Virginia Delegate Vivian Watts [D]

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VAHB2068IntroAbsentee voting; eligibility of persons with disabilities and persons age 65 or older. Entitles (i) persons with disabilities who are not reasonably able to go in person to the polls on election day and (ii) persons who will be age 65 or older on the...
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2017-01-17
Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
VAHB2070IntroAdditional powers of certain counties. Grants counties with a population density greater than 2,000 persons per square mile certain powers related to taxation, borrowing, and payments for highway maintenance. Such powers currently are generally grant...
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2017-01-17
[Hearing: Jan 18]
Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
VAHB2061IntroAdult protective services; statistics regarding reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Requires the Department of Social Services (the Department) to (i) keep records of the number of reports filed alleging suspected adult abuse, neglect, ...
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2017-01-17
Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
VAHB1397IntroIncome tax subtraction for National Guard pay. Increases from $3,000 to $5,000 the maximum individual income tax subtraction for National Guard pay. Under current law, the maximum annual subtraction for wages or salary received for service in the Nat...
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2017-01-17
[Hearing: Jan 18]
Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
VAHB1915IntroStudent loan servicers; student loan ombudsman. Prohibits Student loan servicers; student loan ombudsman. Prohibits any person from acting as a student loan servicer without first obtaining a license from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) and es...
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2017-01-17
Assigned C & L sub: Special Sub-Consumer Lending
VAHB2094IntroLocalities; regulation of firearms in government buildings. Allows localities to regulate the possession of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof in, or the carrying of firearms, ammunition, or components or combination thereof i...
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2017-01-17
[Hearing: Jan 19]
Assigned MPPS sub: #1
VAHB1685IntroPurchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exe...
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2017-01-17
[Hearing: Jan 19]
Assigned MPPS sub: #1
VAHB1684IntroRestricting access to firearms by children; mental state; penalty. Removes the requirement that conduct required for a conviction of unlawfully leaving a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any child under th...
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2017-01-17
[Hearing: Jan 19]
Assigned MPPS sub: #1
VAHB2044IntroProtective orders; possession of firearms; felony. Provides that it is a Class 6 felony for a person who is subject to a permanent protective order (i.e., a protective order with a maximum duration of two years) for subjecting another person to an ac...
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2017-01-17
[Hearing: Jan 19]
Assigned MPPS sub: #1
VAHB1935IntroAbsentee voting; no-excuse, in-person available 21 days prior to election. Allows any registered voter to vote by absentee ballot in person in any election in which he is qualified to vote without providing a reason or making a prior application for ...
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2017-01-17
Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
VAHB1773IntroTransfer of firearms; criminal history record information check; penalties. Requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on the prospective transferee before a vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show. A violation is a Cla...
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2017-01-17
[Hearing: Jan 19]
Assigned MPPS sub: #1
VAHB2136IntroWashington Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact. Authorizes Virginia to become a signatory to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact. The compact establishes a state safety oversight authority for the Washington Metro...
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2017-01-17
Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #3
VAHB1771IntroMinimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour effective January 1, 2018, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective Janu...
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2017-01-17
Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
VAHB2069IntroAdjustment of local election district boundaries subsequent to decennial redistricting. Limits changes in election district boundaries in order to conform them to state legislative or congressional district boundaries to changes that affect no more t...
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2017-01-16
Assigned P & E sub: Elections
VAHB2059IntroDrug Treatment Court Act; eligibility. Eliminates the restriction that renders persons convicted of certain violent felonies within the preceding 10 years ineligible to participate in a drug treatment court. Persons convicted of felony acts of violen...
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2017-01-16
Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
VAHB2073IntroCertain fraud crimes; multi-jurisdiction grand jury; forfeiture; Virginia Consumer Protection Act. Adds the offenses of obtaining money by false pretense, financial34.; exploitation of mentally incapacitated persons, and construction fraud to the cri...
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2017-01-16
[Hearing: Jan 18]
Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
VAHB2071IntroJuvenile records; expungement; certain felony larceny offenses. Provides for the expungement of juvenile records for certain offenses that would be felony larceny if committed by an adult if the juvenile has not been adjudicated delinquent of any oth...
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2017-01-16
Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
VAHB2333IntroMulti-jurisdiction grand jury; certain fraud crimes. Adds the offenses of obtaining money by false pretense, financial exploitation of mentally incapacitated persons, and construction fraud to the criminal violations that a multi-jurisdiction grand j...
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2017-01-16
[Hearing: Jan 18]
Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
VAHB2334IntroCertain fraud crimes; forfeiture of motor vehicle. Provides that motor vehicles used in connection with an offense of obtaining money by false pretense, financial exploitation of mentally incapacitated persons, or construction fraud are subject to fo...
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2017-01-16
[Hearing: Jan 18]
Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
VAHJR727EngrossCommending Dr. Toney Lee McNair, Jr.
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2017-01-16
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VAHB2375IntroVirginia Home Solicitation Sales Act; prohibited solicitation; penalty. Provides that no seller or person acting for him shall make or attempt to make a home solicitation sale on residential property to any person that displays a no soliciting sign o...
