Unfortunately, last week I had to strike two of my bills to address concerns raised by stakeholders that could not be resolved in the short amount of time left before crossover:
- SB 1476 addressing training for hearing officers for teacher dismissal hearings; and
- SB 1477 addressing assessments to determine the best learning media for blind and visually impaired students.
I will work with stakeholders over the next year to address their concerns and potentially bring these bills back next year.
I also struck SB 1519
meningococcal conjugate (MCV4) to the list of immunizations school children receive prior to entering sixth grade. The House version of this bill sponsored by Delegate Hope ( HB 1533
) failed to report 5-6 in a House subcommittee, and my bill was sure to face a similar fate.
Despite its unanimous recommendation by the Virginia Crime Commission, SB 1478
allowing courts to modify a restitution payment plan or the amount of restitution owed for good cause shown failed to report out of the Courts of Justice Committee. Delegate Herring carried the House version ( HB 2083
), which met a similar fate.
You can track the progress of my legislation through the session here.