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2013 Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Northern Virginia Technology Council's 2013
Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Data provided by The Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS) and updated at least twice a week.
Last Updated: 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2013


The Budget

Business and Economic Development Incentives

Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure

Technology and Telecommunications Regulations

Business-related Taxes and Tax Policy

Transportation and Telework

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

Right to Work

State and Local Procurement Policy

Veteran Education and Training

Other

The Budget (back to top)

HB 1500 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Putney

Summary as introduced:
Budget Bill. Amending Chapter 3, 2012 Special Session I Acts of Assembly.

02/13/13 House: House acceded to request
02/13/13 House: Conferees appointed by House
02/13/13 House: Delegates: Putney, Cox, M.K., Sherwood, Landes, Jones, Joannou
02/13/13 Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/13/13 Senate: Senators: Stosch, Colgan, Howell, Norment, Hanger, Watkins

SB 800 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Stosch

Summary as introduced:
Budget Bill. Amending Chapter 3, 2012 Special Session I Acts of Assembly.

02/07/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/13 Senate: Passed Senate (36-Y 4-N)
02/11/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/13 House: Read first time
02/11/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

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Business and Economic Development Incentives (back to top)

HB 1303 Small businesses; tax credit for hiring graduates of Virginia's public colleges and universities.

Chief patron: Herring

Summary as introduced:
Tax credit for small businesses hiring graduates of Virginia's public colleges. Establishes, beginning January 1, 2013, 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 public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth. 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 2015.

07/18/12 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/09/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1303)
01/14/13 House: Assigned Finance sub: #3
01/25/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 0-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Finance

HB 1304 Income tax, corporate; credit for contracting with small or minority-owned, etc., businesses.

Chief patron: Habeeb

Summary as introduced:
Tax credit for contracting with small or minority-owned, veteran-owned, or women-owned businesses. 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 Virginia within a Historically Underutilized Business Zone or a state enterprise zone.

The Department of Business Assistance would issue the tax credits and would be authorized to issue up to $10 million in tax credits each fiscal year. The tax credit would sunset on December 31, 2017.

08/02/12 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/12/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1304)
01/14/13 House: Assigned Finance sub: #3
01/25/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 1-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Finance

HB 1370 Small businesses; creates an individual and corporate tax credit for those creating new jobs.

Chief patron: Bell, Richard P.

Summary as introduced:
Small business job creation tax credit. Creates an individual and corporate income tax credit beginning January 1, 2013, 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. Any unused tax credit would be allowed to be carried forward for five taxable years. The credit would sunset on January 1, 2016.

12/09/12 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/13/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1370)
01/14/13 House: Assigned Finance sub: #3
01/25/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 0-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Finance

HB 1605 Students; admission of those domiciled in State at higher educational institutions.

Chief patron: Hugo

Summary as introduced:
Admission of students domiciled in Virginia at public institutions of higher education. Provides that the board of visitors or other governing body of each public institution of higher education, except for Virginia Military Institute, Norfolk State University, and Virginia State University, must establish rules and regulations requiring that by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, at least 75 percent of students admitted and enrolled at the institution are domiciled in Virginia.

01/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/13 House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education and Arts
01/22/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1605)
01/29/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Education

HB 1700 Students; admission of those domiciled in State at higher educational institutions.

Chief patron: Comstock

Summary as introduced:
Admission of students domiciled in Virginia at public institutions of higher education. Provides that the board of visitors or other governing body of each public institution of higher education, except for the Virginia Military Institute, Norfolk State University, and Virginia State University, must establish rules and regulations requiring that by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, at least 75 percent of students admitted and enrolled at the institution are domiciled in Virginia.

01/07/13 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/13 House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education and Arts
01/22/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1700)
01/29/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Education

HB 1760 State Corporation Commission; integration of processes and forms by June 30, 2018, etc., report.

Chief patron: Ramadan

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Business One Stop electronic portal program; participation by State Corporation Commission. Requires the State Corporation Commission, by June 30, 2018, to fully integrate processes and forms into the Business Permitting Center administered by the Department of Business Assistance and to process all forms within 48 business hours from the time the applicant submits the form electronically. The bill also provides for the Commission and the Business Permitting Center to report on progress and any barriers to completion biannually to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance, Senate General Laws and Technology, Senate Commerce and Labor, House Appropriations and House Commerce and Labor committees.

02/08/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/13 Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
02/13/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Read third time
02/14/13 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

HB 1872 Investments; qualification for tax credits, clarifies meaning of funding portal, guidelines.

Chief patron: McClellan

Summary as passed House:

Online investments; eligible for state tax credits. Specifies that investments transacted via an online general solicitation, online broker, or a funding portal shall be eligible for state tax credits, so long as the investment otherwise meets all requirements for earning the particular tax credit.

02/12/13 Senate: Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N)
02/12/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1872H1)
02/13/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Read third time
02/14/13 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

HB 1915 Electronic textbooks; prohibits school board from making available for use by students in residence.

Chief patron: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Access to electronic textbooks. Prohibits school boards from making electronic textbooks available for use by students in their residence or residences unless the school board implements measures to ensure that every student in the local school division has access to a personal computing device approved by the Board and access to internet service in his residence or residences. The bill permits a local school board to establish a pilot program for the use of electronic textbooks at any secondary school in the local school division provided that (i) each student at the secondary school has access to a personal computing device approved by the Board and access to internet service in his residence or residences and (ii) the secondary school is receiving federal funds pursuant to Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, P.L. 89-10, as amended, or no more than 5% of the students in the local school division or 300 children, whichever is greater, participate in the pilot program.

01/08/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101813D
01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/15/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1915)
02/05/13 House: Left in Science and Technology

HB 2075 Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System; authorizes IEIA to create.

Chief patron: Poindexter

Summary as introduced:
IEIA; Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System. Authorizes the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority to create the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System as a tool to measure areas within the Commonwealth worthy of economic development and institutional focus in furtherance of the Commonwealth Research and Development Strategic Roadmap.

01/24/13 House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
01/24/13 House: Committee substitute printed 13104465D-H1
01/24/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Economic Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources
02/05/13 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 2082 Information Technology Advisory Council; Council to elect chairman and vice-chair from membership.

Chief patron: Head

Summary as introduced:
Information Technology Advisory Council. Provides for the Information Technology Advisory Council to elect a chairman and vice-chairman from its membership. Under the bill, neither the Secretary of Technology nor the CIO may serve as chairman. Under current law, the Secretary of Technology serves as chairman and the Chief Information Officer serves as vice-chairman of the Council. The bill also removes the requirement for the Council to meet at least quarterly.

02/05/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/11/13 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 0-N)
02/13/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Read third time
02/14/13 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

HB 2083 Strategic Compensation Grant Initiative and Fund; established.

Chief patron: Cox, M.K.

Summary as passed House:

Teacher performance; Strategic Compensation Grant Initiative created. Establishes the Strategic Compensation Grant Initiative and Fund, which provides that local school divisions may submit proposals to the Board of Education to receive grants that may be used as incentives to improve teacher and school performance. School divisions must include in their proposals a compensation model and designate groups or types of teachers to receive awarded funds. The bill sets forth eligibility requirements for teachers receiving funds.

02/07/13 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/12/13 Senate: Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N)
02/13/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Read third time
02/14/13 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB 781 Women-owned and minority-owned businesses; enhancement measures.

Chief patron: McEachin

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; women-owned and minority-owned businesses; remedial measures. 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.

02/11/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/13 House: Read first time
02/11/13 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/12/13 House: Referred from General Laws
02/12/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

SB 891 Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on; powers and duties.

Chief patron: Stuart

Summary as passed Senate:

Joint Commission on Administrative Rules. Expands the powers and duties of the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules to include review of proposed rules and regulations to ensure that they contain no mandate that improperly burdens businesses.

02/11/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/13 House: Read first time
02/11/13 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/12/13 House: Reported from Rules (15-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 House: Read second time

SB 1120 Business Assistance, Department of, et al.; marketing campaign.

Chief patron: McWaters

Summary as introduced:
Department of Business Assistance (DBA); Center for Innovative Technology (CIT); Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC); Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP); marketing campaign. Directs the DBA, CIT, VTC, and VEDP to develop a marketing campaign to attract and recognize entrepreneurs, small businesses, and emerging industry businesses. This campaign shall include developing (i) a welcome program to facilitate speedy completion of necessary business start-up functions, including licensing, facilities location, employee relocation guides, and business support services; (ii) a recruitment campaign to target industry segments for pursuit, to identify potential incentives for the establishment, location, or relocation of these companies, and to showcase assets such as economic incentives and regional living condition profiles and asset profiles, including universities, technology councils, venture firms, and research institutes; and (iii) an operational plan and schedule to carry out such a campaign. The DBA, CIT, VTC, and VEDP shall deliver the campaign documents to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 30, 2013.

02/02/13 House: Read first time
02/02/13 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/07/13 House: Reported from General Laws with amendments (19-Y 0-N)
02/07/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Economic Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources

SB 1137 SCC; integration of processes and forms into one-stop small business permitting program, report.

Chief patron: McWaters

Summary as passed Senate:

One-stop small business permitting program; State Corporation Commission.

Requires the State Corporation Commission to fully integrate processes and forms into the Business Permitting Center administered by the Department of Business Assistance and to process all forms within 48 business hours from the time the applicant submits the form electronically by June 30, 2018. The bill also provides for the Commission and the Center to report on progress and any barriers to completion biannually to the Governor and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance, Senate General Laws and Technology, Senate Commerce and Labor, House Appropriations and House Commerce and Labor committees.

02/06/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/13 House: Read first time
02/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/12/13 House: Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (20-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 House: Read second time

SB 1183 Information Technology Advisory Council; Council to elect chairman and vice-chair from membership.

Chief patron: Vogel

Summary as introduced:
Information Technology Advisory Council. Provides for the Information Technology Advisory Council to elect a chairman and vice-chairman from its membership. Under the bill, neither the Secretary of Technology nor the CIO may serve as chairman. Under current law, the Secretary of Technology serves as chairman and the Chief Information Officer serves as vice-chairman of the Council. The bill also removes the requirement for the Council to meet at least quarterly.

02/05/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/13 House: Read first time
02/05/13 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/13/13 House: Reported from Science and Technology (22-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 House: Read second time

SB 1184 VITA; procurement of information technology and telecommunications by state agencies.

Chief patron: Vogel

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Information Technologies Agency; procurement of information technology and telecommunications by state agencies. Clarifies that all information technology and telecommunications goods and services of every description procured on behalf of state agencies may only be purchased by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) and details VITA's role in all aspects of the procurement of such goods and services on behalf of state agencies. In addition, the bill provides that any contract for information technology or telecommunications goods or services entered into by a state agency or institution without written authorization from VITA shall be void and prohibits the Comptroller from issuing payment under any contract for information technology and telecommunications goods and services not approved or authorized by VITA.

01/09/13 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103430D
01/09/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/21/13 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1195 Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program; created.

Chief patron: Saslaw

Summary as passed Senate:
Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program. Creates the Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program, a pilot program administered by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to improve outreach by state government to the private sector. The objectives of the Program are to (i) strengthen coordination and interaction between state government and the private sector on issues relevant to entrepreneurs and small business concerns, and (ii) make state government programs and operations simpler, easier to access, more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of small business concerns and entrepreneurs. The program has a 2017 sunset date. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

02/06/13 House: Read first time
02/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/12/13 House: Referred from General Laws
02/12/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/13/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Economic Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure (back to top)

HB 1699 Personal property tax, tangible; computer equipment & peripherals used in data centers, definition.

