General Assembly Update

2022 General Assembly

This page lists some of the 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. 

REMEMBER: You have a voice! 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.
  • Committee of Conference- each chamber has passed different versions of the bill; conferees from each chamber meet to work out compromise or bill fails.

Click on the bill for more information.

We SUPPORTED the following legislation: 

SB4 (Dave Suetterlein) Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders.  REPORTED; WAITING FOR GOVERNOR'S ACTION.

SB656 (Siobhan Dunnavant) Sexually explicit content; DOE shall develop model policies, parental notification. REPORTED; WAITING FOR GOVERNOR'S ACTION.

SB739 (Siobhan Dunnavant) Public elementary and secondary schools and public school-based early childhood care and education programs; student instruction; masks; emergency. REPORTED & SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

SB591 (Emmett Hanger) Marijuana; shape prohibitions; definitions of marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol. REPORTED; WAITING FOR GOVERNOR'S ACTION.

HB293 (Nick Freitas) Education Savings Account Program; establishment.  LEFT in House Education committee.

HB304 (Nick Freitas) Abortion; born alive human infant, failure to provide treatment and care, penalty. PBI Senate Rules committee.

HB333 (Nick Freitas) Public education; student education accounts. LEFT in House Appropriations committee.

HB753 (Les Adams) Human rights and fair housing; religious organizations; promotion of religious principles. SB177 is identical to HB753. Both bills were PBI in Senate General Laws & Technology committee.

HB784 (Dave LaRock) Home instruction and private school tax credit. LEFT in House Finance committee.

HB1274 (Nick Freitas) Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; created, penalty. LEFT in House Courts committee.

SB27 (Frank Ruff) Income tax credits; Neighborhood Assistance Program and Education Improvement Scholarships. TABLED in House Appropriations.

SB574 (Monty Mason) Child care; background checks. LEFT in House Health, Welfare, & Institutions committee.

SB766 (Jen Kiggans) Schools; male students shall not participate in female sports, etc., civil cause of action. PBI in Senate Education & Health committee.

We OPPOSED the following legislation:

HJ57 (Mark Sickles- Dem.) Constitutional amendment (second reference); marriage; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition; affirmative right to marry. TABLED/LEFT in House Privileges and Elections committee.

HB605 (Mark Sickles- Dem.) Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); marriage; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition; affirmative right to marry. Companion legislation for HJ57. TABLED/LEFT in House Privileges and Elections committee.

SJ5  (Adam Ebbin- Dem.) Constitutional amendment (second reference); marriage; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition; affirmative right to marry. TABLED/LEFT in House Privileges and Elections committee.

SB557  (Adam Ebbin- Dem.) Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); marriage; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition; affirmative right to marry. Companion legislation for SJ5. TABLED/LEFT in House Privileges and Elections committee.

HB1095 (Kay Kory- Dem.) Health care; decision making; end of life; penalties. Also called medical assisted suicide. TABLED in House Courts committee.

SB668 (Ghazala Hashmi- Dem.) Health care; decision making; end of life; penalties. Also called medical assisted suicide. FAILED in Senate Education and Health committee.