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2012 Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Northern Virginia Technology Council's 2012
Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Data provided by The Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS) and updated weekly.
Last Updated: 12:00am on Thursday, Feburary 23, 2012


The Budget

Aerospace

Business and Economic Development Incentives

Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure

Research & Innovation

Technology and Telecommunications Regulations

State and Local Procurement Policy

Business-related Taxes and Tax Policy

Transportation

Education/Science, Technology, Engineering and Match (STEM) Education

Right to Work

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Veteran Education and Training

Telework and Broadband

Other

The Budget (back to top)

HB29
Budget Bill.
Chief Patron: Putney
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (100-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Amending Chapter 890, 2011 Acts of Assembly.

HB30
Budget Bill.
Chief Patron: Putney
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (79-Y 21-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Appropriations of the Budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia providing a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the thirtieth day of June, 2013, and the thirtieth day of June, 2014.

SB29
Budget Bill.
Chief Patron: Colgan
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Defeated by Senate (20-Y 19-N)
Summary: Amending Chapter 890, 2011 Acts of Assembly.

SB30
Budget Bill.
Chief Patron: Colgan
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Defeated by Senate (20-Y 17-N)
Summary: Appropriations of the Budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia providing a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the thirtieth day of June, 2013, and the thirtieth day of June, 2014.

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Aerospace (back to top)

HB18
Space flight entities; transfer of certain revenue to Va. Commercial Space Flight Authority, etc.
Chief Patron: Kilgore
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (98-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Incorporated by Finance (HB813-May) (13-Y 0-N)
Summary: Clarifies that the revenue transferred to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority attributable to the sale of commercial human spaceflights or commercial space flight training by space flight entities (i) is the income tax revenue generated from such sale and (ii) is not determined solely by the point of sale or where the space flight takes place. The bill also expands such space flight entities to include limited liability companies.

HB813
Commercial space flight; funding and oversight.
Chief Patron: May
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (100-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Incorporates HB18
Summary: Reconstitutes the Board of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority by reducing the number of Board members from 13 to nine and providing for all current appointments to the Board to expire on July 1, 2012. The bill provides that as of a certain date current employees of the Authority could elect not to be employed by the Authority. Any employee (i) making such election who is not rehired by another state agency, and (ii) not making the election but who is not offered an opportunity to remain with the Authority would be eligible for severance benefits under the Workforce Transition Act. The bill allows the Authority to establish an alternative to the Virginia Retirement System defined benefit retirement plan for its employees. The bill makes several other changes to the administrative powers and duties of the Authority. The bill provides for $15 million in each fiscal year from the 0.50 percent retail sales and use tax that is dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund to be set aside as the Commonwealth Space Flight Fund, to be used to support the capital needs, maintenance, and operating costs of facilities owned and operated by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.

SB284
Commercial space flight; funding and oversight.
Chief Patron: Herring, M.
Latest Legislative Action: House - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Reconstitutes the Board of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority by reducing the number of Board members from 13 to nine and providing for all current appointments to the Board to expire on July 1, 2012. The bill provides that as of a certain date current employees of the Authority could elect not to be employed by the Authority. Any employee (i) making such election who is not rehired by another state agency, and (ii) not making the election but who is not offered an opportunity to remain with the Authority would be eligible for severance benefits under the Workforce Transition Act. The bill allows the Authority to establish an alternative to the Virginia Retirement System defined benefit retirement plan for its employees. The bill makes several other changes to the administrative powers and duties of the Authority.

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Business and Economic Development Incentives (back to top)

HB292
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; increases membership of board of directors.
Chief Patron: Scott, E.T.
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (98-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Adds the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and the Secretary of Technology as voting members of the board of directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority.

HB403
Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; criteria.
Chief Patron: Torian
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends striking from docket by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Adds the requirement that at least 30 percent of the jobs created must be filled by Virginia residents to the criteria for making grants or loans from the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund.

HB593
VEDP; required provisions in economic development agreements.
Chief Patron: Merricks
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2013 by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Requires the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority and any locality to include in an economic development agreement a provision requiring the business beneficiary to give Virginia persons, firms, or corporations the opportunity to participate in the procurement of any goods, services, or construction that is or will be solicited by the business entity. Any such procurement shall be based on competitive principles and shall in each instance seek competition to the maximum practical degree.

HB611
Competitive Government Act; Governor requires commercial activity procured from private sector.
Chief Patron: LeMunyon
Latest Legislative Action: House - Left in Committee
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Requires the Governor to require any commercial activity performed by an agency or institution of the Commonwealth to be procured from the private sector, except where there is neither a reduction in cost nor other measurable benefit to the Commonwealth. The bill also requires these commercial activities to be posted on the Governor's website and published in the Virginia Register, and to provide an opportunity for public comment.

HB714
Major business facility job tax credit; extends credit to December 31, 2014.
Chief Patron: Kilgore
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (95-Y 2-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Extends the time during which the major business facility job tax credit may be taken over a two-year period from December 31, 2012, to December 31, 2014.

HB768
Business Assistance, Department of; Virginia Jobs Investment Plan.
Chief Patron: Landes
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (99-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
Summary: Codifies the Virginia Jobs Investment Program administered by the Department of Business Assistance and changes the name to the Virginia Jobs Investment Plan. The Plan is comprised of the following component programs: (i) the Virginia New Jobs Program, (ii) the Workforce Retraining Program, and (iii) the Small Business New Jobs Program. The bill also establishes general eligibility requirements for obtaining assistance under the Plan and requirements for the component programs under the Plan. Regarding the Small Business New Jobs Program, the bill requires a small business to be organized under Virginia law or maintain a principal place of business in Virginia and employ Virginia residents in order to qualify for a grant.

HB841
Major business facility job credits & enterprise zone job creation grants; not allowed for same job.
Chief Patron: James
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (96-Y 2-N 1-A)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on Finance
Summary: Allows a business creating permanent, full-time positions to be eligible for both the major business facility job tax credit and enterprise zone job creation grants. However, the bill prohibits both the tax credit and the grant being allowed for the same job created.