Chief patron: Comstock , Byron

Patrons: Comstock, Byron, Ramadan, Albo, LeMunyon, May, Minchew and Rust

Summary as introduced:
Tangible personal property tax; computer equipment and peripherals used in data centers. Creates a separate classification, for purposes of permitting localities to set a lower personal property tax rate, on computer equipment and peripherals used in a data center.

02/13/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Read third time
02/14/13 Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)

SB 1133 Personal property tax, tangible; computer equipment and peripherals used in data centers.

Chief patron: McDougle

Patron: McDougle

Summary as introduced:
Tangible personal property tax; computer equipment and peripherals used in data centers. Creates a separate classification, for purposes of permitting localities to set a lower personal property tax rate, on computer equipment and peripherals used in a data center.

02/13/13 House: Read third time
02/13/13 House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/13/13 House: Engrossed by House as amended SB1133
02/13/13 House: Passed House with amendments (94-Y 4-N 1-A)
02/13/13 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 4-N 1-A)

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Technology and Telecommunications Regulations (back to top)

HB 1396 Portable electronics insurance; eliminates provision that caps incidental compensation, etc.

Chief patron: Marshall, D.W.

Summary as introduced:
Portable electronics insurance. Eliminates a provision that caps, at $10 per customer, the incidental compensation that a vendor of portable electronics may provide to its employees or authorized representatives who sell portable electronics insurance.

02/11/13 House: Enrolled
02/11/13 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1396ER)
02/11/13 House: Signed by Speaker
02/12/13 Senate: Signed by President
02/12/13 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1396ER)

HB 1487 Computer Crimes Act; civil action for violation of Act, limitations period.

Chief patron: Rush

Summary as introduced:
Civil action for violation of Computer Crimes Act; limitations period. Provides that a civil action for injuries sustained by reason of a violation of the Virginia Computer Crimes Act must be filed within five years after the last act in the course of conduct constituting such a violation. Under current law, a civil action must be brought within the earlier of five years after the last act in the course of conduct constituting such a violation or two years after the plaintiff discovers or reasonably should have discovered such last act.

01/02/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101918D
01/02/13 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/13 House: Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/09/13 House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/05/13 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1793 Computer crimes; prohibits use of an electronic device to commit.

Chief patron: Miller

Summary as introduced:
Electronic devices used to commit computer crimes. Prohibits use of an "electronic device" to commit numerous computer crimes. The bill defines electronic device.

01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/13 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB1793)
01/22/13 House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/23/13 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
01/28/13 House: Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice

HB 1897 Cellular telephone or other electronic devices; warrant required for search.

Chief patron: Carr

Summary as introduced:
Search of electronic device without warrant prohibited. Provides that no officer of the law or any other person shall search any cellular telephone, tablet computer, portable computer, desktop computer, or other electronic device containing or designed to contain electronic data or digital information except by virtue of and under a warrant issued by a proper officer.

01/08/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103486D
01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/13 House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/21/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1903 Cellular phone; use as tracking device.

Chief patron: Carr

Summary as introduced:
Cellular phone used as tracking device. Provides that a cellular phone is a tracking device when it is used to track the movement of a person, and that such use requires a warrant issued by a judicial officer.

01/08/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102780D
01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/13 House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/30/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1904 Warrants; requirement for certain telecommunications records.

Chief patron: Carr

Summary as introduced:
Warrant requirement for certain telecommunications records. Provides that the "location data" of a customer of an electronic communication service or a remote computing service may only be retrieved from the provider by warrant or consent of the customer. Location data is defined as any data or information that tracks, at either a point in time or over a period of time, the location of a subscriber to or customer of a provider of electronic communication service or a remote computing service as determined by the location of an electronic device to which the subscriber or customer has legal title, claim, right, or ultimate control. The bill contains technical clarifications and cross-references.

01/08/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102774D
01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/13 House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/21/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1981 Electronic tracking devices; person who uses without consent to track location of another, penalty.

Chief patron: May

Summary as introduced:
Use of electronic tracking devices; penalty. Provides that any person who uses an electronic tracking device through intentionally deceptive means and without consent to track the location of another person is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. The bill includes exceptions.

01/28/13 House: Read second time and engrossed
01/29/13 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/29/13 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
01/30/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/13 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 2050 Search and seizure of computer and contents.

Chief patron: Webert

Summary as introduced:
Search and seizure of computer and contents. Provides that any search warrant issued for the search and seizure of a computer, computer network, or other device containing electronic or digital information shall be deemed to include the search and seizure of the physical components and the electronic or digital information contained in any such device or network. The bill also provides that the search of the contents of any such device or network may be done in any location and is not limited to the location where such device or network was seized.

01/23/13 House: Referred from Science and Technology
01/23/13 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/13 House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/30/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 2064 Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act; protection of trade secrets, penalties.

Chief patron: May

Summary as introduced:
Protection of trade secrets; penalties. Makes any person who knowingly and intentionally misappropriates a trade secret or uses a misappropriated trade secret guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and, upon a second or subsequent conviction, guilty of a Class 6 felony. The chapter is renamed the "Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act." A provision that currently authorizes the issuance of injunctions to stop an actual or threatened misappropriation of a trade secret is revised to require such a misappropriation to be enjoined in the absence of exceptional circumstances. A provision allowing an injunction to condition future use upon payment of a reasonable royalty in exceptional circumstances is deleted. The measure adds provisions regarding the Act's interaction with patent and copyright laws, including directives that (i) it shall be interpreted to be in harmony with federal patent and copyright laws; (ii) trade secrets shall have the attributes of private property; (iii) the scope and subject matter of a trade secret shall be interpreted to the fullest extent possible as not preempted by patent laws; (iv) subject matter that is not eligible or is eligible for patent that otherwise qualifies as a trade secret shall be accorded full trade secret rights; and (v) trade secrets shall not be held invalid or unenforceable for failure to disclose the trade secret in any patent or application for patent.  Finally, the measure deletes the provision that established a minimum award of $350,000 of punitive damages if a willful and malicious misappropriation exists.

01/09/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102836D
01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/16/13 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB2064)
01/24/13 House: Tabled in Commerce and Labor

HB 2135 Virginia Consumer Protection Act; exclusions and prohibited practices.

Chief patron: Hugo

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Consumer Protection Act. Makes the misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent use of a trademark, service mark, or mark a prohibited practice under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The measure also (i) specifies that online advertising is a form of advertising covered by the exemption for advertising media and (ii) provides that the advertising media exemption does not apply if a medium's publisher, owner, agent, or employee had reason to know that the advertisement was of a prohibited character.

01/09/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102585D
01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/31/13 House: Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor

SB 1030 Search and seizure of computer and contents.

Chief patron: Reeves

Summary as introduced:
Search and seizure of computer and contents. Provides that any search warrant issued for the search and seizure of a computer, computer network, or other device containing electronic or digital information shall be deemed to include the search and seizure of the physical components and the electronic or digital information contained in any such device or network. The bill also provides that the search of the contents of any such device or network may be done in any location and is not limited to the location where such device or network was seized.

01/08/13 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101873D
01/08/13 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/13 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (14-Y 0-N)

SB 1173 Computer trespass; penalty.

Chief patron: Obenshain

Summary as introduced:
Computer trespass; penalty. Provides that certain actions that constitute computer trespass, which under current law are Class 1 misdemeanors if done maliciously, are Class 1 misdemeanors if done unlawfully and Class 6 felonies if done maliciously.

01/09/13 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/13 Senate: Impact statement from VCSC (SB1173)
01/23/13 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)
01/23/13 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/29/13 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance with letter (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1174 Computer crimes; prohibits use of an electronic device to commit.

Chief patron: Obenshain

Summary as introduced:
Electronic devices used to commit computer crimes. Prohibits use of an "electronic device" to commit numerous computer crimes. The bill defines electronic device.

01/09/13 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101623D
01/09/13 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/13 Senate: Impact statement from VCSC (SB1174)
01/23/13 Senate: Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1275 Medical data in an electronic or digital format; limitations on use, storage, sharing, & processing.

Chief patron: Martin

Summary as introduced:
Medical data. Prohibits any person that regularly stores medical data in an electronic or digital format from (i) participating in the establishment or implementation of the Nationwide Health Information Network; (ii) performing any analytic or statistical processing with regard to any medical records from multiple patients for purposes of medical diagnosis or treatment, including population health management; or (iii) processing medical data at a facility within the Commonwealth in any instance where a majority of the patients whose medical data is being processed do not reside in the Commonwealth. A database at which medical data is regularly stored in an electronic or digital format shall not store or maintain in a manner that is accessible by the operator or any other person, in an electronic or digital format, at any one time, medical data regarding more than 10,000 patients. The measure provides that any health care provider shall not be subject to any penalty, sanction, or other adverse action resulting from its failure or refusal to implement an online computerized medical record system. A patient's consent to the sharing of his health care information shall be presumed not to grant consent to the electronic or digital storing or transmission of the information to any person other than for health care coverage purposes. Finally, the measure prohibits the Commonwealth from authorizing the establishment or operation of a health information exchange.

01/14/13 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 13101733D
01/14/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/13 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (13-Y 2-N)


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

HB 1437 Intangible personal property tax; classification of certain machinery and tools.

Chief patron: Purkey

Summary as introduced:
Intangible personal property tax; machinery and tools. Classifies as intangible personal property, and therefore subject solely to state taxation, machinery and tools purchased on or after July 1, 2013, that have not been in service for more than three years.

12/20/12 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/06/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1437)
01/14/13 House: Assigned Finance sub: #3
01/25/13 House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 2-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Finance

HB 1450 Hampton Roads Planning District; additional 1% sales & use tax in counties in District.

Chief patron: Stolle

Summary as introduced:
Additional state sales and use tax in the Hampton Roads Planning District; referendum. Provides for an additional one percent sales and use tax in the counties and cities located in the Hampton Roads Planning District, with the additional revenues generated by the tax to be used for regional transportation projects. The tax would become effective on January 1, 2014, and only if approved by a majority of the voters in the Planning District at the November 2013 election.

12/27/12 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100807D
12/27/12 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/07/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1450)
01/30/13 House: Tabled in Finance

HB 1923 Worker retraining tax credit; increase in credit amount.

Chief patron: Yancey

Summary as passed House:

Worker retraining tax credit; increase in credit amount. 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 $200 per year per employee or $300 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.

01/25/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/01/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1923H1)
02/12/13 Senate: Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N)
02/13/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/13 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

HB 1936 Minority Business Enterprises, Department of; changes definition of small business.

Chief patron: Lopez

Summary as introduced:
Department of Minority Business Enterprises; definition of small business. 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.).

01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/14/13 House: Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
01/15/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1936)
01/24/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in General Laws

HB 2108 Low-income residential customers; reduced electricity rates.

Chief patron: Morefield

Summary as introduced:
Reduced electricity rates for certain low-income residential customers; tax credit. Requires investor-owned electric utilities to offer eligible residential customers a reduced rate for electric service during December through April of each year. The reduced rate is 20 percent less than the rate that would be applicable to the customer if the customer was ineligible for the special rate. To be eligible for the special rate, a customer must be at least age 60 and receiving (i) supplemental security income, (ii) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or (iii) food stamps. The State Corporation Commission is required to certify each utility's revenue deficiency resulting from the special reduced rates. The utility will receive an income tax credit calculated at 1.45 percent of the revenue deficiency. The Department of Social Services is required to adopt regulations establishing procedures to inform persons about the availability of the special reduced rates, assist applicants for the special reduced rates in proving their eligibility therefor, and assist utilities in determining the eligibility of persons for such rates. The Commission and the Department are required to adopt temporary emergency regulations implementing the program by October 1, 2013.

