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VAPBA Legislative Update

After much debate and two committee appearances SB 1438 failed to report out of committee. Surprisingly, two of our previously endorsed candidates voted against our bill. Senator Ebbin and Locke both voted that the bill should not be reported; I plan to follow up with both senators. The intent of this bill was to give members a choice of affiliation with organizations when tax payer money is spent to pay their dues. Senator Wexton has already agreed to bring the measure back in a bill next year. I want to thank Loudoun Chapter President Sean Dikeman for coming to Richmond and speaking to the committee on the bill. As Chapter President, he felt strongly enough about representing  his members that he was willing to face a level of job risk in doing so. We were quite sure that certain sheriffs' phones were ringing when he appeared at the committee.
 

HB 1744, our grievance process bill, was modified after Delegate Hugo was informed that, in its present form it would not make it out of committee. The language addressing our part of the bill was removed, so as to give the bill a chance of passage to benefit the teachers, who were added into the bill. The bill was finally killed by the House Committee on Education. We will revisit the topic at our State Board meeting this summer.

SJ 280 directed JLARC to conduct a study of the possible consolidation of state law enforcement. The bill passed the Senate and went on to the house where it was promptly killed by the Committee on Rules. This was not surprising since the Committee on Rules had disposed of a similar house bill, HJ501, earlier in the session.

HB 2223 changes the punishment for intentional violations of FOIA regulations from civil to criminal. This bill has caused some concern and most law enforcement organizations have stood up to oppose this bill. This bill is assigned to sub committee on General Laws and Technology and a hearing is pending.

Our members who have boating enforcement responsibilities have been following HB 1298 and SB 1439, which deal with stopping vessels. SB 1439 has been killed, and the less offensive, HB 1298 is now assigned to Senate Agriculture. This bill was reported out of Senate committee on a vote of 15 to 0.

HJ 597 will give a tax credit to the families of fallen public safety officers. This bill has made it out of Senate and House Committees and was heard in Senate Finance today where it was reported out without opposition.
 

HB 2204 is Delegate Jones Line of Duty bill.  This bill has now passed the House and Senate.  As your representative I will be invited to meetings over the next year to work with the public safety stakeholders group to assist Delegate Jones with further changes to the act, keeping in mind the preservation of benefits for our public safety officers who have, and will earn, them during their career.

See attached list of the bills below that we have followed and lobbied on this session, the end of the session is rapidly approaching so there will be much activity on the bills that remain active.

 
Bills
Committee
Last action
HB 1274 - Farrell - Electronic devices; search without a warrant prohibited.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1287 - Cole - Forfeiture of property used in connection with commission of crimes; conviction required.
 
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance with letter (9-Y 5-N)
02/17/15
HB 1298 - Morris - Noncommercial vessels; reasonable suspicion.
 
(S) Committee substitute printed 15105279D-S1
02/19/15
HB 1309 - Cole - Local school boards; arming of school security officers.
 
(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Education and Health (6-Y 8-N)
02/19/15
HB 1316 - Toscano - Virginia Retirement System; average final compensation.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1317 - Campbell - Speeding; reckless driving.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1331 - Campbell - Sheriff's office; clarifies motor vehicle markings.
 
(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1331ER)
02/19/15
HB 1349 - Carr - Search of electronic device without warrant prohibited.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1358 - Farrell - Virginia Retirement System; creditable service for members of General Assembly.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1372 - Webert - Motor vehicle accidents; not-at-fault accidents.
 
(S) Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/15
HB 1376 - McQuinn - Arrest and summons quotas; prohibition.
(H) Stricken from docket by Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/23/15
HB 1406 - Head - Driving on a suspended or revoked license; causing death of another person, penalty.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1408 - Marshall, R.G. - Telecommunication records; warrant requirement, prohibition on collection by law enforcement.
 
(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1408ER)
02/19/15
HB 1458 - O'Bannon - Naloxone or other opioid antagonist; pharmacist may dispense in cases of opiate overdose.
 
