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2016 Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Northern Virginia Technology Council's 2016
Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Data provided by The Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS) and updated at least once a week during Session.
Last Updated: 12:00pm on Friday, February 19, 2016


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Cybersecurity (back to top)

HB 929 Cybersecurity; promotion of industry in the Commonwealth.

Chief patron: Davis

Patrons: Davis, LaRock, Bagby, Bell, John J., Byron, Campbell, Carr, Herring, Keam, Kory, Krizek, Lindsey, Mason, Minchew, Murphy, Plum, Rasoul, Simon, Spruill and Wilt; Senator: Wexton

Summary as introduced:
Promotion of cybersecurity in the Commonwealth. Initiates several efforts to promote economic development, research and development, and workforce development of the cybersecurity industry in the Commonwealth. The bill creates two new matching grant funds: one administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority for private entities that collaborate with one or more public institutions of higher education on research and development related to cybersecurity and one administered by the Department of Education for public elementary and secondary schools for STEM-related programs. The bill directs the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (VEDP), in consultation with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, to develop an online cybersecurity network. VEDP will be aided by an advisory committee consisting of representatives from higher education, the community college system, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science, and the Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, Education, and Technology. Finally, the bill directs the Secretary of Technology to organize and convene a Virginia Cybersecurity Conference to showcase Virginia's leadership in the field of cybersecurity. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.

02/01/16 House: Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology
02/01/16 House: Committee substitute printed 16105026D-H1
02/10/16 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB929H1)
02/10/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/18/16 House: Left in Appropriations

SB 747 Promotion of cybersecurity in the Commonwealth.

Chief patron: Wagner

Patron: Wagner

Summary as introduced:
Promotion of cybersecurity in the Commonwealth. Initiates several efforts to promote economic development, research and development, and workforce development of the cybersecurity industry in the Commonwealth. The bill creates two new matching grant funds: one administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority for private entities that collaborate with one or more public institutions of higher education on research and development related to cybersecurity and one administered by the Department of Education for public elementary and secondary schools for STEM-related programs. The bill directs the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (VEDP), in consultation with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, to develop an online cybersecurity network. VEDP will be aided by an advisory committee consisting of representatives from higher education, the community college system, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science, and the Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, Education, and Technology. Finally, the bill directs the Secretary of Technology to organize and convene a Virginia Cybersecurity Conference to showcase Virginia's leadership in the field of cybersecurity. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.

01/22/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/26/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB747)
02/01/16 Senate: Rereferred from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
02/01/16 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/10/16 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Finance (14-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 1

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Education (back to top)

HB 8 Virginia Virtual School; Board established.

Chief patron: Bell, Richard P.

Patrons: Bell, Richard P., Cole, Collins and LaRock

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 full-time virtual school programs 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 requires the average state share of Standards of Quality per pupil funding for each enrolled student to be transferred to the School.

02/15/16 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB8H1
02/16/16 House: Read third time and passed House (58-Y 40-N 1-A)
02/16/16 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (58-Y 40-N 1-A)
02/17/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

SB 17 STEM programs; grants for donations to programs at qualified schools.

Chief patron: Stanley

Patron: Stanley

Summary as introduced:
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 2017 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.

02/08/16 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/16 House: Read first time
02/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/16 House: Assigned Education sub: Education Innovation

SB 61 Commonwealth of Virginia Institutions of Higher Education Bond Act of 2016; created.

Chief patron: Hanger

Patrons: Hanger and Petersen

Summary as passed Senate:

Bonds for institutions of higher education. Authorizes issuance of bonds pursuant to Article X, Section 9 (c) of the Constitution of Virginia in an amount up to $40,987,000 plus financing costs for revenue-producing capital projects at institutions of higher education. The bill contains an emergency clause.

EMERGENCY

02/15/16 Senate: Passed Senate (34-Y 6-N)
02/16/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB61S1)
02/17/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/16 House: Read first time
02/17/16 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

SB 246 STEM Competition Team Grant Program and Fund; established, created.

Chief patron: Stanley

Patron: Stanley

Summary as introduced:
Grants for science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) competition teams at qualified schools. Establishes a grant program administered by the Board of Education beginning in 2017 to establish STEM competition teams at qualified schools. The bill defines qualified schools as those public secondary schools at which at least 40 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Grants are capped at $10,000 per school per year.

02/08/16 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/16 House: Read first time
02/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/16 House: Assigned Education sub: Education Innovation

SB 336 Board of Education; high school graduation requirements.

Chief patron: Miller

Patrons: Miller, McPike and Suetterlein

Summary as introduced:
Board of Education; high school graduation requirements. Removes existing provisions related to standard and advanced studies diplomas and standard and verified units of credit and requires the Board of Education, in establishing high school graduation requirements, to (i) develop and implement, in consultation with stakeholders representing elementary and secondary education, higher education, and business and industry in the Commonwealth and including parents, policymakers, and community leaders in the Commonwealth, a Profile of a Virginia Graduate that identifies the knowledge and skills that students should attain during high school in order to be successful contributors to the economy of the Commonwealth, giving due consideration to critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship; (ii) emphasize the development of core skill sets in the early years of high school; and (iii) establish and require students to follow in the later years of high school alternative paths toward college and career readiness that include internships, externships, and credentialing. The bill requires the Board of Education to establish such graduation requirements no later than September 1, 2017, and specifies that such requirements shall apply to each student who enrolls in high school as (a) a freshman after July 1, 2018, (b) a sophomore after July 1, 2019, (c) a junior after July 1, 2020, or (d) a senior after July 1, 2021.

02/11/16 House: Read first time
02/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/17/16 House: Reported from Education with amendment (19-Y 3-N)
02/18/16 House: Read second time
02/19/16 House: Passed by for the day

SB 438 Higher educational institutions; social media accounts.

Chief patron: Barker

Patron: Barker

Summary as passed Senate:

Public institutions of higher education; social media accounts. Prohibits a public or private institution of higher education from requiring a student to disclose the username or password to any of such student's personal social media accounts.

02/11/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/16 House: Read first time
02/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/16 House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/17/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB438E)

SB 541 Two-Year College Scholarship Match Program; created.

Chief patron: Edwards

Patron: Edwards

Summary as introduced:
Two-Year College Scholarship Match Program. Establishes the Two-Year College Scholarship Match Program to provide matching funds to two-year college foundations and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. Funds paid shall not exceed $5 million, in aggregate, in any fiscal year. These funds shall be used to award scholarships to students who (i) are domiciled residents of Virginia and (ii) are enrolled in an associate degree program in a Virginia two-year college based on science, technology, engineering, math, education, or nursing.

01/13/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/19/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB541)
01/21/16 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
01/21/16 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/02/16 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 0-N)

SB 575 Comprehensive community colleges; noncredit workforce credentials.

Chief patron: Ruff

Patron: Ruff

Summary as introduced:
Comprehensive community colleges; noncredit workforce credentials; Virginia Pathway to the Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Act. Establishes the Virginia Pathway to the Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Program (Program), to be administered by the Virginia Community College System (System). The bill requires the System to approve (i) a plan and funding formula to support capacity building for and development and expansion of noncredit workforce credential programs at comprehensive community colleges that prepare students for in-demand noncredit workforce credentials that are aligned with the knowledge and skill sets that are required for the available occupations in each region, (ii) a plan for providing financial incentives to comprehensive community colleges that demonstrate exceptional performance or improvement in the development and expansion of such noncredit workforce credential programs, and (iii) a plan and timeline for assessing the impact of a pilot set of noncredit workforce credentials on short-term and long-term job attainment and wages. The bill requires the System to submit a report to the General Assembly and the Virginia Board of Workforce Development no later than January 1 of each year with certain data from the previous fiscal year on noncredit workforce credential attainment by students at comprehensive community colleges.

01/13/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102555D
01/13/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/16 Senate: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/26/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB575)
02/11/16 Senate: Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (13-Y 0-N)

SB 576 New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program; established, Fund created, report.

Chief patron: Ruff

Patrons: Ruff, Chafin, Lewis, Miller and Suetterlein; Delegate: Filler-Corn

Summary as passed Senate:

New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program established. Establishes the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program, to be administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, for the purpose of disbursing funds to certain public institutions of higher education and other educational institutions in the Commonwealth to provide grants to Virginia students who complete certain noncredit workforce training programs at the institution and subsequently attain a relevant noncredit workforce credential. The bill also includes provisions relating to the amount and terms of such grants, academic credit for the attainment of noncredit workforce credentials, and reporting on completion of noncredit workforce training programs and attainment of noncredit workforce credentials, among other things.

02/15/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/16 Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/17/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/16 House: Read first time
02/17/16 House: Referred to Committee on Education

SB 609 Academic credit; industry credentials.