01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/13 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/22/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2108)
01/29/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

SB 692 Income tax, corporate; eliminates tax for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.

Chief patron: Martin

Summary as introduced:
Elimination of the corporate income tax. Eliminates the corporate income tax for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, by setting the rate of the tax at zero percent.

08/31/12 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100304D
08/31/12 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/09/13 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB692)
02/06/13 Senate: Left in Finance

SB 700 Taxes on fuels; issuance of bonds.

Chief patron: Alexander

Summary as introduced:

Taxes on fuels; issuance of bonds. Makes the retail sale of gasoline, diesel fuel, and other fuels subject to the general five percent retail sales and use tax and reduces the fuels tax on such fuels by $0.05 per gallon from $0.175 per gallon to $0.125 per gallon. Under current law, the sale of fuels is exempt from the general retail sales and use tax, but fuels are subject to a fuels tax imposed at the rate of $0.175 per gallon. Of the net additional revenues generated each year under the bill, $250 million would be deposited into the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund and the remainder would be deposited into the Highway Construction Projects Trust Fund created under the bill.

Moneys deposited into the Highway Construction Projects Trust Fund would be used to finance or fund the construction, acquisition, reconstruction, or replacement of or improvements or additions to highway projects as specifically set forth in the general appropriation act to be financed or funded using moneys from the Fund. The bill also authorizes the issuance of up to $5 billion in bonds for such highway projects with the bonds and the interest thereon to be repaid from the net additional revenues generated by the bill and deposited into the Fund.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board is charged with ensuring that of the revenues deposited into the Highway Construction Projects Trust Fund, over the long term, approximately 38 percent of such revenues would be used for projects in the Northern Virginia highway construction district, 31 percent for projects in the Hampton Roads highway construction district, and 31 percent for projects in all other highway construction districts in the Commonwealth.

10/23/12 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100557D
10/23/12 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/21/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB700)
02/06/13 Senate: Left in Finance

SB 717 Sources of revenue; establishing and adjusting for appropriations of State and its localities.

Chief patron: Watkins

Summary as introduced:

Establishing and adjusting sources of revenue for appropriations of the Commonwealth and its localities. Makes several changes to sources of revenue of the Commonwealth:

Establishes a five percent tax on motor fuels sales based on the statewide average wholesale price of a gallon of self-serve unleaded regular gasoline. The revenues would be distributed to the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, the Transportation Trust Fund, the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund, and the localities to be used for transportation purposes;

Increases the additional registration fee on electric vehicles from $50 to $102 and requires hybrid electric motor vehicles registered in the Commonwealth to pay this fee. However, owners of hybrid electric motor vehicles registered in the Commonwealth would be eligible for a refund of the new five percent tax on motor fuels sales;

Prohibits the placement of tolls on existing roads in the Commonwealth without the approval of the General Assembly;

Lowers individual income tax rates and changes the individual income tax structure, effective January 1, 2014. Income less than $5,000 would be taxed at a 0.75% rate, income over $5,000 and up to $17,000 would be taxed at a 4.5% rate, and income over $17,000 would continue to be taxed at a 5.75% rate;

Repeals income tax credits for vehicle emissions testing equipment, clean-fuel vehicles, and biodiesel fuel producers effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013;

Eliminates the sales tax exemption currently extended to certain services, such as auto repairs, taxi and limousines, armored cars, travel, and transportation.

11/30/12 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100750D
11/30/12 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/28/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB717)
02/06/13 Senate: Left in Finance

SB 745 Income tax, corporate; lower rate for certain businesses.

Chief patron: Stanley

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income tax; lower rate for certain businesses. 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 less 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 less, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. The bill provides that 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.

12/14/12 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100295D
12/14/12 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/09/13 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB745)
02/06/13 Senate: Left in Finance

SB 749 Income tax, state; tax credits for donations to STEM programs at qualified schools.

Chief patron: Stanley

Summary as introduced:
Tax credits for donations to science, technology, engineering, or math educational programs at qualified schools. Establishes a tax credit beginning in taxable year 2014 through taxable year 2018 for donations made to STEM organizations. The tax-credit-derived funds must be used by the STEM organization to support STEM education at public schools in the Commonwealth with a high concentration of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. The credit would equal 65 percent of the donation made by the taxpayer and may be carried forward for five years. The program would have a cap of $25 million per year. The Department of Education would administer the program.

12/14/12 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100301D
12/14/12 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/07/13 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB749)
01/22/13 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (14-Y 0-N)

SJ 255 Income tax, corporate; JLARC to study impact of eliminating in State.

Chief patron: Black

Summary as introduced:
Study; JLARC to study elimination of the corporate income tax; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the potential impact of the elimination of the corporate income tax in the Commonwealth.

11/13/12 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100234D
11/13/12 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/01/13 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Rules with letter

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HB 1336 Telework tax credit; creates income tax credit for certain employees.

Chief patron: Ramadan

Summary as passed House:

Tax credit for employees who telework. Creates a $250 income tax credit for employees who telework a minimum of 20 hours per week during at least 45 weeks of the taxable year. The employee would apply for tax credit to the Department of Taxation. The Department would determine whether the applicant has met the statutory requirements for the tax credit and would issue tax credits to those employees meeting such requirements. Tax credits would be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. The Department would not be allowed to issue more than $1 million in tax credits in any fiscal year. Any unused credit would not be allowed to be carried forward or carried back against the individual's tax liability. The credit would be available for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013, but before January 1, 2018.

02/13/13 House: House acceded to request
02/13/13 House: Conferees appointed by House
02/13/13 House: Delegates: Ramadan, Cole, Filler-Corn
02/13/13 Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/13/13 Senate: Senators: Ruff, Stuart, Vogel

HB 1403 Retail Sales and Use Tax; increases amount of revenue dedicated to Transportation Trust Fund.

Chief patron: Cole

Summary as introduced:
Sales and use tax revenue dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund. Increases the amount of sales and use tax revenue dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund from an amount generated by a 0.5 percent tax rate under current law to an amount generated by a one percent tax rate, phased in by a 0.1 percent increase each year for five years, or over a longer period of time if there is a lack of growth in general fund revenues.

12/17/12 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101201D
12/17/12 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/09/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1403)
01/23/13 House: Incorporated by Finance (HB2313-Howell, W.J.)

HB 1409 Motor fuels tax; converts rate of taxation from cents per gallon to a percentage rate.

Chief patron: Scott, J.M.

Summary as introduced:
Motor fuels tax rate. Converts the rate of taxation on motor fuels from cents per gallon to a percentage rate. The bill provides that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles shall calculate the percentage rate in an amount that will most closely yield the amount of cents per gallon being charged on the applicable motor fuel prior to the effective date of the bill. Thereafter, the percentage rates would not change, but would be applied against the average price per gallon of the fuel, less federal and state taxes, as determined by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles over rolling six-month periods, to determine the cents to be charged.

12/18/12 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102111D
12/18/12 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1409)
01/23/13 House: Tabled in Finance

HB 1438 Motor fuels tax; indexed.

Chief patron: Purkey

Summary as introduced:
Motor fuels tax; indexed. Requires that the motor fuels tax rate be indexed on January 1, 2014, and each year thereafter, to the average percentage change in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Services Index for the three years ending October 31 of the year immediately preceding the affected year. The bill contains technical amendments.

12/20/12 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100660D
12/20/12 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1438)
01/22/13 House: Assigned Finance sub: #3
01/23/13 House: Incorporated by Finance (HB2313-Howell, W.J.)

HB 1472 Transportation; funding and administration.

Chief patron: Watts

Summary as introduced:
Transportation funding and administration. Provides additional funding for transportation by (i) imposing a motor fuels sales tax rate of five percent for highway maintenance; (ii) increasing the state sales tax in Northern Virginia by 0.5 percent for transportation projects in Northern Virginia; and (iii) adding an additional recordation tax in Northern Virginia at a rate of $0.40 per $100 valuation. The bill also reduces the sales and use tax rate on food for human consumption from 1.5 percent to one percent, and repeals the authority for certain localities to impose a local income tax. The bill removes the sunset date (June 30, 2018) from the legislation that reduced the special real property tax rate on commercial property in Northern Virginia from $0.25 per $100 of assessed value to $0.125 per $100 of assessed value. Finally, the bill increases the special real property tax rate on commercial property in localities in Hampton Roads from $0.10 per $100 of assessed value to $0.125 per $100 of assessed value.

12/31/12 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102207D
12/31/12 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1472)
01/23/13 House: Tabled in Finance

HB 1663 Motor fuels tax; authorizes any county or city to impose at rate not to exceed $0.10 per gallon.

Chief patron: Minchew

Summary as introduced:
Local motor fuels tax. Authorizes any county or city to impose a tax at a rate not to exceed $0.10 per gallon on motor fuel sold by a wholesale distributor to a retail dealer in the locality. The revenue from such tax shall be used solely for transportation projects.

01/07/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103180D
01/07/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/15/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1663)
01/23/13 House: Incorporated by Finance (HB2313-Howell, W.J.)

HB 1677 Transportation funding; elimination and increasing certain taxes.

Chief patron: Hugo

Summary as introduced:
Transportation funding. Adjusts the sources and amounts of funding for transportation by repealing the tax on all motor fuels except diesel fuel and diesel blended fuel, increasing the retail sales and use tax rate by 0.75 percent and allocating the additional revenue to transportation according to the current formula for motor fuels tax revenue allocation, and doubling the amount of current sales and use tax revenue dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund.

01/07/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103399D
01/07/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1677)
01/23/13 House: Incorporated by Finance (HB2313-Howell, W.J.)

HB 1696 Dulles Toll Road; authorizes VDOT to enter into an agreement with MWAA.

Chief patron: Minchew

Summary as introduced:
Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project. Authorizes the Virginia Department of Transportation to enter into an agreement with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) whereby MWAA would reduce tolls on the Dulles Toll Road in exchange for the Commonwealth's moral obligation backing of bonds, not exceeding an aggregate principal amount of $500 million, issued by MWAA to fund Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project.

01/07/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/11/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation
01/27/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1696)
01/28/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 1878 Sources of revenue; establishing and adjusting for appropriations of State and its localities.

Chief patron: Morrissey

Summary as introduced:
Establishing and adjusting sources of revenue for appropriations of the Commonwealth and its localities. Makes several changes to sources of revenue of the Commonwealth:

Establishes a five percent tax on motor fuels sales based on the statewide average wholesale price of a gallon of self-serve unleaded regular gasoline. The revenues would be distributed to the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, the Transportation Trust Fund, the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund, and the localities to be used for transportation purposes;

Increases the additional registration fee on electric vehicles from $50 to $102 and requires hybrid electric motor vehicles registered in the Commonwealth to pay this fee. However, owners of hybrid electric motor vehicles registered in the Commonwealth would be eligible for a refund of the new five percent tax on motor fuels sales;

Lowers individual income tax rates and changes the individual income tax structure, effective January 1, 2014. Income less than $5,000 would be taxed at a 0.75% rate, income over $5,000 and up to $17,000 would be taxed at a 4.5% rate, and income over $17,000 would continue to be taxed at a 5.75% rate;

Repeals income tax credits for vehicle emissions testing equipment, clean-fuel vehicles, and biodiesel fuel producers effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013;

Eliminates the sales tax exemption currently extended to certain services, such as auto repairs, taxi and limousines, armored cars, travel, and transportation.

