2017 General Assembly Bill Tracker

2017 General Assembly Bill Tracker

Virginia21 is monitoring legislation that affects the lives of young Virginians throughout the 2017 session. Below is an overview of the relevant bills we follow as well as our position. Visit Virginia’s Legislative Information System for more details on the following legislation, and check out SCHEV’s Legislation tracker for a comprehensive list of higher-ed bills.

College Affordability & Student Loans

SB1527 (Saslaw)/ HB2427 (Cox)

Summary: Enhances the amount of student aid given to students who are poised to graduate within four years.
Position: Support
Status: SB1527- Assigned to the House Appropriations subcommittee on Higher Education.
HB2427- Referred to Senate Committee on Finance.

SB1053, (Howell)-
Summary: Provides an extra layer of protection to student borrowers from predatory lending practices and educates students on how to make informed decisions about their repayment plans.
Position: Support
Status: Referred to House Committee on Commerce and Labor

SB1376 (Petersen)
Summary: Prohibits the governing board of a public institution of higher education from approving an increase in tuition or mandatory fees without first providing students, parents, and the public a brief synopsis of the proposed increase and notice of the date, time, and location of any vote on the increase at least 30 days prior to such vote and providing an opportunity for public comment on such proposed increase at a board meeting at least two meetings in advance of such vote.
Position: Support
Status: Assigned to House Education subcommittee on Higher Education

SB1100, (Newman)-
Summary: Requires SCHEV to include information about the wages of students who have completed noncredit workforce training programs in its annual report on the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program
Position: Support
Status: Assigned to House Education Subcommittee on Higher Education

Campus Safety

HB2257 (Filler-Corn)

Summary: Requires any high school family life education curriculum offered by a local school division to incorporate age-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the law and meaning of consent.
Position: Support
Status: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

HB1911 (Yost)
Summary: Requires each resident assistant in a student housing facility at a public institution of higher education to participate in Mental Health First Aid training or equivalent training prior to the commencement of his duties.
Position: Support
Status: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

HB1842 (Knight)
Summary: Increases from 101 to 151 the proof of neutral grain spirits or alcohol that is without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color that may be sold at government stores. The provisions of the bill will expire on July 1, 2022.
Position: Oppose. The odorless and tasteless properties of such spirits when mixed may lead to unintended overindulgence- leaving students at parties and other circumstances vulnerable to alcohol poisoning and/or potential sexual misconduct.
Status: Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services