Chief patron: Alexander

Patrons: Alexander, Chafin, Cosgrove, Dance, Dunnavant, Favola, Lewis, Locke, Lucas, McPike, Miller, Newman, Wagner and Wexton

Summary as introduced:
Academic credit; industry credentials. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to adopt a policy for the award of academic credit to any student enrolled in a comprehensive community college who has successfully completed a third-party industry credential identified as in demand and applicable to the student's certificate or degree program requirements. The bill also requires the State Board, in consultation with the Virginia Board of Workforce Development and local business and industry leaders, to identify in-demand third-party industry credentials for each community college region.

02/02/16 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/16 House: Read first time
02/05/16 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/15/16 House: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education

SB 636 State Council of Higher Education; longitudinal data system; report.

Chief patron: Sturtevant

Patron: Sturtevant

Summary as introduced:
State Council of Higher Education; longitudinal data system; report. Requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, in collaboration with other state agencies, to develop and maintain a virtual, comprehensive longitudinal data system for the purposes of providing policy makers and authorized researchers access to educational, health, social service, and employment outcome data; improving the efficacy of state services; and aiding decision making. The bill also requires the Director of the State Council to establish an advisory committee and to provide an annual report to the Governor the General Assembly, and participating agencies.

02/09/16 Senate: Passed by for the day
02/10/16 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (26-Y 14-N)
02/12/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/12/16 House: Read first time
02/12/16 House: Referred to Committee on Education

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 100

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Energy (back to top)

HB 2 Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan, General Assembly approval.

Chief patron: O'Quinn

Patrons: O'Quinn, Adams, Austin, Bell, Robert B., Byron, Campbell, Cline, Cole, Cox, Davis, Fowler, Freitas, Garrett, Gilbert, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hugo, Kilgore, LaRock, Massie, Miller, Morris, O'Bannon, Orrock, Pillion, Pogge, Poindexter, Robinson, Rush, Taylor, Ware and Wright

Summary as introduced:
Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval. Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to receive approval from the General Assembly for a state implementation plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants prior to submitting the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

01/27/16 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (64-Y 34-N 1-A)
01/28/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/16 Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (8-Y 7-N)
02/18/16 Senate: Rereferred to Finance

HB 618 Distributed electric generation; establishment of community solar gardens.

Chief patron: Krizek

Patrons: Krizek, Plum and Watts; Senator: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Distributed electric generation; community solar gardens. Authorizes the establishment of community solar gardens, which are required to be owned by a subscriber organization that has at least 10 subscribers. Subscribers will receive credits on their utility bills from energy generated at the solar facility in proportion to the size of their subscription. The output and renewable energy credits from a solar garden shall be purchased by the utility in the form of net metering credits allocated to the subscribers. To the extent that a subscriber's net metering credit exceeds the subscriber's electric bill in any billing period, the credit will be applied against future bills. If the electricity output of the community solar garden is not fully subscribed, the utility is required to purchase the unsubscribed renewable energy at a rate equal to the utility's average hourly incremental cost of electricity supply over the immediately preceding calendar year.

01/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/16 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB618)
01/19/16 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
02/09/16 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017
02/11/16 House: Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor

HB 762 Electric Transmission Line Planning Association; political subdivisions to form and maintain.

Chief patron: Freitas

Patron: Freitas

Summary as introduced:
Electric Transmission Line Planning Association. Authorizes three or more political subdivisions to form and maintain an Electric Transmission Line Planning Association. The purposes of an Association shall include representing and protecting the interests of member localities in planning activities, hearings, meetings, or discussions conducted by or involving a regional transmission entity, including any committee or other subgroup thereof, that relates to electric transmission lines that are proposed or considered for location within the Commonwealth. The governing body of any locality that is a member, or hereafter becomes a member, of an Association is authorized to appropriate funds to the Association or to provide goods and services to the Association.

01/12/16 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102270D
01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/16 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB762)
01/19/16 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
02/16/16 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 908 Electrical transmission lines; SCC to consider impact on historic resources.

Chief patron: Minchew

Patrons: Minchew, Villanueva, Bell, John J., Boysko, Carr, Mason, Murphy, Peace, Sullivan and Webert

Summary as introduced:
Electrical transmission lines; effect on historic resources. Requires the State Corporation Commission (SCC), prior to approving the construction of any electrical transmission lines of 138 kV or more, to determine that the corridor or route chosen for the line will avoid any adverse impact on the scenic assets, historic resources, and environment of the area concerned. If the SCC determines that no route or corridor exists that can avoid any such adverse impact, the SCC is directed to choose the corridor or route that minimizes such adverse impacts to the greatest extent reasonably practicable. Currently, the SCC is required to determine that such a line's corridor or route will reasonably minimize adverse impact on the scenic assets, historic districts, and environment of the area concerned.

01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/16 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/19/16 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB908)
02/09/16 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (10-Y 2-N)
02/11/16 House: Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor

HB 941 Clean energy programs; expands scope by including certain residential properties.

Chief patron: Toscano

Patrons: Toscano and Plum

Summary as introduced:
Financing of clean energy programs. Expands the scope of clean energy programs by including certain residential properties that are currently excluded from the voluntary special lien assessment provisions.

01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/19/16 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB941)
01/29/16 House: Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/10/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns

HB 1053 Investor-owned electric utilities; energy efficiency programs, report.

Chief patron: Kilgore

Patron: Kilgore

Summary as passed House:

Investor-owned electric utilities; energy efficiency. Directs the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to evaluate the establishment of uniform protocols for measuring, verifying, validating, and reporting the impacts of energy efficiency measures implemented by investor-owned electric utilities and the establishment of a methodology for estimating annual kilowatt savings for such energy efficiency measures. The SCC shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2016.

02/15/16 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1053H1
02/16/16 House: Read third time and passed House (82-Y 15-N 2-A)
02/16/16 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (82-Y 15-N 2-A)
02/17/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

SB 21 Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval.

Chief patron: Chafin

Patrons: Chafin, Obenshain, Black, Carrico, Cosgrove and Suetterlein

Summary as passed Senate:

Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval. Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to receive approval from the General Assembly for a state implementation plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants prior to submitting the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval. This bill incorporates SB 482.

02/05/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/16 House: Read first time
02/05/16 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/18/16 House: Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 6-N)
02/19/16 House: Read second time

SB 136 Electrical transmission line siting; SCC to hold hearing when requested by locality.

Chief patron: Favola

Patrons: Favola; Delegate: Kory

Summary as introduced:
Electrical transmission line siting; hearing requested by locality. Requires the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to hold at least one hearing in the area that would be affected by construction of an electrical transmission line of 138 kV or more, upon the request of the governing body of any county or municipality through which the line is proposed to be built. Currently the SCC is required to conduct a hearing in the affected area if requested by 20 or more interested parties. The measure also provides that the affected localities are given the same protections whenever a significantly different route is deemed desirable by the SCC.

02/15/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/16 House: Read first time
02/15/16 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/18/16 House: Reported from Commerce and Labor (20-Y 0-N)
02/19/16 House: Read second time

SB 395 Investor-owned electric utilities; establishment of protocols for energy efficiency programs.

Chief patron: Alexander

Patron: Alexander

Summary as passed Senate:

Investor-owned electric utilities; energy efficiency. Directs the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to evaluate the establishment of uniform protocols for measuring, verifying, validating, and reporting the impacts of energy efficiency measures implemented by investor-owned electric utilities and the establishment of a methodology for estimating annual kilowatt savings and a formula to calculate the levelized cost of saved energy for such energy efficiency measures. The SCC shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2016.

02/16/16 Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/16/16 Senate: Passed Senate (30-Y 9-N)
02/18/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/18/16 House: Read first time
02/18/16 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

SB 403 Virginia Energy Storage Consortium: created, terms of Board members, report.

Chief patron: Ebbin

Patron: Ebbin

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Energy Storage Consortium. Establishes the Virginia Energy Storage Consortium as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth for the purpose of positioning the Commonwealth as a leader in research, development, commercialization, manufacturing, and deployment of energy storage technology. The powers of the Consortium include (i) promoting collaborative efforts among Virginia's public and private institutions of higher education in research, development, and commercialization efforts related to energy storage; (ii) monitoring relevant developments nationally and globally; and (iii) identifying and working with the Commonwealth's industries and nonprofit partners. The Consortium shall be governed by a board of directors of 15 nonlegislative citizen members appointed by the Governor, who shall initially serve staggered terms. Staff support shall be provided by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. The measure expires on July 1, 2021.

01/12/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103876D
01/12/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB403)
02/08/16 Senate: Continued to 2017 in Commerce and Labor (11-Y 0-N)

SB 482 Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval.

