that any order for mandatory outpatient treatment may include provisions for periodic reviews to monitor the person's (i) access to and satisfaction with services and supports provided under the treatment plan and (ii) compliance with the mandatory outpatient order. The district court judge or special justice may require attendance at such conferences by the person, the community services board staff member responsible for monitoring the person's compliance with the order, and such other persons as deemed appropriate. If agreed upon by the person and monitoring community ...

HB 716 - Del. David Reid (D-VA)
Public school employees, certain; online mental health awareness training required.
01/22/2020 - Incorporated by Education
Certain public school employees; online mental health awareness training required. Requires the Department of Education to adopt and implement policies that require each teacher, school counselor, school athletics team coach, and school activity supervisor to complete an online mental health awareness training. The bill requires the Department of Education to provide such training and permits the Department of Education to contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a community services board, a behavioral health authority, a nonprofit organization, or other certified trainer to provide such training.

HB 728 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Residential psychiatric placement and services; SOE, et al., to establish work group.
03/18/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Resources; work group; process for approval of residential psychiatric placement and services; report. Directs the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Resources to establish a work group to study the current process for approval of residential psychiatric services for children and adolescents and requires the work group to report its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations, and the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century by December 1, 2020. This bill is identical to SB 734.

HB 737 - Del. Vivian Watts (D-VA)
Nursing homes; standards of care.
02/11/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Nursing home standards of care. Requires regulations establishing the staffing and care standards in nursing homes to require a minimum number of hours of direct care services to each resident per 24-hour period, which minimum increases in specified phases from 3.5 hours to 4.1 hours.

HB 74 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Public schools; mental health awareness training required.
03/25/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Requires each school board to (i) adopt and implement policies that require each teacher and other relevant personnel, as determined by the school board, employed on a full-time basis, to complete a mental health awareness training or similar program at least once and (ii) provide such training, which may be provided pursuant to a contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a community services board, a behavioral health authority, a nonprofit organization, or other certified trainer or via an online module. This bill incorporates HB 716 and HB 1554 and is identical to SB 619.

HB 763 - Del. Robert Orrock (R-VA)
Hospitals; notification to patient of outpatient physical therapy following discharge.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Hospitals; notification; physical therapy. Requires the Board of Health to adopt regulations requiring hospitals to establish protocols to ensure that any patient scheduled to receive an elective surgical procedure for which the patient can reasonably be expected to require outpatient physical therapy as a follow-up treatment after discharge is informed that he (i) is expected to require outpatient physical therapy as a follow-up treatment and (ii) will be required to select a physical therapy provider prior to being discharged from the hospital.

HB 78 - Del. Kaye Kory (D-VA)
Firearms; purchase, possession, and transporting following certain convictions.
02/11/2020 - Left in Public Safety
Prohibits a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor violation of assault and battery of a family or household member from possessing or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides for a process by which a person convicted of such crime may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his right to possess or transport a firearm. This bill was incorporated into HB 1288.

HB 79 - Del. Barry Knight (R-VA)
Menhaden; VMRC to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's fishery.
12/09/2019 - Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (the Commission) to adopt regulations to implement the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden and authorizes the Commission to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's menhaden fishery. The bill also requires that any moratorium on the fishery be subject to legislative review. The bill repeals several Code sections relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery.

HB 791 - Del. Kenneth Plum (D-VA)
Comprehensive harm reduction programs; authority to establish and operate.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Comprehensive harm reduction programs. Repeals the sunset on the authority of the Commissioner of Health to establish and operate local or regional comprehensive harm reduction programs that include the distribution of sterile hypodermic needles and syringes and the disposal of used hypodermic needles and syringes; allows a local health department or other organization that promotes scientifically proven methods of mitigating health risks associated with drug use and other high-risk behaviors to establish comprehensive harm reduction programs, if authorized by the Commissioner of Health; and eliminates the requirement that comprehensive harm reduction programs be located in communities for which data indicates an increase in or increased risk of transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis, or ...

HB 795 - Del. Chris Hurst (D-VA)
Health insurance; association health plans.
05/21/2020 - Vetoed by Governor
Health insurance; association health plans. Provides that for policies of group accident and sickness insurance issued to an association, members of such an association may include (i) a self-employed individual and (ii) an employer member with at least one employee that is domiciled in the Commonwealth. The bill provides that for such policies issued to an association that covers at least 51 members and employees of employer members of such association on the first day of the plan year the policies shall be considered a large group market plan and are required to meet various provisions in the bill. The bill provides that to determine the size of an association all of the members and employees of employer members are aggregated and treated as employed by a single employer.

HB 806 - Del. Karrie Delaney (D-VA)
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund; victims of sexual assault, report.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund; uncompensated medical costs; victims of sexual assault. Adds to those persons invited to participate in the annual meeting of the group led by the attorney for the Commonwealth to coordinate the multidisciplinary response to criminal sexual assault in each political subdivision (i) local health department district directors; (ii) the administrator of each licensed hospital within the jurisdiction; (iii) the director of each health safety net clinic within the jurisdiction; and (iv) any other local health care providers, or their designees, and authorizes attorneys for the Commonwealth to conduct the sexual assault response team annual meetings using other methods, such as electronic communication means, to encourage attendance. The bill also directs the ...

HB 807 - Del. Karrie Delaney (D-VA)
Health care; explanation of benefits, sensitive health care services.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health care services; explanation of benefits. Authorizes the State Corporation Commission to adopt regulations that establish alternative methods of delivery of the explanation of benefits, provided that such alternative method is in compliance with the provisions of federal regulations regarding the right to request privacy protection for protected health information. This bill is identical to SB 766.

HB 808 - Del. Karrie Delaney (D-VA)
Survivors of sexual assault; definitions, every hospital to provide treatment or transfer services.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Services for survivors of sexual assault. Requires every hospital in the Commonwealth to provide treatment or transfer services, as defined in the bill, to survivors of sexual assault pursuant to a plan approved by the Department of Health; establishes specific requirements for providers of services to pediatric survivors of sexual assault; and establishes the Task Force on Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault to facilitate the development of services for survivors of sexual assault. Certain provisions of the bill have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2023.

HB 809 - Del. Karrie Delaney (D-VA)
Child abuse and neglect; valid report or complaint, alleged abuser.
02/11/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Child abuse and neglect; valid report or complaint; alleged abuser. Requires a local department of social services to conduct an investigation or family assessment when, among other things, a report or complaint of child abuse or neglect is received in which the alleged abuser (i) is the child's relative by blood, marriage, or adoption; (ii) is the child's caretaker or has supervisory control over such child; or (iii) resides or is regularly present in the same household as the child. The bill also amends the definition of ""abused or neglected child"" to accommodate this directive. Under current law, local departments are only required to conduct an investigation or family assessment when the alleged abuser is the child's parent or other caretaker.

HB 812 - Del. Jeion Ward (D-VA)
Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts from this provision (i) persons who have been issued a certificate by the Department of State Police under certain circumstances and with an enhanced background check, (ii) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (iii) state and local correctional facilities, (iv) licensed private security companies, (v) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (vi) persons whose handgun has been stolen or irretrievably lost or who are trading in a handgun, (vii) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (viii) purchases of antique ...

HB 82 - Mark L. Cole (by request)
Child and spousal support; net income, imputation of income.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Child and spousal support; net income; imputation of income. Changes the child support guidelines to establish net income, defined in the bill, as the basis for establishing a child support obligation and provides that a periodic award of spousal support shall not be more than the payor's net income. The bill removes consideration of earning capacity of a party in determining spousal support and removes the earning capacity and imputation of income of a party as a means to rebut the child support presumption.

HB 822 - Del. Christopher Head (R-VA)
Health insurance; credentialing, health care or professional health-related services.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health insurance; credentialing; health care providers. Requires health insurers and other carriers that credential certain health professionals in their provider networks to establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing such a professional who has submitted a completed credentialing application to a carrier, within 30 days of being credentialed by the carrier, for services provided to covered persons during the period in which the applicant's completed credentialing application is pending. The bill makes this requirement applicable to a person, corporation, facility, or institution licensed by the Commonwealth under Title 32.1 (Health) or Title 54.1 (Professions and Occupations) to provide health care or professional health-related services on a fee basis. Such a ...

HB 824 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Criminal cases; ex parte requests for expert assistance.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Provides that in any case in which a defendant is charged with a felony offense or a Class 1 misdemeanor and determined to be indigent by the court, the defendant or his attorney, upon notice to the Commonwealth, may move the court to designate another judge in the same circuit to hear an ex parte request for appointment of a qualified expert to assist in the defense. For a motion for expert assistance, the bill requires a defendant or his attorney to state under oath or in a sworn declaration that a need for confidentiality exists. Upon receiving the defendant's or his attorney's declaration of need for confidentiality, the court is required to conduct an ex parte hearing as soon as practicable on the request for authorization to obtain expert assistance. After a hearing upon the motion, ...

HB 828 - Del. Richard Sullivan (D-VA)
Assisted living facilities and group homes; location.
02/11/2020 - Left in Counties, Cities and Towns
Location of assisted living facilities and group homes. Requires that localities not allow certain assisted living facilities and group homes with eight or fewer residents approved by the locality on or after July 1, 2020, to be located within one-quarter mile of such existing assisted living facility or group home, provided such enforcement is in compliance with applicable state and federal fair housing laws.

HB 829 - Del. Richard Sullivan (D-VA)
Group homes; license application, notice to locality.
02/11/2020 - Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Group homes; license application; notice. Requires persons applying for licensure as a group home with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide notice to the local governing body, the general public, and residential occupants within one-half mile of the proposed location of the group home. The bill requires that such notices include a statement of intent to operate a group home and the address of the proposed location of the group home. The bill also requires (i) the Department to establish and maintain a process for receiving comments regarding such notices and (ii) the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to consider all comments received within 30 days of the notice when deciding whether to grant the license application.

HB 855 - Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-VA)
Group home; definition, licensure of private providers.
02/11/2020 - Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Group home; definition. Defines ""group home"" for the purposes of licensure of private providers by the Departments of Social Services and Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and provides that ""group home"" does not include any facility licensed by the Department of Health.

HB 862 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Guardianship; communication between close relatives and friends of incapacitated persons.
02/11/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Provides that a guardian may restrict an incapacitated person's ability to communicate with, visit, or interact with close relatives, as defined in the bill, and friends, as defined in the bill, only when necessary to prevent a reasonable expectation of serious physical or psychological harm or serious financial exploitation occurring to the incapacitated person. The bill further sets up a procedure by which a person whose visits, communication with, or interaction with an incapacitated person have been restricted may challenge such restriction in court and a procedure by which a guardian may petition the court to restrict an incapacitated person's communication, visitation, and interaction rights with a close relative or friend. The bill provides that the court may restrict an ...

HB 87 - Del. Lee Carter (D-VA)
Marijuana; legalization of simple possession, penalties.
02/05/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
Eliminates criminal penalties for possession of marijuana for persons who are 21 years of age or older. The bill also decriminalizes marijuana possession for persons under 21 years of age and provides a civil penalty of no more than $100 for possession of (i) two and one-half ounces or less of marijuana or (ii) 12 or fewer marijuana plants and a civil penalty of no more than $500 for possession of more than (a) two and one-half ounces of marijuana or (b) 12 marijuana plants. Under current law, a first offense is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also modifies several other criminal penalties related to marijuana. The bill establishes a regulatory scheme for the regulation of marijuana ...

HB 873 - Del. Jeffrey Bourne (D-VA)
Discovery in criminal cases; penalties.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Discovery in criminal cases. Establishes requirements and procedures for discovery by an accused and by the Commonwealth in a criminal case. The bill requires a party requesting discovery to request that the other party voluntarily comply with such request prior to filing any motion before a judge. Upon receiving a negative or unsatisfactory response, or upon the passage of seven days following the receipt of the request without response, the party requesting discovery may file a motion for discovery with the court. The bill details information that is subject to discovery and provides that discovery shall be provided at a reasonable time before trial but that in no case shall it be provided later than (i) 14 days before trial on a misdemeanor in circuit court, (ii) 30 days before trial on ...

HB 879 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Certificate of public need; revises the Medical Care Facilities Certificate of Public Need Program.
03/12/2020 - Failed to pass in House
Revises the Medical Care Facilities Certificate of Public Need Program. The bill (i) removes from the list of reviewable medical care facilities specialized centers or clinics or that portion of a physician's office developed for the provision of lithotripsy, magnetic source imaging, or nuclear medicine imaging; (ii) removes from the definition of project introduction into an existing medical care facility of any new lithotripsy, magnetic source imaging, or obstetrical service that the facility has never provided or has not provided in the previous 12 months and addition by an existing medical care facility of any medical equipment for the provision of lithotripsy and magnetic source imaging; (iii) creates a new process for registration of projects exempted from the definition of project ...

HB 883 - Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-VA)
DCJS; costs and benefits of implementing a deflection to treatment program, report.
01/30/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
DCJS; costs and benefits of implementing a deflection to treatment program; report. Directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services to evaluate the costs and benefits of implementing a deflection to treatment program for individuals with substance use disorder or mental illness generally, and the Five Deflection Pathways in accordance with the Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative specifically, and to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2020.

HB 893 - Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA)
Law enforcement; use of force, data collection and reporting requirement.
02/11/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Counties, Cities and Towns by voice vote
Law enforcement; use of force; data collection and reporting requirement. Requires state and local law-enforcement officers to collect data on use of force incidents involving law enforcement and forward the data to the Superintendent of State Police, which the Department of State Police shall include in the annual Crime in Virginia report. Such incidents include the following: (i) any fatality to a civilian; (ii) any serious bodily injury to a civilian; or (iii) in the absence of either death or serious injury, a discharged firearm by a state or local law-enforcement officer at or in the direction of a person. The bill specifies information required to be included in such incident report.

