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2014 Legislation

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Transportation
SB1: Repeal $64 annual tax on hybrid vehicles.
Signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2014.

SB264: Allow for fare enforcement inspectors on Alexandria’s Route 1 Bus Rapid Transit system.
Signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2014.

Social & Criminal Justice
SB22: Abolish common-law crime of suicide.
Sent to the Virginia State Crime Commission for further study.

SB248: Forbids discrimination in state employment including on the basis of sexual orientation.
Did not pass the Senate General Laws & Technology Committee.

SB322: Reestablish Commission to Prevent Human Trafficking in Virginia.
Bill withdrawn at the request of the patron.

SJ1: Repeals Marshall-Newman constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.
Continued to the 2015 session by the Senate Privileges & Elections Committee.

Education
SB249: Allows students approved for Deferred Action status to qualify for in-state tuition.
Did not pass the Senate Education and Health Committee.

Ethics
SB265: Comprehensive ethics and disclosure laws reform.
Incorporated into SB649 and signed by the Governor.

SJ53: Creates a statewide ethics commission to bolster confidence in state government.
Bill withdrawn at the request of the patron.

Taxes
SB27: Eliminates debit cards as option for tax refunds and reinstates paper check option.
Passed the Senate but tabled by the House of Delegates Finance Committee.

Environment
SB320: 5-cent throwaway paper and plastic bag fee; revenues generated to be given to localities
Did not pass the Senate Finance Committee.

Elections
SB321: Makes technical revisions to Alexandria’s City Charter regarding city election schedule and allows Alexandria’s City Attorney to represent the City’s School Board.
Signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2014.

SB333: Provides that failure to write a middle name or initial on an absentee ballot return envelope is not sufficient reason to disqualify that ballot from being counted.
Signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2014.

Immigrants
SB503: Reduce victimization in the Latino community from legal fraud.
Signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2014.

SB604: Establishes an Office of Immigrant Assistance to help individuals attain citizenship.
Passed the Senate but tabled by the House Appropriations Committee.

Worker Safety
SB299: Requires safety information be given to asbestos workers and allows for the Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors to prevent a contractor whose license has been revoked from resuming business.
Sent to the Virginia Housing Commission for further study.

Restaurants and Wine Retailers
SB300: Removes restrictions on wine tastings and dinners at restaurants.
Incorporated into SB337; signed by the Governor and went into effect July 1, 2014.