Virginia Senator Joseph Morrissey [D]

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VASR3IntroRecognizing that the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund is performing an essential government service with respect to the Virginia Beach mass shooting. States that the Senate of Virginia recognizes that the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund, which is administered...
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2020-01-24
Reported from Rules by voice vote
VASJR1EngrossConstitution of the United States; Equal Rights Amendment. Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that was proposed by Congress in 1972.
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2020-01-24
Passed by for the day
VASB803IntroAttorneys for the Commonwealth; compensation and collection Attorneys for the Commonwealth; compensation and collection of fees. Prohibits the Compensation Board, when determining staffing and funding levels for offices of attorneys for the Commonwea...
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2020-01-24
To Senate Judiciary: Criminal Law Committee
VASB821IntroParole; exception to limitation on the application of parole statutes. Provides that an incarcerated person is eligible for parole if (i) such person was sentenced by a jury prior to the date of the Supreme Court of Virginia decision in Fishback v. C...
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2020-01-24
To Senate Judiciary: Criminal Law Committee
VASB809IntroApplication of parole statutes. Repeals the abolition of parole. The bill also provides that the Virginia Parole Board shall establish procedures for consideration of parole for persons who were previously ineligible for parole, because parole was ab...
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2020-01-24
To Senate Judiciary: Criminal Law Committee
VASB806IntroEx parte requests for investigative services or expert Ex parte requests for investigative services or expert assistance in noncapital cases. Allows a defendant or his attorney, when such defendant is charged with a noncapital offense and is financia...
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2020-01-24
To Senate Judiciary: Criminal Law Committee
VASB805IntroRobbery; penalty. Defines "robbery" and creates degrees of punishment corresponding to the severity of a robbery offense. Any person who commits a robbery by causing serious bodily injury is guilty of robbery in the first degree, which is punishable ...
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2020-01-24
To Senate Judiciary: Criminal Law Committee
VASB811IntroSentencing in a criminal case; bifurcated jury trial. Provides that in cases of trial by jury in which the charged offense is not punishable by death and in which a defendant has testified in his case-in-chief, a jury shall render its verdict and its...
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2020-01-24
To Senate Judiciary: Criminal Law Committee
VASB493EngrossConditional release of geriatric, terminally ill, or permanently physically disabled prisoners. Provides that any person serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction for a felony offense, other than a Class 1 felony, who is terminally ill or permanen...
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2020-01-24
Printed as engrossed 20102904D-E
VASJR31IntroEmblem for honoring fallen public safety personnel; the Honor and Sacrifice Flag. Designates the Honor and Sacrifice Flag as the Commonwealth's emblem for honoring the brave men and women who have given their lives for public safety.
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2020-01-24
Reported from Rules by voice vote
VASB1089IntroVisiting state correctional facilities; strip searches of those entering. Provides that no child under the age of 14 who is seeking entrance to a state correctional facility shall be strip searched under any circumstances. The bill also provides that...
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2020-01-24
Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
VASB466EngrossLists of registered voters; provided at no charge to courts of the Commonwealth and the United States for jury selection purposes. Directs the Department of Elections to provide lists of registered voters to the courts of the Commonwealth and the Uni...
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2020-01-24
Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB466S1
VASB469EngrossPrimary ballot; certain required statements as qualification for candidacy; failure to timely file. Provides that the name of any person who does not file his written statement of qualification or statement of economic interests by the relevant deadl...
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2020-01-24
Read second time and engrossed
VASB303EngrossImport and sale of dogs from certain breeders; penalty. Prohibits any dealer or commercial dog breeder from importing for sale, selling, or offering for sale any dog bred by a person who has received certain citations pursuant to enforcement of the f...
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2020-01-24
Read second time and engrossed
VASB52EngrossOpioid addiction treatment pilot program. Requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (the Department), in partnership with community services boards, a hospital licensed in the Commonwealth, and telemedicine networks, to ...
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2020-01-24
Printed as engrossed 20100380D-E
VASB94EngrossVirginia Energy Plan; Commonwealth Energy Policy. States that the Commonwealth Energy Policy shall include (i) establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards across all sectors of Virginia's economy that target net zero carbon emissions by...
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2020-01-24
Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N)
VASB861EngrossGroup health benefit plans; bona fide associations; Group health benefit plans; bona fide associations; benefits consortium. Provides that certain trusts constitute a benefits consortium and are authorized to sell health benefits plans to members of ...
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2020-01-24
Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 2-N)
VASB122IntroTeledentistry. Defines "teledentistry," establishes requirements for the practice of teledentistry, establishes requirements for the taking of dental scans for use in teledentistry by dental scan technicians, and clarifies requirements related to the...
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2020-01-24
Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
VASB981IntroProfessions and occupations; expediting the issuance of credentials to spouses of military service members and veterans. Provides for the expedited issuance of credentials to the spouses of military service members who are ordered to federal active d...
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2020-01-24
Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
VASB160IntroHolding 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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2020-01-23
Committee substitute printed 20106310D-S1
VASJR76EngrossCommending Mission BBQ.
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2020-01-23
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VASB499EngrossSpecialty 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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2020-01-23
Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
VASB93EngrossTaxes on income, wills, and administrations; exemption for victims of the Virginia Beach mass shooting and for payments to such victims; emergency. Establishes an income tax exemption for relief payments paid to a victim of the Virginia Beach mass sh...
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2020-01-22
Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
VASB23IntroProhibited discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity. Prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public ...
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2020-01-22
Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)
VASB961IntroCharter; City of Hopewell. Exempts from a referendum requirement bonds issued for the construction, improvement, expansion, or replacement of public buildings or facilities.