HB 894 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Education preparation programs; teacher licensure, certain instruction or training.
04/08/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Education preparation programs; teacher licensure; certain training or instruction. Requires education preparation programs offered by public institutions of higher education and private institutions of higher education to ensure that, as a condition of degree completion, each student enrolled in the education preparation program receives instruction on positive behavior interventions and supports; crisis prevention and de-escalation; the use of physical restraint and seclusion, consistent with regulations of the Board of Education; and appropriate alternative methods to reduce and prevent the need for the use of physical restraint and seclusion. The bill requires every person seeking initial licensure as a teacher who has not received such instruction to receive instruction or training on ...

HB 896 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Virginia Lottery; powers and duties of Board, sports betting, etc.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Sports betting; Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund; penalties. Directs the Virginia Lottery (the Lottery) to regulate sports betting. The bill prohibits the Lottery from issuing any permits to conduct sports betting until it has developed and published a consumer protection bill of rights.

HB 898 - Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA)
Employees; earned sick leave, civil penalties.
02/11/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Requires public and private employers with six or more employees to provide those employees with earned paid sick time. The measure provides for an employee to earn at least one hour of paid sick leave benefit for every 30 hours worked. An employee shall not use more than 40 hours of earned paid sick time in a year, unless the employer selects a higher limit. Employees shall not be entitled to use accrued earned paid sick time until the ninetieth calendar day following commencement of their employment, unless otherwise permitted by the employer. The bill provides that earned paid sick time may be used (i) for an employee's mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; an employee's need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health ...

HB 900 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Firearms; prohibition on possession, purchase, or transport following certain convictions.
02/11/2020 - Left in Public Safety
Prohibition on possession, purchase, or transport of firearms following certain misdemeanor convictions; penalties. Prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, sexual battery, assault and battery of a family or household member, brandishing a firearm, or two or more convictions of assault and battery from possessing or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor or, upon a third or subsequent conviction of this or certain other firearms offenses, is guilty of a Class 6 felony. This bill was incorporated into HB 1288.

HB 901 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers.
02/07/2020 - Incorporated by Appropriations
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers. Provides that when a covered person receives covered emergency services from an out-of-network health care provider or receives out-of-network services at an in-network facility, the covered person is not required to pay the out-of-network provider any amount other than the applicable cost-sharing requirement. The measure also establishes a standard for calculating the health carrier's required payment to the out-of-network provider of the services, which standard is the lower of the market-based value for the service or 125 percent of the amount that would be paid under Medicare for the service. If such provider determines that the amount to be paid by the health carrier does not comply with the applicable requirements, the measure ...

HB 903 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of the manufacturing, distributing, operating video games.
02/11/2020 - Left in General Laws
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of the manufacturing, distributing, operating, hosting, and playing of dominant skill video games; penalties. Authorizes the manufacture, distribution, operation, hosting, and playing of dominant skill video games in the Commonwealth, to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for the manufacture, distribution, operation, and hosting of dominant skill video games and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the law and regulations related to dominant skill video games. The bill imposes a 10 percent tax on all gross profits generated from the play of dominant skill video games and the sale of fills by distributor licensees to operator licensees and provides for how the tax proceeds are ...

HB 904 - Del. Cliff Hayes (D-VA)
Child abuse and neglect reporting; public sports programs.
03/25/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Child abuse and neglect reporting; public sports programs. Adds to the list of mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect athletic coaches, directors, and other persons 18 years of age or older that are employed by or volunteering with a public sports organization or team. Current law applies only to such individuals involved with private sports organizations or teams.

HB 911 - Del. Marcus Simon (D-VA)
Virginia Lottery; repeals prohibition against sale of lottery tickets over Internet.
01/30/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws
Virginia Lottery; repeal prohibition against sale of lottery tickets over the Internet; electronic sports betting; Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund; Sports Betting Operations Fund; penalties. Directs the Virginia Lottery (the Lottery) to regulate electronic sports betting. Under the provisions of the bill, betting on amateur sports, including youth sports and college sports, is prohibited, and betting on professional sports is allowed. The bill provides protections for vulnerable populations and protections of a sports bettor's rights to self-exclusion, data privacy and security, recourse, and integrity and transparency of gameplay. The bill prohibits betting by Lottery employees, participants in athletic events on which the bet is placed, and persons under age 21. The penalty ...

HB 917 - Del. Emily Brewer (R-VA)
Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; expands eligibility, fictive kin.
01/28/2020 - Incorporated by Health, Welfare and Institutions
Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; eligibility; fictive kin. Expands eligibility for the Kinship Guardianship Assistance program by allowing payments to be made to fictive kin who receive custody of a child of whom they had been the foster parent. This bill was incorporated into HB 933.

HB 918 - Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D-VA)
Emergency custody and temporary detention orders; execution.
02/11/2020 - Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Emergency custody and temporary detention orders; execution. Clarifies the meaning of the term ""execute"" for purposes of emergency custody and temporary detention orders, clarifies the scope of the medical evaluation of treatment that may be required by a facility of temporary detention, and provides that in cases in which an emergency custody or temporary detention order is not executed because of the time necessary to provide required medical evaluation and care, the facility shall notify the community services board.

HB 920 - Del. Emily Brewer (R-VA)
State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; created.
02/11/2020 - Left in Appropriations
...Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program. Creates the State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program (the program) to facilitate child placements with relatives, including fictive kin, and ensure permanency for children in foster care. The bill sets forth eligibility criteria for the program, payment allowances to kinship guardians, and requirements for kinship guardianship assistance agreements. The bill also expands eligibility for the Federal-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program by allowing payments to be made to fictive kin who receive custody of a child of whom they have been the foster parent.

HB 923 - Jennifer Carroll Foy
Alcoholic beverage control; interdiction of intoxicated driver, etc.
03/04/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Alcoholic beverage control; interdiction; habitual drunkard; repeal. Repeals the provision allowing a court to enter an order of interdiction prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages to any person who has shown himself to be a habitual drunkard. The bill also repeals the provision that disqualifies habitual drunkards from being able to obtain a concealed handgun permit.

HB 933 - Jennifer Carroll Foy
Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; expands eligibility, fictive kin.
03/18/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; eligibility; fictive kin. Expands eligibility for the Kinship Guardianship Assistance program by allowing payments to be made to fictive kin who receive custody of a child of whom they had been the foster parent. This bill incorporates HB 917 and is identical to SB 178.

HB 960 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Firearms and ammunition; imposes additional sales and use tax, use of proceeds.
02/05/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Finance by voice vote
Additional state sales tax on firearms and ammunition; use of proceeds; Student Mental Health and Safety Fund and Program. Imposes an additional sales and use tax on the retail sale of firearms and ammunition. The amount of the tax shall be 10 percent minus the amount of tax imposed by all other sales and use taxes levied by the Commonwealth. Revenues from the tax shall be deposited in the Student Mental Health and Safety Fund (the Fund), which is established by the bill. In addition to the Fund, the bill creates the Student Mental Health and Safety Program (the Program). The Program and Fund shall provide grants on a competitive basis to public school divisions for the purpose of funding full-time school counselor positions at a ratio of 250:1 or better, school social worker positions at ...

HB 961 - Del. Mark Levine (D-VA)
Assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, etc.; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties.
02/17/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Judiciary
Prohibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, silencers, and trigger activators; penalties. Expands the definition of ""assault firearm"" and prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, or transporting an assault firearm. A violation is a Class 6 felony. The bill prohibits a dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory an assault firearm to any person. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess, or transport silencers, and trigger activators, all defined in the bill. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, or transport a large-capacity firearm magazine, as defined in the bill, and a Class 1 ...

HB 962 - Del. Danny Marshall (R-VA)
Hemp; products intended for smoking.
03/23/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Hemp products intended for smoking. Prohibits the sale to persons under age 21 of hemp products intended for smoking.

HB 972 - Del. Charniele Herring (D-VA)
Marijuana; definitions, possession and consumption, civil penalties, report.
05/21/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Possession and consumption of marijuana; penalty. Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $25. Current law imposes a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense, and subsequent offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides that any violation of simple possession of marijuana shall be charged by a summons in form the same as the uniform summons for motor vehicle law violations and that no court costs shall be assessed for such violations. The bill also provides that a person's criminal history record information shall not include records of any charges or judgments for such violations and records of such charges or judgements shall not be reported to the Central Criminal Records Exchange. However, the ...

HB 980 - Del. Charniele Herring (D-VA)
Abortion; expands who can perform in first trimester, informed consent required.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Expands who can perform first trimester abortions to include any person jointly licensed by the Board of Medicine and Nursing as a nurse practitioner acting within such person's scope of practice. The bill eliminates all the procedures and processes, including the performance of an ultrasound, required to effect a pregnant person's informed written consent to the performance of an abortion; however, the bill does not change the requirement that a pregnant person's informed written consent first be obtained. The bill removes language classifying facilities that perform five or more first trimester abortions per month as hospitals for the purpose of complying with regulations establishing minimum standards for hospitals. This bill incorporates HB 1060 and is identical to SB 733.

HB 99 - Del. Sam Rasoul (D-VA)
Va. Fair Housing Law; status as a victim of family abuse, etc.
03/23/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Landlord and tenant; victims of family abuse; evidence to mitigate low credit score; damages. Allows an applicant for a lease to recover actual damages, including all amounts paid to the landlord as an application fee, application deposit, or reimbursement for any of the landlord's out-of-pocket expenses that were charged to the applicant, along with attorney fees, if the landlord does not consider evidence of the applicant's status as a victim of family abuse to mitigate any adverse effect of the otherwise qualified applicant's low credit score.

HB 994 - Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D-VA)
Hair styling; regulated by Board for Barbers and Cosmetology.
02/06/2020 - Failed to report
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation; Board for Barbers and Cosmetology; hair styling license. Adds hair styling as a profession that is regulated by the Board for Barbers and Cosmetology. The bill defines ""hair styling"" as arranging, dressing, curling, waving, cutting, shaping, singeing, shaving, bleaching, coloring, relaxing, or straightening, or performing similar work upon, human hair, or a wig or hairpiece, by any means, including hands or mechanical or electrical apparatus or appliances.

HJ 174 - Del. David Bulova (D-VA)
Commending ASHA for Women.
02/06/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending ASHA for Women.

HJ 176 - Del. John McGuire (R-VA)
Commending James L. Agnew.
02/13/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending James L. Agnew.

HJ 187 - Del. Karrie Delaney (D-VA)
Commending the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
02/13/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

HJ 210 - Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-VA)
Celebrating the life of Samuel Hughes Melton, M.D.
02/28/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Celebrating the life of Samuel Hughes Melton, M.D.

HJ 219 - Del. Karrie Delaney (D-VA)
Commending Branching out for the Homeless.
02/20/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending Branching out for the Homeless.

HJ 228 - Del. M. Keith Hodges (R-VA)
Commending Camille Thomasina Schrier.
02/20/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending Camille Thomasina Schrier.

HJ 244 - Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-VA)
Commending the Ryan Bartel Foundation.
02/28/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending the Ryan Bartel Foundation.

HJ 262 - Del. Mark Keam (D-VA)
Commending PRS.
02/28/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending PRS.

HJ 285 - Del. Sam Rasoul (D-VA)
Commending Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare.
03/04/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare.

HJ 289 - Del. David Reid (D-VA)
Commending United Methodist Family Services.
02/28/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending United Methodist Family Services.

HJ 307 - Del. Paul Krizek (D-VA)
Commending Mattie Palmore.
03/04/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending Mattie Palmore.

HJ 311 - Del. Delores McQuinn (D-VA)
Celebrating the life of the Honorable Gerald L. Baliles.
03/04/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Celebrating the life of the Honorable Gerald L. Baliles.

HJ 328 - Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-VA)
Commending Mobile Hope of Loudoun.
03/04/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending Mobile Hope of Loudoun.

HJ 357 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
Celebrating the life of Betsy Samuelson Greer.
03/04/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Celebrating the life of Betsy Samuelson Greer.

HJ 365 - Del. Betsy Carr (D-VA)
Celebrating the life of Alma Joyce Martin Moore.
03/04/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Celebrating the life of Alma Joyce Martin Moore.

HJ 380 - Del. Jeffrey Bourne (D-VA)
Commending the Fifth Street Baptist Church.
03/05/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending the Fifth Street Baptist Church.

HJ 439 - Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D-VA)
Commending the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office.
03/05/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office.

HJ 449 - Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-VA)
Commending the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
03/05/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

HJ 456 - Del. David Bulova (D-VA)
Commending Pathway Homes.
03/05/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending Pathway Homes.

HJ 483 - Del. Danny Marshall (R-VA)
Commending the Rotary Club of Danville.
03/05/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending the Rotary Club of Danville.

HJ 497 - Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-VA)
Commending Friends of Loudoun Mental Health.
03/05/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Commending Friends of Loudoun Mental Health.

HJ 5002 - Del. Dave LaRock (R-VA)
Hydroxychloroquine; use for COVID-19 treatment.
09/10/2020 - VOTE: Rejected
Hydroxychloroquine; use for COVID-19 treatment. Encourages that hydroxychloroquine should be made available for treating COVID-19.

