2015 Legislation

2015 Introduced Legislation

HB 1327 Elections; assistance for certain voters.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Elections; assistance for certain voters. Allows any qualified voter who is 75 years of age or older or a person with a disability to request to go to the front of the line and to vote at the next available voting booth or voting system. The bill requires the chief officer of election or other designated election official to grant any such request made between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This provision applies also to central absentee voting precincts and locations in the county or city approved by the electoral board for the purpose of casting absentee ballots. A qualified voter who is 65 years of age or older or a person with a disability is still permitted to vote outside the polling place pursuant to § 24.2-649.

HB 1343 Campus police departments; sexual assault reporting.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Campus police departments; sexual assault reporting. Requires that mutual aid agreements between campus police force and law-enforcement agencies contain provisions requiring either the campus police force or an agency with which it has established a mutual aid agreement to notify the local attorney for the Commonwealth of any investigation involving felony criminal sexual assault occurring on property owned or controlled by the institution of higher education within 48 hours of beginning such investigation.

HB 1413 Hospital discharge procedures; designation of individual to receive information and instructions.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Hospital discharge procedures; designation of individual to receive information and instructions. Requires hospitals to provide patients with the opportunity to designate an individual to receive information about the patient's discharge plan, together with information and instruction about any follow-up care, treatment, or services that the individual may require, and requires hospitals to provide a discharge plan and information regarding follow-up care, treatment, and services to the designated individual prior to the patient's discharge or transfer to another facility.

HB 1421 Workforce development; duties of the Chief Workforce Development Advisor.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Workforce Development; duties of the Chief Workforce Development Advisor. Requires the Chief Workforce Development Advisor to actively promote the Commonwealth's workforce development and training programs and activities through public and visible means. The bill requires outreach and promotion plans to be developed in coordination with the development of the comprehensive economic development policy required by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. The bill also provides that funding from publicly funded workforce development programs may be utilized in promotion efforts if deemed necessary.

HB 1552 Child welfare agencies; regulation, national criminal history record check requirement.

Regulation of child welfare agencies; national criminal history record checks. Establishes a national criminal history record check requirement for licensure as a child welfare agency, for approval as a family day home by a family day system, for approval as a foster or adoptive parent; for employment or to volunteer at a child welfare agency or family day home; and for all adults residing in a home in which a family day home is operated. The bill requires all family day homes that provide care for one or more children for compensation to be licensed by the Department of Social Services. Currently, only family day homes providing care for six or more children must be licensed. The bill also provides that, for the purposes of determining the number of children receiving care, the provider's own children and any children residing in the home shall be counted.

HB 1668 Public schools; Standards of Learning tests.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Public schools; Standards of Learning tests. Directs 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 each student regardless of grade level or course.

HB 2038 Commercial motor carriers; amends several commercial drivers' licensing laws.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Commercial motor carriers. Amends several motor carrier and commercial drivers' licensing laws, bringing Virginia into compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations amendments regarding commercial motor vehicles and exemptions regarding certain farm vehicles and their drivers. The bill lowers the age of eligibility for an escort vehicle driver certification from 21 to 18 years. The bill also authorizes two additional circumstances in which law enforcement may remove for-hire license plates: where the carrier's operating authority has expired and where the plates are being used on a leased vehicle, and the bill makes all license plate removal optional at the discretion of the law-enforcement officer.

HB 2041 Open Education Resources Innovation Council; established, report.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Open Education Resources Innovation Council established. Establishes the Open Education Resources Innovation Council as a policy board in the executive branch of state government for the purpose of identifying open education resources at all levels of education and uses for such resources and recommending specific policies and funding mechanisms for the increased use of open education resources in the Commonwealth.

HB 2042 Food truck vending on state highway rights-of-way; VDOT to amend its regulations to permit.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Food truck vending on state highway rights-of-way. Directs VDOT to amend its regulations to permit food truck vending on state highway rights-of-way.

HB 2044 Income tax; subtraction for long-term capital gains.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Income tax subtraction for long-term capital gains. Extends from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2020, the date by which investments in certain technology businesses must be made in order to claim an income tax subtraction for any long-term capital gain or investment services partnership interest income from such investments. Currently, a taxpayer investing in a technology business between April 1, 2010, and June 30, 2015, may claim an income tax subtraction for any long-term capital gain or investment services partnership interest income attributable to such investment if the business has its principal office or facility in the Commonwealth and had less than $3 million in annual revenues in the fiscal year prior to the investment.

HB 2045 Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Protective orders; possession of firearms; penalty. Prohibits a person who is subject to a protective order from possessing a firearm; currently, such person is only prohibited from purchasing or transporting a firearm. Such conduct is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

HB 2046 Licensure of family day homes.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Licensure of family day homes. Requires all family day homes that provide care for one or more children for compensation to be licensed by the Department of Social Services. Currently, only family day homes providing care for six or more children must be licensed. The bill also provides that, for the purposes of determining the number of children receiving care, the provider's own children and any children residing in the home shall be counted.



