For the 2017 General Assembly Session, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (41st District) introduced a series of legislative initiatives in furtherance of her work in education, victims’ rights, health care, public safety, equality and prudent fiscal growth.
Below are Filler-Corn’s bills and resolutions filed for consideration for the 2017 General Assembly Session:
BUILDING A NEW VIRGINIA ECONOMY
HB 1707—Eliminating Double Counting Tax Exemptions
This bill would close a tax loophole by prohibiting taxpayers from claiming a charitable contribution deduction in calculating Virginia taxable income if a neighborhood assistance tax credit or an education improvement scholarships tax credit is concurrently claimed for the same donation. The bill would have a positive impact on our state revenue without hurting charities.
HB 1708—Adding Career Technical Education to Public School Accreditation
HB 1708 would change public educational accreditation standards to include a number of industry certification credentials, as defined by the Board of Education, obtained by high school students.
HJ 678—Studying the Teaching Profession
HJ 678 would create a study of the teaching profession in the Commonwealth. With over 800 positions vacant in Virginia’s public schools, this study would, among many different facets, consider why so many teachers leave the profession or change positions within school systems.
HJ 679—Studying Workforce Development in High Schools
HJ 679 would request a study of experiential learning and workforce development opportunities for high school students in high-demand fields including STEM.
KEEPING VIRGINIANS HEALTHY
HB 2258—Suicide Task Force
This bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, together with the Secretary of Public Safety, to convene a task force to raise public awareness of suicide and increase suicide prevention education.
HB 2267—Ability to Purchase a Year’s Supply of Birth Control
HB 2267 would allow a woman to purchase a year’s supply of birth control pills under her health insurance at one time. Interruptions in supply can be a significant impediment to the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives in preventing unplanned pregnancies.
HB 2404—Creating a Council for PANS/PANDAS
This bill would create an advisory council on Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome. It would advise the Commissioner of Health on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education relating to these identified disorders and syndrome which are referred to by the National Institute of Mental Health as PANDAS and PANS.
- HJ 680—Caregiving Task Force
HJ 680 would establish a joint subcommittee to study issues related to family caregiving and long-term care support and services.
KEEPING VIRGINIANS SAFE
HB 1709—Bullying Notification
HB 1709 would direct the school principal to notify the parent of any student involved in a bullying incident, the status of the investigation no later than 14 school days of the allegation.
HB 1710—Gun Safe Sales Tax Exemption
This bill would exempt the purchase of biometric and dial-locking gun safes under $1000 from state sales tax, encouraging safe storage of existing firearms. This was a bill first introduced by Delegate Filler-Corn in the 2016 Session.
HB 2257—Adopting Evidence Based Curricula for Consent in High-Schools
HB 2257 would require any high school family life education curriculum offered by a local school division to incorporate age-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on consent. This expands upon Filler-Corn’s HB 659, with respect to healthy relationships from the 2016 Legislative Session, which was signed into law.
HB 2259—Child Care Licensure
This bill would amend child care licensure codes and would add to minimum basic health and safety standards for license exempt child care programs. This would help to ensure that no matter where Virginia’s parents placed their children for child care—they would know that their children are being cared for in a safe program.
HB 2266—Requiring Signage about Firearms at Local Retail Establishments
This bill would require the proprietor or other person in charge of a retail establishment or restaurant which has a policy of allowing firearms on the premises, to post in an appropriate place, in a clear, conspicuous and sufficient manner, a "Firearms Permitted" sign.
HB 2406—Privacy and Boundaries Education in Family Life Education
HB 2406 would require any family life education curriculum offered in any elementary school, middle school, or high school to include instruction on the importance of the personal privacy and boundaries of other individuals. This bill also expands upon Filler-Corn’s bill HB 659 from the 2016 Legislative Session, which has since been signed into law.
- HJ 612—Missing Persons Day
HJ 612 would designate April 29, in 2017 and in each succeeding year, as Missing Persons Day in Virginia.
PROMOTING JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL VIRGINIANS
HB 2405—New Americans Voting Act
This bill would provide that any person who becomes a citizen during the period immediately following the close of registration records and the day of the election, and is otherwise eligible, the ability to register and vote up to and including the day of the election.
HJ 712—Supporting Legislation Regarding the Equal Rights Amendment
HJ 712 would express General Assembly support of federal legislation to remove the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
HB 1704—Felony Larceny Threshold
This bill would increase from $200 to $500 the threshold amount of money taken or value of goods or chattel taken in which the crime rises from petty larceny to felony grand larceny. The bill also increases the threshold by the same amount for the classification of certain property crimes. This threshold has not changed in over 30 years.
- HB 1706—Law Enforcement Immunity
This bill would shield from civil liability for ordinary negligence, any law-enforcement agency or law-enforcement officer that stores, possesses, or transports a firearm with the consent of an individual, who is prohibited from possessing a firearm because that individual is subject to a permanent protective order.