HB1024
Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; use of Fund.
Chief Patron: Englin
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Specifies that at least 50 percent of the grants or loans to political subdivisions of the Commonwealth shall be used for economic development projects that involve the creation of at least 1,000 new jobs per project.

HJ85
Study; JLARC; multipliers for current economic development programs; report.
Chief Patron: Purkey
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (95-Y 2-N )
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on Rules
Summary: Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study and determine the multiplier effects of various types of income tax credits, public-private partnerships, and other public-private investment programs.

SB178
Satellite office expenses tax credit; creates a $250,000 tax credit for certain businesses.
Chief Patron: Stuart
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Continued to 2013 in Finance (15-Y 0-N)
Summary: Creates a $250,000 tax credit for a business that opens a satellite office or operation in a Virginia locality that reduces the commute of at least 10 current employees to five miles or less. The capital investment made by the corporation to establish the satellite office or operation must be at least $250,000.

SB262
Microenterprise investment tax credits; created for individuals who make qualified investment.
Chief Patron: Ebbin
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Creates a tax credit for individuals who make a qualified investment in a microenterprise in tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017. The amount of the credit shall be 25 percent of an investment in a green business microenterprise or a microenterprise located in a historically underutilized business zone, or 20 percent of an investment in any other microenterprise. An individual may receive a credit up to $12,500, and the total aggregate amount of credits available in a calendar year is capped at $2.5 million.

SB368
Major business facility job tax credit.
Chief Patron: Reeves
Latest Legislative Action: House - Referred to Committee on Finance
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Extends the time during which the major business facility job tax credit may be taken over a two-year period from December 31, 2012, to December 31, 2014.

SB405
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; board of directors, increase in membership.
Chief Patron: Hanger
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (100-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Adds the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and the Secretary of Technology as voting members of the board of directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority.

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Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure (back to top)

HB216
Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption includes certain computer equipment and enabling software.
Chief Patron: Comstock
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (99-Y 0-N 1-A )
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Reported from Finance with amendment (13-Y 0-N)
Summary: Expands the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of computer equipment or enabling software by data centers by extending it to tenants of the centers, and by including jobs created not only by the data center operator but also by the tenants of the data center in collectively meeting the level of new jobs required for eligibility for the exemption.

HB787
Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption on renewable energy equipment.
Chief Patron: Lopez
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Provides refunds of sales and use tax paid on the purchase of certain renewable energy equipment.

HB883
Income tax, state; credit for solar energy equipment systems.
Chief Patron: Sickles
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Provides a personal and corporate income tax credit beginning January 1, 2012, for the purchase and installation of equipment that (i) generates electricity from solar energy or (ii) uses solar energy to heat or cool a structure or provide hot water. The amount of the credit would be 10 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing eligible solar energy equipment systems, capped at $1,000 per year. Any unused tax credit could be carried over for five years until all the tax credit is taken. The solar energy equipment system must provide a minimum of 10 percent of the energy needs of the structure in which it is installed, and must be approved by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

SB112 (incorporates SB232)
Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for certain computer equipment and enabling software.
Chief Patron: McDougle and Herring, M.
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (98-Y 0-N 1-A )
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Expands the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of computer equipment or enabling software by data centers by extending it to tenants of the centers, and by including jobs created not only by the data center operator but also by the tenants of the data center in collectively meeting the level of new jobs required for eligibility for the exemption.


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Research & Innovation (back to top)

HB620
Information Technology and Management Internal Service Fund; established for VITA.
Chief Patron: LeMunyon
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (99-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Establishes the Information Technology and Management Internal Service Fund for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. The newly established fund will replace the three funds currently administered by VITA. The bill also authorizes the Comptroller to establish, upon the request of the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth and the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, other internal service fund accounts for receipts and expenditures of appropriate functions of VITA.

SB427
Information Technology and Management Internal Service Fund; established.
Chief Patron: Ruff
Latest Legislative Action: House - Reported from Science and Technology (22-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (39-Y - 0-N)
Summary: Establishes the Information Technology and Management Internal Service Fund for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. The newly established fund will replace the three funds currently administered by VITA. The bill also authorizes the Comptroller to establish, upon the request of the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth and the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, other internal service fund accounts for receipts and expenditures of appropriate functions of VITA.

HB1203
Research & Technology Investment Advisory Committee; president and staff to administer.
Chief Patron: Dudenhefer
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (99-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (35-Y 2-N 3-A)
Summary: Provides that the president and staff of the Center for Innovative Technology shall administer the Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee.

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Technology and Telecommunications Regulations (back to top)

HB643
Virginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act; telephone calls.
Chief Patron: Stolle
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Commerce and Labor by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Provides that the term "telephone call" for purposes of the Virginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act includes any text message sent via short message service (SMS), any message containing multimedia content sent via multimedia messaging service (MMS), or any message sent via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The Act regulates telephone calls made to any natural person's residence in the Commonwealth or to any wireless telephone with a Virginia area code for the purpose of offering or advertising any property, goods, or services for sale, lease, license, or investment, including offering or advertising an extension of credit.

HB1162
Human embryos; research prohibited, penalty.
Chief Patron: Cline
Latest Legislative Action: House - Left in Rules
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Prohibits nontherapeutic research that destroys a human embryo or subjects such embryo to substantial risk of injury or death; the bill also prohibits the use of any cells or tissues taken by destroying or harming a human embryo. This prohibition does not apply to in vitro fertilization or any diagnostic test which may assist in the future care of a child subjected to such tests as an embryo. A violation of the provisions of the bill is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

SJ15
Electronic identity credentials; JCOTS to study and determine possible liability concerns therewith.
Chief Patron: Watkins
Latest Legislative Action: House - Reported from Science and Technology (22-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate
Summary: Directs the Joint Commission on Technology and Science to study electronic identity credentials and any possible liability concerns therewith. In conducting its study, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science shall (i) coordinate with stakeholders in both the public and private realm to identify opportunities, challenges, and strategies for the issuance of electronic security credentials; (ii) identify potential uses of electronic security credentials in transactions involving the Commonwealth; (iii) identify the role the Commonwealth should play in the issuance of identification documentation used by private electronic security credentialing services; (iv) identify policies and craft legislation that would facilitate the use and issuance of electronic security credentials; (v) identify and address through policies and legislation any liability considerations that may arise through the issuance of electronic security credentials by private entities; and (vi) consider such other related issues as the joint commission deems appropriate. JCOTS must report its final findings and recommendations to the 2013 Session of the General Assembly.

