2022 VA General Assembly

Start date of Special Session has been changed to Mon, April 4.
[Originally scheduled for April 27, 2022. See GA calendar]

Status of 2022 Priority Legislation

of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition

Enrolled = Bill has passed both houses, sent to the Governor, but not yet signed.
Conf. Comm. = Bill passed each house in different forms, will be resolved in Special Session.

■ = Bill is dead or 'continued.'

2022 Priority Bills

Cat Number Title House Senate GA / Gov updated
Support climate HB 71 Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates, Phase I Utility and Phase II Utility. more...
Prohibits candidates, campaign committees, and political committees from soliciting or accepting contributions from any public utility, as defined in the bill, and prohibits any public utility or any political committee established by such public utility from making any such contribution.
Left 2/15/22
Support campaign finance HB 86 Campaign finance; disclosure reports, searchable electronic database. more...
Requires the Department of Elections to provide an interface to the campaign finance database maintained by the Department that allows users to easily search for and sort information ...
Passed Passed Conf. Comm. 1/6/23
Support environment HB 250 Mining and processing of certain minerals and elements; work group to study. more...
Directs the Secretaries of Natural and Historic Resources, Health and Human Resources, and Commerce and Trade to convene a work group study the mining and processing of copper, zinc, and lead in the Commonwealth and to report its findings to the General Assembly by Dec 1, 2023.
Left 2/15/22
Support environment HB 323 Local Food and Farming Infrastructure Grant Program; increases grant for certain projects. more...
Increases from $25,000 to $50,000 the amount of a grant that may be made to a political subdivision for projects that support local food production and sustainable agriculture.
Passed Passed Signed 4/12/22
Support environment HB 393 Water quality; consideration of economic or social development. more...
Requires the State Water Control Board to analyze the economic or social impact on residents who and communities that have historically been economically or socially disadvantaged when considering any project or development that would constitute a new or increased discharge of effluent into high quality water.
Left 2/15/22
Support climate HB 471 State agencies and localities; solar-ready roof requirements, etc. more...
Requires any executive branch agency or institution and any locality entering the design phase for the construction of a new building greater than 5,000 gross square feet in size, or the renovation of a building where the cost of the renovation exceeds 50 percent of the value of the building, to ensure that such building includes a solar-ready roof ....
Left 2/15/22
Support campaign finance HB 492 Campaign finance; record retention requirements and reviews of campaign finance disclosure reports. more...
Campaign finance; record retention requirements and reviews of campaign finance disclosure reports. Requires campaign committee treasurers to retain certain records that may be used in reviews of campaign committee accounts....
Passed Passed Signed 4/12/22
Support campaign finance HB 495 Campaign finance; mandatory electronic filing for all candidates. more...
Requires all independent expenditure and candidate campaign finance reports to be filed electronically with the Department of Elections...
Left 2/15/22
Support campaign finance HB 500 Campaign finance and advertisements; independent expenditures; electioneering communications. more...
Broadens the scope of campaign advertisement disclosure requirements to cover electioneering communications, as defined in the bill. ...
Failed 1/29/22
Support campaign finance HB 575 Elections; campaign finance; contribution limits; civil penalty. more...
Establishes contribution limits from any individual to any candidate campaign committee, political action committee, and political party committee and from any political action committee or political party committee to any campaign committee. ...
Left 2/15/22
Support climate HB 588 Electric utilities; adjustment of rates. more...
Provides that if the State Corporation Commission (the Commission) determines that the regulation of rates of investor-owned incumbent electric utilities under certain procedures of the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act results in rates that are not just and reasonable, then the Commission may, in any triennial review, adjust such rates ...
Stricken 1/26/22
Support guns HB 590 Storage of firearms in residence where minor present; penalty. more...
Requires any person who possesses a firearm in a residence where such person knows or reasonably should know that a minor under 18 years of age is present to store such firearm unloaded in a locked container, compartment, or cabinet, and to store all ammunition in a separate locked container, compartment, or cabinet. ...
Left 2/15/22
Support justice HB 612 Possession of controlled substances; penalties. more...
Reduces the penalty for possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance from a Class 5 felony to a Class 1 misdemeanor and the penalty for possession of a Schedule IV or V controlled substance from a Class 2 misdemeanor and a Class 3 misdemeanor, respectively, to a Class 4 misdemeanor. ...
