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Senator McPike serves on three legislative committees that review and debate bills: General Laws & TechnologyRehabilitation & Social Services, and Local Government.  Outside of the legislative session,
his colleagues have appointed him to several boards, including the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee, the Secure Commonwealth Panel, and the Virginia War Memorial Board

In 2019, Senator McPike was the patron of 20 bills and 2 resolutions. They can be read and tracked with Legislative Information Services.

Twelve bills become law on July 1, 2019:

  • SB1170 – this bill expands the ability of retail on-premises licensees to advertise happy hours by allowing them to advertise the prices of featured alcoholic beverages and to use creative marketing techniques, provided that such techniques do not tend to induce overconsumption or consumption by minors. This bill was incorporated into SB 1726.
  • SB1171 – this bill creates a local special events license, which allows a locality, business improvement district, or nonprofit organization to permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages within the area designated by the Board of Directors of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority for a special event, provided that such alcoholic beverages are purchased from a permanent retail on-premises licensee located within such designated area and are contained in disposable containers that clearly display the selling licensee's name or logo. The bill limits local special events licensees to 12 events per year and provides that the area designated for the special event may include sidewalks and the premises of businesses not licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, upon approval of such businesses.
  • SB1172 – this bill adds cancers of the colon, brain, or testes to the list of cancers that are presumed to be an occupational disease covered by the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act when firefighters and certain employees develop the cancer. The measure removes the compensability requirement that the employee who develops cancer had contact with a toxic substance encountered in the line of duty. The bill was incorporated into SB 1030.
  • SB1173 – this bill extends the benefits of the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program to the spouse or child of a veteran with at least a 90 percent permanent, service-related disability. Under current law, the spouse or child would be eligible for benefits only if the veteran's disability was incurred during military operations against terrorism, on a peacekeeping mission, as a result of a terrorist act, or in any armed conflict. Under the provisions of the bill, eligibility for stipends from the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Fund is unchanged. This bill is identical to HB 2685.
  • SB1174 – this bill exempts vehicles operated in the performance of private security duties by a licensed security canine handler from limitations on window tinting.
  • SB1175 – this bill requires any employee, agent, qualified individual, or representative of a bank, trust company, savings institution, industrial loan association, consumer finance company, credit union, investment company, investment advisor, securities firm, accounting firm, or insurance company to report a matter giving reason to suspect the financial exploitation by any person of an adult who is a client or customer of the financial institution. The report is required to be made to the local department of social services for the county or city wherein the adult resides or wherein the exploitation is believed to have occurred or to the adult protective services hotline, unless he notifies the person in charge of the financial institution or his designee, who shall report such information in accordance with the financial institution's policies and procedures for reporting such matters. This measure replaces an existing provision that authorizes any financial institution staff who suspects that an adult has been exploited financially to report the suspected exploitation. This bill was incorporated into SB 1490.
  • SB1176 – this bill requires the State Corporation Commission, within 30 days following receipt of a written request, to make available for public inspection a report regarding the finalized enforcement action or investigation regarding the death or personal injury necessitating inpatient hospitalization of any person or damage to property exceeding $50,000 resulting from a leak or other incident involving the intrastate facilities of a natural gas utility operator. The measure prohibits such a report from revealing infrastructure information regarding certain buildings, structures, or facilities; risk assessment information not provided to the public by the utility operator; certain security plans and measures; confidential or sensitive information; proprietary information; and information that would jeopardize the safety or security of any person, governmental facility, building, or structure, or private commercial office, residential, or retail building. 
  • SB1462 – this bill subjects provisions related to misrepresentation of animals' conditions to enforcement under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (§ 59.1-196 et seq.). The bill also increases from one year to two years following the date of sale the period of time for which a pet dealer is required to maintain a copy of the pet dealer's animal history certificate that is signed by the consumer.
  • SB1463 – this bill specifies that the creation of off-site or teleworking jobs for Virginia residents by a recipient company or its affiliates may be included in assessing compliance with a job-creation requirement for a grant or incentive issued by a state agency.
  • SB1464 – this bill provides that a manufacturer or distributor's right to first refusal in the event of a proposed sale or transfer of a dealership does not apply if such sale or transfer is not to a dealer licensed anywhere in the United States as a dealer holding a franchise from any manufacturer or to a distributor licensed as a manufacturer or distributor in the Commonwealth unless the exercise of such right of first refusal by a manufacturer or distributor with a program promoting minority dealers would lead to a minority dealer having a majority ownership of a dealership. The bill exempts certain manufacturers and distributors from the limitations on the right of first refusal.
  • SB1625 – this bill changes the definition of permissible fireworks for purposes of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code to mean any fountains that do not emit sparks or other burning effects to a distance greater than five meters (16.4 feet); wheels that do not emit a flame radius greater than one meter (39 inches); crackling devices and flashers or strobes that do not emit sparks or other burning effects to a distance greater than two meters (78.74 inches); and sparkling devices or other fireworks devices that (i) do not explode or produce a report, (ii) do not travel horizontally or vertically under their own power, (iii) do not emit or function as a projectile, (iv) do not produce a continuous flame longer than 20 inches, (v) are not capable of being reloaded, and (vi) if designed to be ignited by a fuse, have a fuse that is protected to resist side ignition and a burning time of not less than four seconds and not more than eight seconds. Current law defines this category of fireworks in more general terms.
  • SB1737 – this bill provides a 30-day stay of eviction and foreclosure proceedings for tenants, homeowners, and owners who rent to a tenant a one-family to four-family residential dwelling unit who request a stay and provide written proof, defined in the bill, that they are (i) an employee of the United States government, (ii) an independent contractor for the United States government, or (iii) an employee of a company under contract with the United States government who was furloughed or was or is otherwise not receiving wages or payments as a result of the partial closure of the United States government beginning on December 22, 2018. The bill contains an emergency clause. The bill has an expiration date of September 30, 2019.

