Income tax, state; subtraction for employer payment of qualified education loans (HB 200)
Chief Patron – This bill establishes an individual income tax subtraction, beginning in taxable year 2018, for an unincorporated employer's contribution to the repayment of an employee's education loan.
Limiting employees' sharing of information prohibited, civil penalty (HB 626 Wages)
Chief Patron – This bill protects employees because it prohibits an employer from requiring, as a condition of employment, that an employee refrain from inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing information about the employee's own wages or about any other employee's wages.
Protecting our State with Cyber Security
Income tax return; notification of data breach, taxpayer identity information (HB 183)
Chief Patron – I carried a bill to the floor that requires paid income tax return preparers to notify the Department of Taxation within a reasonable time period if they discover that an unauthorized person has accessed a taxpayer's return information. It has since been signed into law!
Virginia Information Technologies Agency; additional duties of CIO, cybersecurity review (HB 1221)
Chief Co-Paton – I worked with Delegate Bob Thomas Jr. to create a law that requires the Chief Information Officer of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to conduct an annual comprehensive review of cybersecurity policies of every executive branch agency, with a particular focus on breaches in information technology that occurred in the reviewable year and any steps taken by agencies to strengthen cybersecurity measures. I am thrilled it passed, the safety of the cyber world is of the utmost importance.
Supporting our Veterans
Civil Air Patrol; leave for volunteer members (HB 1527)
Co-Patron – I co-patroned this bill, as it requires state and private employers to allow officers or employees who are volunteer members of the Civil Air Patrol to take leaves of absence from their respective duties without loss of seniority, accrued leave, benefits, or efficiency rating on all days during which such officer or employee is (i) engaged in training for emergency missions with the Civil Air Patrol, not to exceed 10 workdays per federal fiscal year, or (ii) responding to an emergency mission as a Civil Air Patrol volunteer, not to exceed 30 workdays per federal fiscal year.
Veterans, certain; alternative treatment options (HB 541)
Co-Patron – This bill directs the Department of Veterans Services to consider the efficacy of alternative treatments available for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder and report its findings and conclusions to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions and the Senate Committee on Education and Health. We should never cut corners when it comes to the health of anyone, especially those that risked their lives for our county, which is why I am proud that this bill that I helped carry passed that House.
Mass transit; establishing various Funds to improve transportation (SB 856)
Both chambers voted to pass SB 856, which would allocate $154 million a year in permanent funding for the Metro, allowing for new equipment and long-needed repairs. The permanent, new funding, on the condition that Maryland and the District make somewhat larger contributions to provide the transit system with a total of up to $500 million more annually. I am proud to vote in support both bills and to be a co-patron of SB 856.