HJ 5008 - Del. Dave LaRock (R-VA)
COVID-19 pandemic; executive orders.
08/18/2020 - Referred to Committee on Rules
COVID-19 pandemic; executive orders. Urges the Governor to rescind executive orders declaring a public health emergency and imposing restrictions on citizens, businesses, and schools in the Commonwealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HJ 51 - Del. Mark Sickles (D-VA)
Early childhood mental health consultation program; DBHDS, DOE, and DSS to study developing.
02/28/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Directs the Departments of Education, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Social Services to jointly study the feasibility of developing an early childhood mental health consultation program available to all early care and education programs serving children from birth to five years of age. The Departments shall complete their meetings by November 30, 2020, and shall submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and a report of their findings and recommendations for publication as a House or Senate document by the first day of the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly.

HJ 84 - Atty. General Mark Herring (D-VA)
Drug offenders; JLARC to study on efficiency, etc. of sentencing.
02/11/2020 - Left in Rules
Study; JLARC; sentencing of drug offenders; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study and report on the efficiency and effectiveness of the Virginia courts' sentencing of Schedule I and Schedule II drug offenders.

HJ 87 - Del. Sam Rasoul (D-VA)
Glass-Steagall Act; infrastructure bank.
01/31/2020 - Tabled in Rules
Memorializing Congress; Glass-Steagall Act; infrastructure bank. Urges the Congress of the United States to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act and develop an infrastructure bank.

HJ 88 - Del. Sam Rasoul (D-VA)
Virginia's Mental Health Region; designating as Roanoke and New River Valleys.
03/03/2020 - Bill text as passed House and Senate
Virginia's Mental Health Region. Designates the Roanoke and New River Valleys as Virginia's Mental Health Region.

HR 100 - Del. Lashrecse Aird (D-VA)
Commending Central State Hospital.
03/02/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending Central State Hospital.

HR 133 - Del. Lamont Bagby (D-VA)
Commemorating the legacy of the Negro National League.
03/02/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commemorating the legacy of the Negro National League.

HR 173 - Del. Marcia Price (D-VA)
Commending Rosa B. Price.
03/07/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending Rosa B. Price.

HR 184 - Del. Richard Sullivan (D-VA)
Commending Hattie Louise Jones.
03/07/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending Hattie Louise Jones.

HR 195 - Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-VA)
Commending the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County.
03/07/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County.

HR 198 - Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-VA)
Commending the Arc of Loudoun.
03/07/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending the Arc of Loudoun.

HR 24 - Del. John Avoli (R-VA)
Commending the Honorable Richard Preston Bell.
01/27/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending the Honorable Richard Preston Bell.

HR 35 - Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-VA)
Commending Rodney A. Robinson.
01/23/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending Rodney A. Robinson.

HR 40 - Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-VA)
Commending Carrie Weaver Mason-Wyche.
02/03/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending Carrie Weaver Mason-Wyche.

HR 42 - Del. Lashrecse Aird (D-VA)
Commending Flossie Zenobia Jones Jordan.
02/03/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending Flossie Zenobia Jones Jordan.

HR 49 - Del. Joshua Cole (D-VA)
Commending Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services.
02/10/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services.

HR 510 - Del. Delores McQuinn (D-VA)
Commending Lloyd J. Vye
08/28/2020 - Agreed to by House by voice vote
Commending Lloyd J. Vye.

HR 529 - Del. Emily Brewer (R-VA)
Celebrating the life of Tracy Lee Taliaferro.
08/28/2020 - Agreed to by House
Celebrating the life of Tracy Lee Taliaferro.

HR 540 - Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-VA)
Commending the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, Virginia's hospitals, & hospital workers.
08/28/2020 - Agreed to by House by voice vote
Commending the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, Virginia's hospitals, and hospital workers.

HR 568 - Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-VA)
Commending the All Dulles Area Muslim Society.
08/28/2020 - Agreed to by House by voice vote
Commending the All Dulles Area Muslim Society.

HR 569 - Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-VA)
Commending 100WomenStrong.
08/28/2020 - Agreed to by House by voice vote
Commending 100WomenStrong.

HR 570 - Del. Lashrecse Aird (D-VA)
Racism; recognizing as a public health crisis.
08/25/2020 - Referred to Committee on Rules
Racism; public health crisis. Recognizes that racism is a public health crisis in Virginia.

HR 582 - Del. Hala Ayala (D-VA)
Racism; recognizing as a public health crisis, VDH encouraged to consider steps to address.
08/28/2020 - Referred to Committee on Rules
Racism; public health crisis. Recognizes that racism is a public health crisis in Virginia.

HR 583 - Del. Barry Knight (R-VA)
Celebrating the life of Lieutenant Colonel Richard C. Stork, USA, Ret.
09/04/2020 - Agreed to by House
Celebrating the life of Lieutenant Colonel Richard C. Stork, USA Ret.

HR 95 - Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-VA)
Commending Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.
02/24/2020 - Bill text as passed House
Commending Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

SB 100 - Sen. David Marsden (D-VA)
Locality health insurance policies; option of including independent-contractor emergency services.
01/13/2020 - Stricken at request of Patron in Local Government
Locality health insurance policies; option of including independent-contractor emergency services personnel. Authorizes a locality to provide health insurance coverage to independent contractors that it employs as emergency medical services personnel.

SB 102 - Sen. Todd Pillion (R-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming.
02/05/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws and Technology
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board (the Board). Casino gaming shall be limited to certain cities that meet the criteria that is outlined in the bill, and a referendum must be passed in the city on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city. This bill is a reenactment of the first enactment of Senate Bill 1126 of the 2019 legislative session.

SB 1024 - Sen. Mark Peake (R-VA)
Detector canines and detector canine handlers; training and database.
03/31/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Detector canines and detector canine handlers; training and database. Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish compulsory minimum training standards for detector canine handlers employed by the Department of Corrections, standards for the training and retention of canines used by the Department of Corrections, and a database on the performance and effectiveness of detector canines. The bill requires that correctional officers employed by the Department of Corrections comply with such requirements.

SB 1026 - Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-VA)
Pharmacists; initiating treatment, dispensing, and administering of controlled substances.
02/25/2020 - Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Includes in the practice of pharmacy initiating treatment, dispensing, and administering of certain drugs and devices by a pharmacist, provided that such pharmacist initiates treatment with, dispenses, or administers such drugs and devices in accordance with a statewide protocol developed by the Board of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Board of Medicine and Department of Health and set forth in regulations of the Board of Pharmacy. The bill clarifies that an accident and sickness insurance policy that provides reimbursement for a service that may be legally performed by a licensed pharmacist shall provide reimbursement for initiating treatment with, dispensing, or administering drugs and devices by a pharmacist when such initiation of treatment, dispensation, or administration is in ...

SB 103 - Sen. David Marsden (D-VA)
Juvenile offenders; eligibility for parole.
03/31/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Juvenile offenders; parole. Provides that any person sentenced to a term of life imprisonment for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 20 years of such sentence and any person who has active sentences that total more than 20 years for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 20 years of such sentences shall be eligible for parole. This bill is identical to HB 35.

SB 1031 - Sen. George Barker (D-VA)
Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder, individual and small group markets.
03/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder. Requires health insurers, corporations providing health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder under insurance policies, subscription contracts, or health care plans issued in the individual market or small group markets. The existing requirement that such coverage be provided for policies, contracts, or plans issued in the large group market is not affected. The provision applies with respect to insurance policies, subscription contracts, and health care plans delivered, issued for delivery, reissued, or extended on or after January 1, 2021. This bill is identical to HB 1503.

SB 1033 - Sen. Mamie Locke (D-VA)
Juvenile community correctional centers and facilities; establishment, placement of juveniles.
02/06/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Finance and Appropriations
Juvenile community correctional centers and facilities; establishment; placement of juveniles. Changes the term ""juvenile correctional centers and facilities"" to ""juvenile community correctional centers and facilities."" The bill further provides that any juvenile community correctional center established after July 1, 2020, shall (i) be located within a locality in which at least five percent of all juvenile commitments occur statewide, using an average of the rate of commitments of the three most recent consecutive years, and (ii) be designed to confine 30 juveniles or fewer. The bill also states that the Department of Juvenile Justice shall place children at the juvenile community correctional center located closest to their primary residence and within one hour of such residence via ...

SB 104 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Vaccinations and immunizations; certain minors given authority to consent.
01/16/2020 - Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health
Vaccinations and immunizations; minors; authority to consent. Provides that a minor shall be deemed an adult for the purpose of consenting to medical or health services related to receiving vaccinations and immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if the individual is at least 14 years of age and demonstrates to the satisfaction of a health care practitioner the ability to understand at the same comprehension level as an adult the risks and benefits associated with vaccinations and immunizations.

SB 1046 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Clinical social workers; patient records, involuntary detention orders.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Clinical social workers; patient records; involuntary detention orders. Adds clinical social workers to the list of eligible providers that includes treating physicians and clinical psychologists who can disclose or recommend the withholding of patient records, face a malpractice review panel, and provide recommendations on involuntary temporary detention orders.

SB 1049 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Involuntary commitment; notice and participation, discharge plans.
02/25/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Involuntary commitment; notice and participation. Clarifies the role of individuals identified and requested by a person in the involuntary commitment process to assist him in the process. The bill sets out such authorized individuals' right to receive medical records, notice of hearings, and copies of orders and to participate in hearings and the discharge planning process.

SB 1050 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Hospitals; custody of person subject to emergency custody order, regulations.
02/06/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Education and Health
Hospitals; custody of person subject to emergency custody order; regulations. Extends the maximum period of time during which a person may be involuntarily held pursuant to an emergency custody order from eight hours, or in some cases 12 hours, to 24 hours and requires the Board of Health to include in regulations governing hospitals a requirement that every hospital be licensed for and actually capable of accepting from law enforcement the transfer of custody of a person who is the subject of an emergency custody order.

SB 1054 - Sen. Richard Stuart (R-VA)
Menhaden; management of fishery.
02/04/2020 - Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations necessary to manage Atlantic menhaden, including those necessary to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The bill repeals several provisions relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery. The bill also provides that for the 2020 harvest season, the total allowable landings for menhaden shall be 168,213.16 metric tons, and the annual menhaden harvest cap for the purse seine fishery for Atlantic menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay shall be 51,000 metric tons. This bill was incorporated into SB 791.

SB 1059 - Sen. J. Chapman Petersen (D-VA)
Virginia Sports Betting Department; created, etc.
01/29/2020 - Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology
Sports betting; Virginia Sports Betting Department created; Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund; Sports Betting Operations Fund; penalties. Establishes the Virginia Sports Betting Department and authorizes it to regulate sports betting. Before administering a sports betting operation, an entity is required to apply for a one-year license and pay an application fee of $50,000 to operate a sports betting facility or $100,000 to operate a sports betting platform. An entity could apply for a license to operate only (i) at a racetrack or off-track betting facility in a locality that as of 2020 had approved such facilities at referendum or (ii) in a locality that votes to allow sports betting at referendum. The Department could issue up to five licenses to operate a sports betting ...

SB 1063 - Jeremy S. McPike (by request)
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of video game terminals.
02/05/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Finance and Appropriations
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of the manufacturing, distributing, operating, servicing, hosting, and playing of video game terminals; penalties. Authorizes the manufacturing, distributing, operating, servicing, hosting, and playing of video game terminals in the Commonwealth, to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for the manufacture, distribution, operating, servicing, and hosting of video game terminals, requires employees of such licensees to be registered with the Lottery Department, and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the law and regulations related to video game terminals. The bill prohibits any host location licensee from offering more than five electronic gaming devices to the public for play at such ...

SB 1069 - Sen. George Barker (D-VA)
Public and private employers; earned paid sick time for employees.
02/03/2020 - Incorporated by Commerce and Labor
Requires public and private employers with 25 or more employees to provide those employees with earned paid sick time. The measure provides for an employee to earn at least one hour of paid sick leave benefit for every 30 hours worked. An employee shall not use more than 40 hours of earned paid sick time in a year, unless the employer selects a higher limit. Employees shall not be entitled to use accrued earned paid sick time until the ninetieth calendar day following commencement of their employment, unless otherwise permitted by the employer. The bill provides that earned paid sick time may be used (i) for an employee's mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; an employee's need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health ...

SB 1083 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming.
02/05/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws and Technology
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board (the Board). The bill limits casino gaming to certain cities that meet the criteria outlined in the bill and requires that, prior to the establishment of casino gaming operations in such city, the voters of the city approve a referendum on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city. The bill creates the Virginia Indigenous People's Trust Fund, from which a portion of the Commonwealth's share of certain casino gaming tax revenues shall be disbursed to six Virginia Indian tribes.

SB 1091 - Sen. William Stanley (R-VA)
Volunteer school security officers; authorization by local school boards, etc.
02/06/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health
Authorization of volunteer school security officers by local school boards and private or religious schools.

SB 116 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Death penalty; severe mental illness.
03/03/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Death penalty; severe mental illness. Provides that a defendant in a capital case who had a severe mental illness, as defined in the bill, at the time of the offense is not eligible for the death penalty. The bill establishes procedures for determining whether a defendant had a severe mental illness at the time of the offense and provides for the appointment of expert evaluators. The bill provides that when the defendant's severe mental illness is at issue, a determination will be made by the jury or by the judge in a bench trial as part of the sentencing proceeding, and the defendant bears the burden of proving his severe mental illness by a preponderance of the evidence. The bill also provides that in the event the defendant fails to provide notice that he will offer testimony by an ...

SB 117 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Family day homes; licensure threshold.
01/17/2020 - Stricken at request of Patron in Rehabilitation and Social Services
Family day homes; licensure threshold. Reduces from five to three the number of children for whom a family day home must obtain a license to provide child care services.

SB 133 - Sen. Richard Stuart (R-VA)
Criminal cases; deferred disposition.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Deferred disposition in criminal cases. Allows a court to defer and dismiss a criminal case where the defendant has been diagnosed with autism or an intellectual disability and the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the criminal conduct was caused by or had a direct and substantial relationship to the person's disorder or disability.