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State and Local Procurement Policy (back to top)

HB245
State agencies; procurement of nonprofessional services.
Chief Patron: Cline
Latest Legislative Action: House - Left in Appropriations
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Requires the Director of the Division of Purchases and Supply of the Department of General Services to require each state agency, except law-enforcement agencies, to procure nonprofessional services from the private sector if such services are listed in the Commonwealth Competition Council's commercial activities list. The bill provides that upon a written determination made in advance by a state agency that the procurement of services from a commercial source is neither practicable nor fiscally advantageous, such service may continue to be performed by the state agency. The bill also requires the Commonwealth Competition Council to update its commercial activities list annually rather than every two years. The bill contains technical amendments.

HB334
Public Procurement Act; bid match preference for State businesses.
Chief Patron: Villanueva
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 with amendment(s) in General Laws by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Provides a bid match preference for Virginia business in procurements up to $100,000. Under the bill, a Virginia business has an opportunity to match the lowest bid of an out-of-state bidder if the bid of a Virginia business is within five percent or $10,000 of the lowest bid of an out of state bidder, whichever is less.

HB406
Local incentives for defense contractors.
Chief Patron: Torian
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (97-Y 0-N 2-A)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Reported from Finance (14-Y 0-N 1-A)
Summary: Authorizes a local government to provide local incentives and regulatory flexibility to defense contractors located within a defense production and support services zone established by the local government. The bill defines defense contractors as businesses primarily engaged in providing services in support of national defense.

HB449
Virginia Public Procurement Act; preferences by localities, etc.
Chief Patron: Toscano
Latest Legislative Action: House - General Laws Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Allows a locality to give a procurement preference for goods, services, and construction produced in the locality or by persons, firms, or corporations having principal places of business in the locality. The bill also allows public bodies that are public institutions of higher education or regional public bodies to give such a preference to goods, services, and construction produced in the localities in which the institution or regional public body is located. Currently such preference is allowed only in the case of a tie.

HB529
Virginia Public Procurement Act; preference for local products and firms.
Chief Patron: McQuinn
Latest Legislative Action: House - General Laws Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Authorizes localities to apply a preference for bidders or offerors located in the locality of up to 10 percent, provided (i) for competitive sealed bidding the percentage of the discount is stated in the Invitation to Bid, (ii) for competitive negotiations the percentage of the increase is stated in the Request for Proposal, and (iii) the discount percentage or increase percentage is included in the informal solicitation for small purchase.

HB530
Virginia Public Procurement Act; permissive contract provisions for localities.
Chief Patron: McQuinn
Latest Legislative Action: House - General Laws Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Authorizes any locality to include in its contracts a provision requiring the contractor to ensure that a specified percentage, not to exceed 20 percent, of the work under the contract be performed by residents of the locality.

HB582
VITA; excludes procurement of information technology and telecommunications goods and services.
Chief Patron: Watson
Latest Legislative Action: House - Left in Science and Technology
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Excludes procurements of information technology and telecommunications goods and services from certain requirements under methods of procurement for public bodies.

HB1015
Virginia Public Procurement Act; bid match preference for Virginia businesses.
Chief Patron: Comstock
Latest Legislative Action: House - Left in General Laws
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Provides, for contracts not expected to exceed $5 million, a bid match preference for Virginia business. Under the bill, a Virginia business has an opportunity to match the lowest bid of an out-of-state bidder if the bid of a Virginia business is within five percent or $10,000, whichever is less, of the lowest bid of an out-of-state bidder. The bill also provides that to be deemed a resident of Virginia, a Virginia person, firm, or corporation must have paid unemployment taxes or income taxes in Virginia in addition to being organized pursuant to Virginia law or maintaining a principal place of business within Virginia. The bill has a three-year sunset provision.

HB1145
Virginia Public Procurement Act; preference for local businesses.
Chief Patron: Sherwood
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Allows a locality to give a procurement preference to persons, firms, or corporations having principal places of business in the locality if such bidder's bid is within five percent of the lowest bid. The bill provides that prior to awarding a contract under the preference, the locality must certify in writing that (i) exercising the preference provides goods, services, and construction comparable in quality to that of other non-local bids and (ii) using a local business provides beneficial economic effects in the community through creating and sustaining local jobs and by generating local tax revenues.

SB260
Virginia Public Procurement Act; use of best value procurement by certain localities.
Chief Patron: Ebbin
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Authorizes the governing body of a locality with a population in excess of 100,000 to procure construction on a best value procurement basis. Under the bill, if proceeding on a best value procurement basis, the Request for Proposal must contain a notice to potential offerors that the procurement decision will be made on a best value procurement basis and describe the (i) criteria that will be considered in evaluating the proposals, and (ii) the rating or weighting system that will be used in evaluating the proposals, including a disclosure that price will be weighted at least 51 percent as a factor.

SB525
Virginia Public Procurement Act; preference for local products and firms.
Chief Patron: Marsh
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Authorizes localities to apply a preference for bidders or offerors located in the locality of up to 10 percent, provided (i) for competitive sealed bidding the percentage of the discount is stated in the Invitation to Bid, (ii) for competitive negotiations the percentage of the increase is stated in the Request for Proposal, and (iii) the discount percentage or increase percentage is included in the informal solicitation for small purchase.

