Virginia Delegate Vivian Watts [D]

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VAHB198PassRecounts; special election to be held in the case of a tie vote. Provides that if, after a recount of an election, the recount court finds that each party to the recount has received an equal number of votes, there shall be a special election to dete...
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2020-03-27
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 500 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB746PassCustodial interrogation of a child; parental notification and contact. Requires that prior to the custodial interrogation of a child who has been arrested by a law-enforcement officer for a criminal violation, the child's parent, guardian, or legal c...
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2020-03-27
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 480 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB1181PassViolation of provisions of protective order; venue. Provides that a violation of a protective order may be prosecuted in the jurisdiction where the protective order was issued or in any county or city where any act constituting the violation of the p...
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2020-03-27
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 487 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB6PassVirginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; source of funds. Adds discrimination on the basis of a person's source of funds to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill creates an exemption for an owner...
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2020-03-27
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 477 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB253PassOffenses requiring registration under the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act; unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another. Adds a third or subsequent conviction of unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another to the li...
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2020-03-23
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 389 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB552PassDefinition of birth control. Defines "birth control," for the purposes of the regulation of medicine, as contraceptive methods that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and provides that birth control shall not be considered abortion...
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2020-03-23
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 420 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB744PassSentencing of juvenile tried as adult. Provides that a court, in the case of a juvenile tried as an adult and convicted of a felony, may depart from any mandatory minimum sentence required by law and suspend any portion of an otherwise applicable sen...
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2020-03-23
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 396 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB99PassLandlord and tenant; victims of family abuse; evidence to mitigate low credit score; damages. Allows an applicant for a lease to recover actual damages, including all amounts paid to the landlord as an application fee, application deposit, or reimbur...
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2020-03-23
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 388 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB590PassTax credit for participating landlords; eligible housing areas. Expands the definition of "eligible housing area" for the housing choice voucher tax credit to include Virginia census tracts in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Statisti...
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2020-03-23
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 430 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB2EnrollFirearm sales; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm sale and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a background check ...
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB785EnrollLocal tax authority. Modifies or eliminates several restrictions that apply to taxes imposed by counties, and establishes a new restriction on cigarette taxes imposed by any locality. The bill authorizes most counties to impose an admissions tax, not...
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1519EnrollCommission to Study Slavery and Subsequent De Jure and De Facto Racial and Economic Discrimination Against African Americans; report; sunset. Creates the Commission to Study Slavery and Subsequent De Jure and De Facto Racial and Economic Discriminati...
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1414EnrollTransportation. Amends numerous laws related to transportation funds, revenue sources, construction, and safety programs.
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1537EnrollMemorials for war veterans. Provides that a locality may remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover any monument or memorial for war veterans on the locality's p...
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2020-03-20
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB566PassEligibility for food stamps and TANF; drug-related felonies. Provides that a person who is otherwise eligible to receive food stamp benefits shall not be denied such assistance solely because he has been convicted of a drug-related felony. Under curr...
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2020-03-18
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 361 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB55EnrollWorker cooperatives. Establishes worker cooperatives as a category of cooperative associations. A worker cooperative is a stock corporation that has elected to be governed by provisions established by this measure, which include (i) conducting its bu...
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2020-03-17
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB56EnrollMinimum wage; tipped employees; classification. Prohibits an employer from classifying an individual as a tipped employee if the individual is prohibited by applicable federal or state law or regulation from soliciting tips.
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2020-03-17
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1257EnrollDrinking water supplies; maximum contaminant levels. Directs the State Board of Health to adopt regulations establishing maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) in public drinking water systems for (i) perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate, and...
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2020-03-17
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB66EnrollHealth insurance; cost-sharing payments for prescription insulin drugs. Prohibits health insurance companies and other carriers from setting an amount exceeding $50 per 30-day supply that a covered person is required to pay at the point of sale in or...
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2020-03-17
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1328EnrollExchange of offender medical and mental health information and records. Provides that a health care provider who has been notified that a person to whom he has provided services within the last two years is committed to a local or regional correction...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1586EnrollWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; allocation of funds. Provides that increases in service approved by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board shall not be included in the calculation of the annual increase in total oper...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1418EngrossVirginia Human Rights Act; workplace harassment; civil actions by private parties. Creates a cause of action against any employer employing more than five employees who discharges or engages in an unlawful discriminatory act against any employee on t...