Chief patron: Obenshain

Patron: Obenshain

Summary as introduced:
Clean Power Plan; state implementation plan; General Assembly approval. Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to receive approval from the General Assembly for a state implementation plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants prior to submitting the plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

01/12/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101758D
01/12/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/21/16 Senate: Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (SB21-Chafin) (15-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 6 SB: 5

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Healthcare IT (back to top)

SB 19 Telemedicine; pilot program.

Chief patron: Stanley

Patrons: Stanley; Delegate: Edmunds

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, 2019. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

02/17/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/16 House: Read first time
02/17/16 House: Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/17/16 Senate: Impact statement from VDH (SB19E)
02/17/16 House: Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1

SB 429 Creation of the Commonwealth Genomics and Personalized Medicine Authority.

Chief patron: Saslaw

Patrons: Saslaw and McPike

Summary as introduced:
Creation of the Commonwealth Genomics and Personalized Medicine Authority. Creates the Commonwealth Genomics and Personalized Medicine Authority (the Authority) as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth. The Authority's purpose is to encourage coordination and collaboration between public and private entities in the Commonwealth in translational research and commercialization related to genomics and personalized medicine.

01/12/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/25/16 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-Y 0-N 1-A)
01/25/16 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/29/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB429)
02/10/16 Senate: Continued to 2017 in Finance (14-Y 0-N)

Counts: SB: 2

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Privacy & Criminal IT (back to top)

HB 878 Invasion of privacy; civil action, damages, attorney fees and costs.

Chief patron: Hugo

Patron: Hugo

Summary as introduced:
Invasion of privacy; civil action; damages; attorney fees and costs. Creates a civil cause of action for the physical and constructive invasion of privacy where a person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass enters onto the land or into the airspace above the land of another person to capture an image, as specified in the bill, of private property or an individual located on the private property without consent or uses any device, including an unmanned aircraft system, to capture such an image in lieu of physically entering the land or airspace. The bill allows a plaintiff to recover the greater of actual damages or $1,000, along with reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill allows a court to award punitive damages when actual damages are awarded.

01/12/16 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102094D
01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/03/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Courts of Justice

SB 409 Harassment by computer; impersonating another, penalty.

Chief patron: Barker

Patron: Barker

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.

01/27/16 Senate: Committee substitute printed 16104849D-S1
01/27/16 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (11-Y 0-N)
01/27/16 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/29/16 Senate: Impact statement from VCSC (SB409S1)
02/17/16 Senate: Left in Finance

SB 599 Virginia Electronic Communications Privacy Act; established, report.

Chief patron: Petersen

Patron: Petersen

Summary as introduced:

Virginia Electronic Communications Privacy Act; report. Prohibits a state or local government agency from taking certain actions relating to access to electronic communication information from a service provider, access to electronic device information from any person other than the authorized possessor of the device, or access to electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the electronic device. Exceptions allow access to electronic communication information or access to electronic device information pursuant to a warrant or wiretap order or with the consent of the authorized possessor of the device. The measure establishes requirements for a warrant for electronic information. An agency that receives voluntarily-provided electronic communication information is required to destroy the information within 90 days unless, subject to certain exceptions. If an agency obtains electronic information pursuant to an emergency involving danger of death or serious physical injury to a pers on, that requires access to the electronic information without delay, it is required within three days to file an application for a warrant or order authorizing obtaining the electronic information or a motion seeking approval of the emergency disclosures. An agency that obtains electronic communication information is required to make an annual report to the Attorney General. The Attorney General's office is required to publish on its website the individual reports from each agency that requests or compels the production of contents or records pertaining to an electronic communication or location information and a summary of such information.

01/18/16 Senate: Rereferred to General Laws and Technology
01/25/16 Senate: Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N)
01/25/16 Senate: Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/01/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB599)
02/08/16 Senate: Continued to 2017 in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)

SB 760 Malicious impersonation by computer; penalty.

Chief patron: McEachin

Patron: McEachin

Summary as passed Senate:

Malicious impersonation using computer; penalty. Provides that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to knowingly and with malice impersonate a living individual without his authorization through the use of a computer and with the intent to defraud or injure that person in his reputation, trade, business, or profession.  The bill provides that an impersonation is credible if a reasonable person would believe that the defendant was in fact the person who was impersonated.

02/15/16 Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/17/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/16 House: Read first time
02/17/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 3

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Space Industry (back to top)

SB 46 Commonwealth Space Flight Fund; extends transfer of funds through fiscal year 2023-2024.

Chief patron: Carrico

Patrons: Carrico and Lewis

Summary as passed Senate:

Commonwealth Space Flight Fund; transfer of funds. Extends through fiscal year 2023-2024 the annual transfer from the Transportation Trust Fund to the Commonwealth Space Flight Fund and increases the transfer to $15.8 million to reflect the amount in the appropriation act. Under current law, the transfer would cease in fiscal year 2016-2017.

02/05/16 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/08/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB46E)
02/11/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/16 House: Read first time
02/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology

SJ 97 Commonwealth's aerospace industry; Virginia Economic Development Partnership to study.

Chief patron: Newman

Patron: Newman

Summary as passed Senate:

Requesting the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to study the Commonwealth's aerospace industry. Report.

02/09/16 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105248D-S1
02/09/16 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ97S1
02/10/16 Senate: Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/12/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/12/16 House: Referred to Committee on Rules

Counts: SB: 1 SJ: 1

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State IT/Procurement (back to top)

HB 509 Security of government information; creation of the position of Chief Information Security Officer.

Chief patron: Boysko

Patron: Boysko

Summary as introduced:
Security of government information; creation of the position of Chief Information Security Officer. Creates the position of the Chief Information Security Officer of the Commonwealth (CISO). The full-time, classified position is appointed by the Governor and reports to the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth. The CISO is responsible for the security of government information and applications in the Commonwealth, including assessing security risks, adopting security measures, and overseeing regular audits of government-held electronic information.

01/08/16 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102176D
01/08/16 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/15/16 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB509)
02/01/16 House: Stricken from docket by Science and Technology

HB 930 Virginia Public Procurement Act; procurement of information technology goods and services.

Chief patron: Davis

Patrons: Davis and Peace

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; procurement of information technology goods and services; contractor liability. Prohibits a public body from requiring that an offeror state any exception to any liability provisions in responding to a Request for Proposal for information technology goods and services. If selected for negotiation after the proposal is submitted, the offeror must state any exception to the liability provisions in writing at the beginning of the negotiation. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.

02/12/16 House: Read second time and engrossed
02/15/16 House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 2-N)
02/15/16 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 2-N)
02/16/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

SB 236 Government Data Collection & Dissemination Practices Act; collection & use of personal information.

Chief patron: Petersen

Patron: Petersen

Summary as introduced:
Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; collection and use of personal information by law-enforcement agencies. Provides that, unless a criminal or administrative warrant has been issued, law-enforcement and regulatory agencies shall not use surveillance technology to collect or maintain personal information where such data is of unknown relevance and is not intended for prompt evaluation and potential use regarding suspected criminal activity or terrorism by any individual or organization. The bill authorizes law-enforcement agencies to collect information from license plate readers, provided that such information is held for no more than seven days and is not subject to any outside inquiries or internal usage, except in the investigation of a crime or a missing persons report. After seven days, such collected information must be purged from the system unless it is being utilized in an ongoing investigation. The bill also adds to the definition of "personal information," for the purposes of government data collection and dissemination practices, vehicle license plate numbers and information that affords a basis for inferring an individual's presence at any place.

01/06/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102870D
01/06/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/28/16 Senate: Assigned GL&T sub: #2
02/08/16 Senate: Continued to 2017 in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)

SB 311 Virginia Public Procurement Act; use of best value contracting, construction & professional service.

Chief patron: McEachin

Patrons: McEachin, Favola, Locke, Miller and Saslaw; Delegates: Bagby, Carr, Cole, Heretick, Herring, Kory, Lindsey, McQuinn, Simon and Watts

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; use of best value contracting; construction and professional services. Authorizes any public body to procure construction on a best value procurement basis. Under the bill, if proceeding on a best value procurement basis, the Request for Proposal must contain a notice to potential offerors that the procurement decision will be made on a best value procurement basis and describe (i) the criteria that will be considered in evaluating the proposals and (ii) the rating or weighting system that will be used in evaluating the proposals, including a disclosure that price will be weighted at least 51 percent as a factor.

01/08/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101985D
01/08/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/16 Senate: Assigned GL&T sub: #2
02/09/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB311)
02/15/16 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (9-Y 0-N)

SB 517 State agencies; utilization of service disabled veteran owned businesses.

