Daily Work of Justice series hosts event with public officials, community members

March 7, 2023

The Flat Hat

By Joseph Wehmeyer and Peerawut Ruangsawasdi

Thursday, March 2, the College of William and Mary Office of Community Engagement facilitated a community discussion about democracy as part of the Daily Work of Justice conversation series in, Sadler Tidewater A.

Virginia Del. Amanda Batten, R-James City, shared her thoughts after the event.

“I enjoyed it. It’s always interesting when it’s something that’s really structured. It was a little bit stilted, I think, at times. But I think the longer we sat there, the more natural it was to have a bit of back and forth,” Batten said.

Batten said she appreciated that the issue of housing was brought up during the conversation.

“That’s a hot issue around here, but it’s not necessarily one that is going to grab nationwide headlines,” Batten said. “But it’s still a controversial one.”

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Threat assessment bills propose fixes in how Virginia colleges respond to violence

February 14, 2023

Virginia Mercury

By Nathaniel Cline

Virginia’s colleges and universities may soon be permitted to obtain criminal histories and health records of people seen as posing a “significant” threat on campuses under legislation that recently passed both the House and Senate.

The legislation, which was carried by Sen. Steve Newman, R-Bedford, and Del. Amanda Batten, R-James City, was filed in response to the November shooting at the University of Virginia that left three football players dead.

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Delegate Amanda Batten carries thirteen bills through the House of Delegates to address constituent priorities

February 8, 2023

CONTACT: Lauren Keiser | (757) 741-8866

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Delegate Amanda Batten (R-James City County) successfully introduced thirteen bills that passed the House of Delegates before the February 7 crossover deadline. The bills will next be heard in the Senate.

“With thirteen of my bills having passed the House, I am extremely pleased with the first half of this legislative session. I am grateful to my constituents for their role in submitting this legislation and look forward to collaborating with the Senate during the remainder of the session,” stated Delegate Batten.


HB1907 requires consumer loan providers to include as part of every loan application a question regarding whether any individual has contacted the applicant to send money in consideration of receiving money via a government or lottery organization. This decreases the likelihood of consumer exploitation by scammers.

HB1909 allows local school boards to establish opportunity classrooms in response to requests from teachers. A plan approved by either the school board or school administration must be in place to ensure proper funding, transportation, and assessments are managed for students enrolled in the opportunity classroom.

HB1910 requires any organization that sends an unrequested absentee ballot application to a registered voter to include instructions on completing and submitting the application. Additionally, the bill requires a statement that the application is not sent by any state or local government official or agency and also disallows information pre-population on the application.

HB1911 prohibits officers and employees of state and local governments in the Commonwealth from receiving a gift exceeding $100 from foreign countries of concern, including the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Cuba, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the Syrian Arab Republic.

HB1912 clarifies that Virginia’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 universities require Treasury Board approval before entering into certain university-related foundation financing arrangements. This oversight will help avoid financial risks to the universities.

HB1916 requires threat assessment teams at public institutions of higher education to obtain available criminal and health records for individuals posing a significant threat of violence, as well as notify local law enforcement, the campus police, and the local attorney of the Commonwealth within 24 hours. The threat assessment team may also invite representatives from campus to participate in individual cases. These measures will better protect our students, faculty, and staff and prevent violent incidents.

HB1918 expands access to mental health services and removes the financial burden associated with such care by requiring health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage starting January 1, 2024, for health care services offered through audio-only telehealth. Mental health professionals can deliver these services via audio-only when other means of real-time communication are unavailable, or the patient lacks the capability to use them. 

HB1921 establishes a licensure and regulatory program for earned wage access services. These services allow employees to access the wages that they have already earned (based on the hours worked) prior to the regularly scheduled pay. This bill sets strong consumer protections for an industry currently operating in Virginia with no guardrails.

HB2223 adds the members of the board of directors of the Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority to the list of those required to file their state and local statements of economic interest annually with the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council.

HB2225 requires each school board to provide teachers, parents, principals, and other school leaders with students’ results on any Standards of Learning assessment or Virginia Alternate Assessment Program assessment as soon as practicable after the assessment is administered.

HB2422 amends the Home Solicitation Sales Act to clarify that it does not apply to technology services that provide insurance and service agreements. These are companies that are in a customer’s home because they have been invited to make repairs on insured products or to install and activate technology systems. Such businesses are currently regulated by four other entities, and this legislation will reduce bureaucratic red tape.

HB2457 prohibits any public elementary or secondary school teacher from being required to attend training sessions more frequently than once every five years for topics such as blood-borne pathogens, seizure and seizure disorders, student conduct, and mandatory testing. The bill also allows substitute teachers to fill vacancies for up to 180 days in any school year. This provides a valuable opportunity for teachers to focus on what matters most: providing the best educational experience for students. 

HB2471 provides for the removal of general registrars from office by the circuit court when a majority of the members of the State Board of Elections or a majority of the members of the local electoral board have signed a petition for removal. If a petition is received, the Virginia Division of Risk Management will assign counsel to the defense of any affected local electoral board member or general registrar. This adds stability to registrars’ offices and to the oversight of elections.

Delegate Amanda Batten represents the existing 96th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. The 96th District includes portions of James City and York Counties. In her second term, Delegate Batten serves as the Majority Caucus Chair in the Virginia House of Delegates and is a member of the following House Committees: Education, Commerce & Energy, Public Safety, and Rules. 

