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2015 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Report

VACLEA Winter Conference – January 8, 2015
Dana Schrad, Executive Director

Session opens 1/14; Bill filing deadline 1/23; Crossover 2/10; Adjourn 2/28; Veto session 4/15
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Key Policy Issues and Anticipated Legislation:

  1. Privacy protections – bills that limit the use of camera technologies by law enforcement, require warrants, limit data use and retention

  2. Quotas – perception that law enforcement still operates on quota systems

  3. Hands-free communications requirement while driving

  4. Sexual assault on campuses – mandated reporting to state and/or local law enforcement, referrals to victim services, recommendations from state task force

  5. Reforms to Special Conservators of the Peace statute

  6. Budget cuts – any new legislation with budget impact will be difficult to pass

  7. Mental health and drug addiction and treatment programs and legislation

  8. Law enforcement technology and militarization concerns

  9. Use of force and bias-based policing concerns

Pre-filed bills as of 1/7/15:

  • HB 1274 Electronic devices; search without a warrant prohibited.
  • HB 1277 Industrial hemp; production and manufacturing.
  • HB 1287 Forfeiture of property used in connection with commission of crimes; conviction required.
  • HB 1299 Schools denied accreditation; memoranda of understanding.
  • HB 1308 Electronic communications; right to privacy, confidential relationship, penalty.
  • HB 1321 Public institutions of higher education; student right to representation at proceedings.
  • HB 1322 Public institutions of higher education; officially recognized student organizations.
  • HB 1323 Higher educational institutions; officially recognized student organizations, policy violations.
  • HB 1335 Education; agency coordination.
  • HB 1343 Campus police departments; sexual assault reporting.
  • HB 1348 Telecommunication records; warrant requirement, prohibition on collection by law enforcement.
  • HB 1349 Search of electronic device without warrant prohibited.
  • HB 1353 Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry; supplement to Registry.
  • HB 1356 In-state tuition; students granted Temporary Protected Status, etc.
  • HB 1366 Sex offenses prohibiting entry onto school or other property; hearing.
  • HB 1376 Arrest and summons quotas; prohibition.
  • HB 1380 Higher education institutions, four-year public; dual enrollment programs.
  • HB 1389 Higher educational institution; prohibition on regulating concealed handguns.
  • HB 1390 State agencies or other entities; regulation of firearm prohibited.
  • HB 1400 Budget Bill.
  • HB 1408 Warrant requirement for certain telecommunications records; prohibition on collection law enforce.
  • HB 1411 Concealed handguns; possession by faculty members at higher educational institutions.
  • HB 1418 Criminal injuries compensation; confidentiality.
  • HB 1422 Illegal consumption of alcohol; use of premises, civil penalty.
  • HB 1445 Marijuana; possession or distribution for medical purposes, treatment of epilepsy.
  • HB 1453 Stalking; penalty.
  • HB 1458 Naloxone; administration in cases of opiate overdose.
  • HB 1467 Concealed handguns; authorization and training for persons designated to carry on school property.
  • HB 1468 Asset forfeiture; civil action.
  • HB 1494 State Police; reporting hate crimes.
  • HB 1505 Sex offenses prohibiting proximity to victims of the offense.
  • HB 1508 Higher education institutions; memorandum of understanding and policies.
  • HB 1519 Virginia Biased-Based Profiling Statistics Reporting Act; established.
  • HB 1520 Sheriffs, local police, and State Police; transportation & security of officials, dignitaries, etc.
  • HB 1521 Body-worn camera system; use by law enforcement.
  • HB 1527 Child abuse or neglect; mandatory reports involving sexual offenses.
  • HB 1528 Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; limitation on collection.
  • HB 1533 Obscene sexual display in a public place; third offense penalty.
  • HB 1534 Body-worn camera system; use by the Department of State Police.
  • HB 1547 Harassment by computer; impersonating another; penalty.
  • HB 1553 Local emergency notifications.
  • HB 1558 Local and regional adult fatality review teams; penalty.
  • HB 1564 Schedule I drugs.
  • HJ 501 Study; JLARC; reorganization of law-enforcement agencies; report.
  • HJ 508 Constitutional amendment; right to keep and bear arms (first reference).
  • HJ 513 Arrest and summonses mandate; Virginia State Crime Commission; to report.
  • HJ 523 General Assembly; 2015 Session schedule.
  • HJ 524 General Assembly; establishes 2016 Regular Session prefiling schedule.
  • HJ 528 Militarization of police; JLARC to study.
  • HJ 555 Resolution; endorsement of SCHEV's statewide strategic plan for higher education; report.
  • HJ 558 SCHEV; analysis of teacher shortage; report.
  • SB 680 Magistrates; appointment and supervision.
  • SB 684 Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; conviction required.
  • SB 686 Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession, penalty
  • SB 709 Publication of unlawful images; venue, penalty.
  • SB 710 Human trafficking; new felonies created, penalties.
  • SB 712 Higher education; reporting of sexual assault, penalty.
  • SB 720 Arrest photos on Internet; penalty.
  • SB 721 Seizure of property; receipt required.
  • SB 725 Arrest without warrant; procedures.
  • SB 730 Juvenile offenders, certain; sentence modification procedure.
  • SB 731 Juvenile law-enforcement records; restorative justice.
  • SB 732 Investigational drugs; expanded access.
  • SB 734 Higher education; reporting of sexual assault, penalty.
  • SB 798 Handguns; limitation on purchases, penalty.
  • SB 799 Hate crimes; definition, reports to State Police.
  • SB 800 Budget Bill.
  • SB 825 Impersonation on social networking site; civil cause of action.
  • SB 828 Firearms; possession on private or religious school property.
  • SB 831 Criminal history record checks; barrier crimes.
  • SB 832 Taking blood samples pursuant to search warrant; qualified immunity.
  • SB 849 Community colleges; enrollment policies.
  • SB 892 Safe reporting of overdoses.
  • SB 893 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; working papers and correspondence exemptions for university.
  • SJ 228 Resolution; endorsement of SCHEV's statewide strategic plan for higher education; report.