DMV Expands Range of Services
TSA Pre✓® and Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) available at DMV’s Tysons Corner office.
Delegate Filler-Corn Honored by the Autism Society
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) honored Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) with the Community Builder of the Year Award during ASNV’s Annual Wine and Dine for Autism event. This award recognizes those who have had a significant positive impact on the autism community.
Burke, Mount Vernon: Copperthite Race Track Receives Historical Marker
2,000-person grandstand once stood in Burke.
Communities Observe National Night Out
Law enforcement and neighborhoods come together in Fairfax Station, Springfield and countywide.
Burke and Springfield: AARP Campaign Office Opens in Springfield
Burke and Springfield: McAuliffe Signs High School Curriculum Bill Into Law
Burke and Springfield: Saving ABLE Savings Accounts
On Friday, June 10, Governor Terry McAuliffe and Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) joined Special Olympics Virginia’s Opening Ceremonies to ceremonially sign Delegate Filler-Corn’s bill, HB 1103, into law. HB 1103 builds upon Filler-Corn’s 2015 legislation, the Virginia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which created 529 savings accounts for people with disabilities (called ABLE accounts) similar to those used to save for college. HB 1103 ensures that these ABLE Accounts will be free of means testing at the state level.
“After meeting with Virginia 529 last fall, I found out that while Virginia ABLE accounts would be exempt from federal means testing, they could be subject to state means testing. If we didn’t act, some families might decide to avoid ABLE accounts and their advantages for fear of an adverse impact on eligibility for critical state benefits programs,” said Filler-Corn. “This outcome would circumvent the intent of both the federal and state ABLE legislation and fail to assist the very individuals intended to benefit from ABLE accounts. That’s why I introduced HB 1103.”
Honoring Fallen in Springfield
Memorial Day 2016 Observed at Burke Centre Conservancy
Gov. McAuliffe Signs Del. Filler-Corn's Legislation Into Law
Del. Filler-Corn Champions New Laws Preventing, Combating Sexual Assault
- HB 655 was incorporated into HB 1160 (patroned by Del. Rob Bell of Albermarle), relates to the storage of Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERKs), ensuring that all PERKs are stored for a minimum of two years or two years from the victim’s 18th birthday, if the victim is underage.
White Oaks Students Tour the Capitol
On Sunday, February 28th, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield) hosted student artists and their families from White Oaks Elementary School in Burke, VA for a reception and capitol tour in Richmond. White Oaks Elementary School Principal Ryan Richardson and White Oaks Art Teacher Susan Mosios were also in attendance.
Since January, the works of these young artists have been displayed on the fourth floor of the General Assembly building, in the hallway leading to Filler-Corn’s Richmond office. This is the first time that Filler-Corn has featured artwork from a local elementary school. "I would like this to be an annual event, featuring different schools in the 41st District,” Filler-Corn said.
The student artists are a variety of ages and used a variety of mediums in their artwork. Students from second to sixth grade submitted drawings of birds, cityscapes, the solar system, gourds, and even abstract landscapes. The works were selected blind—without knowledge of which student made them, by White Oaks art teachers, Susan Mosios and Erin Perticone. “I was so pleased when Delegate Filler-Corn contacted me about featuring our students’ art work in the General Assembly Building,” said Mosios. “It is crucial to encourage the arts at a young age. It broadens a child’s understanding of the world,” she added.
Delegate Filler-Corn, who also serves as chair of the General Assembly Arts Caucus, was pleased that so many families made the trip down to Richmond. She posed for pictures with many of the student artists as they pointed out their artwork to her and their very proud parents. “You never know who might have walked by these paintings,” Filler-Corn explained to the students. “Delegates, Senators, and Cabinet Secretaries have all viewed your beautiful work. You should be so proud of yourselves."
Following the reception in the General Assembly Building, the entire group, including Delegate Filler-Corn, walked over to the Capitol for an official tour, with a stop on the Floor of the chamber House of Delegates. The students listened intently to both the tour guide’s explanation of the history of the chamber, and the Delegate’s stories of a day in the life of a Delegate in the General Assembly.
Filler-Corn hopes to continue the tradition with other local elementary schools in the 41st District. “There are nine elementary schools in my district. I look forward to continuing the tradition we started this session for years to come. ” Delegate Filler-Corn said.
Burke, Fairfax: Filler-Corn Promotes Child Care Safety in the General Assembly
Burke and Fairfax: House Passes Filler-Corn Legislation Helping Pediatric Cancer Survivors
Delegate Eileen 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.