Tabled 1/24/22
Support climate HB 664 Public utilities; delay of termination of service, serious medical condition, report. more...
Requires the State Corporation Commission to establish by regulation exemptions to termination of service by a public utility that provides electric, gas, water, and wastewater services for certain customers. ...
Left 2/15/22
Support governance HB 687 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; definitions; meeting. more...
Changes the definition of "meeting" for purposes of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act to mean an assemblage of at least a quorum of the members of a public body. Under current law, a meeting is defined as an assemblage of as many as three members or a quorum, if less than three members, of a public body.
Stricken 1/26/22
Support governance HB 688 School boards; production of public records; fee schedules. more...
Requires each school board to develop and post or otherwise make publicly available a fee schedule governing charges for the release of public records to be used by each school within its school division when responding to requests for public records pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
Stricken 2/1/22
Support education HB 853 Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program Fund; unused funds; Enslaved Ancestors College. more...
Requires any moneys remaining in the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program Fund, including interest thereon, at the end of each fiscal year to be distributed in equal parts to each of the five public institutions of higher education that are required to implement and execute the Enslaved Ancestors College Access Scholarship and Memorial Program ...
Stricken 1/31/22
Support education HB 860 Teacher Training Corps; established, report. more...
Establishes the Teacher Training Corps for the purpose of attracting and retaining public elementary and secondary school teachers in school divisions in the Commonwealth by awarding scholarships to students who obtain teaching degrees and certifications at participating institutions and requiring such students to fill teacher positions for specified periods of time at high-needs schools, as defined in the bill, and meet other requirements. ...
Left 2/15/22
Support justice HB 862 Supplementing compensation of public defender. more...
Requires the governing body of any county or city that elects to supplement the compensation of the attorney for the Commonwealth, or any of his deputies or employees, above the salary of any such attorney for the Commonwealth, deputy, or employee, to proportionally ...
Tabled 2/4/22
Support justice HB 906 Petition for modification of sentence; eligibility, procedures. more...
Provides a petition process for a person serving a sentence for any conviction or a combination of any convictions who remains incarcerated in a state or local correctional facility and meets certain criteria to petition the circuit court that entered the original judgment or order to (i) suspend the unserved portion of such sentence ...
Left 2/15/22
Support governance HB 972 Elections; removal of officers, recall elections, petition for recall. more...
Provides for the removal of certain elected officers and officers appointed to elected offices by recall referendum. The bill requires a petition for recall be signed by 30 percent of the total number of votes cast at the last election for the office for which a recall is sought.
Left 2/15/22
Support campaign finance HB 973 Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, complaints, hearings, civil penalty more...
Prohibits any person from converting contributions to a candidate or a candidate's campaign committee for their personal use. Current law only prohibits such conversion of contributions with regard to disbursement of surplus funds at the dissolution of a campaign or political committee. ...
Left 2/15/22
Support justice HB 1053 Local correctional facilities; fees. more...
Eliminates certain fees charged to inmates within a local correctional facility, including a fee to defray the costs associated with an inmate's keep, travel and other expenses associated with an inmate's work release employment or participation in an educational or rehabilitative program, and telephone systems. ...
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Support Workers HB 1054 Disaster or emergency; weather extremes; disconnection prohibitions for certain utilities. more...
Prohibits telecommunications electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities and broadband companies from disconnecting service to a residential customer for nonpayment of bills or fees during a declared state of emergency, emergency, major disaster, disaster, resource shortage, or local emergency, as those terms are defined in the Code. ...
Left 2/15/22
Support education HB 1135 Standards of Quality; work-based learning; teacher leaders and mentors; principal mentors. more...
Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of units in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and principal mentorship statewide and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs in Standard 5....
Left 2/15/22
Support justice HB 1197 Secretariat agency responsibilities; Department of Juvenile Justice. more...
