2021 Priority VA Legislation

★ Prefiling for the 2022 Regular Session begins Nov 15, 2021.

The 2021 VA Legislative session ended Monday, March 1. Both houses voted to adjourn Sine Die (without naming a day to reconvene).

Items marked 'Failed' at top of list below were passed by both houses—but in different forms. Compromise wording, put together in 'Conference Committee', failed to pass one of the houses.

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Priority Bills

Cat House Senate GA / Gov Number Summary update
guns Passed Passed Approved HB 1992 Firearms possession following domestic abuse conviction. 4/29
cjr Passed Passed Accepted: Gov Rec HB 2047 Criminal proceedings; consideration of mental condition and intellectual, etc. 4/9
guns Passed Passed Accepted: Gov Rec HB 2295 Firearm or stun weapon; carrying within Capitol Square and the surrounding area, state-owned bldgs. 4/9
cjr Passed Passed Accepted: Gov Rec HB 2312 Marijuana; legalization of simple possession, etc. 4/9
guns Passed Passed Accepted: Gov Rec SB 1381 Weapons; possessing or transporting within Capitol Square, etc. 4/9
environment Passed Passed Signed SB 1311 Water quality standards; modification of permits and certifications. 4/3
environment Passed Passed Signed HB 1979 EV Rebate Program. 4/3
women Passed Passed Signed HB 1817 Certified nurse midwives; practice. 4/1
environment Passed Passed Signed HB 2118 Virginia Electric Vehicle Grant Fund and Program; created, report. 4/1
housing Passed Passed Signed HB 2053 Accessory Dwelling Units 4/1
environment Passed Passed Signed HB 2227 Uniform Statewide Building Code; energy efficiency and conservation. 4/1
guns Passed Passed Signed HB 1909 School board property, certain; establishment of gun-free zone permitted. 4/1
women Passed Passed Signed SB 1310 Employment; domestic service; Human Rights Act. 3/31
workers Passed Passed Signed HB 2137 Paid sick leave; employers to provide to certain employees. 3/31
guns Passed Passed Signed HB 2081 Polling places; prohibited activities, unlawful possession of a firearm, penalty. 3/31
Oppose ➔ environment Passed Passed Signed SB 1164 Unregulated Plastic Chemical Conversion Plants 3/30
cjr Passed Passed Signed HB 2263 Death penalty; abolition of current penalty. 3/27
cjr Passed Passed Signed SB 1165 Death penalty; abolition of current penalty. 3/27
women Passed Passed Signed SB 1227 Hormonal contraceptives; payment of medical assistance for 12-month supply. 3/21
environment Passed Passed Signed HB 1965 Low and Zero Emissions Vehicle program. 3/21
women Passed Passed Signed SB 1316 Child care providers; background check portability, subsidy pilot program, report. 3/21
environment Passed Passed Signed SB 1265 Natural gas pipelines; stop work orders. 3/21
agriculture Passed Passed Signed HB 2068 Local Food and Farming Infrastructure Grant Program; established. 3/21
women Passed Passed Signed HB 2212 Children's Services Act; effective monitoring and implementation. 3/21
women Passed Passed Signed HB 2002 Child support; health care coverage. 3/21
women Passed Passed Signed HB 1896 Allows plans with abortion coverage to be traded on the state exchange 3/16
women Passed Passed Signed SB 1276 Essential health benefits; abortion coverage. 3/16
voting rights Passed Passed Enrolled SJ 272 Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (first reference). 3/16
voting rights Passed Passed Enrolled HJ 555 Constitutional amendment; felon disenfranchisement. 3/16
guns Passed Passed Signed HB 2128 Firearms; criminal history record information check delay increased to five days 3/8
guns Passed Passed Failed HB 2276 Plastic firearms and unfinished frames, etc.; manufacture, import, sale, transfer, etc., penalty. 3/1
environment Passed Passed Failed SB 1380 Electric utilities; electric school bus projects. 3/1
cjr Passed Passed Failed SB 1443 Mandatory minimum sentences; elimination, modification of sentence to mandatory minimum term. 3/1
animals Tabled Passed SB 1390 Cats; trap, neuter, and return programs, civil penalty. 2/26
campaign finance Passed Left HB 1952 Campaign finance; prohibited personal use, child care exception. 2/26
workers Passed Defeated HB 1786 Minimum wage; farm laborers or farm employees. 2/24
guns Defeated SB 1382 Firearms; purchase, etc., following conviction for assault and battery of a family member. 2/23
elections Passed PBI HB 2082 Transparency in Redistricting Process. 2/23
cjr Incorp HB 1815 Marijuana; legalization of cultivation, manufacture, sale, possession, and testing, penalties. 2/19
environment Passed PBI HB 2200 Electric Utilities; Triennial Review. 2/17
campaign finance Passed Passed HJ 526 Comprehensive campaign finance reform; joint subcommittee to study. 2/17
environment Passed PBI HB 2048 Electric utility regulation; purchasing from competitive suppliers. 2/16
women PBI SB 1228 Virginia Equal Pay Act; civil penalties. 2/10
women Left HB 1922 Medical assistance; coverage for reproductive health services. 2/10
cjr Tabled HB 2226 Criminal street gang reporting; notice & process for contesting entry of information into databases. 2/10
workers Left HB 2016 Paid family and medical leave program; Virginia Employment Commission required to establish. 2/10
workers Left HB 1755 'Right to work' law; repeals provisions of Code that refers to denial or abridgement. 2/10
environment Left HB 2292 Fossil fuel projects; establishes a moratorium, effective January 1, 2022, etc. 2/10
environment Incorp HB 2057 Electric utilities; triennial review. 2/10
workers PBI SB 1330 Paid family and medical leave program; Virginia Employment Commission to establish. 2/10
environment Left SB 1224 Uniform Statewide Building Code; amendments, energy efficiency and conservation. 2/10
elections Defeated SB 1236 Prohibited contributions to candidates. 2/10
elections Stricken SB 1101 Presidential electors; National Popular Vote Compact. 2/10
campaign finance Left HB 1906 Prohibits contributions from corporations, civil penalty. 2/10
campaign finance Left HB 1756 Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates. 2/10
elections Left HB 1933 Presidential electors; National Popular Vote Compact. 2/10

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Approved Signed by Governor.
Enrolled Sent to the Governor, but not yet signed.
Passed Passed House or Senate.
Comm In Committee. Hover to see committee name. Click to see members.
Read1/2/3 Read in chamber.
Reported Approved by Comm.
Recommends Recommended by Subcommittee.
Left Left in committee.
Incorp Incorporated into another bill.
PBI. Passed by Indefinitely.
Stricken Bill withdrawn.

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The Virginia General Assembly uses its own terminology.

Engrossed. A legislative stage when a bill passes the second reading in the House of origin. Every bill has to be "read" on the floor three times before voting on it. The action or any debate or discussion usually comes on the day of the second reading or the third reading.

Enrolled. Legislation which has passed both the House of Delegates and the Senate, signed by the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate, sent to the Governor, but not yet signed.

Failed to report. Defeated.

Incorporated. Rolled into someone else's bill. Either because they're identical, or they have incorporated *some* of the language in, and the patron agreed to have her name on the other bill.

Patron. Bill sponsor. There can be many patrons.

Referred. The assignment of legislation to another standing committee with no stance on the policy of the measure (neither endorses nor rejects the legislation).

Reported. The approval of a measure by the majority of the committee. The legislation may be reported by the committee with or without amendments. A bill may also be reported and referred to another committee.

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