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2015 Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Northern Virginia Technology Council's 2015
Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Data provided by the Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS)
Last Updated: 12:00pm on Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Computer Crimes

Center for Innovative Technology

Education

Employment Discrimination

Entrepreneurship

Ethics

Privacy

Procurement

State IT

Tax Policy

Technology Regulation

Telemedicine

Transportation

Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAV's)

Veterans

Workforce


Computer Crimes (back to top)

HB 1635 Defamation; statute of limitations, actions involving Internet.

Patron: Albo

Summary as passed House:

Defamation; statute of limitations.  Provides that if a publisher of defamatory statements publishes anonymously or under a false identity on the Internet, an action may be filed and the statute of limitations shall be tolled until the identity of the publisher is discovered or, by the exercise of due diligence, reasonably should have been discovered.

02/02/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1635H1
02/03/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/15 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 1845 Harassment by computer; impersonating another; penalty.

Patron: Gilbert

Summary as introduced:
Harassment by computer; impersonating another; penalty. Provides that a person who uses a computer to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, make an obscene proposal, or threaten an illegal or immoral act with the intent to defraud any person is guilty of harassment by computer, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Under current law, in order to be guilty of harassment by computer, a person must have the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person. The bill also provides that it is a Class 6 felony to commit harassment by computer if the person has assumed the identity of another living individual. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

01/13/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/15 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB1845)
01/30/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/02/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Courts of Justice

SB 709 Publication of unlawful images; venue, penalty.

Patron: Edwards

Summary as passed Senate:

Creation of unlawful images; venue. Provides  that venue for prosecution of the crime of creating unlawful images of a nonconsenting person is the same as venue for the Computer Crimes Act. The bill also clarifies a venue provision in the Computer Crimes Act 

02/05/15 Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/09/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/15 House: Read first time
02/09/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law

SB 720 Arrest photos on Internet; penalty.

Patron: Marsden

Summary as passed Senate:

Arrest photos on Internet; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for the owner of a website to both post an arrest photo and extort money for removing the photograph.

01/23/15 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB720E)
01/30/15 House: Placed on Calendar
01/30/15 House: Read first time
01/30/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law

SB 1113 Impersonation via computer; Class 3 misdemeanor.

Patron: Barker

Summary as introduced:
Impersonation via computer; penalty. Provides that it is a Class 3 misdemeanor for a person to use a computer to knowingly and intentionally assume the identity of another living individual, without authority and with the intent to harm, where a reasonable person would believe that the offender is in fact the individual whose identity is assumed.

01/13/15 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/15 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
01/28/15 Senate: Committee substitute printed 15103842D-S1
01/28/15 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/29/15 Senate: Impact statement from VCSC (SB1113S1)


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Center for Innovative Technology (back to top)

HB 1799 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority; powers, report.

Patrons: Greason and Landes

Summary as passed House:

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority; powers. Provides the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority (commonly known as the CIT) with the power to exclusively, or with any other person, form and otherwise develop, own, operate, govern, and otherwise direct the disposition of assets of separate legal entities, provided that such entities are formed solely for the purpose of managing and administering any assets disposed of by the Authority. The bill provides that these legal entities may include limited liability companies, limited partnerships, charitable foundations, real estate holding companies, investment holding companies, nonstock corporations, and benefit corporations and provides that any such entities shall be operated under the governance of the Authority. The bill sets out other requirements for such entities, including that they shall not be deemed to be a state or governmental agency, advisory agency, or public body or instrumentality and that no director, officer , or employee of any such entity shall be deemed to be an officer or employee for purposes of the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act. The bill does provide, however, that the Auditor of Public Accounts or his legally authorized representatives shall annually audit the financial accounts of the Authority and any such entity, provided that the working papers and records of the Auditor of Public Accounts relating to such audits shall not be subject to the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. The bill also sets the quorum for the Authority's board of directors at nine and requires the reporting of certain additional information to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance, the Secretary of Technology, and the Director of Planning and Budget.

02/09/15 House: Committee substitute of Science and Technology rejected 15104633D-H1
02/09/15 House: Committee substitute of Appropriations agreed to 15104861D-H2
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1799H2
02/10/15 House: Read third time and passed House (97-Y 3-N)
02/10/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 3-N)

HB 1960 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority; membership of the board of directors.

Patron: Landes

Summary as introduced:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority; membership of the board of directors. Increases the board of directors of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority (commonly known as the CIT) from 15 to 17 members by adding two nonlegislative citizen members from rural areas of the Commonwealth, who shall be appointed by the Governor.

01/13/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101872D
01/13/15 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/02/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1960)
02/02/15 House: Tabled in Science and Technology

SB 1038 Investment in research and technology; changes to CRCF, adding federal research facility.

Patrons: Hanger and Lewis

Summary as passed Senate:

Investment in research and technology. Makes changes to the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), including adding a federal research facility located in the Commonwealth to the list of entities eligible to apply for a grant, and clarifies that the length of time that a business has been incorporated does not affect an entity's eligibility for an award. The bill provides for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority (IEIA) to consult with the Secretary of Technology on the guidelines developed for the administration of the CRCF. The bill also transfers the authority to appoint the five citizen members to the Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee from the IEIA and to the Governor and the General Assembly.

02/05/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/05/15 Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/09/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/15 House: Read first time
02/09/15 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology



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Education (back to top)

HB 324 Virginia Virtual School; established, report, effective date.

Patrons: Bell, Richard P., Anderson, Cole, Greason, Landes, Loupassi, Massie, Robinson and Villanueva

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Virtual School established. Establishes the Board of the Virginia Virtual School as a policy agency in the executive branch of state government for the purpose of governing the online educational programs and services offered to students enrolled in the Virginia Virtual School. The Secretary of Education is responsible for such agency. The 13-member Board is given operational control of the School and assigned powers and duties. The bill requires the School to be open to any school-age person in the Commonwealth and provide an educational program meeting the Standards of Quality for grades kindergarten through 12. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2015.

02/27/14 Senate: Continued to 2015 in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
12/01/14 Senate: Reported from Education and Health with substitute (5-Y 4-N)
12/01/14 Senate: Committee substitute printed 15101746D-S1
12/01/14 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/02/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB324S1)

HB 1304 Virginia Public School Educational Technology Grants Program; leases of educational technology.

Patron: Farrell

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public School Educational Technology Grants Program; leases of educational technology. Permits eligible school divisions to apply for grants to lease educational technology under the Virginia Public School Educational Technology Grants Program. Under current law, such grants are available only for the acquisition and replacement of educational technology.

01/26/15 House: Reported from Education (22-Y 0-N)
01/26/15 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/15 House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/03/15 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/10/15 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 1338 Electronic textbooks; funding.

Patrons: Farrell, Kory and Peace

Summary as passed House:

Electronic textbooks; School Performance Report Card; instructional costs. Requires the Department of Education, for the purpose of including in the annual School Performance Report Card for school divisions the percentage of each school division's operating budget allocated to instructional costs, to allocate to instructional costs each school division's expenditures on the hardware necessary to support electronic textbooks. 

02/09/15 House: Read second time
02/09/15 House: Committee substitute agreed to 15102959D-H1
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1338H1
02/10/15 House: Read third time and passed House (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)

HB 1361 Virginia Virtual School, Board of; established, report.

Patrons: Bell, Richard P., Fowler, Landes, LaRock and Pogge; Senator: Obenshain

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Virtual School established. Establishes the Board of the Virginia Virtual School (the Board) as a policy agency in the executive branch of state government, under the authority of the Secretary of Education, for the purpose of governing the full-time virtual school programs offered to students enrolled in the Virginia Virtual School (the School). The bill gives the 13-member Board operational control of the School and assigns the Board's powers and duties. The bill requires the School to be open to any school-age person in the Commonwealth and provide an educational program meeting the Standards of Quality for grades kindergarten through 12. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2016.

02/09/15 House: Read second time
02/09/15 House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104888D-H1
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1361H1
02/10/15 House: Read third time and passed House (62-Y 38-N)
02/10/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (62-Y 38-N)

HB 1393 License plates, special; issuance for STEM teachers and students.

Patron: O'Bannon

Summary as introduced:
Special license plates; STEM teachers and students. Authorizes the issuance of special license plates for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers and students.

12/15/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101441D
12/15/14 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/16/15 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #3
01/26/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 0-N)

HB 1985 Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics (STEAM) Academy, Inc.; established.

