Vetoes

Governor Northam has signed most of the bills that were passed during the General Assembly session. He has amended some bills and vetoed 17. The General Assembly will convene on April 3rd to deal with his amendments and vetoes. Below is a summary of the legislation he has vetoed. Realistically, we have almost no chance of overriding any of his vetoes. It requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate to override, and given the partisan divide I do not expect that to happen.

HB 2260 / SB 1027 These bills sought to expand health insurance choices for Virginians by authorizes health carriers to offer lower-cost, catastrophic plans on the individual market.

SB 1240 Authorized health insurance carriers in the Commonwealth to offer short-term, limited-duration health plans. This was an attempt to increase affordable healthcare alternatives for Virginians.

SB 1674 Would have allowed any carrier offering short-term, limited-duration health plans to provide a guaranteed renewal option.

SB 1156 Would have prohibited any locality from adopting any ordinance, procedure, or policy intended to restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws. This was a ban on sanctuary cities/counties.

HB 2270 Required the sheriff or jail superintendent in charge of a local correctional facility or a regional jail to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the release of an incarcerated alien as soon as the release date is known.

SB 1038 Would have required Voter Registrars to verify the name, date of birth, and social security number provided by an applicant on the voter registration application. There have been problems with fraudulent voter registrations being submitted, and this would have been an easy way to catch many of those fraud attempts before they were actually registered.

HB 2764 Requires any person who assists an applicant with the completion of a paper voter registration application or collects a completed paper voter registration application directly from an applicant to provide his name and telephone number and indicate the group or organization with which he is affiliated, if any, on the registration application. There have been problems with third party groups incorrectly registering people to vote, and this was an attempt to allow Voter Registrars to be able to contact the group to correct the problems.

HB 2034 This legislation tried to make the position of Voter Registrar less political by requiring the local Electoral Board to petition the circuit court and show cause to fire a Registrar.

HB 2142 This bill sought to improve school security by allowing localities to hire school protection officers as retired law-enforcement officers as part-time school security officers. This would have been a less expensive alternative to hiring full-time School Resource Officers (SRO).

HB 2253 Required the State Police to issue a concealed handgun permit to a nonresident within 90 days of receipt of the nonresident’s completed application unless it determines that he is disqualified.

HB 2611 Would have required the approval of the General Assembly before the state could adopt regulations establishing a carbon dioxide cap-and-trade program or bringing about the participation by the Commonwealth in a regional market for the trading of carbon dioxide allowances.

HB 2269 Would have required the approval of the General Assembly before the state could adopt regulations establishing or bringing about the participation by the Commonwealth in the Transportation and Climate Initiative or any other regional transportation sector emissions program.

HB 2749 Required the Department of Social Services to report annually the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions, information regarding the number of reported violations for misuse of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits. This was an attempt to gather information on welfare fraud.

SB 1150 Required the authorization of a Commonwealth Attorney or law-enforcement agency for a magistrate to issue an arrest warrant for a misdemeanor offense where the accused is a law-enforcement officer and the alleged offense arises out of the performance of his public duties.

SB 1251 Switchblade knives are illegal in Virginia. This bill would not have changed that but would have allowed knife manufacturers an exemption to produce them for sale in other states where they are legal. This legislation was requested by a knife manufacturer who may now have to move out of state.

SB 1782 Prohibited a person who has been convicted of a felony offense of (a) fraud or misrepresentation or (b) robbery, extortion, burglary, larceny, embezzlement, fraudulent conversion, perjury, bribery, treason, or racketeering from qualifying to be a notary.