SB526
Virginia Public Procurement Act;
Chief Patron: Marsh
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Authorizes any locality to include in its contracts a provision requiring the contractor to ensure that a specified percentage, not to exceed 20 percent, of the work under the contract be performed by residents of the locality.

SB79
Public Procurement Act; bid match preference for State businesses.
Chief Patron: Watkins
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Provides a bid match preference for Virginia business. Under the bill, a Virginia business has an opportunity to match the lowest bid of an out-of-state bidder if the bid of a Virginia business is within five percent or $10,000 of the lowest bid of an out-of-state bidder, whichever is less. The bill also provides that to be deemed a resident of Virginia, a Virginia person, firm, or corporation must have paid unemployment taxes or income taxes in Virginia in addition to being organized pursuant to Virginia law or maintaining a principal place of business within Virginia.

HB1232
Virginia Public Procurement Act; resident employment and apprenticeship participation, required.
Chief Patron: Morrissey
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Requires all public bodies to include in every contract of more than $100,000 that involves the performance of work within the Commonwealth provisions requiring the contractor to agree (i) that 51 percent of all positions created in performance of the contract be filled by Virginia residents, (ii) that 35 percent of the total hours worked by apprentices in positions created in performance of the contract be performed by Virginia residents, and (iii) to use the Virginia Employment Commission as the first source of referral for obtaining qualified applicants for any new position. Under the bill, "new position" shall not include a position that is filled by a current employee of the contractor or an individual who was previously laid off by the contractor.

SB651
Women-owned and minority-owned businesses; enhancement measures.
Chief Patron: McEachin
Latest Legislative Action: N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Provides that the Governor shall require state agencies to implement appropriate enhancement or remedial measures consistent with prevailing law when a persuasive analysis exists that documents statistically significant disparity between the availability and utilization of women-owned and minority-owned businesses.

SB377
Construction projects using public funds; iron, steel, and manufactured goods must be produced in the United States.
Chief Patron: McEachin
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Prohibits use of state funds for construction projects, including any construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of a public building or public works project, unless all of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods, including equipment, used in the project are produced in the United States. Under the bill an exception to the requirement is provided if the administrative head of the contracting state agency determines in writing that (i) iron, steel, and relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality or (ii) inclusion of iron, steel, and manufactured goods produced in the United Sates will increase the costs of the overall project by more than 25 percent.

SB539
Procurement; forward energy pricing.
Chief Patron:Puller
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Authorizes any public body to use forward pricing mechanisms for budget risk reduction. Forward pricing mechanisms are contracts or financial instruments that obligate the public body to buy or sell a specified quantity of energy at a future date at a set price or provide the option to buy or sell the contract or financial instrument. Forward pricing mechanism transactions may be made only if (i) the quantity of energy affected by the mechanism does not exceed the estimated energy use for the public body for the same period, (ii) the period of the mechanism does not exceed 48 months, (iii) a separate account is established for operational energy for the public body, (iv) the public body develops written policies and procedures, and (v) the public body establishes an oversight process.

SB572
Virginia Public Procurement Act; preference for local businesses.
Chief Patron:Vogel
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Allows a locality to give a procurement preference to persons, firms, or corporations having principal places of business in the locality if such bidder's bid is within five percent of the lowest bid. The bill provides that prior to awarding a contract under the preference, the locality must certify in writing that (i) exercising the preference provides goods, services, and construction comparable in quality to that of other non-local bids and (ii) using a local business provides beneficial economic effects in the community through creating and sustaining local jobs and by generating local tax revenues.

SB589
Virginia Public Procurement Act; resident employment and apprenticeship participation; required contract provisions
Chief Patron:Deeds
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Requires all public bodies to include in every contract of more than $100,000 that involves the performance of work within the Commonwealth provisions requiring the contractor to agree (i) that 51 percent of all positions created in performance of the contract be filled by Virginia residents, (ii) that 35 percent of the total hours worked by apprentices in positions created in performance of the contract be performed by Virginia residents, and (iii) to use the Virginia Employment Commission as the first source of referral for obtaining qualified applicants for any new position. Under the bill, "new position" shall not include a position that is filled by a current employee of the contractor or an individual who was previously laid off by the contractor.

SB601
Public procurement; products manufactured in the United States.
Chief Patron:Saslaw
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology Subcommittee, Laid Upon the Table
Summary: Requires public contracts for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, improvement, or maintenance of a public building or public works to contain a provision that the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used or supplied in the performance of the public contract or any subcontract are manufactured in the United States. This requirement does not apply if the requirement is inconsistent with the public interest, the products are not manufactured within the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or with satisfactory quality, or using the products will increase the cost of the public contract by 25 percent or more. A person intentionally mislabeling or misrepresenting the origin of products will be ineligible to receive any other public contracts.

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Business-related Taxes and Tax Policy (back to top)

HB146
Virginia's Tax Preferences, Commission to Review the Effectiveness of; established, report.
Chief Patron: Toscano
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Establishes the Commission to oversee the evaluation of Virginia's tax preferences.

HB149
Income tax, corporate; lower rate for certain businesses.
Chief Patron: Ransone
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Reduces the corporate income tax rate from six percent to three percent for the first three years after a business located outside Virginia opens a satellite office in a Virginia locality with a population of 200,000 or fewer or after a business located in a Virginia locality with a population exceeding 200,000 opens a satellite office or operation in a Virginia locality with a population of 200,000 or fewer, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012. The capital investment made by the corporation must be $250,000 or more and the tax reduction may not exceed the amount of that capital investment.

HB246
Legislation; prohibits any committee of General Assembly from reporting new tax credit, etc.
Chief Patron: Cline
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (98-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Prohibits any committee of the General Assembly from reporting a new state tax credit or renewing an existing state tax credit unless such bill contains an expiration date of not longer than five years from the effective date of the new or renewed state tax credit. Requires the State Tax Commissioner to report annually the estimated revenue loss of each state tax credit that is scheduled to expire in the next two calendar years.

