General Assembly Update

(updated 5/9/17)

2017 General Assembly

This page is designed to inform you of legislation of concern to VAIB for the latest General Assembly session. This list is intended to highlight certain important issues but is by no means exhaustive of the hundreds of bills we follow. We stand for protecting freedom of religion, family values, and parental rights. We oppose abortion, alcohol, and gambling.

Bills are divided into two lists: those "We SUPPORT" and those "We OPPOSE." Each item is listed with a brief explanation. By clicking on the bill number, you can see more information on the bill and the progress of the bill. 

Need more information? Contact our office at 804-299-3986 or send an email to ealiff@vaib.org with your comments or questions. 

REMEMBER: You have a voice! You can contact your delegate or senator regarding your position on these items or any other issue. Be kind, be brief, and be thankful when you contact a legislator.

Explanations:

  • CO - legislation is "Carried Over" to the next session for consideration.
  • PBI- "Passed By Indefinitely" means the legislation has failed.
  • Tabled- means the legislation has failed.
  • Left in committee- means the legislation has failed.
  • Stricken-  means the patron has removed the bill from consideration.
  • Reported- means the bill is progressing.
  • Failed to report- means the bill was voted down or failed.

Click on the bill for more information.

We SUPPORT the following legislation: 

HB1401 Steven Landes - Higher educational institutions; speech on campus. SIGNED INTO LAW.

HB1473 Dave LaRock- Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; penalty. FAILED: LEFT in House Courts committee.

HB1578 Rob Bell- Students who receive home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs. VETOED BY GOVERNOR.

HB1605 Dave LaRock - Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts established.VETOED BY GOVERNOR.

HB1612 Bob Marshall- Physical Privacy Act. FAILED to report out of House General Laws committee.

HB1667 Bob Marshall- Public contracts; civil liability; gender identity; sexual orientation. FAILED: TABLED in House General Laws committee.

HB1963 Jimmie Massie- Educational Improvement Scholarships tax credit; pre-kindergarten eligibility. FAILED: TABLED in House Finance committee.

HB2025 Nick Freitas- Religious freedom; solemnization of marriage. VETOED BY GOVERNOR.

HB2191 Steven Landes- School boards; procedures; sexually explicit instructional materials or related academic activities. VETOED BY GOVERNOR.

HB2264 Ben Cline - Department of Health; restrictions on expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning. VETOED BY GOVERNOR.

HR268 Ben Cline- Day of Tears. PASSED the House. No further action needed.

HR297 Jason Miyares- Christian heritage. Recognizes the influence of Christian heritage in Virginia. PASSED the House. No further action needed.

HJ549  Marshall, R.G. - Pornography; public health hazard. FAILED in Senate Rules committee.

HJ557  Bell, Richard P. - Commending the Virginia Weekday Religious Education Association. PASSED the House and Senate. No further action needed.

HJ762 Jeff Campbell - Weekend of Prayer over Students. PASSED the House and Senate. No further action needed.

SB1239 Emmett Hanger - Child day programs; exemptions from licensure, certification of preschool or nursery school program. VETOED BY GOVERNOR.

SB1243 Siobhan Dunnavant- Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts established. FAILED in Senate.

SB1324 Bill Carrico- Religious freedom; solemnization of marriage. VETOED BY GOVERNOR.

SB1427 Bill Stanley- Educational Improvement Scholarships tax credit; pre-kindergarten eligibility. FAILED in House Finance committee. 

We OPPOSE the following legislation:

HB1395 Mark Sickles- Same-sex marriages; civil unions. Repeals the statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriages. FAILED: LEFT in House Courts committee.

HB1563 Kaye Kory- Regulations governing hospitals; facilities performing abortions. FAILED: TABLED in House HWI committee.

HB1568 Bobby Orrock- Child care providers; fingerprint criminal history background check required; penalty. SIGNED INTO LAW.

HB1776 Ken Plum- Hate crimes; gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability; penalty. FAILED: TABLED in House Courts committee.

HB1906 - Heretick - Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession. FAILED: TABLED in House Courts committee.

HB2129 Mark Levine- Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment, public accommodation, and housing; prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation. FAILED in House General Laws committee.

HB2186 Jennifer Boysko- Whole Woman's Health Act; performance of abortions. FAILED: LEFT in House Courts committee.

HB2286 Jeion Ward- Abortion; informed written consent not required. FAILED: LEFT in House Courts committee.

HJ538 Mark Sickles- Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. Repeal current marriage amendment. FAILED: TABLED in House Privileges and Elections committee.

SB782 Adam Ebbin- Same-sex marriages; civil unions. Repeals the statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriages. FAILED: PBI in Senate Courts committee.

SB783 Adam Ebbin- Nondiscrimination in public employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. FAILED in House General Laws committee.

SB822 Jennifer Wexton- Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; sexual orientation and gender identity. FAILED in House General Laws committee.

SB877 Barbara Favola - Regulations governing hospitals; facilities performing abortions. FAILED: PBI in Senate Education and Health committee. 

SB897 Jennifer Wexton- Child care providers; fingerprint criminal history background check required; penalty. SIGNED INTO LAW.

SB908 Louise Lucas - Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession. FAILED: PBI in Senate Courts committee. 

SB1010 Louise Lucas- Creates Virginia Casino Gaming Commission; regulation of casino gaming; penalties. FAILED: PBI in Senate General Laws and Technology committee.

SB1011 Louise Lucas- Virginia Casino Gaming Commission; regulations for casino gaming; penalties. FAILED in Senate General Laws and Technology committee.

SB1012 Louise Lucas- Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming; penalties. FAILED in Senate General Laws and Technology committee.

SB1235 Adam Ebbin - Family life education; implementation of SOL for program. FAILED: PBI in Senate Education and Health committee.

SB1269 Adam Ebbin - Marijuana; decriminalization of simple possession. FAILED: PBI in Senate Courts committee.

SB1365 John Edwards- Statewide Fire Prevention Code; authority of the Virginia Fire Services Board; fees for school inspections. FAILED in Senate General Laws and Technology committee.

SB1400 Louise Lucas- Poker; definition of illegal gambling and charitable gaming; poker games authorized; regulation of poker tournaments. FAILED in House General Laws committee.

SB1424 Mamie Locke- Abortion; informed written consent not required. FAILED: PBI in Senate Education and Health committee.

SB1524 Barbara Favola - Hate crimes; criminal acts against persons because of gender, etc. FAILED: PBI in Senate Courts committee.

SJ216 Adam Ebbin- Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. Repeal current marriage amendment. FAILED: PBI in Senate Privileges and Elections committee.

SJ220 Mamie Locke- Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. Repeal current marriage amendment. FAILED: PBI in Senate Privileges and Elections committee.