From The Capitol

Crossover: We Made it Halfway Through.


It was a busy and hectic week, but we made it! Crossover is the time during the session when all the bills passed by the house "crossover" to the senate and bills passed in the senate are passed on to the house. Needless to say, it was a mad dash to complete action on all the bills. The following is some of my legislation that passed:

HB1998 Exposure to bodily fluids; infection with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses; expedited testing. 
Requires a general district court to hold a hearing within 48 hours of a petition being filed seeking to compel collection of a blood specimen for testing for human immunodeficiency virus or the hepatitis B or C viruses when exposure to bodily fluids occurs between a person and any health care provider, person employed by or under the direction and control of a health care provider,etc.

HB2145 Model exit questionnaire for teachers; statewide implementation. Requires each local school board to (i) administer the model exit questionnaire for teachers developed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction to each teacher who ceases to be employed in the school division.

HB2204 Polling place procedures; full residence address of voter not announced. Removes the requirement that the officer of election audibly repeat the address of a voter offering to vote.   

HB2384 Public schools; tobacco products and nicotine vapor products. Requires each school board to prohibit the use and distribution of tobacco products and nicotine vapor products on a school bus, on school property, or at an on-site or off-site school-sponsored activity.


HB2681 Historical African American cemeteries; City of Hampton. Adds six cemeteries in Hampton to the list of cemeteries for which qualified organizations may receive funds from the Department of Historic Resources for the care of historical African American cemeteries and graves. The cemeteries are Bassette's Cemetery, the Elmerton Cemetery,  the Good Samaritan Cemetery, the Queen Street Cemetery, the Tucker Family Cemetery, and the Union Street Cemetery.

 The week began by opening the session of the Virginia AFL-CIO Political Conference. 

 On January 28th, the women of the Hampton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. visited the Capitol. They were joined by Deltas throughout the state. I am glad to be apart of this prestigious sorority.

On January 28th, my neurologist and Ms.Ashley Kenneth from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society visited the Capitol to show support for people living with this disease. 

 It’s always nice to be visited and welcomed by members of the Virginia AFL-CIO.

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of meeting with some members of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union). I will always remain dedicated to improving the lives of workers, their families and creating a more just and humane society.

I received a warm welcome from the members of the Transitions Family Violence Services.They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and York County. They serve as the sole provider of comprehensive services to adult and child victims of domestic violence.

On Wednesday, I introduced my bill HB 2603 which prohibits a sponsor of a registered apprenticeship program from discriminating against an apprentice or applicant for apprenticeship on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, or disability. The measure conforms Virginia's apprenticeship nondiscrimination requirements to those required for state apprenticeship agencies pursuant to federal Office of Apprenticeship regulations adopted in 2016.

The month of February is recognized as Black History Month. It is a time for us to reflect on on the contributions of African Americans. I am honored to be serving in the 400th session of the oldest legislative body in this country. As a descendant of enslaved Africans, I recognized that I am standing on their shoulders and that I am the fulfillment of their wildest dreams. 

As we recognize the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in North America and as we celebrate Black History Month, I am disheartened by the latest news that has surfaced in the Commonwealth. It is important that we not only internalize what has happened, but we should ask ourselves how will we move forward? It is my first responsibility as your Delegate to represent you and to pass a budget that meets the needs of the people in the 92nd House district. For budget details please click here. Thank you.
Delegate Jeion A. Ward
Virginia House of Delegates
Ninety-Second House District

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