HB248
Income tax, corporate; eliminates tax for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2013.
Chief Patron: Cline
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Eliminates Virginia's corporate income tax for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2013.

HB514
Tax credits; for costs to comply with excessive state regulations.
Chief Patron: Purkey
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Establishes a tax credit beginning January 1, 2012, for the direct costs of a business attributable to its location in the Commonwealth to comply with excessive state regulations. The bill defines direct costs to include lost profits from business in the Commonwealth. The bill defines excessive state regulations as regulations or mandatory rules or guidelines that are (i) imposed by the Commonwealth, (ii) not required by any federal law or other federal authority, (iii) in general, costly to comply with, and (iv) imposed on a business for conducting business in the Commonwealth that restrict, condition, or prohibit ordinarily harmless property conditions or the ordinarily harmless exercise or enjoyment by the business of its legal rights. The Secretary of Commerce and Trade would be charged with identifying excessive state regulations for which tax credits would be allowed. The bill provides for a five-year carry-over period for unused tax credits.

HB664
Publication of names of taxpayers claiming state tax credits.
Chief Patron: Surovell
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Requires the Tax Commissioner to annually report on and publish on the Department of Taxation's website the following for certain state tax credits: a brief description of the tax credit, the name of each taxpayer claiming at least $1,000 of the respective credit, the dollar amount of the credit claimed by such taxpayer, and a reference to the Code of Virginia section (referenced with specificity) that establishes the credit.

HB777
Evaluate Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to; established, report.
Chief Patron: Landes
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (98-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on Rules
Summary: Establishes the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences. The Joint Subcommittee is charged with overseeing the evaluation of Virginia's tax preferences. The Joint Subcommittee would consist of two members of the House Committee on Appropriations, four members of the House Committee on Finance, and four members of the Senate Committee on Finance, appointed by the respective Chairmen of the three committees.

HB783
Microenterprise investment tax credits; created for individuals who make qualified investment.
Chief Patron: Lopez
Latest Legislative Action: House - Stricken from docket by Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Creates a tax credit for individuals who make a qualified investment in a microenterprise in tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017. The amount of the credit shall be 25 percent of an investment in a green business microenterprise or a microenterprise located in a historically underutilized business zone, or 20 percent of an investment in any other microenterprise. An individual may receive a credit up to $12,500, and the total aggregate amount of credits available in a calendar year is capped at $2.5 million.

HB811
Corporate tax credit; taxes paid in another state.
Chief Patron: May
Latest Legislative Action: House - Stricken from docket by Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Allows an entity that pays corporate income tax in Virginia based upon 100 percent of its sales to receive a tax credit equal to the amount of income tax paid in another state for sales in that state. The tax credit would apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012.

HB1013
Income tax, state & corporate; extends subtraction for capital gains from investments in businesses.
Chief Patron: Comstock
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (99-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Requires the Tax Commissioner to annually report on and publish on the Department of Taxation's website the following for certain state tax credits: a brief description of the tax credit, the name of each taxpayer claiming at least $1,000 of the respective credit, the dollar amount of the credit claimed by such taxpayer, and a reference to the Code of Virginia section (referenced with specificity) that establishes the credit.

HB1030
Income tax, corporate; corporations not allowed to claim tax credit to reduce tax below $250.
Chief Patron: Englin
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Establishes a $250 minimum corporate income tax beginning January 1, 2012. Corporations would not be allowed to claim any tax credit to reduce the corporate income tax below $250.

HB1032
Tax bills; sunset provisions.
Chief Patron: Englin
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Prohibits any committee of the General Assembly from reporting any bill that establishes, increases, or expands a state or local tax exemption, credit, deduction, or any other reduction in tax liability, unless the bill contains a sunset date not to exceed five years.

SB61
Income tax, corporate; lower rate for certain businesses.
Chief Patron: Stanley
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Continued to 2013 in Finance (15-Y 0-N)
Summary: Reduces the corporate income tax rate from six percent to three percent for the first three years after a business located outside Virginia opens a satellite office in a Virginia locality with a population of 200,000 or fewer or after a business located in a Virginia locality with a population exceeding 200,000 opens a satellite office or operation in a Virginia locality with a population of 200,000 or fewer, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012. The capital investment made by the corporation must be $250,000 or more and the tax reduction may not exceed the amount of that capital investment.

SB226
Income tax, state & corporate; extends subtraction for capital gains from investments in businesses.
Chief Patron: Herring, M.
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (96-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Extends the subtraction from individual and corporate income tax for capital gains from investments in qualified businesses from June 30, 2013, to June 30, 2015.

SB597
Retail Sales and Use Tax; presumption for registration for collection of tax.
Chief Patron: Wagner
Latest Legislative Action: House - Reported from Finance with substitute (17-Y 2-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (34-Y 6-N)
Summary: Creates a legal presumption to require registration by a dealer for collection of retail sales and use taxes if any commonly controlled person maintains a distribution center, warehouse, fulfillment center, office, or similar location within the Commonwealth that facilitates the delivery of property sold by the dealer to its customers. The presumption can be rebutted by demonstrating that the activities conducted by the commonly controlled person in the Commonwealth are not significantly associated with the dealer's ability to establish or maintain a market in the Commonwealth for the dealer's sales.

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Transportation (back to top)

HB252
EMERGENCY: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; changes in composition.
Chief Patron: May
Latest Legislative Action: House - Defeated (71-Y 29-N) required 4/5s in the affirmative
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Changes the composition of the Authority. Increases the MWAA Board size from 13 to 17 and adds two new members from Virginia.

HB1245
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; changes in composition.
Chief Patron: May
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (97-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to Committee on Local Government
Summary: Changes the composition of the Authority. Increases the MWAA Board size from 13 to 17 and adds two new members from Virginia.

HJ131
Study; Route 28 extension across Potomac River; report.
Chief Patron: Minchew
Latest Legislative Action: House - Tabled in Rules by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Requests the Virginia Department of Transportation to study the desirability and feasibility of extension of Virginia Route 28 across the Potomac River into Maryland and the inclusion of Virginia Route 28 in the Interstate Highway System.

