My Legislation

This year I introduced a record 49 bills for the 2020 General Assembly Session. My bills this session took on big issues – to make sure every Virginian is valued and create opportunity across our commonwealth. My bills include measures on equal rights, clean energy, education, health care, housing, economic development, criminal justice reform, gun violence and transportation.  

  •  SJ 1 ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment;

  • SB 3 eliminating the disorderly conduct misdemeanor for student conduct at a school or school sponsored event;

  • SB 97 prohibiting localities from discriminating in their land use ordinances and decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, familial status, handicap, or because the housing development contains affordable units;

  • SB 707 requiring all landlords to provide new tenants with a written explanation of their right to request repairs, which will be developed by the Department of Housing and Community Development;

  • SB 708 requiring public housing authorities to send notice of their plans to demolish, sell, or otherwise dispose of a housing project to every resident at least nine months in advance;

  • SB 710 (The Solar Freedom Act) eliminating barriers keeping Virginia's distributed solar industry from reaching its full potential;  

  • SB 711 eliminating the mandatory minimum 10 day jail term for a third or subsequent conviction of driving on a suspended license;

  • SB 712 (The Pregnant Worker Fairness Act) strengthening Virginia's pregnancy discrimination laws by requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees and mothers of infants; 

  • SB 713 establishing licensure procedures for professional art therapists and a professional art therapist associates;

  • SB 715 requiring the Board of Social Services to provide and additional $10 per month in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) support to females between the ages of 10 and 55 for menstrual supplies, contingent on funding in the budget;

  • SB 717 establishing redistricting criteria that will prevent racial and political gerrymandering and produce fair legislative districts; 

  • SB 718 requiring health insurers to provide coverage for the birth mother of a newborn infant who is transferred to another hospital to be transferred to the same hospital without pre-authorization;

  • SB 720 requiring 911 dispatchers to be trained in delivering CPR instructions to a caller before arrival of medical assistance by emergency responders; 

  • SB 722 repealing several laws passed from 1901 to 1960 that implemented and enforced racial segregation and discrimination in public facilities and common carriers, on public documents, and within the office of the State Registrar, such as Racial Integrity Act of 1924;

  • SB 723 creating more transparency in the pre-trial process by requiring the Department of Criminal Justice Services to collect data relating to bail determinations and to create a uniform mechanism for criminal justice agencies to submit such data; 

  • SB 724 increasing the statute of limitations for prosecuting child misdemeanor sexual offenses from when the survivor turns 19 to when they turn 23;  

  • SB 725 authorizing the City of Richmond to impose a tax rate on improvements to real property that is different than the City's tax rate on the land upon which the improvements are located;

  • SB 726 changing one member of the City Richmond's representation on the board of the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Board from a mayoral appointee to a member of City Council;

  • SB 727 increasing the maximum duration of a local real estate tax exemption for structures in conservation areas or rehabilitation districts from 15 years to 30 years;

  • SB 728 implementing the Board of Education's recommended Standards of Quality;  

  • SB 729 returning discretion to school administrators over whether to report behavior that constitutes a misdemeanor to law enforcement or handle through the disciplinary process; 

  • SB 730 requiring law enforcement to record custodial interrogations if practicable; 

  • SB 731 returning Virginia to normal rate-making principles in which the SCC will consider earnings from other peer utilities to set the range, not the floor, for electric utility profit margins;

  • SB 732 creating the Virginia Health Insurance Exchange;

  • SB 733 (The Reproductive Health Protection Act) eliminating the most burdensome restrictions to accessing safe, legal abortion care in Virginia; 

  • SB 788 increasing the grand larceny threshold from $500 to $1000;

  • SB 793 making eligible for parole those defendants convicted between the abolition of parole and the Supreme Court of Virginia's Fishback decision holding that jurors should have been told parole was abolished;

  • SB 804 removing the exemption from minimum wage for domestic workers and creating a work group to examine extending to them other workplace protections; 

  • SB 834 providing local governments with another tool to encourage affordable housing through "inclusionary zoning" or "affordable dwelling unit" ordinances;

  • SB 851 (The Virginia Clean Economy Act) shifting energy production away from fossil fuels towards 100 percent clean energy by 2050; 

  • SB 888 creating a School Construction and Modernization Commission to provide guidance/resources to local school divisions and make and make funding recommendations to the General Assembly;

  • SB 1073 creating the Virginia Food Access and Investment program and Fund to address food deserts in the Commonwealth; 

  • SB 1074 authorizing the Board of Pharmacy to issue a limited license at a reduced fee to a prescriber in a nonprofit facility to dispense Schedule VI controlled substances and devices, such as contraception and antibiotics;  

  • SB 1075 increasing the comment period for DEQ regulatory action; 

  • SB 1076 authorizing the Governor to purchase and convey land to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe that is part of their historic lands; 

  • SJ 49 requiring the Department of Health professions to study the need for additional social workers in the Commonwealth; 

  • SJ 50 requiring the Department of Rail and Public Transportation to study the feasibility of an east-west Commonwealth Corridor passenger rail service connecting Hampton Roads, Richmond, and the New River Valley;

  • SJ 51 designating the month of November as World Prematurity Month, and November 17, in 2020 and in each succeeding year as World Prematurity Day;

  • SJ 55 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution;

  • SJ 67 directing JLARC to study and make recommendations by December 1, 2020 for how Virginia should go about legalizing and regulating the growth, sale, and possession of marijuana and address the impacts of marijuana prohibition; and

  • SJ 78 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first African Americans serving in the Virginia General Assembly.

As always, if you would like more information or to express your thoughts on legislation before the General Assembly, please contact my office at (804) 698-7509 or district09@senate.virginia.gov. You can also stop by my office in the Pocahontas Building located at 900 East Main Street. My offices are located in E512.

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