Patrons: Davis and Helsel

Summary as introduced:
Establishment of the Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics Academy. Establishes the Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics (STEAM) Academy, Inc., as a private, nonprofit organization and a statewide, publicly accessible, special, residential high school of science, technology, engineering, and applied mathematics governed by a board of directors of up to 21 appointed, elected, and ex officio members whose leadership and direction of the Virginia STEAM Academy is informed by a consortium leadership team consisting of students and parents and representatives from elementary and secondary education, higher education, business, science, engineering, the arts, civic organizations, government, and the military. The bill requires the board of directors to establish a curriculum and a student admissions process and seek independent accreditation for the Virginia STEAM Academy. The bill requires the Virginia STEAM Academy to receive the proportionate share of state and federal funds allocated to each enrolled student by the school division in which the student's parents reside and the agreed-upon share of local funds allocated to each enrolled student by the school division in which the student's parents reside that is established in the general appropriation act.

01/13/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102089D
01/13/15 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
02/02/15 House: Tabled in Science and Technology

HB 2041 Open Education Resources Innovation Council; established, report.

Patron: Filler-Corn

Summary as introduced:
Open Education Resources Innovation Council established. Establishes the Open Education Resources Innovation Council as a policy board in the executive branch of state government for the purpose of identifying open education resources at all levels of education and uses for such resources and recommending specific policies and funding mechanisms for the increased use of open education resources in the Commonwealth.

02/04/15 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/15 House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/05/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Appropriations
02/10/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2041H1)

HB 2132 State Board for Community Colleges; policy for the award of academic credit for military training.

Patrons: Mason, Lindsey and Murphy

Summary as introduced:
State Board for Community Colleges; policy for the award of academic credit for military training. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to adopt, no later than December 31, 2015, a policy for the award of academic credit to any student enrolled at a comprehensive community college who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of his military service that is applicable to the student's certificate of degree requirements and is recommended for academic credit by a national higher education association that provides academic credit recommendations for military training courses or programs, noted on the student's military transcript issued by any of the armed forces of the United States, or otherwise documented in writing by any of the armed forces of the United States.

01/15/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2132)
01/23/15 House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/27/15 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
01/27/15 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/15 House: Tabled in Education

HB 2218 Advanced studies diploma; foreign language requirements, technical programming or design language.

Patron: Hope

Summary as introduced:
Advanced studies diploma; foreign language requirements; technical programming or design language. Requires the Board of Education, in establishing course and credit requirements for a high school diploma, to provide that the three standard units of credit in foreign language required to graduate with an advanced studies diploma may be satisfied by completing two years of one foreign language and two years of one technical programming or design language approved by the Board.

01/15/15 House: Presented and ordered printed 15103209D
01/15/15 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/23/15 House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
02/02/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Education

SB 805 STEM programs; grants for donations to qualified schools.

Patrons: Stanley, Cosgrove and Ebbin

Summary as passed Senate:

Grants for donations to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) programs at qualified schools. Establishes a grant program administered by the Board of Education beginning in 2015 for donations made by STEM organizations to qualified schools. The donations must be used by qualified schools to support STEM programs. The bill defines qualified schools as those public elementary and secondary schools at which at least 40 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Grants are capped at $50,000 per organization per year. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a 2015 general appropriation act.

02/02/15 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB805E)
02/06/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/15 House: Read first time
02/06/15 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/09/15 House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education

SB 971 Community College Workforce Training Grant Program; established.

Patrons: Ruff and Hanger; Delegate: Wright

Summary as passed Senate:

Community colleges; workforce training. Establishes the Community College Workforce Training Grant Program to provide a $1,000 incentive payment to a community college for each student who (i) has successfully completed a noncredit workforce training program at the community college and (ii) subsequently obtains an industry-recognized certification or license in a high employer demand field in the region served by the community college, with such fields to be identified by the State Board for Community Colleges. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a 2015 general appropriation act.

02/05/15 Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/09/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/15 House: Read first time
02/09/15 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/15 House: Assigned App. sub: Higher Education

SB 985 Virginia Public School Educational Technology Grants Program; leases of educational technology.

Patrons: Garrett; Delegate: Ware

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public School Educational Technology Grants Program; leases of educational technology. Permits eligible school divisions to apply for grants to lease educational technology under the Virginia Public School Educational Technology Grants Program. Under current law, such grants are available only for the acquisition and replacement of educational technology.

01/11/15 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101293D
01/11/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/15/15 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (13-Y 2-N)
01/15/15 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/02/15 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB985)

SB 992 Community Colleges, State Board for; policy for award of academic credit for military training.

Patrons: Dance and Ruff

Summary as introduced:

State Board for Community Colleges; policy for the award of academic credit for military training. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to adopt, no later than December 31, 2015, a policy for the award of academic credit to any student enrolled at a comprehensive community college who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of his military service that is applicable to the student's certificate of degree requirements and is recommended for academic credit by a national higher education association that provides academic credit recommendations for military training courses or programs, noted on the student's military transcript issued by any of the armed forces of the United States, or otherwise documented in writing by any of the armed forces of the United States. This bill was incorporated into SB 1335.

01/12/15 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101296D
01/12/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/15/15 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB992)
01/22/15 Senate: Incorporated by Education and Health (SB1335-Cosgrove) (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1122 Higher educational institutions; parental notification of student's suicidal tendencies.

Patron: Barker

Summary as introduced:
Public institutions of higher education; parental notification of student's suicidal tendencies. Requires the governing body of a public institution of higher education to establish policies and procedures requiring the notification of the parent of a dependent student when the institution obtains information outside the mental health treatment setting that such student is exhibiting suicidal tendencies if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

02/10/15 Senate: Amendment #1 by Senator Barker withdrawn
02/10/15 Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/10/15 Senate: Amendment #3 by Senator Barker agreed to
02/10/15 Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1122E
02/10/15 Senate: Passed Senate (24-Y 13-N)

SB 1206 Higher educational institutions; required reports on intellectual property, etc., report.

Patrons: Wagner, Ruff, Smith and Stanley; Delegates: Byron, DeSteph, Lingamfelter and Marshall, D.W.

Summary as passed Senate:

Public institutions of higher education; required reports on intellectual property and externally sponsored research. Requires public institutions of higher education by July 31 of each year to include in its six-year plan submit a the following for the most recently ended fiscal year: (i) the assignment during the year of any intellectual property interests to a person or nongovernmental entity by the institution or any related entity, (ii) the value of externally sponsored research funds and in-kind contributions received during the year from a person or nongovernmental entity by the institution or any related entity, and (iii) the number and types of patents awarded during the year to the institution or any related entity that were developed in whole or part from externally sponsored research provided by a person or nongovernmental entity. The bill also requires the plan to indicate if the person or nongovernmental entity has a principal place of business in Virginia as reflected in the assignment agreement or awarding documents.

02/09/15 Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/09/15 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 15104806D-S1
02/09/15 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1206S1
02/09/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/09/15 Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB 1322 State Board for Community Colleges; policy for the award of academic credit for military training.

Patrons: Stosch, Martin and Reeves

Summary as introduced:

State Board for Community Colleges; policy for the award of academic credit for military training. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to adopt, no later than December 31, 2015, a policy for the award of academic credit to any student enrolled at a comprehensive community college who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of his military service that is applicable to the student's certificate of degree requirements and is recommended for academic credit by a national higher education association that provides academic credit recommendations for military training courses or programs, noted on the student's military transcript issued by any of the armed forces of the United States, or otherwise documented in writing by any of the armed forces of the United States. This bill was incorporated into SB 1335.

01/14/15 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 15103672D
01/14/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/15 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1322)
01/22/15 Senate: Incorporated by Education and Health (SB1335-Cosgrove) (15-Y 0-N)

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Employment Discrimination (back to top)

HB 1409 Public contracts; nondiscrimination, required provisions.

Patrons: Marshall, R.G., Berg and Cole

Summary as introduced:
Public contracts; nondiscrimination; required provisions. Prohibits agencies of the Commonwealth and other public bodies from requiring any contractor entering into a public contract to agree to additional nondiscrimination provisions that are not otherwise required under the Fair Employment Contracting Act or the Virginia Public Procurement Act.

12/18/14 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/19/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1409)
01/28/15 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/29/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in General Laws

HB 1498 Virginia Human Rights Act; prohibits discrimination in public employment.

Patrons: Plum, Kory, Hester, Krupicka, Lopez, Murphy, Rasoul, Simon and Spruill

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 toward 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.