HJ134
Study; JLARC to study economic impact of proposed Bi-County Parkway and Tri-County Parkway; report.
Chief Patron: Anderson
Latest Legislative Action: House - Tabled in Rules by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Prohibits use of state funds for Phase II of the Dulles Metrorail Project if the Project is subject to a project labor agreement, the policies and bylaws of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority do not permit public access to MWAA's meetings and records as provided in Virginia's FOIA, or the Project is not subject to audit by VDOT or the Auditor of Public Accounts.

SB237
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; changes in composition.
Chief Patron: Colgan
Latest Legislative Action: House - Reported from Transportation (21-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Changes the composition of the Authority. Increases the MWAA Board size from 13 to 17 and adds two new members from Virginia.

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Education/Science, Technology, Engineering and Match (STEM) Education (back to top)

HB54
Higher Educational Institutions Bond Act of 2012; created.
Chief Patron: Putney
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (100-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N)
Summary: Authorizes the issuance of bonds in an amount not to exceed $130,781,359 plus financing costs, pursuant to Article X, Section 9 (c) of the Constitution of Virginia, for paying costs of acquiring certain revenue-producing capital projects at institutions of higher learning. The bill declares that an emergency exists and it is effective upon passage.

HB469
Algebra readiness assessment.
Chief Patron: Albo
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Education by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Requires the Board of Education to develop or approve a model assessment of algebra readiness for students to take prior to enrolling in non-remedial algebra. Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, every student shall be required to take an algebra readiness test.

HB565
Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption on computers.
Chief Patron: Marshall, D.W.
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (11-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Adds computers and related computer equipment with an aggregate sales price of $3,500 or less to the school supplies and clothing that are exempt from sales and use tax each year for a three-day period in August.

HB720
Worker retraining tax credit; increase in credit amount.
Chief Patron: Yancey
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Increases the worker retraining tax credit for worker retraining courses taken by employees at private schools from a maximum of $100 per year per employee to $250 per year per employee or $500 per year per employee if the worker retraining includes retraining in a STEM or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or applied mathematics) discipline, including but not limited to a health care related discipline.

HB1004
Tuition; higher educational institutions to determine undergraduate out-of-state charges.
Chief Patron: Ramadan
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Requires the boards of visitors of every public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth to set tuition and fee charges at levels they deem to be appropriate for all nonresident student groups at each such institution based on competitive market rates, provided that the tuition and fee rates for nonresident undergraduate students are at least 100 percent of the average cost of education at that institution.

HB1049
Income tax, state; tax credit for taxpayers employing persons in STEM internship positions.
Chief Patron: Anderson
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Establishes an individual and corporate income tax credit for taxpayers employing persons in STEM internship positions in the Commonwealth. The bill requires the intern to have an associate's or bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline or to be a graduate of a STEM trade school. In addition, the person's STEM internship with the taxpayer must be for a definite period that does not exceed 12 months. Taxpayers hiring STEM interns would be eligible for a tax credit equal to 25 percent of the wages or salary paid to the intern. Taxpayers would apply to the Department of Taxation for the tax credit. The Department would issue tax credits by providing a written certification to the taxpayer that reports the amount of tax credit that may be claimed. The Department would not be allowed to issue more than $2 million in tax credits during any fiscal year. The Department would be allowed to issue tax credits only for fiscal years 2013 through 2017.

HB1050
Income tax, state; tax credit for hiring military persons as STEM interns.
Chief Patron: Anderson
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Establishes an individual and corporate income tax credit for taxpayers employing military persons in STEM internship positions in the Commonwealth. The bill requires the military person to be a retiree of or honorably discharged from the Virginia National Guard, the national guard of another state or U.S. territory, the armed forces of the United States, or the armed forces reserves of the United States. In addition, the person's STEM internship with the taxpayer must be for a definite period that does not exceed 12 months. Taxpayers hiring military persons in STEM internships would be eligible for a tax credit equal to 25 percent of the wages or salary paid to the intern. Taxpayers would apply to the Department of Taxation for the tax credit. The Department would issue tax credits by providing a written certification to the taxpayer that reports the amount of tax credit that may be claimed. The Department would not be allowed to issue more than $2 million in tax credits during any fiscal year. The Department would be allowed to issue tax credits only for fiscal years 2013 through 2017.

SB31
Bonds; capital projects at institutions of higher learning.
Chief Patron: Colgan
Latest Legislative Action: House - Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Latest Legislative Action: Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Authorizes the issuance of bonds in an amount not to exceed $130,781,359 plus financing costs, pursuant to Article X, Section 9 (c) of the Constitution of Virginia, for paying costs of acquiring certain revenue-producing capital projects at institutions of higher learning. The bill declares that an emergency exists and it is effective upon passage.

SB100
Two-Year College Scholarship Match Program; created.
Chief Patron: Edwards
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Establishes the Two-Year College Scholarship Match Program to provide matching funds to two-year college foundations and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. Funds paid shall not exceed $5 million, in aggregate, in any fiscal year. These funds shall be used to award scholarships to students who (i) are domiciled residents of Virginia and (ii) are enrolled in an associate degree program in a Virginia two-year college studying science, technology, engineering, math, education, or nursing. This will only become effective upon an appropriation of general funds effectuating the purposes of the bill passed by the 2012 General Assembly.

HB1247
Higher educational institutions; governing body to ensure funds received are spent properly.
Chief Patron: Ramadan
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Requires the governing body of every public institution of higher education to ensure that all funds received from in-state undergraduate tuition and all funds received from the Commonwealth are dedicated to the purpose of undergraduate education and that 65 percent of such funds are dedicated to instructional expenses.

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Right to Work (back to top)

SJ88
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); the right to a secret ballot.
Chief Patron: Reeves
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Continued to 2013 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)
Summary: Adds a provision to the Bill of Rights to preserve and protect the right to a secret ballot in elections for office, votes on ballot measures, and votes to designate or authorize employee representation.