Chief patron: McPike

Patrons: McPike, Marsden and Saslaw; Delegate: Lingamfelter

Summary as passed Senate:

Utilization of service disabled veteran businesses by state agencies. Requires every state agency to include as a component of any small business enhancement measure implemented by the Governor pursuant to subsection C of § 2.2-4310 of the Code of Virginia a requirement for a minimum of five percent utilization of service disabled veteran businesses as defined in § 2.2-2001 of the Code of Virginia.

02/05/16 Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/11/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/11/16 House: Read first time
02/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/17/16 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2

SB 518 Virginia Public Procurement Act; local preference for businesses.

Chief patron: McPike

Patrons: McPike, Marsden and Saslaw

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; local preference for businesses participating in Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program. Authorizes a locality to give preference to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder who (i) is a resident of Virginia,(ii) participates in the Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program administered by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, and (iii) is within three percent of the lowest bid price.

01/13/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101820D
01/13/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/26/16 Senate: Impact statement from DHCD (SB518)
02/08/16 Senate: Committee amendments
02/08/16 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (7-Y 8-N)

SB 531 Digital document authentication standards; Secretary of the Commonwealth to establish.

Chief patron: Surovell

Patron: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Secretary of the Commonwealth; establishment of digital document authentication standards. Requires the Secretary of the Commonwealth to establish digital document authentication standards for use with all public records of the Commonwealth by July 1, 2017.

01/13/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/25/16 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (11-Y 0-N 3-A)
01/25/16 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/26/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB531)
02/02/16 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance with letter (13-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 2 SB: 5

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Tax Incentives (back to top)

HB 28 Qualified equity and subordinated debt investments tax credit; sunset provision.

Chief patron: Farrell

Patron: Farrell

Summary as introduced:
Qualified equity and subordinated debt investments tax credit; expiration. Sunsets the qualified equity and subordinated debt investments tax credit beginning with taxable year 2017.

11/18/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/15/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB28)
01/27/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/17/16 House: Left in Finance

HB 33 Small businesses; parental leave tax credit.

Chief patron: Farrell

Patrons: Farrell, Hester and Peace

Summary as introduced:
Small business parental leave tax credit. Creates an income tax credit beginning in taxable year 2017 for a portion of the salary or wages paid by small businesses to full-time employees while on leave for the birth of their child or the placement with them of a child for adoption. The credit equals 65 percent of the first $8,333 in salary and wages paid by the small business to an employee while on parental leave. The bill defines parental leave as leave taken that is separate from any paid vacation, sick, or other paid leave.

Eligible small businesses must allow full-time employees to take at least eight workweeks of paid parental leave for (i) the birth of their child or (ii) the placement with them of a child for adoption who has not attained age 19 on the date of placement. The salary or wages paid for each week of parental leave must be at least 60 percent of the employee's weekly salary or wages immediately prior to the employee taking leave. In no case will credit be allowed subsequent to 12 workweeks of parental leave.

Eligible small businesses must (i) have been operating for at least two full fiscal years immediately prior to the relevant taxable year, (ii) be at least 51 percent independently owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, and (iii) have, together with affiliates, fewer than 50 full-time employees for the relevant taxable year. The bill defines full-time employees as employees in a job of indefinite duration that requires a minimum of 35 hours per week for at least 48 weeks during the calendar year or a minimum of 1,680 hours during the calendar year.

Small businesses will apply for credit from the Department of Taxation, the administering agency for the credit program. The Department will consider complete applications on a first-come, first-served basis and issue credits accordingly. The Department may issue up to $5.5 million in tax credits each fiscal year. Any unused credit may be carried forward by the small business for seven taxable years following the taxable year for which the credit was issued.

The credit expires beginning with taxable year 2022.

11/20/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB33)
02/10/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
02/12/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/17/16 House: Left in Finance

HB 66 New Economy Industry Credential Assistance Training Grants; grants for earning training credentials.

Chief patron: Byron

Patrons: Byron, Albo, Anderson, Austin, Bulova, Campbell, Carr, Cline, Collins, Cox, Davis, Dudenhefer, Edmunds, Fariss, Filler-Corn, Fowler, Garrett, Greason, Head, Helsel, Hodges, James, Jones, Keam, Kilgore, Landes, Leftwich, Lindsey, Marshall, D.W., Mason, Massie, McClellan, Murphy, O'Quinn, Pillion, Poindexter, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Wright, Yancey and Yost; Senator: Reeves

Summary as passed House:

New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program established. Establishes the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program, to be administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, for the purpose of disbursing funds to certain public institutions of higher education and other educational institutions in the Commonwealth to provide grants to Virginia students who complete certain noncredit workforce training programs at the institution and subsequently attain a relevant noncredit workforce credential. The bill also includes provisions relating to the amount and terms of such grants, academic credit for the attainment of noncredit workforce credentials, and reporting on completion of noncredit workforce training programs and attainment of noncredit workforce credentials, among other things.

02/12/16 House: Printed as engrossed 16104963D-EH1
02/15/16 House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 3-N)
02/15/16 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 3-N)
02/16/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

HB 110 Income tax, state; deductions for H-1B visa employees.

Chief patron: Cole

Patron: Cole

Summary as introduced:
Income tax; deductions for H-1B visa employees. Requires that corporations and individuals add back to income subject to tax any deduction or subtraction claimed for the taxable year by the corporation or individual for wages, salaries, and other benefits paid or incurred on behalf of employees employed pursuant to an H-1B visa granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In addition, in the case of a pass-through entity owned by an individual or corporation, there will also be added to income an amount that is (i) equal to a proportional amount of such wages, salaries, and other benefits paid or incurred by the pass-through entity based on the individual's or corporation's ownership share or interest in the pass-through entity or (ii) in accordance with a written agreement of the owners of the pass-through entity, provided that the aggregate amount of such wages, salaries, and other benefits deducted or subtracted for the taxable year by the pass-through entity is added back to income for Virginia income tax purposes.

12/15/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB110)
01/26/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/27/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/17/16 House: Left in Finance

HB 120 Data centers, certain; income tax apportionment and sales and use tax exemption.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Income tax apportionment and sales and use tax exemption; certain data centers. Provides that data centers that are located on property not zoned for industrial use and require the use of an aboveground 150-kilovolt or greater electrical transmission line are excluded from using certain income tax apportionment provisions and from using a sales tax exemption for data centers. The bill also makes a technical correction regarding a subdivision that is erroneously set out twice in the Code. The bill is applicable to sales tax transactions and income tax returns made or filed on and after January 1, 2016.

12/16/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/29/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB120)
02/09/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
02/10/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/17/16 House: Left in Finance

HB 121 Data centers, certain; income tax apportionment and sales and use tax exemption.

Chief patron: Marshall, R.G.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Income tax apportionment and sales and use tax exemption; certain data centers. Provides that data centers that are located on property not zoned for industrial use, are within one-third of a mile of an interstate highway, and require the use of an above ground 150-kilovolt or greater electrical transmission line are excluded from using certain income tax apportionment provisions and from using a sales tax exemption for data centers. The bill also makes a technical correction regarding a subdivision that is erroneously set out twice in the Code. The bill is applicable to sales tax transactions and income tax returns made or filed on and after January 1, 2016.

12/16/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/01/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB121)
02/09/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
02/10/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/17/16 House: Left in Finance

HB 217 Machinery and tools, merchants' capital, and BPOL taxes; maximum rates established.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Patron: LeMunyon

Summary as introduced:
Machinery and tools, merchants' capital, and BPOL taxes; maximum rates established. Prohibits a locality from increasing its business machinery and tools tax, merchants' capital tax, and local license (BPOL) fees and taxes above the locality's rates in effect as of January 1, 2016.

01/19/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/29/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/29/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB217)
02/01/16 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB217)
02/17/16 House: Left in Finance

HB 660 Qualified equity and subordinated debt investments tax credit.

Chief patron: Filler-Corn

Patron: Filler-Corn

Summary as introduced:

Qualified equity and subordinated debt investments tax credit. Raises the cap on the total amount of credits that may be issued under the qualified equity and subordinated debt investment tax credit from $5 million to $9 million for calendar years beginning on and after January 1, 2016. The bill also raises the cap on the maximum amount of credits available to each taxpayer from $50,000 to $100,000 for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2016.

01/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB660)
01/26/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/27/16 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/01/16 House: Stricken from docket by Finance

HB 872 Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for certain data centers.

Chief patron: Hugo

Patrons: Hugo and Keam

Summary as passed House:

Sales and use tax exemption; certain data centers. Extends the sunset date from June 30, 2020, to June 30, 2035 for a sales and use tax exemption for certain data centers. The bill also permits jobs that are relocated from a data center that qualified for the exemption prior to July 1, 2016  to a new data center to count toward the 50 new jobs requirement  provided that a  capital investment of at least $500 million is made on or after July 1, 2016. The bill also makes a technical correction  regarding a subdivision that is erroneously set out twice in the Code.