01/08/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102841D
01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/21/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1878)
01/23/13 House: Tabled in Finance

HB 1884 Highway maintenance funds; basis of allocation.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Summary as introduced:
Allocation of highway maintenance funds. Provides that highway maintenance funds shall be allocated on the basis of vehicle miles traveled in each highway construction district compared to vehicle miles traveled in the Commonwealth as a whole. However, the bill also allows the Commissioner of Highways to direct funds to specific maintenance projects that he believes are needed to protect public safety, provided he provides written notice to the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/11/13 House: Assigned Transportation sub: #4
01/14/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1884)
01/24/13 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (3-Y 2-N)
01/31/13 House: Tabled in Transportation

HB 1888 Income tax, state and fuels taxes; adjusted for inflation.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Summary as introduced:
Individual income tax and fuels taxes; adjusted for inflation. Adjusts elements of Virginia's individual income tax and fuels taxes annually to account for inflation. The individual income tax income brackets, return filing thresholds, standard deduction, and personal exemption amounts would be adjusted annually beginning in 2014 by the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), for all items, from October 1 through September 30 for the immediately preceding year. Virginia's fuels taxes would be adjusted each July 1 beginning in 2013 by the percentage change in the U.S. Department of Labor's Producer Price Index for Other Nonresidential Construction - Land Transportation from May 1 through April 30 immediately preceding the affected July 1.

01/08/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100618D
01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/17/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1888)
01/23/13 House: Incorporated by Finance (HB2313-Howell, W.J.)

HB 1908 Commonwealth Transportation Board; changes composition.

Chief patron: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB); composition. Changes the composition of the CTB so that one member will be appointed from each of Virginia's congressional districts and three will be at-large appointees. The three ex officio members remain unchanged. The bill also replaces the term "metropolitan statistical areas" with "metropolitan planning areas with populations greater than 200,000."

01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1908)
01/23/13 House: Assigned Transportation sub: #4
01/24/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Transportation

HB 2049 Commonwealth Transportation Board; increases total membership from 17 to 21 members.

Chief patron: Rust

Summary as introduced:
Composition of Commonwealth Transportation Board. Increases the total membership of the Commonwealth Transportation Board from 17 to 20 members by doubling the representation for the Richmond, Hampton Roads, and Northern Virginia highway construction districts.

02/04/13 House: Printed as engrossed 13102214D-E
02/05/13 House: Read third time and defeated by House (49-Y 51-N)
02/05/13 House: VOTE: DEFEATED (49-Y 51-N)
02/05/13 House: Reconsideration of defeated action rejected by House (46-Y 51-N)
02/05/13 House: VOTE: RECONSIDER (46-Y 51-N)

HB 2063 Sources of revenue; establishing and adjusting for appropriations of State and its localities.

Chief patron: Rust

Summary as introduced:
Establishing and adjusting sources of revenues for appropriations of the Commonwealth. Makes several changes to sources of revenue of the Commonwealth as follows: 

Establishes a 5% tax on motor fuels sales based on the statewide average wholesale price of a gallon of self-serve unleaded regular gasoline. The revenues would be distributed to the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, the Transportation Trust Fund, the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund, and the localities to be used for transportation purposes; 

Increases the additional registration fee on electric vehicles from $50 to $102 and requires hybrid electric motor vehicles registered in the Commonwealth to pay this fee. However, owners of hybrid electric motor vehicles registered in the Commonwealth would be eligible for a refund of the new 5% tax on motor fuel sales; 

Repeals income tax credits for vehicle emissions testing equipment effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013; 

Authorizes planning district commissions to be eligible to receive revenues to be used solely for transportation purposes within the planning district. The revenues would be generated by an additional 0.5% state sales and use tax and an additional state recordation tax of 15 cents per $100 in the localities located in the planning district commission. In order to be eligible, the planning district commission must determine, in order of priority, a list of 10 transportation projects that it would like to fund with the revenues. Additionally, the governing bodies of the localities representing at least a majority of the residents within the planning district commission must pass a resolution in support of the generation of such revenues. After these requirements have been met, the General Assembly must specifically authorize the imposition of such taxes in the localities in the planning district commission during the next session of the General Assembly. If the revenues are authorized, then, if applicable, a locality would no longer be authorized to impose a local income tax.

01/09/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103295D
01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/22/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2063)
01/23/13 House: Tabled in Finance

HB 2179 Sources of revenue; establishing and adjusting for appropriations of State and its localities.

Chief patron: Rust

Summary as introduced:
Establishing and adjusting sources of revenue for appropriations of the Commonwealth and its localities. Makes several changes to sources of revenue of the Commonwealth:

Establishes a five percent tax on motor fuels sales based on the statewide average wholesale price of a gallon of self-serve unleaded regular gasoline. The revenues would be distributed to the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, the Transportation Trust Fund, the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund, and the localities to be used for transportation purposes;

Increases the additional registration fee on electric vehicles from $50 to $102 and requires hybrid electric motor vehicles registered in the Commonwealth to pay this fee. However, owners of hybrid electric motor vehicles registered in the Commonwealth would be eligible for a refund of the new five percent tax on motor fuels sales;

Prohibits the placement of tolls on existing roads in the Commonwealth without the approval of the General Assembly;

Lowers individual income tax rates and changes the individual income tax structure, effective January 1, 2014. Income less than $5,000 would be taxed at a 0.75% rate, income over $5,000 and up to $17,000 would be taxed at a 4.5% rate, and income over $17,000 would continue to be taxed at a 5.75% rate;

Repeals income tax credits for vehicle emissions testing equipment, clean-fuel vehicles, and biodiesel fuel producers effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013;

Eliminates the sales tax exemption currently extended to certain services, such as auto repairs, taxi and limousines, armored cars, travel, and transportation.

01/09/13 House: Presented and ordered printed 13103193D
01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/21/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2179)
01/23/13 House: Tabled in Finance

HB 2224 Motor fuels tax; increases rate by $0.10 per gallon, revenue to be used for transportation.

Chief patron: Howell, A.T.

Summary as introduced:
Motor fuels tax; rate increase. Increases the motor fuels tax rate by $0.10 per gallon and dedicates the additional revenue to the operation, maintenance, improvement, and expansion of the Commonwealth's transportation system.

01/11/13 House: Presented and ordered printed 13102757D
01/11/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2224)
01/23/13 House: Tabled in Finance

HB 2285 Alternative fuels; establishes tax rate for biodiesel fuel, etc., used in operating highway vehicle.

Chief patron: May

Summary as introduced:
Alternative fuels taxes. Establishes beginning January 1, 2014, alternative fuels tax rates for biodiesel fuel, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, methanol, compressed natural gas, hydrogen, and electricity used in operating a highway vehicle.

01/16/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2285)
01/25/13 House: Assigned Finance sub: #3
01/25/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 0-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Finance

HB 2313 Revenues and appropriations of State; changes to revenues collected and distribution, report.

Chief patron: Howell, W.J.

Summary as passed House:

Revenues and appropriations of the Commonwealth. Makes several changes to the revenues collected by the Commonwealth, and the distribution of such revenues, as follows:

The bill raises the registration fees for vehicles and trailers and designates these increased revenues for the Commonwealth Mass Transit Fund and the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund.

The bill eliminates the tax on motor fuels, except for diesel fuel. The bill provides for a refund of taxes paid on diesel fuel for vehicles having a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less. The bill raises the state sales and use tax from 4% to 4.8% and designates the increased revenues for the Commonwealth Transportation Fund.

The bill establishes procedures for the collection of the state sales and use tax from remote sellers for sales made in the Commonwealth, contingent upon the federal government passing legislation authorizing such collection. In the event that such revenues are collected, a portion of the revenues will be allocated to the localities with a stipulation that some of the funds be used by the locality for transportation needs and a portion of the revenues will be deposited in the Transportation Trust Fund.

The bill repeals the application of the local sales and use tax to the sale of certain fuels used for domestic consumption, and replaces the revenue for the localities that imposed the sales and use tax with a portion of the new revenues generated by the bill.

The bill also makes several technical changes related to the administration of these provisions.

The bill prohibits the Department of Transportation from expending any revenues on any program or project that implements tolling on Interstate 95 south of the City of Fredericksburg.

The provisions of the bill are effective July 1, 2013, except that the changes in the distribution of Fuels Act revenues related to the repeal of the tax on gasoline is effective July 1, 2014.

02/13/13 House: House acceded to request
02/13/13 House: Conferees appointed by House
02/13/13 House: Delegates: Jones, Albo, Sherwood, O'Bannon, Ware, O.
02/13/13 Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/13/13 Senate: Senators: Wagner, Norment, Watkins, Howell, Stosch

HB 2333 Transportation; funding and administration.

Chief patron: Watts

Summary as introduced:
Transportation funding and administration. Provides additional funding for transportation by (i) imposing a motor fuels sales tax rate of five percent for highway maintenance; and (ii) increasing the additional registration fee on electric vehicles from $50 to $102 and imposing it on hybrid motor vehicles, with all revenue from such fee distributed to the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund (owners of hybrid electric motor vehicles would be eligible for a refund of motor fuels taxes paid);

The bill also reduces the sales and use tax rate on food for human consumption from 1.5 percent to one percent, and repeals the authority for certain localities to impose a local income tax. The bill removes the sunset date (June 30, 2018) from the legislation that reduced the special real property tax rate on commercial property in Northern Virginia from $0.25 per $100 of assessed value to $0.125 per $100 of assessed value.

The bill also authorizes planning district commissions to be eligible to receive revenues to be used solely for transportation purposes within the planning district. The revenues would come from an additional 0.5% state sales and use tax and an additional state recordation tax of 40 cents per $100 in the localities located in the planning district. In order to be eligible, the planning district commission must determine, in order of priority, a list of 10 transportation projects that it would like to fund with the revenues. Additionally, the governing bodies of the localities representing at least sixty percent of the residents within the planning district commission must pass a resolution in support of the generation of such revenues. After these requirements have been met, the General Assembly must specifically authorize the imposition of such taxes in the localities in the planning district commission during the next session of the General Assembly.

01/18/13 House: Presented and ordered printed 13103840D
01/18/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2333)
01/23/13 House: Tabled in Finance

HJ 584 Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds.

Chief patron: Watts

Summary as introduced:

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. Requires the General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds to include the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, Transportation Trust Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, Priority Transportation Fund, and any other transportation fund established by general law, other than a general appropriation law. All revenues dedicated to Transportation Funds on January 1, 2013, by general law, other than a general appropriation law, shall be deposited to the Transportation Funds, unless the General Assembly by general law, other than a general appropriation law, alters the revenues dedicated to the Funds. The amendment requires Funds be appropriated only for such transportation systems and projects as authorized by the General Assembly by law, but excluding a general appropriation law. The General Assembly may borrow from the Funds for other purposes only by a vote of two-thirds plus one of the members voting in each house, and the loan or reduction must be repaid with reasonable interest within three years. This resolution was incorporated into HJ 622.

12/27/12 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101992D
12/27/12 House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/11/13 House: Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
01/21/13 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HJ622-Jones)
01/25/13 House: Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (HJ622-Jones)

HJ 620 Transportation programs; JLARC to study efficiency and sufficiency of funding in State.

