Results of Va. General Assembly session
SB762: Requires that emergency vehicles driving past signals at intersections stop or sound a siren before proceeding. Inspired by the death of a Fairfax woman in a collision with a police cruiser.
HB2043: Fixes a grammatical error in a law that makes passing a stopped school bus considered reckless driving.
SB1042: Makes texting while driving a primary offense for which a driver could be pulled over and ticketed.
SB1047: Makes use of a cellphone a primary offense for teenage holders of provisional driver's licenses, for which they could be pulled over and ticketed.
HB2510 /SB1459 : Begins to provide a stable funding source for colleges to avoid dramatic tuition increases. Schools would be provided financial incentives to fulfill education goals, including graduating students in four years and awarding degrees in high-demand science and technology fields.
HB2002: Requires colleges to charge more for out-of-state tuition in the hope that fewer students from outside Virginia would need to be admitted in the future.
HB2053 : Caps the number of out-of-state students admitted to state colleges and universities at 25 percent.
HB1550: Shifts responsibility of vetting textbooks from panels consisting mostly of schoolteachers to publishers. Companies would have to be certified with the state before their books would be approved for use in schools.
HB1507: Sets the 2011 primary date for Aug. 23 in anticipation of redistricting.
HR64: Allows search of delegate's complete voting record by name. House only, beginning in 2012.
HB2473: Prevents foreclosure sales unless proper land records have been filed in the jurisdiction where the property is located.
SB798: Requires a judicial proceeding before a home can be foreclosed upon.
SB924: Requires abortion clinics to be regulated as hospitals.
HB1419: Eliminates requirement that girls receive the vaccination against HPV, human papillomavirus, before entering sixth grade.
HB1934: Requires Virginia State Police to enter into federal program to enforce immigration laws.
HB1465: Requires public colleges and universities to adopt written policies barring illegal immigrants from enrolling.
HB1775: Requires public schools to track the number of students who enroll without birth certificates or in classes for English as a second language.
SB745 : Bans synthetic marijuana and inhalable bath salts.
HB1669: Requires all buyers at gun shows to undergo background checks.
TEA PARTY PRIORITIES
HJ693: Begins the process of amending the state Constitution to restrict the power of government entities to seize private property for commercial development must. It must be passed again by the legislature and approved by voters before incorporation into the Constitution.
HB1438: Prohibits federal government from regulating goods manufactured and sold within Virginia.
HJ542: Calls for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing federal laws to be repealed by the legislatures of two-thirds of the states.
HB2000: Gives the governor an appointment to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, who would then sit on the Metro Board of Directors.
SB1367: Repeals a prohibition enacted last year that prevents car-title lenders from lending to out-of-state drivers.
SB1457: Allows liquor billboards in industrial and commercial areas but would ban them within 500 feet of schools, houses, places of worship and parks.
SB771: Raises the cap on awards in medical malpractice lawsuits from $2 million by $50,000 a year starting in 2012.
HB2410: Requires Virginia employees to begin making 5 percent annual contributions to VRS and other pension reforms
SB747: Extends legal protections for gay employees in the state workforce.
SB831: Limits attorney general's authority to issue civil subpoenas under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act for academic work at state universities.
- Rosalind S. Helderman, Anita Kumar and Fredrick Kunkle