2023 Priority Legislation

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2023 Priority Bills

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Support rights HB 1391 Commission on Social Media established; report. more...
Establishes the 20-member Commission on social media to study and make recommendations on the impacts and harms to citizens caused by social media platforms hosting or amplifying content that includes threats or suggestions of physical violence or danger toward citizens, institutions, groups, associations, or physical structures of the Commonwealth.
Tabled Wendy Gooditis (D-HD10) 1/31/23
Support education HB 1497 Teachers; required to be compensated at or above national average. more...
Requires public school teachers to be compensated at a rate that is at or above the national average. Under current law, compensation at such rate is aspirational. ...
Tabled Kelly Convirs-Fowler (R-HD21) 1/29/23
Support women HB 1511 Midwifery; administration of medication. more...
Allows licensed midwives to obtain, possess, and administer drugs and devices within the scope of their practice. The bill limits liability of entities that provide or dispense drugs or devices to a licensed midwife and that rely in good faith upon the license information provided by the licensed midwife.
Passed Committee Dawn M. Adams (D-HD68) 2/3/23
Support guns HB 1515 Auto sear; prohibition on use penalty. more...
Makes it a Class 2 felony to possess or use an auto sear in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of a crime of violence.
Tabled Dawn Adams 1/30/23
Support women HB 1538 Health insurance; coverage for doula care services. more...
Requires health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations whose policy, contract, or plan includes coverage for obstetrical services to provide coverage for doula care services provided by a state-certified doula.
Tabled Nadarius E. Clark (D-HD79) 1/26/23
Support campaign finance HB 1551 1551 Campaign advertisements; independent expenditures, electioneering communications, disclaimer. more...
Broadens the scope of disclaimer requirements for campaign advertisements to include electioneering communications, as defined in the bill, and messages advocating for the passage or defeat of a referendum.
Tabled Dan Helmer (D-HD40) 2/1/23
Support campaign finance HB 1552 Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, complaints, hearings, civil penalty. more...
Restricts personal use of campaign contributions.
Tabled Marcus B. Simon (D-HD53) 2/1/23
Support education HB 1560 High school students; development of Title IX and sexual harassment prevention training modules. more...
Requires the Department of Education to develop culturally appropriate, age-appropriate, and trauma-informed Title IX and sexual harassment prevention training modules concerning Title IX rights and protections, consent, and sexual harassment prevention and reporting and to make such training modules available to each school board for the education of high school students. ...
Failed Vivian E. Watts (D-HD39) 1/18/23
Support education HB 1566 Public school teachers and other Standards of Quality-funded positions; compensation. more...
Requires the Commonwealth to compensate its public school teachers at a rate that is competitive, defined in current law as at or above the national average teacher salary, in order to attract and keep highly qualified teachers. Current law declares it the policy of the Commonwealth to compensate public school teachers at such competitive rate but does not require it. ...
Left Sam Rasoul (D-HD11) 2/8/23
Support climate HB 1604 Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act; regulation of rates. more...
This bipartisan Act, will lower energy costs and put money back in Virginians' pockets by holding regulated utilities accountable for overcharging customers.
Passed Lee Ware (R-HD65) 2/8/23
Support campaign finance HB 1648 Contributions; prohibited from foreign-influenced corporations, required reports. more...
Caps campaign finance donations/prohibits contributions from foreign-owned corporations.
PBI Timothy Anderson (R-HD83) 2/1/23
Support campaign finance HB 1826 Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, complaints, hearings, civil penalty. more...
Prohibits any person from converting contributions to a candidate or his campaign committee for personal use. Current law only prohibits such conversion of contributions with regard to disbursement of surplus funds at the dissolution of a campaign or political committee. ...
Tabled Mike Cherry (R-HD66) 2/1/23
Support climate HB 1852 HB 1852 Public school bldgs. & facilities; construction & renovation, renewable energy generation facility. more...
Directs the Commission on School Construction and Modernization, in consultation with the Department of Energy, to develop and make recommendations on strategies to assist interested school divisions with incorporating renewable energy generation facilities in the construction or renovation of school buildings
Tabled Suhas Subramanyam (D-HD87) 1/25/23
Support climate HB 1853 Public utilities; shared solar, minimum bill. more...
Expands access and use of solar energy.
Tabled Suhas Subramanyam (D-HD87) 1/24/23
Support rights HB 1895 Employee protection; prohibited retaliation; prohibited nondisclosure and nondisparagement. more...
The Silenced No More Act, to strengthen a statute protecting employees from retaliatory termination by further protecting persons who speak out or discuss/disclose conduct believed to be illegal discrimination (including sexual assault and harassment), or waste, fraud or abuse, and to void and make unenforceable nondisclosure agreements (but for settlement amounts) and nondisparagement agreements (unless otherwise requested by the victim).
Passed Eileen Filler-Corn 2/8/23
Support education HB 1938 Public schools; staffing ratios; school counselors with training or experience in mental health. more...
Requires each school board to employ, in addition to the school counselors that it employs as otherwise required by law, at least one full-time school counselor with specialized training or experience in mental health per 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12.
Tabled Kenneth Plum (D-HD36) 2/1/23
Support rights HB 2003 Employment; training and education; sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. more...
