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2019 Legislation

Elections

SB 1233 Bans the state and local government use of hardware and software produced by Russian-owned Kaspersky Labs, including election-related systems.
Passed Senate 40-0; Passed the House 98-0. Awaiting consideration by the Governor.
SB 1497 Imposes annual limits on campaign donations to candidates for Virginia General Assembly, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. Virginia currently has no limits on campaign donations.
Incorporated into SB1146 (Petersen). Defeated in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee (3-11).
SB 1731 Allows cities or counties to use Ranked Choice Voting in electing local governing bodies.
Passed by indefinitely by the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee (10-4).
   

LGBT Equality

SB 1232 Prohibits housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Incorporated into SB1109 (McClellan); passed Senate 31-9; Left in the House Committee on General Laws.
SB 998 Prohibits LGBT discrimination in public employment.
Passed Senate 28-12; Left in the House Committee on General Laws.
SB 1007 Removes provisions in the Virginia Code prohibiting same-sex marriage.
Defeated in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee (7-8).
SJ 251 Repeals Virginia’s obsolete constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Defeated in the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee (7-7).

Gun Violence Prevention

SB 1748 Bans weapons equipped with high capacity magazines.
Passed by indefinitely by the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee (8-6).
   

Environment

SB 1070 Permits localities to charge a five cent fee per throw-away bag in order to reduce litter and improve water quality.
Incorporated into SB1116 (Petersen); defeated in Senate Finance Committee (5-11).
SB 1779 Permits localities to establish solar net-metering pilot programs.
Passed Senate 40-0; Passed by the House 85-12. Awaiting consideration by the Governor.
SB 1605 Ensures an independent stakeholder review in the allocation of $1 billion in previously allocated energy efficiency funding.
Passed Senate 39-1; Passed by the House 98-0. Awaiting consideration by the Governor.

Criminal Justice Reform

SB 997 Reduces penalty for possession of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil penalty.
Defeated in Senate Courts of Justice Committee 6-9.
SB 1498

Requires regulations to address the health, safety, and welfare of youth held in Virginia correctional facilities under federal contracts, ensuring trauma specific care, bilingual staff and due process considerations, and prohibiting over aggressive restraint methods.
Defeated in the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee 7-7.

SB 1736 Criminalizes the creation of “deepfake” pornographic videos falsely representing a real person participating in explicit acts.
Passed Senate 40-0; Passed the House Courts of Justice Committee 17-0. Awaiting consideration by the House of Delegates.
SB 1612 Allows judicial discretion as to whether or not to suspend a driver's license in cases involving non-payment of court costs and fines.
Incorporated into SB1013 (Stanley). Passed Senate 36-4; Passed by indefinitely by the House Courts of Justice Committee 4-3.
SB 1613 Allows judicial discretion as to whether or not to suspend a driver's license in cases involving non-driving related offenses..
Passed Senate 38-2; Passed by indefinitely by the House Courts of Justice Committee 4-3.
SB 1231 Requires medically appropriate treatment for unrestorably incompetent capital murder defendants, explicitly prohibits their release from detention or treatment facilities without a trial or court order and extends the period between competency reviews for defendants.
Passed Senate 39-1; Passed by the House Courts of Justice Committee 18-0. Awaiting consideration by the House of Delegates.

Education

SB 1575 Permits school districts to hire college faculty to teach dual-enrollment career and technical education courses without obtaining additional licensure.
Passed Senate 40-0; Passed the House of Delegates 98-0. Awaiting consideration by conference committee.

Domestic Violence Prevention

SB 1276 Makes abuse of animals done for the purpose of coercing or threatening a household member a domestic violence felony.
Incorporated into SB1604 (DeSteph). Passed the Senate 40-0; Passed the House Courts of Justice Committee 17-0. Awaiting consideration by the House of Delegates.
SB 1230 Expands the definition of a domestic violence victim to include those in dating relationships and extended family members.
Defeated in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee 0-15.

General Government and Taxation

SJ 250 Allows Virginia Governors to serve two consecutive terms. Would not take effect until after 2021 general elections.
Passed the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee; defeated before the full Senate 18-22.
SB 1606 Institutes a tax on e-cigarettes. Revenue would be allocated to hire additional school mental health counselors and fund tobacco cessation programs.
Passed by indefinitely by the Senate Finance Committee 13-2, referred for interim study to the Joint Committee on Taxation Preferences.
SB 1701 Allows short term rentals (Airbnb) in Fairfax County to operate for at least 180 days per calendar year.
Passed the Senate 26-12; Passed by indefinitely by the House Committee on Counties, Cities, and Towns Subcommittee 5-3.

Public Safety

SB 1229 Requires the development of safety regulations for trampoline parks.
Passed the Senate 22-18; Passed by indefinitely by the House Committee on General Laws Subcommittee 4-3.