Delegate Filler-Corn Offers 16 Far-Reaching Bills Reflecting Broad Areas of District Concern
Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (41st District) introduced a series of bills in furtherance of her work in education, victims’ rights, health care, public safety and prudent fiscal growth. “My constituents represent ranging views on a myriad of matters,” said Filler-Corn. “But those differences are dwarfed by the common hopes for our children. It is from that perspective that I have introduced the following 16 bills for consideration to the General Assembly this year:”
BUILDING A NEW VIRGINIA ECONOMY
HB 660—Angel Investor Tax Credit
Would improve the already existing angel investor tax credit program open to entrepreneurs. The cap on the maximum amount of credits available to each taxpayer would increase from $50,000 to $100,000.
HB 661—Fees on Outdoor Advertising Permits
Would direct the Virginia Department of Transportation to increase application fees for outdoor advertising permits, allowing the program to be self-supporting.
HB 662—Low-Cost Open Educational Resources for Higher Education.
Would allow the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) to provide grants to encourage low-cost or no-cost open educational resources. This would give college and university students the opportunity to spend less on textbook materials.
HB 1092—Amending the responsibilities of the Charitable Gaming Board
Amends the responsibilities of the Charitable Gaming Board to regulate charitable gaming in the Commonwealth and creates a Charitable Gaming Fund to be used for the administration and enforcement of charitable gaming laws.
- HB 1100—Research and Development Tax Credits
Would modify the existing research and development expenses tax credit and create a similar tax credit for businesses with related expenses in excess of $5 million for the taxable year. The bill would change the existing tax credit by extending the expiration date from January 1, 2019, to January 1, 2026; establish an alternative computation for the tax credit beginning with taxable year 2016; and increase from $6 million to $7 million the maximum amount of tax credits that may be granted.
KEEPING VIRGINIANS HEALTHY
HB 473—Palliative Care Information and Education Program
Would direct the Board of Health to require that every state-licensed hospital, nursing home, and certified nursing facility establish a system for identifying end-stage and long term chronically ill patients and residents who may benefit from palliative care, helping them access treatment that is dignified, humane and appropriate.
HB 475—Return to Learn Protocol
Would direct local school boards to establish a Return to Learn Protocol for the gradual return to academic activities by students who have been treated for pediatric cancer.
HB 505—Elderly and Disabled Consumer Direction Waiver Amendment
Would direct the Department of Medical Assistance Services to allow a parent to be reimbursed for providing consumer-directed caregiving services to his or her adult child with disabilities living under the same roof.
- HB 1103—ABLE Act Amendment
Would amend the ABLE Act to ensure that all state organizations are exempt from means testing, consistent with federal law.
KEEPING VIRGINIANS SAFE
HB 474—Task Force to Study Unlicensed Child Care
Would require that the Secretary of Health and Human Resources convene a task force composed of child-care providers and other stakeholders to review and make recommendations to the Governor and the appropriate legislative committees on updated requirements for child care providers by November 1st, 2016.
HB 500—Criminal History Background Checks for Childcare Providers
Would require Childcare providers to undergo fingerprint-based national criminal-history background checks beginning July 1st, 2017.
HB 655—Storage of PERK Kits
Would require evidence in a sexual assault case to be retained by law enforcement in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred and that Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERKs) be retained for a minimum of five years.
HB 658—Prohibit Possession of Firearms if under Protective Order
Would prohibit anyone bound by protective orders from possessing a firearm.
HB 659—Adopt Safe Relationship-Behavior High-School Curriculum
Would require all high schools to adopt a curriculum that includes relationship behavior, prevention of adolescent- and teen-dating violence, domestic abuse and consent.
HB 1102—Trauma-sensitive Training for Sex-Crime investigative Teams
Would require the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) establish curriculum and training on Trauma-informed Sexual Assault Investigations by law enforcement and related investigatory personnel. The training would be multi-disciplinary to include law enforcement, Title IX coordinators and investigators, campus law enforcement, local law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and forensic nurses.
- HB 1210—Gun Safe Sales Tax Exemption
Would exempt the purchase of biometric and dial-locking gun safes under $1000 from state sales tax, encouraging safe storage of firearms.