2019 Session Update
Dear <<First Name>>,
The 2019 General Assembly is moving full steam ahead. We are just over a week away from Crossover, which is the time when all the bills passed by the House head to the Senate and all of the Senate bills come to the House. The House has already passed several major pieces of legislation and we look forward to that work continuing.
Shutting Down Cash Clinics and Pill Mills
There’s no doubt cash clinics and pill mills have helped fuel the nation’s opioid epidemic. These providers provide substandard care that jeopardizes patients’ health, safety, and well-being.
On Thursday I stood before the Health, Welfare and Institutions committee to present HB 2558, which would prohibit these clinics from requesting or requiring patients to pay cash for an opioid or for substance use treatment. This legislation will help divert patients to higher quality clinics that offer the care needed to combat this disease.
Supporting Your Second Amendment Rights
Many of you have written and called my office asking me to oppose legislation introduced by Governor Northam which would have impacted your Second Amendment rights. I am proud to report Republicans voted recently to defeat these gun-control bills that would infringe on the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens but will do nothing to prevent gun violence.
We are committed to common sense laws that protect people, but that does not have to come at the expense of our constitutional rights.
Protecting Vulnerable Citizens
Protecting our citizens and their rights is the most important work of government. With an aging population, particularly in rural areas, it’s critical that we form the systems and processes needed to help safeguard folks who may find themselves in abusive situations.
This session I introduced HB 2560 which allows local departments of social services to form multidisciplinary teams to combat the abuse and exploitation of vulnerable adults 60 or older and adults over the age of 18 who are physically or mentally incapacitated. These teams include professionals from diverse disciplines who come together frequently to review abuse cases and address systemic problems.
The bill was reported from committee unanimously and heads to the House floor for full consideration.
School Safety Legislation Passes the House
The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday passed legislation that is the direct result of the 24 priority recommendations from the House Select Committee on School Safety, formed by Speaker Kirk Cox during the 2018 Session.
Among the legislation is HB 1732, of which I am a co-sponsor, which requires each public elementary and secondary school to conduct at least one general safety/emergency training or drill for students per year.
I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office over the coming months. I value the feedback you provide as it helps me do a better job of representing you. You can email me at
DelTPillion@house.virginia.gov or call me at 804-698-1004.