VGEA Legislation 2018: Bill Tracking

Updated 2/7/18

HB 254: Human Resource Management, Department of; duties of department, employee communication. (Guzman)

Requires the Department of Human Resources Management to establish a system of regular communication between managing employees and non-supervisory employees who are members of employee associations, labor unions, or labor organizations for the purpose of discussing workplace issues, consistent with the provisions of Chapter 4 (Labor Union, Strikes, etc.) of Title 40.1 (Labor and Employment). 2/1/18: (H) Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)

HB 331: Health insurance; plan for state and local government employees. (Yancey)

Requires that the health insurance plan for state and local government employees contain a reference-based pricing component whereby a fixed maximum amount is paid for certain frequently performed non-emergency medical tests, procedures, and surgeries for which prices vary substantially and the quality of outcomes generally do not correlate with price. 1/19/18: Assigned to House Appropriations, Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee

HB 332: State employee health insurance plan; coverage for proton therapy. (Yancey)

Requires the state employee health insurance plan to include coverage for proton therapy. The measure provides that the plan shall cover a physician-prescribed hypofractionated proton therapy protocol to deliver a biological effective dose for a particular indication by paying the same aggregate amount as would be paid for the delivery of the same biological effective dose with IMRT for the same indication, provided that the eligible patient is treated as part of a clinical trial or registry. 1/19/18: Assigned to House Appropriations, Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee

HB 337: Employee Retirement Security & Pension Reform, Commission on; change in membership. (Head)

Removes the Speaker of the House of Delegates as a permanent member of the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform and increases the number of Delegates appointed by the Speaker to the Commission from three to four. 1/26/18: Passed House, assigned to Senate Rules Committee

HB 371: Sexual harassment training; requirement for legislative branch. (Robinson)

Requires General Assembly members, full-time legislative staff of General Assembly members compensated with state appropriations, and full-time employees of each legislative branch agency to complete sexual harassment training once every calendar year through the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center administered by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM). Persons elected to the General Assembly or commencing or recommencing full-time employment in the legislative branch will have 90 days from the election or their dates of hire to complete the training. (More)  2/2/18: Passed House, assigned to Senate Rules Committee

HB 401: Discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity. (Levine)

Prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation, public contracting, apprenticeship programs, housing, banking, and insurance on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public 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 and adds discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill contains technical amendments. 2/7/18: (H) Assigned General Rules, Subcommittee #1

HB 559: Conflict of Interests Acts, State & Local Gov’t, & General Assembly; post-service restrictions. (Roem)

Extends the “revolving door” prohibition applicable to state officers and employees and members of the General Assembly. State officers and employees, as defined in § 2.2-3104, are currently prohibited from lobbying the agency of which they were an officer or employee for one year after the termination of public employment or service; the bill extends that prohibition to three years and further prohibits lobbying before the General Assembly during that period. (More)  1/26/18: Passed House, assigned to Senate Rules Committee

HB 572: Pharmacy contracts; disclosures by pharmacists. (Hodges)

Requires contracts between a carrier and its intermediary regarding the provision of pharmacy services by participating pharmacy providers and any provider contract between a carrier and a participating pharmacy provider or its contracting agent to contain specific provisions that prohibit the carrier or intermediary from restricting a participating pharmacy provider’s disclosure of any relevant information to an individual purchasing a prescribed drug. 2/1/18: (H) Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor (19-Y 0-N) (More)

HB 573: Health insurance rate reviews; pharmacy benefit price spread. (Hodges)

Requires the State Corporation Commission to treat the price spread on any contract between the issuer of a health benefit plan and its pharmacy benefit manager as an administrative cost of the issuer. The issuer’s administrative costs are required to be excluded from the amount of benefits provided under a health benefit plan when the Commission determines the health benefit plan’s anticipated loss ratio. 2/1/18: (H) Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (19-Y 0-N)  (More)

HB 600: Public employment; inquiries by state agencies and localities regarding criminal convictions. (Carr)

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. A prospective employee may not be asked if he has ever been convicted of any crime unless the inquiry takes place after the prospective employee has received a conditional offer of employment, which offer may be withdrawn if the prospective employee has a conviction record that directly relates to duties and responsibilities of the position. 2/1/18: (H) Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019 (More)

HB 846: Virginia Retirement System; technical amendments. (Ingram)

Virginia Retirement System; technical amendments. Makes technical amendments to Title 51.1, Pensions, Benefits, and Retirement, including clarifying that medical boards may be composed of not only physicians but also other health care professionals and that the only federal civilian service eligible to be purchased as membership credit is full-time service. 2/5/18: Passed House and Referred to Senate Finance Committee

HB 863: Virginia Retirement System; health insurance credits for retired state employees. (Ingram)

Increases annually the amount of the health insurance credit for retirees who rendered at least 30 years of creditable service in the Virginia Retirement System. The bill increases the credit by the same percentage as any annual post-retirement supplement that is calculated for employees hired on or after July 1, 2010. 1/19/18: (H) Assigned Appropriations Subcommittee on Compensation & Retirement

HB 994: Parental leave benefits; DHRM to implement and administer. (Byron)

