NVTC

2014 Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Northern Virginia Technology Council's 2014
Selected General Assembly Bills of Interest to NVTC Members

Data provided by The Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS) and updated at least twice a week.
Last Updated: 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 06, 2014


Veterans Employment

Transportation

Technology Regulations

Tax Policy

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

Research Investment & Incentives

Procurement & State IT

Patent Troll Legislation
Entrepreneurship & New Company Formation

Energy

Employment Discrimination

Employment & Employment Contracts

Economic Development

Computer Crimes

Broadband & Telework

The Budget


Veterans Employment (back to top)

HB 971 Virginia National Guard; DMA shall provide information to VEC of a member undergoing discharge, etc.

Chief patron: Anderson

Patrons: Anderson and Keam

Summary as passed House:

Sharing of information of a member of the Virginia National Guard with the Virginia Employment Commission. Requires the Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard to establish a program under which the Department of Military Affairs shall, upon request of a member of the Virginia National Guard, provide information on the member to the Virginia Employment Commission. This bill is identical to SB 399.

02/17/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB971ER)
02/17/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB971ER)
02/17/14 House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/14 Senate: Signed by President
02/27/14 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 42 (effective 7/1/14)

SB 399 Virginia National Guard; DMA shall provide information to VEC upon request of a member.

Chief patron: Reeves

Patron: Reeves

Summary as passed:

Sharing of information of a member of the Virginia National Guard with the Virginia Employment Commission. Requires the Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard to establish a program under which the Department of Military Affairs shall, upon request of a member of the Virginia National Guard, provide information on the member to the Virginia Employment Commission. This bill is identical to HB 971.

02/25/14 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N)
02/27/14 Senate: House amendments agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/14 Senate: Enrolled
03/03/14 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB399ER)
03/04/14 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB399ER)

SB 516 Private employment; preference for veterans and spouses of certain veterans.

Chief patron: Wagner

Patrons: Wagner, Ebbin and McWaters

Summary as introduced:
Employment preference for veterans and spouses of certain veterans. Provides that private employers may grant preference in hiring and promotion to a veteran or the spouse of a veteran with a service-connected permanent and total disability. The measure applies only to veterans who are honorably discharged. The measure provides that granting such preference does not violate any local or state equal employment opportunity law.

02/28/14 Senate: Enrolled
02/28/14 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB516ER)
02/28/14 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB516ER)
03/03/14 House: Signed by Speaker
03/03/14 Senate: Signed by President

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 2

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Transportation (back to top)

HB 2 Commonwealth Transportation Board; statewide prioritization process for project selection.

Chief patron: Stolle

Patrons: Stolle, Minchew, Ramadan, Yancey, Anderson, Cole, Hugo, Knight, LaRock, Rust, Scott, Torian and Villanueva

Summary as passed:

Allocations within highway construction districts. Provides for the development of a prioritization process for projects funded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Such prioritization shall weight factors such as congestion mitigation, economic development, accessibility, safety, and environmental quality and be applied with each highway construction district.

03/03/14 Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/14 House: Placed on Calendar
03/04/14 House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105239D-S1 (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/04/14 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/06/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2ER)

HB 3 Transportation funding; all provisions of 2013 Session omnibus bill to expire on July 1, 2014.

Chief patron: Cline

Patron: Cline

Summary as introduced:
2013 Session omnibus transportation bill (HB 2313); expiration date. Provides that all provisions of the 2013 Session omnibus transportation bill (HB 2313), which established state taxes and fees and regional taxes and fees in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, expire on July 1, 2014. HB 2313 provided for the revenues from such taxes and fees to be used primarily for transportation funding in the Commonwealth.

11/18/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/17/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB3)
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 4 Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual license tax, refunds.

Chief patron: Surovell

Patrons: Surovell, BaCote, Brink, Bulova, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Herring, Hope, Kory, Krupicka, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Morrissey, Plum, Sickles, Simon, Torian, Toscano and Tyler; Senators: Black, Ebbin, Stanley, Stuart, Vogel and Wagner

Summary as introduced:
Annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles. Repeals the $64 annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles that was first imposed beginning July 1, 2013. The bill also provides for refunds of the license tax paid on hybrid electric motor vehicles for registration years beginning on or after July 1, 2014.

11/18/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/17/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB4)
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 40 Motor fuels tax rates; repeals provision that will increase tax, etc.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Motor fuels tax rates. Repeals the provision in the 2013 transportation funding bill (HB 2013) that will increase the motor fuels tax if the United States Congress has not enacted legislation granting the Commonwealth the authority to compel remote sellers to collect state and local retail sales and use tax for sales made in the Commonwealth by January 1, 2015.

12/02/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/17/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB40)
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 41 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; selection of projects.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; selection of projects. Provides that the Commonwealth Transportation Board shall select the transportation projects to be funded by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

12/02/13 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/10/14 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB41)
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 47 Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual license tax, refunds.

Chief patron: Kory

Patrons: Kory and Rasoul

Summary as introduced:
Annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles. Repeals the $64 annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles that was first imposed beginning July 1, 2013. The bill also provides for refunds of the license tax paid on hybrid electric motor vehicles for registration years beginning on or after July 1, 2014.

12/03/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/17/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB47)
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 65 Motor vehicle sales and use tax; definition of sale price.

Chief patron: Marshall, D.W.

Patron: Marshall, D.W.

Summary as introduced:
Motor vehicle sales and use tax; definition of sale price. Excludes from the sale price for determining motor vehicle sales and use tax the amount of any credit given by the seller for any motor vehicle taken as a trade-in.

12/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/17/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB65)
01/29/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 67 Commonwealth Transportation Board; increases total membership.

Chief patron: Ramadan

Patrons: Ramadan and Villanueva

Summary as introduced:
Composition of Commonwealth Transportation Board. Increases the total membership of the Commonwealth Transportation Board to 22 members by doubling the representation for the Richmond, Hampton Roads, and Northern Virginia highway construction districts.

12/06/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100911D
12/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB67)
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 68 Transportation funding; date change on certain scheduled increases in sales and use tax revenue.

Chief patron: Marshall, D.W.

Patron: Marshall, D.W.

Summary as introduced:
Transportation funding. Changes the dates on which certain scheduled increases in sales and use tax revenue to the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund would not take place if Congress does not enact a law permitting states to require certain out-of-state retailers to collect and remit state sales and use tax from fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Under current law, scheduled increases for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 would not occur if Congress does not enact such law by January 1, 2015. The bill would halt the increase for only fiscal year 2017 if Congress does not act by January 1, 2016.

12/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB68)
01/31/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 70 Transportation Accountability, Joint Commission on; power and duties.

Chief patron: Marshall, D.W.

Patron: Marshall, D.W.

Summary as introduced:
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability. Vests the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability with the power and duty to make performance reviews of state agencies with transportation responsibilities to ensure that funds appropriated to those agencies are being used for their intended purposes and in accord with legislative intent. The bill also directs the Commission, prior to the 2015 Session, to study the costs and benefits of coordinating traffic light signals.

12/06/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101213D
12/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB70)
01/31/14 House: Tabled in Rules

HB 72 Hybrid electric motor vehicles; eliminates annual license tax.

Chief patron: Pogge

Patron: Pogge

Summary as introduced:
Motor vehicle sales and use tax and motor fuels tax. Eliminates the $64 annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles.

12/06/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/17/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB72)
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 84 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; change in membership.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; membership. Removes the three legislative members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

12/11/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101730D
12/11/13 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/10/14 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 87 Transportation; Commonwealth priority of projects and funding.

Chief patron: Cole

Patron: Cole

Summary as introduced:
Commonwealth priority of projects and funding. Provides that all state funds expended on transportation projects be for (i) projects expected to provide congestion reduction or (ii) projects that increase safety for travelers.

12/11/13 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/10/14 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB87)
01/30/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 145 Commonwealth Transportation Board; removal of members by Governor.

Chief patron: Hugo

Patron: Hugo

Summary as introduced:
Commonwealth Transportation Board. Provides for removal of members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board by the Governor for malfeasance, misfeasance, incompetence, or gross neglect of duty.

