2014 Legislation



Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn
41st District

Below is a list of legislation that I have introduced during the 2014 General Assembly.

In addition to the legislation I have introduced, I also co-patroned numerous pieces of legislation with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in order to ensure we pass fair and helpful laws for the citizens of Virginia.

*          HB 543 Securities; protected consumers, penalties.

Establishes a procedure by which a protected consumer's representative may request that a consumer reporting agency place a security freeze on the protected consumer's credit report.  A protected consumer is an individual resident of the Commonwealth who is (i) younger than age 16 at the time a request for the placement of a security freeze is made or (ii) an incapacitated person for whom a guardian or conservator has been appointed. If a freeze is established for a protected consumer, a consumer reporting agency is prohibited from releasing the protected consumer's credit report, any information derived from it, or any record created for the protected consumer, unless the freeze is removed. A fee of up to $5 may be charged for placing or removing a freeze, except identity theft victims and persons under age 16 for whom the agency has a credit report are not required to pay a fee. Penalties and enforcement mechanisms are identical to those provided for nonprotected consumers under the existing security freeze statute. The measure will become effective January 1, 2015.  

*          HB 544 Public institutions of higher education; violence prevention committee policies and procedures.

Requires the violence prevention committee of each public institution of higher education to establish policies and procedures to encourage all faculty and staff to report threatening or aberrant behavior that may represent a threat to the community and to self to members of the campus community identified by the committee.

*          HB 545 Elections; hours polls to be open.

Provides that polls shall close on the day of the election at 8:00 p.m. rather than 7:00 p.m.

*          HB 546 Optional ultrasound for women

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.

*          HB 547 Removal of Penalty for Doctors.

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.

*          HB 548 Standards of Learning tests; expedited retake K-12

Requires the Board of Education to promulgate regulations to provide the same criteria for eligibility for an expedited retake of any Standards of Learning test to all students regardless of grade level or course.

*          HB 549 Virginia Public Procurement Act; transportation construction services.

Provides that for the award of transportation construction projects, certain specified factors other than price may be considered.

*          HB 550 Condominium & Property Owners' Association Acts; notice for requests to examine records.

Provides that the right of examination of association books and records may be exercised upon five business days' written notice for a professionally managed association and 10 business days' written notice for a self-managed association, which notice reasonably identifies the purpose for the request and the specific books and records of the association requested.

*          HB 551 Wills of living persons lodged for safekeeping with certain clerks of circuit courts.

Permits a testator to lodge a sealed envelope, purporting to contain a will, with certain clerks of circuit courts for safekeeping.

*          HB 552 Child welfare agencies; criminal history background checks.

Establishes a requirement for national criminal history background checks for child-care providers, adds crimes requiring registration with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry to the definition of "offense," and creates a portable background check registry for individuals required to undergo background checks.

*          HB 948 Virginia Public Procurement Act; competitive negotiation; limitation of certain term contracts.

Provides that limitations imposed upon single project fees procured by competitive negotiation shall not apply to environmental, location, design, and inspection work regarding highways and bridges by the Commissioner of Highways, or architectural and engineering services for rail and public transportation projects by the Director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

*          HB 957 Transportation commission membership.

Repeals House Bill 2152 (2013), which has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2014. The bill gives the Chairman of the Commonwealth Transportation Board or his designee equal voting weight on the Virginia Railway Express oversight board. The bill also provides that the Chairman of the Commonwealth Transportation Board or his designee shall be included for purposes of constituting a quorum on certain transportation commissions and shall have voting rights equal to the appointees of component governments.

*          HB 1096 Board of Education; amend guidelines for school policies on concussions in student-athletes.

Requires the Board of Education to amend its guidelines for school division policies and procedures on concussions in student-athletes to include a "Return to Learn Protocol" with requirements that school personnel (i) be alert to cognitive and academic issues that may be experienced by a student-athlete who has suffered a concussion or other head injury and (ii) accommodate the gradual return to full participation in academic activities by a student-athlete who has suffered a concussion or other head injury.

*          HB 1245 Firearms; purchase or transportation by persons convicted of certain drug offenses.

Provides that any person who has been convicted of two misdemeanor offenses for possession of synthetic cannabinoids, marijuana, or controlled substances within a 36-month period is prohibited from purchasing or transporting a firearm. Currently, the prohibition only applies to handguns.

*          HB 1246 Concealed handgun permits; proof of competence.

Removes the option for an applicant for a concealed handgun permit to take an online firearms training or safety course to demonstrate the requisite competence with a handgun in order to obtain a permit.

*          HB 1247 Professions and occupations; expedited review; applications of spouses of military service members.

Reduces from 30 to 20 days the allowable application review period after which a regulatory board within the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation or the Department of Health or any board named in Title 54.1 will be required to issue a temporary license to certain military spouses while the board completes its review. The bill amends a provision that is scheduled to become effective on July 1, 20


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*          HB 1182 A-to-F school grading system; exemption for schools with alternative accreditation plans.

Exempts from the A-to-F school grading system schools for which the Board of Education has approved an alternative accreditation plan to meet the graduation and completion index benchmark.


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