January 12, 2018 – Legislative Highlights

2018 Virginia General Assembly
Legislative Highlights
January 12, 2018

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The House of Delegates has posted their committee assignments and meeting times, at http://leg1.state.va.us/181/com/COM.HTM.  Their regular committee meetings will begin Monday morning.

Senate Committees are already underway.

Guardian annual reports

SB 156 (Edwards) — requires additional information in a guardian’s annual report, specifically an annual report from a medical professional.  Referred from Senate Rehabilitation to Senate Courts of Justice.

HB 216 (Krizek) – companion bill to SB 156 above, has not been assigned to a committee yet.

Hate Crimes

On Monday, January 15, 2018, the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice will hear two bills on hate crimes, both of which add “disability” to the list of classes that are protected by Virginia’s hate crimes statute.

SB 45 (Favola) – add disability only to the list of protected classes under the hate crimes statute.

SB 112 (Favola) – adds disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the list of protected classes under the hate crimes statute.

House bills dealing with hate crimes include HB 10 (Kory), HB 266 (Turpin), and HB 718 (Plum).

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