01/05/15 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/28/15 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1498)
01/29/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in General Laws

HB 1643 Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment; prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation.

Patrons: Villanueva, Krupicka, Simon and Yost

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 toward 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.

01/09/15 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/28/15 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1643)
01/29/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in General Laws

SB 785 Public employment; prohibits discrimination based on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Patrons: McEachin, Ebbin, Alexander, Barker, Colgan, Dance, Edwards, Favola, Howell, Lewis, Locke, Lucas, Miller and Wexton; Delegates: Futrell, Rasoul, Sickles and Simon

Summary as passed Senate:

Nondiscrimination in public employment. Prohibits discrimination in public employment based on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, as defined in the bill. The bill also codifies for state and local government employment the current prohibitions on discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a special disabled veteran or other veteran. The bill incorporates SB 1181.

02/03/15 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (19-Y 19-N)
02/03/15 Senate: Chair votes yes
02/06/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/15 House: Read first time
02/06/15 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws

SB 1181 Nondiscrimination in public employment.

Patron: Ebbin

Summary as introduced:
Nondiscrimination in public employment. Prohibits discrimination in public employment based on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, as defined in the bill. The bill also codifies for state and local government employment the current prohibitions on discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a special disabled veteran or other veteran.

01/13/15 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103514D
01/13/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/19/15 Senate: Incorporated by General Laws and Technology (SB785-McEachin) (14-Y 0-N)



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Entrepreneurship (back to top)

HB 1360 Securities Act; Crowdfunding Virginia Exemption.

Patrons: Taylor, Davis, Head, Yost, Garrett, Keam, McClellan, Ramadan and Villanueva

Summary as passed House:

Securities Act; crowdfunding exemption. Creates an exemption from the securities, broker-dealer, and agent registration requirements of the Securities Act for any security issued by a Virginia entity if (i) the offering is conducted in accordance with the federal exemption for intrastate offerings in § 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Commission Rule 147; (ii) the offer and sale are made only to Virginia residents; (iii) the aggregate price of the securities offered under the exemption does not exceed $2 million or such other amount as the State Corporation Commission (SCC) establishes by rule or order; (iv) the maximum amount that may be invested by a purchaser who is not an accredited investor is $10,000 or such other amount as the SCC establishes by rule or order; (v) compensation is not paid to employees, agents, or other persons for the solicitation or based on the sale of such securities, who are not registered as a brok er-dealer or agent except as permitted by the SCC; (vi) neither the issuer nor any related person is subject to disqualification; and (vii) the security is sold in an offering conducted in compliance with conditions established by rule or order of the SCC. The SCC may assess a filing fee not to exceed $500. The SCC is required to report annually on the implementation of the measure. The measure will expire on July 1, 2020.

01/30/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1360H1
02/02/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/02/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

HB 1384 Securities Act; exemption for crowdfunding.

Patron: Head

Summary as introduced:
Securities Act; crowdfunding exemption. Creates an exemption from the securities, broker-dealer, and agent registration requirements of the Securities Act for an offer or sale of a security by an issuer, or an individual who represents an issuer in an offer or sale, for investments colloquially referred to as crowdfunding. To qualify for the exemption, the transaction is required to meet specific conditions, including the requirements of the federal exemption for intrastate offerings in § 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933 and SEC Rule 147. The amount to be received for all sales of the security in reliance upon this exemption shall not exceed $2 million. The measure expires July 1, 2020.

12/11/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100942D
12/11/14 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/12/15 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1384)
01/20/15 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/22/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

SB 763 Securities Act; crowdfunding exemption.

Patrons: Edwards and Wagner

Summary as passed Senate:

Securities Act; crowdfunding exemption. Creates an exemption from the securities, broker-dealer, and agent registration requirements of the Securities Act for any security issued by a Virginia entity if (i) the offering is conducted in accordance with the federal exemption for intrastate offerings in § 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Commission Rule 147; (ii) the offer and sale are made only to Virginia residents; (iii) the aggregate price of the securities offered under the exemption does not exceed $2 million or such other amount as the State Corporation Commission (SCC) establishes by rule or order; (iv) the maximum amount that may be invested by a purchaser who is not an accredited investor is $10,000 or such other amount as the SCC establishes by rule or order; (v) compensation is not paid to employees, agents, or other persons for the solicitation or based on the sale of such securities, who are not registered as a broker-dealer or agent except as permitted by the SCC; (vi) neither the issuer nor any related person is subject to disqualification; and (vii) the security is sold in an offering conducted in compliance with conditions established by rule or order of the SCC. The SCC may assess a filing fee not to exceed $500. The SCC is required to report annually on the implementation of the measure. The measure will expire on July 1, 2020.

01/29/15 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB763S1
01/30/15 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/06/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/15 House: Read first time
02/06/15 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor



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Ethics (back to top)

HB 1667 Conflicts of Interests Acts, and General Assembly; certain gifts prohibited.

Patron: Bulova

Summary as introduced:
State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act and the General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; certain gifts prohibited; penalties. Prohibits state and local government officers and employees and legislators and candidates for the General Assembly required to file the disclosure form prescribed in § 2.2-3117 or 30-111 from soliciting, accepting, or receiving any single tangible or intangible gift, or any combination of tangible or intangible gifts, with a value exceeding $100 from any person. For purposes of the prohibition and the disclosure requirements, such gift or gifts given to a member of the immediate family of an officer, employee, legislator, or candidate shall be considered a gift or gifts to the officer, employee, legislator, or candidate if (i) the gift was given with his knowledge and acquiescence and (ii) he knows or has reason to know that the gift was given to the member of his immediate family because of his official position. However, an intangible gift or a combination of intangible gifts with a value exceeding $100 may be accepted if the gift or gifts were received while in attendance at an event sponsored by a not-for-profit or government entity that is open to the public or to which the public is invited to purchase tickets for admission, or if a written request has been submitted to and has received the written approval of the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council. The Council may approve those requests that provide a public benefit and do not raise the appearance of impropriety. The bill further prohibits any officer, employee, legislator, or candidate, or any member of his immediate family, from soliciting, accepting, or receiving any tangible or intangible gift of any value when he knows or has reason to know that such gift was offered or given with the intent to induce any conduct or action by him related to the performance of his official duties. A knowing violation of this prohibition is punishable by a civil penalty in an amount equal to $250, and any officer, employee, legislator, or candidate who knowingly commits a second or subsequent violation within four years of a previous violation is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. For purposes of this limitation, the bill defines "tangible gift" as a thing of value that can be sold at retail, including currency, securities, and other financial instruments and defines "intangible gift" as those services, transportation, lodgings, meals, and other things of value that may be enjoyed but cannot be resold. The prohibition does not apply to gifts given by relatives or personal friends. The bill amends the five-year dollar adjustment to the limitation on annual gifts, requiring the adjustment be rounded to the nearest $50.

01/13/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Ethics
01/14/15 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB1667)
02/02/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1667)
02/04/15 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB2070-Gilbert)
02/04/15 House: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB2070-Gilbert)



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Privacy (back to top)

HB 1281 Kill switches for digital devices; definitions, civil penalty.

Patrons: Spruill, BaCote, Hester and Ward; Senators: Alexander, Dance and Locke

Summary as introduced:
Kill switches for digital devices. Requires any new cellular phone, tablet device, or other mobile communications device manufactured on or after July 1, 2015, that is sold in the Commonwealth to either be equipped at the time of sale with a preloaded kill switch or be capable of having a kill switch downloaded to the device by an authorized user at no cost. The bill defines a kill switch as a technological solution or functionality provided by the manufacturer or operating system provider that, once initiated and successfully communicated to the digital device, renders the essential features of the digital device inoperable to an unauthorized user when the digital device is not in the possession of an authorized user. A person selling a digital device in violation of this measure is subject to injunctions and civil penalties.

08/27/14 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/27/15 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2
01/29/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1281)
01/29/15 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/03/15 House: Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor

HB 1308 Wire, electronic, or oral communications; civil action for unlawful interception, disclosure, etc.

Patrons: Marshall, R.G., Berg and Cole; Senator: Black

Summary as passed House:

Right to privacy in electronic communications; confidential relationship; civil action. Doubles the amount of liquidated damages that may be recovered against a person who intercepts, discloses, or uses wire, electronic, or oral communications in violation of Virginia's wiretapping law if such communications are between (i) a husband and wife; (ii) an attorney and client; (iii) a licensed practitioner of the healing arts and patient; (iv) a licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, licensed psychologist, or licensed marriage and family therapist and client; or (v) a clergy member and person seeking spiritual counsel or advice. The bill increases the allowable liquidated damages from $400 a day for each day of violation or $4,000, whichever is higher, to $800 a day or $8,000.

