Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program; Expected Family Contribution. Broadens eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program by including students whose Expected Family Contribution, as calculated by the federal government using the family’s financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is no more than $12,000.
Higher educational institutions, public; SVHEV to develop a passport credit program. Creation and implementation of a passport credit program where each passport credit course shall satisfy a lower division general education requirement at any public institution of higher education at the associate-degree level. This program is designed to allow for the smooth transfer of such credit hours to any public institution of higher education and applies toward the general education requirements of that institution. The bill requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to develop such program by June 1, 2018 and each associate-degree-granting public institution of higher education to offer such program by the 2018-2019 academic year.
Virginia Virtual School established. Establishes the Board of the Virginia Virtual School as a policy agency in the executive branch of state government for the purpose of governing the full-time virtual school programs offered to students enrolled in the Virginia Virtual School. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the bill requires the Virginia Virtual School to be open to any school-age person in the Commonwealth and to provide an educational program meeting the Standards of Quality for grades kindergarten through 12.
Advance directives; persons authorized to provide assistance in completing, training programs. Establishes a criteria for training programs for qualified advance directive facilitators; provides that a qualified advance directive facilitator may distribute written advance directives in a form meeting the requirements of § 54.1-2984; provides that a qualified advance directive facilitator may provide ministerial assistance to a person completing and executing an advance directive.
Va. Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, definition of “qualified student.” Permits the parent of a public K-12 school student who meets certain criteria to apply to the school division in which the student resides for a one-year, renewable Parental Choice Education Savings Account that consists of an amount that is equivalent to a certain percentage of all applicable annual Standards of Quality per pupil state funds. The bill permits the parent to use the money in such account for certain education-related expenses of the student.
Public education; economics education and financial literacy. Requires the Board of Education to include evaluating the economic value of a postsecondary degree in the Board of Education’s objectives for economics education and financial literacy. The bill requires the Board of Education to amend such objectives by July 1, 2018.
Telemedicine, practice of; prescribing controlled substances. Provides that a health care practitioner who performs or has performed an appropriate examination of the patient, for the purpose of establishing a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship, may prescribe Schedule II through VI controlled substances to the patient, provided that the prescribing of such controlled substance is in compliance with federal requirements for the practice of telemedicine. The bill also authorizes the Board of Pharmacy to register an entity at which a patient is treated by the use of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment for the purpose of establishing a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship and is prescribed Schedule II through VI controlled substances to possess and administer Schedule II through VI controlled substances when such prescribing is in compliance with federal requirements for the practice of telemedicine and the patient is not in the physical presence of a practitioner registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Health care practitioners; reporting disabilities of drivers. Provides that any doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry, any nurse practitioner, or any physician assistant who reports to the Department of Motor Vehicles the existence, or probable existence, of a mental or physical disability or infirmity of any person licensed to operate a motor vehicle which affects such person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely is not subject to civil liability unless he has acted in bad faith or with malicious intent.
Opiate prescriptions; electronic prescriptions. Requires a prescription for any controlled substance containing an opiate to be issued as an electronic prescription and prohibits a pharmacist from dispensing a controlled substance that contains an opiate unless the prescription is issued as an electronic prescription, beginning July 1, 2020.
Limits on prescription of controlled substances containing opioids. Prohibits a prescriber providing treatment for a patient in an emergency department to provide health care from prescribing a controlled substance containing an opioid in a quantity greater than a three-day supply, as determined in accordance with the prescriber’s directions for use. The bill also prohibits a pharmacist from dispensing a controlled substance containing an opioid pursuant to a prescription issued by a prescriber unless the prescription complies with the requirements of the bill.
Glucagon; administration by emergency medical services providers. Authorizes emergency medical services providers who are certified and authorized to administer drugs and devices and who hold an advanced life support certificate or basic life support certificate issued by the Commissioner of Health to possess and administer glucagon for the emergency treatment of hypoglycemia in accordance with existing protocols.
Board of Pharmacy to deschedule or reschedule cannabidiol upon publication of an interim final rule. Directs the Board of Pharmacy to initiate action to deschedule or reschedule cannabidiol or any product containing cannabidiol that has been approved as a prescription medication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within 90 days of publication in the Federal Register of an interim final rule.
Payment of estimated taxes by certain public service corporations; repeal. Repeals provisions requiring that certain public service corporations make payments of estimated state licenses taxes to the State Corporation Commission. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2019.
Virginia taxable income; deduction for personal exemptions. Increases the deduction, for purposes of computing Virginia taxable income, for personal exemptions. Increases the deduction, for purposes of computing Virginia taxable income, for personal exemptions.
Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act; lot owner representation on association board. Requires, unless the declaration expressly provides otherwise, that the membership of the board of directors of the association include lot owners other than the declarant until the transfer of the common area to the association by the declarant.
Commending Townley Haas
Commending North Star Academy
Substance-Exposed Infant Awareness Week. Designates the first week of July, in 2017 and in each succeeding year, as Substance-Exposed Infant Awareness Week in Virginia.
Celebrating the life of David A. Kaechele
Commending the Glen Allen 10-Year-Old All-Stars Baseball Team
Celebrating the life of Richard W. Glover
Celebrating the life of Juan Dip
Assault and battery; health care providers; penalty. Expands the penalty for battery against a health care provider who is engaged in the performance of his duties to apply in hospitals, or in emergency rooms in any clinic or other facility rendering emergency care. The bill requires the Department of Health to work with stakeholder groups to develop guidelines regarding the publication of penalties for battery on a health care provider and for the training of health care professionals and providers in violence prevention programs.
Female genital mutilation; criminal penalty and civil action. Makes it a felony with a punishment of 20 years to life, five of which shall be a mandatory minimum, for any person to knowingly circumcise, excise, or infibulate the labia major, labia minora, or clitoris of a minor. The bill makes it a Class 2 felony for any parent or guardian charged with the care of a minor to consent to such circumcision, excision, or infibulation. The bill also provides a civil cause of action for any person injured by such circumcision, excision, or infibulation.
Driver’s license or learner’s permit; issuance, minimum standards for vision tests. Increases the minimum visual acuity an applicant must possess for issuance of a driver’s license or learner’s permit to a field of 120 degrees of horizontal vision in one or both eyes. Also increases the minimum visual acuity for a license permitting the driving of motor vehicles during a period beginning one-half hour after sunrise and ending one-half hour before sunset to a field of 90 degrees of horizontal vision.