Other Legislation

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HB 80 - Davis - Healthcare Regulatory Sandbox Program; established, report, sunset date. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(S) Defeated by Senate (19-Y 20-N)03/10/22
notes: Requires the Department of Health to establish the Healthcare Regulatory Sandbox Program to enable a person to obtain limited access to the market in the Commonwealth to temporarily test an innovative healthcare product or service on a limited basis without otherwise being licensed or authorized to act under the laws of the Commonwealth. Under the Program, an applicant requests the waiver of certain laws, regulations, or other requirements for a 24-month testing period, with an option to request an additional six-month testing period. The bill provides application requirements, consumer protections, procedures for exiting the Program or requesting an extension, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The bill requires the Department to provide an annual report to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health that provides information regarding each Program participant and that provides recommendations regarding the effectiveness of the Program. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2027.
HB 302 - Freitas - Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Left in Rules02/15/22
notes: Provides that no rule, regulation, or order issued declaring a state of emergency may remain effective for more than seven days without approval of two-thirds of each house of the General Assembly. The bill also provides that no rule, regulation, or order issued declaring a state of emergency may remain effective for more than 30 days without the approval of at least two-thirds of each house of the General Assembly. The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 303 - Freitas - Daylight saving time; exempts Virginia from observing. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Exempts Virginia from observing daylight saving time, thereby making Eastern Standard Time the standard time in Virginia year-round.
HB 320 - Freitas - Minimum wage; removes certain provisions relating to increasing state wage. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (12-Y 3-N)02/21/22
notes: Repeals certain provisions of the Code of Virginia related to increasing the state minimum wage to more than $11.00 per hour. The bill also repeals provisions related to increasing the state minimum wage based on an annual adjusted minimum wage determined by the Department of Labor and Industry.
HB 529 - Batten - Labor and employment; misclassification of workers. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy(H) Left in Commerce and Energy02/15/22
notes: Establishes criteria for classifying the difference between employees and independent contractors based on either (i) the common law 20-factor test established in Internal Revenue Service Ruling 87-41, (ii) an applicable determination of the Internal Revenue Service, or (iii) satisfaction of specific criteria for classifying a person as an independent contractor as described in the bill.
HB 570 - Scott, D.L. - Emergency Shelters Upgrade Assistance Grant Fund; funds to be paid to certain entities. (H) Committee on Public Safety(H) Left in Public Safety02/15/22
notes: Allows funds in the Emergency Shelters Upgrade Assistance Grant Fund to be paid to entities outlined in local shelter plans to install, maintain, or repair infrastructure for backup energy generation for emergency shelters, including solar energy generators, and improve the hazard-specific structural integrity of shelter facilities owned by a locality or identified in the shelter plan of a locality.
HB 595 - Krizek - Disability Rights Advocacy, Special Assistant to the Governor for; position created, report. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Continued to 2023 in General Laws02/10/22
notes: Creates the position of Special Assistant to the Governor for Disability Rights Advocacy (the Special Assistant) for the purpose of representing Virginians with disabilities in a comprehensive and authoritative manner by ensuring that all state agencies provide adequate services, resources, and accommodations to such persons. The bill directs the Special Assistant to submit an annual report to the Governor on or before December 1, through the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, that (i) outlines the key issues and problems discovered within state agencies that impact people with disabilities; (ii) identifies the details of any plan of action implemented by the Special Assistant to address and remediate such issues and problems; (iii) provides legislative recommendations that would improve processes and procedures across all state agencies with regard to the provision of services, resources, and accommodations to people with disabilities; and (iv) details such other matters as required by the Governor.
