Sexual harassment training; requirement for legislative branch. (SB796)

Introduced By

Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian) with support from co-patrons Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), and Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sexual harassment training; legislative branch. Requires General Assembly members, full-time legislative staff of General Assembly members compensated with state appropriations, and full-time employees of each legislative branch agency to complete sexual harassment training once every two calendar years. Training offered by the Office of the Clerk of the House of Delegates and the Office of the Clerk of the Senate must be substantially similar and provided to their respective members and their staff. All other legislative branch employees shall complete the sexual harassment training course offered by either Clerk. The training must be available online 24 hours per day, seven days per week and be substantially similar to any sexual harassment training course offered through the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center administered by the Department of Human Resource Management. Persons elected to the General Assembly or commencing or recommencing full-time employment in the legislative branch will have 90 days from the election or their dates of hire to complete the training unless the person previously completed such training earlier in the same calendar year. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2019. This bill incorporates SB 892 and is identical to HB 371. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2018Presented and ordered printed 18101234D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB796)
02/09/2018Reported from Rules with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Committee substitute printed 18107046D-S1
02/09/2018Incorporates SB892 (Wexton)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB796S1)
02/13/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107018D-S1
02/13/2018Read second time
02/13/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/13/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107046D-S1
02/13/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB796S1
02/13/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Placed on Calendar
02/19/2018Read first time
02/19/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
03/01/2018Reported from Rules with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Committee substitute printed 18107608D-H1
03/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB796H1)
03/05/2018Read second time
03/06/2018Read third time
03/06/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107608D-H1
03/06/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB796H1
03/06/2018Passed House with substitute (87-Y 8-N)
03/06/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (87-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018House substitute rejected by Senate (1-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Reconsideration of House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018House insisted on substitute
03/08/2018House requested conference committee
03/08/2018Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Sturtevant, Dunnavant, Dance
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Gilbert, Robinson, Herring
03/09/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2018Conference substitute printed 18108233D-S2
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by House (91-Y 7-N)
03/09/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (91-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB796S2)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB796ER)
03/20/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB796ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/04/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 781 (effective 1/1/19)
04/04/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0781)


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 2 minutes.