Chief patron: Jones

Summary as introduced:
Study; JLARC to study transportation funding in the Commonwealth; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the efficiency and sufficiency of funding for transportation programs in the Commonwealth.

01/07/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102206D
01/07/13 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/16/13 House: Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/17/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Rules

HJ 622 Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds (first reference).

Chief patron: Jones

Summary as passed House:

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. Requires the General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds to include the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, Transportation Trust Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, Priority Transportation Fund, and other funds established by general law for transportation. All revenues dedicated to Transportation Funds on January 1, 2014, by general law, other than a general appropriation law, shall be deposited to the Transportation Funds. The General Assembly by general law, other than a general appropriation law, may alter the revenues dedicated to the Funds. The amendment limits the use of Fund moneys to transportation and related purposes. The General Assembly may borrow from the Funds for other purposes only by a vote of two-thirds plus one of the members voting in each house, and the loan must be repaid with reasonable interest within three years. Moneys designated for deposit into funds other than Transportation Funds shall not be used for any transportation-related purpose except for making certain debt service payments on transportation-related bonds and notes. This resolution incorporates HJ 584, HJ 651, and HJ 652.

01/29/13 House: Agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
01/29/13 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/13 Senate: Reading waived
01/31/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/13 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (12-Y 3-N)

HJ 651 Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds.

Chief patron: Villanueva

Summary as introduced:

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. Requires the General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds to include the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, Transportation Trust Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, and other funds established by general law for transportation. All revenues dedicated to Transportation Funds on January 1, 2014, by general law, other than a general appropriation law, shall be deposited to the Transportation Funds. The General Assembly by general law, other than a general appropriation law, may alter the revenues dedicated to the Funds. The amendment limits the use of Fund moneys to transportation and related purposes. The General Assembly may borrow from the Funds for other purposes only by a vote of two-thirds plus one of the members voting in each house, and the loan must be repaid with reasonable interest within four years. Moneys designated for deposit into funds other than Transportation Funds shall not be used for any transportation-related purpose except for making certain debt service payments on transportation-related bonds and notes. This resolution was incorporated into HJ 622.

01/08/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102607D
01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/11/13 House: Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
01/21/13 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HJ622-Jones)
01/25/13 House: Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (HJ622-Jones)

HJ 652 Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds.

Chief patron: O'Bannon

Summary as introduced:

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. Requires the General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds to include the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, Transportation Trust Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, and other funds established by general law for transportation. All revenues dedicated to Transportation Funds on January 1, 2014, by general law, other than a general appropriation law, shall be deposited to the Transportation Funds, unless the General Assembly by general law, other than a general appropriation law, alters the revenues dedicated to the Funds. The amendment limits the use of Fund moneys to transportation and related purposes. The General Assembly may borrow from the Funds for other purposes only by a vote of two-thirds plus one of the members voting in each house, and the loan must be repaid with reasonable interest within four years. This resolution was incorporated into HJ 622. 

01/08/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102383D
01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/11/13 House: Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee
01/21/13 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HJ622-Jones)
01/25/13 House: Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (HJ622-Jones)

SB 732 Commonwealth Transportation Board; increases number of membership, changes areas of representation.

Chief patron: Petersen

Summary as introduced:
Composition of the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Increases the number of members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board to 18, by the addition of one citizen member, and changes the areas of representation from the construction districts to the congressional districts.

12/12/12 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100540D
12/12/12 Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB732)
01/30/13 Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 13104472D-S1
01/30/13 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Transportation (15-Y 0-N)

SB 733 Virginia's fuels taxes; annually changing rate by using changes in fuel efficiencies of vehicles.

Chief patron: Petersen

Summary as introduced:
Fuels taxes; indexing of tax rates. Increases or decreases each year the rates of Virginia's fuels taxes using a fuel efficiency index. The bill defines the fuel efficiency index as the quotient that is obtained when using as the numerator the total annual vehicle miles traveled in the Commonwealth for the relevant year and using as the denominator the total gallons of motor fuel consumed for highway use in the Commonwealth for the relevant year, as published by the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The bill establishes 2007 as the base year for the fuel efficiency index. Thus, the percentage change in the fuel efficiency index between the current year and 2007, the base year, would determine the annual percentage increase or decrease in the rates of Virginia's fuels taxes. Each December the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles would compute the adjusted rates of fuels taxes.

Currently, Virginia's fuels taxes are fixed at the rate of 17.5 cents ($0.175) per gallon for each gallon of gasoline, gasohol, and diesel fuel.

12/12/12 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100541D
12/12/12 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB733)
02/06/13 Senate: Left in Finance

SB 855 Transportation; funding and administration.

Chief patron: Petersen

Summary as introduced:
Transportation; funding and administration. Increases the base fuel tax rate in Virginia by 10 cents to $0.275 per gallon of gasoline, gasohol, and diesel fuel, and then increases or decreases the rate each year using a fuel efficiency index. The bill would define the fuel efficiency index as the quotient that is obtained when using as the numerator the total annual vehicle miles traveled in the Commonwealth for the relevant year and using as the denominator the total gallons of motor fuel consumed for highway use in the Commonwealth for the relevant year. The numerator and denominator would be the corresponding amounts as published by the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The bill would establish 2007 as the base year for the fuel efficiency index. Thus, the percentage change in the fuel efficiency index between the current year and 2007, the base year, would determine the annual percentage increase or decrease in the rates of Virginia's fuels taxes. Each December the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles would compute the adjusted rates of fuels taxes.

The bill also establishes a $10 fee for the sale of each new electric motor vehicle battery, with the proceeds being deposited into the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund.

Finally, the bill increases the membership of the Commonwealth Transportation Board from 17 members to 23 members, with four members representing Northern Virginia, three members representing Hampton Roads, and two members representing Richmond. Currently, each of those areas has one representative on the Board.

01/02/13 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101186D
01/02/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/22/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB855)
02/06/13 Senate: Left in Finance

SB 872 Transportation Trust Fund; increases percentage portion of general fund surplus that is deposited.

Chief patron: McWaters

Summary as introduced:
Assignment of general fund balance; Transportation Trust Fund. Increases from 67 percent to 75 percent the portion of the general fund surplus remaining at the end of each fiscal year that is deposited into the Transportation Trust Fund. Such deposit takes place after deposits are made to the Revenue Stabilization Fund and the Water Quality Improvement Fund and other statutorily mandated commitments are met.

01/04/13 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100568D
01/04/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB872)
02/06/13 Senate: Left in Finance

SB 925 Retail Sales & Use Tax; increases amount of revenue dedicated to Transportation Trust Fund.

Chief patron: McWaters

Summary as introduced:
Sales and use tax revenue dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund. Increases the amount of sales and use tax revenue dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund from an amount generated by a 0.5 percent tax rate under current law to an amount generated by a 0.75 percent tax rate, phased in over a period of three years.

01/07/13 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100569D
01/07/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/12/13 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB925)
02/06/13 Senate: Left in Finance

SB 1081 Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995, etc.; additional requirements.

Chief patron: Miller

Summary as introduced:
Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995 and Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002; addition requirements for comprehensive agreements. Provides that no comprehensive agreement providing for the lease, operation, or transfer of ownership of a qualifying transportation facility under the Public-Private Transportation Act or a qualified project under the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act with a total value of $1 billion or more shall be executed by a state agency unless (i) approved by the Governor and (ii) a bill that includes a specific description of the proposed agreement and its anticipated expenditures and revenues is passed by the General Assembly.

01/09/13 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103521D
01/09/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/22/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1081)
01/28/13 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1302 Telework tax credit; creates income tax credit for certain employees.

Chief patron: Stanley

Summary as introduced:
Tax credit for employees who telework. Creates a $500 income tax credit for employees who telework a minimum of 20 hours per week during at least 45 weeks of the taxable year. The employee would apply for tax credit to the Department of Taxation. The Department would determine whether the applicant has met the statutory requirements for the tax credit and would issue tax credits to those employees meeting such requirements. Tax credits would be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. The Department would not be allowed to issue more than $2 million in tax credits in any fiscal year. Any unused credit would not be allowed to be carried forward or carried back against the individual's tax liability. The credit would be available for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2013, but before January 1, 2018.

01/16/13 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 13103934D
01/16/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/21/13 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB1302)
01/22/13 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (14-Y 0-N)

SJ 275 Constitutional amendment; Transportation Funds (first reference).

Chief patron: Obenshain

Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. Requires the General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds to include the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, Transportation Trust Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, and other funds established by general law for transportation. All revenues dedicated to Transportation Funds on January 1, 2013, by general law, other than a general appropriation law, shall be deposited to the Transportation Funds, unless the General Assembly by general law, other than a general appropriation law, alters the revenues dedicated to the Funds. The amendment limits the use of Fund moneys to transportation and related purposes. The General Assembly may borrow from the Funds for other purposes only by a vote of two-thirds plus one of the members voting in each house, and the loan must be repaid with reasonable interest within four years.

02/01/13 Senate: Read second time
02/01/13 Senate: Floor substitute printed 13104846D-S1 (McEachin)
02/01/13 Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/01/13 Senate: Substitute by Senator Mc Eachin agreed to 13104846D-S1 (22-Y 17-N)
02/01/13 Senate: Stricken from Senate calendar (36-Y 2-N)

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

HB 1389 Higher educational institutions; allocation of in-state undergraduate tuition and state funds.

Chief patron: Ramadan

Summary as introduced:
Higher education; allocation of in-state undergraduate tuition and state funds. Requires the board of visitors or other governing body of every public institution of higher education to ensure that all funds received from in-state undergraduate tuition are dedicated to the purpose of undergraduate education, that 65 percent of such funds are dedicated to undergraduate instructional expenses, and that 65 percent of all funds received from the Commonwealth for the education and general programs of instruction, academic support, student services, institutional support, and operation and maintenance of the physical plant are dedicated to undergraduate instructional expenses.

12/14/12 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/13 House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education and Arts
01/15/13 House: Subcommittee recommends no action
01/18/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1389)
02/05/13 House: Left in Education

HB 1461 Tuition, in-state; veterans residing within State shall be eligibile for in-state tuition charges.

Chief patron: Lingamfelter

Summary as passed House:

Eligibility for in-state tuition charges; military. Clarifies eligibility for in-state tuition of current and former military personnel and their dependents. The bill also grants eligibility for in-state tuition charges to veterans residing within the Commonwealth.

02/05/13 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/13 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/06/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/14/13 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (12-Y 0-N)

HB 1504 Commonwealth Teaching Fellows Program; established.

Chief patron: Krupicka

Summary as introduced:
Commonwealth Teaching Fellows Program established. Creates a Commonwealth Teaching Fellows Program in which the Board of Education or a local school division in conjunction with a Virginia college or university with an approved education preparation program may create and serve as Administrator of intensive programs of at least eight weeks in length to prepare career-switchers and recent college graduates who have not completed coursework in education to teach in areas including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and critical teaching shortage areas in public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth. The Administrator would assist Fellows to secure teaching positions. Any Fellow hired as a teacher by a local school division would be awarded a three-year provisional license to teach, would receive such further training as the Board prescribes, and would have the opportunity to obtain a permanent license upon completion of three years of teaching.

01/28/13 House: Reported from Education (20-Y 1-N)
01/28/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
02/01/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 1555 Virginia State Virtual School; established as statewide school division, report.