HJ7
Constitutional amendment; right to work (first reference).
Chief Patron: Bell, Richard P.
Latest Legislative Action: House - Left in Privileges and Elections
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Provides that any agreement or combination between any employer and any labor union or labor organization whereby persons not members of such union or organization shall be denied the right to work for the employer, or whereby such membership is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or whereby any such union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any enterprise, is against public policy and an illegal combination or conspiracy.

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Small Business and Entrepreneurship (back to top)

HB111
Small business job creation tax credit; creates credit for those creating new full-time jobs.
Chief Patron: Bell, Richard P.
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Creates an individual and corporate income tax credit beginning January 1, 2012, for small businesses creating new full-time jobs in the Commonwealth. The credit would equal $1,000 for each new job created. A small business would be allowed the credit for an aggregate of 50 jobs. The provisions of the bill would expire on January 1, 2015.

HB191
Small businesses; tax credit for those hiring graduates of Virginia's colleges.
Chief Patron: Herring, C.
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Creates, beginning January 1, 2012, an individual and corporate income tax credit for certain small businesses creating new full-time jobs that are filled by persons holding associate's or bachelor's degrees from in-state institutions of higher education. The credit would equal $2,500 for each such new full-time job. The credit would be claimed for the taxable year at which time the new full-time job was continuously filled for at least 12 months. Any unused credit would be allowed to be carried over for five taxable years. The tax credit would sunset in 2014.

HB228
Income tax, corporate; credit for contracting with small or minority-owned businesses.
Chief Patron: Habeeb
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: "Establishes a corporate income tax credit beginning January 1, 2013, for federal contractors with at least 250 full-time employees that subcontract with small or minority-owned, veteran-owned, or women-owned businesses to perform federal government contract work. The tax credit would equal five percent of the amount paid by the federal contractor under the subcontract to the small or minority-owned, veteran-owned, or women-owned business. The small or minority-owned, veteran-owned, or women-owned business would be required to perform all subcontract work in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone or a state enterprise zone.

Tax credits would be capped at $10 million each fiscal year. The tax credit would sunset on December 31, 2017."

HB335
Income tax, state and corporate; deduction for investors in small businesses.
Chief Patron: Villanueva
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Grants an individual and corporate income tax deduction for any income taxed (i) as a gain for federal income tax purposes attributable to an investment in a small business held for a period of at least five years or (ii) as investment services partnership interest income for federal income tax purposes attributable to an investment in a small business. The bill defines a small business as a business having (a) a principal office or facility in the Commonwealth and (b) immediately after and at all times prior to the investment, aggregate assets that totaled less than $50 million in cash plus the aggregate adjusted bases of all other property held by the business. The bill applies to investments in small businesses made on or after January 1, 2012. The deduction is limited to any gain or investment services partnership interest income attributable to the first $500,000 invested by the individual or corporation in the respective small business.

HB585
Income tax, state; small business investment tax credits.
Chief Patron: Merricks
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (100-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Reported from Finance with substitute (11-Y 0-N)
Summary: Creates a tax credit equal to 10 percent of a qualified investment in a small business for an eligible investor. The investment must be made on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2015, and the equity must be held for two years. The Department of Taxation would certify small businesses that may receive investments eligible for the tax credit.

HB767
Small Business Jobs Grant Fund; requirements.
Chief Patron: Landes
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (99-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Referred to the Committee on General Laws and Technology
Summary: Requires a small business to be organized under Virginia law or maintain a principal place of business in Virginia in order to qualify for a grant under the Small Business Jobs Grant Fund. The bill also requires that a new full-time position must employ a Virginia resident in order to qualify for the grant. In addition the bill provides that the criteria established by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance for the Fund include provisions that (i) prohibit receiving more than one grant for the same position, (ii) require the employee to be employed in the new full-time position for at least 90 days prior to the award of the grant, and (iii) require the small business to submit a taxpayer identification number and certification Form W-9 with each grant application.

HB781
Minority Business Enterprises, Department of; changes definition of small business.
Chief Patron: Lopez
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in General Laws by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Changes the definition of "small business" to be a business located in Virginia that meets the definition of a small business concern as defined in the federal Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. § 631 et seq.).

HB996
Minority Business Enterprise, Department of; authorizes electronic certification process.
Chief Patron: Ransone
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (99-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Minority Business Enterprise to accept applications for certification as a small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses through electronic means.

HB1044
Minority Business Enterprises, Department of; changes definition of small business.
Chief Patron: Keam
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2013 by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Changes the definition of "small business" to be a business that meets the definition of a small business concern as defined in the federal Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. § 631 et seq.).

SB250
Small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses; enhancement or remedial measures.
Chief Patron: Obenshain
Latest Legislative Action: House - Referred to Committee on General Laws
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Requires state contracts awarded pursuant to enhancement or remedial measures implemented to enhance participation by small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses to include a requirement that no more than 60 percent of the work be subcontracted to another contractor except under certain circumstances. The bill authorizes the Department of Minority Business Enterprise to investigate complaints that the business has violated the contract provision and authorizes the Director to revoke the business's certification as a small, women-owned, or minority-owned business for a period of one year upon determination that the contract provision has been violated. The bill also provides that any enhancement or remedial measure require the state agency to solicit bids from all qualified vendors and not be limited to bids submitted by small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses. Under the bill, any enhancement or remedial measure cannot exceed three percent of the total value of all vendor contracts calculated against the costs of accepting the lowest competent and qualifying bids.

SB258
Minority Business Enterprises, Department of; changes definition of small business.
Chief Patron: Ebbin
Latest Legislative Action: House - N/A
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Continued to 2013 in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)
Summary: Changes the definition of "small business" to be a business located in Virginia that meets the definition of a small business concern as defined in the federal Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. § 631 et seq.).

