Virginia Senator John Bell [D]

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VASB259PassVirginia Freedom of Information Act; library records. Clarifies that information contained in library records that can be used to identify any library patron who has borrowed or accessed material or resources from a library as well as the material or...
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2020-03-31
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 587 (effective 7/1/20)
VASB160PassHolding handheld personal communications devices while driving a motor vehicle. Prohibits any person from holding a handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle. Current law prohibits (i) the reading of any email or text mess...
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2020-03-31
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 543 (effective 1/1/21)
VASB87PassSpecial license plates; VB STRONG. Authorizes the issuance of special license plates for supporters of the City of Virginia Beach bearing the legend VB STRONG. The deadline for the receipt of 450 prepaid applications is November 1, 2020.
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2020-03-23
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 432 (effective 7/1/20)
VASB263EnrollConcealed handgun permits; demonstration of competence. Removes the option for concealed handgun permit applicants to demonstrate competence with a handgun by completing an electronic, video, or online course conducted by a state-certified or Nationa...
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB272EnrollTethering animals; adequate shelter and space. Provides that the outdoor tethering of an animal does not meet the requirement of adequate shelter during a hurricane warning or tropical storm warning or if the animal is not safe from predators or well...
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB423EnrollHealth insurance; mandated coverage for hearing aids for minors. Requires health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and corporations providing health care coverage subscription contracts to provide coverage for hearing aids and related servi...
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB7EnrollMinimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour effective January 1, 2021; to $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022; to $12.00 per hour effective January 1, 2023; to $13.50 pe...
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB36EnrollLottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the requirements for licensure of casino gaming operators and the conduct of casino gaming and ...
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB72PassPublic defender offices; Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and County of Prince William. Establishes a public defender office for the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and the County of Prince William.
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2020-03-18
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 376 (effective 7/1/20)
VASB345EnrollWorkers' compensation; occupational disease presumptions. Adds correctional officers and full-time sworn members of the enforcement division of the Department of Motor Vehicles to the list of public safety employees who are entitled to a presumption ...
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2020-03-17
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB753EnrollVirginia National Guard; state active duty for emergency response; pay and allowances for members. Provides that whenever called to state active duty in response to certain emergencies, members of the National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force rec...
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2020-03-17
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB667EnrollArrest and prosecution when experiencing or reporting overdoses. Provides that no individual shall be subject to arrest or prosecution for the unlawful purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol; possession of a controlled substance; possession ...
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2020-03-17
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB578EnrollEarly childhood care and education; licensing. Requires the Board of Education to establish a statewide unified public-private system for early childhood care and education in the Commonwealth to be administered by the Board of Education, the Superin...
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2020-03-17
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB270EnrollPractice of pharmacy; regulation by Board of Pharmacy; report. Provides that compounding of drugs provided to the Department of Corrections for the purpose of carrying out an execution by lethal injection shall constitute the practice of pharmacy and...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB368EnrollVirginia Public Procurement Act; architectural and professional engineering term contracts; limitations on project fees; localities. Decreases the population threshold from 78,000 to 50,000 for a locality to qualify for the exceptions from (i) the $1...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB487EnrollVirginia Public Procurement Act; architectural and professional engineering term contracts; limitations. Increases the aggregate limit for architectural and engineering services contracts (i) for localities for projects performed in a one-year contra...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB746EnrollComprehensive plan. Extends the time by which a governing body is required to approve or disapprove a locality-initiated comprehensive plan amendment for more than 25 parcels from 90 to 150 days.
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB481FailEarned paid sick time. Requires public and private employers with 15 or more employees to provide those employees with earned paid sick time; however, the provisions of the bill would not apply to an employer that has entered into a bona fide collect...
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2020-03-12
Failed to pass in Senate
VASB179EnrollHate crimes; gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation; penalty. Adds gender, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault an...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB668EnrollChild care providers; out-of-state background checks. Requires certain child care providers and employees or volunteers thereof to submit to background checks that include a criminal history record information check and sex offender registry check in...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASJR52FailCommending the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
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2020-03-12
To Senate Rules Committee
VASB240EnrollFirearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Creates a procedure by which any attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may apply to a general district court, circuit court, or juvenile and domestic relations dist...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB1005EnrollCorporal Ryan C. McGhee Memorial Bridge. Designates the bridge on Guinea Station Road over Interstate 95 in Spotsylvania County the CPL Ryan C. McGhee Memorial Bridge.