Chief patron: Bell, Richard P.

Summary as introduced:
Virginia State Virtual School; created as school division. Establishes the Virginia State Virtual School as a statewide school division, to be supervised and administered by the Board of Education, for the delivery of full-time online educational programs and services to school-age persons in the Commonwealth. The bill also sets out procedures for (i) student enrollment, (ii) participation by multidivision online providers, and (iii) calculation of the state and local share of funding per participating student.

01/11/13 House: Assigned Education sub: Teachers and Admin. Action
01/24/13 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations (7-Y 0-N)
01/28/13 House: Referred from Education (21-Y 0-N)
01/28/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/13 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 1971 STEM Summer Learning Center Fund; created.

Chief patron: Yancey

Summary as introduced:
STEM Summer Learning Center Fund established. Creates the STEM Summer Learning Center Fund to award competitive grants to local school divisions to train public high school teachers in STEM education and project-based learning and to provide teachers with skills to conduct workshops to engage public high school students in hands-on, project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

01/28/13 House: Reported from Education (19-Y 2-N)
01/28/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/29/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 1972 Advanced and Precision Manufacturing Education Fund; created.

Chief patron: Yancey

Summary as introduced:
Advanced and Precision Manufacturing Education Fund established. Creates the Advanced and Precision Manufacturing Education Fund to award grants on a competitive basis to public high schools to establish programs of training and education to prepare students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers in the fields of advanced and precision manufacturing.

01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/11/13 House: Assigned Education sub: Teachers and Admin. Action
01/23/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1972)
01/24/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Education

HB 2084 Teach for America; creates two-year provisional license for participants.

Chief patron: Cox, M.K.

Summary as introduced:

Teacher licensure; Teach For America license. Creates a two-year provisional license for participants in Teach For America, a nationwide nonprofit organization focused on closing the achievement gaps among students in low-income areas, who meet certain criteria, including having an offer of employment from a school division in the Commonwealth. The Board of Education may extend each Teach For America license for one additional year and may issue each licensee a renewable license upon completion of two full years of teaching experience, satisfaction of all other requirements for such a license, achievement of satisfactory scores on all professional teachers assessments required by the Board, and achievement of satisfactory end-of-year evaluations. The bill also provides for reciprocity to Teach For America teachers in other states upon satisfaction of certain conditions. This bill is identical to SB 1175.

01/25/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/13 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 0-N)
02/08/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/13 Senate: Read third time
02/11/13 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

HB 2097 Career Pathways System Advisory Council; established, report.

Chief patron: James

Summary as introduced:
Career Pathways System Advisory Council; established. Establishes the Career Pathways System Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to ensure the coordination and collaboration of career and technical education, adult education, and workforce development programs through business-driven sector strategies that provide for sequences of education and training articulated with higher levels of education and regional and state workforce needs and that also provide career coaching and advising support services and experiential learning. The Council will develop workforce readiness indicators, in coordination with the Virginia Workforce Council and the Council on Virginia's Future, which will include enrollment and graduation statistics in secondary, postsecondary, and adult education programs in science, technology, engineering, math, or health care-related areas; numbers of targeted industry certifications; and the Commonwealth's education and training capacity for key industry sectors, and will produce a scorecard documenting progress in these areas. The scorecard will also include a report on the progress of interagency collaboration and shared funding for the purposes of attaining select education and workforce development goals. The bill includes a sunset provision of July 1, 2016.

01/29/13 House: Referred from General Laws
01/29/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Economic Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources
01/31/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Appropriations

SB 846 Community colleges; certain colleges to develop policies to increase dual enrollment.

Chief patron: Stanley

Summary as passed Senate:

Dual enrollment; certain community colleges. Requires Danville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, Southside Virginia Community College, Virginia Western Community College, and Wytheville Community College, under the terms of their existing dual enrollment agreements, to develop policies to encourage greater dual enrollment in career and technical education courses when such courses are not at full capacity.

02/06/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/13 House: Read first time
02/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/08/13 House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education and Arts
02/12/13 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)

SB 848 Students; increases additional grant to those attending State 2-year colleges for engineering, etc.

Chief patron: Edwards

Summary as passed Senate:

Grants for certain students attending Virginia two-year colleges. Provides that a student pursuing undergraduate work in engineering, mathematics, nursing, teaching, or science shall be eligible to receive an additional $2,500 more than students pursuaing other academic courses of study under the two-year college grant program. Current law allows such students to receive $1,000 more. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

02/02/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/02/13 House: Read first time
02/02/13 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/05/13 House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education and Arts
02/11/13 House: Tabled in Education

SB 1157 Commonwealth Teaching Fellows Program; established.

Chief patron: Barker

Summary as introduced:
Commonwealth Teaching Fellows Program established. Creates a Commonwealth Teaching Fellows Program in which the Board of Education or a local school division in conjunction with a Virginia college or university with an approved education preparation program may create and serve as Administrator of intensive programs of at least eight weeks in length to prepare career-switchers and recent college graduates who have not completed coursework in education to teach in areas including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and critical teaching shortage areas in public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth. The Administrator would assist Fellows to secure teaching positions. Any Fellow hired as a teacher by a local school division would be awarded a three-year provisional license to teach, would receive such further training as the Board prescribes, and would have the opportunity to obtain a permanent license upon completion of three years of teaching.

02/06/13 House: Read first time
02/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/13/13 House: Referred from Education (20-Y 2-N)
02/13/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/14/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Higher Education

SB 1175 Teach for America; creates two-year provisional license for participants.

Chief patron: Ruff

Summary as introduced:

Teacher licensure; Teach For America license. Creates a two-year provisional license for participants in Teach For America, a nationwide nonprofit organization focused on closing the achievement gaps among students in low-income areas, who meet certain criteria, including having an offer of employment from a school division in the Commonwealth. The Board of Education may extend each Teach For America license for one additional year and may issue each licensee a renewable license upon completion of two full years of teaching experience, satisfaction of all other requirements for such a license, achievement of satisfactory scores on all professional teacher assessments required by the Board, and achievement of satisfactory end-of-year evaluations. The bill also provides for reciprocity to Teach For America teachers in other states upon satisfaction of certain conditions. This bill is identical to HB 2084.

02/12/13 Senate: Enrolled
02/12/13 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1175ER)
02/12/13 House: Signed by Speaker
02/13/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1175ER)
02/13/13 Senate: Signed by President

SB 1185 Strategic Compensation Grant Fund; established.

Chief patron: Vogel

Summary as passed Senate:

Teacher performance; Strategic Compensation Grant Initiative created. Establishes the Strategic Compensation Grant Initiative and Fund, which provides that local school divisions may apply to the Board of Education to receive grants that may be used as incentives to improve teacher and school performance.

02/11/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/12/13 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/13/13 House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 House: Read second time

SB 1248 High School to Work Partnerships; Board of Education to develop guidelines for establishment.

Chief patron: Black

Summary as passed Senate:

Career and technical education; High School to Work Partnerships. Directs the Board of Education to develop guidelines for the establishment of High School to Work Partnerships between public high schools and local businesses to create apprenticeships, internships, and job shadow programs in a variety of trades and skilled labor positions. The bill also provides that local school boards may encourage the local school division's career and technical education administrator to work with the guidance counselor office of each public high school to establish such partnerships. This bill is identical to HB 2101.

02/12/13 Senate: Enrolled
02/12/13 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1248ER)
02/12/13 House: Signed by Speaker
02/13/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1248ER)
02/13/13 Senate: Signed by President

SB 1276 Virginia Business One Stop electronic portal program; participation by State Corporation Commission.

Chief patron: Stanley

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Business One Stop electronic portal program; participation by State Corporation Commission. Requires the clerk of the State Corporation Commission to cooperate with the Department of Business Assistance to ensure that entrepreneurs are able, by January 1, 2014, to prepare and submit registration applications and organizational documents for the formation of a business entity to the clerk's office through the website of the Virginia Business One Stop (BOS) electronic portal program, which is the new designation of the Department's one-stop small business permitting program. The BOS program is directed to provide seamless integration and conversion of pertinent data required to register or form a new small business in the Commonwealth; to submit business-related permits and license applications as required by state agencies in the Commonwealth; and to transition from paper forms to electronic processing. The measure specifically requires the State Corporation Commission to fully integrate processes and forms into the BOS and to process all forms within 48 business hours from the time an applicant submits a form electronically.

01/14/13 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 13103942D
01/14/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1276)
01/21/13 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1300 Virtual school programs; multidivision online providers, funding.

Chief patron: Barker

Summary as introduced:
Public schools; virtual education. Provides that any student who enrolls full time in a virtual school program served by a multidivision online provider outside his school division of residence shall have his state share of Standards of Quality per pupil funding, as well as 76 percent of his local share, transferred from the school division of residence to the enrolling school division. The total state and local share funds transferred from the resident division to the enrolling division shall not exceed the actual cost of the virtual school program.

01/16/13 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 13102988D
01/16/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/31/13 Senate: Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)

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Right to Work (back to top)

HB 1385 Labor organization representation; right to vote by secret ballot.

Chief patron: Comstock

Summary as introduced:
Right to vote by secret ballot on labor organization representation. Declares that, in any procedure providing for the designation, selection, or authorization of a labor organization to represent employees, the right of an individual employee to vote by secret ballot is a fundamental right that shall be guaranteed from infringement.

01/28/13 House: Read second time and engrossed
01/29/13 House: Read third time and passed House (69-Y 30-N)
01/29/13 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (69-Y 30-N)
01/30/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

HB 2101 High School to Work Partnerships; Board of Education to develop guidelines for establishment.

Chief patron: Ramadan

Summary as passed House:

Career and technical education; High School to Work Partnerships. Directs the Board of Education to develop guidelines for the establishment of High School to Work Partnerships between public high schools and local businesses to create apprenticeships, internships, and job shadow programs in a variety of trades and skilled labor positions. The bill also provides that local school boards may encourage the local school division's career and technical education administrator to work with the guidance counselor office of each public high school to establish such partnerships. This bill is identical to SB 1248.

01/25/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/07/13 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 0-N)
02/08/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/13 Senate: Read third time
02/11/13 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

HJ 536 Constitutional amendment; right to work (first reference).

Chief patron: Bell, Richard P.

Summary as passed House:

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); right to work. 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 are 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 constitutes an illegal combination or conspiracy and is void.

01/29/13 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (69-Y 30-N)
01/31/13 Senate: Reading waived
01/31/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/13 Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Reading waived (40-Y 0-N)

HJ 611 Constitutional amendment; right to a secret ballot (first reference).

Chief patron: O'Bannon

Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); the right to a secret ballot. 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.

02/04/13 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (70-Y 27-N)
02/05/13 Senate: Reading waived
02/05/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/13 Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 7-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Reading waived (40-Y 0-N)

SJ 88 Constitutional amendment; right to a secret ballot (first reference).

Chief patron: Reeves

Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); the right to a secret ballot.  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.

01/15/13 Senate: Read third time
01/15/13 Senate: Rejected by Senate (19-Y 21-N)
01/15/13 Senate: Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
01/15/13 Senate: Rejected by Senate (20-Y 20-N)
01/15/13 Senate: Requires 21 affirmative votes for passage

SJ 293 Constitutional amendment; right to work (first reference).

Chief patron: Black

Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); right to work. 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 are 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 constitutes an illegal combination or conspiracy.