SB 156 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Fostering Futures program; established.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Fostering Futures program. Establishes the Fostering Futures program to provide services and support to individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 who were in foster care as a minor and are transitioning to full adulthood and self-sufficiency.

SB 157 - Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-VA)
Menhaden; VMRC to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's fishery.
02/04/2020 - Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (the Commission) to adopt regulations to implement the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden and authorizes the Commission to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's menhaden fishery. The bill also requires that any moratorium on the fishery be subject to legislative review. The bill repeals several Code sections relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery. This bill was incorporated into SB 791.

SB 158 - Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-VA)
Menhaden fishing; prohibited in Chesapeake Bay.
02/04/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Menhaden fishing in Chesapeake Bay prohibited. Prohibits catching menhaden with purse nets in the territorial waters of the Commonwealth lying west or within three miles of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

SB 16 - Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-VA)
Assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties.
01/13/2020 - Stricken at the request of Patron in Judiciary
Prohibiting sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms and certain firearm magazines; penalties. Expands the definition of ""assault firearm"" and prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, or transporting an assault firearm. A violation is a Class 6 felony. The bill prohibits a dealer from selling, renting, trading, or transferring from his inventory an assault firearm to any person. The bill also prohibits a person from carrying a shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered in a public place; under existing law, this prohibition applies only in certain localities. The bill makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to import, sell, barter, or transfer any firearm magazine ...

SB 171 - Sen. Mamie Locke (D-VA)
School resource officers and school security officers; training standards.
03/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
School resource officers and school security officers; training standards. Requires school resource officers and school security officers to receive training specific to the role and responsibility of a law-enforcement officer working with students in a school environment that includes training on (i) relevant state and federal laws; (ii) school and personal liability issues; (iii) security awareness in the school environment; (iv) mediation and conflict resolution, including de-escalation techniques such as physical alternatives to restraint; (v) disaster and emergency response; (vi) awareness of cultural diversity and implicit bias; (vii) working with students with disabilities, mental health needs, substance abuse disorders, or past traumatic experiences; and (viii) student behavioral ...

SB 172 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Health insurance; definitions, payment to out-of-network providers, emergency services.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers. Provides that when an enrollee receives emergency services from an out-of-network health care provider or receives out-of-network surgical or ancillary services at an in-network facility, the enrollee is not required to pay the out-of-network provider any amount other than the applicable cost-sharing requirement and such cost-sharing requirement cannot exceed the cost-sharing requirement that would apply if the services were provided in-network. The measure also provides that the health carrier's required payment to the out-of-network provider of the services is a commercially reasonable amount based on payments for the same or similar services provided in a similar geographic area. If such provider disputes the amount to be paid by ...

SB 178 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; expands eligibility, fictive kin.
03/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; eligibility; fictive kin. Expands eligibility for the Kinship Guardianship Assistance program by allowing payments to be made to fictive kin who receive custody of a child of whom they had been the foster parent. This bill is identical to HB 933.

SB 18 - Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-VA)
Firearms; criminal history record information checks, age requirement, penalty.
01/22/2020 - Stricken at the request of Patron in Judiciary
Provides that a person must be at least 21 years old, or must be at least 18 years old by the effective date of the bill, to purchase a firearm. The bill requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for transferors of firearms to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers. A transferor who fails to obtain a required background check and transfers the firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts certain transfers from the required background check. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary. The bill also provides that any person who recklessly leaves a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a ...

SB 185 - Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-VA)
Nursing homes, hospices, etc.; possession and administration of cannabidiol or THC-A.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice programs, and hospice facilities; possession and administration of cannabidiol or THC-A oil. Allows nursing home, assisted living facility, hospice program, and hospice facility employees and staff members who are authorized to possess, distribute, or administer medications to residents to store, dispense, or administer cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil to a resident who has been issued a valid written certification for such medication.

SB 194 - Sen. John Cosgrove (R-VA)
Menhaden; VMRC to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's fishery.
02/04/2020 - Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (the Commission) to adopt regulations to implement the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden and authorizes the Commission to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's menhaden fishery. The bill also requires that any moratorium on the fishery be subject to legislative review. The bill repeals several Code sections relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery. This bill was incorporated into SB 791.

SB 20 - Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-VA)
Juvenile Justice, Bd of; regs governing housing of youth pursuant to contracts with federal gov't.
04/02/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Board of Juvenile Justice; Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; regulations governing the housing of youth pursuant to contracts with the federal government. Requires the Board of Juvenile Justice, in collaboration with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, to promulgate regulations governing the housing of youth who are detained in a juvenile correctional facility pursuant to a contract with the federal government and not committed to such juvenile correctional facility by a court of the Commonwealth.

SB 21 - Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-VA)
Abortion; parental consent requirement, ultrasound requirement, hospital regulations.
01/23/2020 - Incorporated by Education and Health
Provision of abortion; parental consent requirement; ultrasound requirement; hospital regulations. Removes the requirement that a pregnant minor seeking an abortion obtain either parental consent or judicial authorization. The bill removes the requirement that a pregnant woman seeking to obtain an abortion undergo a fetal transabdominal ultrasound prior to obtaining an abortion at least 24 hours prior to obtaining an abortion, or at least two hours prior to obtaining an abortion if the pregnant woman lives at least 100 miles from the facility where the abortion is to be performed. The bill also removes language classifying facilities that perform five or more first-trimester abortions per month as hospitals for the purpose of complying with regulations establishing minimum standards for ...

SB 22 - Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-VA)
Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty.
01/13/2020 - Incorporated by Judiciary
Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts from this provision (i) persons who have been issued a certificate by the Department of State Police under certain circumstances and with an enhanced background check, (ii) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (iii) state and local correctional facilities, (iv) licensed private security companies, (v) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (vi) persons whose handgun has been stolen or irretrievably lost or who are trading in a handgun, (vii) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (viii) purchases of antique ...

SB 226 - Sen. John Edwards (D-VA)
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; created.
01/27/2020 - Incorporated by Commerce and Labor
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange. Creates the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange, which will be established and operated by a new division within the State Corporation Commission (SCC). The Exchange shall facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans and qualified dental plans to qualified individuals and qualified employers. The Exchange shall make qualified plans available to qualified individuals and qualified employers by July 1, 2023, unless the SCC postpones this date. The measure authorizes the SCC to review and approve accident and sickness insurance premium rates applicable to health benefit plans in the individual and small group markets and health benefit plans providing health insurance coverage in the individual market through certain non-employer group plans. The ...

SB 235 - Sen. George Barker (D-VA)
Health insurance; association health plans.
05/21/2020 - Vetoed by Governor
Health insurance; association health plans. Provides that for policies of group accident and sickness insurance issued to an association, members of such an association may include (i) a self-employed individual and (ii) an employer member with at least one employee that is domiciled in the Commonwealth. The bill provides that for such policies issued to an association that covers at least 51 members and employees of employer members of such association on the first day of the plan year the policies shall be considered a large group market plan and are required to meet various provisions in the bill. The bill provides that to determine the size of an association all of the members and employees of employer members are aggregated and treated as employed by a single employer.

SB 240 - Sen. George Barker (D-VA)
Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk of injury to himself, etc., penalties.
04/08/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Creates a procedure by which any attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may apply to a general district court, circuit court, or juvenile and domestic relations district court judge or magistrate for an emergency substantial risk order to prohibit a person who poses a substantial risk of injury to himself or others from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. Upon service of an emergency substantial risk order, the person who is subject to the order shall be given the opportunity to voluntarily relinquish any firearm. An emergency substantial risk order shall expire on the fourteenth day following issuance of the order. The bill requires a court hearing in the circuit court for the jurisdiction where the order was issued within 14 days from issuance of an ...

SB 243 - Sen. Amanda Chase (R-VA)
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers.
02/12/2020 - Left in Commerce and Labor
Balance billing; emergency services. Provides that when a covered person receives covered emergency services from an out-of-network health care provider, the covered person is not required to pay the out-of-network provider any amount other than the applicable cost-sharing requirement. The measure deletes a provision that allows an out-of-network provider to charge an individual for the balance of the provider's billed amount after applying the amount the health carrier is required to pay for such services. The measure also establishes a fourth standard for calculating the health carrier's required payment to the out-of-network provider of the emergency services, which standard is (i) the regional average for commercial payments for such service if the provider is a health care ...

SB 280 - Sen. George Barker (D-VA)
Health insurance; mental health parity, required report.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health insurance; mental health parity; required report. Codifies an existing requirement that the State Corporation Commission's Bureau of Insurance make an annual report regarding claims information for mental health and substance use disorder benefits. The bill adds information regarding network adequacy to such report and requires the Bureau to submit the report to the House Committee on Labor and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor by September 1 of each year. The bill directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to conduct a third-party review of the Bureau's report. The bill requires JLARC, in conducting its review, to examine the information compiled by the Bureau from 2017 through 2020 and any other information it deems relevant and to ...

SB 29 - Sen. Thomas Norment (R-VA)
Budget Bill.
03/03/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Budget Bill. Amends Chapter 854 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly.

SB 30 - Sen. Thomas Norment (R-VA)
Budget Bill.
03/03/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Budget Bill. Provides for all appropriations of the Budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia in accordance with the provisions of i 2.2-1509, Code of Virginia, and provides a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the thirtieth day of June, 2021, and the thirtieth day of June, 2022.

SB 315 - Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-VA)
Hospitals; emergency departments, screening patients for depression.
01/23/2020 - Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health
Requires every hospital licensed by the Department of Health that operates an emergency department to develop a protocol for (i) screening each patient who receives services in the emergency department for depression and (ii) providing information about depression, symptoms of depression, services that may be available for individuals experiencing depression, and providers of such services to each patient for whom a screening indicates reason to believe the patient may be experiencing depression. The bill directs the Department to develop such information.

SB 317 - Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-VA)
Licensed inpatient nursing services; in-home follow-up care upon discharge.
02/25/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Inpatient psychiatric services; in-home follow-up nursing services upon discharge. Directs the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to promulgate regulations that require each provider of inpatient psychiatric services to develop and implement a policy for linking individuals who will be discharged from inpatient psychiatric care with in-home follow-up nursing services as available, including assistance with medication management, upon discharge, which may be provided by a licensed home care organization, certified home health agency, community services board, or other appropriate service provider, allowing patient choice to the greatest extent possible in the selection of such service provider.

SB 326 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Sentencing proceeding by the jury after conviction; recommendation of leniency.
02/24/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
Sentencing proceeding by the jury after conviction; recommendation of leniency. Provides that a jury may, in ascertaining the punishment for a person convicted of a felony or Class 1 misdemeanor, recommend that the sentence imposed be suspended in whole or in part, or that sentences imposed for multiple offenses be served concurrently, except where such suspension of sentence or concurrent service is prohibited by law. The bill prohibits the trial court from imposing an active term of incarceration in excess of the active term of incarceration recommended by the jury.

SB 330 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Certificate of public need; psychiatric beds and facilities.
02/06/2020 - Failed to report
Certificate of public need; psychiatric beds and facilities. Removes mental hospitals and psychiatric hospitals and intermediate care facilities established primarily for the medical, psychiatric, or psychological treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with substance abuse from the list of medical care facilities for which a certificate of public need is required prior to initiation of a project. The bill makes clear that only facilities licensed as hospitals by the Department of Health are subject to certificate of public need requirements; removes from the definition of project the addition of a new psychiatric or substance abuse treatment service and conversion of beds in an existing medical care facility to psychiatric beds; and prohibits the conversion in an existing medical care ...

SB 332 - Sen. Richard Stuart (R-VA)
Remote sales tax collections; allocation to Transportation Trust Fund.
01/29/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Finance and Appropriations
Allocation of remote sales tax collections; Transportation Trust Fund. Allocates sales tax revenues collected from remote sellers, pursuant to Chapters 815 and 816 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019, to the Transportation Trust Fund to be used for the maintenance and repair of existing highways.

SB 334 - Sen. Richard Stuart (R-VA)
Court Reporters, Virginia Board for; created, report.
01/08/2020 - Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
Virginia Board for Court Reporters. Creates the Virginia Board for Court Reporters as an independent board to establish the qualification of applicants for licensure or registration of court reporters in the state. Beginning July 1, 2021, no person may engage in or offer to engage in work as a court reporter unless he has been licensed by the Board. The bill establishes principles of conduct for court reporters and creates the Board for Court Reporters Fund to receive licensing and registration fees to fund the licensure and registration program.

SB 348 - Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-VA)
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of electronic gaming devices, penalty.
01/15/2020 - Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of the manufacturing, distributing, owning, hosting, and playing of electronic gaming devices; penalties. Authorizes the manufacture, distribution, owning, hosting, and playing of electronic gaming devices in the Commonwealth, to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for the manufacture, distribution, owning, and hosting of electronic gaming devices and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the law and regulations related to electronic gaming devices. The bill prohibits any host location licensee from offering more than nine electronic gaming devices to the public for play at such host location's establishment. The bill imposes a 10 percent tax on all gross profits from the play of ...

SB 349 - Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-VA)
Insurance benefits; certain retired employees of political subdivisions.
03/23/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Insurance for certain retired employees of political subdivisions. Allows localities to extend certain insurance benefits to retired employees of political subdivisions. This bill is identical to HB 1385.

SB 352 - Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-VA)
Guardianship and conservatorship; supported decision-making alternative.
02/25/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Guardianship and conservatorship; supported decision-making alternative. Requires a guardian ad litem in a proceeding for the appointment of a guardian or conservator to include in his report to the court information as to whether a supported decision-making agreement, as defined in the bill, is a viable option in lieu of guardianship or conservatorship.