02/02/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1308H1
02/03/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/15 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 1334 Students' personally identifiable information; (DOE) to develop certain policies.

Patron: Landes

Summary as passed House:

Students' personally identifiable information. Requires the Department of Education to develop and make publicly available on its website policies to ensure state and local compliance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and state law applicable to students' personally identifiable information, including policies for (i) access to students' personally identifiable information and (ii) the approval of requests for student data from public and private entities and individuals for the purpose of research. The bill requires the Department and each local school division to notify the parent of any student whose personally identifiable information contained in electronic records could reasonably be assumed to have been disclosed in violation of FERPA or state law applicable to such information, except as otherwise provided in certain other provisions of law. Such notification shall include the (a) date, estimated date, or date range of the disclosure; (b) type of information that was or is reasonably believed to have been disclosed; and (c) remedial measures taken or planned in response to the disclosure.

02/04/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1334H1
02/05/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/05/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/06/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

HB 1348 Telecommunication records; warrant requirement, prohibition on collection by law enforcement.

Patron: Carr

Summary as introduced:

Warrant requirement for certain telecommunications records; prohibition on collection by law enforcement. Provides that if an investigative or law-enforcement officer would be required to obtain a search warrant in order to obtain the contents of electronic communications or real-time location data from a provider of electronic communication service or remote computing service, the officer shall not use any device to intercept such communications or collect such real-time location data without first obtaining a search warrant authorizing the use of the device. This bill was incorporated into HB 1408.

12/01/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100493D
12/01/14 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/14/15 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1408-Marshall, R.G.) (11-Y 0-N)
01/28/15 House: Incorporated by Courts of Justice (HB1408-Marshall, R.G.)

HB 1349 Search of electronic device without warrant prohibited.

Patrons: Carr; Senator: Black

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.

12/01/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100488D
12/01/14 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/14/15 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1274-Farrell)
02/10/15 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1408 Telecommunication records; warrant requirement, prohibition on collection by law enforcement.

Patrons: Marshall, R.G., Berg, Carr and Cole

Summary as passed House:

Warrant requirement for certain telecommunications records; prohibition on collection by law enforcement. Provides that if an investigative or law-enforcement officer would be required to obtain a search warrant in order to obtain the contents of electronic communications or real-time location data from a provider of electronic communication service or remote computing service, the officer shall not use any device to intercept such communications or collect such real-time location data without first obtaining a search warrant authorizing the use of the device. This bill incorporates HB 1348.

02/02/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1408H1
02/03/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/15 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

HB 1477 Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act; created, codifies Act.

Patrons: Leftwich, Peace, Wright and Simon; Senator: Ruff

Summary as introduced:
Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act; adoption. Codifies the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which provides a fiduciary, including a personal representative, conservator, guardian, agent, or trustee, the power to access and control digital assets, including electronic records and communications. The uniform act was approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2014.

01/02/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100166D
01/02/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/28/15 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 1-N)
02/04/15 House: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (9-Y 10-N)

HB 1528 Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; limitation on collection.

Patrons: Berg and Rasoul

Summary as introduced:
Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; limitation on collection and use of personal information by law enforcement; penalty. Limits the ability of law-enforcement and regulatory agencies to use technology to collect and maintain personal information on individuals and organizations where a warrant has not been issued and there is no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity by the individual or organization. The bill codifies an opinion of the Attorney General regarding the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act. The bill also allows a law-enforcement agency to collect information from a license plate reader provided that any information collected shall only be retained for 24 hours and shall only be used for the investigation of a crime or a report of a missing person. The bill provides that any person who sells or uses information collected from a license plate reader by a law-enforcement agency in any unauthorized manner is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

01/06/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101692D
01/06/15 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB1528)
01/06/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1528)
02/10/15 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1669 Scholastic records; personally identifiable information contained in student databases.

Patron: Berg

Summary as introduced:
Scholastic records; personally identifiable information; student databases. Prohibits the Board of Education, the Department of Education, other state-level educational agencies, local school boards, and public schools from (i) collecting or pursuing a grant that would require the collection of certain types of student and family information; (ii) maintaining, entering into a contract with a third party for the maintenance of, or disclosing to any contractor, consultant, or other third party (a) to whom it has outsourced its services or functions or (b) that conducts studies for or on its behalf to develop, validate, or administer predictive tests or administer student-aid programs student personally identifiable information contained in scholastic records in a student database without the written consent of adult students or the parents of minor students unless the disclosing party and the third party to whom the disclosure is made fulfill several requirements such as reporting requirements; and (iii) disclosing under any circumstance, except with such written consent, student personally identifiable information contained in scholastic records in a student database to certain categories of third parties. The bill sets forth civil penalties for third party violations.

01/09/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102358D
01/09/15 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/28/15 House: Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
02/02/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Education

HB 1673 Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; limitation on collection.

Patrons: Anderson, Marshall, R.G., Carr, Cole, Greason, Hugo, LaRock and Rasoul; Senator: Black

Summary as passed House:

Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; license plate readers; limitation on collection and use of personal information by law enforcement. Limits the ability of law-enforcement and regulatory agencies to use license plate readers to collect and maintain personal information on individuals and organizations where a warrant has not been issued and there is no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity by the individual or organization. Information collected by a license plate reader without a warrant shall only be retained for seven days and shall only be used for the investigation of a crime or a report of a missing person. The bill codifies an opinion of the Attorney General regarding the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act.

02/09/15 House: Amendment #2 by Delegate Miller agreed to
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1673E
02/09/15 House: Printed as engrossed 15102702D-E
02/10/15 House: Read third time and passed House (89-Y 11-N)
02/10/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (89-Y 11-N)

SB 709 Publication of unlawful images; venue, penalty.

Patron: Edwards

Summary as passed Senate:

Creation of unlawful images; venue. Provides  that venue for prosecution of the crime of creating unlawful images of a nonconsenting person is the same as venue for the Computer Crimes Act. The bill also clarifies a venue provision in the Computer Crimes Act 

02/05/15 Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/09/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/15 House: Read first time
02/09/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law

SB 720 Arrest photos on Internet; penalty.

Patron: Marsden

Summary as passed Senate:

Arrest photos on Internet; penalty. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for the owner of a website to both post an arrest photo and extort money for removing the photograph.

01/23/15 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB720E)
01/30/15 House: Placed on Calendar
01/30/15 House: Read first time
01/30/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law

SB 825 Digital impersonation; penalty.

Patron: Martin

Summary as passed Senate:

Impersonation on social networking site; civil cause of action. Provides that if a person intentionally and maliciously defames or defrauds another person by credibly impersonating him on a social networking site, the person impersonated may seek an injunction and may recover damages for injuries sustained.  Injuries may include injury to the person's character or reputation.  There are exceptions for matters of cultural, historical, political, religious, educational, newsworthy or public interest, including works of art, commentary, satire, and parody and insignificant, de minimis, or incidental use or if done by a law-enforcement agency as part of a criminal investigation.

02/05/15 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 3-N)
02/09/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/15 House: Read first time
02/09/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law



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Procurement (back to top)

HB 1917 Governmental agencies; certain contracts for procurement of goods or services prohibited.

Patrons: LeMunyon and Simon

Summary as passed House:

Certain contracts between governmental agencies prohibited. Requires any governmental agency that intends to purchase services for an amount over $25,000 from another governmental agency, which service is found on the commercial activities list, to post notice of such purchase and provide the opportunity for comment by or the submission of information from the private sector on each such intended purchase. The bill specifies where the notice is to be posted and defines commercial activities list and governmental agency.

02/09/15 House: Read second time
02/09/15 House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104248D-H1
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1917H1
02/10/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)



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State IT (back to top)

HB 1661 Virginia Information Technologies; contracts for private educational institutions.

Patron: Rust

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Information Technologies Agency; Division of Purchases and Supply; private institutions of higher education. Directs the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) and the Division of Purchases and Supply (the Division) to allow private institutions of higher education that are chartered by an Act of Congress in 1821, have owned and operated since 1991 a campus with a significant presence in the Commonwealth, and are 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 by VITA or the Division. Under current law, such institutions must be chartered in Virginia in order to purchase directly from contracts established for state agencies and public bodies by VITA or the Division.

