Adoption tax credit among bills filed by Brewer

Published 8:39 pm Monday, January 9, 2023

State Del. Emily Brewer, R-Isle of Wight, has filed four more bills for the 2023 General Assembly session, which convenes this week. 

The bills are:

  • House Bill 1553, which would create a nonrefundable tax credit for an individual or married couple who, during the taxable year, finalizes a legal nonfamily adoption. “As a child of adoption, it is important to me to ensure that we encourage adoption throughout the commonwealth,” Brewer said. “The cost of adoption, while worthwhile, can be expensive. This tax credit creates an opportunity to relieve some of that burden.”
  • House Bill 1554, which would increase transparency and access for parents who have or will access special education in Virginia public schools. It would require high schools to publicly identify the faculty member responsible for special education transition planning and coordination. 
  • House Bill 1555, which would add a requirement for higher-education institutions to provide human trafficking awareness and prevention. “We must take steps to inform and protect our students from the dangers of human trafficking,” Brewer said.
  • House Bill 1556, which would create the K-9 Detection Team Grant Fund to help law enforcement agencies and school districts to employ K-9 Detection Teams in public schools.

Brewer represents the 64th District, which includes the counties of Isle of Wight and Surry and portions of Prince George County and Suffolk. She is seeking the Republican nomination for the new 17th Senate District, which also includes Isle of Wight.

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