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VAPBA Legislative Update

The short session of the General Assembly is underway and bill filing is completed. Attached you can view bills of interest to the law enforcement community.

I would like to thank ABC Chapter President Brian Edwards and David Deaton who traveled to Richmond to work with me on HB 2247. We met with several committee members and finally with the bill patron Delegate Chris Jones. Delegate Jones informed us that the bill was submitted to make a correction on some unintended language in an earlier bill impacting ABC.

Members Rob Farrell and Jeff Rice also joined me in Richmond to lobby a bill that Newport News submitted to bring Park Rangers into the definition of law enforcement officer, SB 1385. The measure was heard by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee where it was not reported out, meaning it will not be advanced this year. There is a duplicate bill in the House, HB 2062, which is also expected not to advance past the Senate. Representatives from the Sheriffs Association and the Chiefs of Police Association spoke against the bill in the Senate.

Delegate Miller introduced HB 2336 after the Attorney General ruled that on duty officer involved vehicle crashes were subject to reporting to the officers personal insurance carrier. This bill, if passed, will keep in place the practice of not reporting on-duty crashes to officers personal insurance companies. The Department of Motor Vehicles has reported that they will not report any on duty crashes until this bill would take effect in July 2018. The State Police representative, IACP representative and Sheriffs Association representative, and I all spoke in support of the bill which passed out of Transportation Sub Committee 2 unanimously.

Delegate Chris Collins agreed to submit our bill that would protect the identity of an officer involved in a critical incident. When Delegate Collins submitted the bill Legislative Services informed him that Delegate Miller had already submitted the measure. Delegate Collins then signed on a Chief Co-Patron of HB 2043. I attempted to get several Democrat legislators to sign on as patrons but as of today none have. This bill will be heard in General Laws Sub Committee on Thursday afternoon. If you would like to come to Richmond and help support this bill please email me for more information and meeting place.

Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information or would like to visit the General Assembly.

Sean McGowan
Executive Director, VAPBA
smcgowan@sspba.org

Bills Committee Last action Date
HB 1392 - Lingamfelter - School security officers; carrying a firearm in performance of duties. (H) Committee on Education (H) Read third time and passed House (78-Y 19-N) 01/24/17
HB 1398 - Bell, Richard P. - Hate crimes; acts against law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law 01/13/17
HB 1416 - Helsel - Line of Duty Act; payments to beneficiaries. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Assigned App. sub: Compensation and Retirement 01/12/17
HB 1419 - Kory - Temporary driver's licenses, permits, etc.; DMV authorized to issue to certain aliens. (H) Committee on Transportation (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/23/17
HB 1432 - Ware - Switchblade knife; exception to carry concealed. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 7-N) 01/20/17
HB 1457 - Cole - Part-time deputy sheriffs; compensation. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns (H) Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1 01/12/17
HB 1468 - Marshall, R.G. - Compliance with detainers; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Engrossed by House as amended HB1468E 01/24/17
HB 1469 - Marshall, R.G. - Authorization and training for persons designated to carry concealed handguns on school property. (H) Committee on Education (H) Referred to Committee on Education 12/08/16
HB 1480 - Helsel - Mental health awareness training; law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Assigned Courts sub: Mental Health 01/13/17
HB 1571 - Farrell - Workers' compensation; fees for medical services. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor

