Department of Health; restrictions on expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning. (HB2264)

Introduced By

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst) with support from co-patron Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Department of Health; restrictions on expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning services. Prohibits the Department of Health from spending any funds on an abortion that is not qualified for matching funds under the Medicaid program or providing any grants or other funds to any entity that performs such abortions. The bill also prioritizes the types of entities that the Department of Health contracts with or provides grants to for family planning services. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

  • 01/11/2017 Committee
  • 01/11/2017 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102960D
  • 01/11/2017 Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
  • 01/17/2017 Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
  • 01/19/2017 Impact statement from VDH (HB2264)
  • 01/31/2017 Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 1-N)
  • 02/02/2017 Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/03/2017 Read first time
  • 02/06/2017 Read second time and engrossed
  • 02/07/2017 Read third time and passed House (60-Y 33-N)
  • 02/07/2017 VOTE: PASSAGE (60-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/08/2017 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/08/2017 Referred to Committee on Education and Health
  • 02/09/2017 Reported from Education and Health (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/10/2017 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/13/2017 Read third time
  • 02/13/2017 Passed by for the day
  • 02/14/2017 Read third time
  • 02/14/2017 Passed Senate (20-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/16/2017 Enrolled
  • 02/16/2017 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2264ER)
  • 02/16/2017 Impact statement from VDH (HB2264ER)
  • 02/16/2017 Signed by Speaker
  • 02/17/2017 Signed by President
  • 02/17/2017 Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
  • 02/17/2017 G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
  • 02/21/2017 G Vetoed by Governor
  • 02/23/2017 Passed by for the day
  • 02/24/2017 Passed by for the day
  • 02/25/2017 Passed by temporarily
  • 02/25/2017 Pending question ordered
  • 02/25/2017 House sustained Governor's veto (62-Y 33-N)
  • 02/25/2017 VOTE: SUSTAINED GOVERNOR'S VETO (62-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 15 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

THIS WILL TAKE STATEMENTS MADE AND MOVE FROM A CLASS FIVE TO CLASS THREE PENALTY. THAT IS UP TO 20 YEARS. IT GOES DOWN TO BONA FIDE PERSONNEL, EMERGENCY SERVICES MEDICAL PERSONNEL OR ANYBODY AGAIN, I'M NOT EXCUSING PEOPLE ELSE. THAT DO OR SAY STUPID THINGS. I GOT TEENAGERS OF MY OWN AND I WAS A YOUNG PERSON. THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE ARE MAKING A CLASS THREE FELONY. PLEASE TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS AGAIN. I UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL AND TRYING TO PROTECT THE UNIFORMED PERSONNEL AND I UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE TERRIBLE,


Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville): YOU WON'T LIKE THIS ONE ANY BETTER. WITH THAT, I RENEW THE MOTION THE BILL PASS.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU. THE SENATOR FROM JAMES CITY COUNTY, SENATOR NORMENT.

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg): I RISE AND SPEAK IN FAVOR OF WHAT IN FACT WE HAVE DONE IS PUT THE SENATE VERSION OF THE ETHICS REFORM LEGISLATION ONTO THE HOUSE BILL, AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE BODY TO ACCEPT IT.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, OPPOSED NO. VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY OF THE SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg): AYES 39, NO'S 1.

[Unknown]: AYES 39, NO'S 1, THE BILL PASSES. PAGE 11. HOUSE BILL 2078. THE SENATOR FROM SPOTSYLVANIA, SENATOR REEVES.

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. ASK THAT THE BILL PASS. SPEAKING TO THE BILL.

