My legislative priorities are based on my belief in Constitutionally-limited government and the understanding that the primary role of government is to protect our God-given rights. I try to make sure all my legislation focuses on protecting our rights and reforming government so that it provides essential services in an efficient manner.
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2017 legislation tracking board
I carried several important bills and resolutions this year. In total I submitted 27 pieces of legislation including 15 bills, three resolutions, and nine Commending Resolutions. Six pieces of legislation successfully passed the legislature. Here is a full list of my legislation and its status:
Passed the House & Senate and sent to the Governor:
- HB 1453 Naloxone; dispensing for use in opioid overdose reversal, etc.
- HB 1605 Virginia Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, report. (Vetoed by the Governor)
- HB 2092 Application for public assistance; eligibility, review of records. (Vetoed by the Governor)
Identical legislation is going to the Governor:
- HJ 693 Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds.
- HR 431 Public institutions of higher education; free speech.
Failed to pass this year, I will continue to work on these issues:
- HB 1473 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; penalty.
- HB 1823 Property tax exemptions in Frederick County.
- HB 1839 School principals; incident reports.
- HB 2048 Child support and fines; nonpayment, suspension of driver's license.
- HB 2093 Local Government, Commission on; estimated fiscal impact on a locality of relocated refugees.
- HB 2261 Virginia Human Rights Act; unlawful discriminatory practice, definition of anti-Semitism.
- HB 2273 Blind parents; custody or visitation rights.
- HB 2476 Driver's licenses; revocation of driving privileges in other jurisdictions.
- HJ 698 Study; Department of Social Services; Commonwealth's child support enforcement system.
Determined to be not necessary at this time:
- HB 1822 Place of worship; carrying dangerous weapon personal protection.
- HB 2475 Real property tax; payments in lieu of taxes for exempt organizations.
- HB 1824 DPOR; deregulation of interior designers.
Commending outstanding individuals and organizations in our communities:
- HJ 716 Commending the Patrick Henry College international moot court team.
- HJ 1067 Commending the Patrick Henry College intercollegiate moot court team.
- HJ 1069 Commending Breaux Vineyards.
- HJ 1070 Commending Sunset Hills Vineyard.
- HJ 1071 Commending the Loudoun Valley High School STEM Club.
- HJ 1072 Commending the Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company.
- HJ 1073 Commending Michele Coates.
- HJ 1074 Commending Sergeant John Kelly.
- HJ 1087 Commending The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards.
I carried several important bills and resolutions; In total I submitted 25 pieces of legislation including six Commending Resolutions. Six bills went to the Governor in some form. Here is a full list of my legislation and its status:
Passed the House & Senate and sent to the Governor:
- HB 168 Passing stopped school buses; mailing of summons.
- HB 259 SOL; Bd. of Education prohibited from adopting revisions that implement Common Core State Standards. (Governor vetoed)
- HB 389 Virginia Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, report, effective clause. (Governor vetoed)
Incorporated into similar/identical bills which passed the Legislature:
- HB 257 Fire or rescue volunteers; mental health treatment; funding by locality. (HB 233)
- HB 258 Form of ballot; party identification of candidates. (SB 767) (Governor vetoed)
- HB 273 Transfer of certain firearms; identification requirement. (HB 206)
Purpose of legislation accomplished by other means (The Federal Government fixed the firearms law, and the agency that licenses medical providers is sending a letter to providers reminding them to follow the disclosure law):
- HB 260 Firearms; law-enforcement certification of transfer.
- HB 962 Lyme disease; testing disclosure.
Legislation that did not pass this session, but will be studied by legislative commissions over the next few months or carried over to next session:
- HB 397 Discrimination; specification of certain terms relating to sex or gender.
- HB 963 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; created, penalty.
- HJ 138 Dulles Toll Road Permit & Operating Agreement; Joint Com. on Transportation Accountability to study.
Legislation that we will work on more for possible re-introduction next session:
- HB 431 Certificate of birth; amendment; designation of sex.
- HB 556 Abuse and neglect of children; a child includes a viable fetus.