12/20/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100909D
12/20/13 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 146 Commonwealth Transportation Board; increases membership.

Chief patron: Hugo

Patrons: Hugo and Ramadan

Summary as introduced:
Commonwealth Transportation Board; composition. Increases the size of the Commonwealth Transportation Board by six members (from 18 to 24).Three of the new members are to be members of the House of Delegates: two from the majority party and one from the minority party. The three other new members are to be members of the Virginia Senate: two from the majority party and one from the minority party.

12/20/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101481D
12/20/13 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/29/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB146)
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 148 Motor vehicle sales and use tax; reduces sale price by value of any trade-in.

Chief patron: Minchew

Patron: Minchew

Summary as introduced:
Motor vehicle sales and use tax; sale price. Reduces the sale price by the value of any trade-in, in determining the amount of motor vehicle sales and use tax owed.

12/20/13 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/17/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB148)
01/29/14 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
02/03/14 House: Continued to 2015 in Finance

HB 169 Commonwealth Transportation Board; increases membership, terms of members.

Chief patron: Webert

Patron: Webert

Summary as introduced:
Commonwealth Transportation Board; membership. Increases from 18 to 22 the membership of the Commonwealth Transportation Board by adding four citizen members to be appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. Of the four new members, one is to be from the Hampton Roads highway construction district, one is to be from the Northern Virginia highway construction district, and two are to be from rural areas.

12/22/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101451D
12/22/13 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/28/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB169)
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 345 Motor fuels tax; alternative fuels.

Chief patron: Taylor

Patron: Taylor

Summary as introduced:
Motor fuels tax; alternative fuels. Provides that the motor fuels tax on non-liquid alternative fuels shall be the percentage tax on a gallon of gasoline multiplied by the average wholesale cost of the amount of the alternative fuel required to produce the energy content of a gallon of unleaded gasoline, for each such amount of alternative fuel.

01/02/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/22/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB345)
01/24/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 379 Commonwealth Transportation Board; changes composition of membership.

Chief patron: Surovell

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 four ex officio members remain unchanged. The bill also replaces the term "metropolitan statistical areas" with "metropolitan planning areas with populations greater than 200,000."

01/03/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100964D
01/03/14 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/28/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB379)
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 425 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; increases membership.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Patrons: LeMunyon and Ramadan

Summary as introduced:
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; membership. Increases Authority membership from 17 to 20 by the addition of one senator and two House members.

01/04/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100776D
01/04/14 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/10/14 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 623 Electric, hybrid electric, and alternative fuel motor vehicles; annual road usage fee.

Chief patron: Watts

Patron: Watts

Summary as introduced:
Annual fee on electric, hybrid electric, and alternative fuel motor vehicles. Replaces the $64 annual license tax on electric, hybrid electric, and alternative fuel motor vehicles with a $64 annual road usage fee on (i) electric motor vehicles and (ii) any other motor vehicle that has a combined city/highway fuel economy rating equal to or greater than 40 miles per gallon or 40 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), according to standards and regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/17/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB623)
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 635 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; use of revenues.

Chief patron: LaRock

Patron: LaRock

Summary as introduced:
Use of revenues by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Requires that 70 percent of the revenues received by the Authority under 15.2-4838.1 be used by the Authority solely to fund transportation projects selected by the Authority that are contained in the regional transportation plan in accordance with 15.2-4830 and that have been rated in accordance with 33.1-13.03:1.

01/07/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102920D
01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/10/14 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 658 Northern Virginia highway construction district; CTB allocations.

Chief patron: LaRock

Patron: LaRock

Summary as introduced:
CTB allocations to Northern Virginia highway construction district. Limits transit, rail, and public transportation allocations by the Commonwealth Transportation Board to the Northern Virginia highway construction district to no more than 25 percent of total allocations.

01/07/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102835D
01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/24/14 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/30/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 824 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; bonding authority not effective until July 1, 2018.

Chief patron: Minchew

Patrons: Minchew, LeMunyon and LaRock

Summary as introduced:
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Provides that the Authority's bonding authority shall not be effective until July 1, 2018. After such date, the Authority, prior to issuance of bonds, shall demonstrate in the context of a bond validation lawsuit that the transportation projects proposed for funding with the sought bond proceeds have been thoroughly analyzed and provide the greatest degree of congestion reduction relative to cost.

01/08/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103475D
01/08/14 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/10/14 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Transportation

HB 975 Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual license tax.

Chief patron: Rust

Patrons: Rust, Comstock, Hugo, Minchew, Anderson, Cole, Greason and Pogge; Senator: Ebbin

Summary as passed House:

Annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles. Repeals the $64 annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles that was first imposed beginning July 1, 2013. The bill also provides for refunds of the license tax paid on hybrid electric motor vehicles for registration years beginning on or after July 1, 2014. This bill is identical to SB 127.

02/17/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB975ER)
02/17/14 House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/14 Senate: Signed by President
02/20/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB975ER)
02/27/14 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 43 (effective 7/1/14)

SB 127 Hybrid electric motor vehicles; repeals annual license tax.

Chief patron: Newman

Patrons: Newman, Ebbin, Marsden, Miller, Petersen, Wagner, Favola and Vogel

Summary as passed Senate:

Annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles. Repeals the $64 annual license tax on hybrid electric motor vehicles that was first imposed beginning July 1, 2013. The bill also provides for refunds of the license tax paid on hybrid electric motor vehicles for registration years beginning on or after July 1, 2014. This bill is identical to HB 975.

02/21/14 House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/14 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/14 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB127ER)
02/27/14 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 14 (effective 7/1/14)
02/27/14 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0014)

Counts: HB: 25 SB: 1

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Technology Regulations (back to top)

HB 13 Telecommunications providers; notices of data releases to federal agencies.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Telecommunications providers; notices of data releases to federal agencies. Requires any provider of telephone service, commercial mobile radio service, and Voice-over-Internet protocol service to conspicuously disclose to its customers, both in periodic billing statements and in contracts for telecommunications services or for the sale or lease of equipment, whether the provider is being, or has been, directed by order of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or other court to provide call detail records or telephony metadata for its customers to the National Security Agency or other agency of the federal government. If so, the provider is also required to include a description of the nature and type of call detail records or telephony metadata that it is being, or has been, directed to provide to such agency. If the telecommunications provider is prohibited from disclosing such information, it shall disclose that fact. Providers are exempt from such requirements if federal statutory law or court order prohibits them from making the disclosures. The measure also provides that the State Corporation Commission (i) has jurisdiction over wireless service providers as a public utility to the extent necessary to enforce these disclosure requirements and (ii) may require providers to furnish to it information in order to show their compliance with these requirements.

11/18/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100060D
11/18/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/14 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB13)
02/12/14 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 17 Electronic communication or remote computing devices; warrant requirement for certain records.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patrons: Marshall, R.G., Carr, Cline and LaRock

Summary as passed House:

Warrant requirement for certain telecommunications records; real-time location data. Provides that a provider of electronic communication service or remote computing service shall not disclose real-time location data to an investigative or law-enforcement officer except pursuant to a search warrant, subject to certain exceptions. The bill defines "real-time location data" as data or information concerning the current location of an electronic device that is generated, derived from, or obtained by the operation of the device. This bill incorporates HB 817.

02/26/14 Senate: Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (39-Y 0-N)
02/28/14 House: Senate substitute with amendment agreed to by House 14105228D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
02/28/14 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N)
03/05/14 House: Enrolled
03/05/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB17ER)

HB 106 Competitive telephone companies; establishes procedure for regulation.