02/11/16 House: Read third time and passed House (95-Y 1-N 2-A)
02/11/16 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 1-N 2-A)
02/12/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/16/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB872H1)

HB 884 Research and development expenses tax credits.

Chief patron: Hugo

Patrons: Hugo and Keam

Summary as passed House:

Research and development expenses tax credits. Modifies the existing research and development expenses tax credit and creates a similar tax credit for businesses with Virginia research and development expenses in excess of $5 million for the taxable year. The bill changes the existing tax credit by (i) extending the expiration date from January 1, 2019, to January 1, 2022, (ii) increasing the credit from 15 percent of the first $234,000 of the business' Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount to 15 percent of the first $300,000 of such expenses and from 20 percent of the first $234,000 of such expenses to 20 percent of the first $300,000 of such expenses if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia college or university, (iii) establishing an alternative computation for the tax credit at the election of the taxpayer beginning with taxable year 2016, and (iv) increasing from $6 million to $7 milli on the maximum amount of tax credits that may be granted by the Department of Taxation for each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2017.

Under current law, a taxpayer is allowed a refundable credit equal to (a) 15 percent of the first $234,000 of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount or (b) if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia college or university, 20 percent of the taxpayer's first $234,000 in Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount. Under the alternative computation established by the bill for the existing credit, the taxpayer will be allowed a refundable tax credit equal to 10 percent of the difference of (1) the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year and (2) 50 percent of such taxpayer's average Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the immediately preceding three taxable years. If the taxpayer did not pay or incur Virginia qualified research and development expenses in any one of the immediately p receding three years, the credit will equal five percent of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year. The maximum credit allowed to a taxpayer each year under the alternative computation will be $45,000 or $60,000 if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public or private college or university.

The bill also creates a new tax credit beginning with taxable year 2016 for businesses with Virginia research and development expenses in excess of $5 million for the taxable year. The new tax credit will include the same elements as described above for the alternative computation, except that it is not refundable and there is no annual limit on the maximum amount of credits allowed to the taxpayer. In addition, the Department may grant up to $20 million in tax credits each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2017. The amount of the new tax credit that may be claimed by the taxpayer for each year will be limited to 75 percent of the taxpayer's Virginia income tax liability for the year. Any unused credit for the year may be carried forward and applied against the taxpayer's income taxes in the next 10 succeeding taxable years. The new research and development expenses tax credit expires January 1, 2022. The bill prohibits a taxpayer from claiming a credit for expenses i ncurred using embryonic stem cells.

The bill prohibits a taxpayer from claiming both the existing and new research and development expenses tax credit for the same taxable year.

 

02/17/16 House: Read second time
02/17/16 House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105498D-H1
02/17/16 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB884H1
02/18/16 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/18/16 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N)

HB 1100 Research and development expenses tax credits.

Chief patron: Filler-Corn

Patron: Filler-Corn

Summary as introduced:

Research and development expenses tax credits. Modifies the existing research and development expenses tax credit and creates a similar tax credit for businesses with Virginia research and development expenses in excess of $5 million for the taxable year. The bill changes the existing tax credit by (i) extending the expiration date from January 1, 2019, to January 1, 2026, (ii) establishing an alternative computation for the tax credit at the election of the taxpayer beginning with taxable year 2016, and (iii) increasing from $6 million to $7 million the maximum amount of tax credits that may be granted by the Department of Taxation for each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2017.

Under current law, a taxpayer is allowed a refundable credit equal to (a) 15 percent of the first $234,000 of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount or (b) if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia college or university, 20 percent of the taxpayer's first $234,000 in Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount. Under the alternative computation established by the bill, the taxpayer will be allowed a refundable tax credit equal to 10 percent of the difference of (1) the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year and (2) 50 percent of such taxpayer's average Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the immediately preceding three taxable years. If the taxpayer did not pay or incur Virginia qualified research and development expenses in any one of the immediately preceding three years, the credit will equal seven percent of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year.  The maximum credit allowed to a taxpayer each year under the alternative computation will be $35,100 or $46,800 if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public or private college or university.

The bill also creates a new tax credit beginning with taxable year 2016 for businesses with Virginia research and development expenses in excess of $5 million for the taxable year. The new tax credit will include the same elements as described above for the alternative computation, except that it is not refundable and there is no annual limit on the maximum amount of credits allowed to the taxpayer. In addition, the Department may grant up to $15 million in tax credits each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2017. The amount of the new tax credit that may be claimed by the taxpayer for each year may not exceed the taxpayer's Virginia income tax liability for such year. Any unused credit for the year may be carried forward and applied against the taxpayer's income taxes in the next 10 succeeding taxable years. The new research and development expenses tax credit expires January 1, 2026.

Under the bill, a taxpayer with more than $5 million of Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the taxable year may only claim the new research and development expenses tax credit for such year.

    

01/13/16 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1100)
02/04/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
02/12/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/17/16 House: Left in Finance

SB 58 Research and development expenses; modifies the existing tax credits.

Chief patron: McDougle

Patrons: McDougle, Howell, Reeves and Ruff; Delegate: Filler-Corn

Summary as passed Senate:

Research and development expenses tax credits. Modifies the existing research and development expenses tax credit and creates a similar tax credit for businesses with Virginia research and development expenses in excess of $5 million for the taxable year. The bill changes the existing tax credit by (i) extending the expiration date from January 1, 2019, to January 1, 2022, (ii) increasing the credit from 15 percent of the first $234,000 of the business' Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount to 15 percent of the first $300,000 of such expenses and from 20 percent of the first $234,000 of such expenses to 20 percent of the first $300,000 of such expenses if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia college or university, (iii) establishing an alternative computation for the tax credit at the election of the taxpayer beginning with taxable year 2016, and (iv) increasing from $6 million to $7 milli on the maximum amount of tax credits that may be granted by the Department of Taxation for each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2017.

Under current law, a taxpayer is allowed a refundable credit equal to (a) 15 percent of the first $234,000 of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount or (b) if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia college or university, 20 percent of the taxpayer's first $234,000 in Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount. Under the alternative computation established by the bill for the existing credit, the taxpayer will be allowed a refundable tax credit equal to 10 percent of the difference of (1) the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year and (2) 50 percent of such taxpayer's average Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the immediately preceding three taxable years. If the taxpayer did not pay or incur Virginia qualified research and development expenses in any one of the immediately p receding three years, the credit will equal five percent of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year. The maximum credit allowed to a taxpayer each year under the alternative computation will be $45,000 or $60,000 if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public or private college or university.

The bill also creates a new tax credit beginning with taxable year 2016 for businesses with Virginia research and development expenses in excess of $5 million for the taxable year. The new tax credit will include the same elements as described above for the alternative computation, except that it is not refundable and there is no annual limit on the maximum amount of credits allowed to the taxpayer. In addition, the Department may grant up to $20 million in tax credits each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2017. The amount of the new tax credit that may be claimed by the taxpayer for each year will be limited to 75 percent of the taxpayer's Virginia income tax liability for the year. Any unused credit for the year may be carried forward and applied against the taxpayer's income taxes in the next 10 succeeding taxable years. The new research and development expenses tax credit expires January 1, 2022. The bill prohibits a taxpayer from claiming a credit for expenses i ncurred using embryonic stem cells.

The bill prohibits a taxpayer from claiming both the existing and new research and development expenses tax credit for the same taxable year.

02/15/16 Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/16 Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/17/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/16 House: Read first time
02/17/16 House: Referred to Committee on Finance

SB 64 Retail Sales and Use Tax; removes sunset date from exemption for certain data centers.

Chief patron: Ruff

Patrons: Ruff; Delegate: Wright

Summary as passed Senate:

Sales and use tax exemption; certain data centers. Extends the sunset date for the sales and use tax exemption for certain data centers from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2035, and eliminates the sunset date of June 30, 2020 for provisions of the existing law that allow the owner of the data center to count the jobs created and investments made by tenants to count towards the overall jobs and investment criteria for the exemption. If an entity previously created 50 new jobs at a data center in the Commonwealth in order to qualify for the exemption, those 50 jobs may be relocated to a new data center in the Commonwealth with a capital investment of at least $500 million on or after July 1, 2016, and count towards the new jobs requirement for the new data center to qualify for the exemption.  The bill also makes a technical correction regarding a subdivision that is erroneously set out twice in the Code.

02/15/16 House: Read first time
02/15/16 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/16/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
02/16/16 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB64S1)
02/17/16 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 1-N)

SB 161 Research and development; modifies expense tax credits.