Directs the Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to convene a stakeholder work group to determine the feasibility and benefits of transferring responsibility for the Department of Juvenile Justice from the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources. ...
Passed Passed Vetoed 4/28/22
Support workers HB 1220 Right to work; repeals provisions of Code that refers to denial or abridgement. more...
Repeals provisions of the Code of Virginia ...
Stricken 2/8/22
Support climate HB 1288 Public utilities; rate review by the State Corporation Commission. more...
In annual rate review of a public utility by the State Corporation Commission, the Commission may find the rates of a public utility, including an investor-owned incumbent electric utility, are not just and reasonable and may take corrective action.
Continued 2/2/22
Support Workers SB 1 Paid family and medical leave program; Virginia Employment Commission required to establish. more...
Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to establish and administer a paid family and medical leave program with benefits beginning January 1, 2025. Under the program, benefits are paid to eligible employees for family and medical leave.
Continued 2/7/22
Support climate SB 45 Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates. more...
Prohibits candidates, campaign committees, and political committees from soliciting or accepting contributions from any public utility, as defined in the bill, and prohibits any public utility or any political committee established by such public utility from making any such contribution.
PBI 2/2/22
Support education SB 157 Competitive compensation for certain positions in public elementary and secondary schools. more...
Declares it the goal of the Commonwealth that its public school teachers and all other individuals employed in Standards of Quality-funded positions be compensated at a rate that is competitive, defined as at or above the national average salary for the position, in order to attract and keep highly qualified individuals in such positions....
Continued 2/9/22
Support workers SB 264 Collective bargaining for public employees. more...
Provides for collective bargaining by public employees. The bill creates the Public Employee Relations Board, which will determine appropriate bargaining units and provide for certification and decertification elections for exclusive bargaining representatives of state employees and local government employees. ...
Stricken 1/18/22
Support justice SB 282 Supplementing compensation of public defender. more...
Requires the governing body of any county or city that elects to supplement the compensation of the attorney for the Commonwealth, or any of his deputies or his employees, above the salary of any such officer, deputy, or employee to supplement the compensation of the public defender ...
Incorp 2/14/22
Support climate SB 290 State agencies and localities; solar-ready roof requirements, etc. more...
Requires any executive branch agency or institution and any locality entering the design phase for the construction of a new building greater than 5,000 gross square feet in size, or the renovation of a building where the cost of the renovation exceeds 50 percent of the value of the building, to ensure that such building includes a solar-ready roof ...
Defeated Passed 2/25/22
Support guns SB 310 Manufacture, import, sale, transfer, or possession of plastic firearms and unfinished frames. more...
Creates a Class 5 felony for any person who manufactures, imports, sells, transfers, or possesses any firearm with a major component, as defined in the bill, that when subjected to inspection by the types of detection devices, including X-ray machines, commonly used at airports ...
Tabled Passed 2/25/22
Support justice SB 378 Petition for modification of sentence; eligibility, procedures. more...
Provides a petition process for a person serving a sentence for any conviction or a combination of any convictions who remains incarcerated in a state or local correctional facility and meets certain criteria to petition the circuit court that entered the original judgment or order to (i) suspend the unserved portion...
Left Passed 3/15/22
Support justice SB 411 Possession of controlled substances; penalties. more...
Reduces the penalty for possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance from a Class 5 felony to a Class 1 misdemeanor and the penalty for possession of a Schedule IV or V controlled substance from a Class 2 misdemeanor and a Class 3 misdemeanor, respectively, to a Class 4 misdemeanor. ...
Defeated 2/10/22
Support education SB 454 Teacher Training Corps; established, report. more...
Establishes the Teacher Training Corps for the purpose of attracting and retaining public elementary and secondary school teachers in school divisions in the Commonwealth by awarding scholarships to students who obtain teaching degrees and certifications at participating institutions and requiring such students to fill teacher positions for specified periods of time at high-needs schools, as defined in the bill, and meet other requirements. ...
Continued 2/2/22
Support campaign finance SB 463 Campaign finance; prohibited personal use of campaign funds, complaints, hearings, civil penalty. more...
Prohibits any person from converting contributions to a candidate or a candidate's campaign committee for their personal use. ...
Left Passed 3/15/22