Requires the Department of Human Resource Management (the Department) to implement and administer 12 weeks of paid parental leave benefits for a state employee who becomes the parent of a child either by adoption or by birth of a child. To be eligible, an employee must be a full-time employee with at least one year of continuous state employment. The bill requires employees to take leave within one year of a child’s birth or adoption and provides that if two employees are eligible for benefits for the same child, only one shall claim benefits. 1/19/18: Assigned Appropriations Subcommittee on Compensation & Retirement

HB 1177: Health insurance; covered services provided pharmacies and pharmacists. (Pillion)

Prohibits a pharmacy benefits manager from (i) prohibiting a pharmacist or pharmacy from providing an enrollee individual information on the amount of the enrollee’s cost share for the enrollee’s prescription drug and the clinical efficacy of a more affordable alternative drug if one is available; (ii) prohibiting a pharmacist or pharmacy from offering and providing store direct delivery services to an enrollee as an ancillary service of the pharmacy; 2/7/18: Passed House (More)

HJ 96: Study; JLARC; increasing hazardous duty retirement benefits for certain categories. (Hurst)

Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to study the impact, feasibility, scope, and cost of increasing hazardous duty retirement benefits for certain members of the Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System. In its study, JLARC is directed to examine increasing such benefits for Capitol Police officers, campus police officers, conservation police officers in the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and several other categories of law-enforcement officers. 1/19/18:  assigned to House Rules Committee, Subcommittee #1

HJ 103: Study; Virginia Retirement System; state-run retirement savings plan. (Torian)

Requests the Virginia Retirement System to study the feasibility and merits of a state-run retirement savings plan for employers and their employees who do not have access to an employer-provided retirement savings plan. 2/6/18: (H) Committee substitute printed 18106672D-H1

SB 12: Conflict of Interest Acts, State & Local Gov’t, & General Assembly; post-service restrictions. (Petersen)

Extends the “revolving door” prohibition applicable to state officers and employees and members of the General Assembly. State officers and employees, as defined in § 2.2-3104, are currently prohibited from lobbying the agency of which they were an officer or employee for one year after the termination of public employment or service; the bill extends that prohibition to three years. 11/20/17: Referred to Senate Rules Committee

SB 202: Public employment; prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. (Ebbin)

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. 2/7/18: Passed House, Assigned to Senate General Laws Subcommittee #1

SB 248: Virginia Retirement System; technical amendments. (Dance)

Makes technical amendments to Title 51.1, Pensions, Benefits, and Retirement, including clarifying that medical boards may be composed of not only physicians but also other health care professionals and that the only federal civilian service eligible to be purchased as membership credit is full-time service. 2/2/18: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB 252: Public employment; inquiries by state agencies and localities regarding criminal convictions. (Dance)

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. A prospective employee may not be asked if he has ever been convicted of any crime unless the inquiry takes place after the prospective employee has received a conditional offer of employment, which offer may be withdrawn if the prospective employee has a conviction record that directly relates to duties and responsibilities of the position. 1/23/18: Passed Senate, Referred to House General Laws

SB 321: Virginia Retirement System; health insurance credits for retired state employees. (Ruff)

Increases annually the amount of the health insurance credit for retirees who rendered at least 30 years of creditable service in the Virginia Retirement System. The bill increases the credit by the same percentage as any annual post-retirement supplement that is calculated for employees hired on or after July 1, 2010. 2/2/18: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB 419: Discriminating between employees on the basis of sex; payment of wages. (Wexton)

Equal pay irrespective of sex. Amends the existing law requiring equal pay for equal work irrespective of sex to (i) prohibit unequal provision of benefits and privileges on the basis of sex; (ii) prohibit employers from punishing employees for sharing salary information with their coworkers; and (iii) authorize a court to award reasonable attorney fees and costs to an employee who substantially prevails on the merits in an action for wrongful withholding of wages or benefits and privileges. The measure also deletes the exemption for employers covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act from the Commonwealth’s prohibition on discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex. 1/22/18: Re-referred to  Senate Finance

SB 570: Virginia National Guard; members eligible for in-state tuition. (DeSteph)

Eligibility for in-state tuition charges; members of the Virginia National Guard. Declares eligible for in-state tuition charges any member of the Virginia National Guard, regardless of the active status or domicile of such individual. The bill contains technical amendments. 1/23/18: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (13-Y 0-N)

SB 633: Auditor of Public Accounts; employee compensation information. (Dunnavant)

Adds state employee bonuses, total compensation, and the name of the employee associated with each position for which the annual rate of pay is more than $10,000 to the list of data that must be maintained on the Auditor of Public Accounts online database. 1/10/18: Referred to Senate Rules Committee

SB 691: Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System; conservation officers. (Deeds)

Adds conservation officers of the Department of Conservation and Recreation as members of the Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System. The bill makes conservation officers eligible to accrue retirement benefits under the Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System only for creditable service on and after July 1, 2018. 1/30/18: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (13-Y 0-N)

SB 796: Sexual harassment training; legislative branch. (Sturtevant)

Requires General Assembly members, full-time legislative staff of General Assembly members compensated with state appropriations, and full-time employees of each legislative branch agency to complete sexual harassment training once every two calendar years through the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center administered by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM).  1/10/18: Referred to Senate Rules Committee

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