2018 Legislation

Delegate Filler-Corn Offers 22 Bills and Resolutions for the 2018 General Assembly Session

For the 2018 General Assembly Session, 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 22 bills for consideration to the General Assembly this year:”    

Below are Filler-Corn’s bills and resolutions filed for consideration for the 2018 General Assembly Session:

GROWING A NEW VIRGINIA ECONOMY

  • HB 456—Protecting Health Care Professionals
    This bill would repeal provisions allowing a loan provider to petition a circuit court to order the suspension of any state-issued license to engage in a health care profession or occupation when the licensed person is either delinquent or in default in the payment of a federally guaranteed or state-guaranteed educational loan or work-conditional scholarship.
     
  • HB 1083—Improving Transportation in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads
    This bill would provide that the 2.1% tax that is imposed on the sales price of motor fuel in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads shall be imposed on the regional price of gas, defined and computed as the six-month average price of fuel, for each region. This would fix a long-standing oversight from the 2013 Transportation Bill (SMART Scale).
     
  • HJ 17—Studying Workforce Development in High Schools 
    This resolution would request a study of experiential learning and workforce development opportunities for high school students in high-demand fields including STEM.

IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL VIRGINIANS

  • HB 455—Ensuring the Viability of Virginia Railway Express
    This bill would provide that funds for contract fees paid by the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) for access to the rights-of-way of CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corporation and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation would be allocated from the public transportation portion of federal Surface Transportation Program funds. 
     
  • HB 708—Making Car Travel Safer for Infants and Toddlers
    This bill would require child restraint devices to be rear-facing until the child reaches two years of age or until the child reaches the weight or height limit of the rear-facing child restraint device, whichever occurs later.
     
  • HB 1077—Reforming DMV’s Driver Education Testing Procedures
    This bill would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to allow licensed computer-based driver education providers to offer driver education tests virtually for computer-based driver education courses, provided that certain verification standards are met.
     

KEEPING VIRGINIANS HEALTHY

  • HB 457—Ensuring Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Account Holders and Their Beneficiaries Can Keep Their Carefully Invested Money
    This bill would prohibit the Commonwealth from seeking estate recovery or payment from the proceeds of the deceased beneficiary's account for benefits provided to that person.

    Under current law, if the beneficiary of an ABLE savings trust account dies, his/her state of residence becomes a creditor of the account and may seek payment under federal law for Medicaid benefits provided to the beneficiary while alive. This would build upon Filler-Corn’s landmark 2015 legislation establishing ABLE Accounts in Virginia
     
  • HB 458—Allowing a Doctor to Recommend Cannabidiol Oil for Any Illness
    This bill would provide that a practitioner may issue a written certification for the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for the treatment, or to alleviate the symptoms of, any diagnosed condition or disease. Under current law, a practitioner may only issue such certification for the treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of intractable epilepsy. This would build upon Filler-Corn’s work with her colleagues and constituents to decriminalize cannabidiol oil from 2015-2017.
     
  • HB 1481—Requiring Insurance Carriers to Cover Contraceptives 
    This bill would require health carriers to provide coverage, under any health insurance policy, contract, or plan that includes coverage for prescription drugs on an outpatient basis, for any prescribed contraceptive drug, contraceptive device, or contraceptive procedure. Currently, health carriers are required to offer and make available such coverage.

The bill represents a continuation of Filler-Corn’s work in the area of promoting access to contraceptives. In 2017, Filler-Corn introduced and passed legislation allowing women to obtain a year’s supply of birth control at one time.
  

KEEPING VIRGINIANS SAFE
 

  • HB 44—Improving Consent Education
    This bill would expand upon legislation from 2016 and 2017 by strengthening education around affirmative consent in Family Life Education. This bill builds upon laws introduced and passed by Delegate Filler-Corn in 2016 and 2017.
     
  • HB 45—Privacy and Boundaries Education in Family Life Education
    This bill 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 builds upon laws introduced and passed by Delegate Filler-Corn in 2016 and 2017.
     
  • HB 172—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 174—Creating Training for Law Enforcement for Interaction for People With Disabilities
    This bill would require the Department of Criminal Justice Services to establish protocols for communication by law-enforcement personnel with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and developmental disabilities.
     
  • HB 707—Preventing Child Access to Firearms
    This bill would provide that any person who leaves a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger any person under the age of 18 would be guilty of a Class 6 felony. Current law provides that any person who recklessly leaves a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any child under the age of 14 is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. Filler-Corn is carrying this legislation on behalf of the Virginia Department of Public Safety.
     
  • HB 1128—Repealing an Unnecessary and Potential Roadblock to Child Care Safety
    This bill would repeal the expiration date on the requirement that childcare providers undergo fingerprint-based national criminal-history background checks. Allowing this sunset to stand would risk Virginia losing millions of dollars in child development grants. This bill would prevent this from happening, not only ensuring that federal funds remain accessible to Virginia small businesses, but also that child care remains safer and more secure. Delegate Filler-Corn is carrying this bill on behalf of the Virginia Department of Social Services.
     
  • HB 1480—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 could feel more secure that their children are being cared for in a safer program with oversight.
     
  • HB 1485—Reforming School Absenteeism Policy 
    This bill would reform truancy and absenteeism policies for public schools. This bill aims to find better options to keep children in school before they are referred to the court system for truancy.


PROMOTING JUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY AND EQUALITY FOR ALL VIRGINIANS

  • HB 171—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 that election, and is otherwise eligible, the ability to register and vote up to and including the day of the upcoming election.
     
     
  • HB 454—Making College More Affordable
    This bill would require the governing board of each public institution of higher education to implement policies, procedures, and guidelines that encourage the adoption and use of low-cost and no-cost open educational resources in courses offered at such institution.
     
  • HB 706—Felony Larceny Threshold
    This bill would increase from $200 to $1000 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. Filler-Corn is carrying this bill on behalf of Governor Northam’s Administration.
     
  • HB 1076—Promoting the Security of Voters’ Personal Information 
    This bill would end the practice of requiring election officers to repeat a voter’s address out loud at the polls

In addition to the aforementioned legislation, Delegate Filler-Corn is also carrying HB 459, at the request of the Salamander Savers, a 4H Clubs made up of several young constituents in her district. This bill would designate the Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) as the State Salamander of Virginia. “I am excited to introduce these bright young activists to the civic process,” said Filler-Corn. “It is my hope that this is just the beginning of their engagement with government and that they will continue their advocacy for years to come,” she added.  

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