MRWBA Legislative Committee’s Portfolio

29 bills are being tracked.

Judicial emergency; administrative delays, prosecution of felony due to lapse of time. (HB104)

Patron: Del. Tim Anderson (R-Virginia Beach)
Status: failed committee

This bill would have tolled speedy trial provisions upon declaration of a judicial emergency.

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Jury duty; allowance increase. (HB378)

Patron: Del. Angelia Williams Graves (D-Norfolk)
Status: failed committee

Bill would increase the jury duty allowance from $30 to $40 for each day of attendance upon the court effective July 1, 2022; to $45 effective July 1, 2023; and to $50 effective July 1, 2024, and thereafter. Passed the House Courts of Justice Committee, but on referral to Appropriations was laid on the table.

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Criminal sexual assault; broadens definition of intimate parts, penalty. (HB434)

Patron: Del. Briana Sewell (D-Prince William)
Status: signed by governor

This bill broadens the definition of "intimate parts" to include "chest of a child under the age of 15."

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Civil actions; filed on behalf of multiple persons. (HB505)

Patron: Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News)
Status: failed committee

This bill would have allowed for class action suits in state courts. There is currently no state court mechanism for a class action suit in Virginia. The House Courts of Justice subcommittee assigned to review the bill opted to lay it on the table.

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Statute of limitations; collection of medical debt. (HB573)

Patron: Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth)
Status: vetoed by governor

Bill would limit the SOL to collect on medical debt to three years, whether based on express or implied contract. Original bill including a limitation on the time to collect on any judgment for medical debt down from 20 years in Circuit Court and 10 in General District to seven years, but those proposed limitations were removed from the final bill that passed the House committee.

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Appeals bond; removes requirement for indigent parties to post, appeal of unlawful detainer. (HB614)

Patron: Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond)
Status: vetoed by governor

Exempts indigent parties from the requirement to post an appeal bond in General District Court appeals to Circuit Court.

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Juvenile law-enforcement records; inspection of records. (HB731)

Patron: Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)
Status: signed by governor

Duplicate of SB149 - Amends 16.1-301 to allow certain parties to obtain juvenile law enforcement records without requiring a court order. Current law requires parents and guardians to obtain a court order directing the release of this information.

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Juvenile records; identification of children receiving coordinated services. (HB733)

Patron: Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)
Status: signed by governor

For purposes of disclosing records, information, and statistical registries of DSS (state and local), a "person having a legitimate interest" in said records includes staff of (1) court services unit, (2) Dept of Juvenile Justice, (3) local CSB, or (4) Dept of Behavioral Health and Developmental Svs providing care to child who is subject of such records.

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Facial recognition technology; redefines, local law enforcement and campus police to utilize. (HB1339)

Patron: Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake)
Status: passed senate

Redefines facial recognition technology and allows for its use by local law enforcement and campus police.

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Judges; nominations for election to Court of Appeals of Virginia. (HR10)

Patron: Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)
Status: passed house

Renews the appointments of the Honorable Randolph A. Beales, of Henrico and Mecklenburg and The Honorable Marla Graff Decker to the Court of Appeals of Virginia for additional eight year terms.

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Judges; nominations for election to circuit court. (HR11)

Patron: Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)
Status: passed house

Includes renewals and appointments of Judges to various Circuit Courts.

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Judges; nominations for election to general district court. (HR12)

Patron: Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)
Status: passed house

Includes renewals and appointments of Judges to various General District Courts.

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Judges; nominations for election to juvenile and domestic relations district court. (HR13)

Patron: Del. Les Adams (R-Chatham)
Status: passed house

Includes renewals and appointments of Judges to various J&DR Courts.

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Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (voter referendum). (SB21)

Patron: Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Status: failed committee

If passed, this bill will govern the question placed on the ballot when voters are given the chance to vote in 2022 on a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to vote.

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School principals; incident reports, written threats against school personnel, etc. (SB36)

Patron: Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)
Status: signed by governor

Requires school principals to report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts of students that may constitute a misdemeanor offense, and provide notice to the student's parents that a report has been made. Current law only requires reports for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.