01/24/13 Senate: Reading waived (40-Y 0-N)
01/25/13 Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/28/13 Senate: Read third time
01/28/13 Senate: Rejected by Senate (20-Y 20-N)
01/28/13 Senate: Requires 21 affirmative votes for passage

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State and Local Procurement Policy (back to top)

HB 1823 Public procurement; posting by local public bodies of procurement opportunities.

Chief patron: Villanueva

Summary as passed House:

Public procurement; posting by local public bodies of procurement opportunities. Requires local public bodies to post required certain procurement notices on the Department of General Services' central electronic procurement website and makes newspaper publication or posting on other appropriate websites optional. Currently, only state public bodies are required to post procurement notices on the Department of General Services' central electronic procurement website. The bill provides, however, that no local public body shall be required to post on the Department of General Services' central electronic procurement website for reverse auctioning for goods and nonprofessional services if (i) the amount of such contract is expected to exceed $100,000 and (ii) the local public body has a website for the posting of such notices and provides the website address to the Department of General Services for posting on its central electronic procurement website. The bill also requires the Department of General Services to (a) provide an electronic data file of the using agency's business opportunities at no charge to any requesting newspaper or other print publication with circulation in Virginia using the comma-separated values (CSV) format and (b) send the data file automatically via electronic mail on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis as agreed to by the parties. The bill specifies the information to be included in the data file.

02/01/13 House: Read third time and passed House (73-Y 25-N)
02/01/13 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (73-Y 25-N)
02/04/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/12/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1823H1)

HB 1882 Virginia Public Procurement Act; resident employment and apprenticeship participation.

Chief patron: Morrissey

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; resident employment and apprenticeship participation; required contract provisions. 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. The bill provides that it does not apply to any contracts for professional services.

01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/14/13 House: Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
01/17/13 House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
01/17/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1882)
02/05/13 House: Left in General Laws

HB 1890 General Services, Department of; public access to standard vendor accounting information.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Summary as passed House:

Department of General Services; standard vendor accounting information. Requires the Division of Purchases and Supply of the Department of General Services and the State Comptroller to adhere to the adopted data standards and match all purchases of goods, commodities, and other services to the related payment activity and make the matched information available on the Commonwealth Data Point pursuant to subdivision H 3 a of § 30-133. The bill requires that this information be available at a transactional level and be in sufficient detail to make clear what an agency has purchased, when the purchase was made, the vendor from whom the purchase is made, the amount purchased, if applicable, and how much was paid. The bill further requires that by July 15, 2013, the Governor must direct the Division and State Comptroller to take the steps necessary to modify their systems to accomplish the requirements of the bill.

01/25/13 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/25/13 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
01/25/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1890H1)
01/28/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB 1951 Virginia Public Procurement Act; bid match preference for Virginia businesses.

Chief patron: Yancey

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; bid match preference for Virginia businesses. 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 of the lowest bid of an out-of-state bidder.

01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/14/13 House: Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
01/17/13 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
01/24/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1951)
02/05/13 House: Left in General Laws

HB 2074 VITA; procurement of information technology and telecommunications by state agencies.

Chief patron: Robinson

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Information Technologies Agency; procurement of information technology and telecommunications by state agencies. Clarifies that all information technology and telecommunications goods and services of every description procured on behalf of state agencies may only be purchased by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) and details VITA's role in all aspects of the procurement of such goods and services on behalf of state agencies. In addition, the bill provides that any contract for information technology or telecommunications goods or services entered into by a state agency or institution without written authorization from VITA shall be void and prohibits the Comptroller from issuing payment under any contract for information technology and telecommunications goods and services not approved or authorized by VITA.

01/09/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103431D
01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/24/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2074)
01/30/13 House: Stricken from docket by Science and Technology

HB 2212 Virginia Public Procurement Act; women-owned and minority-owned businesses, remedial measures.

Chief patron: McQuinn

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; women-owned and minority-owned businesses; remedial measures. 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.

01/11/13 House: Presented and ordered printed 13103810D
01/11/13 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/22/13 House: Stricken from docket by General Laws

SB 990 Virginia Public Procurement Act; bid match preference for Virginia businesses.

Chief patron: Miller

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; bid match preference for Virginia businesses. 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 of the lowest bid of an out-of-state bidder.

01/08/13 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101469D
01/08/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/15/13 Senate: Assigned GL&T sub: #2
01/24/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB990)
01/28/13 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 1-N)

SB 1170 Virginia Public Procurement Act; resident employment and apprenticeship participation.

Chief patron: Deeds

Summary as passed Senate:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; resident employment and apprenticeship participation; required contract provisions. 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 35 percent of the total hours worked by apprentices in positions created in performance of the contract be performed by Virginia residents, and (ii) to use the Virginia Employment Commission as the first source of referral for obtaining qualified applicants for any new position. The required provisions do not apply to any contracts for the procurement of professional services. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

02/06/13 House: Read first time
02/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/06/13 House: Assigned GL sub: #2 FOIA/Procurement
02/07/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1170E)
02/07/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

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Veteran Education and Training (back to top)

HB 1906 Veterans; Department of Veterans Services to develop comprehensive program to reduce unemployment.

Chief patron: Anderson

Summary as introduced:
Department of Veterans Services; programs to reduce unemployment among veterans. Provides for the Department of Veterans Services to develop a comprehensive program to reduce unemployment among veterans by assisting businesses to attract, hire, train, and retain veterans.

02/06/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/11/13 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 0-N)
02/13/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Read third time
02/14/13 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

HB 2290 Income tax, state and corporate; tax credit for hiring certain veterans with salary of $30,000.

Chief patron: Head

Summary as introduced:
Tax credit for hiring military veterans. Establishes beginning January 1, 2013, but before January 1, 2018, an individual and corporate income tax credit for taxpayers hiring returning or disabled military veterans into new full-time jobs paying an annual salary of at least $30,000. 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 for each returning or disabled military veteran hired. 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. Any unused tax credit could be carried forward for five years.

01/17/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/22/13 House: Assigned Finance sub: #3
01/24/13 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB2290)
01/25/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 1-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Finance

SB 829 Veterans; Department of Veterans Services to develop comprehensive program to reduce unemployment.

Chief patron: Puller

Summary as introduced:
Department of Veterans Services; programs to reduce unemployment among veterans. Provides for the Department of Veterans Services to develop a comprehensive program to reduce unemployment among veterans by assisting businesses to attract, hire, train, and retain veterans.

02/11/13 Senate: Enrolled
02/11/13 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB829ER)
02/11/13 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB829ER)
02/11/13 House: Signed by Speaker
02/12/13 Senate: Signed by President

SB 831 Gold-Certified Veteran Employment Grant Fund; established.

Chief patron: Puller

Summary as passed Senate:

Gold-Certified Veteran Employment Grant Fund and Program. Creates the Gold-Certified Veteran Employment Grant Fund and Gold-Certified Veteran Employment Grant Program. Businesses who obtain the gold level of certification in the Department of Veterans Services Virginia Values Veterans Certification Program may apply for grants from the Fund. The grant is $500 when a veteran is hired and employed throughout the year in a new full-time job created by a business and that pays an annual salary of at least $50,000. An additional $500 is granted if the veteran is a disabled military veteran. The bill limits the grant to a one-time amount of $10,000 per business but businesses who maintain gold-level certification may apply for additional grants of $1,000 per year.

02/02/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/02/13 House: Read first time
02/02/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/05/13 House: Referred from Finance
02/05/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

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Other (back to top)

HB 1374 Summary judgment; use of depositions.

Chief patron: Head

Summary as introduced:

Summary judgment; use of depositions. Allows motions for summary judgment to be based, in whole or in part, upon depositions, answers to interrogatories, admissions in the proceedings, or affidavits. Currently, such motions cannot be based on depositions unless agreed to by the parties. This bill was incorporated into HB 1708.

12/10/12 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100535D
12/10/12 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/13 House: Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/23/13 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1708-Habeeb) (8-Y 0-N)
01/28/13 House: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB1708-Habeeb)

HB 1616 Drone aircraft; limitations on use, report.

Chief patron: Gilbert

Summary as introduced:

Limitations on use of drone aircraft. Provides that no state agency or organization having jurisdiction over criminal law enforcement or regulatory violations, including but not limited to the Department of State Police nor any department of law enforcement of any city, county or town, shall procure a public unmanned aircraft system (drone aircraft) without the approval of the General Assembly or the local governing body, respectively. The bill requires a warrant for use of such an aircraft. The bill also provides that it is not unlawful for any law-enforcement officer or other public official to operate a public unmanned aircraft system and disclose personal information from such operation if such officer reasonably determines that an emergency situation exists that involves immediate danger of death or serious physical injury to any person and the situation requires operation of a public unmanned aircraft system before a warrant authorizing such interception can, with due diligence, be obtained and there are grounds upon which such a warrant could be entered to authorize such operation. The bill also provides that it is not unlawful for a public institution of higher education to operate a public unmanned aircraft system solely for research or academic purposes. The bill also contains extensive procedural guarantees against release of personal information and contains reporting requirements by agencies and courts with respect to use of and data collected by such aircraft. The bill was incorporated into HB 2012.

01/14/13 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB1616)
01/15/13 House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/21/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1616)
01/28/13 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB2012-Cline)
02/01/13 House: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB2012-Cline)

HB 1873 Health information technology; health benefit exchange participants.

Chief patron: McClellan

Summary as introduced:
Health information technology; health benefit exchange participants. Requires the Information Technology Advisory Council, with input from the Health Information Technology Standards Advisory Committee, to adopt standards that allow consumers using a health benefit exchange to have access to their (i) health data held by an exchange and (ii) administrative data regarding the exchange, including provider price, network coverage, and the consumer's claims data.

01/08/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101535D
01/08/13 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/18/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1873)
01/30/13 House: Tabled in Science and Technology

HB 1943 Electrical utility facilities; consideration of stability of fuel prices.

Chief patron: Lopez

Summary as introduced:
Electrical utility facilities; consideration of stability of fuel prices. Requires the State Corporation Commission, when required to approve the construction of any electrical utility facility, to consider the long-term price stability of any fuels used in the generation of energy from the facility.

01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/12/13 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1943)
01/15/13 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/29/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 1946 Renewable energy; amends existing portfolio standard program.

Chief patron: Lopez

Summary as introduced:
Renewable energy portfolio standard program. Amends the existing renewable energy portfolio standard program to require that for calendar years 2016 through 2025 a utility shall apply (i) only renewable energy generated or purchased in Virginia, off its coast, or represented by a renewable energy certificate from eligible sources in Virginia or off its coast and (ii) renewable energy sales or renewable energy certificates from electric energy derived from any combination of sunlight, onshore wind, offshore wind, wave motion, tides, or geothermal power to meet at least 40 percent of the sales requirement for the RPS Goal in that year. The measure also eliminates provisions that give double or triple credit toward meeting the RPS Goals for energy from specified sources of energy.

01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/13 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/16/13 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1946)
01/31/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 1987 Renewable energy portfolio standard program; eliminates Performance Incentive provision.

Chief patron: Poindexter

Summary as introduced:
Renewable energy portfolio standard program. Eliminates the Performance Incentive provision in the renewable energy portfolio standard program that entitles any investor-owned electric utility to a 50 basis point increase in its authorized combined rate of return on common equity if it meets the program's RPS Goals. The measure retains provisions that allow a utility to recover its costs associated with meeting the RPS Goals, but provides that a utility that exceeds the RPS Goals shall not recover the incremental costs associated with exceeding the RPS Goals unless it demonstrates that the decision to exceed the RPS Goals was reasonable and prudent.