01/28/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1661H1
01/29/15 House: Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N)
01/29/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
01/30/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB 1662 Transportation network companies (TNCs); licensing process by DMV.

Patrons: Rust, Hugo, Villanueva, DeSteph and Plum

Summary as passed House:

Transportation network companies. Establishes a process for the licensing of transportation network companies (TNCs) by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), provided that TNCs comply with the requirements for licensure. The bill requires TNCs to screen drivers (TNC partners), ensure that all drivers are at least 21 years old and properly licensed to drive, and conduct background checks on all drivers including criminal background, driving history, and status on the sex offender registry.

The bill also requires that TNC partner vehicles be titled and registered personal vehicles; be insured; have a maximum seating capacity of no more than seven persons, excluding the driver; be registered with DMV for TNC use; and display TNC and DMV identification markers. The bill further requires that TNC drivers be covered by a specific liability insurance policy. The bill also imposes several other operational requirements, including requirements that the TNC provide a credential to the driver and disclose information about the TNC partner and TNC policies to passengers, and specifies the nature and limits of the insurance coverage.

The bill authorizes DMV to conduct periodic reviews of the TNC to confirm compliance and authorizes fees to cover DMV's costs of administering the program, an initial TNC license fee of $100,000, and an annual license renewal fee of $60,000. The bill requires DMV to review the fee structure and report by December 1, 2016.

02/09/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1662ER)
02/09/15 House: Signed by Speaker
02/09/15 Senate: Signed by President
02/10/15 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 02/10/15
02/10/15 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SB 674 Virginia Information Technologies Agency; email archiving.

Patron: Martin

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Information Technologies Agency; email archiving. Requires any state agency in the executive branch of government that receives email services from VITA to also utilize email archiving services provided by VITA.

01/23/15 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB674)
02/02/15 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 5-N)
02/02/15 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/05/15 Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 15104875D-S1
02/05/15 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Finance (6-Y 7-N 1-A)

SB 814 Electronic identity management; standards, liability.

Patron: Watkins

Summary as introduced:
Electronic identity management; standards; liability. Creates the Identity Management Standards Advisory Council to advise the Secretaries of Technology and Transportation on the adoption of technical and data standards regarding the verification and authentication of identity in digital and online transactions. Electronic identity providers that adhere to the adopted standards would be immune from civil liability related to the issuance of an electronic identity credential, absent gross negligence or willful misconduct. The bill also establishes in the Code of Virginia the concept of an identity trust framework operator, an entity that establishes rules and policies for identity providers operating within the framework and issues electronic trustmarks to such providers signifying compliance with the rules and policies of that trust framework.

02/05/15 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB814S1
02/06/15 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/10/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/10/15 House: Read first time
02/10/15 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology



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Tax Policy (back to top)

HB 1352 BPOL tax; deduction for amounts paid under subcontracts.

Patrons: Ramadan, Head, Taylor and Webert

Summary as introduced:
BPOL tax; deduction for amounts paid under subcontracts. Allows a deduction from gross receipts for amounts paid by the licensee to persons who are not employees pursuant to a subcontract between the licensee and such other persons. The deduction would become effective beginning with the 2016 license year.

12/02/14 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/15 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1352)
01/20/15 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
01/26/15 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB1352)
02/04/15 House: Tabled in Finance

HB 1741 Income tax; subtraction for long-term capital gains, extends investment period.

Patrons: Hugo, Filler-Corn, LeMunyon and Minchew

Summary as passed House:

Income tax subtraction for long-term capital gains; extends investment period. Extends from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2020, the date by which investments in certain technology businesses must be made in order to claim an income tax subtraction for any long-term capital gain or investment services partnership interest income from such investments. Currently, a taxpayer investing in a technology business between April 1, 2010, and June 30, 2015, may claim an income tax subtraction for any long-term capital gain or investment services partnership interest income attributable to such investment if the business has its principal office or facility in the Commonwealth and had less than $3 million in annual revenues in the fiscal year prior to the investment. Under the bill, the Department of Taxation is required to record and, upon request, report the fiscal savings accruing to individuals and corporations claiming the subtraction.

01/29/15 House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/29/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N)
01/30/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/09/15 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1741E)

HB 1843 Green job creation tax credit; extends sunset provision.

Patrons: James and Keam

Summary as passed House:

Green job creation tax credit; sunset. Extends the green job creation tax credit for two years, through taxable year 2016.

01/30/15 House: Read third time and passed House (71-Y 24-N 1-A)
01/30/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (71-Y 24-N 1-A)
02/02/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/09/15 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1843E)

HB 2044 Income tax; subtraction for long-term capital gains.

Patrons: Filler-Corn and Murphy

Summary as introduced:
Income tax subtraction for long-term capital gains. Extends from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2020, the date by which investments in certain technology businesses must be made in order to claim an income tax subtraction for any long-term capital gain or investment services partnership interest income from such investments. Currently, a taxpayer investing in a technology business between April 1, 2010, and June 30, 2015, may claim an income tax subtraction for any long-term capital gain or investment services partnership interest income attributable to such investment if the business has its principal office or facility in the Commonwealth and had less than $3 million in annual revenues in the fiscal year prior to the investment.

01/14/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/18/15 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB2044)
01/20/15 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
01/21/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Finance

HB 2109 Tax credits; expiration date.

Patron: Futrell

Summary as introduced:
Expiration of tax credits. Provides that any tax credit that does not otherwise indicate an expiration date will expire on January 1, 2025, absent General Assembly action to continue the credit. The automatic expiration will not apply to the credit for taxes paid in other states or the credit for low-income taxpayers.

01/14/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/15 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/15 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB2109)
01/28/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Finance

HB 2160 RS&UT; exemption includes computer equipment and software used in certain data centers.

Patrons: Hugo and Minchew

Summary as introduced:
Sales and use tax exemption; computer equipment and software used in certain data centers. Removes the June 30, 2020, sunset date for the sales and use tax exemption for computer equipment and software used in certain data centers. The bill also increases from $150 million to $500 million the minimum amount of new capital investment a data center must make to be eligible for the sales and use tax exemption, effective June 30, 2020.

01/14/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102102D
01/14/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/27/15 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/15 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/10/15 House: Left in Finance

HB 2162 Income tax, corporate; data processing and hosting companies and specialized telecommunications.

Patrons: Hugo, Keam, LeMunyon and Minchew

Summary as passed House:

Apportionment of corporate income tax; taxpayers with enterprise data center operations. Requires taxpayers with certain enterprise data center operations to use a formula for apportioning taxable income to the Commonwealth based on multiplying their incomes by the sales factor. The apportionment formula would only apply taxpayers that have entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to make a new capital investment of at least $150 million in an enterprise data center on or after July 1, 2015, and such taxpayer would begin using the formula in the taxable year that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership certifies that the investment has been completed. The provisions of the bill would be effective for taxable years beginning July 1, 2016, and would be phased in with the apportionment formula having a 100 percent sales factor by July 1, 2017.

02/09/15 House: Read second time
02/09/15 House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104761D-H1
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2162H1
02/10/15 House: Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N 2-A)
02/10/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N 2-A)

SB 807 Corporate income tax; lower rate for certain businesses.

Patron: Stanley

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income tax; lower rate for certain businesses. Reduces the corporate income tax rate from six percent to three percent for the first three years after a business located outside Virginia opens a satellite office in a Virginia locality with a population of 200,000 or fewer or after a business located in a Virginia locality with a population exceeding 200,000 opens a satellite office or operation in a Virginia locality with a population of 200,000 or fewer, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015. The capital investment made by the corporation must be $250,000 or more and the tax reduction may not exceed the amount of that capital investment.

01/02/15 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100712D
01/02/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/15 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB807)

SB 1037 Green job creation tax credit; sunset.

Patrons: Hanger and Ebbin

Summary as introduced:
Green job creation tax credit; sunset. Extends the green job creation tax credit for five years, through taxable year 2019.

02/02/15 Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/02/15 Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/06/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/15 House: Read first time
02/06/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance

SB 1141 Sales and use tax exemption; computer equipment and software used in certain data centers.

Patron: McDougle

Summary as introduced:
Sales and use tax exemption; computer equipment and software used in certain data centers. Removes the June 30, 2020, sunset date for the sales and use tax exemption for computer equipment and software used in certain data centers. The bill also increases from $150 million to $500 million the minimum amount of new capital investment a data center must make to be eligible for the sales and use tax exemption, effective June 30, 2020.