Support education SB 481 School boards and local governing bodies; unexpended local funds, etc. more...
Encourages each school board to enter into a collaborative agreement with the local governing body to set aside in a separate fund any sums appropriated to the school board by the local governing body that are unexpended by the school board in any year in order to use such sums to finance school maintenance, renovation, or construction in the local school division. The bill declares any school board that fails to enter into such a collaborative agreement ineligible to participate in any state gr
Left Passed 3/15/22
Support education SB 490 Standards of Quality; work-based learning; teacher leaders and mentors; principal mentors. more...
Makes several changes to the Standards of Quality, including requiring the establishment of units in the Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and principal mentorship statewide and requiring the Board of Education to establish and oversee the local implementation of teacher leader and teacher mentor programs in Standard 5. ...
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Support governance SB 495 Elections; removal of officers; recall elections; petition. more...
Reforms the process for removal of certain elected officers by recall referendum. The bill requires a petition for recall be signed by 30 percent of the total number of votes cast at the last election for the office for which a recall is sought.
Continued Passed 3/5/22
Support climate SB 568 Campaign finance; prohibited contributions to candidates; civil penalty. more...
Prohibits any public utility from making any contribution to any committee or otherwise provide any money any other thing of value, given, advanced, loaned, or in any other way provided to any person or committee for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election. ...
PBI 2/1/22
Support voting rights SJ 1 Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters and the right to vote (second reference). more...
A person who has been convicted of a felony shall not be entitled to vote during any period of incarceration for such felony conviction, but upon release from incarceration for that felony conviction and without further action required of him such person shall be invested with all political rights, including the right to vote. Currently, in order to be qualified to vote a person convicted of a felony must have his civil rights restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority.
Left Passed 3/9/22
Oppose education HB 4 Requires school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense. more...
Requires that school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Under current law, principals are required to make such reports only for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Oppose climate HB 5 Flood Relief Fund; established. more...
Establishes the Flood Relief Fund (the Fund), funded by reducing the allocation of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds to the Community Flood Preparedness Fund from 45 to 40 percent and allocating the five percent to the Fund. ...
Tabled 2/12/22
Oppose education HB 9 Public school teachers; probationary term of service, grounds for dismissal, and dismissal hearings. more...
Permits each school board to extend for up to two additional years the three-year probationary term of service that is required for each teacher in the school division before the issuance of a continuing contract and prohibits each school board from reemploying a teacher whose performance evaluation during such probationary period is not satisfactory. ...
Passed PBI 2/17/22
Oppose education HB 12 Public school buildings; limits entry points, screening individuals. more...
Requires each local school board to (i) limit to the lowest feasible number the entry points in each public school building in the local school division, (ii) ensure that each individual who seeks to enter any school building in the local school division is screened with a handheld metal detector wand by a school security officer or another appropriate school board employee who is appropriately trained in such method of screening, (iii) require each such school security officer or other appropri
Left 2/15/22
Oppose guns HB 14 Handguns; limitation on purchases. more...
Removes the prohibition on any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period. Current law makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a violation of this provision, subject to certain exemptions.
Left 2/15/22
Oppose Health HB 22 Medical mandates; each adult has a fundamental right to be free from mandates. more...
Declares that, except as otherwise provided by law, each adult has a fundamental right to be free from medical mandates of the Commonwealth or any locality, private employer, health care entity or provider, or provider of public accommodations. ...
Left 2/15/22
Oppose guns HB 26 Firearms; control by localities of possession or carrying. more...
Removes the authority for a locality by ordinance to prohibit the possession or carrying of firearms, etc.
Left 2/15/22
Oppose Health HB 27 COVID-19 vaccination status; mandatory COVID-19 vaccination prohibited, discrimination prohibited. more...
