Protecting our State with Cyber Security

Digital services; protection for minors (HB 952)

Requires the operator of a digital service, which is defined as a website, online service, online application, or mobile application, to permit minors to remove, or to request and obtain removal of, content or information posted on a digital service. The measure prohibits an operator of a digital service directed to minors from marketing or advertising to minors specified products or services that minors are prohibited from buying. The measure also prohibits marketing or advertising certain products on the basis of personal information specific to a minor or knowingly using, disclosing, compiling, or allowing a third party to do so. Violations are prohibited practices under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The measure has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021.

Virginia Consumer Protection Act; prohibits advertising for sale of devices targeting children. (HB 956)

Prohibits the advertising or offering for sale of Internet-connected devices for which the target market consists of consumers below 18 years of age by making it unlawful under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

Virginia Cyber Initiative Act; established. (HB 957)

 Directs the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to work with public and private institutions of higher education, state agencies, and businesses in the Commonwealth to develop a cyber alliance, to be known as the Virginia Cyber Initiative, to reduce cyber risks and encourage economic development in the cybersecurity field. The bill also creates the Virginia Cyber Initiative Fund for the purposes of improving cybersecurity and the economy of the Commonwealth through (i) improving cyber infrastructure, (ii) increasing the focus on cyber job-creating research activities, and (iii) expanding cyber job-creating research activities toward producing more knowledge-based and high-technology cyber jobs in the Commonwealth.

VITA; required information security training program for state employees (HB 852)

Requires the Chief Information Officer of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (the CIO) to develop and annually update a curriculum and materials for training all state employees in information security awareness and in proper procedures for detecting, assessing, reporting, and addressing information security threats by November 30, 2020. The bill requires every state agency, beginning January 1, 2021, to provide annual information security training for each of its employees using the curriculum and materials developed by the CIO.

Voter records/election results; Dept. of Elections to study use of blockchain technology to protect (HJ 23)

Requests the Department of Elections to conduct a study to (i) determine the kinds of blockchain technology that could be used to secure voter records and election results, (ii) determine the costs and benefits of using such technology as compared to traditional registration and election security measures, and (iii) make recommendations on whether and how to implement blockchain technology in practices affecting the security of voter records and election results.


Motor Vehicles, Department of; management of records (HB 1092)

Reorganizes and clarifies the responsibilities of the Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the management and distribution of information in its records. The bill repeals sections of the Code (i) requiring the Department to furnish a certificate linking a license plate number to an individual and (ii) permitting the Department to publish personal information related to certain delinquent accounts online. The bill contains technical amendments. The bill contains an emergency clause.


Access to Affordable Healthcare

Maternity care patients; adds information about perinatal anxiety (HB 2613)

Co-Patron - This bill adds information about perinatal anxiety to the types of information which each licensed nurse midwife, licensed midwife, or hospital providing maternity care must provide to each maternity patient and, if present, the father of the infant and other relevant family members or caretakers. Every expectant mother deserves to receive the absolute best care possible, and this piece of legislation aims to do so.

Naloxone; expands list of individuals who may dispense (HB 2158)

Co-Patron - Our region is continually expanding resources to address the opioid epidemic in our community, but more needs to be done at the legislative level. Along with my colleagues I was happy to champion HB 2158, expanding the list of individuals who may dispense Naloxone, a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. I am happy to report that the Governor has signed the bill and it is effective July 1, 2019. Progress was made and we must continue to fight for the necessary resources to combat this crisis.

Equality in the Commonwealth

Rules of the House of Delegates; consideration of SJR ratifying an amendment to U.S. Constitution (HR 274)

Chief Patron - The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a provision that would guarantee women protection under the law. Congress initially passed the ERA in 1972, and Virginia is the 38th and final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. This session I proposed a rules change that would bring the bi-partisan Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) resolution from the Senate to a full House floor vote. This was an extraordinary measure for an extraordinary situation. The Equal Rights Amendment is a bipartisan issue, with the support of over 80% of Virginians, and it is far past time for our voices to be heard.

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Equity in Education

College and Career Readiness Steering Committee; Secretary of Education to establish (HB 2520)

Chief Patron - We must prepare our students to enter the workforce. I introduced this bill to establish a College and Career Readiness Steering Committee to develop and oversee implementation of a strategic plan for ensuring that all students in the Commonwealth, particularly subgroups who historically have been underserved, graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. I was not deterred when my bill was stalled in Committee, and instead I am now working with the Department of Education to report on progress the Commonwealth has made (to date) on school equity.