Del. Filler-Corn Receives the Jobs for America’s Graduates’ National Network Leadership Award
White Oaks Hosts “Bring Your Veteran to Breakfast”
Delegate Filler-Corn Addresses Student Leadership Conference
Del. Filler-Corn’s ‘CARE Act’ Passes the House
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn’s (D–41) HB 1413 passed the full House of Delegates on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. HB 1413 or the “CARE Act” addresses the important role of the informal and family caregivers and improved communication with them and medical providers. Specifically, the bill looks to improve healthcare and reduce preventable hospital revisits by having hospitals formally acknowledge a patient’s family caregiver at the time of admission and provide critical home care instruction before discharge.
Eileen Filler-Corn Holds First Mid-Session Office Hours in Springfield
Filler-Corn Announces Legislative Agenda
You can watch news coverage here.
Workshop Promotes Science Education
Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, Admiral John Harvey held a special ceremony to sign into law several pieces of legislation affecting the military community. Over ten pieces of legislation were signed into law during a ceremony held in Norfolk, Va. right outside of the USS Wisconsin. These pieces of legislation were passed during the 2014 General Assembly and took effect July 1.
Del. Filler-Corn Appointed to State Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation
"My personal and professional experience gives me great insight into intergovernmental relationships as well as between the Commonwealth and the federal government. I can use this experience to promote the Commonwealth and increase our standing as one of the best managed states” said Filler-Corn.
Del. Filler-Corn passes legislation to help constituent homeowners’ associations.
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41), working with constituents, has spearheaded legislation aimed at helping many residents of her district and across Virginia. The 41st District contains several self-managed homeowners’ associations, made up of volunteers in the community working in the best interests of their shared neighborhood.
House Bill 1247, aimed at reducing burdensome red tape for military spouses, has passed the House of Delegates and Senate with unanimous bipartisan support and now awaits signature from the Governor. Sponsored by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (41st District) and supported by the Administration, HB 1247 would require the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation to expedite the review process for temporary licenses from 30 to 20 days for military spouses that already hold the equivalent license in another state.
“Our military servicemen and servicewomen sacrifice so much for their country every single day. Many military spouses are often forced to leave successful careers behind and face excessive red tape preventing them from resettling in their chosen profession upon relocation. This bill aims to ease that burden.”
Virginia currently employs the second highest number of active-duty military out of the 50 states. A wide variety of professionals are required to have state-issued licenses in order to work in their field. This bill affects everyone from realtors, barbers, accountants, to construction workers.
“Every day that military spouses must wait to receive a license for a profession that they are already approved to practice in another state is another day that they are unable to earn income, support their family, and contribute to Virginia’s economy” said Filler-Corn. “This bill will reduce the time it takes for military spouses to receive temporary licenses for their professions, thereby dramatically reducing their financial and emotional burdens.”
Eileen Filler-Corn meets constituents over bagels and coffee
Legislation was introduced by Northern Virginia lawmakers Delegate Scott Surovell and Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn.
Posted by Mary Ann Barton (Editor) , February 07, 2014
The Virginia House of Delegates has voted 95-0 in favor of legislation to freeze the credit of minors to protect them from predatory credit card offers and identity theft.
Identity theft of children is a growing problem in the United States. Identity theft affects 30 million Americans, and approximately 500,000 of those cases are young people. Identity thieves increasingly target children because nobody generally discovers their actions until years later when a child becomes an adult, so that number is likely underreported.
This legislation would make Virginia one of the first states to adopt a minor credit freeze law, allowing a parent to freeze the credit of a child so that no person can seek credit under their name.
Surovell introduced legislation after his children, ages 13 and 11, received credit card solicitations in the mail.
“This is a major step for consumer protection in Virginia,” said Surovell. “Credit card companies should not be soliciting business from eleven year-old children and creating opportunities for identity thieves.”
• HB543: Security Freeze for Protected Consumers: Allows the parents or guardians of a minor (16 years and under) to request that a consumer-reporting agency place a security freeze on the protected consumer’s credit report.
“I introduced this bill to protect children throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, said Delegate Filler-Corn. “It is my hope that this legislation will go a long way in protecting our children from the dangers of credit fraud and identity theft, while giving peace of mind to parents.”
Surovell and Filler-Corn introduced separate, identical legislation to protect the credit of minors and Surovell is a chief co-patron of Filler-Corn’s bill.
Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, who represents Burke and the 41st District, has been advocating for more open education resources for Virginia college students.
Bill HB 1777, which was submitted earlier this year, aims to create an Open Education Resource Council tasked with developing and acquiring open education resources that could be provided at no charge to students. OER materials are textbooks or other auxiliary resources developed and produced with no copyright restrictions. This makes them available for anyone to access and use at their disposal. University professors often develop these materials, which are also peer reviewed for accuracy.