HB 2047 Income tax refunds; voluntary contributions to Hunger Relief Fund.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Voluntary contributions of income tax refunds; Hunger Relief Fund. Adds the Hunger Relief Fund (the Fund) to the list of organizations and funds that may receive contributions of taxpayer refunds. The Fund will be added to the bottom of the list of other organizations and funds waiting to appear on the income tax return. All moneys contributed to the Fund will be distributed by the State Department of Social Services to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. The bill requires the Federation of Virginia Food Banks to make an equitable distribution of all such moneys to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Capital Area Food Bank, Feeding America Southwest Virginia, FeedMore, Inc., Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, or Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

HB 2305 Community services boards and behavioral health authorities; coordination of services for veterans.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Community services boards and behavioral health authorities; coordination of services for veterans. Requires community services boards and behavioral health authorities to designate a member of staff to coordinate the delivery of mental health services, including crisis services, to veterans in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and hospitals, centers, and other facilities or installations of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

HB 2306 ABLE savings trust accounts; established, administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan.

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts established; administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan. Establishes ABLE savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to facilitate the saving of private funds for paying the qualified disability expenses of certain disabled individuals. Under the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014, Congress authorized states to establish ABLE savings trust accounts to assist individuals and families in saving and paying for the education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology and personal support services, health, prevention and wellness, financial management and administrative services, and other expenses of individuals who were disabled or blind prior to the age of 26. The Virginia College Savings Plan will be the designated state agency administering ABLE savings trust accounts. Earnings on contributions to ABLE savings trust accounts are exempt from federal income tax.

 

Under the bill, earnings on ABLE savings trust accounts will be excluded from Virginia taxable income. In addition, the bill provides that beginning with taxable year 2016 contributors to ABLE savings trust accounts will be allowed an individual income tax deduction up to $4,000 in contributions per year per account. Persons age 70 or over will not be subject to the $4,000 per account maximum annual deduction.

Chief Co-Patron

HB 1490 Public schools; Standards of Learning tests.

Introduced by: Gregory D. Habeeb

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Public schools; Standards of Learning tests. Directs 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 each student regardless of grade level or course.

HB 1741 Income tax; subtraction for long-term capital gains, extends investment period.

Introduced by: Timothy D. Hugo

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Income tax subtraction for long-term capital gains; extends investment period. Extends from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2017, the date by which investments in certain technology businesses must be made in order to claim an income tax subtraction for any long-term capital gain or investment services partnership interest income from such investments. Currently, a taxpayer investing in a technology business between April 1, 2010, and June 30, 2015, may claim an income tax subtraction for any long-term capital gain or investment services partnership interest income attributable to such investment if the business has its principal office or facility in the Commonwealth and had less than $3 million in annual revenues in the fiscal year prior to the investment. Under the bill, the Department of Taxation is required to record and, upon request, report the fiscal savings accruing to individuals and corporations claiming the subtraction.

HB 1743 Income tax; tax credit for research and development expenses.

Introduced by: Timothy D. Hugo

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Research and development expenses income tax credit. Provides that beginning with taxable year 2015, the credit will equal 10 percent of the difference of (i) a taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year and (ii) 50 percent of such taxpayer's average Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the immediately preceding three taxable years. If the taxpayer did not pay or incur Virginia qualified research and development expenses in one or more of the immediately preceding three years, the credit will equal seven percent of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year. Under current law, the credit equals (i) 15 percent of the first $234,000 of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount or (ii) if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia college or university, 20 percent of the taxpayer's first $234,000 in Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount. The bill also eliminates the $6 million annual cap on credits awarded and the requirement to apply to the Department of Taxation for the tax credit.

Co-Patron

HB 1275 Hampton Roads Veterans Care Center; funding of project.

HB 1276 Northern Virginia Veterans Care Center; funding of project.

HB 1319 Special license plates; CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER.

HB 1401 Designating the Trooper Jacqueline Vernon Memorial Bridge.

HB 1444 Vision care plans; reimbursement for services.

HB 1445 Marijuana; possession or distribution for medical purposes, treatment of epilepsy.

HB 1499 Breast-feeding in public places; mother's right.

HB 1592 High school graduation requirements; verified units of credit, alternative assessments.

HB 1603 Identification cards, special; contents on DMV issued cards.

HB 1940 Health insurance; mandated coverage for autism spectrum disorder.

HB 1986 Workforce Development, Virginia Board of; changes to Board requirements.

HB 2033 Workforce development; coordination of statewide delivery of training programs & activities, report.

HJ 566 Lewis & Clark Eastern Legacy Trail; designating as portion of Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail.

HJ 571 Commending the Fairfax County Fill the Boot Campaign.

HJ 572 Celebrating the life of Brendan Bernard McKay.

HJ 573 Commending the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.

HJ 675 Commending the Honorable Dennis J. Smith.

HJ 676 Commending the Honorable Charles J. Maxfield.

HJ 677 Celebrating the life of the Honorable R. Terrence Ney.

HJ 677 Celebrating the life of the Honorable R. Terrence Ney.

HJ 709 Law Day; designating as May 1, 2015, and each succeeding year thereafter.

HJ 710 Celebrating the life of Warren Ira Cikins.

SB 1235 Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil; recommendation and dispensing.

SB 1244 Chiropractors; expands scope of practice.

SB 1300 Northern Virginia Training Center; prohibition of closure.

SJ 306 Commending Virginia Organizing.

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