(S) Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N)
02/20/15
HB 1486 - Habeeb - Workers' compensation; exclusivity of remedy.
 
(S) Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/20/15
HB 1503 - Albo - Driving after forfeiture of license; blood alcohol content.
 
(S) Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/15
HB 1513 - Minchew - Jail authorities; sovereign immunity.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1516 - Bulova - Wildlife traps; use of remote trap-checking technology.
 
(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1516ER)
02/20/15
HB 1521 - Lindsey - Body-worn camera system; use by law enforcement.
(H) Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/15
HB 1534 - Berg - Body-worn camera system; use by the Department of State Police.
(H) Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/15
HB 1546 - Fariss - Virginia Law Officers' Retirement System; sworn members of enforcement division of DMV added.
(H) Left in Appropriations
02/10/15
HB 1565 - Orrock - Companion animals; authority of animal control officers.
 
(S) Defeated by Senate (8-Y 29-N)
02/19/15
HB 1606 - Garrett - Private police departments; definition.
 
(S) Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/20/15
HB 1611 - Miller - Assault and battery; felony when committed against certain persons.
 
(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1611ER)
02/19/15
HB 1617 - Toscano - DNA; analysis upon conviction of certain Class 1 misdemeanors.
(H) Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB1928-Bell, Robert B.)
02/04/15
HB 1620 - Habeeb - DUI; person cannot be found guilty if in vehicle that is parked on private residential property.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1659 - Rust - Virginia Retirement System; increase of retirement allowance.
(H) Left in Appropriations
02/10/15
HB 1670 - Berg - Sheriffs; always serving as chief law-enforcement officer of locality.
(H) Left in Appropriations
02/10/15
HB 1732 - Hodges - Naloxone or other opioid antagonists; dispensing and administration.
(H) Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice
02/04/15
HB 1744 - Hugo - Local employee grievance procedure; final step in procedure adopted by local government.
(H) Left in Education
02/10/15
HB 1759 - James - Arrest without warrant; procedures.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1765 - Loupassi - Sheriffs; immunity for actions of deputy.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 1776 - Albo - Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority; created, report, eliminates ABC Board.
 
(H) Passed by for the day
02/20/15
HB 1833 - Gilbert - Naloxone; administration by law-enforcement officers.
 
(S) Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/20/15
HB 1885 - O'Quinn - Virginia Retirement System; revocation of participation of political subdivision.
 
(S) Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/15
HB 1890 - Jones - Virginia Retirement System; purchase of service credit for prior service.
 
(H) Placed on Calendar
02/20/15
HB 1916 - LeMunyon - Fraud and Abuse Whistle Blower Protection Act; definition of state agency.
 
(S) Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/15
HB 1961 - Lingamfelter - DGIF; reciprocal law-enforcement agreements.
 
(H) Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1961ER)
02/20/15
HB 1969 - Jones - Virginia Retirement System; cash balance retirement plan.
 
(S) Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/15
HB 2111 - Futrell - Hunting, trapping, or fishing licenses; electronic copies.
 
(S) Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N)
02/19/15
HB 2195 - Lingamfelter - Fishing privileges; Marine Resources Commission authorized to revoke license to fish in tidal water.
 
(S) Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N)
02/19/15
HB 2204 - Jones - Line of Duty Act; codifying revisions to the Act.
 
(S) Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/20/15
HB 2221 - Davis - DUI; preliminary analysis of saliva.
(H) Left in Courts of Justice
02/10/15
HB 2223 - Morris - Virginia Freedom of Information Act; willful and knowing violations of certain provisions, penalty.
 
(S) Assigned GL&T sub: #1
02/16/15
HB 2242 - Edmunds - Hunting; requirement for person under age 12.
(H) Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/10/15
HB 2264 - Lingamfelter - Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases.
(H) Left in Commerce and Labor
02/10/15
HB 2277 - Ingram - Life insurance; coverage for retired state employees.
 
