2014 Bill Tracker

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SUPPORT

HB1: Sexual and Domestic Violence Subfund; funding of sexual and domestic violence prevention, etc.

Summary: Funding of sexual and domestic violence prevention, intervention, and prosecution. Creates a new subfund in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund to be known as the Sexual and Domestic Violence Subfund. The Subfund consists of all funds, from whatever source, in the Commonwealth related to sexual and domestic violence prevention, intervention, and prosecution. The bill also directs the Workers' Compensation Commission to appoint a coordinator to administer and oversee the use of the funds.

Status: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (21-Y 0-N)

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Subcommittee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

HB74: Justice for Victims of Sterilization Act; established, creates Compensation Fund.

Summary:  Establishes the Justice for Victims of Sterilization Act to provide compensation to persons involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979. The bill creates the Justice for Victims of Sterilization Compensation Fund to be administered by the Department of Social Services. Under the bill, claims payments are limited to $50,000 per claim. The provisions of the bill expire on July 1, 2019.

Status: Continued to 2015 in Appropriations by voice vote

 

HB417: Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment, prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation.

Summary: Prohibits discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation. The bill defines "sexual orientation" as a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression. The bill expressly provides that "sexual orientation" does not include any person's attraction towards persons with whom sexual conduct would be illegal due to the age of the parties. The bill also codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. The bill contains technical amendments.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table by voice vote.

 

HB474: Virginia Human Rights Act; childbirth or related medical conditions.

Summary: Provides that no employer may discharge any employee on the basis of childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation. Currently, the protection against discrimination on the basis of childbirth or related medical conditions applies to an employer employing more than five but less than 15 persons.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table by voice vote.

 

HB546: Abortion; optional ultrasound.

Summary:  Eliminates the requirement that a pregnant woman undergo a mandatory transabdominal ultrasound prior to the performance of an abortion to determine the gestational age of the fetus and provides that a pregnant woman shall be offered the opportunity to have an ultrasound performed.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table by voice vote.

 

HB547: Ultrasound prior to abortion; physician civil penalty.

Summary: Provides that no physician shall be subject to a civil penalty for failure to perform or supervise the performance of the ultrasound imaging required prior to an abortion if, in his medical judgment, such ultrasound imaging is not medically necessary. Currently, any physician who violates any provision of the abortion informed consent statute is subject to a $2,500 civil penalty.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table by voice vote.

 

HB562: Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment, prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation.

Summary: Prohibits discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation. The bill defines "sexual orientation" as a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression. The bill expressly provides that "sexual orientation" does not include any person's attraction towards persons with whom sexual conduct would be illegal due to the age of the parties. The bill also codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. The bill contains technical amendments.

Status:  Subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table by voice vote

 

HB565Birth control; definition.

Summary: Adds a definition of birth control. "Birth control" means contraceptive methods that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Birth control shall not be considered abortion for the purposes of Title 18.2.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 3-N)

 

HB939: Same-sex marriages; civil unions.

Summary: 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. The prohibition on these relationships contained in Article I, Section 15-A of the Constitution of Virginia is unaffected by this bill.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table by voice vote

 

HB 1056: Abortion; informed consent.

Summary: Removes the requirement that an ultrasound be performed 24 hours prior to an abortion.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 2-N)

 

HB1135: Sexual orientation; change efforts prohibited

Summary:  Prohibits any health care provider from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with any person under 18 years of age. The bill defines "sexual orientation change efforts."

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table by voice vote.

 

HB 1186: Removes the prohibition on the provision of coverage for abortions in any qualified health insurance plan that is sold or offered for sale through a health benefits exchange established or operating in Virginia.

Status: Referred to Committee of Commerce and Labor

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

HJ 3: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference)

Summary: Proposes the repeal of the constitutional amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum at the November 2006 election. That amendment to the Bill of Rights (i) defines marriage as "only a union between one man and one woman"; (ii) prohibits the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage"; and (iii) prohibits the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."

Status: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

HJ 11: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference)

Summary: Proposes the repeal of the constitutional amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum at the November 2006 election. That amendment to the Bill of Rights (i) defines marriage as "only a union between one man and one woman"; (ii) prohibits the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage"; and (iii) prohibits the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."