Requires each employer with 50 or more employees, including the Commonwealth and its agencies, institutions, and political subdivisions, to provide annual interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment and workplace discrimination by January 1, 2024.
Tabled Paul Krizek 1/26/23
Support governance HB 2050 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; electronic meetings, local and regional public bodies. more...
Expands electronic meeting access for regional and local public bodies.
Tabled Elizabeth B. Bennett-Parker 1/24/23
Support education HB 2111 Standards of Quality; work-based learning, teacher leaders and mentors, principal mentors. more...
Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of units in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and principal mentorship statewide and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs in Standard 5. ...
Left Jeffrey Bourne(D-HD71) 2/8/23
Support education HB 2145 Standards of Learning assessments; English language learner students; parental opt out. more...
Requires each local school board to ensure that the parent of each English language learner student is notified of the option to not have his child take any Standards of Learning assessment. ...
Tabled Elizabeth R. Guzman (D-HD31) 1/25/23
Support rights HB 2148 Employee protection; prohibited retaliation; prohibited nondisclosure and nondisparagement. more...
A Know Your Rights Bill, to require employers to inform workers of their rights to file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. EEOC or Office of the Attorney General within 300 days after an alleged unlawful discriminatory practice occurred.
Tabled Elizabeth Guzman 1/26/23
Support guns HB 2240 Prohibiting the sale, transport, etc., of assault firearms, large-capacity firearm magazines. more...
Expands the definition of "assault firearm" and prohibits any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, or transporting an assault firearm. A violation of this provision of the bill is a Class 6 felony
PBI Dan Helmer 1/30/23
Support climate HB 2267 Electric utilities; cost recovery; alternative to rate adjustment clause. more...
Rate Adjustment Clause Reform. Protect Virginians from excessive surcharges on their electric bills by restoring the authority of regulators to determine the appropriate way for utilities to recover costs from customers.
Passed Tony Wilt (R-HD26) 2/8/23
Support campaign finance HB 2281 Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; powers and duties; complaints; penalties. more...
Authorizes the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council to investigate alleged violations of the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act and the General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act (the Acts). ...
Left Irene Shin (D-HD86) 2/8/23
Support governance HB 2281 Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; powers and duties; complaints; penalties. more...
Strengthens Virginia ethics enforcement by expanding the role of the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council.
Left Irene Shin 2/8/23
Support campaign finance HB 2286 Elections; campaign finance; contribution limits; civil penalty. more...
Establishes contribution limits from any individual to any candidate campaign committee, political action committee, and political party committee and from any political action committee or political party committee to any campaign committee. ...
Tabled Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-HD72) 2/1/23
Support guns HB 2288 Assault firearms; purchase; age requirement; penalty. more...
Provides that in order to purchase an assault firearm a person must be 21 years of age or older. The bill also expands the definition of "assault firearm" as the term applies to criminal history record information checks.
Tabled Mark Sickles 1/30/23
Support guns HB 2350 Firearms; storage in residence where minor present, penalty. more...
Requires any person who possesses a firearm in a residence where such person knows or reasonably should know that a minor under 18 years of age is present to store such firearm unloaded in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet and to store all ammunition in a separate locked container, compartment, or cabinet.
Tabled Marcus Simon 1/30/23
Support rights HJ  460 Constitutional amendment; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition (1st reference) more...
Repeals the constitutional provision defining marriage as only a union between one man and one woman.
Left Timothy Anderson (D-HD-83) 2/8/23
Support women HJ 519 HJ 519 Constitutional amendment; fundamental right to reproductive freedom (first reference). more...
Provides that every individual has the fundamental right to reproductive freedom and that the right to make and effectuate one's own decisions about all matters related to one's pregnancy cannot be denied, burdened, or otherwise infringed upon by the Commonwealth, unless justified by a compelling state interest and achieved by the least restrictive means. ...
PBI Charniele Herring (D-HD46) 1/30/23
Support climate HJ 522 Study; Department of Energy more...
Directs the Department of Energy to study the impacts of data center development on Virginia's environment, economy, energy resources, and ability to meet carbon-reduction goals.
Tabled Danica A. Roem (D-HD-13) 1/30/23
Support climate HJ 545 Clean energy; Dept. of Energy to study barriers for local governments to purchase. more...
Requests the Department of Energy to study the barriers for local governments to directly purchase clean energy or to facilitate the purchase of clean energy by their constituents. ...
Tabled Briana D. Sewell (D-HD51) 1/30/23
Support campaign finance HR 242 Elections; political independence of Virginians necessitates state control over election spending. more...
Resolution supports a U.S. Constitutional amendment allowing Congress and the states to regulate election spending.
Left Vivian E. Watts (D-HD39) 2/8/23
Support campaign finance SB 803 Campaign finance; campaign contribution limits; civil penalty. more...
Prohibits persons from making any single contribution, or any combination of contributions, that exceeds $20,000 to any one candidate for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, or the General Assembly in any one election cycle. ...
PBI Chapman Petersen (D-HD34) 1/18/23
Support campaign finance SB 804 Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates more...
Prohibits candidates, campaign committees, and political committees from soliciting or accepting contributions from any public utility, as defined in the bill, and prohibits any public utility or any political committee established by such public utility from making any such contribution.
