2023 Priority Legislation

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2023 Priority Bills

Signed into Law

Cat Number Title Patron House Senate updated
Support women HB 1511 Midwifery; administration of medication. more...
Allows licensed midwives to obtain, possess, and administer drugs and devices within the scope of their practice. The bill limits liability of entities that provide or dispense drugs or devices to a licensed midwife and that rely in good faith upon the license information provided by the licensed midwife.
Dawn M. Adams (D-HD68) Passed Passed Signed 9/14/23
Support climate HB 1604 Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act; regulation of rates. more...
This bipartisan Act, will lower energy costs and put money back in Virginians' pockets by holding regulated utilities accountable for overcharging customers.
Lee Ware (R-HD65) Passed Passed Signed 8/31/23
Support rights HB 1895 Employee protection; prohibited retaliation; prohibited nondisclosure and nondisparagement. more...
The Silenced No More Act, to strengthen a statute protecting employees from retaliatory termination by further protecting persons who speak out or discuss/disclose conduct believed to be illegal discrimination (including sexual assault and harassment), or waste, fraud or abuse, and to void and make unenforceable nondisclosure agreements (but for settlement amounts) and nondisparagement agreements (unless otherwise requested by the victim).
Eileen Filler-Corn Passed Passed Signed 9/14/23
Support education SB 1043 Public education; student mental health and counseling, definitions, licensure requirements. more...
Requires the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, to develop, adopt, and distribute to each school board a model memorandum of understanding between a school board and a public or private community mental health services provider that sets forth parameters for the provision of mental health services to public school students enrolled in the local school division by such provider.
Jeremy McPike (D-SD29) Passed Passed Signed 9/14/23
Support climate SB 1166 Energy planning and electric utility oversight; Commonwealth Energy Research Consortium established. more...
Requires the Commission on Electric Utility Regulation (the Commission) to establish the Commonwealth Energy Research Consortium (the Consortium), consisting of public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth, to conduct energy research and policy analysis for the Commonwealth. ...
Scott A. Surovell (D-SD36) Passed Passed Signed 8/31/23
Support education SB 1215 Public school teachers and other Standards of Quality-funded positions; compensation. more...
Requires the Commonwealth to compensate its public school teachers at a rate that is competitive, defined in current law as at or above the national average teacher salary, in order to attract and keep highly qualified teachers. ...
Louise Lucas (D-SD18) Passed Passed Signed 9/14/23
Support climate SB 1321 Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act; regulation of rates. more...
Affordable Energy Act. This bipartisan bill restores the State Corporation Commission's ability to lower electric rates and prevent monopoly utilities from overcharging customers. Since 2009, Dominion Energy has overcharged Virginians by at least $1.9 billion.
Creigh Deeds (D-SD25) Passed Passed Signed 8/31/23
Support campaign finance SB 1427 Campaign finance; political action committees; certain large pre-election expenditures. more...
Requires in-state political action committees to file a report for any single expenditure of $1,000 or more made between October 1 and the date of the November general election. ...
David Suetterlein (R-HD19) Passed Passed Signed 8/31/23
Oppose climate HB 1770 Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act; retail competitiveness, review proceedings, etc. more...
Restricts the ability of the State Corporation Commission to keep energy costs affordable.
Terry Kilgore (R-HD1) Passed Passed Signed 8/31/23
Oppose climate SB 1265 Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act; retail competitiveness, review proceedings, etc. more...
Allows regulated investor-owned utilities to restrict the ability of the State Corporation Commission to keep energy costs affordable.
Richard L. Saslaw (D-SD35) Passed Passed Signed 8/31/23
No. of bills: 10

Note: The Rules Committees of both Chambers have limited the number of bills that individual members may introduce this Session: Senators have bill limits of 26, and Delegates have bill limits of 15.

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Continued from last session

2023 Session dates

Dec 12: Bills available
Jan 11: Session begins
Feb 8: Crossover*
Feb 15: Budget conferees named


The Virginia General Assembly uses its own terminology.

Continued/Carried over. Action taken in an even-numbered year to postpone the consideration of a measure until the next regular session of the General Assembly.

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. The rejection of a motion to 'report' a bill to the full chamber.

Incorporated. Rolled into someone another 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.

PBI. Passed by Indefinitely. Action to allow a committee to reconsider legislation at a later meeting. If the committee takes no further action, the bill is dead. [Usually the bill is dead.]

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.

Stricken. Legislation removed from a committee's docket, frequently at the request of the patron.

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