Status:  Referred to Committee on Privileges and Election

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

HJ 12: United States Constitution; General Assembly to ratify and affirm Equal Rights Amendment.

Summary: Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution that was proposed by Congress in 1972. This joint resolution advocates the position that the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment remains viable and may be ratified notwithstanding the expiration of the 10-year ratification period set out in the resolving clause, as amended, in the proposal adopted by Congress. 

Status: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

HJ 58: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage

Summary:  Proposes to replace the language of the constitutional amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum at the November 2006 election with new language that provides that "the freedom to choose to marry another person resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed upon by this Commonwealth, except on the basis of age, kinship, or marital status, as prescribed by law." The new amendment language also requires the Commonwealth to recognize any marriage between two persons performed in any other state or jurisdiction that would be lawful in the Commonwealth and specifies that a minister or civil celebrant authorized to perform marriages in the Commonwealth does not infringe upon the rights guaranteed by the Constitution if that individual refuses to perform the marriage of any persons.

Status: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill. 

 

HJ 67: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage.

Summary:  Proposes the repeal of the constitutional amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum at the November 2006 election. That amendment to the Bill of Rights (i) defines marriage as "only a union between one man and one woman"; (ii) prohibits the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage"; and (iii) prohibits the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."

Status: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

SB 4: Sexual and Domestic Violence Subfund; funding of sexual and domestic violence prevention, etc.

Summary: Creates a new subfund in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund to be known as the Sexual and Domestic Violence Subfund. The Subfund consists of all funds, from whatever source, in the Commonwealth related to sexual and domestic violence prevention, intervention, and prosecution. The bill also directs the Workers' Compensation Commission to appoint a coordinator to administer and oversee the use of the funds.

Status: Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice

 

SB 30: Budget Bill.  

Summary: Appropriations of the Budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia providing a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the thirtieth day of June, 2015, and the thirtieth day of June, 2016.

Status: Referred to Committee on Finance

Take Action: If your Senator is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

SB 45: Virginia Health Benefit Exchange; established and operated by new division within SCC

Summary: 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 health plans and qualified dental plans to qualified individuals and qualified employers, making qualified plans available to qualified individuals and qualified employers. The SCC may delay the effective date as it deems necessary to permit the completion of the establishment of the Exchange. The bill authorizes the SCC to review and approve accident and sickness insurance premium rates applicable to health benefit plans in the individual and small group markets and health benefit plans providing health insurance coverage in the individual market through certain non-employer group plans. The Exchange will be funded by assessments on health insurers offering plans in the Exchange. A health plan will not be required to cover any state-mandated health benefit if federal law does not require it to be covered as part of the essential benefits package. The essential health benefits are items and services included in the benchmark health insurance plan, which is the largest plan in the largest product in the Commonwealth's small group market as supplemented in order to provide coverage for the items and services within the statutory essential health benefits categories. The SCC may contract with other eligible entities and enter into memoranda of understanding with other agencies of the Commonwealth to carry out any of the functions of the Exchange, including agreements with other states or federal agencies to perform joint administrative functions. Such contracts are not subject to the Virginia Public Procurement Act (§ 2.2-4300 et seq.).

Status: Rereferred to Committee on Finance

Take Action: If your Senator is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

SB 60: Health Care, Joint Commission on; extends sunset provision

Summary: Extends the sunset provision for the Joint Commission on Health Care from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2019.

Status: Referred to Committee on Rules

Take Action: If your Senator is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

SB 248: Discrimination; prohibited in state employment

Summary:  Prohibits discrimination in state employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a special disabled veteran or other veteran covered by the Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended. The bill also defines "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."

Status: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (7-Y 7-N)

 

SB617: Abortion; removes requirement that woman undergo transabdominal ultrasound

Summary: Removes the requirement that a woman undergo a transabdominal ultrasound prior to an abortion.

Status: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

Take Action: If your Senator is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill. 

 

SB618: Essential health benefits; abortion coverage

Summary: Removes the prohibition on the provision of coverage for abortions in any qualified health insurance plan that is sold or offered for sale through a health benefits exchange established or operating in Virginia.

Status: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

Take Action: If your Senator is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to support this bill.

