The 2019 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 2019:
- Status HB 2491: 1/28/19 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
- Status SB 1451: 01/17/19 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 7-N)
Reproductive Freedom Act – HB 2369 (Herring), SB 1637 (Boysko): Establishes a person’s fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception or sterilization and a person’s right to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth to a child, or terminate the pregnancy
- Status HB 2369: 02/05/19 House: Left in Rules
- Status SB 1637: 01/17/19 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (8-Y 7-N)
- Status HB 1863: 1/28/19 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
- Status SB 1054: 01/17/19 Senate: Incorporated by Education and Health (SB1451-McClellan) (13-Y 0-N)
Paid Family and Medical Leave – HB 2120 (Carroll Foy), SB 1639 (Boysko): Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to establish and administer a paid family and medical leave program with benefits beginning January 1, 2022.
- Status HB 2120: 02/05/19 House: Left in Commerce and Labor
- Status SB 1639: 1/28/19 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor with letter (13-Y 0-N)
No Co-Pay Contraception – HB 2207 (Filler-Corn), SB 1185 (Favola): Requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for any prescribed contraceptive drug, contraceptive device, or contraceptive procedure.
- Status HB 2207: 01/31/19 House: Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor (13-Y 0-N)
- Status SB 1185: 01/31/19 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Commerce and Labor (5-Y 10-N)
Ban Anti-Transgender Discrimination in Health Insurance – HB 1864 (Rodman), SB 1287 (Barker): Prohibits health insurance plans from imposing restrictions or denying coverage to individuals because of their gender identity or transgender status.
- Status HB 1864: 02/05/19 House: Left in Commerce and Labor
- Status SB 1287: 01/31/19 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Commerce and Labor (13-Y 1-N)
Reproductive Health Equity Act - HB 2378 (Price), SB 1132 (Locke): Requires health benefit plans to cover the costs of specified health care services, drugs, devices, products, and procedures related to reproductive health.