Chief patron: Howell

Patrons: Howell and Ruff

Summary as introduced:

Research and development expenses tax credits. Modifies the existing research and development expenses tax credit and creates a similar tax credit for businesses with Virginia research and development expenses in excess of $5 million for the taxable year. The bill changes the existing tax credit by (i) extending the expiration date from January 1, 2019, to January 1, 2026, (ii) establishing an alternative computation for the tax credit at the election of the taxpayer beginning with taxable year 2016, and (iii) increasing from $6 million to $7 million the maximum amount of tax credits that may be granted by the Department of Taxation for each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2017.

Under current law, a taxpayer is allowed a refundable credit equal to (a) 15 percent of the first $234,000 of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount or (b) if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia college or university, 20 percent of the taxpayer's first $234,000 in Virginia qualified research and development expenses that exceed a base amount. Under the alternative computation established by the bill, the taxpayer will be allowed a refundable tax credit equal to 10 percent of the difference of (1) the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year and (2) 50 percent of such taxpayer's average Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the immediately preceding three taxable years. If the taxpayer did not pay or incur Virginia qualified research and development expenses in any one of the immediately preceding three years, the credit will equal seven percent of the taxpayer's Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the current taxable year.  The maximum credit allowed to a taxpayer each year under the alternative computation will be $35,100 or $46,800 if the research and development was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public or private college or university.

The bill also creates a new tax credit beginning with taxable year 2016 for businesses with Virginia research and development expenses in excess of $5 million for the taxable year. The new tax credit will include the same elements as described above for the alternative computation, except that it is not refundable and there is no annual limit on the maximum amount of credits allowed to the taxpayer. In addition, the Department may grant up to $15 million in tax credits each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2017. The amount of the new tax credit that may be claimed by the taxpayer for each year may not exceed the taxpayer's Virginia income tax liability for such year. Any unused credit for the year may be carried forward and applied against the taxpayer's income taxes in the next 10 succeeding taxable years. The new research and development expenses tax credit expires January 1, 2026.

Under the bill, a taxpayer with more than $5 million of Virginia qualified research and development expenses for the taxable year may only claim the new research and development expenses tax credit for such year.

    

12/29/15 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101909D
12/29/15 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/16 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB161)
02/10/16 Senate: Incorporated by Finance (SB58-McDougle) (14-Y 0-N)

SB 200 Qualified equity and subordinated debt investments; raises cap on total amount of credits.

Chief patron: Howell

Patrons: Howell and McDougle; Delegate: Filler-Corn

Summary as introduced:
Qualified equity and subordinated debt investments tax credit. Raises the cap on the total amount of credits that may be issued under the qualified equity and subordinated debt investment tax credit from $5 million to $9 million for calendar years beginning on and after January 1, 2016. The bill also raises the cap on the maximum amount of credits available to each taxpayer from $50,000 to $100,000 for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2016.

01/04/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/08/16 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB200)
02/09/16 Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 16105367D-S1
02/09/16 Senate: Continued to 2017 in Finance (15-Y 0-N)
02/09/16 Senate: Incorporates SB749

SB 319 Small Business Investment Grant Fund; administration; qualifications.

Chief patron: Lucas

Patron: Lucas

Summary as introduced:
Small Business Investment Grant Fund; administration; qualifications. Changes the administration of the Small Business Investment Grant Fund from the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority. The bill also changes the eligibility of businesses to receive a grant from the fund by (i) removing the requirement that a business be certified as a small business by the Department, (ii) limiting the total grant allocation from the Fund to $250,000 per eligible investor, and (iii) extending the period during which an eligible investor can make a qualified investment in a small business from January 1, 2015, to January 1, 2019.

01/08/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100457D
01/08/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/18/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB319)
01/18/16 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)

SB 326 Corporate income tax; rate of taxation.

Chief patron: Saslaw

Patrons: Saslaw, Howell and Petersen

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income tax; rate of taxation. Lowers the corporate income tax rate from six percent to 5.75 percent for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.

01/08/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101908D
01/08/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/16 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB326)
02/03/16 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (12-Y 3-N)

SB 749 Qualified equity and subordinated debt investments tax credit; qualified businesses.

Chief patron: McDougle

Patron: McDougle

Summary as introduced:
Qualified Equity and Subordinated Debt Investments Tax Credit.

01/22/16 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 16104673D
01/22/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/08/16 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB749)
02/09/16 Senate: Incorporated by Finance (SB200-Howell) (15-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 11 SB: 7

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Transportation (back to top)

HB 1 Interstate 66; tolls on existing components east of mile marker 67 prohibited.

Chief patron: LeMunyon

Patrons: LeMunyon, Bell, John J., Howell, Albo, Anderson, Boysko, Fowler, Greason, Hugo, LaRock, Marshall, R.G., Miller, Murphy, Villanueva and Webert; Senator: Black

Summary as introduced:
Tolling on Interstate 66. Prohibits tolls on existing components of Interstate 66 inside the Beltway. This bill contains a technical amendment.

02/09/16 House: Committee substitute printed 16105066D-H1
02/09/16 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/09/16 House: Assigned App. sub: Transportation
02/10/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/18/16 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 912 Transportation, Department of; installation of broadband conduit on public highways.

Chief patron: Minchew

Patrons: Minchew, Bagby, Kilgore, Villanueva and Fowler

Summary as passed House:

Department of Transportation; installation of broadband conduit on public highways. Allows the Department of Transportation to permit broadband service providers to install conduit capable of housing fiber optic cable to provide broadband service on public highways.

02/11/16 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB912H1
02/12/16 House: Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/12/16 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/15/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation

SB 60 Commonwealth of Virginia Transform I-66 Corridor Outside the Beltway Bond Act of 2016; created.

Chief patron: Hanger

Patron: Hanger

Summary as introduced:
Bonds; tolls on I-66. Authorizes the Treasury Board to issue bonds pursuant to Article X, Section 9 (c) of the Constitution of Virginia in an amount up to $1.5 billion plus financing costs to finance the costs of acquiring, constructing, and equipping dynamically tolled lanes on a portion of Interstate 66. Issuance of the bonds is contingent on the Transportation Public-Private Partnership Advisory Committee, prior to January 1, 2018, finding that the issuance is necessary due to the inability of private parties to meet the term sheet published by the Department of Transportation in September 2015 pursuant to the procurement initiated under the Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995.

02/15/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/15/16 Senate: Passed Senate (27-Y 11-N)
02/17/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/16 House: Read first time
02/17/16 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

Counts: HB: 2 SB: 1

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

HB 89 Unmanned aircraft system; use during commission of a crime, penalty.

Chief patron: Cole

Patron: Cole (by request)

Summary as introduced:
Use of unmanned aircraft system during commission of a crime; penalty. Provides that a person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if he uses or attempts to use an unmanned aircraft system while committing or attempting to commit a crime or obstructing or attempting to obstruct law-enforcement officers, animal control officers, or emergency medical services agency personnel in the performance of their duties.

12/10/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/18/16 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB89)
01/27/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 269 Invasion of privacy; civil action, damages, attorney fees and costs.

Chief patron: Cole

Patron: Cole (by request)

Summary as introduced:
Invasion of privacy; civil action; damages; attorney fees and costs. Creates a civil cause of action for the physical and constructive invasion of privacy where a person enters onto the land or into the airspace above the land of another person to capture an image, as specified in the bill, of private property or an individual located on the private property without consent or uses any device, including an unmanned aircraft system, to capture such an image in lieu of physically entering the land or airspace. The bill allows a plaintiff to recover the greater of actual damages or $1,000, along with reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill allows a court to award punitive damages when actual damages are awarded.

12/31/15 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100629D
12/31/15 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/27/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 412 Aircraft, certain; local regulation.

Chief patron: Kilgore

Patrons: Kilgore, Keam and Mason; Senators: Carrico and Chafin

Summary as passed House:

Local regulation of certain aircraft. Provides that no locality may regulate the use of privately owned, unmanned aircraft systems within its boundaries. The provisions of the bill expire on July 1, 2019.

02/09/16 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/16 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/12/16 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB412E)

HB 413 Fly Wisely Unmanned Aerial Systems Accelerator Authority; created.

Chief patron: Kilgore

Patrons: Kilgore and Pillion; Senators: Carrico, Chafin and Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Fly Wisely Unmanned Aerial Systems Accelerator Authority. Creates the Fly Wisely Unmanned Aerial Systems Accelerator Authority (the Authority) for the purpose of assisting the coal-producing areas of the Commonwealth to achieve some degree of economic diversification. The Authority's nine-member board of directors shall initiate and further plan for the development of commercial unmanned aerial systems in the Commonwealth with specific focus on southwestern Virginia and, to this end, shall keep informed as to the present requirements and likely future needs of any and all unmanned aerial systems facilities located within the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth shall remit to the authority $400,000 conditioned upon the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority matching the designated amount from the funds it has available for projects within the region.