HB 754 - Adams, L.R. - Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Left in Rules02/15/22
notes: Limits the duration of any executive order issued by the Governor pursuant to his powers under the Emergency Services and Disaster Law to no more than 60 days from the date of issuance. The bill provides that if the General Assembly does not take any action on the rule, regulation, or order within the 60 days during which the rule, regulation, or order is effective, the Governor shall thereafter be prohibited from issuing the same or a similar rule, regulation, or order relating to the same emergency. Under current law, once issued, such executive orders are effective until June 30 following the next adjournment of the regular session of the General Assembly. The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 777 - LaRock - Emergency Services and Disaster Law; emergency orders and regulations, limitations, civil penalty. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Left in Rules02/15/22
notes: Provides that neither the Board of Health nor the Commissioner of Health shall make any emergency order or regulation unless, on the basis of the evidence available to the Board, (i) such order or regulation is necessary to suppress a nuisance dangerous to the public health or a communicable, contagious, or infectious disease or other danger to the public life and health; (ii) no alternatives to the proposed order or regulation that are reasonable in light of the impact on quality of life and economic well-being exist; and (iii) the provisions of such order or regulation are narrowly tailored to address the nuisance dangerous to the public health or a communicable, contagious, or infectious disease or other danger to the public life and health. The bill also provides that the Governor shall not issue any emergency rule, regulation, or order unless, on the basis of the evidence available to the Governor, (a) such rule, regulation, or order is necessary to address a compelling circumstance; (b) no alternatives to the proposed rule, regulation, or order that are reasonable in light of the impact on quality of life and economic well-being exist; and (c) the provisions of such rule, regulation, or order are narrowly tailored to address the compelling circumstance.

The bill provides that any order that limits the number of individuals who may gather together in person, in public or private, or categorizes individuals on the basis of their relationship to or association with such individuals and limits the categories of individuals with whom an individual who is not known or reasonably suspected to have been exposed to or infected with a communicable disease of public health threat may associate is
HB 848 - Lopez - Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for incontinence products. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Tabled in Finance (14-Y 7-N)02/02/22
notes: Provides a sales and use tax exemption for nondurable incontinence products such as diapers, disposable undergarments, pads, and bed sheets. Under current law, such products are taxed at a reduced state sales and use tax rate of 1.5 percent and the standard local rate of one percent.
HB 910 - Orrock - Hospitals; emergency department CPT code data reporting, quarterly reports. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0342)04/11/22
notes: Requires every hospital in the Commonwealth with an emergency department to report monthly to the Department of Health (the Department) the total number of visits to the hospital's emergency department and the total number of visits to the hospital's emergency department by severity cod. The bill directs the Department to (i) determine the average number of hospital emergency department visits for each severity code statewide and by region for each month, (ii) identify hospitals that report a number of hospital emergency department visits for the highest severity code that is greater than the regional average for such severity code for each month, and (iii) work with such hospitals to determine why the hospital is reporting a number of emergency department visits coded at the highest severity code that exceed the regional average. The bill also requires the Department to develop guidelines for the use of severity codes in emergency departments to facilitate accurate coding of emergency department visits by severity.
HB 917 - Orrock - Aging services; allocation of resources, individuals with the greatest economic need. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0313)04/11/22
notes: Provides that in allocating resources for aging services, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (i) shall prioritize providing services to those with the greatest economic need and (ii) among individuals with comparable levels of economic need, may prioritize providing services to individuals with the greatest social need.
HB 997 - Guzman - Home health workers providing agency-directed services; employers to provide paid sick leave. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy(H) Left in Commerce and Energy02/15/22
notes: Requires employers to provide paid sick leave to home health workers who provide agency-directed services. Under current law, employers are only required to provide paid sick leave to home health workers who provide consumer-directed services. The bill provides that "employer" includes the Commonwealth, any of its agencies, institutions, or political subdivisions, and any public body.
HB 1008 - Durant - RSUT; exemption for food purchased for human consumption and essential personal hygiene. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Left in Finance02/15/22
notes: Exempts food purchased for human consumption and essential personal hygiene products (the grocery tax) from all state, regional, and local sales taxes.
HB 1045 - Guzman - Income tax, state; subtraction for veteran retirement compensation. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Left in Finance02/15/22
notes: Provides an individual income tax subtraction for certain amounts of the annual retirement compensation received by a veteran who is at least 65 years old for service as a member of the United States Armed Forces. The subtraction is equal to up to $10,000 in annual retirement compensation for taxable year 2022, up to $20,000 in taxable year 2023, up to $30,000 in taxable year 2024, and up to $40,000 for taxable year 2025 and thereafter.
HB 1049 - Tran - Administration of government; language access equity, report. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/15/22
notes: Establishes the Interagency Language Access Working Group in the Office of the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with the following membership: the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Director of the Office of the Children's Ombudsman, the Governor's Secretaries, and six nonlegislative citizen members representing organizations that represent individuals with language access needs. The Working Group is established for the purpose of maximizing state policies, resources, technical assistance, and procurement practices to further language access and equity in the Commonwealth and its state government agencies. The bill also requires each state agency to designate a language access coordinator who will be responsible for the agency's annual language access report, the requirements of which are set out in the bill. The Secretary of Administration is directed to establish criteria for state agencies to procure language interpretation and translation services and to establish a policy for compensating multilingual state employees who are required as part of their job to provide interpretation, translation, or other bilingual skills at least once a month.
