Richmond, VA – As the Virginia General Assembly concludes crossover on February 5, eight bills introduced by Delegate Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) have passed the House and will be heard in the Senate.
HB 1804 will amend the Virginia Workers Compensation Act to add additional cancer types to the existing list of coverage benefits for firefighters. Delegate Hugo’s bill adds colon, brain, and testicular cancers to the list of cancers that are presumed to be an occupational disease. “The time is now to ensure our firefighters and their families get the protections they deserve” Delegate Hugo said.
HB 2515 would ban accumulator adjustor programs (AAPs). AAPs are regulations placed by insurance companies that prevent coupons from contributing to a patient’s deductible for prescription drugs, making healthcare more expensive. Delegate Hugo’s bill will allow patients to use these discount coupons to get cheaper drugs when they go to the pharmacy.
HB 2527 was introduced due to many concerns have been raised regarding tolling the Fairfax and Prince William County Parkways. HB 2527 prohibits the imposition and collection of tolls on any primary highway in Northern Virginia without prior approval from the General Assembly. “Tolling in NOVA is getting out of hand” Delegate Hugo said. “This bill will prevent additional and unnecessary tolling on our roadways.”
HB 2529 would provide broad tax relief to low and moderate income Virginians. Current Virginia law requires taxpayers who claim the standard deduction on their federal taxes to claim the standard deduction on their state taxes and likewise for those who itemized. Delegate Hugo’s bill would increase the state standard deduction from $3,000 to $4,000 for an individual and from $6,000 to $8,000 for a married couple. HB 2529 would solve this problem by simply allowing for taxpayers to itemize at the state level even if they claimed the federal deduction at the federal level. “This proposal keeps more money in the pockets of Virginians without costing the state one penny” Delegate Hugo said. “Even after providing this tax relief, the state will have more money for teachers, transportation and other key services than it did last year.”
HB 2528 will hold accountable those who cause death due to Schedule I or II drugs no matter the time or place. Currently, the law prevents the prosecution for murder to those who distribute drugs and cause death at a different time and place where the drug was dealt. Delegate Hugo’s bill will remove the time and place elements from felony murder when the underlying felony is the distribution of Schedule I or II drugs.
HB 2547 allows consumers who generate energy from solar panels to store that energy for future use. Delegate Hugo’s bill increases the Net Metering cap to allow electric cooperatives to generate more solar energy.