(S) Committee on Commerce and Labor
(S) Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor 01/19/17
HB 1590 - Campbell - Duty of care to law-enforcement officers and firefighters; fireman's rule. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N) 01/23/17
HB 1613 - Marshall, R.G. - Testimony of law-enforcement officer; failure of body-worn camera. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/23/17
HB 1614 - Marshall, R.G. - Department of Motor Vehicles; disclosure of photographs; search warrant. (H) Committee on Transportation (H) Subcommittee recommends striking from docket 01/23/17
HB 1659 - Habeeb - Workers' compensation; employer's lien; third party actions. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor 01/05/17
HB 1666 - Toscano - Speed monitoring systems. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/19/17
HB 1683 - Simon - Prohibited public carrying of certain firearms; penalty. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Assigned MPPS sub: #1 01/17/17
HB 1704 - Filler-Corn - Grand larceny and certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law 01/13/17
HB 1706 - Filler-Corn - Law-enforcement immunity; storage of firearms. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law 01/13/17
HB 1720 - Anderson - Flag at half mast; public safety personnel. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Assigned MPPS sub: #3 01/17/17
HB 1722 - Anderson - Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/19/17
HB 1726 - Ransone - Disarming a law-enforcement officer; penalty. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice 01/07/17
HB 1733 - Anderson - Removal of public officers from office; recall elections for certain elected and appointed officers. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections (H) Assigned P & E sub: Elections 01/12/17
HB 1758 - Sullivan - Firearms; removal from persons posing substantial risk; penalties. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/19/17
HB 1768 - Garrett - Virginia Retirement System; stress testing and reporting policies. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Assigned App. sub: Compensation and Retirement 01/12/17
HB 1791 - Lingamfelter - Conspiracy, incitement, etc., to riot; penalty when against public safety personnel. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (20-Y 0-N) 01/20/17
HB 1803 - Bell, John J. - Workers' compensation; disease presumptions; correctional officers. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/19/17
HB 1833 - Kilgore - Virginia Law Officers' Retirement System; conservation officers. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Assigned App. sub: Compensation and Retirement 01/13/17
HB 1843 - Mullin - Principals; student discipline; alternatives to referring incidents of assault. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice (H) Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law 01/13/17
HB 1894 - Herring - DCJS training standards; community engaged policing. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Assigned App. sub: Public Safety 01/20/17
HB 1934 - Carr - Police service; civil penalty when excessive number of calls from same property. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns (H) Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1 01/16/17
HB 1967 - Massie - Virginia Retirement System; modifies hybrid retirement program. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Assigned App. sub: Compensation and Retirement 01/13/17
HB 2042 - Murphy - Suicide prevention; continuing education requirements for providers. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/24/17
HB 2043 - Miller - Law-enforcement officer; public release of identifying information, etc. (H) Committee on General Laws (H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2 01/16/17
HB 2062 - Mullin - Law-enforcement officer; definition, municipal park rangers training. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Assigned MPPS sub: #2 01/17/17
HB 2067 - Mullin - Law-enforcement officers; decertification, notification. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Read second time and engrossed 01/24/17
HB 2080 - Wilt - Virginia Law Officers' Retirement System; eligible employees. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Assigned App. sub: Compensation and Retirement 01/13/17
HB 2099 - Price - Officer-involved shootings; model policy for investigations, disclosure of report. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/19/17
HB 2100 - Price - Deputy sheriffs and law-enforcement officers; disclosure of information regarding former officers. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Assigned MPPS sub: #2 01/17/17
HB 2117 - Keam - Law-enforcement agencies, local; body-worn cameras. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/19/17
HB 2118 - Keam - Officer-involved deaths; community-policing programs and training standards. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Assigned MPPS sub: #3 01/17/17
HB 2134 - Levine - Law-enforcement agencies, local; body-worn cameras. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety (H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table 01/19/17
HB 2155 - Rasoul - Workers' compensation; modifications to employee's home and automobile. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor 01/11/17
HB 2202 - Torian - Employment; abusive work environment. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2 01/19/17
HB 2223 - Kory - Virginia Freedom of Information Act; right to speak at open meetings. (H) Committee on General Laws (H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2 01/16/17
HB 2243 - Jones - Line of Duty Act; clarifies provisions of Act. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Assigned App. sub: Compensation and Retirement 01/16/17
HB 2247 - Jones - Va. Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority; eligibility of employees for Workforce Transition Act. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Assigned App. sub: Compensation and Retirement 01/16/17
HB 2251 - Jones - Virginia Retirement System; establishes an optional defined contribution retirement plan. (H) Committee on Appropriations (H) Assigned App. sub: Compensation and Retirement 01/16/17
HB 2336 - Miller - Law-enforcement officer; report of officer involved in accident. (H) Committee on Transportation (H) Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N) 01/23/17
HB 2353 - Murphy - Workers' compensation; failure to make reports on employee's inquiry, etc. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor (H) Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor 01/16/17
HB 2359 - Albo - Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority; changes effective date for creation of Authority. (H) Committee on General Laws (H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #3 01/23/17
HB 2364 - Heretick - Constitutional officers; automatic suspension upon conviction of felony. (H) Committee on Privileges and Elections (H) Assigned P & E sub: Campaigns 01/18/17
HB 2402 - Morris - Virginia Freedom of Information Act; willful violations, grounds for termination. (H) Committee on General Laws (H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2 01/23/17
HJ 544 - Lingamfelter - Study; JLARC to study the Virginia's workers' compensation system; report. (H) Committee on Rules (H) Referred to Committee on Rules 10/10/16
HJ 630 - Bell, Robert B. - Study; study the efficacy of the sheriff of any locality supervising animal control officers. (H) Committee on Rules (H) Assigned Rules sub: Studies 01/12/17
SB 811 - Favola - Law-enforcement officers; de-escalation training requirement. (S) Committee for Courts of Justice (S) Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 6-N) 01/16/17
SB 850 - Marsden - Correctional Officer Procedural Guarantee Act; created. (S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services (S) Passed by indefinitely in Rehabilitation and Social Services (8-Y 7-N) 01/13/17
SB 881 - Spruill - Va Retirement System (VRS); receipt of retirement allowance while employed in a covered position. (S) Committee on Finance (S) Referred to Committee on Finance 12/20/16
SB 924 - Petersen - Gov Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; use of personal inform. by law enforcement. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology (S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology 12/27/16
SB 942 - Cosgrove - Deaths of inmates in local correctional facilities; review by State Board of Corrections. (S) Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services (S) Incorporated by Rehabilitation and Social Services (SB1063-Deeds) (15-Y 0-N) 01/13/17
SB 957 - Locke - Recordings; destruction or seizure by a law-enforcement officer. (S) Committee for Courts of Justice (S) Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice 01/02/17

 

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