Chief patron: Byron

Patron: Byron

Summary as introduced:
Regulation of competitive telephone companies. Establishes a procedure by which certain telephone companies may elect to be regulated as competitive telephone companies. In order to make such an election, a telephone company shall be either an incumbent local exchange telephone company for which the State Corporation Commission (SCC) has found its incumbent service territory to be competitive or a competitive local exchange telephone company. A competitive telephone company will be exempt from the Securities Act and the Utility Transfer Act. The SCC shall continue to have jurisdiction over wholesale telephone services and issues, including the payment of switched network access rates or other intercarrier compensation, interconnection, porting, and numbering. A competitive telephone company in its incumbent territory will continue to be obligated to extend or expand its facilities to furnish retail voice service and facilities when the person, firm, or corporation does not have service available from one or more alternative providers of wireline or terrestrial wireless communications services at prevailing market rates. The SCC will continue not to have power to regulate contracts between telephone companies and the Commonwealth and its agencies.

12/15/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101725D
12/15/13 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/14 House: Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor

HB 325 Electronic communications; right to privacy, civil action.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Right to privacy in electronic communications; civil action. Provides that a person has a right to privacy in the content and metadata of the person's electronic communications, including emails, text messages, telephone calls, location data, mobile or cellular phone signals, or other forms of electronic communications. A person may maintain a civil action for the unauthorized use of a digital image or profile generated through the aggregation or analysis of the content or metadata of his electronic communications for advertising purposes or for the purposes of trade. The bill also creates a civil cause of action for a person whose transmissions of messages, data, signals, or other communications made through the Internet and other electronic service providers that are not intended for public disclosure have been intercepted, monitored, examined, or otherwise accessed without lawful authority against the person who intercepted, monitored, examined, or otherwise accessed such transmissions and any person who facilitated or allowed such interception, monitoring, examination, or access.

01/02/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103276D
01/02/14 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14 House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/12/14 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 774 Competitive telephone companies; regulation of local exchange companies, duties.

Chief patron: Hugo

Patrons: Hugo and Byron

Summary as passed House:

Regulation of competitive telephone companies. Establishes a procedure by which certain telephone companies may elect to be regulated as competitive telephone companies. A competitive telephone company will be exempt from the Securities Act. The SCC shall continue to have jurisdiction over wholesale telephone services and issues, including the payment of switched network access rates or other intercarrier compensation, interconnection, porting, and numbering. A competitive telephone company in its incumbent territory will continue to be obligated to extend or expand its facilities to furnish retail voice service and facilities when the person, firm, or corporation does not have service available from one or more alternative providers of wireline or terrestrial wireless communications services at prevailing market rates. A competitive telephone company shall have the obligation to provide access to emergency 911 service to its end-user retail customers. The SCC shall continue to enforce the Transfers Act regarding competit ive telephone companies. The SCC will continue not to have power to regulate contracts between telephone companies and the Commonwealth and its agencies. Orders issued by the SCC pursuant to any authority that it previously had, but which authority ceases to exist upon the effective date of this measure, shall have no effect on a competitive telephone company; however, orders issued pursuant to authority granted, continued or otherwise preserved under this measure shall continue in effect.

02/27/14 Senate: Read third time
02/27/14 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/14 House: Enrolled
03/04/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB774ER)
03/05/14 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB774ER)

Counts: HB: 5

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Tax Policy (back to top)

HB 431 Tax reform, state and local; creates joint legislative subcommittee to perform a two-year study.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Patron: LeMunyon

Summary as introduced:
State and local tax reform; study; report. Creates a joint legislative subcommittee to perform a two-year study on reforming state and local taxes. The joint subcommittee will assume the tasks of the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences, which the bill dissolves.

01/04/14 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/28/14 House: Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/29/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB431)
01/30/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Rules

HB 434 Machinery and tools, merchants' capital, and BPOL taxes; maximum rates established.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Patron: LeMunyon

Summary as introduced:
Machinery and tools, merchants' capital and BPOL taxes; maximum rates established. Prohibits a locality from increasing its business machinery and tools tax, merchants' capital tax, and local license (BPOL) fees and taxes above the locality's rates in effect as of January 1, 2014.

01/04/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB434)
01/30/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/31/14 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
02/03/14 House: Continued to 2015 in Finance

HB 435 Machinery and tools, merchants' capital, and BPOL taxes; maximum rates and income tax credits.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Patron: LeMunyon

Summary as introduced:
Machinery and tools, merchants' capital and BPOL taxes; maximum rates and income tax credits. Prohibits a locality from increasing its merchants' capital tax, local license (BPOL) fees and taxes, and taxes on machinery and tools used in a business above the locality's rates in effect as of January 1, 2014, and establishes refundable income tax credits for the same taxes beginning with taxable year 2014.

The refundable individual and corporate income tax credits would equal 33 percent of such taxes paid during the taxable year. The credit would sunset on December 31, 2018. The bill also would prohibit any subtraction or deduction for these taxes in computing Virginia taxable income.

01/04/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102075D
01/04/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB435)
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 444 Individual income filing status; married persons.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Individual income filing status; married persons. Provides that only those persons who are in a union that is a marriage recognized under Virginia law may file a joint Virginia income tax return for married persons or a separate Virginia income tax return as a spouse.

01/05/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101087D
01/05/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/21/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB444)
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 453 Income tax, corporate; exemption, filing.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Patron: LeMunyon

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income taxes. Establishes beginning with the 2015 taxable year a $25,000 taxable income threshold for corporate income tax liability and increases from $1,000 to $1,500 the minimum amount of income tax a corporation expects to pay to require the corporation to make estimated payments of income tax. The bill also provides that a corporation exempt from income tax would still be required to file a corporate income tax return if the corporation's gross revenues for the taxable year exceeded $500,000.

The $25,000 taxable income threshold and the $1,500 of minimum expected income tax would be adjusted annually for inflation beginning with taxable year 2016.

01/06/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/22/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB453)
01/24/14 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
01/27/14 House: Continued to 2015 in Finance

HB 617 Personal property tax; classification.

Chief patron: Davis

Patrons: Davis and Villanueva

Summary as introduced:
Personal property tax; classification. Creates a classification for personal property tax rate purposes of property owned by a business during its first two years of operation, if the business's annual gross revenues do not exceed $100,000. A locality may impose a rate of tax on such property that is lower than the rate on the general class of tangible personal property.

02/25/14 House: Passed by for the day
02/26/14 House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105130D-S1 (88-Y 11-N)
02/26/14 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (88-Y 11-N)
03/03/14 House: Enrolled
03/03/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB617ER)

HB 729 Tax restructuring; modifies individual income and retail sales and use taxes.

Chief patron: Lingamfelter

Patron: Lingamfelter

Summary as introduced:
Tax restructuring. Modifies the individual income and retail sales and use taxes by lowering the top three individual income marginal tax rates, increasing the individual income tax filing thresholds, repealing the retail sales and use tax on food, increasing the state retail sales and use tax from 4.3 percent to 5.0 percent except in the counties and cities located in the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia Planning Districts, extending the retail sales and use tax to certain personal services that are currently exempt from the tax, and eliminating the retail sales and use tax exemption for nonprofit entities with at least $1 million in gross revenue.

The bill lowers the tax on individual income (i) in excess of $17,000 from 5.75 percent to 5.5 percent, (ii) between $5,000 and $17,000 from 5.0 percent to 4.9 percent, and (iii) between $3,000 and $5,000 from 3.0 percent to 2.95 percent. The bill increases the income threshold at which at an individual income tax return must be filed from $11,950 to $15,000 for single persons and from $23,900 to $30,000 for married persons.

The bill increases the state retail sales and use tax from 4.3 percent to 5.0 percent throughout Virginia except in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. The end result would be a 5.0 percent state retail sales and use tax in all regions of the Commonwealth beginning in 2015. An amount equal to the revenues generated by the increase would be distributed from the Transportation Trust Fund to each planning district in the Commonwealth in which the revenue was generated to be used solely in the planning district for new construction projects on new or existing roads, bridges, and tunnels or mass transit.

The retail sales and use tax increase would become effective on January 1, 2015, and the individual income tax changes would become effective for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2015.

01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/22/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB729)
01/24/14 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
01/27/14 House: Continued to 2015 in Finance

HB 870 New infrastructure; tax credit for certain investment.

