VA21 2018 General Assembly Bill Tracker

 
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Virginia21 is committed to accurately representing young Virginians in state politics. We will be monitoring legislation that affects the lives of young Virginians throughout the 2018 General Assembly session.  We will be working with legislators to ensure the millennial perspective is part of the conversation and influences the direction of the Commonwealth. 

College Affordability

Delinquent Student Accounts/Debt Collections  

HB247 (Miyares) Office of the Attorney General; debt collection fees.

Summary: Limits the fee for collection of student debt on behalf of a public institution of higher education to 15 percent of the amount due.

Position: Support

Status: Bill died in House Courts of Justice Subcommittee on 1/31/18

HB339 (Simon) Va. Debt Collections Act; public higher educational institutions, payment of student debt.

Summary: Require institutions give the student the option for a tuition payment plan during the term or semester.

Position: Support

Status: Senate: Referred to Committee on Education & Health

HJ75 (Hurst) Study; State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; institutional student loans; report.

Summary: Requests that the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) study alternative payment structures and collection methods for delinquent payments on student tuition.

Position: Support

Status: House Rules Committee never reviewed so the bill has died

Open Course Content and Textbook Resources

HB454 (Filler-Corn) Higher educational institutions, public; governing boards, open educational resources.

Summary: Requires institutions to implement policies, procedures, and guidelines that encourage the adoption and use of low-cost and no-cost open educational resources in courses.

Position: Support

Status: Passed in House

 

Budget Amendments

Item 143 #6h (Filler-Corn)/Item 143 #5h (Rush)/Item 143 #2s (Dunnavant) VIVA Open and Affordable Course Content

Summary: The funding will enable VIVA to expand the Open Textbook Network pilot, provide course redesign grants to faculty, create a central portal for faculty to select affordable textbooks, and coordinate and assess the program.

Position: Support

Status: In committee until February 18th

 

Community Colleges/Dual Enrollment

HB3 (Landes)/HB542 (Freitas)/HB919 (Jones)/SB77 (Sturtevant)/SB107 (Sutterlein)/SB631 (Dunnavant) - Dual Enrollment course quality standards. Virginia Community College System ; changes to ensure a standard quality of education.

Summary: Establishes quality standards for dual enrollment and the Virginia Community College system and creates universal credit program that would be accepted at four-year public institutions.

Position: Support

Status: 1/31/18  House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)SB77- 1/24/18  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education

 

Student Loans

HB967 (Simon)/ SB394 (Howell) - Qualified Loan Servicers

Summary: Requires education loan services to register with the state and protects student loan borrowers from predatory loan practices.

Position: Support

Status: 1/30/18  House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #3

Status: HB968- 1/29/18  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N); SB394- 1/17/18  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education

HB1138 (Price)/SB394 (Howell) Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman, Office of the; established, report.

Summary: Establishes offices within SCHEV to review and resolve complaints from education loan borrowers and  assisting borrowers with understanding their rights and responsibilities.

Position: Support

Status: HB1138- 1/19/18  House: Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #3; SB3941/17/18  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education

SB568 (Obenshain) Higher educational institutions, public; student loan information.

Summary: Requires institutions to annually provide students with information regarding their federal student loans.

Position: No position.  

Status: 2/01/18  Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)

HB615 (Price)/ SB438 (Wexton) - Student Loan Refinancing Authority

Summary: Establishes state board to develop and implement a program to refinance student loan debt.

Position: No position

Status: 1/29/2018 died in House Appropriations subcommittee on Higher Education; SB4381/24/18  Senate: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education

HB968 (Simon) Virginia Student Loan Authority; established, report.

Summary: Establishes state board that may provide loans to students for the purpose of refinancing education loans or attending attend public or private institution in Virginia.

Position: No position

Status: 1/29/18  House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)

Tuition; In-state/Out-of-state

HB11 (Kory) Tuition, in-state; domicile, individuals currently granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Summary: Declares that individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are eligible for in-state tuition at any public institution of higher education. 

Position: Support

Status: 11/20/17  House: Referred to Committee on Rules

HB19 (Lopez)/HB343 (Boysko) Tuition, in-state; eligibility, certain individuals who have applied for permanent residency, etc.

Summary: Declares certain individuals who have applied for permanent residency are eligible for in-state tuition at any public institution of higher education. 