Prohibits the State Health Commissioner and the Board of Health, the Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, [+more] from requiring any person to undergo vaccination for COVID-19 and prohibits discrimination based on a person's COVID-19 vaccination status with regard to education or public employment and in numerous other contexts. ...
Left 2/15/22
Oppose voting rights HB 34 Repeals establishment of drop-off locations for the return of absentee ballots. more...
Absentee voting; return of absentee ballots; drop-off locations. Repeals the provisions of law providing for the establishment of drop-off locations for the return of absentee ballots.
Passed PBI 2/28/22
Oppose voting rights HB 35 Excuse required to vote absentee in person prior to the second Saturday preceding an election. more...
Requires a registered voter to provide a reason for being absent or unable to vote at his polling place on election day in order to receive an absentee ballot to vote by mail. Registered voters offering to vote absentee in person are similarly required by the bill to provide a reason until the second Saturday immediately preceding an election, at which time an excuse is not required to vote absentee in person. The bill provides that an application for an absentee ballot is required to receive an
Left 2/15/22
Oppose voting rights HB 36 Repeals permanent absentee voter list. more...
Repeals the provisions of law by which any registered voter may apply to receive absentee ballots for all elections in which he is eligible to vote and remains on the list until the voter requests in writing to be removed from the list, the voter's registration is canceled or placed on inactive status pursuant to law, or the voter moves to a different address not in the same county or city of his registration.
Left 2/15/22
Oppose education HB 59 School principals; incident reports. more...
Requires that school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Under current law, principals are required to make such reports only for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.
Left 2/15/22
Oppose climate HB 73 Electric utilities; definitions, aggregate capacity requirements for renewable energy facilities. more...
Amends certain provisions related to the Air Pollution Control Board's regulation of carbon dioxide emissions. The bill removes certain requirements for energy efficiency pilot programs to be considered in the public interest. The bill removes aggregate capacity requirements for renewable energy generating facilities, including facilities utilizing energy derived from sunlight, onshore wind, and offshore wind. ...
Passed PBI 2/28/22
Oppose climate HB 74 Clean Economy Act; non-bypassable charges, energy-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) industries more...
Defines EITE industries as companies that are constrained in their ability to pass through carbon costs due to international competition, companies that engage in importation of products that cause emission leakage, and critical infrastructure facilities identified by certain federal agencies. ...
Passed PBI 2/28/22
Oppose justice HB 79 Marijuana and certain traffic offenses; issuing citations. more...
...The bill also repeals the provision that provides that no law-enforcement officer may lawfully stop, search, or seize any person, place, or thing solely on the basis of the odor of marijuana and that no evidence discovered or obtained as a result of such unlawful search or seizure shall be admissible ...
Passed PBI 2/28/22
Oppose climate HB 118 Electric utilities; regulation, development of renewable energy facilities. more...
Repeals provisions (i) requiring the State Air Pollution Control Board to adopt regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions... (ii) prohibiting the State Corporation Commission from approving any new utility-owned generation facilities that emit carbon dioxide... (iii) declaring that statutory allowances for energy derived from sunlight, onshore wind, offshore wind, and storage facilities are in the public interest; ...
Passed PBI 2/28/22
Oppose public-private HB 119 Public-Private Competition Act; created, repeals Competitive Government Act, etc. more...
...Prohibits public bodies from engaging in any commercial activity, defined in the bill to mean any activity that can be performed by an existing private business. The bill creates an exemption for commercial activities that public bodies are required to perform pursuant to the Constitution of Virginia. ...
Stricken 2/15/22
Oppose education HB 127 Academic year Governor's Schools; certain practices prohibited and permitted. more...
Prohibits any academic year Governor's School or governing board member, director, administrator, or employee thereof from (i) discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin; (ii) engaging in proxy discrimination, as defined in the bill, in student admissions; or (iii) seeking information on students' race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin during the application process for admission to
Passed Passed Signed 4/12/22
Oppose climate HB 202 Solar facilities; permit by rule. more...
Lowers from 150 to 20 megawatts the maximum generation capacity of an electrical generation facility that generates electricity only from sunlight to qualify for issuance of a permit by rule.
Left 2/15/22
Oppose climate HB 206 Small renewable energy projects; impact on natural resources. more...
Requires, as a condition for a permit by rule for a small energy project, that the applicant conduct an analysis of the beneficial and adverse impacts of the proposed project on natural resources ...