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2020-01-22
[Hearing: Jan 27 @ 8:00 am]
[Hearing: Jan 27 @ 9:00 am]
To Senate Local Government: Charters Committee
VASB945IntroDepartment of General Services; Division of Support Services; parking facilities; cell phone service. Requires the Division of Support Services within the Department of General Services to install and maintain industrial cell phone signal boosters, d...
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2020-01-22
Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (8-Y 4-N)
VASB240EngrossFirearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Creates a procedure by which any attorney for the Commonwealth or any law-enforcement officer may apply to a general district c...
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2020-01-22
Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
VASJR19IntroConstitutional amendment (first resolution); political reform. Prohibits the establishment of electoral districts that intentionally or unduly favor or disfavor any political party and requires the General Assembly to regulate the role of money in el...
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2020-01-21
To Senate Privileges and Elections Committee
VASJR16IntroConstitutional amendment (first resolution); General Assembly; term limits. Limits members of the Senate to three full terms (12 years) and members of the House of Delegates to six full terms (12 years). The limitations apply to service for both cons...
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2020-01-21
To Senate Privileges and Elections Committee
VASB6IntroVoter referendum; issuance of state general obligation bonds for school facility modernization. Provides for a statewide referendum on the question of whether the General Assembly shall issue state general obligation bonds in the amount of $3 billion...
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2020-01-21
To Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee
VASJR59IntroConstitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications of voters; automatic restoration of civil rights. Provides for the automatic restoration of civil rights for persons convicted of felonies upon completion of their sentences. The present Con...
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2020-01-21
To Senate Privileges and Elections Committee
VASB161EngrossPublic elementary and secondary schools; treatment of transgender students; policies. Requires the Department of Education to develop and make available to each school board, no later than December 31, 2020, model policies concerning the treatment of...
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2020-01-21
Printed as reengrossed 20102095D-E2
VASB103EngrossJuvenile offenders; parole. Provides that any person sentenced to a term of life imprisonment for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 20 years of such sentence, an...
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2020-01-21
Read third time and passed Senate (29-Y 10-N)
VASB17EngrossSame-sex marriages; civil unions. Repeals the statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriages and civil unions or other arrangements between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges and obligations of marriage. These prohibitions are ...
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2020-01-21
Passed Senate (25-Y 13-N)
VASB245EngrossDepartment of Health Professions; conversion therapy prohibited. Prohibits any health care provider or person who performs counseling as part of his training for any profession licensed by a regulatory board of the Department of Health Professions fr...
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2020-01-21
Passed Senate (21-Y 18-N)
VASB657EngrossBoard of Health; certificate of birth; change of sex. Establishes that, upon request of a person and in accordance with requirements of the Board of Health, the State Registrar shall issue a new certificate of birth to show a change of sex of the per...
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2020-01-21
Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 15-N)
VASB462IntroPublic 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 claimed Virginia as his home state and filed Virginia tax returns for at l...
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2020-01-21
[Hearing: Jan 27]
To Senate Education: Higher Education Committee
VASJR83IntroCelebrating the life of the Honorable Mary T. Christian.
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2020-01-21
Laid on Clerk's Desk
VASB808IntroExpungement of police and court records; misdemeanor and felony convictions. Allows a person convicted of a criminal offense to file a petition requesting expungement of the police and court records relating to the conviction if such person (i) has b...
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2020-01-20
To Senate Judiciary: Criminal Law Committee
VASJR4PassCelebrating the life of Alan Arnold Diamonstein.
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2020-01-20
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ4ER)
VASJR62PassCommending the Washington Nationals.
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2020-01-20
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ62ER)
VASB423IntroHealth 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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2020-01-20
To Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee
VASB255EngrossAdditional transient occupancy tax in Prince George Additional transient occupancy tax in Prince George County. Authorizes Prince George County to impose an additional transient occupancy tax at a rate of two percent, for a total maximum rate of seve...
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2020-01-20
Read third time and passed Senate (30-Y 9-N 1-A)
VASB947IntroExpungement of police and court records; acquittals. Provides that a court that enters a judgment acquitting a person of a criminal charge shall also enter an order requiring the expungement of the police and court records relating to the charge. Cur...
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2020-01-20
To Senate Judiciary: Criminal Law Committee
VASB455EngrossAbsentee voting; counting military and overseas absentee ballots received after close of polls on election day. Provides that absentee ballots cast by military and overseas absentee voters that are (i) received after the close of the polls on any ele...
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2020-01-20
Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
VASB463IntroSudden cardiac arrest prevention in student-athletes. Directs the Board of Education to develop, biennially update, and distribute to each local school division guidelines on policies to inform and educate coaches, student-athletes, and student-athle...
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2020-01-20
To Senate Education: Public Education Committee
VASB1080IntroSuperintendent of Public Instruction; Urban Teacher Fund and Program; established. Establishes the Urban Teacher Fund and Program, to be administered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, for the purpose of providing grants to persons employed...
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2020-01-17
To Senate Education and Health Committee
VASB1082IntroCampaign finance; candidate contribution limits; civil penalty. Prohibits any single contribution, or any combination of contributions, that exceeds $2,500 from any individual or $5,000 from any committee to any one candidate for any election. The bi...
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2020-01-17
[Hearing: Jan 28]
To Senate Privileges and Elections Committee
VASR1EngrossCommending the Norfolk Police Department.
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2020-01-16
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VASB815IntroMarijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession; penalty. Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second violation, and $250 for a third or subsequent v...
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2020-01-16
To Senate Judiciary: Criminal Law Committee
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