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2018 General Assembly Priorities

The 2018 Virginia General Assembly session is under way. The Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia team and our supporters are playing an active role throughout session to make progress on reproductive health and rights. Below are the bills we’re following so far in 2018:

Reproductive Healthcare Access

Reproductive Health Equity Act  - HB 21 (Kory), SB 907 (McClellan): Requires health benefit plans to cover the costs of specified health care services, drugs, devices, products, and procedures related to reproductive health. 

  • Status HB 21: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in House Commerce & Labor Subcommittee (5-Y 3-N)
  • Status SB 907: Continued to 2019 in Senate Commerce & Labor Committee 

Dignity Act - HB 24 (Boysko)HB 152 (Kory)HB 448 (Rodman): Exempts menstrual supplies from sales and use tax.  

  • Status HB 24: Defeated (Left in House Committee on Appropriations) 

  • Status HB 152: Defeated (Left in House Finance Subcommittee #3)

  • Status HB 448: Defeated (Left in House Finance Subcommittee #3)

No Cost Menstrual Supplies for Public School Students - HB 1434 (Keam): Requires each school board to make tampons and pads available at all times and at no cost to students in middle and high schools.

  • Status: House Education Subcommittee #2 failed to report (5-Y 5-N)

No Cost Menstrual Supplies for Prisoners or Inmates - HB 83 (Kory): Provides that feminine hygiene products shall be provided to female prisoners and inmates at no cost. 

  • Status: Passed in full House (100-Y 0-N)

Repeal Sham Restrictions to Abortion Access - HB 450 (Rodman), HB 1037 (Convirs-Fowler), HB 1231 (Boysko), SB 133 (Locke), SB 201 (Favola), SB 292 (McClellan): Repeals various restrictions to abortion access and/or statutory requirements on abortion facilities. 

  • Status HB 450: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in House Courts of Justice Subcommittee (4-Y 3-N)
  • Status HB 1037: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in House Courts of Justice Subcommittee (4-Y 3-N)
  • Status HB 1231: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in House Courts of Justice Subcommittee (4-Y 3-N)
  • Status SB 133: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in Senate Education & Health Committee (8-Y 7-N)
  • Status SB 201: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in Senate Education & Health Committee (8-Y 7-N)

Health Insurance Coverage

Medicaid Expansion - There are many paths to expanding Medicaid in Virginia. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia supports any plan for clean Medicaid Expansion without waivers.

Paid Family and Medical Leave - HB 40 (Levine)SB 41 (Favola): Requires employers with a sick leave program to allow an employee to use his sick leave for the care of an immediate family member. 

  • Status HB 40: Defeated (Laid on the Table) in House Commerce & Labor Subcommittee #2 (7-Y 0-N)
  • Status SB 41: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (11-Y 3-N 1-A)

Sex Education

Medically-Accurate Sex Education - HB 159 (Rasoul), SB 843 (Favola): Require each local school board to implement a comprehensive, age-approrpriate family life education curriculum.

  • Status HB 159: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in House Education Committee (12-Y 10-N)
  • Status SB 843: Incorporated into SB 101 (McClellan) without language that requires medically-accurate sex education.  

Teach Consent, Signs of Abuse & Consequences of Sexting in Sex Education - HB 44 (Filler-Corn), HB 1223 (Rodman), SB 101 (McClellan), SB 425 (Wexton), SB 789 (Surovell): Require family life education curricula to incorporate age-appropriate lessons on consent, the dangers of sexting, and recognizing child abuse.

  • Status HB 44: House Education Subcommittee #2 failed to recommend reporting (5-Y 5-N)
  • Status HB 1223: House Education Subcommittee #2 failed to recommend reporting (4-Y 6-N)
  • Status SB 101: Passed in full Senate (37-Y 2-N). Reffered to House Education Committee.
  • Status SB 425: Incorporated into SB 101 (McClellan)
  • Status SB 789: Incorporated into SB 101 (McClellan)

Sexual Harassment

Training Requirements for General Assembly Members & State Employees - HB 371 (Robinson), HB 653 (Murphy), HB 1053 (Watts): Require state agencies and the legislative branch to adopt workplace harrassment policies and to require trainings for employees.

  • Status HB 371: Passed in full House (88-Y 10-N). Referred to Senate Rules Committee
  • Status HB 653: House Commerce & Labor Subcommittee #2 recommends continuing to 2019 by voice vote
  • Status HB 1053: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in House Rules Committee (11-Y 3-N)

LGBTQ Rights

Ban Anti-Transgender Discrimination in Health Insurance - HB 1466 (Rodman): Prohibits health insurance plans from imposing restrictions or denying coverage to individuals because of their gender identity or transgender status. 

  • Status: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in House Commerce & Labor Subcommittee #2 (5-Y 3-N)

Ban Conversion Therapy - HB 363 (Hope), SB 245 (Surovell): Prohibits licensed health care providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with any person under 18 years of age. 

  • Status HB 363: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Subcommittee #3 (4-Y 2-N)
  • Status SB 245: Defeated (Passed by Indefinitely) in Senate Education and Health Committe (8-Y 7-N)

Other Women's Issues

Endometriosis Awareness Month - HJ 55 (Keam): Designates March, in 2018 and in each succeeding year, as Endometriosis Awareness Month in Virginia.

  • Status: Passed in full House (98-Y 0-N)

Day of Women - HR 14 (Convirs-Fowler)Recognizes January 22, in 2018 and each succeeding year, as the Day of Women in Virginia and provides that January 22 of each year no longer be known as the Day of Tears in Virginia.

  • Status: Defeated (Left in House Committee on Rules)