Passed Passed Signed 4/12/22
Oppose climate HB 558 Natural gas, biogas, and other gas sources of energy; definitions, energy conservation. more...
Permits natural gas utilities to include in their fuel portfolios, ... supplemental or substitute forms of gas sources, defined in the bill, that meet certain standards and that reduce emissions intensity....
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Oppose climate HB 656 Coal refuse energy and reclamation tax credit. more...
Creates a nonrefundable individual and corporate income tax credit for taxable years 2023 through 2027 equal to $4 per ton of qualified coal refuse used to generate electricity at an eligible facility, defined in the bill, in the Commonwealth by an eligible taxpayer, defined in the bill, during the taxable year. ...
Left 2/15/22
Oppose climate HB 657 Public utilities; waste coal and certain coal-fired electric generating units. more...
Provides that renewable energy and renewable energy standard eligible sources include energy derived from waste coal, which the bill defines as usable material that is a byproduct of previous coal processing operations. Additionally, the bill provides an exception to the requirement that all electric generating units located in the Commonwealth that emit carbon as a by-product of combusting fuel to generate electricity are closed by December 31, 2045, ...
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Oppose education HB 781 Public elementary and secondary schools; student citizenship skills. more...
...The bill prohibits the Board and Department of Education and each local school board from teaching, instructing, or training certain individuals and groups, including teachers and students, to support, believe, endorse, embrace, confess, act upon, or otherwise assent to a divisive concept, as defined in the bill, or penalizing or discriminating against any such individual or group for refusing to do so ...
Left 2/15/22
Oppose climate HB 839 Electric utilities; recovery of costs; rate adjustment clause proceedings; construction/facilities. more...
Provides that in any proceeding regarding petitions for a rate adjustment clause, the State Corporation Commission may, as an alternative to a rate adjustment clause, authorize recovery of any proposed cost through the utility's rates for generation and distribution services ...
Continued 1/26/22
Oppose climate HB 892 Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI); preexisting contracts. more...
Establishes a reserve account for the purchase of Regional Green House Gas Initiative (RGGI) allowances by an entity that has a preexisting contractual arrangement related to a power purchase...
Passed PBI 3/2/22
Oppose climate HB 894 Generation of electricity and energy development in the Commonwealth. more...
Prohibits an electric generating unit located in the coalfield region of the Commonwealth capable of generating electricity from waste coal that began commercial operations after January 1, 2010, from being required to retire before such unit reaches the end of its useful life...
Passed Passed Signed 4/12/22
Oppose guns HB 1051 Protective orders; possession of firearms. more...
The bill removes the requirement that any person subject to a protective order must surrender his firearms within 24 hours of being served with a protective order.
Left 2/15/22
Oppose climate HB 1204 Renewable energy certificates; certain requirements prohibited. more...
Prohibits American Electric Power or Dominion Energy Virginia from being required (i) to procure and retire renewable energy certificates...
Passed Passed Signed 4/12/22
Oppose climate HB 1257 Natural gas utilities; retail supply choice. more...
...The bill bars public entities from adopting an ordinance, resolution, or other requirement that limits or prohibits customers from acquiring natural gas service and supply from both utility and non-utility gas companies...
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Oppose environment HB 1261 State environmental boards; appointment of members to various Boards. more...
...The bill provides that the authority of such boards does not include the authority to issue any environmental permit, or abridge or deny any environmental permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality.
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Oppose climate HB 1301 Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act; repeals Act. more...
Passed PBI 2/23/22
Oppose climate HB 1326 Electric utilities; removal of waste coal from previously mined sites. more...
Passed Passed Signed 4/12/22
Oppose education SB 2 Requires school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense... more...
School principals; incident reports. Requires that school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Under current law, principals are required to make such reports only for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.
Incorp 2/12/22
Oppose education SB 20 Treatment of transgender students; model policies. more...
Eliminates the requirement that each school board adopt policies that are consistent with the model policies developed by the Department of Education concerning the treatment of transgender students in public elementary and secondary schools.
PBI 2/4/22
Oppose education SB 36 School principals; incident reports. more...
