VA21 2018 General Assembly Bill Tracker

 
Bill gif 2.gif
 
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: Dead

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: Passed House & Senate

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: Dead

 

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 House & Senate

 

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: The 2018-2020 Budget is in conference committee


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: HB3- Reported from Senate Education and Health Committee 3/01/2018; HB542- Dead; HB919-Reported from Senate Education and Health Committee 3/01/2018; SB631/SB77/SB107- Passed House & Senate

 

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: Dead

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- Passed House & Senate; SB394- Passed House & Senate

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: Passed House & Senate

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: Dead

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: Dead

 

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: Dead

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 - Dead

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: Dead

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: Dead

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
Status: Dead

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: Dead


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 & SB120- Passed House & Senate


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-In conference committee; HB147- Dead ; SB512House: Reported from Committee on General Laws 3/01/2018

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: Passed House & Senate

 

Voting Rights

Voter Registration

HB171 (Filler-Corn) Voter registration; extended time for new United States citizens to register
Position: Support
Status:  Dead

HB272 (Boysko) Voter registration; notification of denial
Position: Support
Status: Dead

HB834 (Bagby) Voter registration; automatic voter registration.
Position: Support
Status:  Dead

 

Voter ID

HB191 (Sullivan) Voter identification; accepted forms of identification.
Position: Support
Status: Dead

SB523 (Obenshain) Voter identification; electronic pollbooks to contain photographs of voters.
Position: No position
Status: Dead
 

Absentee Voting

HB397 (Keam) Absentee voting; certain information not required when completing application in person.
Position: Support
Status: Passed House & Senate

HB733 (Carr)/ SB136 (Howell) Absentee voting; no-excuse in-person available 21 days prior to election.
Position: Support
Status: HB733-Dead; SB136- continued to 2019

SB6 (Ebbin) Absentee voting; late applications and in-person voting in certain circumstances.
Position: Support
Status: Continued to 2019

SB114 (Locke)/HB835 (Bagby)  Absentee voting; no excuse. 
Position: Support
Status: SB114- Continued to 2019; HB835-Dead

SB771 (Surovell) Absentee voting; counting military and overseas absentee ballots received after close of polls.
Position: Support
Status: Continued to 2019

 

Polling Hours

HB265 (Turpin) Election day; extending polling hours
Position: Support
Status: Dead

 

  Want to know more about the VA law making process? Read:   How YOU can help Bills Become Law

Want to know more about the VA law making process? Read: How YOU can help Bills Become Law