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Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 330 - Watts - Nursing homes & certified nursing facilities; minimum staffing standards, administrative sanctions. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Continued to 2023 in Health, Welfare and Institutions02/10/22
notes: Requires nursing homes to meet a baseline staffing level based on resident acuity in alignment with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services staffing level recommendations. The bill requires nursing homes to collect and submit to the Department of Health certain data related to staffing. The bill gives the Commissioner of Health the power to impose administrative sanctions on nursing homes and directs the Board of Health to promulgate regulations related to the criteria and procedures for imposition of administrative sanctions or initiation of court proceedings for violations of the bill. The bill provides that nursing homes shall only be subject to administrative sanctions upon initial funding for the state share of the cost to implement the provisions of the bill. The bill establishes the Long-Term Care Services Fund for the purpose of making grants to assist in the provision of activities that protect or improve the quality of care or quality of life for residents, patients, and consumers of long-term care services.
HB 544 - Batten - Voter identification; optional restrictive identification requirement. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections

(S) Committee on Privileges and Elections
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 6-N)02/22/22
notes: Allows a voter to opt into being required to show a valid photo identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States when voting in person. When a voter offers to vote and the pollbook indicates he has opted into such requirement, he shall be required to show a valid photo identification issued by the Commonwealth, one of its political subdivisions, or the United States in order to vote a regular ballot. The bill requires the voter registration application to permit an applicant to opt into this requirement and the Department of Elections to provide the means for currently registered voters to opt in as well.
HB 591 - VanValkenburg - State agency prescription drug purchasing, etc.; Sec. of HHR to develop plan to consolidate. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Continued to 2023 with substitute in Appropriations02/09/22
notes: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to develop a plan to consolidate state agency prescription drug purchasing and reimbursement programs to increase efficiency in prescription drug purchasing and reduce spending on prescription drugs. The bill directs the Secretary to provide to the Governor and General Assembly an interim report on the development of the plan to consolidate state agency prescription drug purchasing and reimbursement programs by November 1, 2022, and a final report on the plan by November 1, 2023.
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 690 - Hope - Assisted living facilities; involuntary discharge of a resident. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/15/22
notes: Provides that an assisted living facility shall not involuntary discharge a patient except (i) in cases in which the resident's condition presents an immediate and serious risk to the health, safety, or welfare of the resident or others and emergency discharge is necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the resident or others; (ii) for nonpayment of contracted charges; or (iii) for failure of the resident to substantially comply with the terms and conditions of the lease agreement between the resident and the assisted living facility. The bill requires an assisted living facility to take steps to prevent the involuntary discharge, requires an assisted living facility to provide at least 30 days' notice of the involuntary discharge, and requires the assisted living facility to provide a discharge plan for the resident prior to involuntary discharge. The bill also requires the Department of Social Services to establish a process by which a resident or the resident's representative may appeal the decision of the assisted living facility to involuntarily discharge a resident to the Department and requires the Department to conduct a review to determine whether the assisted living facility has complied with the requirements of the bill.
HB 1148 - Mullin - Driver's license and learner's permit renewal; certain older applicants. (H) Committee on Transportation(H) Left in Transportation02/15/22
notes: Lowers from 75 years old to 70 years old the age at which a person shall not be issued a driver's license for a period of more than five years and at which an applicant for a driver's license or learner's permit renewal is required to appear in person and pass a vision examination or present a report of a vision examination. The bill requires applicants for a driver's license or learner's permit renewal that are 70 years of age or older to provide a certification by a physician that the applicant is mentally and physically capable of operating a motor vehicle. The bill authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner to issue a temporary license or permit to an applicant that does not have the certification but is otherwise eligible for renewal. The bill requires the Commissioner to establish a process whereby an applicant that is unable to obtain a certificate of fitness to drive may be evaluated to determine his fitness to drive.
HJ 85 - Shin - Community Living, Family & Individual Support, and Building Independence waivers; DMAS to study, etc (H) Committee on Rules(H) Left in Rules02/15/22
notes: Requests the Department of Medical Assistance Services to study the feasibility of implementing a spend down provision for the Community Living, Family and Individual Support, and Building Independence waivers. The Department shall complete its work by November 30, 2022.
SB 263 - Hashmi - Housing & Supportive Services ILT initiative; housing & services to include adults 65 yrs. or older. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0196)04/07/22
notes: Directs the Department for Housing and Community Development to expand the existing Housing and Supportive Services Interagency Leadership Team (ILT) initiative to include older Virginians as a target subpopulation and seek input from appropriate stakeholders to facilitate the development of strategies for increasing the supply of permanent supportive housing for older Virginians. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.