Bill Tracker

2019

Bill Number Purpose of BillStatus
HB 1719Requires that candidates for town office in towns of less than 25,000 people disclose campaign contributions and expenditures if they are in excess of $25,000.Passed, becoming law July 2019
HB 1720Creates protections for students with a written certification from a physician to use CBD and THC­A oils on school property; extends protections to school nurses who possess oils on student’s behalf.Passed, becoming law July 2019
HB 1786 Allows for the use of Other Power Driven Mobility Devices by persons with a verified mobility disability on sidewalks in the Commonwealth. Passed, becoming law July 2019
HB 1868 Establishes the Exemplar School Recognition Program, administered by the Board of Education.Passed, becoming law July 2019
HB 1869 Directs Appalachian Power Company to establish a pilot program for solar net metering for public school systems in their service territoryDefeated in House Commerce and Labor Committee
HB 1905 Allows Doe Creek Farms in Giles County to be eligible for a liquor-­by-­the-­drink ABC license. Passed, becoming law July 2019
HB 1973Includes 2 historically African­-American cemeteries in Pulaski County in the list of sites eligible to receive state funding for the maintenance of graves.Passed, becoming law July 2019
HB 2045 Establishes a voluntary certification process for recovery residences (i.e. “sober homes”) to be regulated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Passed, becoming law July 2019
HB 2111 Protects victims of domestic and sexual violence from SLAPP lawsuitsDefeated in House Courts of Justice Subcommittee #2
HB 2112 Increases protections for landowners throughout the surveying process for natural gas pipeline projectsStricken from docket in House Commerce and Labor Committee
HB 2380Requires that institutions of higher education include in the online course catalogue or online registration system information about which courses use exclusively low­ or no­-cost educational materials.Passed, becoming law July 2019
HB 2381Establishes the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman which will take in and investigate complaints against child­serving agencies. To read more, click here.Defeated in Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources
HB 2382Creates freedom of expression protections for student journalists who report well­-vetted and factual stories. The bill would ensure that students aren’t censored unless their reporting would cause a clear and present danger to orderly operation of the school. To read more, click here.Defeated in Education Subcommittee #1, 5­-3
HB 2634 Makes all counties in the Commonwealth “wet”, with a local option to become dry via referendum. Passed, becoming law July 2019

2018

Bill Number Purpose of BillStatus
HB 147Protects student personal records from FOIA requestsDefeated in House General Laws Committee
HB 486Makes a technical change for a mixed-beverage license for the Old Price’s Fork Elementary School redevelopment into apartments and a brewpub.Passed, became law July 2018
HB 488 Amendment to the Charter of the Town of BlacksburgPassed, became law July 2018
HB 489 Closes loophole to help counties and towns collect delinquent vehicle property taxes and license feesPassed, became law July 2018
HB 634 Allows for two-way video testimony by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in preliminary and sentencing court hearingsDefeated in Senate Courts of Justice Committee
HB 710 Establishes the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman because our current system lacks independent oversight.Defeated in House General Laws Committee
HB 1075Punishes poachers who disrespect private property rights and law-abiding huntersDefeated in House Agriculture, Chesapeake, & Natural Resources Subcommittee #3
HB 1187 Increases protections for landowners throughout the surveying process for natural gas pipeline projectsDefeated in House Commerce and Labor Committee
HB 1188 Pipeline Leak Prevention and Containment Act, requiring standards for natural gas lines that mirror oil pipeline standardsDefeated in House Commerce and Labor Committee
HB 1436 Requires prescription drug companies to disclose information about the cost of development and production of drugs that cost more that $10,000Defeated in House Commerce and Labor Committee
HB 1457Provides a civil immunity to human resources professionals who disclose violent workplace histories of former employees with potential future employersDefeated in House Courts of Justice Subcommittee #2
HB 1501Changes the voting structure of the SOL innovation committee to allow for greater input from non-legislative membersDefeated in House Rules Committee
HJ 75Directs SCHEV to study payment structures of student loans
Defeated in House Rules Committee
HJ 96 Directs JLARC to study increasing hazardous duty pay for Law Enforcement Officers
Defeated in House Rules Committee