Legislative Priorities - 2019 (will be updated THROUGHOUT session)
This session I have introduced legislation that strengthens our workforce to be more competitive,
invests in our public schools, protects the environment, stands up for women, honors our veterans and military
families, and creates a more welcoming and inclusive Virginia.
Below are the bills, amendments and resolutions that have been filed for consideration this legislative session.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
HB 2493 – To increase access to oral healthcare, this bill expands the responsibilities of remotely supervised dental hygienists so that they are aligned with those under general supervision.
HJ 682 – This bill directs the Department of Health Professions to study and make recommendations about how foreign trained doctors currently living in Virginia can help meet the doctor shortages in our rural and underserved communities
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC EDUCATION
HB 2463 – This bill helps families better advocate for their children who are in special education by shifting the burden of proof during due process hearings.
HB 2589 – This bill gives local school boards flexibility to hire instructors to teach dual enrollment courses, which provide students with opportunities to gain college credit while enrolled in high school.
HB 2668 – This bill provides local school boards with the flexibility of hiring licensed behavior instructional analysts and licensed assistant behavior instructional analysts to ensure students have the appropriate supports they need to learn.
ADVANCING WOMEN’S RIGHTS
HB 2491 – Recognizing that women have the constitutional right to make healthcare decisions about their own bodies, this bill aligns with the US Supreme Court decision Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt and eliminates medically unnecessary and unduly burdensome requirements that make it difficult for women to access abortions.
HB 2525 – This bill extends the statute of limitations for misdemeanor sexual offenses to give survivors more time to come forward and seek justice.
HELPING WORKING FAMILIES GET AHEAD
HB 2496 – This bill prohibits certain employers from discriminating against their workers based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, or age.
PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL TREASURES
HB 2495 – This bill helps to save our birds by prohibiting the spraying of pesticides to kill the fall cankerworm (caterpillar) during birds’ breeding season, as they are an important food source for many birds and their young.
HB 2492 – This bill is Governor Northam’s proposal to ban assault weapons in Virginia in order to keep our communities safe.
HB 2537 – This bill clarifies when electric utilities are able to unilaterally terminate power and establishes appeals process for customers.
BECOMING MORE WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE
HB 2025 – This bill would ensure that immigrants, regardless of status, are able to obtain authorization to drive if they are able to prove Virginia residency and pass the DMV’s knowledge, road, and vision test.
HB 2494 – This bill protects Virginians’ religious identity by prohibiting the Commonwealth from sharing any religious data with the federal government if that data is going to be used to create a religious database.