PBI Chapman Petersen (D-SD34) 1/18/23
Support climate SB 804 Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates. more...
Restricts regulated utilities from making campaign contributions, and candidates and political committees from accepting such contributions.
PBI Chap Petersen (D-SD34) 1/19/23
Support education SB 818 Public elementary and secondary schools; programs of instruction on mental health education. more...
Requires each public elementary, middle, and high school to provide at each grade level, in addition to health instruction, an additional age-appropriate course of instruction on mental health. ...
Passed Lionell Spruill (D-SD5) 2/8/23
Support education SB 819 Public schools; Standards of Quality, early intervention services for reading and mathematics. more...
Provides that each local school division is permitted to use any nationally recognized, research-based assessment or screener in identifying and assessing the progress of any student in need of reading or algebra readiness intervention services as an alternative to a diagnostic test that must be approved by the Department of Education.
Stricken Barbara Favola (D-SD31) 2/2/23
Support climate SB 848 Public school bldgs. & facilities; construction & renovation, renewable energy generation facility. more...
Expand access and use of solar energy and, under SB848, perform a study to assist interested school divisions with incorporating renewable energy generation facilities in the construction or renovation of K-12 school buildings.
Passed Barbara Favola (D-SD31) 2/8/23
Support campaign finance SB 854 Campaign advertisements; independent expenditures; disclaimer requirements. more...
Broadens the scope of disclaimer requirements for campaign advertisements to include electioneering communications, as defined in the bill, and messages advocating for the passage or defeat of a referendum. ...
Committee Passed Barbara Favola (D-SD31) 2/8/23
Support education SB 856 Public elementary and secondary schools; comprehensive school counseling program. more...
Requires each local school board to develop and implement a written plan for a comprehensive school counseling program for the purpose of providing support that meets the mental and emotional health needs of all students and guiding students in academic progress, postsecondary planning, and social-emotional learning. ...
PBI Lionell Spruill (D-SD5) 1/29/23
Support voting rights SB 907 Elections; protection of election officials, penalty. more...
Enhances the protections afforded election officials and expands the criminal penalties for hindering or preventing an official from administering an election.
Passed Lionell Spruill 2/3/23
Support guns SB 909 Firearms; transfers to another person from a prohibited person. more...
Ensures that the firearms required to be relinquished under a protective order or assault and battery of a household member are actually relinquished.
Sub Passed Barbara A. Favola (D-SD31) 2/8/23
Support guns SB 918 Assault firearms and certain ammunition feeding devices; carrying, sale, transfer, etc. more...
Prohibits the sale of an assault firearm and a large capacity ammunition feeding device, as those terms are defined in the bill.
Incorp Joseph Morrissey 1/24/23
Support campaign finance SB 946 Campaign finance; fundraising during special sessions prohibited. more...
Prohibits campaign fundraising on any day the General Assembly is scheduled to meet during a special session. Currently, campaign fundraising is prohibited only during regular sessions of the General Assembly.
Left David Suetterlein (R-HD19) 2/8/23
Support education SB 1043 Public education; student mental health and counseling, definitions, licensure requirements. more...
Requires the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, to develop, adopt, and distribute to each school board a model memorandum of understanding between a school board and a public or private community mental health services provider that sets forth parameters for the provision of mental health services to public school students enrolled in the local school division by such provider.
Passed Jeremy McPike (D-SD29) 2/1/23
Support campaign finance SB 1053 Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates more...
Prohibits candidates, campaign committees, and political committees from soliciting or accepting contributions from any public utility, as defined in the bill, and prohibits any public utility or any political committee established by such public utility from making any such contribution.
Committee Passed Jeremy McPike (D-SD29) 2/8/23
Support climate SB 1083 Shared solar programs; SCC to establish by regulation. more...
Expand access and use of solar energy.
Passed Scott Surovell (D-SD36) 2/8/23
Support education SB 1118 Employment of teachers; English as a Second Language Incentive Reward Program and Fund;established. more...
Provides that each local school board shall adopt employment policies and practices designed to promote the employment of highly qualified teachers to effectively serve the educational needs of students who are English language learners, including providing financial support for teachers seeking and obtaining an endorsement in English as a second language pre-kindergarten through grade 12. ...
Passed Ghazala F. Hashmi (D-HD10) 2/8/23
Support guns SB 1139 Firearms; storage in residence where minor present, penalty. more...
Requires any person who possesses a firearm in a residence where such person knows or reasonably should know that a minor under 18 years of age is present to store such firearm unloaded in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet and to store all ammunition in a separate locked container, compartment, or cabinet. ...
Sub Passed Jennifer Boysko (D-SD33) 2/8/23
Support climate SB 1166 Energy planning and electric utility oversight; Commonwealth Energy Research Consortium established. more...
Requires the Commission on Electric Utility Regulation (the Commission) to establish the Commonwealth Energy Research Consortium (the Consortium), consisting of public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth, to conduct energy research and policy analysis for the Commonwealth. ...
Passed Scott A. Surovell (D-SD36) 2/8/23
Support guns SB 1181 Unfinished frames or receivers and unserialized firearms; sale, transfer, or purchase, penalty. more...
Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor... for any person to knowingly sell, offer to sell, transfer, or purchase an unfinished frame or receiver ...
Sub Passed Adam Ebbin 2/8/23
Support guns SB 1192 Assault firearms; carrying in public areas prohibited, penalty. more...
Prohibits the carrying of certain semi-automatic center-fire rifles, pistols, and shotguns on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk, or public right-of-way or in any public park or any other place of whatever nature that is open to the public. ...
Sub Passed Adam Ebbin 2/8/23
Support education SB 1215 Public school teachers and other Standards of Quality-funded positions; compensation. more...
Requires the Commonwealth to compensate its public school teachers at a rate that is competitive, defined in current law as at or above the national average teacher salary, in order to attract and keep highly qualified teachers. ...
Comm A Passed Louise Lucas (D-SD18) 2/8/23
Support rights SB 1248 MEI Project Approval Commission; board level gender and diversity requirements. more...
Requires gender-balance and diverse members on the boards of corporations asking for incentives from the state of Virginia.
Passed Louise Lucas (D-SD-18) 2/8/23
Support education SB 1257 School counselors; staff time. more...
Defines the terms "direct counseling" and "program planning and school support" for the purpose of the provision of law that requires each school counselor to spend at least 80 percent of his staff time during normal school hours in the direct counseling of individual students or groups of students and clarifies that each school counselor may also spend up to 20 percent of his staff time during normal school hours on program planning and support.
Incorp Barbara Favola (D-SD31) 1/29/23
Support climate SB 1266 Public utilities; shared solar; minimum bill. more...
Expand access and use of solar energy.
Passed Scott Surovell (D-SD36) 2/8/23
Support education SB 1268 School psychologists; staffing flexibility. more...
Provides that in order to fill vacant school psychologist positions, any local school board may employ, under a provisional license issued by the Department of Education for three school years with an allowance for an additional two-year extension with the approval of the division superintendent, clinical psychologists licensed by the Board of Psychology, provided that any such individual makes progress toward completing the requirements for full licensure as a school psychologist during such period of employment.
Incorp Barbara Favola (D-SD31) 1/29/23
Support guns SB 1283 Assault firearms; age requirement; penalty. more...
Provides that in order to purchase an assault firearm a person must be 21 years of age or older. The bill expands the definition of "assault firearm" as the term applies to criminal history record information checks.
Incorp John S. Edwards 1/24/23
Support climate SB 1321 Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act; regulation of rates. more...
Affordable Energy Act. This bipartisan bill restores the State Corporation Commission's ability to lower electric rates and prevent monopoly utilities from overcharging customers. Since 2009, Dominion Energy has overcharged Virginians by at least $1.9 billion.
Passed Creigh Deeds (D-SD25) 2/2/23
Support education SB 1325 Standards of Quality; work-based learning, teacher leaders and mentors, principal mentors. more...
Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of units in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and principal mentorship statewide and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs in Standard 5
Comm A Passed Jennifer McClellan | Ghazala Hashmi 2/8/23
Support governance SB 1328 Removal of officers; elected officers and officers appointed to elected office; recall election. more...
Reforms the recall process so that it can be carried out in a more fair and standardized manner without increasing the cost to localities or the state.
Passed Jennifer L. McClellan | Jennifer B. Boysko 2/3/23
Support education SB 1334 Board of Education; Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting participant code of ethics. more...
Directs the Board of Education to develop and enforce a code of ethics relating to appropriate participation and collaboration at Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings among school staff, parents, students, and any other invited participants. ...
Passed Ghazala F. Hashmi (D-SD10) 2/8/23
Support governance SB 1351 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; electronic meetings, local and regional public bodies. more...
Expands electronic meeting access for regional and local public bodies.
Passed David Marsden 1/31/23
Support guns SB 1382 Purchase, possession, sale, transfer, etc., of assault firearms and certain ammunition feeding. more...
Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person who imports, sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses, transports, or transfers an assault firearm, as that term is defined in the bill, and prohibits a person who has been convicted of such violation from purchasing, possessing, or transporting a firearm for a period of three years from the date of conviction.
Sub Passed Creigh Deeds 2/8/23
Support climate SB 1417 Electric utilities; cost recovery; alternative to rate adjustment clause. more...
Rate Adjustment Clause Reform. Protect Virginians from excessive surcharges on their electric bills by restoring the authority of regulators to determine the appropriate way for utilities to recover costs from customers.
PBI David R. Suetterlein (R-SD19) 1/24/23
Support campaign finance SB 1427 Campaign finance; political action committees; certain large pre-election expenditures. more...
Requires in-state political action committees to file a report for any single expenditure of $1,000 or more made between October 1 and the date of the November general election. ...
Passed David Suetterlein (R-HD19) 2/8/23
Support campaign finance SB 1471 Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds; complaints, hearings, civil penalty. more...
Prohibits any person from converting contributions to a candidate or his campaign committee for personal use. Current law only prohibits such conversion of contributions with regard to disbursement of surplus funds at the dissolution of a campaign or political committee. ...
Committee Passed Jennifer B. Boysko (D-HD33) 2/8/23
Support voting rights SJ 223 Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (first reference). more...