Chief patron: Yancey

Patron: Yancey

Summary as introduced:
New infrastructure investment tax credit. Creates an income tax credit beginning in taxable year 2014 for any business that places into service new infrastructure for its own use. Infrastructure eligible for the credit would include broadband infrastructure, transmission lines, gas lines, private roadways, computerized ports, and water and sewer infrastructure. The amount of the credit would be 25 percent of the expenses incurred by the business in placing the new infrastructure into service. If, however, the new infrastructure is placed into service in conjunction with a public highway or road construction or improvement project, the credit would equal 35 percent of the infrastructure expenses incurred by the business. A business would be limited to $50,000 in tax credits for each taxable year. Also, there is a cap of $2.5 million on the aggregate amount of credits that may be issued in any fiscal year. Unused tax credits could be carried forward for five taxable years.

01/08/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB870)
01/22/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/24/14 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
01/27/14 House: Continued to 2015 in Finance

HB 995 Income, and sales and use taxes; expiration dates for various credits and exemptions.

Chief patron: Hugo

Patron: Hugo

Summary as introduced:
Income tax and sales and use tax; expiration dates for credits and exemptions. Places two-year expiration dates on various income tax credits and sales and use tax exemptions. The revenue attributable to the expiration of these credits and exemptions shall be used to lower the corporate income tax rate.

01/08/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102897D
01/08/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB995)
01/20/14 House: Continued to 2015 in Finance

SB 428 Personal property tax; localities authorized to tax telephone and telegraph companies.

Chief patrons: Hanger, Vogel

Patrons: Hanger and Vogel

Summary as introduced:
Personal property tax; telephone and telegraph companies. Authorizes localities to tax the personal property of telephone and telegraph companies not used in furnishing telegraph, telephone, broadband personal, or mobile commercial communication services, at the applicable personal property rate. Under current law, all personal property of telegraph and telephone companies must be taxed at the locality's real property tax rate. The bill also requires telephone and telegraph companies to include in their annual report to the State Corporation Commission separate listings of property according to whether or not it is used in furnishing telegraph, telephone, broadband personal, or mobile commercial communication services.

01/07/14 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/14 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB428)
01/28/14 Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 14104457D-S1
01/28/14 Senate: Continued to 2015 in Finance (14-Y 0-N)
02/05/14 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB428S1)

SB 619 Income tax, corporate; eliminates tax for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.

Chief patron: Martin

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, 2015, by setting the rate of the tax at zero percent.

01/16/14 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 14103465D
01/16/14 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/14 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB619)
01/22/14 Senate: Continued to 2015 in Finance (15-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 9 SB: 2

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

HB 207 Science; Board of Education, et.al.,to encourage students to explore scientific questions.

Chief patron: Bell, Richard P.

Patron: Bell, Richard P.

Summary as introduced:
Instruction in science. Requires the Board of Education, local school boards, division superintendents, and school board employees to (i) create an environment in public elementary and secondary schools that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about scientific controversies in science classes; (ii) assist teachers to find effective ways to present scientific controversies in science classes; and (iii) allow teachers to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in science classes.

02/03/14 House: Referred from Courts of Justice
02/03/14 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/07/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB207)
02/12/14 House: Left in Committee on Education
03/04/14 House: Left in Education

HB 342 Students; enrollment in online courses and virtual programs, tuition.

Chief patron: Taylor

Patrons: Taylor and Villanueva

Summary as introduced:
Students enrolled in online courses and virtual programs; tuition. Requires each school division in which all elementary and secondary schools are fully accredited to offer its online courses and virtual school programs tuition-free or at one-third of the normal tuition rate to students who do not reside within the boundaries of the school division and who attend public elementary or secondary schools that are not fully accredited.

01/02/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102563D
01/02/14 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/10/14 House: Assigned Education sub: Education Reform
02/04/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Education

HB 678 Income tax; tax credit for small businesses hiring graduates of Virginia's public colleges.

Chief patron: Herring

Patron: Herring

Summary as introduced:
Tax credit for small businesses hiring graduates of Virginia's public colleges. Establishes, beginning January 1, 2014, an individual and corporate income tax credit for certain small businesses creating new full-time jobs that are filled by persons holding associate 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. However, if the new full-time job created is a STEM or STEAM position that is filled by a graduate with a STEM or STEAM degree then the credit would equal $20,000 for such job. The bill defines "STEM or STEAM" as a science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or applied mathematics related discipline, including a health care-related discipline.

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 2016.

01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/14 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
01/20/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB678)
01/29/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Finance

HB 887 Governor's Career and Technical Education School; establishing a jointly operated high school.

Chief patron: Peace

Patrons: Peace, Austin, Fowler, Head, Plum, Rasoul and Webert

Summary as passed House:

Board of Education; Academic-Year Career and Technical Education Governor's School. Requires the Board of Education to develop model criteria and procedures for establishing a jointly operated high school with a career and technical education focus to be recommended to the Governor and the General Assembly for funding as a Governor's Career and Technical Education School.

02/27/14 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/28/14 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/14 Senate: Read third time
03/03/14 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/06/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB887ER)

HB 936 Electronic textbooks; accessibility by students at school and in their residence.

Chief patron: Surovell

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 adopts a plan to ensure that by July 1, 2017 every student in the local school division will have 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. The bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.

01/29/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB936)
01/30/14 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
02/04/14 House: Reconsideration by Subcommittee by voice vote
02/04/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Education

HB 963 Education, Secretary of; annual report to Governor and General Assembly.

Chief patron: Simon

Patron: Simon

Summary as introduced:
Secretary of Education; annual report. Requires the Secretary of Education, on or before October 1 of each year, to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the Commonwealth's efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; career readiness; and career and professional certification at all levels of education.

01/16/14 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/24/14 House: Assigned Education sub: Education Reform
01/24/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB963)
01/30/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Education

HB 1009 Workforce development; changes name of Va. Workforce Council to Va. Board of Workforce Development.

Chief patron: Byron

Patrons: Byron, Ramadan and Yancey

Summary as passed House:

Workforce development. Recasts the Virginia Workforce Council as the Virginia Board of Workforce Development. The Governor is authorized to appoint a Chief Workforce Development Advisor, and related responsibilities of the Governor are assigned to the Chief Workforce Development Advisor, who shall serve as lead staff to the Board. The Office of the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System will provide staff support to accomplish the federally mandated requirements of the federal Workforce Investment Act. Staff support for the other duties and functions of the board are to be provided by personnel from the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade pursuant to a memorandum of agreement. The bill increases the membership of the Board by adding the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security and a representative of the business community. The Board is directed to create two new committees, of which one will address performance and account ability and the other of which will focus on military transition assistance. The bill also directs the establishment of an executive committee of the Board, which shall establish meeting agendas, approve reports to the Governor, and respond to certain urgent issues between scheduled Board meetings. Finally, the measure repeals the Advantage Virginia Incentive Program, Fund, and Foundation.

03/05/14 Senate: Reading of amendments waived
03/05/14 Senate: Amendments by Senator Watkins agreed to
03/05/14 Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/05/14 Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (38-Y 0-N)
03/05/14 House: Placed on Calendar

HB 1054 High school diploma course and credit requirements; computer science.

Chief patron: Loupassi

Patrons: Loupassi, Greason, Austin, BaCote, Bell, Richard P., Campbell, Cole, DeSteph, Farrell, Garrett, Head, Howell, W.J., Keam, Kilgore, Knight, LaRock, Leftwich, Marshall, D.W., McQuinn, O'Bannon, Peace, Poindexter, Ramadan, Robinson, Stolle, Villanueva, Ward and Yancey

Summary as passed House:

High school diploma course and credit requirements; computer science. Requires the Board of Education to consider all computer science course credits earned by students to be science course credits, mathematics course credits, or career and technical education credits in establishing course and credit requirements for a high school diploma.

02/25/14 House: Placed on Calendar
02/26/14 House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (88-Y 10-N)
02/26/14 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (88-Y 10-N)
03/03/14 House: Enrolled
03/03/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1054ER)

SB 107 STEM education grant programs; Stem Education Fund created, etc.

