Thank you so much for subscribing to my newsletter. The purpose of today’s email is to update you on the 2019 General Assembly session. Like many of you, I am also frustrated by the federal government shutdown and its impact on our friends and family. Virginia, however, continues to plow ahead even as we celebrate this MLK holiday.
There are once again thousands of bills submitted despite the shorter 45-day period. The biggest issue is determining how to best respond to the Federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA). You can learn more about where I stand on this issue by reading my Op-Ed and watching my interview.
Other major bills will look to ensure fair housing practices, protect the environment, end discrimination, fund schools and related staff appropriately, improve transportation and infrastructure, and strengthen our economy.
2019 Legislation - My Bills
I am sponsoring seven House Bills and one Constitutional Amendment this year. You can explore my bills in more detail by visiting the Legislative Information System - http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?191+mbr+H289C. However, below you will find a quick summary:
HB 1848 - Department of Health Professions; disclosure of investigative information. Adds the Virginia Department of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to the entities allowed to be given confidential information by the Department of Health Professions if it relates to nursing or nurse aide education programs regulated by the Board of Nursing.
HB 1849 - Practice of dental hygiene; remote supervision; employment or supervision by Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; report. Would ensure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, especially those leaving Training Centers in conjunction with the Settlement Agreement, are able to receive dental services by adding the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to the Code currently allowing the Virginia Department of Health implement remote supervision of dental hygienists.
HB 1742 - Marsh Criminal-Traffic Division/Manchester General District Court, etc.; concurrent jurisdiction. Clarifies that Manchester General District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with Richmond General District Court over all matters arising in the City of Richmond. This bill was a recommendation of the Committee on District Courts, because some judges did not believe they could hear particular cases due to the lack of clarity on their jurisdictional oversight.
HB 1847 - Commission on Wellness and Opportunity; report. Establishes a think tank in the form of a commission made up of members of the legislative and executive branches of state government and their private sector counterparts. The primary purposes will be to make policy recommendations related to our priorities, how to best utilize our resources, and ensure that there are holistic solutions aimed at improving the quality of life for the people of the Commonwealth.
HB 2061- 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 clients/lobbying, for one year after their terms of office have ended or employment has ceased.
HB 2673 - Income tax; conformity; increase in standard deduction; refundable income tax credit for low-income taxpayers. This bill essentially allows Virginians to decide for themselves whether they itemize of not and directs the “windfall” that remains to be split 50:50 between the middle and lower economic spectrum residents. Fifty percent would fund an increase in the standard deduction and fifty percent would go toward funding part of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). It has a sunset clause of December 31, 2025.
HB 2765 - Income tax; conformity; increase in standard deduction; refundable income tax credit for low-income taxpayers; Revenue Stabilization Fund. This bill ensures that the state conforms with filing status at the federal level and directs the “windfall” that remains to be divided in thirds between the middle and lower economic spectrum residents and the rainy-day fund. One-third would fund an increase in the standard deduction, one third would fund part of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and one-third would go to the Revenue Stabilization Fund. It has a sunset clause of December 31, 2025.
HJ 608 - Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Governor's term of office. The amendment permits a Governor elected in 2021 and thereafter to be elected to consecutive terms. It 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.
My second annual Constituent Survey is available online at www.delegateadams.com/2019survey and will be hitting constituent mailboxes in the coming weeks.
LA for the Day
The second year of my constituent outreach program, "LA for the Day," is in full swing. We've had a middle school student, two early childhood educators, and a local businesswoman shadow my staff, see the legislative process up-close, as well as experience the excitement in our Commonwealth's historic Capitol during the General Assembly session. We have completely booked every date for the rest of this year's General Assembly session, but we invite any and all interested constituents to take part in this program in the future, including outside of session. You can learn more by visiting: https://www.delegateadams.com/la-for-the-day
Please feel free to reach out to my office even when we are not in session by calling 804-698-1068 or DelDAdams@house.virginia.gov. Learn more by visiting www.DelegateAdams.com.
It's been a great start to my second year as your Delegate, and I look forward to continuing to serve you in the coming year!
Delegate Dawn M. Adams, DNP, Nurse Practitioner
Virginia House of Delegates, District 68