Amends the Virginia Constitution to restore voting rights to felons after they complete their sentences.
Passed Mamie Locke 2/8/23
Support education SJ 228 Students; qualification & training requirements of school personnel who administer health services. more...
Directs the School Health Services Committee to study the feasibility of implementing the recommendations of the Department of Education relating to standardizing the qualification and training requirements for school personnel, such as school nurses, who administer health services to students in order to improve the equity, consistency, and quality of school health services, including mental health services, provided in public schools in the Commonwealth.
Passed Barbara A. Favola (D-SD31) 2/8/23
Support climate SJ 240 Study; Department of Energy; impacts of data center development; report. more...
Directs the Department of Energy to study the impacts of data center development on Virginia's environment, economy, energy resources, and ability to meet carbon-reduction goals.
Passed Chapman Petersen (D-SD34) 2/8/23
Support women SR 255 Constitutional amendment; fundamental right to reproductive freedom (first reference). more...
Provides that every individual has the fundamental right to reproductive freedom and that the right to make and effectuate one's own decisions about all matters related to one's pregnancy cannot be denied, burdened, or otherwise infringed upon by the Commonwealth, unless justified by a compelling state interest and achieved by the least restrictive means.
Passed Jennifer McClellan | Jennifer Boysko 2/8/23
Oppose justice HB 1365 Admission to bail; rebuttable presumptions against bail. more...
Creates a rebuttable presumption against bail for certain criminal offenses enumerated in the bill and for persons identified as being illegally present in the United States by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who are charged with certain offenses. The bill also requires the court to consider specified factors when determining whether the presumption against bail has been rebutted and whether there are appropriate conditions of release.
Passed Committee Wren M. Williams (R-HD9) 2/8/23
Oppose education HB 1371 Education Savings Account Program established; Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits. more...
Establishes the Education Savings Account Program .. whereby the parent of any individual who is a resident of the Commonwealth and who is eligible to enroll in a public elementary or secondary school may apply for an Education Savings Account for his child into which the Department of Education deposits certain state and local funds and from which the parent makes certain enumerated qualifying expenses to educate his child in a setting and a manner other than full-time education in a public school.
Left Phillip A. Scott (R-HD88) 2/8/23
Oppose climate HB 1372 State Air Pollution Control Board; regulations; low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle standards. more...
Repeals the State Air Pollution Control Board's authority to implement low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle standards for vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later.
Stricken Buddy Fowler(R-HD55) 1/19/23
Oppose climate HB 1378 State Air Pollution Control Board; motor vehicle emissions standards. more...
Repeals the requirement that the State Air Pollution Control Board implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. ...
Passed Committee Tony O. Wilt (R-HD26) 1/26/23
Oppose education HB 1379 Public elementary and secondary school libraries; catalog of printed and audiovisual materials, etc. more...
Requires the principal of each public elementary or secondary school or his designee to (i) maintain in an electronic spreadsheet or a substantially similar electronic format a catalog of all printed and audiovisual materials ...
Passed Committee Timothy Anderson(R-HD83) 1/29/23
Oppose justice HB 1380 Issuing citations; certain traffic offenses. more...
Removes the provisions that provide that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop a motor vehicle for operating (i) without a light illuminating a license plate, (ii) with defective and unsafe equipment, (iii) without brake lights or a high mount stop light, (iv) without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, (v) with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and (vi) with certain objects suspended in the vehicle, and the accompanying the exclusionary provisions.
Passed Committee Ronnie R. Campbell (deceased) 2/8/23
Oppose education HB 1387 K-12 schools/higher ed. institution; designation of interscholastic, etc., sports based on sex, etc. more...
Requires each interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic team or sport sponsored by a public elementary or secondary school or by a public institution of higher education to be expressly designated as one of the following based on biological sex: (i) males, men, or boys; (ii) females, women, or girls; or (iii) coed or mixed if participation on such team or sport is open to both (a) males, men, or boys and (b) females, women, or girls....
Passed Karen Greenhalgh (R-HD85) 2/8/23
Oppose guns HB 1393 Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required. more...
Allows any person who is otherwise eligible to obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere he may lawfully carry a handgun openly within the Commonwealth.
Left Marie March (R-HD7) 2/8/23
Oppose women HB 1395 Rights beginning at conception. more...
Provides that life begins at conception .... The bill also repeals all provisions of the Code of Virginia allowing for the performance of abortions.
Left Marie March (R-HD79) 2/8/23
Oppose education HB 1396 Education Savings Account Program; established, Education Improvement Scholarships tax credits. more...
Establishes the Education Savings Account Program .. whereby the parent of any individual who is a resident of the Commonwealth and who is eligible to enroll in a public elementary or secondary school may apply for an Education Savings Account for his child into which the Department of Education deposits certain state and local funds and from which the parent makes certain enumerated qualifying expenses to educate his child in a setting and a manner other than full-time education in a public school.
PBI Marie E. March (R-HD7) 1/25/23
Oppose education HB 1399 Elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education; interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, and club athletic teams and sports; student participation; certain requirements. more...
Requires each interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic team or sport that is sponsored by a public elementary or secondary school or a public institution of higher education to be expressly designated as one of the following based on each team member's biological sex at birth ...