01/09/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102525D
01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/13 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1987)
01/22/13 House: Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor

HB 2012 Drones; moratorium on use of unmanned aircraft systems by state and local law-enforcement, etc.

Chief patron: Cline

Summary as passed House:

Drones; moratorium. Places a moratorium on the use of unmanned aircraft systems by state and local law enforcement and regulatory entities until July 1, 2015, except in defined emergency situations. The bill incorporates HB 1616.

02/06/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/13 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2012EH1)
02/13/13 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/13/13 Senate: Committee substitute printed 13105220D-S1

HB 2090 Renewable energy facilities; eligibility for incentives.

Chief patron: Merricks

Summary as introduced:
Renewable energy facilities; eligibility for incentives. Establishes a requirement that electricity generated from renewable sources be generated from a facility located in the Commonwealth, or a facility off the Commonwealth's shoreline if it is an offshore wind facility, in order to qualify as renewable energy for purposes of the renewable energy portfolio standard program. The measure also makes renewable powered generation facilities located outside of the Commonwealth, except offshore wind facilities located in waters off the Commonwealth's shoreline, ineligible for certain cost recovery and enhanced rate of return incentives in the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act.

01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/13 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB2090)
01/15/13 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/29/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 2094 Virginia Longitudinal Data System; established, report.

Chief patron: Watson

Summary as introduced:
Public schools; Virginia Longitudinal Data System established. Requires the Board of Education to establish the Virginia Longitudinal Data System to track and examine student progress from early childhood to postsecondary education to the student entering the workforce. The bill also establishes the Virginia Longitudinal Data System Advisory Council to advise the Board of Education on all matters related to the Virginia Longitudinal Data System.

01/21/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/21/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/31/13 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2094)
02/01/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/13 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 2180 Electric utilities; renewable energy portfolio standard program, eligible energy.

Chief patron: Rust

Summary as passed House:

Renewable energy portfolio standard program; eligible energy. Provides that renewable energy that is purchased by a participating utility under an agreement executed on or after July 1, 2013, will count toward meeting the RPS Goals of the renewable energy portfolio standard program only if the agreement expressly transfers ownership of renewable attributes, in addition to ownership of the energy, to the participating utility. The bill also provides that renewable energy generated by the utility will be counted toward meeting the RPS Goals if it is from a facility in which the public utility owns at least a 49 percent interest that is located in the Commonwealth, in the interconnection region of the regional transmission entity of which the utility is a member, or in a control area adjacent to such interconnection region. Renewable energy represented by renewable energy certificates will continue to be eligible to be counted toward meeting the RPS Goals.

02/13/13 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Read third time
02/14/13 Senate: Passed Senate (34-Y 5-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 Senate: Passed Senate (36-Y 4-N)

HB 2261 Investor-owned electric utilities; electric utility ratemaking. Emergency.

Chief patron: Kilgore

Summary as passed House:

Electric utility ratemaking. Revises certain incentives and other provisions applicable to investor-owned electric utilities under the 2007 re-regulation legislation. The measure (i) eliminates the 50 basis point performance incentive that has been available to utilities that attain the renewable energy portfolio standard goals; (ii) replaces the provision that has authorized the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to adopt a performance incentive that may increase or decrease a utility's combined rate of return by up to 100 basis points, based on a comparison of the utility's generating plant performance, customer service, and operating efficiency with nationally recognized standards, with a provision that authorizes the SCC to increase or decrease the utility's combined rate of return consistent with its precedent for incumbent electric utilities prior to the 2007 re-regulation legislation; (iii) increases the threshold for determining whether the utility's earned combined rate of return on common equity is excessive or insufficient, for test periods commencing after December 31, 2012, from 50 basis points above or below the return determined by the SCC to 70 basis points above or below such return; (iv) eliminates the provision that requires the SCC, when it determines that rates should be revised or credits applied to customers' bills, to combine a rate adjustment clause previously implemented to recover transmission-related costs with the utility's costs, revenues, and investments until the amounts that are the subject of the rate adjustment clause are fully recovered; (v) eliminates the provision that authorizes the SCC to include in a rate adjustment clause for environmental costs the enhanced rate of return on common equity that is provided for new generation facilities if the environmental costs reduce the need for constructing new generation facilities by enabling the continued operation of existing generation facilities; (vi) requires a utility seeking approval to construct a generating facility to demonstrate that it has considered and weighed alternative options, including third-party market alternatives, in its selection process; (vii) eliminates the authorization for a utility to earn an enhanced rate of return on the costs of a new generation facility during the first portion of its service life if the facility does not utilize nuclear power or offshore wind, unless the SCC has approved a rate adjustment clause for the facility by July 1, 2013, or the utility filed a petition therefor on or before January 1, 2013; (viii) reduces the potential enhanced rate of return on the costs of a new generation facility utilizing nuclear power or offshore wind from 200 to 100 basis points; (ix) requires certain costs related to early retirement of generation plants, severe weather events, and natural disasters to be deemed to have been recovered through customer rates during the test period under review unless doing so would place the utility in an under-earning position, in which event the SCC is required to authorize deferred recovery of such costs and allow the utility to amortize and recover the deferred costs over future periods; and (x) directs that the fair combined rate of return on common equity determined by the SCC in a biennial rate review shall apply to the entire two successive 12-month test periods ending December 31 immediately preceding the year of the utility's subsequent biennial review filing for purposes of reviewing the utility's earnings on its rates for generation and distribution services. The measure also requires Appalachian Power, referred to as a Phase I utility, to delay the filing of its next biennial review from March 31, 2013, until March 31, 2014. Such a utility is prohibited from deferring on its books for future recovery certain costs incurred during calendar year 2011 and is required to file subsequent biennial filings by March 31, 2016, and every two years thereafter. The bill also provides that if the combined rate of return on common equity earned by generation and distribution services for the period under review is no more than 70 basis points above or below the return determined for this utility, the combined return shall not be considered either excessive or insufficient, respectively. In addition, the measure provides that for any test period commencing after December 31, 2012, for Dominion, referred to as a Phase II Utility, and after December 31, 2013, for Appalachian Power, if the utility has, during the test period or periods under review, earned below the return determined for the utility, the utility may petition the State Corporation Commission for approval of an increase in rates as if it had earned more than 70 basis points below a fair combined rate of return. The bill states that an emergency exists and is in force from its passage.

EMERGENCY

02/08/13 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2261ER)
02/08/13 House: Signed by Speaker
02/08/13 Senate: Signed by President
02/11/13 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB2261ER)
02/14/13 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 2 (effective 2/14/13)

HJ 669 Renewable energy; Commission on Electric Utility Regulation to study portfolio standard program.

Chief patron: Herring

Summary as introduced:
Study; mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard program; report. Directs the Commission on Electric Utility Regulation to study the establishment of a mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard program for the Commonwealth. The study will (i) address issues associated with transitioning from the existing voluntary renewable energy portfolio standard program to a mandatory program, (ii) determine the costs and benefits that would be associated with requiring electric utilities to meet varying levels of renewable energy portfolio standard goals, (iii) recommend measures to address electric utilities that do not meet the program's goals, and (iv) determine if it is feasible and advisable to require that all electric utilities in Virginia participate in a mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard program.

01/09/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100944D
01/09/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/13 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/29/13 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/05/13 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HR 167 U.S. Dept. of Justice White Paper; Congress urged to examine basis for Executive Branch's assertion.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Presidential power. Memorializing the Congress of the United States to examine independently the U.S. Justice Department White Paper asserting a constitutional basis for the Executive Branch's assertion of authority to target and kill United States's citizens off the battlefield under certain conditions.

02/12/13 House: Presented and ordered printed 13105012D
02/12/13 House: Referred to Committee on Rules

SB 954 Drone; willfully impeding hunting, Class 3 misdemeanor.

Chief patron: Ruff

Summary as introduced:
Impeding hunting; drones; penalty. Provides that the use of a drone by a private person to monitor and photograph persons lawfully hunting on private property, when the drone is used by a private person without the permission of the landowner, constitutes impeding hunting, a Class 3 misdemeanor.

01/07/13 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13102071D
01/07/13 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/10/13 Senate: Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N)
01/10/13 Senate: Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/01/13 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice with letter (14-Y 0-N)

SB 1069 Virginia Longitudinal Data System and Advisory Council; established, report.

Chief patron: Carrico

Summary as passed Senate:

Public schools; Virginia Longitudinal Data System established. Requires the Board of Education to establish the Virginia Longitudinal Data System to track and examine student progress from early childhood to postsecondary education to the student entering the workforce. The bill also establishes the Virginia Longitudinal Data System Advisory Council to advise the Board of Education on all matters related to the Virginia Longitudinal Data System. The provisions of the bill are contingent upon funding in a general appropriation act passed by the 2013 Session of the General Assembly.

02/11/13 House: Read first time
02/11/13 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/13/13 House: Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N)
02/13/13 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/14/13 House: Assigned App. sub: Higher Education

SB 1259 Electric utilities; renewable energy portfolio standard program, eligible energy.

Chief patron: Edwards

Summary as passed Senate:

Renewable energy portfolio standard program; eligible energy. Provides that renewable energy that is purchased by a participating utility under an agreement executed on or after July 1, 2013, will count toward meeting the RPS Goals of the renewable energy portfolio standard program only if the agreement expressly transfer ownership of renewable attributes, in addition to ownership of the energy, to the participating utility. The bill also provides that renewable energy generated by the utility will be counted toward meeting the RPS Goals if it is from a facility in which the public utility owns at least a 49 percent interest that is located in the Commonwealth, in the interconnection region of the regional transmission entity of which the utility is a member, or in a control area adjacent to such interconnection region. Renewable energy represented by renewable energy certificates will continue to be eligible to be counted toward meeting the RPS Goals.

02/06/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/13 House: Read first time
02/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/12/13 House: Reported from Commerce and Labor (22-Y 0-N)
02/14/13 House: Read second time

SB 1269 Renewable energy portfolio standard program; sale of electricity from renewable sources.

Chief patron: McEachin

Summary as introduced:
Renewable energy portfolio standard program. Amends the existing renewable energy portfolio standard program to require that for calendar years 2016 through 2025 a utility shall apply (i) only renewable energy generated or purchased in Virginia, off its coast, or represented by a renewable energy certificate from eligible sources in Virginia or off its coast and (ii) renewable energy sales or renewable energy certificates from electric energy derived from any combination of sunlight, onshore wind, offshore wind, wave motion, tides, or geothermal power to meet at least 40 percent of the sales requirement for the RPS Goal in that year. The measure also eliminates provisions that give double or triple credit toward meeting the RPS Goals for energy from specified sources of energy.

02/05/13 Senate: Motion to recommit to committee agreed to (20-Y 20-N)
02/05/13 Senate: Chair votes Yes
02/05/13 Senate: Recommitted to Commerce and Labor
02/06/13 Senate: Left in Commerce and Labor
02/08/13 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB1269S1)

SB 1331 Drones; moratorium on use of unmanned aircraft systems by state and local law enforcement, etc.

Chief patron: McEachin

Summary as passed Senate:

Drones; moratorium. Places a moratorium on the use of unmanned aircraft systems by state and local law enforcement and regulatory entities until July 1, 2015, except in defined emergency situations.

02/11/13 House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/13 House: Read first time
02/11/13 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/13 House: Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
02/13/13 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 2-N)

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