2019 Session

2019 SESSION

EDUCATION

  • SB 1261, Public institutions of higher education; tuition and fee increases; public comment.
  • SB 1622, Child day programs; lead testing, potable water, effective date.
  • SB 1593, SCHEV; financial aid award notification. State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; financial aid award notification.
  • SB 1234,  Public institutions of higher education; governing boards; educational programs. 
  • SB 1118,  Public institutions of higher education; tuition and fee increases; public comment.
  • SB 1647, School boards; prospective school security officers; background investigation.
  • SB 1640, Eligibility for in-state tuition; certain individuals who have applied for permanent residency.

HEALTHCARE & HUMAN SERVICES

  • SB 1451, Abortion; eliminate certain requirements, civil penalty.
  • SB 1644, Health information; sharing between community services boards and jails.
  • SB 1221, Telemedicine services; payment and coverage of services.
  • SB 1766, Board of Pharmacy; two-year pilot; controlled substance tracking system.
  • SB 1637, Virginia Human Rights Act; establishment of right to reproductive choice.

ENVIRONMENT

  • SB 1116, Plastic bags; tax in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
  • SB 1070, Disposable paper and plastic bags; local taxation.
  • SB 1635, Screening of trash receptacles; local option.
  • SB 1456, Distributed renewable energy. Promotes the establishment of distributed renewable solar and other renewable energy.
  • SB 1605, Electric utilities; stakeholder process for energy efficiency programs.
  • SB 1648, Electric utilities; limitations on fossil fuel facilities.
  • HB 1686, Electric utilities; limitations on fossil fuel facilities.

EQUALITY 

  • HJR 579, United States Constitution; ratifies Equal Rights Amendment.
  • SJR 473, Commending Equality Virginia.
  • SJR 284United States Constitution; ratifies Equal Rights Amendment.
  • SB 998, Nondiscrimination in public employment. Prohibits discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, as defined in the bill. 
  • SJR 297, Acknowledging with profound regret the existence and acceptance of lynching within the Commonwealth.
  • SB 1783, Local employee grievance procedure.
  • SB 1643, Birth certificates; change of sex.

JOBS & THE ECONOMY

  • SB 1673, Wage; prevailing requirement for public works contracts, penalty.
  • SB 1200, Minimum wage; increase to $10 per hour effective July 1, 2019.
  • SB 1030,  Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases. 
  • SB 1079, Minimum wage; exemptions.
  • SB 1737, Civil relief; citizens furloughed or otherwise not receiving wages, etc.
  • SB 1255, Major Headquarters Workforce Grant Fund; created.
  • SB 1634, Economic revitalization zone, local; towns may establish by ordinance.
  • SB 1745, DEQ permits; technical assistance grants.
  • SB 1376, Small businesses; parental leave tax credit.
  • SB 1636, Virginia Equal Pay Act; civil penalties.
  • SB 1639, Paid family and medical leave program. Requires Paid family and medical leave program.

TRANSPORTATION

  • SB 1133, Virginia Highway Corporation Act of 1988; tolls; distance-based pricing program.
  • SB 1784, Traffic incident management vehicles. 

WOMEN'S RIGHTS

  • SB 1715, Sales and use tax; reduced rate on essential personal hygiene products.
  • SB 1646, Menstrual supplies; availability in certain school buildings.

ANIMAL WELFARE 

  • SB 1011, Animal Cruelty Conviction List; established.
  • SB 1065, Dogs or cats; rental or lease prohibited, civil penalty, exception.
  • SB 1025, Companion animals; adequate shelter and space.
  • SB 1642, Cosmetics; animal testing prohibited, penalty.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE - BOTH REFORM AND PROTECTIONS 

  • SB 1645, Use of force; data collection and reporting requirement.

ELECTIONS

  • SB 1026, Absentee voting; no-excuse in-person voting available beginning on second Saturday immediately preceding election.
  • SJR 306, Constitutional amendment (first resolution); apportionment; Virginia Redistricting Commission.

HOUSING

  • SB 1232, Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices.
  • SB 1109, Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • SB 1339, Foster care omnibus. Makes numerous changes to the laws governing the provision of foster care services in the Commonwealth.