02/02/16 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/16 House: Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
02/10/16 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB413H1)
02/10/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/18/16 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 538 Use of unmanned aircraft to trespass; penalty.

Chief patron: Minchew

Patron: Minchew

Summary as introduced:
Use of unmanned aircraft to trespass; penalty. Provides that a locality may by ordinance prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft to trespass upon the property of others within its boundaries. Such ordinance may provide that landowners may exclude such aircraft from a column of airspace extending from the surface of their land up to 350 feet above ground level. A person shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor if he operates such aircraft in violation of the ordinance.

01/09/16 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103835D
01/09/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/27/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 561 Unmanned aircraft system; use for surveillance, penalty.

Chief patron: Lingamfelter

Patron: Lingamfelter

Summary as introduced:
Use of unmanned aircraft system for surveillance; penalty. Makes it a Class 3 misdemeanor to use an unmanned aircraft system to capture an image of private property or an individual located on such private property without the consent of the landowner or other person lawfully in charge of such private property with the intent to conduct surveillance on such property or individual. The bill also provides that the sale or dissemination of such a captured image is punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor.

01/11/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/18/16 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB561)
01/27/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 737 Unmanned aircraft system; use for capturing photographic or video images, penalty.

Chief patron: Orrock

Patron: Orrock

Summary as introduced:
Use of unmanned aircraft system for surveillance; penalty. Makes it a Class 3 misdemeanor to use an unmanned aircraft system to capture an image of private property or an individual located on such private property after having been given written notice by the landowner or other person lawfully in charge of such private property that the individual, landowner, or other person objects to having such images taken. The bill also provides that the sale or dissemination of such a captured image is punishable as a Class 2 misdemeanor.

01/12/16 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101067D
01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/20/16 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
01/27/16 House: Stricken from docket by Courts of Justice

HB 878 Invasion of privacy; civil action, damages, attorney fees and costs.

Chief patron: Hugo

Patron: Hugo

Summary as introduced:
Invasion of privacy; civil action; damages; attorney fees and costs. Creates a civil cause of action for the physical and constructive invasion of privacy where a person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass enters onto the land or into the airspace above the land of another person to capture an image, as specified in the bill, of private property or an individual located on the private property without consent or uses any device, including an unmanned aircraft system, to capture such an image in lieu of physically entering the land or airspace. The bill allows a plaintiff to recover the greater of actual damages or $1,000, along with reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill allows a court to award punitive damages when actual damages are awarded.

01/12/16 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102094D
01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/27/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/03/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1141 Invasion of privacy; civil action; damages; attorney fees and costs.

Chief patron: Fariss

Patron: Fariss

Summary as introduced:
Invasion of privacy; civil action; damages; attorney fees and costs. Creates a civil cause of action for the physical and constructive invasion of privacy where a person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass enters onto the land or into the airspace above the land of another person to capture an image, as specified in the bill, of private property or an individual located on the private property without consent or uses any device, including an unmanned aircraft system, to capture such an image in lieu of physically entering the land or airspace. The bill allows a plaintiff to recover the greater of actual damages or $1,000, along with reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill allows a court to award punitive damages when actual damages are awarded.

01/13/16 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101570D
01/13/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/27/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1248 Private property; landowner also owns airspace.

Chief patron: Albo

Patrons: Albo, Morris and Kory

Summary as introduced:
Private property; ownership of airspace. Provides that a landowner of any private real property also owns the airspace above the property up to an altitude of 500 feet.

01/19/16 House: Presented and ordered printed 16104512D
01/19/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/16 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/27/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Courts of Justice

SB 584 Unmanned aircraft systems; civil cause of action created, criminal violations.

Chief patron: McEachin

Patron: McEachin

Summary as introduced:
Unmanned aircraft systems; invasion of privacy; civil action; criminal violations. Creates a civil cause of action for the physical and constructive invasion of privacy where a person uses an unmanned aircraft system to enter into the airspace above the land of another person to capture an image, as specified in the bill, of private property or an individual located on the private property without consent or uses an unmanned aircraft system to capture such an image in lieu of physically entering the land or airspace. The bill allows a plaintiff to recover the greater of actual damages or $1,000, along with reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill allows a court to award punitive damages when actual damages are awarded. The bill also creates crimes for using an unmanned aircraft for unauthorized surveillance of property and persons on the property, peeping and spying, and for taking photographs after receiving written notice that the landowner or individual objects.

01/13/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103144D
01/13/16 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/16 Senate: Committee substitute printed to Web only 16105275D-S1
02/08/16 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (7-Y 8-N)

Counts: HB: 10 SB: 1



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HB 7 Sick leave; certain private employers to provide employees with paid benefits.

Chief patron: Simon

Patrons: Simon, Kory, Bagby, Bell, John J., Boysko, Carr, Heretick, Hope, Krizek, Levine, Lopez, Mason, McClellan, McQuinn, Murphy, Plum, Rasoul and Tyler

Summary as introduced:
Paid sick leave. Requires private employers with 25 or more full-time employee equivalents to provide those employees working at least 18 hours per week with paid sick leave benefits. A covered employee would earn one hour of paid sick leave benefit for every 50 hours he works for an employer during 2017 or the first year of the employer's businesses operations if employment commences after January 1, 2018. Thereafter, such employees would accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work. An employer could offer an employee seeking to take paid sick leave the opportunity to work additional hours or to switch shifts with another employee as an alternative to using accrued paid sick leave. An employee may not unreasonably refuse the offer of additional hours in lieu of taking the paid sick leave. An employer may elect to provide benefits more generous than those required by this measure. An employer that knowingly fails to provide such paid sick leave to its employees is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 per violation. The Commissioner of Labor and Industry may institute proceedings on behalf of an employee to enforce compliance with this measure and to collect the value of any paid sick leave unlawfully withheld from such employee, which shall be awarded to the employee.

11/16/15 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/16 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB7)
01/19/16 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 33 Small businesses; parental leave tax credit.

Chief patron: Farrell

Patrons: Farrell, Hester and Peace

Summary as introduced:
Small business parental leave tax credit. Creates an income tax credit beginning in taxable year 2017 for a portion of the salary or wages paid by small businesses to full-time employees while on leave for the birth of their child or the placement with them of a child for adoption. The credit equals 65 percent of the first $8,333 in salary and wages paid by the small business to an employee while on parental leave. The bill defines parental leave as leave taken that is separate from any paid vacation, sick, or other paid leave.

Eligible small businesses must allow full-time employees to take at least eight workweeks of paid parental leave for (i) the birth of their child or (ii) the placement with them of a child for adoption who has not attained age 19 on the date of placement. The salary or wages paid for each week of parental leave must be at least 60 percent of the employee's weekly salary or wages immediately prior to the employee taking leave. In no case will credit be allowed subsequent to 12 workweeks of parental leave.

Eligible small businesses must (i) have been operating for at least two full fiscal years immediately prior to the relevant taxable year, (ii) be at least 51 percent independently owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, and (iii) have, together with affiliates, fewer than 50 full-time employees for the relevant taxable year. The bill defines full-time employees as employees in a job of indefinite duration that requires a minimum of 35 hours per week for at least 48 weeks during the calendar year or a minimum of 1,680 hours during the calendar year.

Small businesses will apply for credit from the Department of Taxation, the administering agency for the credit program. The Department will consider complete applications on a first-come, first-served basis and issue credits accordingly. The Department may issue up to $5.5 million in tax credits each fiscal year. Any unused credit may be carried forward by the small business for seven taxable years following the taxable year for which the credit was issued.

The credit expires beginning with taxable year 2022.

11/20/15 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/16 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB33)
02/10/16 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
02/12/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/17/16 House: Left in Finance

HB 66 New Economy Industry Credential Assistance Training Grants; grants for earning training credentials.

Chief patron: Byron

Patrons: Byron, Albo, Anderson, Austin, Bulova, Campbell, Carr, Cline, Collins, Cox, Davis, Dudenhefer, Edmunds, Fariss, Filler-Corn, Fowler, Garrett, Greason, Head, Helsel, Hodges, James, Jones, Keam, Kilgore, Landes, Leftwich, Lindsey, Marshall, D.W., Mason, Massie, McClellan, Murphy, O'Quinn, Pillion, Poindexter, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Taylor, Villanueva, Ware, Wright, Yancey and Yost; Senator: Reeves

Summary as passed House:

New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program established. Establishes the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program, to be administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, for the purpose of disbursing funds to certain public institutions of higher education and other educational institutions in the Commonwealth to provide grants to Virginia students who complete certain noncredit workforce training programs at the institution and subsequently attain a relevant noncredit workforce credential. The bill also includes provisions relating to the amount and terms of such grants, academic credit for the attainment of noncredit workforce credentials, and reporting on completion of noncredit workforce training programs and attainment of noncredit workforce credentials, among other things.