(H) Placed on Calendar
02/20/15
HB 2364 - Hester - Correctional Officer Procedural Guarantee Act; created.
(H) Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/10/15
HJ 501 - Landes - Study; JLARC; reorganization of law-enforcement agencies; report.
(H) Left in Rules
02/10/15
HJ 532 - Lingamfelter - Virginia's workers' compensation system; JLARC to study.
(H) Left in Rules
02/10/15
HJ 578 - Anderson - Constitutional amendment; general warrants of search or seizure prohibited.
(H) Left in Privileges and Elections
02/10/15
HJ 597 - Hugo - Constitutional amendment; real property tax exemption.
 
(S) Agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/20/15
SB 683 - Martin - DUI blood or breath tests; eligibility for restricted license.
(S) Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N)
01/21/15
SB 684 - Carrico - Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; conviction required.
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (12-Y 0-N)
01/21/15
SB 687 - Marsden - Virginia Retirement System; limitations on average final compensation.
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance (14-Y 0-N)
01/28/15
SB 692 - Deeds - Virginia Law Officers' Retirement System; conservation officers.
 
(H) Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/15
SB 725 - Lucas - Arrest without warrant; procedures.
(S) Read third time and defeated by Senate (15-Y 24-N)
01/29/15
SB 739 - Carrico - State Police, Department of; appointment of supervisory officers.
(S) Stricken at request of Patron in Finance (14-Y 0-N)
02/05/15
SB 770 - McEachin - Workers' compensation; exclusivity of remedy.
 
(H) Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/16/15
SB 781 - Alexander - Passing with a double yellow line; drivers allowed to pass a pedestrian, bicycle, skateboard, etc.
 
(H) VOTE: PASSAGE (87-Y 9-N)
02/20/15
 
 
 
Bills
Committee
Last action
SB 781 - Alexander - Passing with a double yellow line; drivers allowed to pass a pedestrian, bicycle, skateboard, etc.
 
(H) VOTE: PASSAGE (87-Y 9-N)
02/20/15
SB 794 - Carrico - Magistrates; issuance of arrest warrants, competency to testify.
 
(H) Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 1-N)
02/16/15
SB 813 - Watkins - Virginia Retirement System; technical amendments to the programs administered by System.
 
(H) Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/19/15
SB 942 - Stuart - Virginia Retirement System; purchase of prior service credit.
 
(H) Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/19/15
SB 973 - Ruff - Assault and battery; when attorney or deputy attorney for Commonwealth is victimized.
(S) Left in Finance
02/11/15
SB 974 - Ruff - State police training; reduction in local law-enforcement funding.
(S) Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N)
01/19/15
SB 978 - Ruff - Virginia Retirement System; participation in Plan One.
 
(H) Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/15
SB 1022 - Colgan - Virginia Retirement System; increase of retirement allowance.
 
(H) Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/15
SB 1137 - Garrett - Loaded rifle or shotgun; regulation of transportation.
 
(S) House amendment agreed to by Senate (24-Y 14-N)
02/20/15
SB 1173 - Carrico - Virginia Retirement System; revocation of participation by Town of Damascus.
 
(S) Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1173ER)
02/17/15
SB 1391 - Marsden - Correctional Officer Procedural Guarantee Act.
(S) Left in Finance
02/11/15
SB 1406 - Lewis - Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases.
(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Commerce and Labor (4-Y 11-N)
02/02/15
SB 1429 - Barker - Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk, penalties.
(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 10-N)
01/26/15
SB 1438 - Wexton - State and local government employees; prohibited use of state funds.
(S) Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (5-Y 10-N)
02/09/15
SB 1439 - Stuart - Vessel operation; law-enforcement officers prohibited from stopping, etc., without probable cause.
 
(H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/17/15
SB 1456 - McEachin - Virginia Community Policing Act; created, report.
(S) Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (13-Y 0-N)
02/04/15
SJ 280 - Deeds - Law-enforcement agencies; JLARC to study consolidation of certain state agencies.
 
(H) Tabled in Rules
02/13/15
SJ 302 - Stuart - Constitutional amendment (first resolution); general warrants of search or seizure prohibited.
(S) Left in Courts of Justice
02/11/15
 

 

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