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Newsletter Week of 2/6/2023

Dear Friend,


We have only 2 weeks left in session! This past week was crossover, which is when all of the legislation that has passed the House of Delegates is moved over to the State Senate, and vice-versa. I am thrilled to announce that two of my bills made it through the House of Delegates and will be heard in the Senate in the coming weeks. This week, we also voted on the House version of our state budget.


REMINDER: This Saturday, February 11th, 9:00 am, at the Vienna Police Station, I will be joining my colleague Senator Chap Petersen, as well as Vienna Mayor Linda Colbert, for a Town Hall to discuss the Legislative Session. This will be your opportunity to hear directly from us, ask us questions about legislation affecting our community, and share your thoughts and concerns. We hope to see you there!


My Current Bills:


HB2424 - This bill will increase access to interpreters in civil proceedings for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. It passed the House of Delegates unanimously and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which meets this Monday at 8am.


HB2492 - Ensures that Virginia's Disability Board remains in compliance with federal law so that Virginia doesn't lose out on millions of dollars in federal funds. This bill also passed the House of Delegates unanimously and is awaiting committee referral in the Senate.



Updates:


Thursday the House of Delegates passed our version of the state budget. Next we will begin reconciling the differences between this budget and the one passed by the Senate.


Here is an update on the legislation I have co-patroned this session.


Patron Type

Bill #

Chief Patron

Bill Description

Status

​Chief Co-Patron

HB2445

Bennett-Parker

Renews the wholesome food donation tax credit for amounts up to $10,000

Passed House 99-0

Chief Co-Patron

SB 852

Favola

Prohibits issuing a search warrant for the search and seizure of a computer containing menstrual data

Passed Senate 31-9

Co-Patron

HB 1419

Kory

Extends eligibility for the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program to the descendants of persons who were residing in jurisdictions in Virginia in which the public schools were closed to avoid desegregation between 1954 and 1964.

Passed House 99-0

Co-Patron

HB 1520

Simonds

​Places certain restrictions on railroad companies to increase safety

Failed in Subcommittee 4-3

Co-Patron

HB 1566

Rasoul

​Requires teachers to be paid at or above the national average

​Left in House Appropriations Committee

Co-Patron

HB 1566

Ware

Directs the State Corporation Commission to order reductions to base rates charged by utility companies provided that the companies are making unreasonable profits

Passed House 99-0

Co-Patron

HB 1631

Bulova

​Allows emergency dispatchers to claim workers' compensation benefits relating to PTSD

Failed in Appropriations Subcommittee 4-3

Co-Patron

HB 1759

Reid

​Creates a workgroup to study how to improve Virginia for veterans

Passed House 99-0

Co-Patron

HB1852

Subramanyam

Directs the Commission on School Construction and Modernization to make recommendations to incorporate renewable energy generation facilities in schools

Failed in Subcommittee 6-2

Co-Patron

HB1938

Plum

​Requires school boards to employ at least one full-time counselor per 1,000 students

Failed in Appropriations Subcommittee 5-3

Co-Patron

HB 2038

Shin

​Allows state employees health insurance to also cover that of an incapacitated child regardless of whether the child lives with the employee

Passed House 100-0

Co-Patron

HB 2070

Murphy

​Any person who possess a firearm after being found guilty for assault and battery against someone in a dating relationship is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor

Failed in Subcommittee 3-3

Co-Patron

HB 2073

Murphy

​Creates the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact to speed up issuance of a license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth for qualified physicians from out of state

Left in Subcommittee

Co-Patron

HB2074

Murphy

Repeals mandatory minimums for persons charged with simple assault and battery for those on the autism spectrum provided that the crime was influenced by the person's disability

Left in Committee

Co-Patron

HB2076

Murphy

​Changes eligibility for Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program: shortens from five years to one the physical presence requirements, 90% static disabled instead of 90% permanent disabled, makes stepchildren of living veterans eligible

Failed in Appropriations Subcommittee 5-3

Co-Patron

HB2078

Murphy

​Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a licensed firearm manufacturer to give a handgun to an unlicensed person without a locking device or a warning that guns should be kept locked

Failed in Subcommittee 5-3

Co-Patron

HB 2080

Murphy

​Creates special license plates for women veterans

Passed house 100-0

Co-Patron

HB 2104

Bourne

Increases the default boundaries of a school crossing zone from 600 feet to 750 feet from the limits of school property.

Passed house 99-1

Co-Patron

HB 2111

Bourne

​Require Department of Education to oversee work-based learning and implementation of teacher mentor programs, requires school boards to decrease ratio of ESOL, assistant principals and support staff to students

Left in Appropriations Committee


Co-Patron

HB 2134

Delaney

​Clarifies the definition of "sexual conduct" so that it is neutral regarding sexual orientation for the purposes of crimes related to prohibited sales and loans to juveniles.

Left in Committee

Co-Patron

​HB 2174

Sickles

Clarifies that a marriage is lawful regardless of sex or gender

Left in Committee

Co-Patron

HB 2224

Murphy

Required newborn screening tests performed at no cost

Passed House 95-3

Co-Patron

HB 2227

Murphy

Civil cause of action against guardian for failure to reasonably secure a firearm from a minor if the minor uses the firearm to cause harm to person or property

Failed in Subcommittee 3-3

Co-Patron

HB 2232

Murphy

Includes a provision for the payment of medical assistance for violence prevention services, Department of Health will approve an accrediting body to certify violence prevention professionals

​Failed in Subcommittee 5-3

Co-Patron

HB 2267

Wilt

​The State Corporation Commission can authorize recovery of any proposed cost through the utility's rates for generation and distribution services instead of regarding petitions for a rate adjustment clause if the cost recovery better serves ratepayers

Passed Committee 22-0

Co-Patron

HB 2283

Shin

Suspends utilities from disconnecting service when: governor declares a state of emergency, extreme heat or cold weather, on the weekend or holidays. Utilities must report annually on utility disconnections

Failed in Subcommittee 5-3

Co-Patron

HB 2288

Sickles

Must be 21 or older to purchase assault firearm

​Failed in Subcommittee 6-4

Co-Patron

HB 2357

Murphy

A surrogate may relinquish rights to an intended parent prior to the birth of the child if one intended parent is the genetic parent or the embryo was subject to the legal custody of the intended parent

Failed in Subcommittee 5-3

Co-Patron

HB 2387

Lopez

​Establishes a tax credit for the purchase of firearm safety devices

Passed House 98-1

Co-Patron

SB 1112

Hashmi

​Requires health insurance providers to provide coverage for contraceptive measures

Passed Senate 26-13

Co-Patron

SB1498

McClellan

Extends eligibility for the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program to the lineal and collateral descendants of persons who were residing in jurisdictions in Virginia in which the public schools were closed to avoid desegregation between 1954 and 1964 and whose educations were affected by the school closings.

Passed Senate 40-0

Co-Patron

HJ519

Herring

Constitutional Amendment, Provides that every individual has the fundamental right to reproductive freedom

Failed in Subcommittee 5-3

Co-Patron

HJ532

Sickles

Repeals same-sex marriage ban in Virginia Constitution

Left in Committee

Co-Patron

HJ553

Sickles

​Repeals the constitutional provision defining marriage as only a union between one man and one woman

Left in Committee

Co-Patron

SJ255

McClellan

​Constitutional Amendment, Provides that every individual has the fundamental right to reproductive freedom

Passed Senate 21-18


If my office can be of any service to you, please send an email to delhseibold@house.virginia.gov. Make sure to follow us on social media to receive updates throughout the year!



Yours in Service,


Holly Seibold

Delegate, 35th District

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