HB 1053 - Shin - Correctional facilities, local; fees associated with inmates. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(H) Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. 1 pursuant to HJR45503/12/22
notes: 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. The bill also reduces certain fees charged to inmates within a local correctional facility, including that the cost of items within a correctional facility's store or commissary shall not exceed 10 percent of the typical market rate for the same goods or services, and that the fee associated with electronic visitation and messaging systems shall not exceed the actual costs of establishing and operating such systems. The bill removes provisions that if an inmate is unable to pay in full such fees, the inmate must enter into a deferred or installment payment agreement with the local correctional facility, or that such facility may enter into a contract for collection of such fees with a private entity, a local governing body, or the county or city treasurer. The bill also provides that, upon discharge from a local correctional facility, an inmate shall receive, in the form of a check, electronic transfer, or a debit or other account card, the balance of all accounts maintained by the facility for an inmate's use.
HB 1059 - Cordoza - Gasoline and diesel fuels; suspension of the imposition of taxes. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Tabled in Finance (20-Y 0-N)02/02/22
notes: Suspends the imposition and collection of the state and regional taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel until July 1, 2023. The bill contains an emergency clause.
HB 1074 - Leftwich - Rabies vaccination; titer test, certification. (H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources(H) Continued to 2023 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources02/02/22
notes: Directs the Board of Health to develop, by regulation, an exemption to the rabies vaccination requirement for animals if a licensed veterinarian certifies in writing that the vaccine would endanger the animal based on an underlying medical factor and a titer test indicates a sufficient level of immunity to rabies. The bill provides that such certification is valid for a period of one year and serves as proof of vaccination.
HB 1173 - Ware - Fair Labor Standards Act; employer liability, overtime required for certain employees, report. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0461)04/11/22
notes: Replaces the current provisions of the Virginia Overtime Wage Act with the provision that any employer that violates the overtime wage requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and any related laws and regulations, shall be liable to its employee for remedies or other relief available under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
HB 1177 - Subramanyam - Virginia Digital Service; established, duties. (H) Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation(H) Tabled in Communications, Technology and Innovation (12-Y 9-N)01/31/22
notes: Establishes the Virginia Digital Service with an executive director to be appointed by the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth. The bill requires the Service to recruit a team of at least 15 senior-level engineers, designers, product managers, technologists, and other top technical talent to work with civil servants to modernize and improve digital services for citizens across government agencies. The team members shall serve under two-year contract terms with the option for the contract to be renewed for two additional years. The Service shall initiate projects and consult with agencies with the goal of enhancing digital services, which are the technology products that enable public services, and the capacity of the agency to support those services long term
SB 4 - Suetterlein - Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0803)05/27/22
notes: Limits the duration of any executive order issued by the Governor pursuant to his powers under the Emergency Services and Disaster Law to no more than 45 days from the date of issuance. The bill provides that if the General Assembly does not take any action on the rule, regulation, or order within the 45 days during which the rule, regulation, or order is effective, the Governor shall thereafter be prohibited from issuing the same or a similar rule, regulation, or order relating to the same emergency. Under current law, once issued, such executive orders are effective until June 30 following the next regular session of the General Assembly.
SB 15 - Favola - Private family leave insurance; definition, establishes as a class of insurance. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0131)04/07/22
notes: Establishes paid family leave as a class of insurance. The bill defines "paid family leave insurance" as an insurance policy issued to an employer related to a benefit program provided to an employee to pay for the employee's income loss due to (i) the birth of a child or adoption of a child by the employee; (ii) placement of a child with the employee for foster care; (iii) care of a family member of the employee who has a serious health condition; or (iv) circumstances arising out of the fact that the employee's family member is on covered active duty or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States. Under the bill, paid family leave coverage may be written as an amendment to a group disability income policy, included in a group disability income policy, or written as a separate group policy purchased by an employer.
SB 48 - Favola - Aging, Commonwealth Council on; required to submit an annual report. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0533)04/11/22
notes: Requires the Commonwealth Council on Aging to submit to the Governor, General Assembly, and Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services by October 1 of each year an electronic report regarding the activities and recommendations of the Council.