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB1044EnrollFuneral directors and embalmers; Board to promulgate regulations for licensure. Directs the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers to promulgate regulations that establish requirements of licensure for funeral directors and embalmers.
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB907FailTransportation safety. Requires all passengers in a vehicle to wear safety belts and allows localities to lower the speed limit below 25, but not less than 15, miles per hour in business and residential districts.
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2020-03-12
Failed to pass in Senate
VASB421EnrollConsumer lending. Replaces references to payday loans with the term "short-term loans." The measure caps the interest and fees that may be charged under a short-term loan at an annual rate of 36 percent, plus a maintenance fee; increases the maximum ...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB462EnrollPublic institutions of higher education; in-state tuition; children of active duty service members or veterans. Provides that any child of an active duty member or veteran who claims Virginia as his home state and filed Virginia tax returns for at le...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB1EnrollSuspension of driver's license for nonpayment of fines or costs. Repeals the requirement that the driver's license of a person convicted of any violation of the law who fails or refuses to provide for immediate payment of fines or costs be suspended....
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB868EnrollProhibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the Virginia ...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASR44IntroUyghurs; human rights crisis. Recognizes the human rights crisis related to the internment of Uyghurs and other Central Asian ethnic minorities.
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2020-03-12
To Senate Rules Committee
VASB812EnrollVirginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act. Provides that for the purposes of the Virginia Telephone Privacy Act (the Act), "telephone solicitation call" includes any text message sent to any wireless telephone with a Virginia area code, or to a wirel...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB662PassEmployee misclassification; retaliatory actions prohibited; civil penalty. Prohibits an employer from discharging, disciplining, threatening, discriminating against, or penalizing an employee or independent contractor because the employee or independ...
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2020-03-11
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 271 (effective 7/1/20)
VASB271EnrollPublic institutions of higher education; public-private partnerships; wind and solar power. Permits each public institution of higher education to enter into a public-private partnership with any private entity whereby such entity is permitted to use...
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2020-03-10
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB378EnrollComputer trespass; penalty. Expands the crime of computer trespass to provide that the prohibited actions that constitute computer trespass are criminalized if done through intentionally deceptive means and without authority and specifies that a comp...
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2020-03-10
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB377EnrollTeacher grievance procedures; hearing; three-member fact-finding panel. Permits a school board to conduct a teacher grievance hearing before a three-member fact-finding panel consisting of one member selected by the teacher, one member selected by th...
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2020-03-10
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB745EnrollIncome tax exclusion; student loan forgiveness; disabled veterans. Excludes from Virginia adjusted gross income any income received by a totally and permanently disabled veteran from student loan debt cancellation or discharge for taxable years 2020 ...
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2020-03-10
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB499EnrollSpecialty dockets; veterans docket. Provides that any veterans docket authorized and established as a local specialty docket in accordance with the Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia shall be deemed a "Veterans Treatment Court Program," as that term ...
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2020-03-10
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASB935EnrollPublic institutions of higher education; eligibility for in-state tuition. Provides that any student is eligible for in-state tuition who (i) attended high school for at least two years in the Commonwealth and either (a) graduated on or after July 1,...
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2020-03-10
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VASR79PassCelebrating the life of Henry J. Abraham.
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2020-03-08
Bill text as passed Senate (SR79ER)
VASJR181PassCommending Bob Brown.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ181ER)
VASJR205PassCelebrating the life of Katherine Johnson.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ205ER)
VASJR221PassCommending Shirley Morrow Marshall.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ221ER)
VASJR231PassCommending the Roanoke Higher Education Center.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ231ER)
VASJR264PassCommending The Difference Baker.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ264ER)
VASJR254PassCommending William H. Harrison.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ254ER)
VASJR265PassCommending the Violet Blast robotics team.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ265ER)
VASJR245PassCommending Niko Chavarriaga.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ245ER)
VASJR243PassCommending Jai Ram Srinivasan.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ243ER)
VASJR246PassCommending Colleen Rathgeber.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ246ER)
VASJR244PassCommending Ashburn Ice House.
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2020-03-07
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ244ER)
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