Requires that school principals report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor offense and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Under current law, principals are required to make such reports only for such acts that may constitute a felony offense.
Passed Passed Signed 6/17/22
Oppose environment SB 81 Air Pollution Control Board; consideration of certain facts and circumstances. more...
Limits when the Air Pollution Control Board must consider certain facts and circumstances relevant to the reasonableness of the activity involved.
Incorp 2/15/22
Oppose climate SB 120 Public utilities; waste coal and certain coal-fired electric generating units. more...
Provides that renewable energy and renewable energy standard eligible sources include energy derived from waste coal, which the bill defines as usable material that is a byproduct of previous coal processing operations. Additionally, the bill provides an exception to the requirement that all electric generating units located in the Commonwealth that emit carbon as a by-product of combusting fuel to generate electricity are closed by December 31, 2045,...
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Oppose guns SB 330 Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required. more...
Carrying a concealed handgun; permit not required. Allows any person who is otherwise eligible to obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun without a permit anywhere he may lawfully carry a handgun openly within the Commonwealth.
PBI 1/26/22
Oppose health SB 458 Face coverings; prohibits enforcement of policy, etc., to wear. more...
Prohibits any locality, institution of higher education, employer, school board, division superintendent, school principal, or private school from adopting, implementing, or enforcing any policy, rule, or order related to COVID-19 that requires individuals to wear a face covering.
PBI 2/4/22
Oppose climate SB 532 Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act. more...
Repeals the Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act and directs the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality to take all steps necessary to suspend the Commonwealth's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative market-based trading program.
PBI 2/8/22
Oppose climate SB 565 Natural gas, biogas, and other gas sources of energy; definitions, energy conservation. more...
Permits natural gas utilities to include in their fuel portfolios, ... supplemental or substitute forms of gas sources, defined in the bill, that meet certain standards and that reduce emissions intensity. ...
Passed Passed Signed 1/6/23
Oppose health SB 601 COVID-19 immunization; prohibition on requirement; discrimination prohibited. more...
Prohibits the State Health Commissioner and the Board of Health, the Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Department of Health Professions and any regulatory board therein, and the Department of Social Services from requiring any person, including any child, to undergo vaccination for COVID-19 ...
PBI 2/11/22
Oppose environment SB 657 Air Pollution Control Board and State Water Control Board; transfer of authority to Department of Environmental Quality. more...
Passed Passed Signed 4/12/22
Oppose climate SB 695 Low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle standards; repeals certain authority. more...
Repeals the State Air Pollution Control Board's authority to implement low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle standards for vehicles with a model year of 2025 and later.
Stricken 2/8/22
Oppose health SB 739 Public elementary and secondary schools, etc.; student instruction. more...
Requires, except in the case of the 10 unscheduled remote learning days otherwise permitted by law or in certain cases of student discipline, each school board to offer in-person instruction...
Passed Passed Approved 2/23/22
No. of bills: 90


Glossary

The Virginia General Assembly uses its own terminology.

Crossover. The last day for a bill to pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced and move forward for consideration in the opposite chamber. If a bill does not move forward, it is "Left" (dead).

Engrossed. A legislative stage when a bill passes the second reading in the House of origin. Every bill has to be "read" on the floor three times before voting on it. The action or any debate or discussion usually comes on the day of the second reading or the third reading.

Enrolled. Legislation which has passed both the House of Delegates and the Senate, signed by the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate, sent to the Governor, but not yet signed.

Failed to report. Defeated.

Incorporated. Rolled into someone else's bill. Either because they're identical, or they have incorporated *some* of the language in, and the patron agreed to have her name on the other bill.

Patron. Bill sponsor. There can be many patrons.

Referred. The assignment of legislation to another standing committee with no stance on the policy of the measure (neither endorses nor rejects the legislation).

Reported. The approval of a measure by the majority of the committee. The legislation may be reported by the committee with or without amendments. A bill may also be reported and referred to another committee.

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