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2020-03-12
To Senate Judiciary Committee
VAHB1417EnrollIncome tax; reporting requirements for partnerships. Alters the process by which partnerships report federal tax adjustments to the Department of Taxation. The federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, P.L. 114-74, generally shifted the burden of report...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1556EnrollPolitical campaign advertisements; disclosures; authorization statement; name of candidate defined. Defines "name of candidate" for purposes of political advertisement disclosure requirements to mean (i) the full name of the candidate as it appears o...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1EnrollAbsentee voting; no excuse required. Permits any registered voter to vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he is qualified to vote. The bill removes the current list of statutory reasons under which a person may be entitled to vote by abse...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1217EnrollDepartment of Transportation; at-risk infrastructure; report. Directs the Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency, to (i) identify roads and bridges under the jurisdiction of the D...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1641EnrollCoal ash ponds; private wells and public water supply wells; resident notification. Requires a utility, defined in the bill as the owner or operator of a coal ash pond in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to complete a survey of all private wells and pub...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1663FailProhibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates explicit causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the ...
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2020-03-12
Failed to pass in House
VAHB1642EnrollCoal ash ponds; well monitoring program; well testing. Requires each utility, defined in the bill as the owner or operator of a coal ash pond in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, to commission an independent well water test on behalf of the owner of any ...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB1256FailRedistricting; Virginia Redistricting Advisory Commission; standards and criteria. Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Advisory Commission (the Commission), a statutory legislative commission tasked with proposing districts for the United States H...
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2020-03-12
Failed to pass in House
VAHB1428EnrollVirginia Health Benefit Exchange. Creates the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange, which will be established and operated by a new division within the State Corporation Commission (SCC). The Exchange shall facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified h...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB438EnrollWorkers' compensation; post-traumatic stress disorder; law-enforcement officers and firefighters. Provides that post-traumatic stress disorder incurred by a law-enforcement officer or firefighter is compensable under the Virginia Workers' Compensatio...
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2020-03-12
Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
VAHB730PassReporting of payments by third-party settlement organizations. Requires third-party settlement organizations (TPSOs) to report to the Tax Department the gross amount of payments made to any participating payee, a person who receives payment from a TP...
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2020-03-10
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 248 (effective 7/1/20)
VAHB1413PassConformity to Internal Revenue Code. Advances the date by which Virginia conforms to the Internal Revenue Code from December 31, 2018, to December 31, 2019. However, the bill deconforms from a provision of federal law that temporarily reduces the med...
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2020-03-10
Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 255 (effective 3/10/20)
VAHR173EngrossCommending Rosa B. Price.
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2020-03-07
Agreed to by House by voice vote
VAHR190EngrossCelebrating the life of Lorine Bernice Allen Jordan.
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2020-03-07
Agreed to by House
VAHJR454EngrossCelebrating the life of Maria Bonazzoli Bourne.
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2020-03-05
Agreed to by Senate
VAHJR130EngrossStudy; JLARC; legalization and regulation of growth, Study; JLARC; legalization and regulation of growth, sale and possession of marijuana; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study and make recommendations for how Vi...
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2020-03-04
VOTE: Agree To (72-Y 24-N)
VAHJR292EngrossCelebrating the life of Virginia Flynn Bell.
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2020-03-04
Agreed to by Senate
VAHJR356EngrossCelebrating the life of Sidney Buford Scott.
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2020-03-04
Agreed to by Senate
VAHJR353EngrossCommending the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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2020-03-04
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VAHJR357EngrossCelebrating the life of Betsy Samuelson Greer.
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2020-03-04
Agreed to by Senate
VAHJR317EngrossCommending the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads.
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2020-03-04
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VAHJR108EngrossYear of the Eye Exam. Designates 2020 as The Year of the Eye Exam in Virginia.
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2020-03-03
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VAHJR148EngrossIndian American Heritage Month. Designates Indian American Heritage Month. Designates August, in 2020 and in each succeeding year, as Indian American Heritage Month in Virginia.
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2020-03-03
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VAHJR231EngrossCommending the Virginia Department of State Police.
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2020-03-02
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VAHJR232EngrossCommending the Richmond Police Department.
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2020-03-02
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VAHJR254EngrossCommending the Division of Capitol Police.
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2020-03-02
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VAHR122EngrossCommending the Honorable Rosalyn Randolph Dance.
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2020-03-02
Agreed to by House by voice vote
VAHB553EngrossPolicies against workplace harassment; legislative branch. Requires each legislative branch agency to adopt and implement the Commonwealth Workplace Harassment Policy established by the Department of Human Resource Management. The bill provides that ...
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2020-02-28
To Senate Rules Committee
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