VA21 2019 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 2019 General Assembly Session and will work with legislators to ensure young voices are heard.

College Affordability

SB 1261 (Sturtevant) Public institutions of higher education; tuition and fee increases; public comment.
Summary: Requires the governing board of each public institution of higher education, prior to a vote on an increase in undergraduate tuition or mandatory fees, to permit public comment on the proposed increase at a meeting of the governing board. The bill requires each such governing board to establish policies for such public comment, which may include reasonable time limitations.
Position:
Status:
Referred to Senate Committee on Education and Health 1/06/2019



SB 1204 (Stuart) Public institutions of higher education; student approval of increase in tuition or mandatory fees.
Summary: Provides that no increase in undergraduate tuition or mandatory fees approved by a governing board of a public institution of higher education will take effect unless such increase receives an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of undergraduate students enrolled in such institution.
Position:
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Education and Health 1/04/2019



HB 1972 (Robinson) Virginia College Savings Plan
Summary: Makes several changes to the provisions that establish the Virginia College Savings Plan (the Plan), including (i) permitting the Plan to maintain an independent disbursement system for the disbursement of prepaid tuition contract benefits and (ii) requiring each prepaid tuition contract entered into on or after July 1, 2019, to include provisions for the application of tuition prepayments, at a rate equal to the percentage of enrollment-weighted average tuition at public institutions of higher education to be determined by the board, at (a) public institutions of higher education, (b) accredited nonprofit independent or private institutions of higher education, and (c) non-Virginia public and accredited nonprofit independent or private institutions of higher education, provided that no such payment is less than the sum of tuition prepayments made, less any fees as determined by the board. The bill has an emergency clause.
Position:
Status: House Committee referral pending 1/07/2019



SB 1118 (Petersen) Public institutions of higher education; tuition and fee increases; public comment.
Summary:  Requires the governing board of each public institution of higher education, prior to a vote on an increase in undergraduate tuition or mandatory fees, to permit public comment on the proposed increase at a meeting of the governing board. The bill requires each such governing board to establish policies for such public comment, which may include reasonable time limitations.
Position:
Status:
Referred to Senate Committee on Education and Health 12/26/2018



HB 2173 (Miyares) Public institutions of higher education; tuition and fee increases, public comment.
Summary: Requires the governing board of each public institution of higher education to establish policies for the public to comment directly to a quorum of such governing board in a live, real-time setting on any proposed increase in undergraduate tuition or mandatory fees within the 30-day period prior to any vote on such increase. The bill permits such policies to include (i) reasonable limits on an individual public comment and total time reserved for public comment and (ii) additional electronic means for the public to communicate with such governing board.
Position:
Status: Referred to House Committee on Education 1/08/2019



HB 2380 (Hurst) Public institutions of higher education; online course catalog; no cost and low cost materials.
Summary: Requires the registrar or another appropriate employee of each public institution of higher education to identify conspicuously (i) in the online course catalogue or registration system or (ii) as soon as practicable after the necessary information becomes available each course for which the instructor exclusively uses no-cost course materials or low-cost course materials.
Position:
Status: Referred to House Committee on Education 1/08/2019

HB 1760 (Simon and Price)/ SB 1112 (Howell) Student loans; licensing of qualified education loan servicers; civil penalties.
Summary: Prohibits any person from acting as a qualified education loan servicer except in accordance with provisions established by this bill. The bill requires a loan servicer to obtain a license from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) and establishes procedures pertaining to such licenses. Banks, savings institutions, credit unions, and nonprofit institutions of higher education are exempt from the licensing provisions. The servicing of a qualified education loan encompasses (i) receiving any scheduled periodic payments from a qualified education loan borrower pursuant to the terms of a qualified education loan; (ii) applying the payments of principal and interest and such other payments, with respect to the amounts received from a qualified education loan borrower, as may be required pursuant to the terms of a qualified education loan; and (iii) performing other administrative services with respect to a qualified education loan. Qualified education loan servicers are prohibited from, among other things, (a) misrepresenting the amount, nature, or terms of any fee or payment due or claimed to be due on a qualified education loan, the terms and conditions of the loan agreement, or the borrower's obligations under the loan; (b) knowingly misapplying or recklessly applying loan payments to the outstanding balance of a qualified education loan; and (c) failing to report both the favorable and unfavorable payment history of the borrower to a nationally recognized consumer credit bureau at least annually if the loan servicer regularly reports information to such a credit bureau. Violations are subject to a civil penalty not exceeding $2,500. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2020, but provides that applications shall be accepted, and investigations commenced, by the SCC beginning March 1, 2020.
Position:
Status: Assigned to House Commerce and Labor Sub-committee: Subcommittee #3 1/10/2019 Assigned to Senate Education Sub-committee: Higher Education 1/16/2019

HB 2191 (Rush) Bank franchise tax credit for student loan refinancing.
Summary: Provides a credit against the bank franchise tax starting in taxable year 2019 in the amount of 20 percent of a bank's student loan refinancing expenses. The bill defines eligible expenses to include the amount of principal forgiven by a bank plus the amount of interest reduced by refinancing. The credit is available only for expenses related to the refinancing of privately held loans but not loans held by the federal government.
Position:
Status: Assigned to House Finance Sub-committee: Sub-committee #1 1/18/2019