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2017-01-16
To House Commerce and Labor Committee
VAHB2376IntroProperty Owners' Association Act; fees for disclosure packets by associations not professionally managed. Provides that an association that is not professionally managed may act as a professionally managed association only upon complying with specifi...
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2017-01-16
To House General Laws Committee
VAHJR632EngrossCommending Naval Station Norfolk.
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2017-01-16
Laid on Clerk's Desk
VAHJR631EngrossCommending Peter Allen Lewis.
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2017-01-16
Laid on Clerk's Desk
VAHJR554EngrossCelebrating the life of Jean Alexandria Glontz.
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2017-01-16
Laid on Clerk's Desk
VAHJR653EngrossCommending Trauma-Informed Community Networks.
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2017-01-16
Laid on Clerk's Desk
VAHB2283IntroNonpayment of wages; private action. Provides that an employee has cause of action against an employer who fails to pay wages. The measure provides that if the court finds that the employer failed to pay wages, it shall award the employee the amount ...
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2017-01-16
Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
VAHB2181IntroFood stamp eligibility; 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 first-time felony offense of possession with ...
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2017-01-16
Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
VAHB2182IntroVoter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles; Voter registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles; opt-out voter registration. Provides for the electronic transmission by the Department of Motor Vehicles to the Department of Elections of...
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2017-01-16
Assigned P & E sub: Elections
VAHJR670EngrossCelebrating the life of Don Flanery May.
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2017-01-16
Laid on Clerk's Desk
VAHJR669EngrossCelebrating the life of Phyllis Anderson Blevins.
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2017-01-16
Laid on Clerk's Desk
VAHB1841IntroVirginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund. Establishes the Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund to provide grants to eligible providers of educational, training, or other services to veterans in the areas of startin...
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2017-01-16
[Hearing: Jan 19]
Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
VAHJR687EngrossCommending the Rappahannock Emergency Medical Services Council.
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2017-01-16
Laid on Clerk's Desk
VAHJR584EngrossCommending the Roanoke Catholic School football team.
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2017-01-16
Laid on Clerk's Desk
VAHB2348IntroCommission for the Commemoration of the Centennial of Women's Right to Vote. Establishes the Commission for the Commemoration of the Centennial of Women's Right to Vote in the legislative branch of state government. The Commission is charged with pla...
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2017-01-14
To House Rules Committee
VAHB2335IntroBoard for Contractors; unlicensed activity; penalty. Provides that, in addition to existing penalties for unlicensed activity, any second or subsequent violation by any person who undertakes work without a valid Virginia contractor's license or certi...
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2017-01-13
To House Courts of Justice Committee
VAHB1779IntroHate crimes; immigration status; penalty. Adds immigration status to the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault and battery, or trespass for the purpose of damaging another's property results in ...
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2017-01-13
Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
VAHB1776IntroHate crimes; gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability; penalty. Adds gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability to the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault an...
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2017-01-13
Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
VAHJR646IntroCelebrating the life of the Honorable Johnny S. Joannou.
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2017-01-13
Passed by for the day
VAHB1916IntroVirginia Student Loan Authority established. Establishes the Virginia Student Loan Authority, to be governed by a 10-member board, for the purpose of developing and implementing a program by which (i) each individual who incurred qualified education ...
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2017-01-13
Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
VAHJR694IntroConstitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications to vote; restoration of civil rights. Authorizes the General Assembly to provide by law for the restoration of civil rights for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies who have completed se...
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2017-01-12
[Hearing: Jan 23]
Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional
VAHJR684EngrossCommending Robert C. Vaughan III.
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2017-01-12
Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
VAHJR729IntroCommending New Hope Housing.
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2017-01-12
Presented and laid on Speaker's table 17103311D
VAHJR730IntroCommending The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of Fredericksburg.
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2017-01-12
Presented and laid on Speaker's table 17103424D
VAHJR741IntroCelebrating the life of the Honorable Johnny S. Joannou.
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2017-01-12
Presented and laid on Speaker's table 17104105D
VAHJR575IntroStudy; Department of General Services; Infrastructure investments that yield energy savings; report. Requests the Department of General Services to study and recommend infrastructure investments that can be made to maximize energy savings to the Comm...
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2017-01-12
Assigned Rules sub: Studies
VAHB1453IntroDispensing of naloxone. Allows a person who is authorized by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to train individuals on the administration of naloxone for use in opioid overdose reversal and who is acting on behalf of an o...
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2017-01-12
Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
VAHJR702IntroStudy; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the current and future funding needs of modern elections administration in the Commonwealth; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to study the current ...
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2017-01-11
To House Rules Committee
VAHJR725IntroCommending Justin Scott Grimm.
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2017-01-11
Presented and laid on Speaker's table 17101116D
VAHJR628IntroConstitutional amendment (first resolution); Virginia Redistricting Commission. Establishes the Virginia Redistricting Commission to redraw congressional and General Assembly district boundaries after each decennial census. Appointments to the 13-mem...
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2017-01-11
[Hearing: Jan 23]
Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional
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