SB 357 - Sen. John Cosgrove (R-VA)
Menhaden; management of fishery.
02/04/2020 - Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Management of the menhaden fishery. Directs the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations to implement the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden and requires that any moratorium on the fishery be subject to legislative review. This bill was incorporated into SB 791.

SB 36 - Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation and control of casino gaming, definitions.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the requirements for licensure of casino gaming operators and the conduct of casino gaming and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the casino gaming law. The location of casino gaming establishments shall be limited to eligible host cities that meet specified criteria: the Cities of Portsmouth, Richmond, Norfolk, Danville, and Bristol. The bill requires each eligible host city to hold a referendum on the question of whether to allow casino gaming in the city and, with the exception of the City of Richmond, to hold such referendum at the November 2020 general election. The bill imposes a tax ranging from 18 to 30 ...

SB 365 - Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-VA)
Health care provider; SHHR to convene a work group related to credentialing.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Secretary of Health and Human Resources; health care provider credentialing work group; report. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to convene a work group of stakeholders to gather information and make recommendations on how the Commonwealth could develop or procure a statewide centralized primary source verification system that can be relied upon by the Commonwealth and its health carriers, health care providers, hospitals, and health systems for health care provider credentialing. The bill requires the work group to report its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by November 15, 2020.

SB 374 - Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming.
02/05/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws and Technology
Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board (the Board). Casino gaming shall be limited to certain cities that meet the criteria that is outlined in the bill, and a referendum must be passed in the city on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city. This bill is a reenactment of the first enactment of Senate Bill 1126 of the 2019 legislative session.

SB 378 - Sen. John Bell (D-VA)
Computer trespass; expands the crime.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Computer trespass; penalty. Expands the crime of computer trespass to provide that the prohibited actions that constitute computer trespass are criminalized if done through intentionally deceptive means and without authority and specifies that a computer hardware or software provider, an interactive computer service, or a telecommunications or cable operator does not have to provide notice of its activities to a computer user that a reasonable computer user should expect may occur. This bill incorporates SB 844.

SB 384 - Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-VA)
Virginia Lottery; powers and duties of Board, sports betting, etc.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Sports betting; Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund; penalties. Directs the Virginia Lottery (the Lottery) to regulate sports betting. The bill prohibits the Lottery from issuing any permits to conduct sports betting until it has developed and published a consumer protection bill of rights.

SB 391 - Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-VA)
Adult abuse; financial exploitation, required report by financial institution.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Adult abuse; financial exploitation; required report by financial institution. Requires financial institutions to report to the local department of social services or the adult protective services hotline within five business days any refusal to execute a transaction, delay of a transaction, or refusal to disburse funds based on a good faith belief that such transaction or disbursement may involve financial exploitation of an adult.

SB 397 - Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-VA)
Nursing homes; VDH to convene work group related to increasing availability of clinical workforce.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Department of Health; work group; nursing home workforce. Directs the Department of Health to convene a work group to review and make recommendations on increasing the availability of the clinical workforce for nursing homes in the Commonwealth. The work group shall include stakeholder groups as appropriate. The bill directs the Department to collaborate with the Department of Health Professions, the Governor's Chief Workforce Development Advisor, and other state agencies as appropriate. The bill directs the Department to report all recommendations to the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions on or before November 15, 2020.

SB 428 - Sen. Scott Surovell (D-VA)
Initial child support order; unreimbursed medical expenses for pregnancy and birth.
03/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Initial child support order; unreimbursed medical expenses for pregnancy and birth. Provides that for any initial child support proceeding that is commenced within six months of the birth of a child, the order shall provide that the parents pay in proportion to their gross incomes any reasonable and necessary unpaid expenses of the mother's pregnancy and the delivery of such child.

SB 431 - Sen. Scott Surovell (D-VA)
Provision of mental health services to a minor; access to health records.
01/23/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health with letter
Provision of mental health services to a minor; access to health records. Prohibits a health care provider from refusing to provide mental health services to a minor on the basis that the parents of such minor refuse to agree to limit their access to such minor's health care records or request that such health care provider testify in a court proceeding regarding the treatment of the minor.

SB 436 - Sen. Scott Surovell (D-VA)
Virginia Voluntary Do Not Sell Firearms List; established, penalty.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Establishment of the Virginia Voluntary Do Not Sell Firearms List; penalty. Creates the Virginia Voluntary Do Not Sell Firearms List (the List) that prohibits the possession, transportation, and sale of firearms to any person who voluntarily registers himself to be enrolled into the List. The List shall be maintained and updated by the Department of State Police. The bill makes it a Class 3 misdemeanor for any person enrolled into the List to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm. The bill disqualifies any person enrolled into the List from obtaining a concealed handgun permit and prohibits such person from being employed by a firearms dealer. The bill also makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person who sells, barters, gives, or furnishes, or has in his possession or under his ...

SB 481 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Employees; earned sick leave, civil penalties.
03/12/2020 - Failed to pass in Senate
Requires public and private employers with 15 or more employees to provide those employees with earned paid sick time; however, the provisions of the bill would not apply to an employer that has entered into a bona fide collective bargaining agreement. The measure provides for an employee to earn at least one hour of paid sick leave benefit for every 30 hours worked. An employee shall not use more than 40 hours of earned paid sick time in a year, unless the employer selects a higher limit. Employees shall not be entitled to use accrued earned paid sick time until the ninetieth calendar day following commencement of their employment, unless otherwise permitted by the employer. The bill provides that earned paid sick time may be used (i) for an employee's mental or physical illness, injury, ...

SB 482 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Developmental Disabilities Mortality Review Committee; created, report.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Developmental Disabilities Mortality Review Committee; penalty. Creates the Developmental Disabilities Mortality Review Committee to review the death of any person with a developmental disability who was receiving services from a provider licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services or in a training center or other state facility at the time of his death to ensure that the deaths of such persons are reviewed and analyzed in a systematic way.

SB 490 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Firearms; purchase, possession, etc., following a conviction.
02/03/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Judiciary
Prohibits a person who has been convicted of stalking, sexual battery, or assault and battery of a family or household member from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm. A person who violates this provision is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill provides for a process by which a person convicted of such crime may petition the circuit court for a reinstatement of his right to possess or transport a firearm and the factors a court shall consider in determining such reinstatement.

SB 494 - Sen. John Edwards (D-VA)
Crisis intervention team training; defines and adds to stakeholders, etc.
03/31/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Department of Criminal Justice Services; crisis intervention team training. Adds the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and brain injury stakeholders to the list of entities with whom the Department of Criminal Justice Services is required to consult in developing a training program for all persons involved in the crisis intervention team programs and requires the curriculum for such training program to include a module on brain injury as part of the four hours of mandatory training in legal issues. This bill is identical to HB 1231.

SB 5005 - Sen. Thomas Norment (R-VA)
Criminal justice training academies; adds to the powers and duties of DCJS regarding academies.
09/03/2020 - Incorporated by Finance and Appropriations
Department of Criminal Justice Services; criminal justice training academies. Adds to the powers and duties of the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department) regarding the oversight and evaluation of criminal justice training academies approved by the Department. The bill requires the Department to provide direct assistance to any academy not meeting established minimum standards or performance objectives. The bill also requires each training academy to submit an annual report evaluating the training academy's performance with regard to established minimum standards and performance objectives established by the Department. Finally, the bill requires the Department to provide an annual evaluation to every training academy, including in its evaluation information based upon the ...

SB 501 - Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-VA)
Adoption and foster care; persons authorized to conduct home studies.
03/03/2020 - Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Adoption and foster care; persons authorized to conduct home studies. Allows home studies for purposes of adoption or foster care placements to be conducted by any person who has completed the home study training program established by regulations of the Board of Social Services. Under current law, such home studies must be conducted by a local board of social services or licensed child-placing agency.

SB 5014 - Sen. John Edwards (D-VA)
Law-enforcement officers; officers to complete crisis intervention training.
09/21/2020 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Minimum training standards for law-enforcement officers; crisis intervention team training. Requires all law-enforcement officers involved in a crisis intervention team program to complete a comprehensive advanced training course developed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (the Department). The bill also directs the Department to develop modules of principles-based training to be included as part of compulsory minimum training standards subsequent to employment as a law-enforcement officer and as part of basic training and the recertification of law-enforcement officers. This bill incorporates SB 5113.

SB 503 - Sen. J. Chapman Petersen (D-VA)
Certificate of public need; conditions, civil penalty.
02/06/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health
Certificate of public need; conditions; civil penalty. Defines ""COPN-conditioned community care"" as charity care provided to indigent persons and health care services to individuals eligible for benefits under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C i 1396 et seq. and (i) requires the Commissioner of Health to condition a certificate of public need on the agreement of the applicant to provide a level of community care to patients in the applicant's service area and establish the total amount of community care necessary to satisfy the condition; (ii) provides for imposition of a civil penalty of up to $100 per violation per day for failure to satisfy the conditions on a certificate of public need, but requires the Department of Health to waive the penalty in cases in which the ...

SB 5030 - Sen. Mamie Locke (D-VA)
Policing reform; acquisition of military property, training of officers in de-escalation techniques.
09/22/2020 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Policing reform. Adds law-enforcement officers to those persons who are guilty of a Class 6 felony if they are in a position of authority over and carnally know without force, threat, or intimidation any inmate, parolee, probationer, arrestee, detainee, or pretrial defendant or posttrial offender, including those in the custody of a private, local, or state law-enforcement agency.

SB 5037 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Criminal Justices Services Board; changes membership of the Committee on Training.
09/03/2020 - Incorporated by Finance and Appropriations
Criminal Justices Services Board; Committee on Training. Changes the membership of the Committee on Training by requiring that one member be an attorney representing the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, one member be an attorney representing civil liberty groups, and one member be a mental health provider; the bill lessens the representatives from the Virginia Sheriffs' Association and Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police from two representatives to one representative each and removes the representative designated by the Chairman of the Criminal Justices Services Board.

SB 5038 - Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-VA)
Mental health crises; DCJS to assist DBHDS, etc., with development of Marcus alert system.
09/21/2020 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Marcus alert system by July 1, 2021, and requires that every locality be served by a Marcus alert system by July 1, 2022. The bill also directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services to develop a plan for law-enforcement's role in the Marcus alert system and protocols for law-enforcement participations.

SB 5042 - Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-VA)
Nursing homes, certified nursing, or hospice facility; patient visitation, notice to family.
09/24/2020 - Read second time
State Board of Health; public health emergency; patient visitation; notice to family; emergency. Requires each nursing home, certified nursing facility, and hospice facility to establish a protocol to allow each patient to receive visits, consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State Board of Health. Such protocol shall include provisions describing (i) the conditions, including conditions related to the presence of COVID-19 in the facility and community, under which in-person visits will be allowed and under which in-person visits will not be allowed and visits will be required to be virtual; (ii) the requirements with which in-person visitors will be required to comply to ...

SB 5076 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Paid sick time.
08/19/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor

SB 5084 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Mental health awareness response & community understanding serv. (Marcus) alert syst.; establishes.
08/20/2020 - Incorporated by Judiciary
Mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system. Provides that the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall support the development and establishment of a mental health awareness response and community understanding services (Marcus) alert system in localities and areas throughout the Commonwealth. The bill provides that, by July 1, 2021, every locality shall have established, or be part of an area that has established, a Marcus alert system that uses community care teams. An area can be a combination of one or more localities or institutions of higher education located therein that may have law-enforcement officers. A ""community care team"" is defined in the bill as a group ...

SB 522 - Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-VA)
Balance billing; emergency and elective services.
02/09/2020 - Incorporated by Commerce and Labor
Balance billing; emergency and elective services. Requires health care facilities and health care providers to determine if providers scheduled to deliver elective services to a covered person are in the network of the covered person's managed care plan. The measure requires that when an elective service provider is determined to be out-of-network, in order for the covered person to assume financial responsibility for the out-of-network provider's charges, the health care facility or provider shall (i) inform the covered person of the out-of-network status of the provider, (ii) provide the covered person with the opportunity to be referred to an in-network provider, and (iii) prepare a document for signature by the covered person in which the covered person or his legal representative ...

SB 523 - Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-VA)
Certificates of public need; civil penalty.
02/06/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health
Certificates of public need; civil penalty. Exempts specialized centers or clinics or that portion of a doctor's office established for the provision of ambulatory or outpatient ophthalmic, urologic, or endoscopic surgery from the definition of medical care facility and creates a new permitting process for projects involving specialized centers or clinics or that portion of a doctor's office established for the provision of ophthalmic, urologic, or endoscopic surgery and services, subject to a civil penalty for failure or refusal to comply with certain conditions of the permit.

SB 533 - Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-VA)
Pari-mutuel wagering; breakage, distribution for problem gambling treatment and support.
02/05/2020 - Continued to 2021 in General Laws and Technology
Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund. Alters the required distribution of the legitimate breakage from each pari-mutuel pool for live, historical, and simulcast horse racing by requiring that 80 percent be deposited in the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund, created by the bill, and 20 percent be deposited in the Racing Benevolence Fund for gambling addiction and substance abuse counseling or recreational, educational, nutritional, or other related programs. Under current law, 70 percent of the breakage is required to be distributed to the horse racing licensee to be used for capital improvements and 30 percent of the breakage is required to be distributed to the Racing Benevolence Fund for gambling addiction and substance abuse counseling or recreational, educational, or ...

SB 544 - Sen. John Edwards (D-VA)
Physician assistant; capacity determinations.
03/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Capacity determinations; physician assistant. Expands the class of health care practitioners who can make the determination that a patient is incapable of making informed decisions to include a licensed physician assistant. The bill provides that such determination shall be made in writing following an in-person examination of the person and certified by the physician assistant. This bill is identical to HB 362.