01/13/15 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102491D
01/13/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance

SB 1142 Apportionment of corporate income tax; data processing; hosting companies; telecommunications.

Patron: McDougle

Summary as passed Senate:

Apportionment of corporate income tax; taxpayers with enterprise data center operations. Requires taxpayers with certain enterprise data center operations to use a formula for apportioning taxable income to the Commonwealth based on multiplying their incomes by the sales factor. The apportionment formula would only apply taxpayers that have entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to make a new capital investment of at least $150 million in an enterprise data center on or after July 1, 2015, and such taxpayer would begin using the formula in the taxable year that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership certifies that the investment has been completed. The provisions of the bill would be effective for taxable years beginning July 1, 2016, and would be phased in with the apportionment formula having a 100 percent sales factor by July 1, 2017.

02/05/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/05/15 Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/09/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/15 House: Read first time
02/09/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance

SB 1285 Income tax, corporate; reduces tax rate by one percent for taxable years beginning January 1, 2016.

Patron: Martin

Summary as introduced:
Reduction of the corporate income tax. Reduces the corporate income tax rate by one percent for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2016, and continues to reduce the corporate income tax rate each taxable year contingent upon general fund revenues exceeding the forecast by one percent for the previous fiscal year.

01/14/15 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102926D
01/14/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/15 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB1285)
01/21/15 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (13-Y 2-N)



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Technology Regulation (back to top)

HB 1274 Electronic devices; search without a warrant prohibited.

Patrons: Farrell, Fariss and Futrell; Senator: Black

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.

07/21/14 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/26/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/04/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1708 Certain industrial uses; transmission lines.

Patrons: Marshall, R.G.; Senator: Black

Summary as introduced:
Certain industrial uses; transmission lines. Requires that a zoning ordinance shall provide that any proposed data center that will require utilization of a 230 kilovolt electrical transmission line shall be located only in an area zoned for industrial use. However, if a zoning ordinance authorizes a data center, or similar land use, that will require utilization of a 230 kilovolt or greater electrical transmission line outside of an area zoned for industrial use, any electrical transmission lines that support such a land use and that are located at a distance greater than 300 feet from an existing electrical transmission line shall be placed underground at the expense of the owner of the data center.

01/12/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103531D
01/12/15 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/20/15 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy

HB 1933 Transportation network companies; regulation by DMV.

Patron: Anderson

Summary as introduced:
Transportation network companies; penalties. Provides for the regulation of transportation network companies by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

01/13/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103075D
01/13/15 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/20/15 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)

HB 1981 Transportation network companies (TNCs); licensing process by DMV, report.

Patrons: Hugo and DeSteph

Summary as introduced:
Transportation network companies. Establishes a process for the licensing of transportation network companies (TNCs) by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), provided that TNCs comply with the requirements for licensure. The bill requires TNCs to screen drivers (TNC partners), ensure that all drivers are at least 21 years old and properly licensed to drive, and conduct background checks on all drivers including criminal background, driving history, and status on the sex offender registry.

The bill also requires that TNC partner vehicles be titled and registered personal vehicles; be insured; and have a maximum seating capacity of no more than seven persons, excluding the driver. The bill further requires that TNC drivers be covered by a specific liability insurance policy. The bill also imposes several other operational requirements, including requirements that the TNC provide a credential to the driver and disclose information about the TNC partner and TNC policies to passengers, and specifies the nature and limits of the insurance coverage.

The bill authorizes DMV to conduct periodic reviews of the TNC to confirm compliance and authorizes fees to cover DMV's costs of administering the program, including an initial TNC license fee of $70,000 and an annual TNC license renewal fee of $3,000. The bill requires DMV to review the fee structure and report by December 1, 2016.

01/13/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103076D
01/13/15 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/20/15 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)

HB 2081 Employers; disclosure of social media account information.

Patrons: Peace and Keam

Summary as passed House:

Employers; disclosure of social media account information. Prohibits an employer from requiring, requesting, or causing a current or prospective employee to disclose the username and password to a current or prospective employee's social media account. The measure also prohibits an employer from (i) requiring an employee to add an employee, a supervisor, or an administrator to the list or contacts associated with the employee's social media account or (ii) changing the privacy settings associated with the employee's social media account.

02/02/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2081E)
02/02/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/02/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

SB 1102 Transportation network companies.

Patrons: Obenshain and Marsden

Summary as introduced:
Transportation network companies. Establishes a process for the licensing of transportation network companies (TNCs) by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), provided that TNCs comply with the requirements for licensure. The bill requires TNCs to screen drivers (TNC partners), ensure that all drivers are at least 21 years old and properly licensed to drive, and conduct background checks on all drivers including criminal background, driving history, and status on the sex offender registry.

The bill also requires that TNC partner vehicles be titled and registered personal vehicles; be insured; and have a maximum seating capacity of no more than seven persons, excluding the driver. The bill further requires that TNC drivers be covered by a specific liability insurance policy. The bill also imposes several other operational requirements, including requirements that the TNC provide a credential to the driver and disclose information about the TNC partner and TNC policies to passengers, and specifies the nature and limits of the insurance coverage.

The bill authorizes DMV to conduct periodic reviews of the TNC to confirm compliance and authorizes fees to cover DMV's costs of administering the program, including an initial TNC license fee of $70,000 and an annual TNC license renewal fee of $3,000. The bill requires DMV to review the fee structure and report by December 1, 2016.

01/13/15 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102143D
01/13/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/21/15 Senate: Incorporated by Transportation (SB1025-Watkins) (13-Y 0-N)

SB 1216 Transportation network companies; penalties.

Patron: Stanley

Summary as introduced:
Transportation network companies; penalties. Provides for the regulation of transportation network companies by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

01/13/15 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103132D
01/13/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/21/15 Senate: Incorporated by Transportation (SB1025-Watkins) (13-Y 0-N)



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Telemedicine (back to top)

HB 2063 Telemedicine services; provision of health care services.

Patron: Kilgore

Summary as passed House:

Telemedicine services; prescriptions. Amends the definition of telemedicine services to encompass the use of electronic technology or media, including interactive audio or video, for the purpose of diagnosing or treating a patient, consulting with other health care providers regarding a patient's diagnosis or treatment, or transmitting a patient's health care data. The measure also provides that for the purpose of prescribing a Schedule VI controlled substance to a patient via telemedicine services, a prescriber may establish a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship by an examination through face-to-face interactive, two-way, real-time communications services or store-and-forward technologies when certain conditions are met. This bill is identical to SB 1227.

02/02/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2063H1
02/03/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/03/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

SB 718 Telemedicine; Department of Health to establish a three-year pilot program, report.

Patrons: Stanley and Ruff; Delegate: Kory

Summary as passed Senate:

Telemedicine; pilot program. Directs the Department of Health, in partnership with a hospital licensed in the Commonwealth, to establish a three-year telemedicine pilot program designed to reduce patient use of emergency department facilities for the treatment of low-acuity conditions. The bill requires the Department to report the results of the pilot program to the State Board of Health and to the General Assembly by October 1, 2018. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a 2015 general appropriation act.

02/10/15 Senate: Reading of amendment waived
02/10/15 Senate: Committee amendment agreed to
02/10/15 Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended SB718E
02/10/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/10/15 Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)

SB 1227 Telemedicine services; prescriptions.

Patron: McWaters

Summary as passed Senate:

Telemedicine services; prescriptions. Amends the definition of telemedicine services to encompass the use of electronic technology or media, including interactive audio or video, for the purpose of diagnosing or treating a patient, consulting with other health care providers regarding a patient's diagnosis or treatment, or transmitting a patient's health care data. The measure also provides that for the purpose of prescribing a Schedule VI controlled substance to a patient via telemedicine services, a prescriber may establish a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship by an examination through face-to-face interactive, two-way, real-time communications services or store-and-forward technologies when certain conditions are met. This bill is identical to HB 2063.

02/03/15 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/06/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/06/15 House: Read first time
02/06/15 House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/10/15 House: Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N)



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Transportation (back to top)

HB 1470 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; use of revenues, effective date.

Patrons: LaRock, Albo, Anderson, Berg, Fariss, Greason, Howell, Hugo, Ingram, Jones, Leftwich, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Marshall, R.G., Miller, Minchew, Ramadan and Ware; Senator: Vogel

Summary as passed House:

Use of revenues by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Requires that 70 percent of the revenues received by the Authority under § 33.2-2510 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 § 33.2-2500 and that have been rated in accordance with § 33.2-257. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2016.

