Virginia Senator Joseph Morrissey [D]

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VASB2PassPossession and consumption of marijuana; penalty. Decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and provides a civil penalty of no more than $25. Current law imposes a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum 30-day jail sentence for a first offense, and subs...
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2020-05-21
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1286)
VASB861VetoGroup health benefit plans; bona fide associations; benefits consortium. Provides that certain trusts constitute a benefits consortium and are authorized to sell health benefits plans to members of a sponsoring association that (i) has been formed an...
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2020-05-21
Governor: Vetoed by Governor
VASB7PassMinimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour effective May 1, 2021; to $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022; to $12.00 per hour effective January 1, 2023; to $13.50 per ho...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1242)
VASB8PassPrevailing wage; public works contracts; penalty. Requires contractors and subcontractors under any public contract with a state agency, or with a locality that has adopted an ordinance requiring the payment of prevailing wages, for public works to p...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1243)
VASB35PassControl of firearms by localities; permitted events. Authorizes any locality by ordinance to prohibit the possession or carrying of firearms, ammunition, or components or any combination thereof in (i) any building, or part thereof, owned or used by ...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1247)
VASB421PassConsumer lending. Replaces references to payday loans with the term "short-term loans." The measure caps the interest and fees that may be charged under a short-term loan at an annual rate of 36 percent, plus a maintenance fee; increases the maximum ...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1258)
VASB793PassParole; exception to limitation on the application of parole statutes. Provides that a person is eligible to be considered for parole if (i) such person was sentenced by a jury prior to the date of the Supreme Court of Virginia decision in Fishback v...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1272)
VASB629PassShared solar programs. Requires the State Corporation Commission to establish by regulation a shared solar program that allows customers of Dominion Virginia to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility, which is defin...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1264)
VASB34PassDriver privilege cards; penalty. Authorizes the issuance of new driver privilege cards by the Department of Motor Vehicles to an applicant who (i) has reported income from Virginia sources or been claimed as a dependent on an individual tax return fi...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1246)
VASB998PassElectric utilities; offshore wind development. Provides that the construction or purchase by a public utility of one or more offshore wind generation facilities located off the Commonwealth's Atlantic shoreline or in federal waters and interconnected...
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2020-04-22
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1279)
VASB179PassHate crimes; gender, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation; penalty. Adds gender, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the categories of victims whose intentional selection for a hate crime involving assault, assault an...
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2020-04-11
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1171)
VASB1089PassVisiting state correctional facilities; strip searches of those entering. Provides that no child under the age of 18 who is seeking entrance to a state correctional facility shall be strip searched or subjected to a search of any body cavity under an...
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2020-04-11
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1181)
VASB94PassVirginia Energy Plan; Commonwealth Energy Policy. Adopts findings that climate change is an urgent and pressing challenge for Virginia, that swift decarbonization and a transition to clean energy are required to meet the urgency of the challenge, and...
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2020-04-11
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1191)
VASB868PassProhibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the Virginia ...
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2020-04-11
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1140)
VASB818PassBehavioral health dockets; established. Establishes, by the Behavioral Health Docket Act (the Act), behavioral health courts as specialized court dockets within the existing structure of Virginia's court system, offering judicial monitoring of intens...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1096)
VASB11PassLocal disposable plastic bag tax. Authorizes any county or city, beginning no earlier than January 1, 2021, to impose a tax of five cents per bag on disposable plastic bags provided to consumers by certain retailers, with certain bags being exempt fr...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1023)
VASB423PassHealth insurance; mandated coverage for hearing aids for minors. Requires health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and corporations providing health care coverage subscription contracts to provide coverage for hearing aids and related servi...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1094)
VASB70PassFirearm sales; criminal history record information checks; penalty. Requires a background check for any firearm sale and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a background check ...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1112)
VASB65PassVoter identification; repeal of photo identification requirements; additional forms of identification accepted; signed statement in lieu of required form of identification; penalty. Removes the requirement that voters show a form of identification co...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1065)
VASB236PassConstitutional amendment (voter referendum); apportionment; Virginia Redistricting Commission. Provides for a referendum at the November 3, 2020, election to approve or reject amendments to the Constitution of Virginia establishing the Virginia Redis...
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2020-04-10
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1071)
VASB480PassCovenants not to compete; low-wage employees; civil penalty. Prohibits an employer from entering into, enforcing, or threatening to enforce a covenant not to compete between the employer and a low-wage employee. The employer is subject to a civil pen...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0949)
VASB798PassDriving after forfeiture of license. Specifies that a person is guilty of an offense of driving or operating a motor vehicle (i) after his driver's license has been revoked for certain offenses; (ii) in violation of the terms of a restricted license;...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1019)
VASB668PassChild care providers; out-of-state background checks. Requires certain child care providers and employees or volunteers thereof to submit to background checks that include a criminal history record information check and sex offender registry check in...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0936)
VASB667PassArrest and prosecution when experiencing or reporting overdoses. Provides that no individual shall be subject to arrest or prosecution for the unlawful purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol; possession of a controlled substance; possession ...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1016)
VASB1PassSuspension of driver's license for nonpayment of fines or costs. Repeals the requirement that the driver's license of a person convicted of any violation of the law who fails or refuses to provide for immediate payment of fines or costs be suspended....
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0965)
VASB69PassPurchase of handguns; limitation on handgun purchases; penalty. Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill exe...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0992)
VASB455PassAbsentee voting; deadline for returning absentee ballot. Provides that any absentee ballot that is returned to the general registrar after the closing of the polls on election day but before noon on the third day after the election and postmarked on ...