SB 546 - Sen. John Edwards (D-VA)
Juveniles; trial as adult.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Increases from 14 years of age to 16 years of age the minimum age at which a juvenile must be tried as an adult in circuit court for murder or aggravated malicious wounding; however, if the juvenile is 14 years of age or older but younger than 16 years of age, the court, on motion of the attorney for the Commonwealth, shall hold a transfer hearing. The minimum age is also raised from 14 to 16 for certain charges requiring notice of intent to try such juvenile as an adult by the attorney for the Commonwealth. In order to be tried as an adult in circuit court for the charges that under current law require notice of intent to proceed with trial as an adult by the attorney for the Commonwealth, the bill requires that (i) a report concerning the juvenile be prepared by the court services unit ...

SB 561 - Sen. Jill Vogel (R-VA)
Workers' compensation; post-traumatic stress disorder, law-enforcement officers and firefighters.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Provides that post-traumatic stress disorder incurred by a law-enforcement officer or firefighter is compensable under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act if a mental health professional examines a law-enforcement officer or firefighter and diagnoses the individual as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the individual's undergoing a qualifying event, defined as an incident or exposure occurring in the line of duty on or after July 1, 2020, (i) resulting in serious bodily injury or death to any person or persons; (ii) involving a minor who has been injured, killed, abused, or exploited; (iii) involving an immediate threat to life of the claimant or another individual; (iv) involving mass casualties; or (v) responding to crime scenes for investigation. Other ...

SB 569 - Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-VA)
DBHDS and VSP; mobile applications, mental health and public safety.
02/25/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; Department of State Police; mobile applications; mental health and public safety. Requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) to develop or obtain a mental health mobile application to facilitate the provision of crisis intervention services by licensed clinicians to individuals in the Commonwealth through calls, texts, and online chat portals. The bill requires the mobile application to be integrated with the crisis intervention phone hotline established as part of System Transformation Excellence and Performance (STEP-VA). The Secretary of Health and Human Resources is directed to promote, market, and advertise the use of such application using existing resources.

SB 570 - Sen. T. Montgomery Mason (D-VA)
State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program; created, effective clause.
03/03/2020 - Left in Appropriations
...Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program. Creates the State-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program (the program) to facilitate child placements with relatives, including fictive kin, and ensure permanency for children in foster care. The bill sets forth eligibility criteria for the program, payment allowances to kinship guardians, and requirements for kinship guardianship assistance agreements. The bill also expands eligibility for the Federal-Funded Kinship Guardianship Assistance program by allowing payments to be made to fictive kin who receive custody of a child of whom they have been the foster parent. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

SB 571 - Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-VA)
Visitation; petition of grandparent for visitation of child.
03/03/2020 - Left in Courts of Justice
Visitation; petition of grandparent. Requires the court, in petitions for visitation filed by the grandparent of a child where either (i) the parent is the grandparent's child and is deceased, incarcerated, or incapacitated, or has had is parental rights terminated or (ii) the grandparent has an established relationship with the child and has provided a significant level of care for the child, to consider the following factors: (i) the historical relationship between the grandparent and child; (ii) the motivation of the grandparent in seeking visitation; (iii) the motivation of the living parent in denying visitation to the grandparent; (iv) the quantity of time requested and the effect it will have on the child's daily activities; and (v) the benefits of maintaining a relationship with ...

SB 576 - Sen. Janet Howell (D-VA)
Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority; created.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Research and development in the Commonwealth. Creates the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (the Authority) to oversee and support research, development, and commercialization, as well as related investment and seed-stage funding, in the Commonwealth. The Authority is governed by an 11-member Board, consisting of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, six nonlegislative members appointed by the Governor, and four nonlegislative citizen members appointed by the Joint Rules Committee. Existing grant, loan, and investment funds currently administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority and the Virginia Research Investment Committee, repealed under the bill, would be consolidated under the Authority, and the Authority would be responsible for ...

SB 578 - Sen. Janet Howell (D-VA)
Early childhood care and education; establishment of system, definitions, licensure.
04/08/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Early childhood care and education; licensing. Requires the Board of Education to establish a statewide unified public-private system for early childhood care and education in the Commonwealth to be administered by the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Department of Education. The bill transfers the authority to license and regulate child day programs and other early child care agencies from the Board of Social Services and Department of Social Services to the Board of Education and Department of Education. The bill maintains current licensure, background check, and other requirements of such programs. Such provisions of the bill have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021. The bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a plan ...

SB 579 - Sen. Janet Howell (D-VA)
Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; changes to provisions.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. Makes numerous changes to the provisions governing the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. The bill changes the number of classifications of offenders who are required to register under the Registry to match the number of classifications under federal law and redesignates the classifications as Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III offenses. The bill also streamlines the reregistration process, eliminates the need for lower-level offenders to reregister annually, and allows offenders to electronically verify their registration information.

SB 585 - Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-VA)
Guardianship; special education transition materials, etc.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Guardianship for incapacitated persons. Provides that if the respondent to a guardianship or conservatorship petition is between 17 and a half and 21 years of age and has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the guardian ad litem appointed to represent the respondent shall review the IEP and include the results of his review in the report required to be submitted to the court and requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to make available transitional materials prepared by the Department of Education that include information about powers of attorney and guardianship to be provided to students and parents during the student's annual IEP meeting.

SB 598 - Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-VA)
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; created.
01/27/2020 - Incorporated by Commerce and Labor
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange. Creates the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange, which will be established and operated by a new division within the State Corporation Commission (SCC). The Exchange shall facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans and qualified dental plans to qualified individuals and qualified employers. The Exchange shall make qualified plans available to qualified individuals and qualified employers by July 1, 2023, unless the SCC postpones this date. The measure authorizes the SCC to review and approve accident and sickness insurance premium rates applicable to health benefit plans in the individual and small group markets and health benefit plans providing health insurance coverage in the individual market through certain non-employer group plans. The ...

SB 603 - Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-VA)
Involuntary admission order; transportation, transfer to local law enforcement.
04/08/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Involuntary admission; transportation; transfer to local law enforcement. Establishes procedures for changing the transportation provider designated to provide transportation to a minor or a person who is the subject of a temporary detention order and provides that in cases in which an alternative transportation provider providing transportation of a minor or a person who is subject to an involuntary admission order becomes unable to continue providing transportation, local law enforcement shall take custody of the minor or person and provide transportation to the proper facility. This bill incorporates SB 602 and is identical to HB 1118.

SB 609 - Sen. Thomas Norment (R-VA)
Casino Gaming Establishment Location Commission; created.
02/05/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws and Technology
Virginia Lottery Board; Casino Gaming Establishment Location Commission; penalties. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for casino gaming and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the casino gaming law. The bill establishes qualified locations for casino gaming operations, imposes a tax of 27 percent on the adjusted gross receipts of licensees, and provides for how the tax proceeds are disbursed. The bill also requires the Board to establish and implement a voluntary exclusion program and establishes the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund administered by the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide counseling and other support ...

SB 616 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Game and Inland Fisheries, Department of; name change.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; name change. Renames the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as the Department of Wildlife Resources and the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries as the Board of Wildlife Resources.

SB 619 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Mental health awareness training; certain school board employees required to complete.
03/25/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
School boards; mental health awareness training. Requires each school board to (i) adopt and implement policies that require each teacher and other relevant personnel, as determined by the school board, employed on a full-time basis, to complete a mental health awareness training or similar program at least once and (ii) provide such training, which may be provided pursuant to a contract with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a community services board, a behavioral health authority, a nonprofit organization, or other certified trainer or via an online module. This bill is identical to HB 74.

SB 622 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Corrections, State Board of; renamed as State Board of Local and Regional Jails, powers and duties.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
State Board of Corrections; rename as the State Board of Local and Regional Jails; powers and duties. Authorizes the Director of the Department of Corrections to develop and establish operating procedures to maintain prisoners residing in state correctional facilities and under the supervision of Department of Corrections probation and parole, including establishing regulations for human research, prescribing rules to govern home/electronic incarceration programs, and prescribing rules regarding the wages paid to persons participating in programs under the supervision of probation and parole. The bill requires the State Board of Corrections, upon determining that a local correctional facility is not in compliance with the minimum standards for construction, equipment, administration, or ...

SB 656 - Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-VA)
Offender medical and mental health information and records; exchange of information to facility.
04/07/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Exchange of offender medical and mental health information and records. Provides that a health care provider who has been notified that a person to whom he has provided services within the last two years is committed to a local or regional correctional facility shall, upon request by the local or regional correctional facility, disclose to the local or regional correctional facility where the person is committed any information necessary to ensure the continuity of care of the person committed. The bill also provides protection from civil liability for such health care provider, absent bad faith or malicious intent. This bill incorporates SB 748 and is identical to HB 1328.

SB 66 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Va. Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation and gender, etc.
11/22/2019 - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; sexual orientation and gender identity. Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines ""sexual orientation"" and ""gender identity.""

SB 670 - Sen. T. Montgomery Mason (D-VA)
Unrestorably incompetent defendant; competency report.
03/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Unrestorably incompetent defendant; competency report. Provides that in cases where a defendant is likely to remain incompetent for the foreseeable future due to an ongoing and irreversible medical condition and prior medical or educational records are available to support the diagnosis, a competency report may recommend that the court find the defendant unrestorably incompetent to stand trial, and the court may proceed with the disposition of the case based on such recommendation. Under current law, the defendant is required to undergo treatment to restore his competency before the court can find a defendant unrestorably incompetent to stand trial. The bill also provides that such person who is found unrestorably incompetent to stand trial shall be prohibited from purchasing, possessing, ...

SB 683 - Sen. T. Montgomery Mason (D-VA)
Competency to stand trial; outpatient treatment may occur.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Competency to stand trial; outpatient treatment. Clarifies that for the purposes of restorative treatment for a person incompetent but restorable to stand trial that outpatient treatment may occur in a local correctional facility or at a location determined by the appropriate community services board or behavioral health authority.

SB 684 - Sen. T. Montgomery Mason (D-VA)
Firearms; mental health as disqualifier for possession, etc.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Involuntary commitment and restoration of firearm rights. Responds to the holding in Paugh v. Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services, Record No. 121562 (2013), in which the Supreme Court of Virginia held that on appeal by trial de novo in circuit court of an order of involuntary commitment by a district court, upon the circuit court's finding that the appellant no longer meets the criteria for involuntary commitment, the proper remedy is dismissal of the Commonwealth's petition for involuntary commitment, thereby rendering the original commitment order a nullity. As such, because the original petition would in effect never have existed, forfeiture of the right to possess a firearm as required by 18.2-308.1:3 upon involuntary commitment would no longer be in effect. ...

SB 69 - Sen. Mamie Locke (D-VA)
Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Purchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exempts from this provision (i) persons who have been issued a certificate by the Department of State Police under certain circumstances and with an enhanced background check, (ii) law-enforcement agencies and officers, (iii) state and local correctional facilities, (iv) licensed private security companies, (v) persons who hold a valid Virginia concealed handgun permit, (vi) persons whose handgun has been stolen or irretrievably lost or who are trading in a handgun, (vii) purchases of handguns in a private sale, and (viii) purchases of antique ...

SB 7 - Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-VA)
Minimum wage; increases to $9.50 per hour effective January 1, 2021.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
For January 1, 2027, and thereafter, the annual minimum wage shall be adjusted to reflect increases in the consumer price index. The measure provides that the increases scheduled for 2025 and 2026 will not become effective unless reenacted by the General Assembly prior to July 1, 2024. If such provisions are not reenacted prior to July 1, 2024, then the annual minimum wage will be adjusted to reflect increases in the consumer price index beginning January 1, 2025. The measure creates a training wage at 75 percent of the minimum wage for employees in on-the-job training programs lasting less than 90 days. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act; persons employed in domestic service or in or about ...

SB 70 - Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-VA)
Firearm transfers; criminal history record information check, penalty.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Firearm sales; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm sale and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a background check from licensed firearms dealers. A person who sells a firearm to another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also provides that a purchaser who receives a firearm from another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill removes the provision that makes background checks of prospective purchasers or transferees at firearms shows voluntary. The bill also provides that the Department shall have three business days to complete a ...

SB 713 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Art therapists and art therapy associates; definitions, licensure.
03/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Board of Counseling; licensure of art therapists and art therapist associates. Requires the Board of Counseling to adopt regulations establishing a regulatory structure to license art therapists and art therapist associates, as those terms are defined in the bill, in the Commonwealth and establishes an advisory board to assist the Board in this process. Under the bill, no person shall engage in the practice of art therapy or hold himself out or otherwise represent himself as an art therapist or art therapist associate unless he is licensed by the Board.

SB 719 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Virginia Minimum Wage Act; exclusions.
01/07/2020 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
Virginia Minimum Wage Act; exclusions. Eliminates the exclusion in the Virginia Minimum Wage Act for persons whose employment is covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) and for persons whose earning capacity is impaired by physical deficiency, mental illness, or intellectual disability. The measure also exempts, until July 1, 2024, from the Virginia Minimum Wage Act any person who is paid pursuant to a special certificate that provides for the employment of individuals whose earning or productive capacity is impaired by age, physical or mental deficiency, or injury at wages lower than the minimum wage otherwise required by the FLSA.

SB 73 - Sen. Mamie Locke (D-VA)
Minimum wage.
11/23/2019 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
July 1, 2022, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees.

