Equality in the Commonwealth
Long-Term Employment Support and Extended Employment Services; assisting persons with disabilities (HB 916)
Co-Patron - People in every community deserve to have the opportunity to live a fulfilled life. Too often, we do not see this prioritized in the disability community. I helped champion, and later pass, this bill which requires the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to administer Long-Term Employment Support Services and Extended Employment Services to assist individuals with disabilities with maintaining employment.
Same-sex marriages; civil unions (HB 75)
Co-Patron – I was proud to sign onto a bill that repeals the statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriages and civil unions or other arrangements between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges and obligations of marriage. These prohibitions are no longer valid due to the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S.
Virginia Equal Pay Act; created (HB 1089)
Chief Co-Patron – I teamed up with Delegate Boysko to create the Virginia Equal Pay Act (the Act), which prohibits private employers from discriminating between employees on the basis of membership in a "protected class," defined in the bill as a group of persons distinguished by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, or age, in the payment of wages or other compensation for substantially similar work.
Virginia Personnel Act; equal pay for equal work, policy of the Commonwealth (HB 1090)
Chief Co-Patron – I collaborated with Delegate Boysko to champion anti-discrimination policy that states that their shall be no discrimination between state employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to state employees at a rate less than the rate at which it pays wages to state employees of the opposite sex for equal work.
Equity in Education
High school graduation requirements; substitution of computer coding for foreign language credit (HB 443)
Chief Co-Patron - HB 443, which I introduced with Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, will allow students coding course credit for any foreign language course credit required to graduate with a standard or advanced diploma for children with disabilities and permit any English language learner who previously earned a sufficient score on an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate foreign language examination to substitute computer coding course credit for any foreign language course credit required to graduate. This bill will help prepare students for the 21st century economy and incentivize tech-related careers and empowers students to prepare to enter the workforce. It has since been signed into law!
Teacher, counselor, principal, etc.; expenses tax credit (HB 624)
Chief Patron - I introduced legislation that would have established a tax credit, for taxable years 2019 through 2023, of up to $250 who paid for classroom materials used in teaching students in kindergarten or an elementary or secondary school. There is no reason our educators should have to break the bank to provide basic resources for their classrooms.
Income tax, corporate and state; modification for certain companies, grants (HB 222)
Co-Patron - In an effort to bring economic prosperity to distressed localities, I helped champion HB 222. This bipartisan bill will establish a seven-year income tax modification for companies that invest new capital in certain localities and create new good paying jobs.
Income tax, state; subtraction for employer payment of qualified education loans (HB 200)
Chief Patron – This bill establishes an individual income tax subtraction, beginning in taxable year 2018, for an unincorporated employer's contribution to the repayment of an employee's education loan.
Limiting employees' sharing of information prohibited, civil penalty (HB 626 Wages)
Chief Patron – This bill protects employees because it prohibits an employer from requiring, as a condition of employment, that an employee refrain from inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing information about the employee's own wages or about any other employee's wages.
Protecting our State with Cyber Security
Income tax return; notification of data breach, taxpayer identity information (HB 183)
Chief Patron – I carried a bill to the floor that requires paid income tax return preparers to notify the Department of Taxation within a reasonable time period if they discover that an unauthorized person has accessed a taxpayer's return information. It has since been signed into law!