"Several states are currently utilizing OER materials as a way to reduce cost burdens on their students. These books are available at no charge and accessed digitally at the student’s convenience. This is an excellent method to increase affordability, while still providing accurate information and quality material," said Filler-Corn.
The bill was referred to the Joint Commission on Technology and Science during the 2013 General Assembly session and has drawn wide interest from different parties.
In an effort to continue the year-long conversation about OER, Filler-Corn recently co-hosted a forum on Dec. 2 with David Anderson, Executive Director for Higher Education at Association of American Publishers and Nada Dabbagh, Professor and Director of Division of Learning Technologies at George Mason University (GMU) to discuss new technologies and affordable options for higher education textbooks. This forum brought together several important stakeholders involved with higher education and the development and usage of textbooks.
"I was honored to lead this forum that continued the vital discussion of how we can reduce costs for our students and families through the use of new technology and resources in textbooks and class materials," said Filler-Corn. "We have continued to see a rise in the price of textbooks and other auxiliary materials in higher education. We need to use new resources as a way to reduce costs and ensure that students are getting the most out of their higher education."
The forum discussed using these technologies at both Virginia universities and colleges as well as in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) where many students are turning to save money by avoiding the tuition costs of a four year university. Representatives from George Mason University, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the VCCS attended the forum to add their input on the idea. Additionally, representatives from the major textbook publishers and Fairfax County Public Schools were also in attendance.
"It is my hope that this forum can continue to move forward the discussion of OER digital textbooks in the Commonwealth. As leaders and policy makers, it is our responsibility to look at the current system and find areas that need improvement," said Filler-Corn. "The rising cost of college continues to need to be addressed and I believe this can be a way of alleviating some of the financial burden on our students and their families.”
Editor's note: Thanks to Del. Filler-Corn's office for providing much of the background information on the forum.
Q&A with Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41).
Transportation funding was one of the big stories to come out of Richmond during the 45-day “short session,” but it wasn’t the only one.
Unlike Congressional gridlock, where lobbyists, special-interest groups and political aspirations converge to slow down legislation, the pace in Virginia’s capitol is fast and furious. Legislation gets passed in the blink of an eye. It’s a pace Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, the second-term Democrat representing nearly 90,000 residents in Burke, Fairfax and West Springfield, knows well.
Before she became one of the few women serving in the Virginia House, she learned to navigate the political process in Richmond during her tenure as deputy director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington for Governor Mark Warner, as well as a senior advisor to Governor Tim Kaine. She also chaired the National Governors’ Association Executive Committee Staff Advisory Council during Governor Warner’s term. At the beginning of the 2013 General Assembly, she introduced 13 bills for consideration. Her legislative priorities included education, transportation and public safety. She also introduced legislation focused around cutting college students’ expenses, expanding voting hours, protecting children and protecting funding for Virginia Railway Express.
Q: What drove your legislative agenda this session?
A: With a short session, I decided to introduce important legislative proposals that would make a difference for the 41st District and across the commonwealth. It is always my priority to reflect the views of my constituents and address the issues that affect our community.
Like every legislative session that I have participated in, I dedicate the nine or 10 months away from Richmond speaking to constituents in my district about legislative ideas, their concerns and issues they have noticed in the community. Every day I strive to reflect the voice of my district and help those in our area that may need state-related assistance.
Q: Bullying is a hot topic for every parent. What motivated you to sponsor the legislation on that issue?
A: HB 1871, which I was proud to co-patron, defines the term “bullying” as any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim. It also requires schools to establish a prohibition against such behavior and adopt policies to create a bully-free environment. This was important legislation in order to establish a clear and legal definition of bullying and to help prevent it in our schools. Too often today we hear about tragic instances of bullying gone too far and this legislation takes another step forward to prevent another unfortunate event.
Q: What were the most important pieces of legislation this session?
A: This session saw two of the most important measures passed during my time in the House of Delegates. The final day of the Legislative Session was a historic one for the commonwealth. A new comprehensive transportation package passed and is awaiting the governor’s signature. In addition, the budget passed and included Medicaid expansion. Both of these measures underwent considerable revisions and compromise throughout the seven weeks of extensive debate and consideration. I supported the transportation plan, which will generate $880 million annually for statewide transportation funding, and provide another $350 million for Northern Virginia transportation projects. In addition, this bill provides dedicated funding for mass-transit and inter-city passenger rail and includes $300 million for Phase II of the Dulles Silver Line metro. I feel strongly that the benefits represented by this comprehensive plan successfully help address our area’s transportation needs, however I did not agree with every aspect of the transportation package. I was disappointed in the $100 fee that was included for hybrid vehicles, a provision that I opposed. It is my hope that removing this specific provision will send a message to the 91,000 Virginians that drive these vehicles, including many in my district, that we applaud their effort to help sustain our environment while reducing our dependence on foreign fuel. I have spoken to the governor about this issue and followed up with a letter requesting that this portion of the bill not go into effect.