Passed Marie March (R-HD7) 2/8/23
Oppose justice HB 1401 Community Policing Act; repeals Act. more...
Repeals the Community Policing Act that, under current law, prohibits law-enforcement officers and State Police officers from engaging in bias-based profiling in the performance of their official duties. The bill also repeals the provisions requiring the State Police to create the Community Policing Reporting Database into which sheriffs, police forces, and State Police officers report certain data pertaining to, among other law-enforcement activities, investigatory motor vehicle stops.
Failed Marie March (R-HD7) 2/3/23
Oppose guns HB 1420 Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required. more...
Allows any person who is otherwise eligible to obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere he may lawfully carry a handgun openly within the Commonwealth.
Left Bill Wiley (R-HD29) 2/8/23
Oppose climate HB 1430 Clean Economy Act; non-bypassable charges, energy-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) industries. more...
Defines EITE industries as companies that are constrained in their ability to pass through carbon costs due to international competition, companies that engage in importation of products that cause emission leakage, and critical infrastructure facilities identified by certain federal agencies. ...
Passed Committee Lee Ware (R-HD65) 2/2/23
Oppose rights HB 1434 Student records; name change, court order required. more...
Prohibits any school board member or school board employee from changing the name of a student enrolled in the local school division on any education record relating to such student unless the member or employee receives a change of name order for such student that was issued in accordance with relevant law.
Tabled Jason S. Ballard (R-HD-12) 1/26/23
Oppose education HB 1434 Student records; name change, court order required. more...
Prohibits any school board member or school board employee from changing the name of a student enrolled in the local school division on any education record relating to such student unless the member or employee receives a change of name order for such student that was issued in accordance with relevant law.
Tabled Jason Ballard (R-HD12) 1/29/23
Oppose justice HB 1445 Issuing citations; certain traffic offenses and odor of marijuana, exclusion of evidence. more...
... The bill also authorizes a law-enforcement officer to lawfully stop, search, or seize a person, place, or thing or a search warrant to be issued based solely on the odor of marijuana if such odor creates a reasonable suspicion of a violation of the law prohibiting driving while intoxicated.
Incorp Scott A. Wyatt (R-HD97) 1/18/23
Oppose education HB 1448 Public school library materials; DOE to make recommendations, model policies, selection and removal. more...
Requires the Department of Education, in consultation with local school boards, public school librarians, parents of public school students, and other interested stakeholders, to make recommendations to the General Assembly, the Board of Education, and local school boards ... on the adoption of model policies for the selection and removal of books ...
Passed Committee Robert D. Orrock (R-HD54) 1/29/23
Oppose climate HB 1480 Va. Clean Economy Act; non-bypassable charges, energy-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) industries. more...
Directs the State Corporation Commission to establish an EITE customer exemption pilot program for non-bypassable charges in certain provisions of the Virginia Clean Economy Act related to generation of electricity from renewable and zero carbon sources and development of offshore wind capacity. ...
Stricken Lee Ware (R-HD65) 1/19/23
Oppose women HB 1488 Abortion; use of public funds prohibited. more...
Provides that no agency of the Commonwealth shall enter into any contract with or make any grant of public funds to any entity that provides abortion services or operates a facility at which abortion services are provided. The bill also repeals provisions authorizing the Board of Health to use state general funds appropriated to the Department of Health to pay the cost of abortions.
Left John McGuire (R-HD56) 2/8/23
Oppose education HB 1508 Virginia Education Success Account Program; established, report. more...
Permits the parents of qualified students, defined in the bill, to apply for a one-year, renewable Virginia Education Success Account that consists of an amount that is equivalent to a certain percentage of all applicable annual Standards of Quality per pupil state funds appropriated for public school purposes and apportioned to the school division in which the qualified student resides, including the per pupil share of state sales tax funding in basic aid and any state per pupil share of special education funding for which the qualified student is eligible. ...
Left Glenn Davis (R-HD84) 2/8/23
Oppose justice HB 1703 Issuing citations; certain traffic offenses. more...
Removes the provisions that provide that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop a motor vehicle for operating (i) without a light illuminating a license plate, (ii) with defective and unsafe equipment, (iii) without brake lights or a high mount stop light, (iv) without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, (v) with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and (vi) with certain objects suspended in the vehicle ...
Incorp Tara A. Durant (R-HD28) 1/18/23
Oppose climate HB 1770 Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act; retail competitiveness, review proceedings, etc. more...
Restricts the ability of the State Corporation Commission to keep energy costs affordable.
Passed Terry Kilgore (R-HD1) 2/8/23
Oppose climate HB 1783 Natural gas utilities; retail supply choice. more...
Limits local authorities' ability to set building codes and permitting rules.
Passed Committee Israel O'Quinn (R-HD5) 1/26/23
Oppose justice HB 2013 Probation, revocation, and suspension of sentence; penalty. more...
Makes changes to the definition of a technical violation as it pertains to the revocation of suspension of sentence and probation...also adds the offense of crimes against nature ... to the list of offenses for which if some period of the sentence for such offense is suspended, the judge is required to order that period of suspension be for the length of time equal to the statutory maximum period for which the defendant might originally have been sentenced to be imprisoned.
