Dawn's Legislation

Virginia House of Delegates - District 68

Dawn's Legislation

Delegate Dawn M. Adams was Chief Patron to seven pieces of legislation in 2019, four of which passed both the House and Senate and have made their way to the Governor's desk. She was Chief Co-Patron and Co-Patron to numerous other bills in both the House and Senate. Click here to explore the 2019 Legislation.

2019 Chief Patron Bills:

HB 1742 Marsh Criminal-Traffic Division/Manchester General District Court, etc.; concurrent jurisdiction.

Marsh Criminal-Traffic Division at Manchester General District Court and John Marshall Criminal-Traffic Division at Richmond General District Court; concurrent jurisdiction. Clarifies that the Marsh Criminal-Traffic Division at Manchester General District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the John Marshall Criminal-Traffic Division at the Richmond General District Court over all matters arising in the City of Richmond. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Committee on District Courts.

 

Passed the House and Senate.

HB 1847 Wellness and Opportunity, Commission on; established, report.

Commission on Wellness and Opportunity; report. Establishes the Commission on Wellness and Opportunity to (i) establish the mission and vision of what wellness means for Virginia by (a) examining various dimensions of wellness, including but not limited to, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and social wellness, and (b) developing a comprehensive theoretical framework; (ii) identify and define measurable opportunities and outcomes that build community competence around well-being; and (iii) make policy recommendations for improving the quality of life for the people of the Commonwealth.

This bill was left in the Rules committee.

HB 1848 Health Professions, Department of; disclosure of investigative information.

Department of Health Professions; disclosure of investigative information. Allows the Department of Health Professions and health regulatory boards to disclose otherwise confidential information related to disciplinary hearings to the Virginia Department of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia if such information relates to nursing or nurse aide education programs regulated by the Board of Nursing.

Passed the House and Senate.

HB 1849 Dental hygienist; remote supervision of a dentist employed by DBHDS.

Practice of dental hygiene; remote supervision; employment or supervision by Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; report. Allows a dental hygienist employed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (the Department) to practice under the remote supervision of a dentist employed by the Department or the Department of Health. Under current law, only a dental hygienist or dentist employed by the Virginia Department of Health may practice or supervise remotely. The bill also adds mobile dentistry programs operated by the Department for adults with developmental disabilities to the list of locations where a dental hygienist may practice under the remote supervision of a licensed dentist and directs the Department to annually submit a report of services provided by such dental hygienists to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources. The bill directs the Board of Dentistry to adopt emergency regulations to implement the provisions of the bill.

Passed House and Senate.

 

Signed by Governor.

 

New Law goes into effect July 1, 2019

HB 2061 Richmond, City of; restrictions on activities of former officers and employees.

Restrictions on activities of former officers and employees; City of Richmond. Permits the City of Richmond to adopt an ordinance prohibiting former officers and employees from representing a client or any person or group, for compensation, for one year after their terms of office have ended or employment has ceased, on any matters relating to any agency, department, or office at which the officer or employee served or was employed during the one-year period immediately prior to the termination of employment or service. This bill is identical to SB 1194.

Passed the House and Senate.

HB 2673 Income tax, state; conformity, increase in standard deduction, refundable income tax credit.

Income tax; conformity; increase in standard deduction; refundable income tax credit for low-income taxpayers. Advances the Commonwealth's conformity with federal tax law to December 31, 2018, starting with taxable year 2019. The bill allows an individual taxpayer to itemize for state income tax purposes regardless of whether he itemizes on his federal return for taxable years 2019 through 2025. Current law requires a taxpayer to claim the standard deduction on his state return if he claims the standard deduction on his federal return.

The bill increases the standard deduction to $3,500 for single individuals and $7,000 for married persons filing jointly for taxable years 2019 through 2025. Under current law, the standard deduction is $3,000 for single individuals and $6,000 for married persons filing jointly.

The bill allows low-income individuals and married persons to claim either (i) a nonrefundable income tax credit equal to $300 for each individual, his spouse, and each claimed dependent or (ii) an income tax credit equal to 20 percent of the federal earned income tax credit, a portion of which would be refundable. Thirty percent of the value of the credit would be refundable for taxable years 2019 through 2025. Under current law, low-income individuals and married persons may elect either of these amounts; however, both options for claiming the credit are nonrefundable.

This bill was left in the Rules Committee.

HB 2765 Income tax, state; conformity, increase in standard deduction, refundable income tax credit.

Income tax; conformity; increase in standard deduction; refundable income tax credit for low-income taxpayers; Revenue Stabilization Fund. Advances the Commonwealth's conformity with federal tax law to December 31, 2018, starting with taxable year 2019. The bill increases the standard deduction to $3,750 for single individuals and $7,500 for married persons filing jointly for taxable years 2019 through 2025. Under current law, the standard deduction is $3,000 for single individuals and $6,000 for married persons filing jointly.

The bill allows low-income individuals and married persons to claim either (i) a nonrefundable income tax credit equal to $300 for each individual, his spouse, and each claimed dependent or (ii) an income tax credit equal to 20 percent of the federal earned income tax credit, a portion of which would be refundable. Sixty percent of the value of the credit would be refundable for taxable years 2019 through 2025. Under current law, low-income individuals and married persons may elect either of these amounts; however, both options for claiming the credit are nonrefundable.

The bill provides that each year up to $198 million of any additional revenues generated by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would be transferred to the Revenue Stabilization Fund.

This bill was left in the Rules Committee.

HJ 608 Constitutional amendment; Governor's term of office (first reference).

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Governor's term of office. Permits a Governor elected in 2021 and thereafter to succeed himself in office. The amendment allows two four-year terms (either in succession or not in succession) but prohibits election to a third term. Service for more than two years of a partial term counts as service for one term.