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Safe haven protections; newborn safety device at hospitals for reception of children. (SB63)

Patron: Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)
Status: signed by governor

Increases from 14 days to 30 days the maximum age of an infant whom a parent may surrender to a hospital or EMS agency and claim an affirmative defense to abuse/neglect charge based solely on having left infant at facility.

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Mandatory minimum sentences; elimination, modification of sentence to mandatory minimum term. (SB104)

Patron: Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)
Status: failed senate

This bill would have eliminated all mandatory sentences in the Code (except for the aggravated murder of a law-enforcement officer) and created a work group to evaluate the feasibility of resentencing persons previously convicted of a felony punishable by a mandatory term of confinement.

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Juvenile and domestic relations district courts; raises maximum age for delinquency matters. (SB134)

Patron: Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)
Status: failed committee

If passed, would have raised the maximum age for delinquency matters in J&DR courts from "under 18" to "under 21."

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Court-appointed counsel; increases statutory caps for fees paid in indigent cases. (SB136)

Patron: Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)
Status: incorporated

This bill doubles the fees paid for representation of indigent clients in criminal cases.

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Juvenile law-enforcement records; inspection of records. (SB149)

Patron: Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)
Status: signed by governor

Duplicate of HB731 - Amends 16.1-301 to allow certain parties to obtain juvenile law enforcement records without requiring a court order. Current law requires parents and guardians to obtain a court order directing the release of this information.

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Teachers; licensure by reciprocity for military spouses, timeline for determination. (SB154)

Patron: Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Status: signed by governor

Provides for teacher licensure by reciprocity for any spouse of an active duty or reserve member of the Armed Forces of the US or a member of the VA National Guard who has obtained a valid out of state license. Current law only provides this licensure for spouses of active duty members of the Armed Forces of the US or VA.

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Foster care placements; court review, best interests of the child. (SB396)

Patron: Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)
Status: signed by governor

Provides for court review of foster care plan placement determinations by local DSS, and codifies factors that must be considered when developing foster care plans.

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COVID-19; DOE to recommend options for isolation & quarantine for students & employees at schools. (SB431)

Patron: Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)
Status: signed by governor

Requires the Board of Ed., with Dept of Health participation, to (1) recommend as best practice the shortest duration of quarantine possible, as recommended by the CDC, for students and employees at public schools who contract COVID-19 and (2) develop test-to-stay guidelines for use as an alternative to quarantine for students and employees who contract COVID-19.

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School safety audits; law-enforcement officers. (SB600)

Patron: Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon)
Status: signed by governor

Directs local school boards to require schools within its division to fully collaborate with chief law enforcement officer of locality when conducting required school safety audits. This is a notable change to current law - which only requires the division superintendent to make results of the audit available to chief law enforcement upon request.

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Juvenile law-enforcement records; disclosures to school principals. (SB649)

Patron: Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)
Status: signed by governor

Mandates that the chief of police or sheriff disclose to a school principal all instances where a student of the principal's school has been charged with certain crimes. Current law makes disclosure of this information discretionary.

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Jurors; increases the daily compensation. (SB730)

Patron: Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)
Status: failed committee

Would increase the jury duty allowance from $30 to $50. Original version increased daily allowance to $100, but was amended to $50 in committee. Passed Senate unanimously.

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Public elementary and secondary schools, etc.; provision of in-person instruction. (SB739)

Patron: Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)
Status: enacted

Requires each school board to offer in-person instruction to each student enrolled in the division - except in the case of the 10 unscheduled remote learning days otherwise permitted by law or in certain cases of student discipline.

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Minors; prohibition of deceptive tactics during custodial interrogation. (SB746)

Patron: Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)
Status: failed committee

If passed, any confession of a minor, made as a result of a custodial interrogation conducted at a place of detention would be presumed inadmissible, if law enforcement knowingly engaged in deception during the custodial interrogation. The presumption of inadmissibility may be overcome if confession was voluntarily given.

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Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (second reference). (SJ1)

Patron: Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Status: failed committee

If passed, this resolution will place on the ballot in 2022, a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote to Virginia citizens 18 and over except when they are serving time for felony convictions. It also changes the language governing the right to vote for people with disabilities to ensure that a person must be found unable to understand the act of voting before their voting rights are curtailed.

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