SB344
Income tax, state; small business investment tax credits.
Chief Patron: McDougle
Latest Legislative Action: House - Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N); Referred to Committee on Appropriations
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Creates a tax credit equal to 10 percent of a qualified investment in a small business for an eligible investor. The investment must be made on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2015, and the equity must be held for two years. The Department of Taxation would certify small businesses that may receive investments eligible for the tax credit.

HB247
Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption includes computers and related computer equipment.
Chief Patron: Cline
Latest Legislative Action: House - Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (10-Y 1-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Adds computers and related computer equipment with an aggregate sales price of $3,500 or less to the school supplies and clothing that are exempt from sales and use tax each year for a three-day period in August.

SB620
Income tax, corporate; credit for contracting with small or minority-owned businesses.
Chief Patron: Petersen
Latest Legislative Action: House - Referred to Committee on General Laws
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (38-Y 1-N 1-A)
Summary: Establishes a corporate income tax credit beginning January 1, 2013, for federal contractors with at least 250 full-time employees that subcontract with small or minority-owned, veteran-owned, or women-owned businesses to perform federal government contract work. The tax credit would equal five percent of the amount paid by the federal contractor under the subcontract to the small or minority-owned, veteran-owned, or women-owned business. The small or minority-owned, veteran-owned, or women-owned business would be required to perform all subcontract work in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone or a state enterprise zone. Tax credits would be capped at $10 million each fiscal year. The tax credit would sunset on December 31, 2017.

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Veteran Education and Training (back to top)

HB195
Higher educational institutions; course credit for military experience.
Chief Patron: Lewis
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (100-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Requires the governing boards of each public institution of higher education to implement policies that award academic credit to students for educational experience gained from military service.

HB938
Military training, etc.; regulatory boards to accept as equivalent to requirements for licensures.
Chief Patron: Lingamfelter
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (98-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Requires the regulatory boards within the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, the Department of Health Professions, or any board named in Title 54.1 to accept the military training, education, or experience of a service member returning from active military service in the armed forces of the United States, to the extent that such training, education, or experience is substantially equivalent to the requirements established by law and regulations of the respective board for the issuance of any license, permit, certificate, or other document, however styled or denominated, required for the practice of any business, profession, or calling in the Commonwealth. The bill provides that to the extent that the service member's military training, education or experience, or portion thereof, is not deemed substantially equivalent, the respective board shall credit whatever portion of the military training, education, or experience that is substantially equivalent toward meeting the requirements for the issuance of the license, permit, certificate, or other document. The bill authorizes a regulatory board to require the service member to provide such documentation of his training, education, or experience as deemed necessary to determine substantial equivalency. The bill defines the term "active military service."

HB1041
Income tax, state and corporate; tax credit for hiring veterans.
Chief Patron: Keam
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Establishes beginning January 1, 2012, an individual and corporate income tax credit for taxpayers hiring returning or disabled military veterans into new jobs paying an annual salary of at least $50,000. Returning military veterans are persons who served on active duty on or after September 1, 2001, but not including any person who first served on active duty on or after January 1, 2015. Disabled military veterans are persons who are rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having at least a 50 percent service-connected disability and who were unemployed for at least six months in the calendar year immediately preceding the date on which they were hired into the new job. The tax credit would equal $500 each year for five years for returning military veterans holding the new job continuously throughout the year and $1,000 each year for five years for disabled military veterans holding the new job continuously throughout the year. No credit would be allowed for any year in which the number of full-time employees of the taxpayer is less than the average annual number of full-time employees of the taxpayer in the immediately preceding three years.

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Telework and Broadband (back to top)

HB551
Telework expenses tax credit; extends for employers through December 31, 2015.
Chief Patron: Comstock
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (100-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Reported from Finance with amendments (13-Y 0-N)
Summary: Extends the telework expenses tax credit for employers through December 31, 2015. The credit currently expires on December 31, 2013. The bill also makes other clarifying changes concerning expenses eligible for the credit.

HB999
Teleworks tax credit; for individual who teleworks a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Chief Patron: Ramadan
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Creates a $500 credit for an individual who teleworks a minimum of 20 hours per week during at least 45 weeks of the year. The credit is available for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017.

HB1000
Telework expenses tax credit; extended for employers through December 31, 2015.
Chief Patron: Ramadan
Latest Legislative Action: House - Continued to 2013 in Finance by voice vote
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Raises the cap on the aggregate amount of tax credits available in calendar years 2012 and 2013 for telework expenses from $1 million to $1.5 million. The bill also raises the cap on the amount of credits that can be claimed by an employer from $50,000 per employer to $75,000 per employer.

SB238
Telework expenses tax credit; extended for employers through December 31, 2015.
Chief Patron: Herring, M.
Latest Legislative Action: House - Reported from Finance with substitute (20-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Extends the telework expenses tax credit for employers through December 31, 2015. The credit currently expires on December 31, 2013. The bill also makes other clarifying changes concerning expenses eligible for the credit.

HB994
Broadband Advisory Council; certain designees to serve on the Council.
Chief Patron: Robinson
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (99-Y 0-N)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Permits the Secretary of Commerce and Trade and the Secretary of Technology to appoint designees to serve on their behalf on the Broadband Advisory Council.

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Other (back to top)

HB103
HB 103 Consumer utility tax, local; exemption of certain electric utilities
Chief Patron: Loupassi
Latest Legislative Action: House - Passed the House (99-Y 0-N 1-A)
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - Passed the Senate (40-Y 0-N)
Summary: Exempts electric utilities from the local consumer utility tax on natural gas service provided to operate a natural gas fueled electricity generation facility.

HJ86
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Governor's term of office.
Chief Patron: Purkey
Latest Legislative Action: House -  Left in Privileges and Elections
Latest Legislative Action: Senate - N/A
Summary: Permits a Governor elected in 2017 and thereafter to succeed himself in office. The amendment allows two four-year terms (either in succession or not in succession) but prohibits election to a third term. Service for more than two years of a partial term counts as service for one term.

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