 

Nine bills become law on July 1, 2017:

  • SB1113 – this bill reduced the backlog of applications for contractor licensing at the Department of Professional Occupational Regulation.
  • SB1116 – this bill allows school nurses to reinsert the insulin pump of a student with type 1 diabetes if the pump becomes dislodged at school.
  •  SB1117 – this bill directs school counelors to receive part of their continuing education requirement in the area of behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse.
  • SB1118 – this bill provides Line of Duty benefits to certain firefighter trainees that die during training. This will save the family of those like Cecelia Turnbough from spending thousands of dollars in legal fees.
  • SB1122 – this bill requires the Department of Social Services to collect complete contact information from applicants, to improve communication for the transient and most at risk population.
  • SB1123 – this bill requires localities to notify the residents of a mobile home park if the park owner is cited with a violation of health and safety ordinances.
  • SB1354 – this bill requires schools to develop a plan to test their drinking water for lead. Drinking water is tested at the utility, but can become contaminated with lead from solder joints or fixtures within a building.
  • SB1461 – this bill ensures foster children can keep their healthcare while transitioning into adulthood after turning 18.  
  • SB1462 – this bill removes an artificial $50,000 threshold and improves procedures to report suspected financial exploitation of the elderly.

 

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In 2016, Senator McPike was the patron of 16 bills, 12 resolutions, and a number of budget ammednments. They can be read and tracked with Legislative Information Services.

Four bills became law on July 1, 2016:

  • SB515 – permits food trucks in commuter lots in Northern Virginia
  • SB517 – Promotes service disabled veteran businesses in statewide It contracting
  • SB634 – Adds Secretary of Defense and Veterans Affairs to the Secure Commonwealth Panel
  • SB645 – Enables Homeland Security to better communicate with private sector owners of critical infrastructure (both physical and cyber) to promote information sharing.

He was also a co-patron of three additional bills that became law:

  • SB203 - Reduces the number of SOL tests to the minimum required by federal law.
  • SB295 - Lowers fees and extends time table for administrative fees charged for non-payment of tolls.
  • SB621 - Creates framework to protect reicipients of structured settlements from from harmful practices.