[Unknown]: SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania): MEMBERS OF THE BODY, THIS IS A CHRISTMAS TREE BILL. WE CROSSED A RUBE CON A WHILE AGO WHEN WE STARTED ALLOWING PERFORMING ARTS FACILITIES TO START SERVING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WITHOUT FOOD. THIS IS GOING TO ADD -- THIS BILL WOULD ADD THE CITY OF HARRISBURG TO THAT. WE DID WAYNESBORO LAST YEAR, AND FOR THOSE MEMBERS ON THE COMMITTEE, ON REHAB AND SOCIAL SERVICES FRIDAY, WE WILL HEAR DELEGATE ALBO'S BILL THAT POSSIBLY CAN TRY TO RECTIFY SOME OF THIS CHRISTMAS TREE EFFECT THAT'S GOING ON. BUT THAT IS THE BILL, MR. PRESIDENT.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS, SHALL HOUSE BILL 2078 PASS. RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, OPPOSED NO. VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY OF THE SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 37, NO'S 3. AYES 37, NO'S 3. THE BILL PASSES. REGULAR CALENDAR, HOUSE BILLS ON THIRD READING. HOUSE BILL 1721. A BILL RELATING TO STATE BOARD FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES, REDUCED RATE TUITION AND MANDATORY FEE CHARGES. CERTAIN STUDENTS WHO ARE ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES. REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND HEALTH. THE SENATOR FROM BETD FORD, SENATOR NEUMAN. I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS. SPEAKING TO THE MOTION. SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. MR. PRESIDENT, WE HAD BRIEF DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS BILL YESTERDAY, IT IS A BILL THAT WOULD CONTEMPLATE THE IDEA OF ALLOWING AN ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSON WHO IS CURRENTLY NOT IN VIRGINIA, BUT WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THESE REMOTE CLASSES TO BE ABE TO DO SO AT A REDUCED RATE. I UNDERSTAND THERE WAS A DISCUSSION YESTERDAY IN REGARDS TO THE GI BILL. I THINK THAT THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA BEACH HAS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAT. BUT WITH THAT EXPLANATION, I HOPE THAT THE BILL PASS. THANK YOU, SENATOR. SENATOR FROM FAIR TAX CITY, SENATOR PETE CERTAIN.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): THANK U -- PETERSEN.

[Unknown]: RISE TO SPEAK TO THE BILL.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

[Unknown]: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE SENATE, I DID ASK A QUESTION YESTERDAY, WHETHER OR NOT THIS WOULD BE SOMEWHAT DUPLICATIVE OF THE EFFORTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH THE OF THE GI BILL. THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA BEACH HELPED GIVE ME SOME INFORMATION IN THAT REGARD. ISTILL NOT A BIG FAN OF THIS BILL. I THINK WHAT WE ARE DOING IS CREATING A CLASS OF FOLKS WHO ARE PAYING REDUCED RATE TUITION. THE OTHER PART I HAVE ABOUT THIS IS, IT'S VERY CONFUSING THE WAY IT'S IMPLEMENTED. AMONG OTHER THINGS, IT TALKS ABOUT THEM BEING STATIONED OUTSIDE THE COMMONWEALTH, TAKING PRESUMABLY AS A VIRGINIA CITIZEN, APPLYING TO OUR COMMONWEALTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, BUT THEN ALSO BEING COUNTED AS A NON-VIRGINIA STUDENT. SO IT SEEMS TO BE A VERY NARROW CLASS OF PEOPLE. ALSO SOMEONE WHO IS ACTUALLY IN MOS TRAINING FOR MILITARY SPECIALTY. BUT E AGAIN, I DON'T THINK IT IS A GOOD PRECEDENT. I THINK IT IS DUPLICATIVE OF OTHER FEDERAL PROGRAMS, EVEN IF THERE'S OVERLAP. APPRECIATE IT. THANKS. THE JUNIOR SENATOR FROM VIRGINIA BEACH, SENATOR DeSTEPH.

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach): MR. PRESIDENT, SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF THE BILL.

[Unknown]: SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR.

Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach): WHETHER IT'S THE GI BILL, WHETHER IT'S THE EAP, OR 11 OR 12 OTHER MACHINATIONS OF THOSE, WHEN IT COMES TO OUR MILITARY MEMBERS, WHETHER DEPLOYED OVERSEAS, WHETHER THEY ARE VIRGINIA RESIDENTS,


Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst): ask that this go on until April but today I will just ask that it go by for the day.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): without objection, house bill 2264 by for the day.