Passed Les R. Adams (R-HD16) 2/8/23
Oppose justice HB 2384 Marijuana; search and seizure; driving or operating a motor vehicle, etc., while intoxicated. more...
Removes certain offenses, described in the bill, from the prohibition of searches without a search warrant for the odor of marijuana and establishes a presumption of intoxication if a person has a blood concentration equal to or greater than 0.003 milligrams of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per liter of blood. ...
Passed Committee Les Adams | (R-HD16) 2/8/23
Oppose climate SB 778 State Air Pollution Control Board; regulations, low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle standards. more...
Repeals the requirement that the State Air Pollution Control Board implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. ...
Incorp Richard H. Stuart (R-SD28) 1/18/23
Oppose climate SB 779 State Air Pollution Control Board; motor vehicle emissions standards. more...
Repeals the requirement that the State Air Pollution Control Board implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. ...
PBI Stephen Newman (R-SD23) 1/18/23
Oppose climate SB 781 State Air Pollution Control Board; motor vehicle emissions standards. more...
Repeals the requirement that the State Air Pollution Control Board implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. ...
Incorp Bill DeSteph (R-SD8) 1/18/23
Oppose climate SB 782 State Air Pollution Control Board; motor vehicle emissions standards. more...
Repeals the requirement that the State Air Pollution Control Board implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. ...
Incorp Bryce E. Reeves (R-SD17) 1/18/23
Oppose climate SB 785 State Air Pollution Control Board; motor vehicle emissions standards. more...
Repeals the requirement that the State Air Pollution Control Board implement a low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program for motor vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later. ...
Incorp Ryan McDougle (R-SD4) 1/18/23
Oppose education SB 787 Public school libraries; printed or audiovisual materials, selection, evaluation, & checkout proced. more...
Requires each local school board to adopt policies addressing the selection and evaluation of all printed or audiovisual materials purchased by, donated to, or otherwise made available to the school division that will be made available to students in school libraries, with clear procedures for (i) mandatory prior written parental consent before a student is permitted to check out from the school library any such printed or audiovisual materials that depict a child engaged in the fondling of the
PBI Bill DeSteph (R-SD8) 1/23/23
Oppose women SB 791 Save adolescents from experimentation (SAFE) Act; established, health benefit plans, etc. more...
...prohibits gender transition procedures, defined in the bill, for individuals under 18 years of age and prohibits the use of public funds for gender transition procedures for individuals under 18 years of age. ...
PBI Amanda Chase (R-SD-11) 2/2/23
Oppose voting rights SB 794 Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. more...
Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote. The bill repeals the provisions of law permitting a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification to vote after signing a statement... Instead, the bill provides that such voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot.
PBI Ryan McDougle (R-SD4) 1/17/23
Oppose education SB 823 Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, report. more...
Diverts funding form public schools to parents in the name of school choice.
PBI Amanda F. Chase (R-SD11) 1/29/23
Oppose voting rights SB 834 Absentee voting; permanent absentee voter list repealed. more...
Repeals the provisions of law by which any registered voter may apply to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote and remain on the absentee voter list until the voter requests in writing to be removed from the list, the voter's registration is canceled or placed on inactive status pursuant to law, or the voter moves to a different address not in the same county or city of his registration.
PBI Amanda Chase (R-SD11) 1/17/23
Oppose justice SB 858 Defendants; evidence of mental condition admissible, etc. more...
Eliminates "mental illness" from the list of mental conditions for which a defendant may offer evidence to show his mental condition at the time of an alleged offense.
PBI John Cosgrove (R-SD14) 1/19/23
Oppose justice SB 875 Issuing citations; certain traffic offenses. more...
Removes the provisions that provide that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop a motor vehicle for operating (i) without a light illuminating a license plate, (ii) with defective and unsafe equipment, (iii) without brake lights or a high mount stop light, (iv) without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, (v) with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and (vi) with certain objects suspended in the vehicle, and the accompanying the exclusionary provisions.
PBI Ryan McDougle (R-SD4) 2/1/23
Oppose justice SB 877 Admission to bail; act of violence. more...
Provides that a magistrate shall not admit a person to bail who is charged with an act of violence without the consent of the attorney for the Commonwealth for the jurisdiction in which the case it filed.
PBI Ryan McDougle (R-SD4) 2/1/23
Oppose voting rights SB 878 Voter registration; noncitizens of the United States, penalty. more...
Provides that a person who is not a citizen of the United States is not entitled to register to vote and makes it a Class 6 felony for any person to intentionally procure, assist, or induce another to register to vote knowing that such person is not a United States citizen.
PBI Ryan McDougle (R-SD4) 1/17/23
Oppose voting rights SB 880 Absentee voting; absentee voting in person available beginning seven days prior to any election. more...
Limits the availability of absentee voting in person to the week beginning seven days before the election. Under current law, absentee voting in person is available beginning 45 days prior to the election.
PBI Ryan McDougle (R-SD4) 1/17/23
Oppose voting rights SB 884 Elections; registration, absentee voting, and conduct of election. more...