 

SJ 1: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference)

Summary:  Proposes the repeal of the constitutional amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum at the November 2006 election. That amendment to the Bill of Rights (i) defines marriage as "only a union between one man and one woman"; (ii) prohibits the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage"; and (iii) prohibits the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."

Status: Continued to 2015 in Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N)

 

SJ 5: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference)

Summary: Proposes the repeal of the constitutional amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum at the November 2006 election. That amendment to the Bill of Rights (i) defines marriage as "only a union between one man and one woman"; (ii) prohibits the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage"; and (iii) prohibits the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."

Status: Continued to 2015 in Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N)

OPPOSE

 

HB18: Health insurance; health care plan that includes contraception coverage, etc.

Summary: Provides that each insurer issuing individual or group accident and sickness insurance policies, corporation providing individual or group accident or sickness subscription contracts, or health maintenance organization providing a health care plan for health care services that offers a policy, contract, or plan that includes coverage for contraception methods, sterilization procedures, or abortifacient drugs or devices shall be required to offer a policy, contract, or plan identical in all respects except that no such coverage is included. The bill also provides that any employer who provides for health and medical care or reimbursement of medical expenses for his employees as a self-insurer is not required to include coverage for contraception methods, sterilization procedures, or abortifacient drugs or devices.

Status: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to oppose this bill.

 

HB19: Health insurance; contraception coverage if subscriber or enrollee requests such coverage.

Summary: Provides that no individual or group accident and sickness insurance policy, individual or group accident or sickness subscription contract, or health care plan for health care services shall provide coverage for contraception methods, sterilization procedures, abortifacient drugs or devices unless the subscriber or enrollee in the policy, contract, or plan requests such coverage. The bill also provides that any employer who provides for health and medical care or reimbursement of medical expenses for his employees as a self-insurer is not required to include coverage for contraception methods, sterilization procedures, or abortifacient drugs or devices.

Status: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to oppose this bill.

 

HB20: Health insurance; no health insurance plan is required to include contraception coverage, etc.

Summary: Provides that no health insurance plan, regardless of whether such plan consists of self-insurance, purchased insurance, a combination of purchased and self-insurance, or the use of a health maintenance organization, offered by the Commonwealth or any locality to its employees or by any agency, department, division, or institution of the Commonwealth or any locality authorized by law to offer such a plan to its employees is required to include coverage for contraception methods, sterilization procedures, or abortifacient drugs or devices.

Status: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to oppose this bill.

 

HB98: Abortions; sex-selective, penalty

Summary: Provides that a person who performs an abortion with knowledge that the abortion is sought solely and exclusively on account of the sex of the unborn child is guilty of a Class 4 felony. The bill also requires that the information that must be provided to a woman seeking an abortion prior to obtaining her informed written consent to the procedure include a statement that the physician would be committing a criminal offense if he performs an abortion solely on account of the sex of the unborn child.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table by voice vote

 

HB531: Planned Parenthood; funding.

Summary:  Prohibits provision of state funds to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any subsidiary thereof.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying bill on the table by voice vote

 

HB 706: Allows legislator to represent state when AG decides not to defend law.

Status: Referred to Committee on Rules

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to oppose this bill.

 

HB 1219: Anti-buffer zone bill.

Status: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice and assigned to Constitutional Law Subcommittee

Take Action: If your Delegate is on this Committee, contact them and ask them to oppose this bill.

 

Neutral 

(We aren't taking a position at this time. However, we are watching these bills closely.)

HB29: Budget Bill

Summary: Amending Chapter 806, 2013 Acts of Assembly

Status:  Referred to Committee on Appropriations

 

HB30: Appropriations of the Budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia providing a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the thirtieth day of June, 2015, and the thirtieth day of June, 2016.

Status: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

 

HB 1259: Embryo adoption.

Status: Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice by voice vote

 

HJ147: Study; effects of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance consumers; report

Summary: Requests the Bureau of Insurance of the State Corporation Commission to study effects of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Virginia health insurance consumers. The Bureau is directed to report its findings to the chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee by September 1, 2014.

Status: Referred to Committee on Rules

 

SB 29: Amending Chapter 806, 2013 Acts of Assembly.

Status: Referred to Committee on Finance

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