SB 732 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; created.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Virginia Health Benefit Exchange. Creates the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange, which will be established and operated by a new division within the State Corporation Commission (SCC). The Exchange shall facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans and qualified dental plans to qualified individuals and qualified employers. The Exchange shall make qualified plans available to qualified individuals and qualified employers by July 1, 2023, unless the SCC postpones this date. The measure authorizes the SCC to review and approve accident and sickness insurance premium rates applicable to health benefit plans in the individual and small group markets and health benefit plans providing health insurance coverage in the individual market through certain non-employer group plans. The ...

SB 733 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Abortion; expands who can perform in first trimester, informed consent required.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Expands who can perform first trimester abortions to include any person jointly licensed by the Board of Medicine and Nursing as a nurse practitioner acting within such person's scope of practice. The bill eliminates all of the procedures and processes, including the performance of an ultrasound, required to effect a pregnant woman's informed written consent to the performance of an abortion; however, the bill does not change the requirement that a pregnant woman's informed written consent first be obtained. The bill removes language classifying facilities that perform five or more first trimester abortions per month as hospitals for the purpose of complying with regulations establishing minimum standards for hospitals. This bill incorporates SB 21 and SB 68 and is identical to HB 980.

SB 734 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Residential psychiatric placement and services; SOE, et al., to establish work group.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Resources; work group; process for approval of residential psychiatric placement and services; report. Directs the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Resources to establish a work group to study the current process for approval of residential psychiatric services for children and adolescents and requires the work group to report its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations, and the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century by December 1, 2020. This bill is identical to HB 728.

SB 738 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Temporary detention; observation, testing, or treatment.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Temporary detention for observation and treatment. Clarifies that a person can be subject to a temporary detention order for observation and treatment related to intoxication where the person is located, upon a finding that (i) probable cause exists to believe the person is incapable of making or communicating an informed decision regarding treatment due to intoxication and (ii) the medical standard of care calls for observation, testing, or treatment within the next 24 hours to prevent injury, disability, death, or other harm to the individual resulting from such intoxication. The bill limits the duration of such temporary detention to 24 hours. The bill provides that a person subject to emergency custody due to a mental illness shall remain in custody until (a) a temporary detention ...

SB 739 - Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-VA)
Acute psychiatric bed registry; DBHDS shall establish work group to evaluate, etc.
03/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Acute psychiatric bed registry; information required to be reported. Directs the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to establish a work group to evaluate the role of, and make recommendations related to improving the structure and effectiveness of, the psychiatric bed registry in collecting and disseminating information about the availability of acute psychiatric beds in the Commonwealth. The work group shall report its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Education and Health, the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions, and the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century by November 1, 2020. This bill is identical to HB 1453.

SB 743 - Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-VA)
Casino Gaming Establishment Location Commission; created.
02/05/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws and Technology
Virginia Lottery Board; Casino Gaming Establishment Location Commission; penalties. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for casino gaming and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the casino gaming law. The bill establishes qualified locations for casino gaming operations, imposes a tax of 27 percent on the adjusted gross receipts of licensees, and provides for how the tax proceeds are disbursed. The bill also requires the Board to establish and implement a voluntary exclusion program and establishes the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund administered by the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide counseling and other support ...

SB 748 - Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-VA)
Offender medical and mental health information and records; exchange of information to facility.
01/24/2020 - Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services
Exchange of offender medical and mental health information and records. Provides that a health care provider who has been notified that a person to whom he has provided services is committed to a local or regional correctional facility must disclose to the person in charge of the facility any information necessary and appropriate for the continuity of care of the person committed. The bill also provides protection from civil liability for such health care provider, absent bad faith or malicious intent. This bill was incorporated into SB656.

SB 764 - Sen. George Barker (D-VA)
Certificate of public need; revises the Medical Care Facilities Certificate of Public Need Program.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Revises the Medical Care Facilities Certificate of Public Need Program. The bill (i) removes from the list of reviewable medical care facilities specialized centers or clinics or that portion of a physician's office developed for the provision of lithotripsy, magnetic source imaging, or nuclear medicine imaging; (ii) removes from the definition of project introduction into an existing medical care facility of any new lithotripsy, magnetic source imaging, or obstetrical service that the facility has never provided or has not provided in the previous 12 months and the addition by an existing medical care facility of any medical equipment for the provision of lithotripsy and magnetic source imaging; (iii) creates a new process for registration of projects exempted from the definition of ...

SB 766 - Sen. George Barker (D-VA)
Health care; explanation of benefits, sensitive health care services.
04/06/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health care services; explanation of benefits. Authorizes the State Corporation Commission to adopt regulations that establish alternative methods of delivery of the explanation of benefits, provided that such alternative method is in compliance with the provisions of federal regulations regarding the right to request privacy protection for protected health information. This bill is identical to HB 807.

SB 767 - Sen. George Barker (D-VA)
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers.
02/10/2020 - Failed to report
Health insurance; payment to out-of-network providers. Provides that when a covered person receives covered emergency services from an out-of-network health care provider or receives out-of-network services at an in-network facility, the covered person is not required to pay the out-of-network provider any amount other than the applicable cost-sharing requirement. The measure also establishes a standard for calculating the health carrier's required payment to the out-of-network provider of the services, which standard is the lower of the market-based value for the service or 125 percent of the amount that would be paid under Medicare for the service. If such provider determines that the amount to be paid by the health carrier does not comply with the applicable requirements, the measure ...

SB 768 - Sen. George Barker (D-VA)
Temporary detention; DBHDS shall study who may evaluate.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Directs the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to establish a work group to (i) review the current process for conducting evaluations of persons who are subject to emergency custody orders to determine whether they meet the criteria for temporary detention, including any challenges or barriers to timely completion of such evaluations and factors giving rise to delays in completion of such evaluations, and (ii) develop a comprehensive plan to expand the individuals who may conduct effective evaluations of persons who are subject to emergency custody orders to determine whether they meet the criteria for temporary detention. The work group shall report its findings and conclusions and the comprehensive plan to the Governor and the Chairmen of the ...

SB 77 - Sen. Janet Howell (D-VA)
Student loans; licensing of qualified education loan servicers, civil penalties, report.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Qualified education loan servicers. Prohibits any person from acting as a qualified education loan servicer except in accordance with provisions established by this bill. The bill requires a loan servicer to obtain a license from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) and establishes procedures pertaining to such licenses. Banks, savings institutions, credit unions, nonprofit institutions of higher education, and farm credit systems are exempt from the licensing provisions. The servicing of a qualified education loan encompasses (i) receiving any scheduled periodic payments from a qualified education loan borrower or notification of such payments; (ii) applying the payments of principal and interest and such other payments, with respect to the amounts received from a qualified education ...

SB 775 - Sen. John Edwards (D-VA)
Discovery in criminal cases; penalties.
02/03/2020 - Stricken at the request of Patron in Judiciary
Discovery in criminal cases; penalties. Establishes requirements and procedures for discovery by an accused and by the Commonwealth in a criminal case. The bill requires a party requesting discovery to request that the other party voluntarily comply with such request prior to filing any motion before a judge. Upon receiving a negative or unsatisfactory response, or upon the passage of seven days following the receipt of the request without response, the party requesting discovery may file a motion for discovery with the court. The bill details information that is subject to discovery and provides a mechanism for redaction of certain personal identifying information. The bill also creates a procedure whereby the parties may conduct depositions of witnesses prior to trial and use statements ...

SB 78 - Sen. Janet Howell (D-VA)
Minimum wage; pay based on work done.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Minimum wage; pay based on work done. Eliminates the exemption to Virginia's minimum wage requirements for persons who normally work and are paid based on the amount of work done.

SB 79 - Sen. David Marsden (D-VA)
Minimum wage; tipped employees.
11/26/2019 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
Minimum wage; tipped employees. Provides that the cash wage paid to a tipped employee, as defined in the bill, shall not be less than 50 percent of the minimum wage and that the tip credit shall equal the difference between the cash wage required to be paid to a tipped employee and the minimum wage.

SB 791 - Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-VA)
Menhaden; management of the fishery.
03/12/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations necessary to manage Atlantic menhaden, including those necessary to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The bill repeals several Code sections relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery. The bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish a Menhaden Management Advisory Committee to provide guidance to the Commission. This bill incorporates SB 157, SB 194, SB 357, SB 402, and SB 1054 and is identical to HB 1448. The bill contains an emergency clause.

SB 802 - Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-VA)
Death penalty executions; imposes a moratorium.
02/10/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Judiciary
Death penalty executions; moratorium. Imposes a moratorium on executions. The bill does not affect any other matter of law related to the death penalty, including bringing and trying capital charges, sentencing proceedings, imposition of the death penalty, appeals of the death penalty, and habeas review. The moratorium will remain in effect until adjournment of the first regular session of the General Assembly after a joint subcommittee established pursuant to a joint resolution passed by the 2020 General Assembly conducts a study of the death penalty in the Commonwealth and issues a report of its conclusions and recommendations.

SB 804 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Employees providing domestic service; definitions, report.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Virginia Minimum Wage Act; domestic service. Eliminates the exclusion in the Virginia Minimum Wage Act for persons employed in domestic service. The bill requires the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to convene a work group consisting of representatives from the Department of Labor and Industry, the Virginia Employment Commission, the Workers' Compensation Commission, organizations representing domestic workers, and such other stakeholders as the Secretary of Commerce and Trade deems appropriate to make recommendations, including any necessary statutory and regulatory changes, with regard to protecting domestic service employees from workplace harassment and discrimination, providing remedies for such employees for the nonpayment of wages, ensuring the safety and health of such ...

SB 81 - Sen. David Marsden (D-VA)
Minimum wage.
11/26/2019 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
July 1, 2025, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees.

SB 815 - Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-VA)
Marijuana; decriminalization of simple possession, penalty.
01/29/2020 - Incorporated by Judiciary
The bill provides that the suspended sentence/substance abuse screening provisions apply only to criminal violations or civil violations by a juvenile, and the driver's license suspension provisions apply only to criminal violations. A civil violation will be treated as a conviction for prohibitions on the purchase or transport of a handgun and disqualification for a concealed handgun permit.

SB 816 - Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-VA)
Minimum wage.
01/08/2020 - Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
July 1, 2025, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees.

SB 818 - Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-VA)
Behavioral health dockets; established.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Behavioral health dockets; established. Establishes, by the Behavioral Health Docket Act (the Act), behavioral health courts as specialized court dockets within the existing structure of Virginia's court system, offering judicial monitoring of intensive treatment and supervision of offenders who have mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse issues. The bill establishes a state behavioral health docket advisory committee and requires localities intending to establish such dockets to establish local behavioral health docket advisory committees. The bill gives the Supreme Court of Virginia administrative oversight of the implementation of the Act, which is modeled on the Drug Treatment Court Act ( 18.2-254.1).

SB 840 - Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-VA)
Insanity; persons acquitted.
03/03/2020 - Left in Appropriations
Persons acquitted by reason of insanity. Makes various changes to the provisions regarding confinement hearings and conditional release procedures for persons who have been acquitted of a violent felony by reason of insanity. Under current law, such provisions do not distinguish between persons acquitted of a violent felony or any other felony offense.

SB 844 - Sen. T. Montgomery Mason (D-VA)
Computer trespass; expands the crime.
02/03/2020 - Incorporated by Judiciary
Computer trespass; penalty. Expands the crime of computer trespass to provide that the prohibited actions that constitute computer trespass are criminalized if done through intentionally deceptive means and without authority and specifies that a computer hardware or software provider, an interactive computer service, or a telecommunications or cable operator does not have to provide notice of its activities to a computer user that a reasonable computer user should expect may occur. This bill was incorporated into SB 844.

SB 858 - Sen. J. Chapman Petersen (D-VA)
Naturopathic doctors; Board of Medicine to license and regulate.
04/08/2020 - Letter sent to the Department of Health Professions
Naturopathic doctors; license required. Requires the Board of Medicine to license and regulate naturopathic doctors, defined in the bill as an individual, other than a doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry, who may diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals, using physiological, psychological, or physical methods, and who may also use natural medicines, prescriptions, legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies, including light and air.

SB 861 - Sen. T. Montgomery Mason (D-VA)
Group health benefit plans; bona fide associations, benefits consortium.
05/21/2020 - Vetoed by Governor
Group health benefit plans; bona fide associations; benefits consortium. Provides that certain trusts constitute a benefits consortium and are authorized to sell health benefits plans to members of a sponsoring association that (i) has been formed and maintained in good faith for purposes other than obtaining or providing health benefits; (ii) does not condition membership in the sponsoring association on any factor relating to the health status of an individual, including an employee of a member of the sponsoring association or a dependent of such an employee; (iii) makes any health benefit plan available to all members regardless of any factor relating to the health status of such members or individuals eligible for coverage through a member; (iv) does not make any health benefit plan ...

SB 863 - Sen. Todd Pillion (R-VA)
Southwestern Va. Mental Health Institute; Governor to lease a portion of property to Smyth County.
02/06/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Finance and Appropriations
Disposition 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 for a term of three years. The bill also corrects tax map references contained in Chapter 678 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019, which also involved conveyances of property in Smyth County.

SB 868 - Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-VA)
Discrimination; prohibited in public accommodations, etc., causes of action.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Prohibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the Virginia Human Rights Act. Currently, under the Act there is no cause of action for discrimination in public accommodations, and the only causes of action for discrimination in employment are for (i) unlawful discharge on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, or childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation by employers employing more than five but fewer than 15 persons and (ii) unlawful discharge on the basis of age by employers employing more than five but fewer than 20 persons. The bill allows the causes ...

SB 872 - Sen. David Marsden (D-VA)
Guardian ad litem; appointment, court-ordered custody and visitation arrangements.
02/05/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary
Appointment of a guardian ad litem; court-ordered custody and visitation arrangements; best interests of a child; appointment in circuit or district court. Provides that the court may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of a child in any case in which the custody or visitation of a child is at issue, regardless of whether the case is in a circuit or district court.