SB 49 - Favola - Critically missing adult; expands definition, receipt of reports. (H) Committee on Public Safety

(S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0395)04/11/22
notes: Removes from the definition of critically missing adult, under the Virginia Critically Missing Adult Alert Program, the requirement that the adult is believed to have been abducted.
SB 51 - Cosgrove - Small Estate Act; payment of funeral expenses. (S) Committee on the Judiciary(S) Stricken at the request of Patron in Judiciary (13-Y 0-N)01/26/22
notes: Changes from discretionary to mandatory the provision that any person holding a small asset of a decedent pay or deliver up to $4,000 of such asset to the undertaker or mortuary handling the funeral of the decedent upon request of a successor of the decedent.
SB 60 - Hackworth - Political subdivisions; powers and duties, emergency management assessment. (H) Committee on Public Safety

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0217)04/08/22
notes: Provides that all political subdivisions shall provide an annually updated emergency management assessment and data related to emergency sheltering capabilities to the State Coordinator of Emergency Management on or before August 1 of each year. Under current law, such assessment and data is due to the State Coordinator of Emergency Management on or before May 1 of each year.
SB 297 - Deeds - Health care providers; stay of debt collection activities, prohibited practice. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Senate sustained Governor's veto04/27/22
notes: Provides that any health care provider that undertakes any debt collection activities prior to an award from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund is issued or determined to be noncompensable has committed a prohibited practice under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.
SB 341 - Barker - Consumer protection; online marketplace, high-volume third-party sellers. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(H) Left in Commerce and Energy03/08/22
notes: Establishes requirements for high-volume third-party sellers, defined in the bill as participants in an online marketplace that have entered into at least 200 discrete sales or transactions for 12 continuous months during the past 24 months resulting in accumulation of an aggregate total of $5,000 or more in gross revenues. The bill requires high-volume third-party sellers to provide identifying information and contact information to the online marketplace and requires the online marketplace to verify the information upon receipt. The bill requires that high-volume third-party sellers make certain conspicuous disclosures to consumers on their product listing pages, with certain limited exceptions. The bill provides that any violation of its provisions is a prohibited practice under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.
SB 638 - Locke - Practitioners; completion of education relating to unconscious implicit bias & cultural competency. (S) Committee on Education and Health(S) Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)01/20/22
notes: Requires all practitioners licensed by the Board of Medicine to complete two hours of continuing education in each biennium on topics related to unconscious implicit bias and cultural competency.
SB 668 - Hashmi - Death with Dignity Act; penalties. (S) Committee on Education and Health(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Education and Health (7-Y 7-N 1-A)02/03/22
notes: Allows an adult who has been determined by an attending physician and consulting physician to be suffering from a terminal condition to request medication for the purpose of ending his life in a humane and dignified manner. The bill requires that a patient's request for medication to end his life be given orally on two occasions, that such request be in writing, signed by the patient and two witnesses, and that the patient be given an express opportunity to rescind his request. The bill requires that before a patient is prescribed medication to end his life, the attending physician must (i) confirm that the patient is making an informed decision; (ii) refer the patient to a capacity reviewer if the physician is uncertain as to whether the patient is making an informed decision; (iii) refer the patient to a consulting physician for confirmation or rejection of the attending physician's diagnosis; and (iv) inform the patient that he may rescind the request at any time. The bill provides that neither a patient's request for medication to end his life in a humane and dignified manner nor his act of ingesting such medication shall have any effect upon a life, health, or accident insurance policy or an annuity contract. The bill makes it a Class 2 felony (a) to willfully and deliberately alter, forge, conceal, or destroy a patient's request, or rescission of request, for medication to end his life with the intent and effect of causing the patient's death or (b) to coerce, intimidate, or exert undue influence on a patient to request medication for the purpose of ending his life or to destroy the patient's rescission of such request with the intent and effect of causing the patient's death.
SB 670 - Hashmi - Practitioners, licensed; continuing education related to implicit bias and cultural competency. (S) Committee on Education and Health(S) Incorporated by Education and Health (SB456-Locke) (15-Y 0-N)02/03/22
notes: Requires all practitioners licensed by the Board of Medicine to complete two hours of continuing education in each biennium on topics related to implicit bias and cultural competency.
SJ 66 - Lewis - Malnutrition Awareness Week; designating as1st week in Oct. 2022 & each succeeding year thereafter. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(S) Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ66ER)03/08/22
notes: Designates the first week in October, in 2022 and in each succeeding year, as Malnutrition Awareness Week in Virginia.