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2020-04-09
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0933)
VASB770IntroPaid family and medical leave program. Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to establish and administer a paid family and medical leave program with benefits beginning January 1, 2023. Under the program, benefits are paid to eligible employees...
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2020-04-08
Letter sent to the Virginia Chief Workforce Advisor
VASB240PassFirearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. Creates a procedure by which any attorney for the Commonwealth or law-enforcement officer may apply to a general district court, circuit court, or juvenile and domestic relations dist...
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2020-04-08
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0888)
VASB578PassEarly childhood care and education; licensing. Requires the Board of Education to establish a statewide unified public-private system for early childhood care and education in the Commonwealth to be administered by the Board of Education, the Superin...
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2020-04-08
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0861)
VASB801PassSubpoena duces tecum; attorney-issued subpoena duces tecum; criminal cases. Provides that in any criminal case a subpoena duces tecum may be issued by the attorney of record who is an active member of the Virginia State Bar at the time of issuance, a...
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2020-04-07
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0771)
VASB255PassAdditional transient occupancy tax in Prince George County. Authorizes Prince George County to impose an additional transient occupancy tax at a rate of up to two percent, for a total maximum rate of seven percent. The revenue from the additional tax...
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2020-04-07
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0787)
VASB469PassPrimary ballot; certain required statements as qualification for candidacy; failure to timely file. Provides that the name of any person who does not file his written statement of qualification or statement of economic interests by the relevant deadl...
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2020-04-07
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0850)
VASB935PassPublic institutions of higher education; eligibility for in-state tuition. Provides that any student is eligible for in-state tuition who (i) attended high school for at least two years in the Commonwealth and either (a) graduated on or after July 1,...
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2020-04-07
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0767)
VASB245PassDepartment of Health Professions; conversion therapy prohibited. Prohibits any health care provider or person who performs counseling as part of his training for any profession licensed by a regulatory board of the Department of Health Professions fr...
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2020-04-06
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0721)
VASB463PassSudden cardiac arrest prevention in student-athletes. Directs the Board of Education to develop, biennially update, and distribute to each local school division guidelines on policies to inform and educate coaches, student-athletes, and student-athle...
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2020-04-06
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0694)
VASB177PassAutism Advisory Council; sunset. Extends the sunset provision of the Autism Advisory Council from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2022.
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2020-04-06
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0733)
VASB812PassVirginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act. Provides that for the purposes of the Virginia Telephone Privacy Act (the Act), "telephone solicitation call" includes any text message sent to any wireless telephone with a Virginia area code, or to a wirel...
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2020-04-02
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0607)
VASB961PassCharter; City of Hopewell. Exempts from a referendum requirement bonds issued for the construction, improvement, expansion, or replacement of existing public buildings or facilities, and authorizes the City of Hopewell to replace existing buildings o...
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2020-04-02
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0608)
VASB462PassPublic institutions of higher education; in-state tuition; children of active duty service members or veterans. Provides that any child of an active duty member or veteran who claims Virginia as his home state and filed Virginia tax returns for at le...
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2020-04-02
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0642)
VASB499PassSpecialty dockets; veterans docket. Provides that any veterans docket authorized and established as a local specialty docket in accordance with the Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia shall be deemed a "Veterans Treatment Court Program," as that term ...
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2020-04-02
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0603)
VASB1005PassCorporal Ryan C. McGhee Memorial Bridge. Designates the bridge on Guinea Station Road over Interstate 95 in Spotsylvania County the CPL Ryan C. McGhee Memorial Bridge.
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2020-04-02
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0647)
VASB40PassLine of Duty Act; eligible dependents. Provides that children born or adopted after the death or disability of an employee covered by the Line of Duty Act are eligible for health insurance coverage if their birth or adoption occurred after the time o...
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2020-03-31
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0559)
VASB103PassJuvenile offenders; parole. Provides that any person sentenced to a term of life imprisonment for a single felony offense or multiple felony offenses committed while that person was a juvenile and who has served at least 20 years of such sentence and...
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2020-03-31
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0529)
VASB209PassMaximum number of judges in each judicial district. Increases from 11 to 12 the maximum number of authorized general district court judgeships in the nineteenth judicial district. The Committee on District Courts recommended the additional judgeship ...
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2020-03-31
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0586)
VASB160PassHolding handheld personal communications devices while driving a motor vehicle. Prohibits any person from holding a handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle. Current law prohibits (i) the reading of any email or text mess...
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2020-03-31
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0543)
VASB303PassImport and sale of dogs from certain breeders; penalty. Prohibits any dealer or commercial dog breeder from importing for sale, selling, or offering for sale any dog bred by a person who has received certain citations pursuant to enforcement of the f...
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2020-03-31
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0569)
VASB657PassBoard of Health; certificate of birth; change of sex. Requires the State Registrar to issue a new certificate of birth to show a change of sex upon request of the person and, if a certified copy of a court order changing the person's name is submitte...
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2020-03-25
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0466)
VASB881PassHistorical African American Cemeteries and Graves Fund. Creates the Historical African American Cemeteries and Graves Fund and provides that any funds that are appropriated to the Department of Historic Resources but not used for the maintenance of g...
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2020-03-25
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0456)
VASB87PassSpecial license plates; VB STRONG. Authorizes the issuance of special license plates for supporters of the City of Virginia Beach bearing the legend VB STRONG. The deadline for the receipt of 450 prepaid applications is November 1, 2020.
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2020-03-23
Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0432)
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