02/12/16 House: Printed as engrossed 16104963D-EH1
02/15/16 House: Read third time and passed House (96-Y 3-N)
02/15/16 House: VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 3-N)
02/16/16 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

HB 792 Virginia Pathway to Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Act; established, report.

Chief patron: James

Patrons: James, Austin, Plum and Torian

Summary as introduced:
Comprehensive community colleges; noncredit workforce credentials; Virginia Pathway to the Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Act. Establishes the Virginia Pathway to the Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Program (Program), to be administered by the Virginia Community College System (System). The bill requires the System to approve (i) a plan and funding formula to support capacity building for and development and expansion of noncredit workforce credential programs at comprehensive community colleges that prepare students for in-demand noncredit workforce credentials that are aligned with the knowledge and skill sets that are required for the available occupations in each region, (ii) a plan for providing financial incentives to comprehensive community colleges that demonstrate exceptional performance or improvement in the development and expansion of such noncredit workforce credential programs, and (iii) a plan and timeline for assessing the impact of a pilot set of noncredit workforce credentials on short-term and long-term job attainment and wages. The bill requires the System to submit a report to the General Assembly and the Virginia Board of Workforce Development no later than January 1 of each year with certain data from the previous fiscal year on noncredit workforce credential attainment by students at comprehensive community colleges.

01/12/16 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102554D
01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/26/16 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB792)
02/09/16 House: Tabled in Commerce and Labor

HB 913 Discrimination; prohibited in employment and housing.

Chief patron: Toscano

Patrons: Toscano, Boysko, Hope, Krizek, Levine, Lindsey, Lopez, Plum, Sickles and Sullivan; Senator: Ebbin

Summary as introduced:
Prohibited discrimination in employment and housing. Prohibits discrimination in private or public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill also adds discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful discriminatory housing practice. The bill defines "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." The bill also conforms various provisions prohibiting discrimination in public employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, or disability.

01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/25/16 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB913)
02/03/16 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/04/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/16 House: Left in General Laws

SB 12 Public employment; prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Chief patrons: Ebbin, McEachin

Patrons: Ebbin, McEachin, Lewis and Surovell; Delegates: Kory, Rasoul, Simon, Villanueva and Yost

Summary as introduced:
Nondiscrimination in public employment. Prohibits discrimination in public employment 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.

02/03/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/16 House: Read first time
02/03/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/17/16 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/18/16 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

SB 221 Discrimination between employees on the basis of sex; payment of wages.

Chief patron: McEachin

Patrons: McEachin, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Favola, Howell, Locke, Saslaw, Surovell and Wexton; Delegates: Bagby, Bell, John J., Boysko, Carr, Heretick, Hope, Kory, Krizek, Levine, Lindsey, McClellan, McQuinn, Murphy, Plum, Rasoul, Simon, Spruill and Tyler

Summary as introduced:
Equal pay irrespective of sex. Amends existing law requiring equal pay for equal work irrespective of sex to (i) increase the penalty for a violation from double unpaid wages to triple unpaid wages plus reasonable attorney fees; (ii) prohibit employers from punishing employees for sharing salary information with their coworkers; and (iii) prohibit unequal provision of benefits and privileges. The measure also deletes the exemption for employers covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act from the Commonwealth's prohibition on discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex.

01/05/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101957D
01/05/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/12/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB221)
02/01/16 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Commerce and Labor (4-Y 11-N)

SB 446 Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); right to work.

Chief patron: Obenshain

Patron: Obenshain

Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); right to work. Provides for a referendum at the November 8, 2016, election to approve or reject an amendment to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise.

02/02/16 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/05/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/16 House: Read first time
02/05/16 House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/16 House: Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional

SB 449 Virginia Growth and Opportunity Act; report.

Chief patrons: Norment, Howell

Patrons: Norment, Howell, Alexander, Carrico, Dance, Dunnavant, Lewis, McDougle, McEachin, Stanley and Sturtevant; Delegates: LaRock and Toscano

Summary as passed Senate:

Virginia Growth and Opportunity Act; report. Establishes the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board to administer grants from the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund for regional economic and workforce development projects. The bill provides that regional councils will be established across the Commonwealth, consisting of representatives of government and the business and education communities, and councils may submit applications for collaborative projects in their region that enhance private-sector growth, competitiveness, and workforce development. A portion of the grant funds will be awarded on a population basis and a portion on a competitive basis.

02/12/16 Senate: Printed as engrossed 16105302D-ES1
02/17/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/16 House: Read first time
02/17/16 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB449ES1)

SB 459 Virginia Collaborative Economic Development Act; established.

Chief patrons: Ruff, Saslaw

Patrons: Ruff, Saslaw, Alexander, Carrico, Dance, Dunnavant, Ebbin, McDougle, McEachin, Norment, Stanley and Sturtevant; Delegate: Toscano

Summary as passed Senate:

Virginia Collaborative Economic Development Act. Creates the Virginia Collaborative Economic Development Performance Grant Fund. Two or more localities in the same region that collaborate and adopt a collaborative economic development plan will be eligible for grants from the fund over a period of six years if the collaboration results in the location or expansion of a company in the Commonwealth that (i) creates at least 200 net new jobs and (ii) makes a capital investment of at least $25 million. If a majority of localities involved in the project have an unemployment rate that exceeds the state average unemployment rate by one-half percent, or a poverty rate greater than the statewide average, then a company will only have to create 25 net new jobs and make a capital investment of at least $1 million to be eligible for the grants. The total amount of the grant applied for shall not exceed the total investment of the localities in executin g the collaborative economic development plan, and each annual installment of the grant may not exceed 45 percent of the total annual amount of personal income tax withheld by the certified company from the newly created jobs. The Fund will be administered by a policy board created by legislation adopted by the 2016 Session of the General Assembly with a legislatively-stated purpose of promoting collaborative regional economic development and workforce development opportunities. If no such board is created, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership will administer the Fund.


 

02/11/16 Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)
02/15/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/15/16 House: Read first time
02/15/16 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/16/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB459S1)

SB 575 Comprehensive community colleges; noncredit workforce credentials.

Chief patron: Ruff

Patron: Ruff

Summary as introduced:
Comprehensive community colleges; noncredit workforce credentials; Virginia Pathway to the Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Act. Establishes the Virginia Pathway to the Middle Class: Noncredit Workforce Credentials Program (Program), to be administered by the Virginia Community College System (System). The bill requires the System to approve (i) a plan and funding formula to support capacity building for and development and expansion of noncredit workforce credential programs at comprehensive community colleges that prepare students for in-demand noncredit workforce credentials that are aligned with the knowledge and skill sets that are required for the available occupations in each region, (ii) a plan for providing financial incentives to comprehensive community colleges that demonstrate exceptional performance or improvement in the development and expansion of such noncredit workforce credential programs, and (iii) a plan and timeline for assessing the impact of a pilot set of noncredit workforce credentials on short-term and long-term job attainment and wages. The bill requires the System to submit a report to the General Assembly and the Virginia Board of Workforce Development no later than January 1 of each year with certain data from the previous fiscal year on noncredit workforce credential attainment by students at comprehensive community colleges.

01/13/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102555D
01/13/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/16 Senate: Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/26/16 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB575)
02/11/16 Senate: Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (13-Y 0-N)

SB 637 Virginia High-Demand Occupation Forecast Advisory Committee;annual high-demand occupations forecast.

Chief patron: Ruff

Patrons: Ruff and Garrett

Summary as introduced:
Virginia High-Demand Occupation Forecast Advisory Committee; annual high-demand occupations forecast report. Creates the Virginia High-Demand Occupation Forecast Advisory Committee (the Committee) to compile and disseminate official information on the workforce needs of current, new, and emerging industries in the Commonwealth. The bill also provides for the Employment Information Services Division of the Virginia Employment Commission, in collaboration with the Committee, to produce an annual high-demand occupations forecast report by January 1 of each year.

01/29/16 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/03/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/03/16 House: Read first time
02/03/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/18/16 House: Stricken from docket by General Laws

SJ 70 Constitutional amendment; right to work (second reference).

Chief patron: Obenshain

Patrons: Obenshain, Cosgrove and Garrett

Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (second 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.

02/01/16 Senate: Passed by for the day
02/02/16 Senate: Read third time and agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/05/16 House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/16 House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/16 House: Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional

Counts: HB: 5 SB: 7 SJ: 1