In 2023, Delegate Batten will run to serve the residents of the newly-redrawn 71st District, which encompasses much of the present 96th District. The 71st District will include portions of James City and New Kent Counties and the entire City of Williamsburg.

Lawmakers in Tennessee and Virginia Named 2022’s Sound Money Legislators of the Year

December 27, 2022

Sound Money Defense League

As the year comes to a close, Money Metals Exchange and the Sound Money Defense League have named Tennessee State lawmakers Rep. Bud Hulsey and Sen. Frank Niceley in Tennessee and Delegate Amanda Batten in Virginia as “Sound Money Legislators of the Year.”

Meanwhile, Virginia Delegate Amanda Batten successfully passed House Bill 936, not only extending the sunset date on Virginia’s existing sales tax exemption but also eliminating the state’s regressive taxation of all precious metals purchases below $1,000.

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Lack of data and cooperation cloud view jail vendor contracts

December 16, 2022


By Michael Pope

But Republican Delegate Amanda Batten says some sheriffs and regional jail directors failed to hand over the documents. “The state has a responsibility to people who are in the care of the state to make sure that they are not overpaying for services and goods that are essential to their wellbeing, and it’s frustrating that we didn’t get all the data we needed.”

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Nickel and Dimed Behind Bars

December 6, 2022

Alexandria Gazette Packet

By Michael Pope

Lawmakers take a look at fines and fees charged to inmates at jails across Virginia.

“It’s frustrating that we didn’t get all the data we needed and more importantly members of the work group didn’t have access to that data,” said Del. Amanda Batten (R-96), a member of the work group and chairwoman of the relevant subcommittee in the House of Delegates. “The state has a responsibility to people who are in the care of the state to make sure that they are not overpaying for services and goods that are essential to their wellbeing.”

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Speaker Ryan Fecteau and Delegate Amanda Batten discuss future of political leadership

October 28, 2022

The Cavalier Daily

By Mimi Lamarre

The Center for Politics discussed young adults’ political involvement and issues facing local politicians Tuesday night at an event featuring Virginia Delegate Amanda Batten and Ryan Fecteau, speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. The event was moderated by Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics and professor of politics.

The conversation began with an introduction by Carah Ong Whaley, academic program officer of the Center for Politics. Whaley described the disproportionate representation of older Americans in Politics.

In contrast, Sabato asked Fecteau and Batten about their experience as young politicians and their original interest in politics.

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Delegate Amanda Batten elected Vice Chair of Senate Bill 581 workgroup

August 30, 2022

Contact: Lauren Keiser | (757) 741-8866

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Delegate Amanda Batten (R⎯James City County) was elected Vice Chair of the workgroup designated via Senate Bill 581 (SB581). This workgroup will review the proposed partial or total abatement of fees charged to inmates housed in local and regional correctional facilities. By December 1, 2022, the workgroup will delineate its research and recommendations to the leadership of the House Committee on Public Safety and the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services.

Presently, these fees cover such costs exacted by educational, work, and rehabilitative programs; telephone usage; commissary items and services; electronic visitation programs; and inmate work release programs.

“While it’s important to keep inmates’ often limited funds in mind, these fees are also vital for correctional facilities to maintain operations and provide rehabilitation, educational, and other services for those serving time. I am optimistic that this workgroup can evaluate a path forward to lessen costs on inmates without increasing the financial burden on correctional facilities and their surrounding localities. These are important services that contribute to the ability of incarcerated individuals to reenter their communities as functioning citizens ready to improve their lives after serving their time,” stated Delegate Batten.

Delegate Amanda Batten represents the 96th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. The 96th District includes portions of James City and York Counties. Batten is currently serving her second term in the Virginia House of Delegates and is a member of the following House Committees: Education, Commerce & Energy, Public Safety, and Rules.

New Laws to Make Licensing Process Smoother

July 8, 2022

The Kensington Victoria Dispatch

By Staff Report

As a result of the 2022 General Assembly session, three new laws make the licensing process smoother through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and its partner on sites by expanding commercial driver’s license (CDL) testing providers, removing the wait time and fee for retesting and extending the validity of the CDL skills test certification.

CDL testing change. DMV currently certifies government third parties to enable these organizations to conduct the CDL skills test for the applicants they employ or train on-site saving them a trip to DMV. under the new law, these certified third-party testers also will be able to test people enrolled in a CDL training course offered by a community college or those employed or trained by another government entity, such as a local school system. This change offers more options for CDL testing, particularly for high-demand school bus driver positions. (House Bill 530, patroned by Del. Amanda Batten; House Bill 1146, patroned by Del. Robert Bell; and Senate Bill 301, patroned by Sen. Creigh Deeds)…

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Delegate Amanda Batten joins Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees

May 3, 2022

Peninsula Chronicle

By Brandy Centolanza

JAMES CITY-Virginia Delegate Amanda Batten was recently appointment to serve on the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees oversees the operations of two of the Historic Triangle’s living history museums, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The announcement of Batten’s appointment was made on May 2.

“I am honored to join the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as a trustee and to support the foundation’s goal of providing educational living history experiences,” Delegate Batten said in a release.

“As major tourist attractions and archaeological sites, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown provide memorable learning opportunities that enable visitors to understand the early development of our commonwealth and country. I look forward to working with my fellow members of the Board of Trustees to further the foundation’s mission to promote awareness of the history and legacy of the settlers at Jamestown and the patriots at Yorktown.”

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