- HB 736 Property tax; repeals certain exemptions in Frederick County.
- HB 970 Fetal remains; disposition, penalty.
- HB 1132 School principals; incident reports.
- HB 1134 Disorderly conduct; provisions shall not apply to certain students if occurs on school property.
- HB 1271 Practical design standards for projects.
- HJ 139 Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds.
Commending Resolutions which passed the House and Senate:
- HJ 386 Commending the Patrick Henry College moot court team.
- HJ 387 Commending the Loudoun Valley High School boys' cross country team.
- HJ 388 Commending the Loudoun Valley High School golf team.
- HJ 389 Commending Drew Hunter.
- HJ 390 Commending Katherine Slover.
- HJ 470 Commending Martha Mason Semmes.
* = passed House; ** = passed Senate; *** = became law (HRs and HJs do not go to the governor)
- HB 1470 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; use of revenues, effective date. ***
- HB 1625 Lovettsville, Town of; amending charter, updates boundaries, town powers, etc. ***
- HB 1752 SOL; Bd. of Education prohibited from adopting revisions that implement Common Core State Standards. **
- HB 1753 Home instruction of children; requirements, year-end assessments, cutoff date. *
- HB 1754 Home instruction of children; parent to provide certain testing scores to division superintendent. ***
- HB 2009 Firearms, certain; law-enforcement certification. **
- HB 2079 Radar detectors; repeals ban on the use in motor vehicles.
- HB 2165 Property tax; exemptions for certain real property and nonprofit organizations in Frederick County.
- HB 2231 Student discipline; modifying long-term suspensions and expulsions.
- HB 2238 Virginia Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established. *
- HB 2321 Virginia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; created, penalty.
- HJ 635 Communications sales and use tax; Department of Taxation to study performance of tax. ***
- HJ 636 Law-enforcement officers; DCJS to study the sufficiency of funding for training.
- HJ 655 Virginia Cyber Protection Teams; Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, to study.
- HJ 938 Celebrating the life of Zora M. McCall Brownell. **
- HJ 939 Commending Craig M. MacLean. **
- HJ 940 Commending Darryl C. Smith, Sr. **
- HJ 941 Commending the United States Navy Reserve. **
- HJ 942 Commending Laura Pearson. **
- HJ 943 Commending Nichols Hardware. **
- HR 312 Commending Carolee Cooke. *
- I also introduced a budget amendment to eliminate taxpayer-funded abortions of disabled babies *
Issue-Specific Legislation Lists:
In the 2014 session I introduced:
- Three bills to reduce tolls on the Dulles Toll Road (DTR)
- Three bills to reform transportation spending in Northern Virginia to provide more traffic congestion relief for our region
- Two bills to protect 2nd Amendment rights (one passed the House)
- One bill to protect property rights in annexations (this bill became law)
- One bill to save the state money and provide parents with education choices
- I also introduced a budget amendment to eliminate taxpayer-funded abortions of disabled babies
You can view full lists of all the 2014 session legislation that I Patroned or Co-Patroned here
Non-Legislation Priorities and Activities
Besides these bills I introduced, I am always working on other issues of importance. Some of these are summarized below:
- I continued working to bring transparency and accountability to the Dulles Rail Project to protect Virginia taxpayers and Dulles Toll Road users.
- Working to re-open the Purcellville DMV Select after circumstances beyond state control caused a temporary shut down. I am also working with DMV to expand services.
- I worked to inform residents and our local elected officials on the dangers of tying our state budget to Medicaid expansion, and I continue to oppose Obamacare Medicaid expansion in Virginia.
- When our Virginia Attorney General refused to defend the Marriage Amendment, I signed letters, cosponsored legislation, and urged supporters to file complaints with the Virginia Bar.
- I fought for a permanent solution to the long-festering issue of safe, reliable water in Raspberry Falls and Selma Estates communities in Loudoun County - and we won!
- My staff and I have participated in numerous community meetings regarding the Heroin epidemic.
- Improving transportation by ensuring that only the best projects will receive funding- no more money wasted on political pork projects that don't reduce congestion! More on this here.