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst): continuing with today's

[Unknown]: Members, please take your seats.
And building that new virginia economy. Creating good jobs that pay a decent wage. Providing economic opportunity to the broadest cross section of virginians. And we were committed to providing extra dollars for our state police, our law enforcement personnel, our educators whether they be in k-12 or higher education. Our state employees who worked so hard. The governor laid down a marker and that marker was very clear. These folks need more money in their pockets to help support their families. The governor had other things as well in his budget as he tried to balance it, given our structural problems, our financial issues. More money for mental health. Money for economic growth and development. We took that governor's budget, those proposals and worked together with the tollings on the -- with the folks on the other side of the capitol as well as the governor's office to make it even better. When you look at things in the budget there are a lot of them very good. Those raises for k-12 and state employees and state police. Those are all terrific. Remember the governor held out the notion of holding k-12 harmless in the budget. We made sure we it did that in this budget. We made that budget better. The new iddd waivers in this budget are tremendous. The expanding the gap program which the governor proposed originally and we have now embraced is terrific. Is it a perfect budget? No. It is not a perfect budget. There are no perfect budgets. Is it the budget that we might have written? Perhaps not. We get stood on the floor, we talked about more money for cyber jobs, jobs that pay $80,000 a year and jobs that we have open now in virginia. There is not enough for that in here. The raises come a little bit later than some of us would have wanted. I think everybody in the room if they had their druthers would have druther given the raises earlier than this budget does but the raises are there nonetheless and that is important. We know there is increased funding for k-12 and our per pupil expenditure is now about $5,400, $5,448 in this budget. That is terrific because we are inching up. Let's realize if you adjust for inflation we are still a little bit behind from where we were back in 2007, 2008. There are things to do. A lot of us supported medication expansion partly because we believe and still believe that we could draw down federal dollars that could replace money we are spending out of the state coffers. That that we could use for other initiatives that are not in this budget. We also know that higher ed even though it is done better could use some more help. I think that a lot of us here are committed to providing that help over a period of time as revenues increase. So that is a really good thing. Mr. Speaker, this is your last budget. We have an opportunity to put up a hundred green lights. I don't know if we're going to gloat and going toget there and weigh we recognize we have a lot to do. This is a positive step forward and I hope that we can all support the conference report.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman from loudoun, Mr. Bell.

Del. John Bell (D-Chantilly): Mr. Speaker, speaking to the bill.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman has the floor.

Del. John Bell (D-Chantilly): Mr. Speaker, I would like to echo the comments of my colleague from loudoun, delegate minchew. And I will be voting for the budget bill. I think it is a very good bill. And I really appreciate the hard work that the conference committee put into it. I just want to also say that loudoun county is really hurting for that open judgeship. Over the past five years the growth of loudoun county just the growth is later than the population of 75% of the counties in virginia. Recently I spent a full day with the commonwealth attorney and met with all of the judges in loudoun county and they are overwhelmed. Having the judge-open ship open is going to create a hardship and I ask that you remember that this judgeship is a priority and we fund it as soon as we can. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

[Unknown]: thank you.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman from suffolk, Mr. Jones.

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk): Mr. Speaker, two things. I forgot one but I will answer the last two gentlemen's comments on the floor. I understand and appreciate their passion in working for men and women back home that they represent. Just so most will know, a couple of years ago we had the national center for state courts and they did a study and came back and assaned value to all of the judgeships across the commonwealth, circuit, general district court and jdr and there was some concerns when they came back and I think members will remember we put language in the budget last year to direct the center for state courts to redo that work that they had done. We met in the interim with them. We should have a report this November. When we come back and we will be lacking to address the issues -- looking to address the issues raised. just for disclosure, senator norment and I both lost a judge last year in the same format. Don't think it was because you weren't in the room. We went down the list from the highest need to the lowest need and we will do our best to address that concern. I forgot my former seat mate and classmate in the members of the finance committee. We would not be talking today about raises for all of the above had it not been the work of Chairman Ware and the members of the finance committee in a providing the addition at resources we need. I want to thank him and give him a round of applause.

[Unknown]: Members, please take your seats.

