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 »

Status

02/17/2017: Passed the General Assembly

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

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 5 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,

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.

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