Chief patron: Stanley

Patrons: Stanley and Ebbin

Summary as passed Senate:

Grants for donations to science, technology, engineering, or math educational programs at qualified schools. Establishes a grant program beginning in 2014 for donations made by STEM organizations to qualified schools. The donations must be used by the qualified schools to support STEM programs. Qualified schools are public elementary and secondary schools where at least 40 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Grants are capped at $50,000 per organization per year. The Department of Education would administer the program.

02/19/14 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
02/19/14 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/24/14 House: Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N)
02/24/14 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/04/14 House: Left in Appropriations

SB 539 Education, Secretary of; annual report to Governor and General Assembly.

Chief patron: Howell

Patron: Howell

Summary as introduced:
Secretary of Education; annual report. Requires the Secretary of Education, on or before October 1 of each year, to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the Commonwealth's efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; career readiness; and career and professional certification at all levels of education.

01/31/14 House: Read first time
01/31/14 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/07/14 House: Assigned Education sub: Education Reform
02/18/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/04/14 House: Left in Education

Counts: HB: 8 SB: 2

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Research Investment & Incentives (back to top)

HB 999 Virginia Major Employer Research Performance Grant Program; created.

Chief patron: Comstock

Patron: Comstock

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Major Employer Research Performance Grant Program. Creates a performance grant program for research and development expenditures conducted in the Commonwealth by major employers. The bill provides that research and development expenditures means "qualified research" as defined in 41(d) of the Internal Revenue Code, which is research and development that is technological in nature and intended to be useful in the development of a new or improved business component of the entity conducting the research and development. The performance grant would equal 10 percent of the first $15 million in research and development expenditures conducted in the Commonwealth by an entity that during the year (i) incurred at least $3.5 million in Virginia research and development expenditures, (ii) employed at least 1,000 full-time positions in the Commonwealth, and (iii) realized at least $500 million in gross receipts or gross revenues related to business activity performed in the Commonwealth. The bill also would require any major employer receiving a performance grant to incur research and development expenditures in the Commonwealth during the calendar year immediately following the year for which the grant was awarded in an amount at least equal to 200 percent of the performance grant amount. Any major employer failing to incur the required amount of expenditures would be required to repay a portion of the performance grant awarded. The performance grant program would be administered by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. The performance grant program would expire on January 1, 2019.

01/08/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102627D
01/08/14 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/10/14 House: Assigned App. sub: Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources
01/15/14 House: Passed by indefinitely in Appropriations

HB 1220 Research and development, qualified; increases amount of tax credit for expenses.

Chief patron: Comstock

Patrons: Comstock, Hugo, Ramadan, Garrett, Keam, Landes, LeMunyon and Rust

Summary as passed House:

Research and development expenses tax credit. Increases beginning with taxable year 2014 the amount of the credit allowed from 15 percent of the first $167,000 to 15 percent of the first $234,000 of Virginia qualified research and development expenses, and from 20 percent of the first $175,000 to 20 percent of the first $234,000 of Virginia qualified research and development expenses conducted in conjunction with a Virginia institution of higher education. The bill increases the maximum annual amount of tax credits that may be issued each fiscal year from $5 million to $6 million. The bill allows a pass-through entity to elect to receive and claim any credit at the pass-through entity level in lieu of the credit being allocated to the individual partners, members, or shareholders of the pass-through entity. Finally, the bill requires any taxpayer applying for the credit to provide information to the Department of Taxation relating to the number of full-time employees of the taxpayer; the taxpayer's industry sector; the area, discipline, or field of Virginia qualified research performed by the taxpayer; the taxpayer's total gross receipts for the relevant taxable year; and whether the qualified research was performed in conjunction with a Virginia institution of higher education. Further, regardless of how few taxpayers take the credit, the Department, upon request by the General Assembly or any duly constituted committee of the General Assembly, must disclose the total aggregate amount of credits under § 58.1-439.12:08 taken by all taxpayers.

02/24/14 House: Enrolled
02/24/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1220ER)
02/24/14 House: Signed by Speaker
02/26/14 Senate: Signed by President
03/04/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1220ER)

SB 623 Research and development, qualified; increases amount of tax credit for expenses.

Chief patron: McDougle

Patron: McDougle

Summary as introduced:
Research and development expenses tax credit. Increases beginning with taxable year 2014 the amount of the credit allowed from 15 percent of the first $167,000 to 15 percent of the first $234,000 of Virginia qualified research and development expenses, and from 20 percent of the first $175,000 to 20 percent of the first $234,000 of Virginia qualified research and development expenses conducted in conjunction with a Virginia institution of higher education. The bill increases the maximum annual amount of tax credits that may be issued each fiscal year from $5 million to $10 million. The bill allows a pass-through entity to elect to receive and claim any credit at the pass-through entity level in lieu of the credit being allocated to the individual partners, members, or shareholders of the pass-through entity. Finally, the bill requires any taxpayer applying for the credit to provide information to the Department of Taxation relating to the number of full-time employees of the taxpayer; the taxpayer's industry sector; the area, discipline, or field of Virginia qualified research performed by the taxpayer; the taxpayer's total gross receipts for the relevant taxable year; and whether the qualified research was performed in conjunction with a Virginia institution of higher education.

02/26/14 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/28/14 Senate: Enrolled
02/28/14 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB623ER)
03/03/14 House: Signed by Speaker
03/03/14 Senate: Signed by President

Counts: HB: 2 SB: 1

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Procurement & State IT (back to top)

HB 749 Virginia Information Technologies Agency; private institutions of higher education.

Chief patron: Rust

Patrons: Rust and Garrett

Summary as introduced:

Virginia Information Technologies Agency; private institutions of higher education. Provides for the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) to allow private institutions of higher education chartered in Virginia and granted tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code to purchase directly from contracts established for state agencies and public bodies. The bill also requires VITA to seek the assistance of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and the Division of Purchases and Supply of the Department of General Services in establishing and maintaining a list of private educational institutions authorized to make such purchases.

02/17/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB749ER)
02/17/14 House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB749ER)
02/19/14 Senate: Signed by President
02/27/14 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 36 (effective 7/1/14)

HB 750 Virginia Information Technologies Agency; definition of communications services.

Chief patron: Rust

Patron: Rust

Summary as introduced:

Virginia Information Technologies Agency. Includes local, wide area, metropolitan, and all other data networks in the definition of "communications services" for the purposes of state agency procurement. This bill is identical to SB 393.

02/17/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB750ER)
02/17/14 House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB750ER)
02/19/14 Senate: Signed by President
02/27/14 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 37 (effective 7/1/14)

HB 797 Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; changes definition of small business.

Chief patron: Lopez

Patron: Lopez

Summary as introduced:
Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; definition of small business. Changes the definition of small business to require the business to have 250 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. Currently, a small business is required to meet one or the other of these conditions.

01/07/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101282D
01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/10/14 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/23/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in General Laws

HB 1223 Virginia Public Procurement Act; small, women, and minority-owned businesses.

Chief patron: Yancey

Patron: Yancey

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; small, women, and minority-owned businesses. Defines "historically Black colleges and universities" and provides that the term "minority-owned business" includes historically Black colleges and universities, regardless of the percentage ownership by minority individuals or, in the case of a corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity, the equity ownership interest in the corporation, partnership, or limited liability company or other entity. The bill also requires that programs to facilitate the participation of small businesses and all businesses owned by women, minorities, or service disabled veterans in procurement transactions include a provision for fair and equitable evaluations and opportunities for small businesses and all businesses owned by women, minorities, or service disabled veterans.

01/17/14 House: Presented and ordered printed 14103260D
01/17/14 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/04/14 House: Continued to 2015 in General Laws

SB 427 Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; employment services organizations.

Chief patron: Hanger

Patron: Hanger

Summary as passed Senate:

Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; employment services organizations. Includes employment services organizations in the development and operation of any state procurement program or program goals and targets for small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses.