This bill was laid on the table in the Privileges & Elections subcommittee.
 

YEAS--O'Quinn, Rush, Fowler, Head, Cole--5.

NAYS--Rasoul, Guzman, Krizek--3.

ABSTENTIONS--0.

NOT VOTING--Leftwich--1.

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2018 Chief Patron Bills:

Delegate Dawn M. Adams was Chief Patron to nine bills in 2018, Chief Co-Patron to 13 bills that became law, and Co-Patron to numerous other bills in both the House and Senate. Click here to explore the 2018 Legislation.

HB 711 Educational Parity, Commission on; established, report.

Commission on Educational Parity established. Establishes the 19-member Commission on Educational Parity (the Commission), consisting of six members of the House Committee on Education, four members of the Senate Committee on Education and Health, four members of the Board of Education, and five nonlegislative citizen members, including at least one member of a parent-teacher association and at least one teacher, for the purpose of ensuring that the General Assembly and the Board of Education collaborate in the fulfillment of their constitutional duty to provide a system of high quality public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth. The bill requires the Commission to (i) determine legislative priorities for achieving parity in educational outcomes for each public elementary and secondary school student in the Commonwealth, (ii) review the extent to which effective public elementary and secondary school teachers and principals are equitably distributed throughout the Commonwealth and make recommendations regarding how to more equitably distribute such effective personnel throughout the Commonwealth, and (iii) review the standards for public school buildings and maintenance and make recommendations regarding how to more equitably ensure the physical quality of the learning environment in each public elementary and secondary school. The provisions of the bill sunset on July 1, 2021.

HB 712 Highways, bridges, interchanges, and other transportation facilities; authority to name.

Naming highways, bridges, interchanges, and other transportation facilities. Removes the authority of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (the Board) to name any highway, bridge, interchange, or other transportation facility forming a part of the system of state highways after a private entity. The bill provides that the Board shall not have the power to name any highway, bridge, interchange, or transportation facility that has been or may hereafter be named by the General Assembly, nor may the name chosen by the Board reflect the name of any living person. The bill repeals the requirement that the Department of Transportation develop guidelines on the naming of highways, bridges, interchanges, and other transportation facilities after private entities.

HB 713 Commercial dog breeders; cages.

Commercial dog breeders; cages. Prohibits a commercial dog breeder from housing any dog in a cage that exposes the dog to a wire floor.

HB 954 Healthy Virginia, Commission for; established, report.

Commission for a Healthy Virginia; report. Establishes the Commission for a Healthy Virginia to (i) support the mission and vision of a healthy Virginia, (ii) define measurable outcomes that build community competence around health and well-being, and (iii) make policy recommendations for improving the health and well-being of the people of the Commonwealth.

HB 1365 Va. Alternative Energy and Coastal Protection Act; establishing funding source to affected locality.

Virginia Alternative Energy and Coastal Protection Act. Authorizes the State Air Pollution Control Board to conduct an auction of allowances of CO2 emissions or authorize the Department of Environmental Quality to operate such auction. The bill establishes the Commonwealth Resilience Fund to receive funds from the auction and directs the funds to certain programs. Beginning in January 2021, the Department is required to file an annual report on the auction.

HB 1381 Voter referendum; independent redistricting commission.

Voter referendum; independent redistricting commission. Provides for a statewide referendum on the question of whether there should be an independent redistricting commission established in Virginia for the purpose of drawing the district maps for the House of Delegates, Senate of Virginia, and congressional districts. The results would be advisory only and are intended only to demonstrate the preference of the citizens of the Commonwealth on the manner in which electoral districts are created. The referendum would be held at the November 2018 general election.

HB 1386 Pension de-risking transfer; annuities.

Pension de-risking; annuities. Limits the subsequent transfers of group annuity contracts that are purchased to fund retirement benefits pursuant to a pension de-risking transfer. The measure prohibits such transfers without the prior written approval of the State Corporation Commission. Such approval shall not be granted unless it makes certain findings regarding whether the annuity benefits will continue to be protected under ERISA or by the Federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and whether the transfer or assignment is made to an insurer that has the financial strength to fulfill its obligations under the annuity contract. The measure also provides that amounts payable to a participant of or beneficiary under such an annuity contract are exempt from the claims of creditors of the participant or beneficiary.

HB 1496 Voter identification; free voter photo identification cards provided by DMV.

Voter identification; free voter photo identification cards provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to provide voter photo identification cards containing the voter's photograph and signature for free to those voters who do not have one of the accepted forms of identification required for purposes of voting. The bill requires the DMV to provide on the official DMV website and to any person coming into a DMV office information on who may qualify for a free voter photo identification card and how to obtain such a card.

HB 1497 License plates, special; I HAVE A DREAM.

Special license plates; I HAVE A DREAM. Authorizes the issuance of revenue-sharing special license plates honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., bearing the legend I HAVE A DREAM. The bill requires that all fees imposed shall be paid to the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles and set aside as a special fund to be used to support the Department of Motor Vehicle's obligations to provide assistance in providing voter photo identification cards.

HJ 16 Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month; designating as March 2019, and each succeeding year thereafter.

Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Designates March, in 2019 and in each succeeding year, as Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month in Virginia.

HJ 82 Manufactured housing; recognizing importance of communities.

Manufactured housing communities. Recognizes the importance of manufactured housing communities.

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OFFICE ADDRESS

 

Delegate Dawn M. Adams:

Pocohantas Building

900 E. Main Street, Room E426

Richmond, VA 23219

​Office: 804-698-1068

DelDAdams@house.virginia.gov

MAILING ADDRESS

Adams for Delegate:

PO Box 25331

Richmond, VA 23260​

844-384-5922

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