02/02/15 House: Printed as engrossed 15100978D-E
02/03/15 House: Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/03/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/04/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation



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Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAV's) (back to top)

HB 2077 Drone aircraft; limitations on use, penalties.

Patron: Gilbert

Summary as introduced:
Limitations on use of drone aircraft; penalties. Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for the operation, manufacture, sale, or distribution of an unmanned aircraft system (drone) as a weapon or to deliver a weapon. The bill provides that no governmental agency or organization having jurisdiction over criminal or regulatory violations, including the Department of State Police, nor any local law-enforcement department, may procure a public unmanned aircraft system (drone aircraft) without the approval of the General Assembly or the local governing body, respectively. The bill requires a warrant for governmental use of such an aircraft. Law-enforcement officers and other public officials may operate a public unmanned aircraft system and disclose personal information from such operation under certain emergency situations without a warrant. The bill also provides that it is not unlawful for a public institution of higher education or other research organizations and institutions to operate a drone aircraft solely for research and development purposes. The bill contains extensive procedural guarantees against the release of personal information and establishes reporting requirements by agencies and courts with respect to use of and data collected by such aircraft.

01/14/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/15 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/30/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2077)
02/04/15 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB2125-Cline)
02/10/15 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 2125 Use of unmanned aircraft systems; search warrant required.

Patrons: Cline, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Campbell, Davis, Hodges, Leftwich, Morris, Pillion, Poindexter, Rush, Ware and Yost

Summary as introduced:

Use of unmanned aircraft systems; search warrant required. Replaces the moratorium on the use of unmanned aircraft systems by state and local law enforcement and regulatory entities, except in defined emergency situations or in training exercises related to such situations, that will expire on July 1, 2015, with an absolute prohibition on the use of unmanned aircraft systems by such law enforcement and regulatory entities unless a search warrant has been obtained prior to such use. The warrant requirement does not apply to certain search and rescue operations, certain Virginia National Guard functions, or research and development conducted by institutions of higher education or other research organizations.

02/09/15 House: Read second time
02/09/15 House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104099D-H1
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2125H1
02/10/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)

SB 751 Leesburg, Town of; amending charter, unmanned aerial vehicles, preservation of trees.

Patron: Black

Summary as introduced:
Charter; Town of Leesburg; unmanned aerial vehicles; preservation of trees. Authorizes the town council to limit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles within town boundaries and, by ordinance, to require private construction projects to preserve existing trees.

12/19/14 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101725D
12/19/14 Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/16/15 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB751)
01/20/15 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Local Government (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1301 Drone aircraft; limitations on use, penalties.

Patrons: McEachin; Delegate: Rasoul

Summary as introduced:
Limitations on use of drone aircraft; penalties. Creates a Class 1 misdemeanor for the operation, manufacture, sale, or distribution of an unmanned aircraft system (drone) as a weapon or to deliver a weapon. The bill provides that no governmental agency or organization having jurisdiction over criminal or regulatory violations, including the Department of State Police, nor any local law-enforcement department, may procure a public unmanned aircraft system (drone aircraft) without the approval of the General Assembly or the local governing body, respectively. The bill requires a warrant for governmental use of such an aircraft. Law-enforcement officers and other public officials may operate a public unmanned aircraft system and disclose personal information from such operation under certain emergency situations without a warrant. The bill also provides that it is not unlawful for a public institution of higher education or other research organizations and institutions to operate a drone aircraft solely for research and development purposes. The bill contains extensive procedural guarantees against the release of personal information and establishes reporting requirements by agencies and courts with respect to use of and data collected by such aircraft.

02/10/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/10/15 Senate: Read second time
02/10/15 Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/10/15 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 15104945D-S1
02/10/15 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1301S1



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Veterans (back to top)

HB 1641 Virginia Values Veterans Program; Governor to require certification of state agencies.

Patrons: Stolle, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bloxom, Campbell, Cole, Davis, DeSteph, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Futrell, Garrett, Gilbert, Helsel, Hodges, Howell, Knight, Landes, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Mason, Massie, Minchew, Morris, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Peace, Pillion, Robinson, Rust, Scott, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Webert, Wilt and Yancey; Senator: Ruff

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Values Veterans Program; certification by state agencies. Provides that all agencies in the executive branch of state government and all public institutions of higher education shall, to the maximum extent possible, be certified in accordance with the Department of Veterans Services as part of its Virginia Values Veterans Program. Such agencies and institutions may request a certification waiver from the Governor if they can demonstrate that (i) the certification is in conflict with the organization's operating directives or (ii) they have in place an alternative program that meets these requirements.  

02/06/15 House: Read second time
02/06/15 House: Committee substitute agreed to 15103986D-H1
02/06/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1641H1
02/09/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/09/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N)

HB 1805 Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Fund and Program; created.

Patrons: Lindsey, Futrell and Rasoul

Summary as introduced:
Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Fund and Program. Creates the Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Fund and Program to be administered by the Department of Veterans Services and sets out the requirements for applying for grants from the Fund and the award of grants by the Department. The bill provides that records related to the Fund and Program are exempt from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2018, and contains a technical amendment.

02/03/15 House: Referred from General Laws
02/03/15 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/15 House: Assigned App. sub: Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources
02/06/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 2132 State Board for Community Colleges; policy for the award of academic credit for military training.

Patrons: Mason, Lindsey and Murphy

Summary as introduced:
State Board for Community Colleges; policy for the award of academic credit for military training. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to adopt, no later than December 31, 2015, a policy for the award of academic credit to any student enrolled at a comprehensive community college who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of his military service that is applicable to the student's certificate of degree requirements and is recommended for academic credit by a national higher education association that provides academic credit recommendations for military training courses or programs, noted on the student's military transcript issued by any of the armed forces of the United States, or otherwise documented in writing by any of the armed forces of the United States.

01/15/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2132)
01/23/15 House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/27/15 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
01/27/15 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/15 House: Tabled in Education

HB 2133 Veterans Services, Department of; programs to create employment opportunities for veterans.

Patrons: Mason, Helsel, Murphy and Rasoul

Summary as introduced:

Department of Veterans Services; programs to create employment opportunities for veterans and assist transitioning veterans. Clarifies the mission of the Department of Veterans Services employment services program by changing the focus of services from reducing unemployment among veterans to creating employment opportunities for veterans. The bill also provides for the Department to establish a program to assist transitioning veterans in connecting with employment, education, and entrepreneurial opportunities, and sets forth eligibility for the program.

02/03/15 House: Reported from General Laws with amendments (18-Y 1-N)
02/03/15 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/15 House: Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/05/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Appropriations

SB 950 Veteran Employment Grant Fund and Program; created.

Patrons: Lewis, Puller, Reeves and Stosch

Summary as passed Senate:

Veteran Employment Grant Fund and Program. Creates the Veteran Employment Grant Fund and Program (Program) to be administered by the Department of Veterans Services to provide grants to businesses certified by the Department as participants in the Department's program to create employment opportunities for veterans by assisting employers in hiring and retaining veterans. The bill sets out the criteria for the award of grants and requires the Department to establish a certification process for participating employers with the objective of setting measurable goals for hiring and retaining veterans. The bill incorporates SB 1321 and SB 1356.

02/05/15 Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/09/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/15 House: Read first time
02/09/15 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/15 House: Assigned App. sub: Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources

SB 1321 Veteran Employment Grant Fund and Program; created.

Patrons: Martin, Reeves and Ruff

Summary as introduced:
Veteran Employment Grant Fund and Program. Creates the Veteran Employment Grant Fund and Program (Program) to be administered by the Department of Veterans Services to provide grants to businesses certified by the Department as participants in the Department's program to create employment opportunities for veterans by assisting employers in hiring and retaining veterans. The bill sets out the criteria for the award of grants and requires the Department to establish a certification process for participating employers with the objective of setting measurable goals for hiring and retaining veterans.

01/14/15 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 15103671D
01/14/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/22/15 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1321)
01/26/15 Senate: Incorporated by General Laws and Technology (SB950-Lewis) (15-Y 0-N)



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Workforce (back to top)

HB 1404 Business permit, license, etc.; timely response by localities.

Patron: Head

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.

12/18/14 House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/15/15 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB1404)
01/16/15 House: Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
01/21/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns

HB 1421 Workforce development; duties of the Chief Workforce Development Advisor.