Comments

ACLU-VA Women's Rights and Reproductive Freedom, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes HB2264, which is yet another attempt shut down trusted healthcare providers that provide women with safe, legal abortion services. The attacks on Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are part of a broad and consistent pattern by anti-abortion extremists to interfere with women’s personal decision-making and block access to abortion and reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood is a critical safety-net provider: one in five women will visit local Planned Parenthood centers for health care during her lifetime, and many low-income women and women of color rely on Planned Parenthood as their primary health care provider. These politically-motivated attacks on women’s health and the providers we rely on are a distraction from the real issues. Across the country, communities are calling for more access to reproductive health care, not less, greater economic security, and the ability to support and protect their families. Those are the priorities our elected representatives should be focused on.

ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes HB2264, which is yet another attempt shut down trusted healthcare providers that provide women with safe, legal abortion services. The attacks on Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers are part of a broad and consistent pattern by anti-abortion extremists to interfere with women’s personal decision-making and block access to abortion and reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood is a critical safety-net provider: one in five women will visit local Planned Parenthood centers for health care during her lifetime, and many low-income women and women of color rely on Planned Parenthood as their primary health care provider. These politically-motivated attacks on women’s health and the providers we rely on are a distraction from the real issues. Across the country, communities are calling for more access to reproductive health care, not less, greater economic security, and the ability to support and protect their families. Those are the priorities our elected representatives should be focused on.

Mary-Helen Sullivan writes:

Please do not take any measures that would shut down healthcare providers on which so many women--often young or low-income or minorities--depend. Planned Parenthood provides essential reproductive services, the overwhelming majority of which are not abortions!

Catherine Dean writes:

PLEASE vote no on this bill. Many of my friends rely on Planned Parenthood for quality, affordable healthcare (reproductive and otherwise). Don't hurt women and families.

Angela Cox writes:

I ask you to reject this bill. There are a multitude of vital services offered at Planned Parenthood that keep women healthy. Pap smears, pregnancy tests, not to mention prenatal care. The health of so many women is dependent on their services. Please note that in Texas where some of these clinics have closed, women are DYING of completely preventable causes. Please don't let that happen to Virginia women. Vote no on this bill.

Robyn writes:

Women have been fighting for the right to Chose what is right for their families for a lifetime. I am floored that this is still being demonized. Pregnancy is not G-d's will it is science. How can places that have educated women and families on family planning to allow for Wanted children and saved countless lives be unfunded. How can our society expect a 13yo who was raped by her uncle go thru with a pregnancy? Or a couple who has to continue a pregnancy that is not viable with life which will continue to endure medical bills and time out of work just to lose the child after birth? I support the right to CHOSE what is right for you!

Danielle writes:

Please vote no on this bill which will disproportionately affect low-income women.

Cathleen Butler writes:

I urge you to vote NO on this bill as it will hurt women and other minorities. The reproductive health care provided by many of the clinics that will be affected is greatly needed. Please vote no.
Respectfully,
Cathleen Butler

Jaime Petrasek writes:

I ask you to reject this bill. There are a multitude of vital services offered at Planned Parenthood and other service centers provide preventive care to keep women healthy. Pap smears, pregnancy tests, prenatal care - and much more! The health of so many women is dependent on their services. Please note that in Texas where some of these clinics have closed, women are DYING of completely preventable causes. Please don't let that happen to Virginia women. Vote no on this bill.

Gregory Harrison writes:

I ask you to reject this bill. There are a multitude of vital services offered at Planned Parenthood that keep women healthy. Pap smears, pregnancy tests, not to mention prenatal care. The health of so many women is dependent on their services. Please note that in Texas where some of these clinics have closed, women are DYING of completely preventable causes. Please don't let that happen to Virginia women. Vote NO on this bill.

BP writes:

Please do what you can to preserve access to health care for those who depend on agencies like this. The numbers don't lie - when clinics that provide birth control and women's health services go away, abortion rates rise.

Act to SAVE babies. Act to prevent accidental pregnancies. Keep these clinics funded!

Victoria Shelton writes:

Please reject this bill. Planned Parenthood is an essential healthcare provider for women. Keep your laws out of my uterus.