Repeals provisions of law permitting registration on election day; requires an excuse to vote absentee; removes the option to vote absentee in person; requires absentee ballots to either be accompanied by a copy of an approved form of identification or be notarized;
PBI Amanda Chase (R-SD11) 1/31/23
Oppose voting rights SB 900 Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. more...
Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote. The bill repeals the provisions of law permitting a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification to vote after signing a statement, subject to felony penalties for false statements, that he is the named registered voter he claims to be. Instead, the bill provides that such voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot.
Left Ryan McDougle (R-SD4) 2/8/23
Oppose education SB 911 K-12 schools/higher ed. institutions; interscholastic, etc., sports, teams based on biological sex. more...
Requires each public elementary or secondary school and each public institution of higher education to expressly designate all interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic teams and sports sponsored by such school based on biological sex ...
Incorp John A. Cosgrove (R-SD14) 2/2/23
Oppose rights SB 962 Elementary and secondary schools; athletics; participation in female sports; civil cause of action. more...
Requires each public elementary or secondary school and each private elementary or secondary school that competes in sponsored athletic events against such public schools to designate all interscholastic athletic teams and intramural athletic teams sponsored by such school based on biological sex.
PBI Mark J. Peake R-SD-22) 2/2/23
Oppose education SB 962 Elementary and secondary schools; participation in female sports, civil cause of action. more...
... the bill creates a civil cause of action for students and schools that suffer harm as a result of a violation of the provisions of the bill, provided that such action is initiated within two years of the harm occurring.
PBI Mark Peake(R-SD22) 2/2/23
Oppose voting rights SB 965 Voter registration; verification of social security numbers, provisional registration status. more...
Requires the general registrar to verify that the name, date of birth, and social security number provided by an applicant on the voter registration application match the information on file in the Social Security Administration database or other database approved by the State Board of Elections before registering such applicant. ...
PBI Mark J. Peake (R-SD) 1/17/23
Oppose voting rights SB 967 Voter registration; registering in person up to and including the day of the election. more...
Provides that only members of a uniformed service, as defined in relevant law, persons who are residing temporarily outside of the United States, and spouses or dependents of such members or persons are entitled to register to vote after the close of registration records in person up to and including the day of the election. ...
PBI Mark J. Peake (R-SD22) 1/17/23
Oppose voting rights SB 968 Voter identification; identification containing a photograph required. more...
Requires presentation of a form of identification containing a photograph in order to vote. The bill repeals the provisions of law permitting a voter who does not have one of the required forms of identification to vote after signing a statement, subject to felony penalties for false statements, that he is the named registered voter he claims to be. Instead, the bill provides that such voter is entitled to cast a provisional ballot.
Incorp Mark Peake (R-SD22) 1/17/23
Oppose climate SB 1001 Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act; repeal. more...
Repeals the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act and directs the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality to take all steps necessary to suspend the Commonwealth's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative market-based trading program.
PBI Richard Stuart (R-SD28) 1/26/23
Oppose justice SB 1010 Issuing citations; certain traffic offenses. more...
Removes the provisions that provide that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop a motor vehicle for operating (i) without a light illuminating a license plate, (ii) with defective and unsafe equipment, (iii) without brake lights or a high mount stop light, (iv) without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, (v) with certain sun-shading materials and tinting films, and (vi) with certain objects suspended in the vehicle, and the accompanying the exclusionary provisions.
Incorp Bill DeSteph (R-SD8) 2/1/23
Oppose climate SB 1125 Renewable energy portfolio standard requirements; State Corporation Commission authority, report. more...
Requires electric utilities to petition the State Corporation Commission for relief from the requirements of certain provisions of the Code that mandate the retirement of electric generating units that are coal-fired or emit carbon as a by-product of combusting fuel to generate electricity if such requirements would threaten the reliability or security of electric service to customers. ...
Failed Travis Hackworth (R-SD38) 1/30/23
Oppose justice SB 1229 SB 1229 Admission to bail; creates rebuttable presumptions against bail. more...
Creates a rebuttable presumption against bail for certain criminal offenses enumerated in the bill. The bill also requires the court to consider specified factors when determining whether the presumption against bail has been rebutted and whether there are appropriate conditions of release.
Failed Mark Obenshain | (R-SD26) 2/1/23
Oppose climate SB 1265 Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act; retail competitiveness, review proceedings, etc. more...
Allows regulated investor-owned utilities to restrict the ability of the State Corporation Commission to keep energy costs affordable.
Passed Richard L. Saslaw (D-SD35) 2/8/23
Oppose climate SB 1485 Natural gas utilities; retail supply choice. more...
Allows every person access to distribution service or retail natural gas from a natural gas company authorized to provide natural gas service to the area where the service will be received. ...
Stricken Joseph Morrissey(D-SD16) 1/30/23
Oppose women SR 87 Right to life; recognizing that life begins at conception. more...
Recognizes that the right to life begins at conception.
PBI Amanda Chase (R-SD-11) 2/3/23
No. of bills: 128

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Feb 8: Crossover*
Feb 15: Budget conferees named


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Crossover. The last day for a bill to pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced and move forward for consideration in the opposite chamber. If a bill does not move forward, it is "Left" (dead).

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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