02/27/14 House: Reported from General Laws (20-Y 0-N)
02/27/14 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/28/14 House: Assigned App. sub: Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources
03/03/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
03/04/14 House: Left in Appropriations

Counts: HB: 4 SB: 1

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Patent Troll Legislation (back to top)

HB 12 Patent infringement; assertions made in bad faith, bonding requirement not to exceed $250,000, etc.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Patent infringement; assertions made in bad faith. Prohibits any person from making in bad faith an assertion, claim, or allegation that a resident of the Commonwealth is infringing a patent. The measure creates a cause of action for damages and an injunction against a person threatening to bring legal action for alleged patent infringement. A court that finds that a target of an assertion of patent infringement has established a reasonable likelihood that the person has made the assertion in bad faith shall require the person to post a bond in an amount equal to the target's costs to litigate the claim and amounts reasonably likely to be recovered as damages, not to exceed $250,000. The Attorney General is empowered to issue civil investigative demands, accept assurances of voluntary compliance, and seek injunctions. The target of a bad faith assertion or any other person aggrieved by a violation may bring an action to recover actual damages, attorney fees, and costs. If the violation was willful, damages may be increased to the greater of three times the actual damages sustained or $50,000.

11/18/13 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/14 House: Referred from Courts of Justice
01/17/14 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB12)
02/12/14 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 375 Patent infringement; assertions made in bad faith, exemptions, penalties.

Chief patron: O'Quinn

Patrons: O'Quinn, Keam, Campbell, Chafin, Comstock, Davis, Garrett, Head, Hugo, Kilgore, Marshall, R.G., Miller, Rush, Simon, Villanueva and Webert

Summary as passed House:

Patent infringement; assertions made in bad faith. Prohibits any person from making in bad faith an assertion of patent infringement. The Attorney General or an attorney for the Commonwealth is empowered to accept assurances of voluntary compliance and seek injunctive relief. The Attorney General is authorized to issue civil investigative demands. The measure does not apply to a demand letter or assertion of patent infringement that includes a claim for relief arising under 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(2) or 42 U.S.C. § 262.

02/27/14 Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
02/28/14 House: Placed on Calendar
03/03/14 House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105047D-S1 (93-Y 0-N)
03/03/14 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N)
03/06/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB375ER)

SB 150 Patent infringement; assertions made in bad faith, exemptions, penalties.

Chief patron: Stuart

Patrons: Stuart and McWaters

Summary as passed Senate:

Patent infringement; assertions made in bad faith. Prohibits any person from making in bad faith an assertion of patent infringement. The Attorney General or an attorney for the Commonwealth is empowered to accept assurances of voluntary compliance and seek injunctive relief. The Attorney General is authorized to issue civil investigative demands. The measure does not create a private cause of action. The measure does not apply to a demand letter or assertion of patent infringement that includes a claim for relief arising under 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(2) or 42 U.S.C. § 262.

02/28/14 House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/28/14 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
03/04/14 Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/14 Senate: Title replaced 14105083D-H1
03/06/14 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB150ER)

Counts: HB: 2 SB: 1

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Entrepreneurship & New Company Formation (back to top)

HB 94 Business permits, etc.; assistance and documentation required from localities.

Chief patron: Head

Patrons: Head, Ramadan and LaRock

Summary as introduced:
Assistance and documentation required from localities. Provides that in any instance in which a person is seeking a business permit, a license, or an application for any similar local government approval from a locality, the locality shall provide documentation and instructions that outline all steps necessary to obtain the permit, license, or approval. The locality shall also specify any further permit, license, or other approval that may be required to complete the original project or business activity and shall disclose the expected time required by the locality for the completion of each step of the process to obtain the permit, license, or other approval.

12/13/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101049D
12/13/13 House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/09/14 House: Assigned CC & T sub: #1
01/29/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns

HB 167 Virginia Business One Stop electronic portal program; participation by State Corporation Commission.

Chief patron: Ramadan

Patrons: Ramadan, Kilgore, Head, Hugo, Ingram, Webert and Yancey

Summary as passed House:
Virginia Business One Stop electronic portal program; participation by State Corporation Commission. Requires the State Corporation Commission (SCC) and the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD), by December 1, 2014, to implement a hyperlink from the SCC's eFile system to the Business Permitting Center that will facilitate the collection of a user's information to populate any forms that will be required to be completed at a future date. The measure also requires that SCC and DSBSD meet as necessary to further such collaboration. The Secretary of Commerce and Trade is directed to oversee DSBSD's implementation of the provisions. The Secretary of Commerce and Trade and the Secretary of Technology shall have the opportunity to participate in such meetings.

02/27/14 Senate: Read third time
02/27/14 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/14 House: Enrolled
03/04/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB167ER)
03/05/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB167ER)

HB 168 State Corporation Commission; eFile electronic registration system, etc.

Chief patron: Ramadan

Patrons: Ramadan, Kilgore, Marshall, D.W., Garrett, Head, Hugo, Ingram, Webert and Yancey

Summary as passed House:

Clerk of the State Corporation Commission; secure online system; articles of dissolution. Requires the State Corporation Commission limit the submission of data and documents on behalf of a business entity through its eFile electronic registration system to any user (i) designated to make such submission on behalf of the business entity and (ii) whose identity has been established satisfactorily through a verification process by July 1, 2018. After July 1, 2014 and until this has been implemented by the Commission, no articles of dissolution of a business entity or data or documents that contain officer or director changes shall be accepted through the Commission’s eFile electronic registration system.

02/27/14 Senate: Read third time
02/27/14 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/14 House: Enrolled
03/04/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB168ER)
03/05/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB168ER)

HB 321 Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program; created.

Chief patron: Landes

Patrons: Landes and Ramadan

Summary as passed House:

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. Under the bill, entrepreneurs-in-residence serve without compensation but, at the discretion of the head of the agency they were appointed to serve, may receive reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties. The bill also provides that the Secretary may contract with a public institution of higher education for the management and oversight of the Program.

The Program was created by Chapter 788 of the Acts of Assembly of 2013 but will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2014 Session of the General Assembly. The Program has a 2017 sunset date.

02/19/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB321ER)
02/19/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB321ER)
02/19/14 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/14 Senate: Signed by President
03/03/14 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 63 (effective 7/1/14)

HB 617 Personal property tax; classification.

Chief patron: Davis

Patrons: Davis and Villanueva

Summary as introduced:
Personal property tax; classification. Creates a classification for personal property tax rate purposes of property owned by a business during its first two years of operation, if the business's annual gross revenues do not exceed $100,000. A locality may impose a rate of tax on such property that is lower than the rate on the general class of tangible personal property.

02/25/14 House: Passed by for the day
02/26/14 House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105130D-S1 (88-Y 11-N)
02/26/14 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (88-Y 11-N)
03/03/14 House: Enrolled
03/03/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB617ER)

HB 995 Income, and sales and use taxes; expiration dates for various credits and exemptions.

Chief patron: Hugo

Patron: Hugo

Summary as introduced:
Income tax and sales and use tax; expiration dates for credits and exemptions. Places two-year expiration dates on various income tax credits and sales and use tax exemptions. The revenue attributable to the expiration of these credits and exemptions shall be used to lower the corporate income tax rate.

01/08/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102897D
01/08/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/14 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB995)
01/20/14 House: Continued to 2015 in Finance

SB 362 Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program; created.

Chief patron: Saslaw

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. Under the bill, entrepreneurs-in-residence serve without compensation but, at the discretion of the head of the agency they were appointed to serve, may receive reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties. The bill also provides that the Secretary may contract with a public institution of higher education for the management and oversight of the Program.

The Program was created by Chapter 788 of the Acts of Assembly of 2013 but will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2014 Session of the General Assembly. The Program has a 2017 sunset date.

02/12/14 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/12/14 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB362E)
02/19/14 House: Assigned App. sub: Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources
02/26/14 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
03/03/14 House: Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 6 SB: 1

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Energy (back to top)

HB 363 Electric utility regulation; approval of generation facilities.