Position: Support

Status: HB19 & HB343 House: Referred to Committee on Rules

HB351 (Reid) Higher educational institutions, public; tuition and room and board, enrollment.

Summary: Requires, for the next four academic years, the tuition charged to Virginia students at each public institution of higher education to be capped at the rate charged to such students for the first academic term of the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Position: No position

Status: 1/19/18  House: Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #3

HB249 (Miyares) Higher educational institutions, baccalaureate; fixed in-state tuition rates.

Summary: Requires institutions to establish a fixed in-state tuition rate for each incoming first year or transfer undergraduate Virginia student for all four academic years or the remainder of their term (in the case of transfer students). 

Position: No position

Status: House: Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #3

HB1425 (Rodman)  Higher education; tuition waiver for dependent children of faculty.

Summary: Authorizes public institutions of higher education to grant full or partial tuition waivers to dependent students of faculty members employed by the institution. 

Position: No position

XXXXXStatus: Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education recommends killing the bill on 1/29/18

HB1371 (Turpin) Higher educational institutions, public; tuition and mandatory fee waivers.

Summary: Provides that a veteran is entitled to a waiver of undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees for up to 150 credit hours at any public institution of higher education. 

Position: Support

Status: 1/19/18  House: Assigned App. sub: Higher Education

Campus Safety

HB852 (Peace)/ SB120 (Favola) Virginia Institutions of Higher Education Substance Use Advisory Committee; established.

Summary: Establishes the Higher Education Substance Use Advisory Committee, a statewide committee with representatives from Virginia’s public and private institutions of higher education, with the goal of developing a strategic plan for substance use education, prevention, and intervention.

Position: Support

Status: HB852: Referred to the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services; SB1201/31/18  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws

 

Student Rights

HB1 (Wilt)/HB147 (Hurst)/SB512 (Sutterlien) FOIA; release of scholastic records.

Summary: Prevents the release of certain student directory information through FOIA. 

Position: Support

Status: HB1- Senate: Referred to Comittee on Education & Health; HB147- Died in the General Laws Committee on 1/30/18; SB512- House: referred to Committee on General Laws; 

HB344 (Landes) Higher educational institutions, public; campus free speech, policies, etc.

Summary: Requires colleges and universities to include policies regarding free speech in student handbooks, websites, and student orientation programs on campus and develop training materials and implement training programs on such policies for any employee who is responsible for the discipline or education of enrolled students.

Position: No position

Status: HB147 & HB1- Assigned to General Laws Subcommittee #4; SB512- Assigned to General Laws & Technology Subcommittee #1

 

Voting Rights

Voter Registration

HB171 (Filler-Corn) Voter registration; extended time for new United States citizens to register

Position: Support

Status:  Assigned to House Privileges and Elections Subcommittee #1

HB272 (Boysko) Voter registration; notification of denial

Position: Support

Status: Died in Subcommittee on 1/25/18

HB834 (Bagby) Voter registration; automatic voter registration.

Position: Support

Status:  House: Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2

 

Voter ID

HB191 (Sullivan) Voter identification; accepted forms of identification. 

Position: Support

Status: Assigned to House Privileges and Elections Subcommittee #2

SB523 (Obenshain) Voter identification; electronic pollbooks to contain photographs of voters.

Position: No position

Status: In senate for chamber vote

 

Absentee Voting

HB397 (Keam) Absentee voting; certain information not required when completing application in person.

Position: Support

Status: House: Passed by House on 2/1/18

HB733 (Carr)/ SB136 (Howell) Absentee voting; no-excuse in-person available 21 days prior to election.

Position: Support

Status: HB733- 1/22/18  House: Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1; SB136- Senate to reconsider bill in 2019

SB6 (Ebbin) Absentee voting; late applications and in-person voting in certain circumstances. 

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

SB114 (Locke)/HB835 (Bagby)  Absentee voting; no excuse.  

Position: Support

Status: SB114- Senate to reconsider bill in 2019

SB771 (Surovell) Absentee voting; counting military and overseas absentee ballots received after close of polls.

Position: Support

Status: Senate to reconsider bill in 2019

 

Polling Hours

HB265 (Turpin) Election day; extending polling hours

Position: Support

Status: Bill died in House Subcommittee on Privileges and Elections on 2/1/18

 

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