Fifth Week of Session 2017

This week was an exciting one! It started off on Monday with visits from many of the wonderful artists who lent me their artwork to display in my office during session. They stopped by my office at the General Assembly, spent some time in the Capitol, and watched some of session from the gallery.


On Tuesday, HB 1410, HB 1487, HB 2359, HB 2360, and HB 2366 passed the House. They are now being discussed in Senate committees. Some of the bills are explained below. To read the rest of the bills, and to follow all of my other legislation, please click here.

HB 1410: Educational institutions, baccalaureate public; enrollment of non-Virginia students. The bill prohibits the annual enrollment of full-time equivalent undergraduate non-Virginia students from exceeding 30 percent of the total annual enrollment of full-time equivalent undergraduate students. If a school exceeds a 30 percent cap with tuition revenue from such students they must use any remaining tuition revenue from such students to lower in equal amounts the rate of tuition and fees charged to each undergraduate Virginia student. The bill also declares that the governing board of each public institution of higher education has a duty to the Commonwealth and its citizens. HB 1410 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Education and Health.

HB 1487: Maximum number of circuit court judges; 19th Judicial Circuit. The bill reduces the maximum number of circuit court judges in the 19th Judicial Circuit from 15 to 14. HB 1487 was referred to the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice.

HB 2360: Virginia Information Technologies Agency; procurement of information technology. The bill requires the Chief Information Officer of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to develop policies, standards, and guidelines that require that any contract for information technology entered into by the Commonwealth’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches and independent agencies require compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations pertaining to information security and privacy. HB 2360 was referred to the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology.

On Wednesday, HB 1456 passed the Senate. HB 1456 provides that the court, in its discretion and as to a parent, may use the phrase “parenting time” to be synonymous with the term “visitation” in a custody or visitation order.

I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office over the rest of session! We have about three weeks left. I value the feedback you provide as it helps me to a better job of representing you. You can email me at or call me at (804)-698-1042. You can also join the conversation on our Facebook:

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