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2017 Legislation

Elections & Voting Rights

SB 1002 Establishes early voting beginning three weeks prior to elections.
Incorporated into Senator Howell's SB844; defeated in Senate Privileges & Elections Committee.
SB 792 Enables adults 65+ to vote absentee.
Defeated in Senate Privileges & Elections Committee.
SB 1236 Lowers number of petition signatures required to appear on the ballot for statewide campaigns from 10,000 to 5,000.
Defeated on Senate Floor, 18-21.
SJ 217 Allows Virginia Governors to serve two terms. Would take effect after 2021 general elections.
Defeated in Senate Privileges & Elections Committee.

LGBT Equality

SB 783 Prohibits LGBT discrimination in public employment.
Defeated in House General Laws Subcommittee.
SJ 216 Repeals the Virginia constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage.
Referred to Code Commission by Senate Courts Committee.
SB 782 Removes provisions in the Code of Virginia prohibiting same-sex marriage.
Referred to Code Commission by Senate Courts Committee.

Transportation & Public Safety

SB 1022 Requires all toll operators to annually report data on toll violations, civil penalties, and administrative fees to the Department of Transportation and General Assembly Transportation Committees.
Defeated in Senate Transportation Committee.
SB 1004 Allows judicial discretion when assessing penalties for toll violations.
Referred to Tolling Commission Senate Transportation Committee.
SB 1277 Allows police officers to use steady-burning blue or red lights on patrol to increase visibility.
Defeated in Senate Transportation Committee.
SB 1003 Extends deadline for the Virginia 9-1-1 services board to establish a funding formula for 9-1-1 call centers in order to analyze the effect on call centers and implementation of Next-Gen 9-1-1.
Passed General Assembly, has been signed into law by Governor McAuliffe.
SB 1407 Requires human trafficking awareness training for all law enforcement personnel.
Defeated in Senate Courts Committee.

Gun Violence Prevention

SB 1266 Prohibits adults from allowing children under the age of five to handle firearms.
Defeated in Senate Courts Committee.
SB 1267 Makes carrying a loaded firearm while intoxicated a criminal offense.
Defeated in Senate Courts Committee.

Social & Criminal Justice Reform

SB 1091 Allows a judge discretion as to whether or not to suspend a drivers license in cases involving marijuana possession. Currently, a six-month suspension is mandatory.
Passed General Assembly; awaits Governor McAuliffe's signature.
SB 1280 Extends the window in which cases involving non-payment of court costs will result in drivers license suspension from 30 days to 90 days.
Defeated in House CouDelegates.
SB 1269 Reduces penalty for possession of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil penalty.
Referred to Crime Commission by the Senate Courts Committee.

Prison Reform

SJ 296 Instructs the Joint Commission on Healthcare to study the needs of a growing population of incarcerated adults and those who are released from incarceration at an advanced age.
Defeated in Senate Rules Committee.

Business

SB 1382 Expedites ABC licensing procedure for restaurants and grocery stores by allowing the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to provide licenses to be issued contingent upon the receipt of health permit or notice of a successful inspection.
Passed General Assembly; Awaits Governor McAuliffe's signature.
SB 943 Requires Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control to obtain local input before opening an ABC store.
Defeated in Senate Rehabilitation & Social Services Committee.
SB 1271 Allows restaurants to rent beer trucks or drafting equipment from beer wholesalers.
Defeated in Senate Rehabilitation & Social Services Committee.

Local Government

SB 1268 Allows local governments to simultaneously hold hearings on the budget and tax rate increases.
Defeated in House Finance Committee.
SB 1520 Adjusts required notice window for annual public hearings on property tax rate increases for newspapers from 30 days to 25 days to allow flexibility in planning public hearings.
Defeated in House Finance Committee, 4-4.
SB 1275 Provides government procurement officers the option to use Best-Value Contracting.
Defeated in Senate General Laws & Technology Committee.
SB 819 Requires the City of Alexandria to complete the planning, local input, fiscal and environmental impact stages addressing Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) discharges at Oronoco Bay by 2023.
Stricken at the request of Senator Ebbin.
SB 1014 Prohibits water utilities from using automatically adjusting surcharges to pay for infrastructure upgrades. Requires all water rates to be approved directly by State Corporation Commissioners.
Defeated in Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.
SJ 289 Studies possibility of providing localities the option to electronically file Statements of Economic Interests directly with the Conflict of Interest & Ethics Advisory Council (COIA Council).
Defeated in Senate Rules Committee.

Health & Education

SB 1235 Requires all Virginia schools to adopt Family Life Education standards.
Defeated in Senate Education & Health Committee.

State Governmental Commissions, Authorities & Offices

SB 1261 Designates George Washington’s Rye Whiskey produced at Mt. Vernon as the official State Spirit.
Passed General Assembly; Awaits Governor McAuliffe's signature.
SB 1258 Expands the Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority to include research into energy storage; renames it the Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority.
Passed General Assembly; Awaits Governor McAuliffe's signature.
SB 1251 Establishes an Office of Immigrant Assistance within the Department of Social Services.
Defeated in Senate Rehabilitation & Social Services Committee.
SB 1550 Establishes a commission to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
Defeated in Senate Finance Committee.

Last updated 02.01.2017