SB 890 - Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-VA)
Transportation; amends numerous laws related to funds, safety programs, revenue sources, etc.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Amends numerous laws related to transportation funds, revenue sources, construction, and safety programs. The bill adopts numerous structural changes to the transportation funding system in the Commonwealth. Most transportation revenues are directed to a new Commonwealth Transportation Fund and the existing Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund. Funds are then disbursed, based on codified formulas, to subfunds established to meet the varying transportation needs of different modes of transportation. The existing gas tax based on a percentage of the wholesale price of gasoline and diesel fuel is converted to a cents-per-gallon tax. A rate of $0.262 per gallon of gasoline will be phased in over two years, and then indexed every year thereafter. The regional gas tax will be converted to a ...

SB 903 - Sen. Jill Vogel (R-VA)
Hospitals; screening emergency department patients, etc.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Requires the Board of Health to amend regulations governing hospitals to require each hospital with an emergency department to establish a protocol for treatment of individuals experiencing a substance use-related emergency to include the completion of appropriate assessments or screenings to identify medical interventions necessary for the treatment of the individual in the emergency department. The protocol may also include a process for patients that are discharged directly from the emergency department for the recommendation of follow-up care following discharge for any identified substance use disorder, depression, or mental health disorder, as appropriate, which may include instructions for distribution of naloxone, referrals to peer recovery specialists and community-based providers ...

SB 909 - Sen. Thomas Norment (R-VA)
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of manufacturing, distributing, etc.
01/29/2020 - Incorporated by General Laws and Technology
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of the manufacturing, distributing, owning, hosting, and playing of electronic gaming devices; penalties. Authorizes the manufacture, distribution, owning, hosting, and playing of electronic gaming devices in the Commonwealth, to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for the manufacture, distribution, owning, and hosting of electronic gaming devices and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the law and regulations related to electronic gaming devices. The bill directs the Board to establish a maximum combined number of electronic gaming devices that may be hosted at host locations throughout the Commonwealth. The bill prohibits any host location from being located within a one-mile ...

SB 924 - Sen. John Cosgrove (R-VA)
Workers' compensation; post-traumatic stress disorder, law-enforcement officers and firefighters.
01/13/2020 - Incorporated by Commerce and Labor

SB 930 - Sen. Richard Stuart (R-VA)
Mental Health Crisis Intervention Hotline; SHHR to establish a work group to evaluate.
03/03/2020 - Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions
Establish a work group to evaluate the feasibility of establishing and maintaining a Mental Health Crisis Intervention Hotline. Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to establish a work group to evaluate the feasibility of (i) establishing and maintaining a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, toll-free Mental Health Crisis Intervention Hotline (the Hotline) to receive anonymous tips regarding individuals suspected to be in need of mental health treatment to facilitate mental health treatment, crisis intervention, and prevention of tragedies and (ii) developing and implementing policies and procedures for referring tips received through the Hotline to state or local law enforcement, as may be appropriate, in a timely manner for follow-up and investigation. The bill provides ...

SB 936 - Sen. J. Chapman Petersen (D-VA)
Charitable Gaming Board; Texas Hold'em poker events.
04/09/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Charitable Gaming Board; Texas Hold'em poker events. Allows certain qualified organization to conduct Texas Hold'em poker events in conjunction with its charitable gaming activities. The conditions under which a qualified organization may manage, operate or contract with operators of, or conduct Texas Hold'em poker games and tournaments shall be prescribed by the Charitable Gaming Board.

SB 942 - Sen. Frank Ruff (R-VA)
Historical horse racing; transfer of regulatory authority.
02/05/2020 - Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology
Historical horse racing; transfer of regulatory authority from the Virginia Racing Commission to the Virginia Lottery Board. Transfers administrative and regulatory authority over historical horse racing from the Virginia Racing Commission to the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill also codifies certain existing regulations pertaining to historical horse racing.

SB 949 - Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-VA)
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund; victims of sexual assault, report.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund; uncompensated medical costs; victims of sexual assault. Adds to those persons invited to participate in the annual meeting of the group led by the attorney for the Commonwealth to coordinate the multidisciplinary response to criminal sexual assault in each political subdivision (i) local health department district directors; (ii) the administrator of each licensed hospital within the jurisdiction; (iii) the director of each health safety net clinic within the jurisdiction; and (iv) any other local health care providers, or their designees, and authorizes attorneys for the Commonwealth to conduct the sexual assault response team annual meetings using other methods, such as electronic communication means, to encourage attendance. The bill also directs the ...

SB 95 - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-VA)
Health insurance; coverage for essential health benefits, preventive services.
04/11/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Health insurance; essential health benefits; preventive services. Requires a health carrier offering or providing a health benefit plan, including (i) catastrophic health insurance policies and policies that pay on a cost-incurred basis; (ii) association health plans; and (iii) plans provided by a multiple-employer welfare arrangement, to provide, as an essential health benefit, coverage that includes preventive care. The bill defines essential health benefits as those general categories and those items and services within such categories that are covered in accordance with regulations issued pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect as of January 1, 2019.

SB 960 - Sen. Frank Ruff (R-VA)
Lottery Board; regulation of the manufacturing, distributing, etc., video games.
02/05/2020 - Incorporated by Finance and Appropriations
Virginia Lottery Board; regulation of the manufacturing, distributing, operating, hosting, and playing of dominant skill video games; penalties. Authorizes the manufacture, distribution, operation, hosting, and playing of dominant skill video games, defined in the bill, in the Commonwealth, to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for the manufacture, distribution, operation, and hosting of dominant skill video games and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the law and regulations related to dominant skill video games. The bill imposes a 20 percent tax on all gross profits generated from the play of dominant skill video games and the sale of fills, defined in the bill, by distributor licensees to operator licensees and ...

SB 971 - Sen. Janet Howell (D-VA)
Illegal gambling; definitions, skill games.
04/22/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Illegal gambling; skill games; exception. Includes the playing or offering for play of any skill game in the definition of ""illegal gambling."" The bill also includes skill games within the definition of ""gambling devices."" The bill defines a ""skill game"" as an electronic, computerized, or mechanical contrivance, terminal, machine, or other device that requires the insertion of a coin, currency, ticket, token, or similar object to operate, activate, or play a game, the outcome of which is determined by any element of skill of the player and that may deliver or entitle the person playing or operating the device to receive cash; cash equivalents, gift cards, vouchers, billets, tickets, tokens, or electronic credits to be exchanged for cash; merchandise; or anything of value whether the payoff ...

SB 982 - Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-VA)
Physicians; medical specialty board certification options.
02/06/2020 - Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health
Physicians; medical specialty board certification options. Prohibits requiring maintenance of certification from physicians licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth, as a prerequisite to hospital medical staff membership, employment, malpractice liability insurance coverage, network status, or reimbursement for services provided to a person covered by a health insurance policy.

SB 983 - Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-VA)
Certificate of public need; definition of ""medical care facility,"" facilities subject to review.
02/25/2020 - Continued to 2021 in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote
Certificate of public need; definition of ""medical care facility."" Adds to the list of medical care facilities for which a certificate of public need is required any facility located in Planning District 20 that has common ownership with an affiliated licensed hospital located within 35 miles of the facility and that includes, as part of the facility, a dedicated emergency department as defined in 42 C.F.R. 489.24(b) that is subject to the requirements of the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.

SB 991 - Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-VA)
New Americans, Office of; created within Department of Social Services.
04/10/2020 - Acts of Assembly Chapter text
Department of Social Services; Office of New Americans created. Establishes the Office of New Americans within the Department of Social Services and the Office of New Americans Advisory Board to assist with immigrant integration within the Commonwealth on an economic, social, and cultural level. The Office shall provide (i) advice and assistance regarding the citizenship application process; (ii) assistance with securing employment, housing, and services for which such persons may be eligible; (iii) information to localities and immigration service organizations about state programs that help such persons find and secure employment, housing, and services for which they may be eligible; and (iv) information to localities and immigration service organizations regarding health epidemics and ...

SB 999 - Sen. Amanda Chase (R-VA)
Law-Enforcement Officers Procedural Guarantee Act; changes to Act.
02/10/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary
...Enforcement Officers Procedural Guarantee Act. Makes several changes to the process and procedures afforded to law-enforcement officers under the Law-Enforcement Officers Procedural Guarantee Act, clarifying several existing rights and setting forth specific procedures for the questioning of officers and the conduct of a disciplinary hearing.

SJ 155 - Sen. Scott Surovell (D-VA)
Commending Forest Park High School.
03/02/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate and House
Commending Forest Park High School.

SJ 162 - Sen. John Edwards (D-VA)
Celebrating the life of Lessie Lula Jones Polk.
03/02/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate and House
Celebrating the life of Lessie Lula Jones Polk.

SJ 164 - Sen. Mamie Locke (D-VA)
Commending B.J. Roberts.
03/02/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate and House
Commending B.J. Roberts.

SJ 248 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Commending the Fifth Street Baptist Church.
03/07/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate and House
Commending the Fifth Street Baptist Church.

SJ 41 - Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-VA)
Firearms; joint subcommittee to study issues related thereto and safety in the Commonwealth.
01/31/2020 - Failed to report by voice vote by voice vote
Establishes a two-year joint subcommittee to study numerous issues related to firearms, firearms safety, violence, and Second Amendment rights. The resolution directs the joint subcommittee to file an interim report after November 2020 and a final report after November 2021.

SJ 49 - Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-VA)
Social workers; DHP to study need for additional, etc., workers.
03/03/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate and House
Department of Health Professions; need for additional micro-level, mezzo-level, and macro-level social workers and increased compensation; report. Requests that the Department of Health Professions convene a work group, which shall include certain stakeholders listed in the bill, to (i) identify the number of social workers needed in the Commonwealth to adequately serve the population; (ii) identify opportunities for the Commonwealth's social work workforce to successfully serve and respond to increasing biopsychosocial needs of individuals, groups, and communities in areas related to aging, child welfare, social services, military and veterans affairs, criminal justice, juvenile justice, corrections, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and other health and social determinants; (iii) ...

SJ 5001 - Sen. Mark Peake (R-VA)
COVID-19 pandemic; executive orders.
08/19/2020 - Passed by indefinitely in Rules by voice vote
COVID-19 pandemic; executive orders. Urges the Governor to rescind executive orders declaring a public health emergency and imposing restrictions on citizens, businesses, and schools in the Commonwealth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SJ 88 - Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-VA)
Celebrating the life of the Honorable Gerald L. Baliles.
02/24/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate and House
Celebrating the life of the Honorable Gerald L. Baliles.

SR 2 - Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-VA)
Celebrating the life of Georgia M. Shivers.
01/09/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate
Celebrating the life of Georgia M. Shivers.

SR 45 - Sen. Mamie Locke (D-VA)
Celebrating the life of Rufus B. Easter, Jr.
03/02/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate
Celebrating the life of Rufus B. Easter, Jr.

SR 505 - Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-VA)
Commending the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, Virginia's hospitals.
08/19/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate
Commending the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, Virginia's hospitals, and hospital workers.

SR 516 - Sen. Scott Surovell (D-VA)
Commending Lloyd J. ""Bud"" Vye.
08/19/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate
Commending Lloyd J. ""Bud"" Vye.

SR 6 - Sen. Mamie Locke (D-VA)
Rules of the Senate; established.
01/08/2020 - Engrossed bill reprinted 20105378D-E
Establishing the Rules of the Senate.

SR 9 - Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-VA)
Commending Purcell G. Bailey, Sr.
01/23/2020 - Bill text as passed Senate
Commending Purcell G. Bailey, Sr.

Recent Activity Bills updated in the last 24 hours

12 updates

  • HB 5041 - Del. Christopher Head (R-VA)
    Nursing homes, certified nursing facilities, and hospice facilities; public health emergency, etc.
    09/22/2020 - Reported from Education and Health with amendments
  • HB 5043 - Del. Jeffrey Bourne (D-VA)
    Mental health awareness response & community understanding serv. (Marcus) alert syst.; establishes.
    09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
  • HB 5049 - Del. Dan Helmer (D-VA)
    Law-enforcement agencies; acquisition and use of military property.
    09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
  • HB 5051 - Del. Marcus Simon (D-VA)
    Law-enforcement officer or jail officer; notice to Criminal Justice Services Board of misconduct.
    09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
  • HB 5055 - Del. Charniele Herring (D-VA)
    Law-enforcement civilian review panels; localities required, on or before 7/1/2021, to establish.
    09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
  • HB 5104 - Del. Marcia Price (D-VA)
    Law-enforcement officers, sheriff, etc.; minimum qualifications, disclosure of information.
    09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
  • HB 5108 - Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-VA)
    Criminal Justice Services Board and Committee on Training; change in membership & responsibilities.
    09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
  • HB 5109 - Del. Patrick Hope (D-VA)
    Law-enforcement officer training & qualifications; DCJS to develop uniform curriculum & plans, etc.
    09/24/2020 - Reported from Finance and Appropriations
  • SB 5014 - Sen. John Edwards (D-VA)
    Law-enforcement officers; officers to complete crisis intervention training.
    09/21/2020 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
  • SB 5030 - Sen. Mamie Locke (D-VA)
    Policing reform; acquisition of military property, training of officers in de-escalation techniques.
    09/22/2020 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
  • SB 5038 - Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-VA)
    Mental health crises; DCJS to assist DBHDS, etc., with development of Marcus alert system.
    09/21/2020 - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
  • SB 5042 - Sen. Jen Kiggans (R-VA)
    Nursing homes, certified nursing, or hospice facility; patient visitation, notice to family.
    09/24/2020 - Read second time
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