January 20, 2017 – Legislative Highlights

2017 Virginia General Assembly
Legislative Highlights
January 20, 2017

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There are two proposals seeking to protect the rights of parents who are blind:   HB 2273 (LaRock) was tabled in subcommittee on Wednesday.  SB 1199 (Favola) will be heard by the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice, probably on Wednesday January 25th   in the afternoon.  We expect that Senator Favola will offer a substitute at that time.

Several bills seek to require training for jail personnel and law enforcement when dealing with persons with mental illness:  HB 1480 (Helsel), SB 940 and SB 1064 (Deeds)requires mental health awareness training for emergency personnel; SB  933 (Favola) requires training by jail staff in mental health first aid.  The Senate Committee on Rehabilitation incorporated SB 940 into SB 1064 and referred the bill to Finance.

HB 1782 (Bell, Robert), SB 942 (Cosgrove) and SB 1063 (Deeds) authorizes the Board of Corrections to investigate deaths in jails. The Senate Committee on Rehabilitation incorporated SB 942 into SB 1063 referred the bill to Finance.

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