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Maldonado Shares Legislative Priorities

Michelle for VA

Jan 24, 2023

Del. Michelle Maldonado traveled this week to Richmond for the January 11, 2023, opening of the Legislative Session. The Session runs through February 25, 2023. As she prepares to introduce her bills to the House of Delegates, Del. Maldonado welcomes feedback and testimony from any interested constituent.


Virginia Navigator provides an excellent outline of how Virginia bills become law, and the current status of Del. Maldonado's committee assignments and bills are always available via the Virginia House of Delegates.


Bills Supported as Chief Patron

HB 1702 Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; terms and conditions of rental agreement.

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; terms and conditions of rental agreement; rent increase; notice. Requires a landlord who owns more than four rental dwelling units or more than a 10 percent interest in more than four rental dwelling units, whether individually or through a business entity in the Commonwealth, to, in the case of any rental agreement that contains an option to renew or an automatic renewal provision, provide written notice to the tenant notifying the tenant of any increase in rent during the subsequent rental agreement term no less than 60 days prior to the end of the current rental agreement term.


HB 2022 Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; rent increase during tenancy.

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; rent increase during tenancy; conditions. Provides that a rental agreement shall not contain provisions that the tenant agrees to pay any increase in rent during the term of a written lease unless such increase is agreed to in a separate, written document signed by the tenant and the landlord that includes (i) the new amount of rent to be charged to the tenant, (ii) the date upon which the rent increase becomes effective, and (iii) any additional terms or benefits to the tenant agreed to as consideration for such increase in rent.


HB 2023 Wage or salary history inquiries prohibited; civil penalty.

Wage or salary history inquiries prohibited; civil penalty. Prohibits a prospective employer from (i) seeking the wage or salary history of a prospective employee; (ii) relying on the wage or salary history of a prospective employee in determining the wages or salary the prospective employee is to be paid upon hire; (iii) relying on the wage or salary history of a prospective employee in considering the prospective employee for employment; (iv) refusing to interview, hire, employ, or promote a prospective employee or otherwise retaliating against a prospective employee for not providing wage or salary history; (v) failing or refusing to provide a prospective employee the wage or salary range for the position for which the prospective employee is applying prior to discussing compensation and at any time upon the prospective employee�s request; and (vi) failing to set a wage or salary range in good faith.


HB 2363 Virginia Petroleum Products Franchise Act; definition of refiner

Virginia Petroleum Products Franchise Act; definition of refiner. Provides that for the purposes of the Virginia Petroleum Products Franchise Act, �refiner� includes a supplier of motor fuel or any affiliate of such supplier.


HB 2378 Public school teachers; provision of temporary funding, recruitment and retention.

Public school teachers; licensure; recruitment and retention; provision of temporary funding. Directs temporary funding to be provided to local school divisions identified as having experienced increased teacher turnover or teacher staffing shortages for the purpose of providing recruitment and retention bonuses to encourage teachers to attain employment and remain employed in such school divisions and teacher tuition assistance to support provisionally licensed teachers in such school divisions in attaining full licensure.


Support for Other Bills

Review all bills for which Del. Maldonado is Chief Co-Patron or Co-Patron.


Budget Amendments

Amendments to the budget bill can add, modify, endorse or delete items in the Governor's proposed budget. Before the General Assembly adjourns each year, a conference committee resolves any differences between the versions passed by the two houses. View the current status of all of Del. Maldonado's budget amendments via Virginia's Legislative Information System (LIS).


Item 114 #1h: Workforce Affordable Housing Study: $150,000

This amendment requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to work with George Mason's Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship to study factors that contribute the inability to preserve and strengthen designated affordable housing in the state, and provides $150,000 in fiscal year 2024 to complete this work.


Item 136 #7h: Tuition Assistance for Provisionally Licensed Teachers: $743,200

This is a recommendation from JLARC's report, "Pandemic Impact on Public K-12 Education". Directs temporary funding to be provided to each elementary and secondary school identified as an underperforming school, as defined in the bill, for the purpose of hiring instructional assistants to aid and support teachers in providing small group and individualized instruction, meet the various instructional and behavioral needs of students, and reduce teacher workloads.


Item 452 #8h: Department of Transportation Funding to Construct a Roundabout at Sudley and Centreville Roads: $4,600,000

This amendment provides $4.6 million from the general fund in fiscal year 2024 to fund a roundabout on Route 28 at the intersection of Sudley and Centreville Roads. This will significantly improve commuting times as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions by limiting cars idling at the intersection.

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