Chief patron: Kory

Patron: Kory

Summary as introduced:
Electric utility regulation; approval of generation facilities. Requires the State Corporation Commission, in its consideration of an application for approval of an electrical generation facility, to consider environmental effects not expressly governed by a permit or expressly considered by a permitting authority, including carbon emissions and the overall impacts of new and existing facilities on the health and welfare of the residents of the Commonwealth. The measure also removes provisions that prohibited the Commission from imposing additional conditions with respect to such matters.

01/03/14 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/07/14 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB363)
01/16/14 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/30/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 808 Electrical utility facilities; consideration of stability of fuel prices.

Chief patron: Lopez

Patrons: Lopez and Krupicka

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.

01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/14 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB808)
01/30/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 822 Electric utility regulation; renewable energy portfolio standard program.

Chief patron: Lopez

Patrons: Lopez and Simon

Summary as passed House:

Renewable energy portfolio standard program. Limits the ability of an electric utility participating in the renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) program to bank renewable energy sales or renewable energy certificates (RECs) that are in excess of the yearly sales requirement for that RPS Goal. The measure provides that the utility may use such excess sales or RECs to achieve the RPS Goals only in the subsequent five calendar years after the renewable energy was generated or the certificates were created. An electric utility may continue to apply RECs that it acquired prior to January 1, 2014.

02/27/14 Senate: Read third time
02/27/14 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/14 House: Enrolled
03/04/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB822ER)
03/05/14 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB822ER)

HB 848 Electric utility regulation; recovery of costs of new underground distribution facilities.

Chief patron: Loupassi

Patrons: Loupassi, Albo, Brink, Dance, Filler-Corn, Herring, Howell, A.T., Hugo, James, Kory, Krupicka, Lopez, Plum, Robinson, Rust, Sickles, Simon, Spruill, Surovell, Toscano and Watts

Summary as passed House:

Electric utility regulation; recovery of costs of new underground distribution facilities. Authorizes investor-owned electric utilities to recover the costs of new underground distribution facilities through a rate adjustment clause. Eligible facilities will replace existing overhead distribution facilities of 69 kilovolts or less. Petitions seeking approval for recovery of such costs shall not be brought more frequently than annually. A utility shall not seek any annual incremental increase in the level of investments in such facilities that exceeds five percent of the utility's distribution rate base. In determining whether to approve a rate adjustment clause for such facilities, the State Corporation Commission is directed to liberally construe the provisions of Title 56 and to give due consideration to the public policy goals of increased electric service reliability and reduced outage times associated with the replacement of existing overhead distribution facil ities with new underground facilities. None of the costs of such new facilities shall be allocated to customers in the large power service rate class for a Phase I utility or general service rate classes for a Phase II utility.

02/24/14 House: Enrolled
02/24/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB848ER)
02/24/14 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/14 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB848ER)
02/26/14 Senate: Signed by President

HB 1059 Electric utility regulation; recovery of certain generation facility costs, etc.

Chief patron: Kilgore

Patron: Kilgore

Summary as passed House:

Electric utilities; generation facility cost recovery. Requires an electric utility to establish a regulatory asset for regulatory accounting and ratemaking purposes under which it shall defer operation and maintenance costs incurred in connection with the refueling of any nuclear-powered generating plant and certain related work. These deferred O&M costs shall be amortized over the refueling cycle, but in no case for more than 18 months. The State Corporation Commission (SCC) is required to treat the deferred and amortized costs of such regulatory asset as part of the utility's costs for the purpose of certain proceedings. The measure also limits the portion of the costs incurred by an electric utility between July 1, 2007, and December 31, 2013, in developing a nuclear power facility or offshore wind facility that are recoverable through a rate adjustment clause to 30 percent of such amount. The remaining 70 percent of such costs may be recovered through existing base rates as determined by the SCC in the test periods under review in the utility's next biennial review filed after July 1, 2014. All of the costs incurred after December 31, 2013, may be deferred for recovery through a rate adjustment clause as may be approved by the SCC. The measure also states that the planning and development activities for new nuclear generation facilities and generation facilities utilizing energy derived from offshore wind are in the public interest. Finally, the measure also rewords a provision that currently states that nothing precludes the Commission from determining the reasonableness or prudence of any cost incurred or projected to be incurred by a utility.

02/11/14 House: VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (76-Y 20-N 3-A)
02/12/14 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/14 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/14 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1059H1)
03/03/14 Senate: Continued to 2015 in Commerce and Labor (13-Y 0-N)

HB 1061 Electric utility regulation; renewable energy portfolio standard program.

Chief patron: Surovell

Patron: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Renewable energy portfolio standard program. Establishes minimum percentages of the RPS Goals that Dominion, defined as a Phase II utility, is required to meet from distributed generation energy sources. Dominion may meet this goal by applying renewable energy certificates from any combination of (i) energy derived from renewable energy by a system capable of net energy metering located on the distribution grid, (ii) renewable thermal energy from solar water heating systems located in the Commonwealth, or (iii) a financial contribution to the Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund. The distributed generation minimum starts at 5 percent in reporting year 2015 and is 25 percent in reporting year 2024 and thereafter. In connection with the issuance of renewable energy certificates for qualified investments, a participating utility is required to divide the amount of its qualified investments in the Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund during the applicable period by the lesser of the average price for solar renewable energy certificates or $250 and divide the amount of all other qualified investments by the participating utility during the applicable period by the average price for Tier 1 renewable energy certificates and for Tier 2 renewable energy certificates. The State Corporation Commission is required to establish a market-based renewable energy trading system. The trading system shall be consistent with and operate in conjunction with the trading system developed by PJM Interconnection LLC. The ability to carry forward renewable energy certificates is limited to the two years following the year in which the certificate was created. The measure also eliminates provisions for double or triple credit toward meeting the renewable energy portfolio standard for energy derived from specific renewable energy sources.

01/08/14 House: Presented and ordered printed 14103378D
01/08/14 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/14 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/30/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

Counts: HB: 6

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Employment Discrimination (back to top)

HB 417 Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment, prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation.

Chief patron: Simon

Patrons: Simon, BaCote, Brink, Bulova, Carr, Dance, Filler-Corn, Futrell, Hester, Lewis, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Plum, Rasoul, Sickles, Torian, Toscano, Tyler, Ward and Watts

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment; prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation. Prohibits discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation. The bill defines "sexual orientation" as a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression. The bill expressly provides that "sexual orientation" does not include any person's attraction towards persons with whom sexual conduct would be illegal due to the age of the parties. The bill also codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. The bill contains technical amendments.

01/04/14 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/22/14 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/03/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB417)
02/12/14 House: Left in General Laws

HB 562 Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment, prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation.

Chief patron: Villanueva

Patrons: Villanueva, Keam, Carr, Lopez, Mason, Rasoul and Rust; Senator: Ebbin

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment; prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation. Prohibits discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation. The bill defines "sexual orientation" as a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression. The bill expressly provides that "sexual orientation" does not include any person's attraction towards persons with whom sexual conduct would be illegal due to the age of the parties. The bill also codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. The bill contains technical amendments.

01/06/14 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/22/14 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/23/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/30/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB562)
02/12/14 House: Left in General Laws

HB 830 Employment; discrimination on basis of military status.

Chief patron: Keam

Patrons: Keam and Villanueva

Summary as introduced:
Employment discrimination on basis of military status. Prohibits a public or private employer from denying initial employment based on an individual's military status. The prohibition does not affect the right of an employer to inquire regarding an individual's military status for the purpose of awarding a preference to veterans as permitted by law. Any private employers that violates the prohibition, which is incorporated into the Virginia Human Rights Act, is subject to a civil penalty of $100 for each violation.

01/08/14 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/10/14 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #3
01/21/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB830)
02/12/14 House: Left in General Laws

SB 248 Discrimination; prohibited in state employment.

Chief patrons: McEachin, Ebbin

Patrons: McEachin and Ebbin; Delegates: Carr, McClellan and Ware

Summary as introduced:
Nondiscrimination in state employment. Prohibits discrimination in state employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a special disabled veteran or other veteran covered by the Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended. The bill also defines "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."