Additionally, the General Assembly passed the budget, which agreed on a way forward to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly 400,000 additional Virginians desperately in need of adequate health care options. Included among the approved budget amendments was a commitment to allow Virginia to opt into the federal Medicaid expansion program once it is determined that appropriate reforms are in place. With the federal government paying 100 percent the first three years and 90 percent thereafter, Virginia will save $317 million over a five-year period on Medicaid costs.
I am now optimistic that we can focus more of our efforts on improving our schools, creating new jobs, expanding economic development and furthering our reputation as one of the best states in which to raise a family and establish a business.
Q: What was your biggest disappointment this session?
A: Again, this session, little progress was made on many important issues such as education, women’s health rights, gun safety and voting rights.
My bill, HB 1774, which would have extended voting hours from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the benefit of commuters and all voters, did not advance out of subcommittee due to a lack of funding and registrars that said they are overworked.
In fact, a number of bills were passed that will make voting more difficult rather than easier for voters. Legislation was passed that requires photo identification in order to vote, which will negatively impact voters who do not have a birth certificate and will force voter registrars to purchase costly equipment to provide a substitute ID for those who request it. Another measure that passed requires the use of a federal scanning database to remove non-citizens from the voting rolls, even though this database has proven faulty and prevented some naturalized citizens from exercising their right to cast a ballot.
Additionally, my bill HB 2199 did not advance from the House Appropriations Committee after being referred by the Education Committee. This bill was intended to increase the numbers of students eligible for expedited retakes of the Standard of Learning tests given to the commonwealth’s public school students. Currently, only high school students are allowed to take retakes if they score within 25 points of the passing score. Students may not pass their SOLs for a variety of reasons, and they should be given a chance to retake them. Moreover, it is important to instill confidence, particularly in our younger children, who may be negatively impacted if they do not have the opportunity to retake a failed SOL test. This legislation was supported by the Superintendents Association, several County School districts including Fairfax, and the Virginia Education Association. It is my hope that this bill can advance next year using a different approach through a budgetary amendment.
Q: Describe your experience as a woman in the House of Delegates.
A: I serve with only 18 other women in the Virginia House of Delegates and I believe I am only one of two moms with school-aged children. I believe women can bring a different perspective and quality to the state capitol, one of consensus building, “getting things done” and cooperation. Our perspective, experience and ability to engage and inspire are unique characteristics which can be helpful in Richmond. With the recent women’s health issues debated over the past two years, it is even clearer to me the need to elect good, smart, quality women to the General Assembly.
In recent years, such outstanding women members of the General Assembly including Delegate Vivian Watts and Senators Janet Howell and Toddy Puller, with whom I am now honored to serve, have set a very high example for the 25 current female members of the General Assembly. In this regard, I have always strongly encouraged women, who are interested in becoming candidates to do so, and I frequently speak to such groups as the Girl Scouts about the importance of civic duty and the opportunity to serve their community and address major women’s issues.
Highlights of Del. Filler-Corn’s session:
Details on all of Del. Filler-Corn’s bills and what happened to each bill can be found at lis.virginia.gov under her name.
- HB 1778—Informing women of increased risk of breast cancer due to dense breast tissue. This bill requires doctors to include information of the increased risk of breast cancer due to dense breast tissue on a mammogram, describing the potential link to cancer. This bill builds on legislation that was signed into law last year and is an important step forward for women’s health. The additional screening and procedures that many women will undergo following a consultation and notification from their mammogram about dense breast tissue can be life saving. This bill passed the House and Senate unanimously and now awaits the governor’s signature.
- HB 2041—Allows the Recreational Access Fund to utilize guidelines instead of regulations to fund access roads and bikeways to public recreational areas and historical sites. This bill replaces language that requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to adopt regulations for administrating the Recreational Access Fund, with language authorizing the CTB to utilize guidelines instead. This streamlines the Recreational Access Fund’s administration and improves government services to Virginians, while still allowing for the public’s involvement in the decision making process. This bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously and awaits the governor’s signature.
- HB 1777—Creating an online database of free textbooks for college students. This bill would reduce costs for college students and their families by creating an online database where they can access digital versions of up to 50 textbooks at no charge for some of the most common prerequisite courses. It also would create an open source digital library. The bill has been referred to the Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS), which will bring together interested stakeholders to discuss all of the aspects and concerns relative to this proposed legislation and thus hopefully move this bill forward in the future.
