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HB 1428 - Fowler - Absentee voting; photo identification required with application. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(H) House sustained Governor's veto04/05/17
notes: Requires any voter submitting an application for an absentee ballot by mail or by electronic or telephonic transmission to a facsimile device to submit with his application a copy of one of the forms of identification acceptable under current law. The bill also requires any voter to submit a copy of such identification with his voted absentee ballot. The bill exempts military and overseas voters and persons with a disability from these requirements. The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 1433 - Farrell - Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit; allocation to certain organizations. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0147)02/23/17
notes: Modifies the requirement that at least 10 percent of all available tax credits be allocated to organizations that have not previously received tax credits by providing that the allocation for such organizations is required only if the General Assembly increases the amount of available credits year over year. The bill requires that the allocation be at least 10 percent of credits created by the increase rather than 10 percent of all available credits. Current law limits credits to $9 million for education proposals approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and $8 million for proposals approved by the Commissioner of Social Services.
HB 1514 - Fowler - Doctor of medicine, etc.; reporting disabilities of drivers to DMV, not subject to civil liability. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0712)03/24/17
notes: Provides that any doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry, any nurse practitioner, or any physician assistant who reports to the Department of Motor Vehicles the existence, or probable existence, of a mental or physical disability or infirmity of any person licensed to operate a motor vehicle which the reporting individual believes affects such person's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely is not subject to civil liability unless he has acted in bad faith or with malicious intent.
HB 2425 - Anderson - Administration, Secretary of; policy of the Commonwealth regarding state employment. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0358)03/13/17
notes: Provides that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to promote and increase the employment of individuals with disabilities To further this policy, the bill establishes a goal to increase by five percent the level of individuals with disabilities employed by state government by fiscal year 2023. The bill designates the Secretary of Administration to coordinate efforts to achieve the goal and requires the Secretary to establish a reporting system for tracking and reporting the progress of state agencies toward meeting the employment goals and to report annually on the number of individuals with disabilities employed by the state. The bill requires each state agency to submit a plan to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities to the Secretary no later than December 31, 2017, and each July 1 thereafter.
HJ 545 - Head - Constitutional amendment; powers of General Assembly, etc. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0769)03/27/17
notes: Provides that the General Assembly may suspend or nullify any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation by a joint resolution agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each house.
HJ 555 - Cox - General Assembly; 2017 Session schedule. (S) Committee on Rules(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ555ER)01/11/17
notes: Establishes a schedule for the conduct of business coming before the 2017 Regular Session of the General Assembly of Virginia.
HJ 556 - Cox - General Assembly; 2018 Session prefiling schedule. (S) Committee on Rules(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ556ER)01/11/17
notes: Establishes a schedule for the prefiling period for the 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly of Virginia.
SB 792 - Ebbin - Absentee voting; entitles persons age 65 or older on date of an election to vote absentee. (S) Committee on Privileges and Elections(S) Incorporates SB1132 (Mason)01/25/17
notes: Entitles a person who will be age 65 or older on the date of the election for which an absentee ballot is requested to vote absentee.
SB 827 - Wexton - Elections; absentee voting by persons age 70 or older. (S) Committee on Privileges and Elections(S) Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SB792-Ebbin) (14-Y 0-N)01/24/17
notes: Entitles a person who will be age 70 or older on the date of the election for which an absentee ballot is requested to vote absentee.
SB 869 - Ruff - Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission; sunset. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0469)03/13/17
notes: Extends the sunset date of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2020, and makes a technical correction to the reporting requirement of the Commission.
SB 872 - Chase - Absentee voting; applications and ballots; photo identification required. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Requires 27 affirmative votes to override veto04/05/17
notes: Requires any voter submitting an application for an absentee ballot by mail or by electronic or telephonic transmission to a facsimile device to submit with his application a copy of one of the forms of identification acceptable under current law. The bill also requires any voter to submit a copy of such identification with his voted absentee ballot. The bill exempts military and overseas voters and persons with a disability from these requirements. The bill contains technical amendments.
SB 916 - Edwards - Virginia Register Act; guidance documents; duty to file with the Registrar. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0488)03/13/17
notes: Consolidates provisions relating to the availability of guidance documents in a single section in the Virginia Register Act. In addition, the bill requires agencies that do not have regulatory authority to annually file with the Virginia Registrar of Regulations for publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations a list of any guidance documents upon which such agencies currently rely. Under current law, the requirement for filing guidance documents applies only to agencies with regulatory authority. The bill is a recommendation of the Administrative Law Advisory Committee.
SB 969 - Chafin - Legislative drafting requests. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0489)03/13/17
notes: Provides that legislative drafting files related to laws enacted beginning with the 1989 Session of the General Assembly are the property of the requester. This is consistent with the treatment of laws enacted prior to 1989 and consistent with legislative privilege accorded to members of the General Assembly. The Division of Legislative Services would release legislative drafting files upon obtaining consent of the requester.
SB 1043 - Dance - Joint Commission on Health Care; sunset. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0608)03/16/17
notes: Extends the expiration of the Joint Commission on Health Care from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2022.
SB 1437 - Favola - Aging, Commonwealth Council on; duties. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0202)02/23/17
notes: Imposes on the Commonwealth Council on Aging a duty to assist and advise the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services regarding strategies to improve nutritional health, alleviate hunger, and prevent malnutrition among older adults.
SB 1530 - Vogel - Administration, Secretary of; policy of the Commonwealth regarding state employment. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0371)03/13/17
notes: Provides that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to promote and increase the employment of individuals with disabilities and contracting with individuals with disabilities. To further this policy, the bill establishes a goal to increase by five percent the level of (i) individuals with disabilities employed by state government and (ii) contracts to procure goods and services from individuals with disabilities by fiscal year 2023. The bill designates the Secretary of Administration to coordinate efforts to achieve the goal and requires the Secretary to establish a reporting system for tracking and reporting the progress of state agencies toward meeting the employment and contracting goals and to report annually on the number of individuals with disabilities employed by the state. The bill requires each state agency to submit a plan to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities to the Secretary no later than December 31, 2017, and each July 1 thereafter.
SJ 295 - Vogel - Constitutional amendment (first resolution); legislative review of administrative rules. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0772)03/27/17
notes: Grants to the General Assembly the authority to review any administrative rule to ensure it is consistent with the legislative intent of the statute that the rule was written to interpret, prescribe, implement, or enforce. The amendment provides that after such review, the General Assembly may approve or reject, in whole or in part, any rule as provided by law and that the approval or rejection of a rule by the General Assembly shall not be subject to veto by the Governor.

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