01/03/14 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/10/14 Senate: Introduced bill reprinted 14103212D
01/20/14 Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
01/20/14 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (7-Y 7-N)
01/23/14 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB248)

Counts: HB: 3 SB: 1

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Employment & Employment Contracts (back to top)

HB 794 Employment; nonsolicitation agreements between employers and employees.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Patron: LeMunyon

Summary as introduced:
Nonsolicitation agreements. Establishes five requirements for a valid and enforceable nonsolicitation agreement between an employer and an employee, including a requirement that the restrictions imposed by the agreement are protective of the employer's legitimate business interest. The requirements do not apply to nonsolicitation agreements between an employer and an employee who owned greater than five percent of the ownership interests of the employing business entity. Absent an agreement to the contrary, the solicitation activities that are restrained, prohibited, or otherwise restricted by a nonsolicitation agreement shall not be increased or expanded as a result of the employer being acquired by merging with another business entity. The measure requires courts in actions seeking enforcement of, or challenging the enforceability of, a nonsolicitation agreement to award attorney fees and costs to the prevailing party. The measure does not apply in proceedings to determine the enforceability of agreements entered into prior to July 1, 2014.

01/07/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103250D
01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14 House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/15/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 833 Safe days for employees; duty of employer to provide.

Chief patron: Keam

Patrons: Keam and Simon

Summary as introduced:
Safe days for employees. Requires private employers to allow an employee safe days, with pay, if the employee or a family member is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking or is a family member of a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Employers are required to provide employees with 32 hours per year of safe day time if the employee has less than 120 months of employment with the employer, and 40 hours per year of safe day time if the employee has 120 or more months of employment with the employer. Safe leave is leave from work that is used to allow the employee to obtain for the employee or the employee's family member, as applicable, (i) medical attention needed to recover from physical or psychological injury or disability caused by domestic violence or sexual assault; (ii) psychological or other counseling; (iii) relocation due to the domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; or (iv) legal services. Employers are prohibited from discharging or discriminating against an employee because the employee exercises the right to safe days.

01/08/14 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/14 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB833)
01/23/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

SB 226 Employment contracts; enforcement, applicable law.

Chief patron: Petersen

Patron: Petersen

Summary as introduced:
Employment contracts; enforcement; applicable law. Provides that Virginia courts shall not enforce any provision of an employment contract if the provision is invalid or unenforceable under the laws of Commonwealth. The measure also provides that a choice-of-law provision in an employment contract that states that the laws of another state or other jurisdiction shall apply with regard to the interpretation or enforceability of a provision of the contract is void and unenforceable.

01/03/14 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100392D
01/03/14 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/14 Senate: Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 2 SB: 1

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Economic Development (back to top)

HB 1191 Economic development incentive programs; SCT to develop & issue report on effectiveness of program.

Chief patron: Massie

Patrons: Massie, Ramadan, Campbell, Garrett and Toscano

Summary as introduced:
Secretary of Commerce and Trade; annual reports evaluating the effectiveness of certain economic development incentive programs. Requires the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to submit an annual report to the Chairs of the Senate Finance and the House Appropriations and Finance Committees on the effectiveness of economic development incentive programs administered by the Commonwealth.

02/25/14 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 1-N)
02/27/14 House: Enrolled
02/27/14 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1191ER)
02/27/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1191ER)
02/27/14 House: Signed by Speaker

Counts: HB: 1

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Computer Crimes (back to top)

HB 50 Search warrants; examination of object, thing, or person seized may be done in any jurisdiction.

Chief patron: Webert

Patron: Webert

Summary as introduced:
Search warrants; examination of things or persons seized. Clarifies that when an object, thing, or person is seized pursuant to a search warrant, the examination of such object, thing, or person, or the contents thereof, may take place in any jurisdiction and not just the jurisdiction where it was seized. Such examination may take place at any time after the execution of the warrant. The bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.

12/03/13 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100149D
12/03/13 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/15/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 344 Harassment by computer; impersonating another, penalty.

Chief patron: Taylor

Patron: Taylor

Summary as introduced:
Harassment by computer; impersonating another; penalty. Makes it a Class 6 felony for a person having assumed the identity of another living individual to use a computer to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, make an obscene proposal, or threaten an illegal or immoral act.

01/27/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB344)
01/28/14 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/29/14 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB707-Gilbert)
01/31/14 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
02/03/14 House: Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice

HB 707 Digital impersonation; penalty.

Chief patron: Gilbert

Patron: Gilbert

Summary as introduced:
Digital impersonation; penalty. Provides that a person who knowingly and without authorization credibly impersonates a living individual through or on an Internet website or by any other electronic means with the intent to harass, intimidate, or defraud another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

01/10/14 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB707)
01/29/14 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
01/31/14 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2015
02/03/14 House: Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice

HB 813 Electronic devices; search without warrant prohibited.

Chief patron: Carr

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.

01/07/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101726D
01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/14 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/05/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 814 Cellular telephone, etc.; warrant requirement for use as tracking device.

Chief patron: Carr

Patron: Carr

Summary as introduced:
Warrant requirement for cellular telephone, etc., as tracking device. Provides that a cellular phone or other wireless telecommunications device 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.

01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/23/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB814)
02/05/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 817 Telecommunications records; warrant requirement for certain records to be retrieved.

Chief patron: Carr

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, either at 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. This bill was incorporated into HB 17.

01/07/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101728D
01/07/14 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/05/14 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB17-Marshall, R.G.)
02/07/14 House: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB17-Marshall, R.G.)

HB 834 Harassment by computer; bullying.

Chief patron: Keam

Patrons: Keam, Mason and Simon

Summary as introduced:
Harassment by computer; bullying. Provides that a person who, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass another, uses a computer or computer network to engage in bullying is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also provides that for purposes of the crime of harassment by computer, a computer includes an electronic communication device.

01/08/14 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/14 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/24/14 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB834)
01/29/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Courts of Justice

Counts: HB: 7

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Broadband & Telework (back to top)

HB 237 Telework Grant Program; Program to be administered by Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

Chief patron: Ramadan

Patrons: Ramadan and Anderson

Summary as introduced:
Telework Grant Program. Establishes the Telework Grant Program, to be administered by the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, to administer grants in the amount of $250 for individuals who telework at least 20 hours per week for at least 45 weeks of a calendar year.

01/23/14 House: Reported from Transportation (20-Y 2-N)
01/23/14 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/14 House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation
02/03/14 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/14 House: Left in Appropriations

SB 308 Broadband and other telecommunications services; provision by localities.

Chief patron: Vogel

Patrons: Vogel; Delegate: Rasoul

Summary as introduced:
Broadband and other telecommunications services; provision by localities. Expands the area within which a locality may provide broadband and other services to the zone within 100 miles of the geographic boundaries of its electric distribution system. Current law limits a locality to the area within 75 miles of its electric distribution system. The bill updates the baseline year for determining the extent of a locality's electric distribution system from March 1, 2002, to March 1, 2012. The bill also makes technical changes.

01/06/14 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102748D
01/06/14 Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/21/14 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Local Government (13-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 1

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The Budget (back to top)

HB 29 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Jones

Patron: Jones

Summary as introduced:

Budget Bill. Amending Chapter 806, 2013 Acts of Assembly.

02/26/14 House: House acceded to request
02/26/14 Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/14 Senate: Senators: Stosch, Colgan, Norment, Hanger, Saslaw, Howell
02/26/14 House: Conferees appointed by House
02/26/14 House: Delegates: Jones, Cox, Landes, O'Bannon, Greason, Joannou

HB 30 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Jones

Patron: Jones

Summary as introduced:

Budget Bill.  Appropriations of the Budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia providing a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the thirtieth day of June, 2015, and the thirtieth day of June, 2016.

02/26/14 House: House acceded to request
02/26/14 Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/14 Senate: Senators: Colgan, Hanger, Norment, Howell, Saslaw, Watkins
02/26/14 House: Conferees appointed by House
02/26/14 House: Delegates: Jones, Cox, Landes, O'Bannon, Greason, Joannou

Counts: HB: 2

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