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.



Student Loans

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: Support
Status: Left in House Commerce and Labor Committee 2/05/2019; Passed the Senate 2/05/2019

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: Support
Status: Left in House Finance Committee 2/05/2019

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: Support
Status: Incorporated by SB 1118 (Petersen) 1/24/2019

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: Support
Status:
Passed the Senate 2/05/2019

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: Support
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Education and Health 1/30/2019

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 catalog 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: Support
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Education and Health 2/05/2019



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: Support
Status:
Assigned to House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Health and Human Resources 2/05/2019


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: Support
Status: Passed the House 2/05/2019


SB 1593 (Dunnavant) SCHEV; financial aid award notification.
Summary: Requires any comprehensive financial aid award notification provided to a student by a public institution of higher education or private institution of higher education to meet the requirements and best practices established by the Council in its Financial Award Letters Policies and Guidance.
Position: Support
Status: Referred to House Committee on Education 1/24/2019


HB 2236 (Rodman) Postsecondary schools; enrollment agreements; disputes; arbitration. 
Summary:
Requires each postsecondary school that requires any student to submit to arbitration to resolve disputes with the school pursuant to an enrollment agreement to (i) permit the student to report the dispute to any other individual or entity before the arbitration proceeding is initiated or completed; (ii) report each student dispute to the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (the Council) before the arbitration proceeding is initiated; (iii) report to the Council certain information about each arbitration proceeding that results from a student dispute, including the nature of the dispute, any defense or counterclaim by the school, and the disposition of the dispute; and (iv) report to the Council annual aggregated data on arbitration proceedings that result from student disputes, including the number, nature, and disposition of such proceedings. The bill prohibits any postsecondary school that is required to be certified by the Council from (a) conditioning the enrollment of a student receiving state funds pursuant to Title 23.1 of the Code of Virginia on entering into an agreement that requires the student to arbitrate any dispute between the student and the school or to resolve a dispute on an individual basis and waive the right to class or group actions and (b) requiring any enrolled student to resolve a dispute between the student and the school pursuant to an internal dispute resolution process.
Position: Support
Status:
Left in House Education Committee 2/05/2019


Sexual Assault

HB 2080 (Watts) Physical evidence recovery kit tracking system.
Summary: Provides that the Department of Forensic Science (Department) shall maintain a statewide electronic tracking system for physical evidence recovery kits where such kits will be assigned a unique identification number to track each kit from its distribution as an uncollected kit to the health care provider through to its destruction. The bill provides that the Department shall provide access to the tracking system to health care providers, law-enforcement agencies, the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The bill also provides that a health care provider shall inform the victim of sexual assault of the unique identification number assigned to the physical evidence recovery kit utilized by the health care provider during the forensic medical examination and provide the victim with information regarding the physical evidence recovery kit tracking system. The bill provides that records entered into the physical evidence recovery kit tracking system are confidential and are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2020.
Position: Support
Status: Passed the House 2/05/2019


Curriculum/Workforce Development

SB 1628 (Dunnavant) Innovation Internship Fund and Innovative Internship Pilot Program.
Summary: Establishes the Innovative Internship Fund and Innovative Internship Pilot Program, to be administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, for the purpose of awarding grants on a competitive basis to public institutions of higher education that partner with at least one private sector entity that agrees to provide matching funds to facilitate innovative internship programs for students enrolled at the institution that accomplish one or more enumerated goals related to the workforce. The bill also permits any public institution of higher education to propose in conjunction with the six-year plan process, and the General Assembly to adopt by reference in the general appropriation act, an institutional partnership performance agreement (agreement) that advances the objectives of the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 by aligning the strategies, activities, and investments of the institution, the Commonwealth, and any identified partners concerning (i) college access, affordability, cost predictability, and employment pathways for undergraduate Virginia students and (ii) strategic talent development and other high-priority economic initiatives of the Commonwealth. The bill contains provisions relating to mandatory and permissive contents of, the approval process for, and the legal effect of any such agreement.
Position: Support
Status: Passed the Senate 2/05/2019


HB 2653 (Cox) Public institutions of higher education; institutional partnership performance agreements. 
Summary: Permits any public institution of higher education to propose in conjunction with the six-year plan process, and the General Assembly to adopt by reference in the general appropriation act, an institutional partnership performance agreement that advances the objectives of the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 by aligning the strategies, activities, and investments of the institution, the Commonwealth, and any identified partners concerning (i) college access, affordability, cost predictability, and employment pathways for undergraduate Virginia students and (ii) strategic talent development and other high-priority economic initiatives of the Commonwealth. The bill contains provisions relating to mandatory and permissive contents of, the approval process for, and the legal effect of any such agreement.
Position: Support
Status: Passed the House 2/05/2019

 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: Support
Status: Dead 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: Support
Status: Dead 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: Support
Status: Assigned to House Privileges and Elections Sub-committee on 2/04/2019






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