Patrons: Filler-Corn and Simon

Summary as introduced:
Workforce Development; duties of the Chief Workforce Development Advisor. Requires the Chief Workforce Development Advisor to actively promote the Commonwealth's workforce development and training programs and activities through public and visible means. The bill requires outreach and promotion plans to be developed in coordination with the development of the comprehensive economic development policy required by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. The bill also provides that funding from publicly funded workforce development programs may be utilized in promotion efforts if deemed necessary.

12/22/14 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100904D
12/22/14 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/15 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1
01/15/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1421)
01/27/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

HB 1757 Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business Loan Fund; established.

Patrons: James, BaCote, Hester and Murphy

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority; Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned Business Loan Fund. Abolishes the Capital Access Fund for Disadvantaged Businesses, which provides loan guarantees, loan loss reserves, and interest rate write downs for disadvantaged businesses, and replaces it with the Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned Business Loan Fund. The new fund will provide direct loans to eligible small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses. The bill also includes technical amendments and provides that the Small Business Financing Authority and the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity shall transfer cash balances in the Capital Access Fund for Disadvantaged Businesses to the Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned Business Loan Fund.

02/06/15 House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1757E
02/06/15 House: Printed as engrossed 15102190D-E
02/09/15 House: Read third time and passed House (84-Y 9-N)
02/09/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (84-Y 9-N)
02/09/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1757E)

HB 1797 Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; definition of small business.

Patron: Knight

Summary as introduced:
Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; definition of small business. Changes the definition of small business to require the business, together with affiliates, 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.

01/13/15 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/20/15 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/30/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1797)
02/05/15 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/05/15 House: Stricken from docket by General Laws

HB 1854 Virginia Public Procurement Act; small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses.

Patrons: Adams, Garrett, Head and Ramadan

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses; enhancement or remedial measures. Requires state contracts awarded pursuant to enhancement or remedial measures implemented to enhance participation by small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses to include a requirement that no more than 60 percent of the work be subcontracted to another contractor except under certain circumstances. The bill authorizes the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to investigate complaints that the business has violated the contract provision and authorizes the Department to revoke the business's certification as a small, women-owned, or minority-owned business for a period of one year upon determination that the contract provision has been violated.

02/09/15 House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House as amended HB1854E
02/09/15 House: Printed as engrossed 15101489D-E
02/10/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)

HB 1901 Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; definition of small business.

Patrons: Lopez, Futrell, Stolle and Hester

Summary as passed House:

Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; definition of small business. Changes the definition of small business to require the business, together with affiliates, to meet the small business size standards established by the regulations of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Currently, a small business is required to have 250 or fewer employees or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. The bill will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2016 Session of the General Assembly.  The requires the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to convene a workgroup of interested stakeholders to examine the definition of small business in the Code of Virginia and report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly on or before December 1, 2015.

02/09/15 House: Read second time
02/09/15 House: Committee substitute agreed to 15104602D-H1
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1901H1
02/10/15 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/10/15 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)

HB 1986 Workforce Development, Virginia Board of; changes to Board requirements.

Patrons: Byron, Marshall, D.W., Filler-Corn, Garrett and Murphy

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Board of Workforce Development. Makes several changes to the Virginia Board of Workforce Development (Board), including (i) requiring quarterly meetings of the Board; (ii) establishing a full-time director position to be supervised by the Governor's Chief Workforce Development Advisor (Advisor) and dedicated to supporting the Board's operations; and (iii) adding, as an area of policy advice to the Governor, issues to create a business-driven system that increases the rates of attainment of workforce credentials and jobs. Beginning November 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, each agency administering any publicly funded career and technical education and workforce development program shall submit to the Governor and the Board a report detailing the program's performance against state-level metrics established by the Advisor. In addition, the Advisor, the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), and the Chancellor of the Virginia Community Colleg e System (VCCS) shall enter into a memorandum of understanding that sets forth (a) the roles and responsibilities of each of these publicly funded entities; (b) a funding mechanism that adequately supports operations under the federal provisions; and (c) a procedure for the resolution of any disagreements that may arise. The Advisor, VEC, and VCCS shall collaborate to produce an annual executive summary. Each local workforce development board shall develop and execute a strategic plan designed to combine public and private resources to support sector strategies, career pathways, and career readiness skills development. This bill also sets the minimum level of fiscal support from WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker funds, and provides incentives. The bill also makes several technical amendments required with the transition from the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. On October 1, 2017, the Executive Director o f the Board shall provide members of the Board with a detailed report evaluating local workforce develop boards’ rate of the expenditures for incentives from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2017.

02/05/15 House: Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB1986H2
02/06/15 House: Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/06/15 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/09/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

HB 2033 Workforce development; coordination of statewide delivery of training programs & activities, report.

Patrons: Byron, Cline and Filler-Corn

Summary as introduced:
Workforce development; coordination of statewide delivery of workforce development and training programs and activities. Makes several changes to coordinate the delivery of workforce development and training programs and activities at the state, regional, and local levels. Changes include (i) creating the Workforce Development Consortium to administer the coordinated implementation of programs and activities under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, (ii) requiring a regional convener of workforce development partners, (iii) establishing minimum levels of fiscal support for workforce credential attainment, and (iv) utilizing WIOA reserve funds for incentive programs to increase workforce credential attainment.

01/14/15 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/20/15 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1
01/27/15 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
01/28/15 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2033)
01/29/15 House: Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor

HB 2213 Small Business Loan Guarantee Fund; created.

Patron: Head

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Small Business Financing Authority; Small Business Loan Guarantee Fund. Creates the Small Business Loan Guarantee Fund to provide loan loss reserves, interest rate write downs, and loan guarantees for up to 90 percent of the principal amount of any commercial loan or line of credit made by a community bank. The bill provides that such guarantees shall not exceed $200 million or a term of five years.

01/15/15 House: Presented and ordered printed 15100612D
01/15/15 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/20/15 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/22/15 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/15 House: Left in General Laws

HJ 490 Constitutional amendment (first resolution); right to work.

Patrons: Bell, Richard P., Albo, Bloxom, Byron, Cline, Fariss, Fowler, Garrett, Greason, Head, Hodges, Howell, Landes, LaRock, O'Bannon, O'Quinn, Orrock, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Ransone, Robinson, Stolle, Wilt and Wright; Senator: Obenshain

Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); right to work. Provides that any agreement or combination between any employer and any labor union or labor organization whereby persons not members of such union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, or whereby such membership is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or whereby any such union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any enterprise, is against public policy and constitutes an illegal combination or conspiracy and is void.

02/06/15 House: Reported from Privileges and Elections (16-Y 6-N)
02/09/15 House: Taken up
02/09/15 House: Engrossed by House
02/09/15 House: Agreed to by House (64-Y 29-N)
02/09/15 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (64-Y 29-N)

SB 971 Community College Workforce Training Grant Program; established.

Patrons: Ruff and Hanger; Delegate: Wright

Summary as passed Senate:

Community colleges; workforce training. Establishes the Community College Workforce Training Grant Program to provide a $1,000 incentive payment to a community college for each student who (i) has successfully completed a noncredit workforce training program at the community college and (ii) subsequently obtains an industry-recognized certification or license in a high employer demand field in the region served by the community college, with such fields to be identified by the State Board for Community Colleges. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a 2015 general appropriation act.

02/05/15 Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/09/15 House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/15 House: Read first time
02/09/15 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/15 House: Assigned App. sub: Higher Education

SB 1209 New Economy Industry Credential Assistance Training Grants; established.

Patrons: Wagner, Garrett, Ruff, Smith and Stanley; Delegates: Byron, DeSteph, Lingamfelter and Marshall, D.W.

Summary as passed Senate:

Grants for earning workforce training credentials; New Economy Industry Credential Assistance Training Grants. Establishes a grant program that would pay grants to certain individuals enrolled, at a two-year or four-year public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth, in a noncredit workforce training program as a prerequisite to earning a related credential in a high-demand field. The grant, up to a total of $1,000, would be limited to payment of tuition charged for the training program, the cost of any required textbooks, and the cost of any examination required to earn the credential.   The Virginia Board of Workforce Development would maintain a list of high-demand fields and the related credentials on its website, and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia would administer the grants. The amount of grants available each year for the program would be determined by the general appropriation act. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2016.

 

02/10/15 Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/10/15 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 15104814D-S1
02/10/15 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1209S1
02/10/15 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/10/15 Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)



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