VGEA Legislation 2017: Bill Tracking

Updated 3/3/17

HB 1555 Agency directors; human resources training and succession planning. Directs the Department of Human Resource Management to administer training programs to familiarize agency directors with state human resource policies, such as compensation management, benefits administration, and resources available at the Department. House: Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 100-N), 2/22/17. House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 100-N), 2/22/17. Senate: Senate receded from amendment (40-Y 0-N), 2/23/17.

HB 1583 Southwestern Virginia Training Center; delay closure. Provides that the Southwestern Virginia Training Center shall remain open until June 30, 2019, and continue to accept new admissions of individuals with intellectual disabilities for whom treatment in a training center is appropriate. Left in House Appropriations 2/8/17.

HB 1768 Virginia Retirement System; stress testing and reporting policies. Requires the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) to formally adopt stress testing and additional reporting policies. Assigned to House Appropriations Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee. Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17. Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, 3/27/17.

HB 1854 Lobbyist reporting, the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, and the General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; filing of required disclosures; registration of lobbyists; candidate filings; judges; definition of gift; informal advice; civil penalties; technical amendments. Makes numerous changes to the laws governing lobbyist reporting, the conflict of interest acts, and the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council. Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 1-N), House: Senate substitute rejected by House 17105400D-S1 (0-Y 97-N), House: VOTE: REJECTED EMERGENCY (0-Y 97-N) 2/16/17.

HB 1971 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record and meeting exclusions for multidisciplinary child abuse teams. Excludes the records of a multidisciplinary team as they relate to individual child abuse or neglect cases or sex offenses involving a child from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N), 2/22/17.

HB 1972 Closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center and the Southeastern Virginia Training Center prohibited. Provides that the Southwestern Virginia Training Center and the Southeastern Virginia Training Center shall not be closed and shall instead remain open and continue to accept new admissions of individuals with intellectual disability for whom treatment in a training center is appropriate. Left in House Appropriations 2/8/17.

HB 2011 Discrimination; separation of the sexes. Provides that recognition by any entity of the inherent differences between males and females, including the biological characteristics or qualities that distinguish an individual as either male or female as determined at birth, and the mere separation of the sexes by such entity based on such differences shall not constitute discrimination, provided that such separation is consistent with Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Virginia. Left in House General Laws 2/8/17.

HB 2043 Public release of identifying information of a law-enforcement officer during and following an official investigation; penalty.Prohibits any public official, public employee, or person acting on behalf of a public official or public employee from releasing to the public any identifying information of a law-enforcement officer who is the subject of an official investigation that involves the discharge of a firearm or use of force by such law-enforcement officer during the performance of his official duties prior to the conclusion of such official investigation or the conclusion of the first six months of such investigation. Left in House Courts of Justice 2/7/17 .

HB 2247 Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority; eligibility of employees for Workforce Transition Act. Eliminates the eligibility of employees of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) who elect not to become employees of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (Authority) for severance benefits under the Workforce Transition Act. Such severance benefits would remain available for a Board employee who is not offered a position with the Authority, is not offered a position for which the employee is qualified, or is offered a position that would require relocation or a reduction in salary. Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17. Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, 3/27/17.

SB 783 Nondiscrimination in public employment. Prohibits discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, as defined in the bill. The bill also codifies for state and local government employment the current prohibitions on discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. House Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 4-N) 2/14/17.

SB 1033 Notification requirement; breach of payroll data. Requires employers to notify the Department of Taxation after discovery of a security breach of payroll information. Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17, Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, 3/27/17.

SB 1103 Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); closed meeting violations; civil penalty. Provides that in addition to any penalties imposed under FOIA, if the court finds that a member of a public body voted to certify a closed meeting and at the time of such certification such certification constituted a departure from the requirements of FOIA. Left in Senate General Laws and Technology 2/8/17.

SB 1128 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; failure to respond to request for records; rebuttable presumption. Provides that there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a failure to respond to a request for records was willful and knowing. Failed to pass in Senate, 2/25/17.

SB 1171 Public employment; inquiries by state agencies and localities regarding criminal convictions, charges, and arrests. Prohibits state agencies from including on any employment application a question inquiring whether the prospective employee has ever been arrested or charged with, or convicted of, any crime, subject to certain exceptions. Left in House Committee on General Laws, 02/21/17.

SB 1293 Department of Human Resources Management; criminal background checks; state agency positions designated as sensitive; agencies to report to the Department. Requires each state agency to create and annually update a list of the positions that it has designated as sensitive and submit the list to the Department of Human Resources Management by July 1 of each year. Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/17. Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, 3/27/17.

SB 1412 Adoption leave benefit. Creates a new classification of paid leave for a state employee who adopts an infant. The amount of leave would be equivalent to the amount of paid leave awarded to an employee pursuant to short-term disability for maternity leave. Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/28/17. Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, 3/27/17.

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