- HB2201—Require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in all new public school construction and rehabilitation of existing public schools. This bill would protect children from the dangers of potentially deadly leaks by requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all new school construction and any renovations of existing schools. After discussions with the Department of Community and Housing Development (DCHD) it was determined that the best route of action for this proposal was via the regulatory process through DCHD. Therefore, at my request, the DCHD is now reviewing regulatory action with regard to implementing this important requirement in all new schools as well as those undergoing structural renovations.
- HB1782—Protecting children from dangers of concussions. This bill would require third-party organizations using public parks and schools for sporting events to adopt concussion guidelines in accordance with Virginia requirements or from the locality where the event is being held. This topic and issue will now be sent to the Joint Commission on Health Care for their 2013 study plan.
- HB 1774—Making it easier for citizens to vote. This bill would have extended voting hours by an additional hour, until 8 p.m. on Election Day. The proposal would have made it easier for workers, commuters, caregivers and young people to participate in the voting process by providing more time to get to the polls. Although the bill did not advance, it sparked important conversation among legislators, election officials and citizens.
2013 General Assembly Press Release
For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2013
Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn unveils legislative agenda and is appointed to House of Delegates Finance Committee
RICHMOND, VA – Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41st District) unveiled the 13 bills that she has introduced for consideration by the 2013 General Assembly. Members of the House of Delegates may introduce a maximum of 15 pieces of legislation during this year’s 45-day session.
Among Del. Filler-Corn’s legislative priorities are education, transportation and public safety. She will also focus on cutting college students’ expenses, expanding voting hours, protecting our children and promoting a healthy lifestyle for all adults. She stated “With a short session, I decided to introduce important legislative proposals that will make a difference for the 41stDistrict and across the Commonwealth. It is my priority to reflect the views of my constituents and address the issues that affect our community.”
Delegate Filler-Corn will also have a new Committee assignment in the 2013 session. In addition to her two previous standing House Committees (House Transportation and House Militia, Police and Public Safety), she has now also been appointed by Speaker of the House, William J. Howell, to serve on the House Finance Committee as well.
The House Finance Committee, which dates back to 1624, is responsible for overseeing state revenue and taxation issues. Under the chairmanship of Del. Harry R. Purkey (R-Virginia Beach), this Committee is currently comprised of 15 Republicans and 7 Democrats. Del. Filler-Corn stated “I am honored to have been appointed to the House Finance Committee. This important and historic Committee is vital to the operation of the Commonwealth. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to develop solutions to the fiscal challenges currently facing the Commonwealth.”
Among the bills introduced by Delegate Filler Corn this week are:
HB 1774 Would extend voting hours to 8 p.m. from the current closing time of 7:00 p.m., make voting more convenient for individuals that spend significant time commuting
HB 1775 Would give any woman the right to opt-out of the mandatory ultrasound procedure that is costly and often medically unnecessary.
HB 1776 Would waive the penalty on physicians who choose not to perform an unnecessary ultrasound procedure against their medical judgment and training.
HB 1777 Would alleviate costs for college students and their families by creating an online database where they can access digital versions of up to 50 textbooks at no charge for some of the most common prerequisite courses.
HB 1778 Would require that doctors provide female patients with information on dense breast tissue describing the potential link to cancer and that additional screening procedures may be necessary.
HB 1779 Would waive the monthly electronic E-Z pass fee after 10 uses in that month
HB 1781 Would make it a felony for individuals to knowingly take advantage of an elderly individual’s finances.
HB 1782 Building on past legislation, this bill would protect our children by ensuring that all parties using public school facilities are aware of Virginia’s guidelines for the diagnosis, care and treatment of concussion injuries.
HB 2024 Would help individuals taking the right steps towards a healthy lifestyle if, during wellness check fully covered by insurance, it becomes necessary to perform a diagnostic procedure, the patient would only be responsible for the additional cost of that procedure.
HB 2041 Would improve the Recreational Access Fund by streamlining and moving rulemaking away from regulations to guidelines, allowing improvements to be made in a timely manner.
HB 2201 Would require that Carbon Monoxide detectors to be installed in all new public school construction and rehabilitation of existing public schools.
HB 2199 Would give students in all grades the opportunity to be given an expedited re-take of the Standards of Learning (SOL) examination, in the event of their failure to pass the initial test.
HB 2297 Would restore the dedicated federal funding to the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) for track usage fees, for the benefit of our communities.
Details on all of these bills and their status in the legislative process can be found at lis.virginia.gov under Delegate Filler-Corn’s name.