Campus Safety

HB 1735 (Robinson) Commission on Student Behavioral Health
Summary: Establishes the Commission on Student Behavioral Health as a legislative branch commission. The purpose of the Commission shall be to (i) assess the efficacy of developing and implementing a statewide behavioral health and suicide prevention hotline that students may use to report threats of violence or receive real-time counseling services; (ii) review the current school counselor-to-student ratio, and whether the realignment of counseling responsibilities proposed by the House Select Committee on School Safety is improving schools' ability to provide counseling services to students; (iii) review the current roles and responsibilities of school nurses, psychologists, and social workers in schools and determine whether a realignment of responsibilities could improve or streamline behavioral health services offered to students; (iv) evaluate the efficacy and costs of providing enhanced behavioral health services in schools delivered through partnerships established between school divisions and local departments of social services and community services boards; (v) assess the effectiveness of de-escalation and other alternative disciplinary policies when interacting with students suffering from  behavioral health challenges; (vi) examine the value of additional teacher training requirements on student behavioral health, such as mental health first aid; and (vii) examine other topics related to student behavioral health identified by the Commission. The Commission shall consist of 12 members as follows: seven members of the House of Delegates, of whom two shall be members of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions, two shall be members of the House Committee on Education, two shall be members of the House Committee on Appropriations, and one shall be a member at-large, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; and five members of the Senate, of whom two shall be members of the Senate Committee on Education and Health, two shall be members of the Senate Committee on Finance, and one shall be a member at-large, to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. The Commission may appoint, employ, and remove an executive director and such other persons as it deems necessary and determine their duties and fix their salaries or compensation within the amounts appropriated therefor. The Commission may also employ experts who have special knowledge of the issues before it. All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the Commission, upon request. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2021.
Position:
Status: Referred to House Committee on Rules 12/19/2018



Community Colleges

SB 1000 (Stanley) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Scholarship Pilot Program; VCCS to establish and administer
Summary: Directs the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to establish and administer a two-year Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Scholarship Pilot Program (the Program), beginning in 2019, for the purpose of providing access to postsecondary educational opportunities to students living in poverty. The Program would provide scholarships to select comprehensive community colleges in the maximum amount of $4,000 per year to 200 selected students who meet TANF eligibility requirements. The Program would be funded by the unexpended balance in federal TANF block grant funds. The bill directs VCCS to report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 1 of each year of the Program regarding the effectiveness of and other information about the Program.
Position:
Status:
Re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance 1/10/2019


Student Rights

HB 1704 (Reid) Higher educational institutions; certain students; federal financial aid.
Summary: Provides that no public institution of higher education is eligible to receive funds from the state general fund unless it provides each individual who has been accepted to the institution for first-time enrollment in a degree or certificate program and who has applied for federal financial aid with a standardized financial aid award letter in the form of the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet developed and made available by the U.S. Department of Education.
Position:
Status: House Committee Referral pending 1/14/2019.


HB 1831 (Lindsey) Public institutions of higher education; disciplinary action against enrolled students.
Summary: Establishes several requirements for formal and informal proceedings against any student enrolled at a public institution of higher education who is alleged to have violated a rule, policy, or code of student conduct adopted by the institution, including (i) requiring the institution to provide to the student written notice of (a) the specific rule, policy, or code of student conduct that the student is alleged to have violated and the facts upon which such allegation is based; (b) the time, place, and nature of the proceeding; and (c) the rules governing the proceeding and (ii) granting the student in any such proceeding the right to be present, be represented by legal counsel for the duration of the proceeding and any appeal of the decision or sanctions imposed in the proceeding, present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, make objections, and present arguments.
Position:
Status: Assigned to House Education Subcommittee: Subcommittee #3 1/11/2019


HB 2471 (Aird) Public institutions of higher education; admissions applications; criminal history
Summary: Prohibits each public institution of higher education from (i) utilizing an institution-specific admissions application that contains questions about the criminal history of the applicant or (ii) denying admission to any applicant on the basis of any criminal history information provided by the applicant on any third-party admissions application accepted by the institution.
Position:
Status: Referred to House Committee on Education 1/09/2019



 

Voting Rights

Voter Registration

HB 1795 (VanValkenburg) Student voters; Virginia voter registration
Summary: Requires each public high school and public institution of higher education to provide to any enrolled student who is of voting age or otherwise eligible to register to vote access to Virginia voter registration information and applications.
Position:
Status: House Privileges and Elections Sub-Committee #1 recommends laying on the table 1/15/2019

HB 1726 (Rodman) Mail voter registration application forms; distribution to certain public and private institutions.
Summary: Requires the Department of Elections to provide a reasonable number of mail voter registration application forms to public institutions of higher education, nonprofit private institutions of higher education that are eligible to participate in the Tuition Assistance Grant Program, and any other education institution that is authorized to issue bonds. The bill requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to assist the Department by providing a list of such institutions and by requesting those institutions to make the mail voter registration application forms available to students.
Position:
Status: House Privileges and Elections Sub-Committee #1 recommends laying on the table 1/15/2019

SB 1042 (Marsden) Voter registration; notification of denial by general registrars.
Summary: Requires the general registrars to notify a person whose registration has been denied within 14 days of the denial and provides that a person denied registration may appeal such denial by filing a petition within 10 days of being notified of the denial. Currently, the law simply requires that such notice be made promptly and that the appeal be filed within 10 days after the denial.
Position:
Status: Passed the Senate





 

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