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2017 Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Northern Virginia Technology Council's 2017
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 Monday, February 27, 2017


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HB 1497 Ophthalmic prescriptions; definitions, who may provide prescriptions, requirements.

Patrons: Farrell, Bell, Richard P., Bulova, Carr, Cox, Filler-Corn, Greason, Ingram, Landes, Minchew, Robinson and Yancey

Summary as passed House:

Requirements for ophthalmic prescriptions. Requires, for ophthalmic prescriptions written on or after July 1, 2017, that an ophthalmologist or optometrist establish a bona fide provider-patient relationship with a patient prior to prescribing spectacles, eyeglasses, lenses, or contact lenses, and sets out requirements for establishing such relationship, which includes options for examination of the patient either in person or through face-to-face interactive, two-way, real-time communication or store-and-forward technologies. This bill is identical to SB 1321.

02/15/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 169 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 1767 Telemedicine, practice of; prescribing controlled substances.

Patrons: Garrett and Bell, Robert B.

Summary as passed House:

Practice of telemedicine; prescribing. Provides that a health care practitioner who performs or has performed an appropriate examination of the patient, either physically or by the use of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment, for the purpose of establishing a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship may prescribe Schedule II through VI controlled substances to the patient, provided that the prescribing of such controlled substance is in compliance with federal requirements for the practice of telemedicine. The bill also authorizes the Board of Pharmacy to register an entity at which a patient is treated by the use of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment for the purpose of establishing a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship and is prescribed Schedule II through VI controlled substances to possess and administer Schedule II through VI controlled substances when such prescribing is in compliance with federal requirements for the practice of telemedici ne and the patient is not in the physical presence of a practitioner registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The bill contains an emergency clause. This bill is identical to SB 1009.

EMERGENCY

02/15/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/21/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 110 (effective 2/21/17)

HB 1893 Youth-controlled online businesses; registered office.

Patron: Herring

Summary as introduced:
Youth-controlled online businesses; registered office. Establishes a procedure through which a youth-controlled online business is exempted from the requirement that it establish and maintain a registered office for its first year of existence. If it avails itself of this procedure, process will be delivered to the clerk of the State Corporation Commission (the Commission). Upon such delivery, the clerk of the Commission is required to contact the registered agent of the youth-controlled online business at his email address, and the registered agent is given 10 days to accept the service. The measure defines a youth-controlled online business as a domestic stock corporation in which a majority of the members of the board of directors were, on the effective date of its incorporation, between the ages of 18 and 25 or a domestic limited liability company in which a majority of the managers of a manager-managed limited liability company or a majority of the members of a member-managed limited liability company were, on the effective date of its formation, between the ages of 18 and 25, and which entity corporation or limited liability company conducts a commercial enterprise through which it sells products, services, or advertising online using the communications infrastructure of the Internet, and further provided that its commercial establishment is not operated from a specific, identifiable, or dedicated office or other structure.

01/30/17 House: Referred from Science and Technology
01/30/17 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/31/17 House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/01/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 2019 Transportation network company partner; vehicle registration repeal.

Patrons: Villanueva and Davis

Summary as passed:

Transportation network company partner vehicle registration repeal. Removes the requirement that a transportation network company (TNC) partner register his personal vehicle for use as a TNC partner vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The bill allows the Department of State Police to recognize another state's annual motor vehicle safety inspection in lieu of a Virginia inspection and clarifies that a TNC partner can keep proof of inspection in or on the vehicle. The bill contains an emergency clause. This bill is identical to SB 1366.

EMERGENCY

02/17/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2019ER)
02/17/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/20/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

HB 2032 Filing and application fees for transportation network companies.

Patron: Adams

Summary as passed House:

Filing and application fees for transportation network companies. Allows transportation network companies two fee options when applying for an original or renewal of a certificate. A transportation network company may either pay the existing certificate fees of $100,000 upon application and $60,000 for renewal or pay a $20 surcharge per record when purchasing a driver transcript in addition to the current transcript fee. This bill is identical to SB 1101.

02/15/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/21/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 126 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 2108 Virginia Wireless Services Authority Act; rates and charges.

Patrons: Byron, Boysko, Hugo and Leftwich

Summary as passed:

Virginia Wireless Services Authority Act; rates and charges. Provides that a wireless services authority may fix rates, fees, and charges for services provide, or facilities owned, operated, or maintained by the authority, for which the authority has received loan funding. Currently, an authority may do so only if it has issued revenue bonds. A similar change authorizes rates to be set at levels to provide for payment of loans. The measure also requires each authority to maintain records demonstrating compliance with certain provisions and to make the records available for inspection and copying by the public pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

02/20/17 House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (79-Y 13-N 1-A)
02/20/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (79-Y 13-N 1-A)
02/23/17 House: Enrolled
02/23/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2108ER)
02/24/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2108ER)

HB 2228 Aerospace Advisory Council; reorganizes as Advisory Committee on Aerospace.

Patron: Sickles

Summary as introduced:
Aerospace Advisory Council; reorganize as Advisory Committee on Aerospace. Moves the existing Aerospace Advisory Council, renamed the Advisory Committee on Aerospace, to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) to advise VEDP on issues related to economic development and the aerospace sector. The current members of the Aerospace Advisory Council will continue to serve as members of the Advisory Committee on Aerospace. The Aerospace Advisory Council is currently an advisory council in the executive branch of government staffed by the Department of Aviation.

01/30/17 House: Reported from Science and Technology (20-Y 1-N)
01/30/17 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/17 House: Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology
02/01/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 2229 Electronic credentials; creates standards for DMV in issuing, reviewing, etc., report.

Patron: Villanueva

Summary as passed House:

Electronic Credentials Act; report. Creates standards for the Department of Motor Vehicles in issuing, reviewing, and displaying electronic credentials. The Act creates fees for access to electronic credentials and standards for a verification system that would allow users to verify the authenticity of electronic credentials.

02/21/17 Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/17 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/17 House: Enrolled
02/24/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2229ER)
02/27/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2229ER)

SB 873 Authority of fire chief over unmanned aircraft systems at a fire, etc.; civil liability.

Patron: Marsden

Summary as passed:

Authority of fire chief over unmanned aircraft systems at a fire, explosion, or other hazardous situation. Includes immediate airspace under the current authority of the fire chief or other officer in charge at fires, explosions, or other hazardous to maintain order at the incident.

02/22/17 House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/22/17 House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/22/17 House: Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/22/17 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/17 Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB 1009 Telemedicine, practice of; prescribing controlled substances.

Patrons: Dunnavant and Barker; Delegate: Rasoul

Summary as passed Senate:

Practice of telemedicine; prescribing. Provides that a health care practitioner who performs or has performed an appropriate examination of the patient, either physically or by the use of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment, for the purpose of establishing a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship may prescribe Schedule II through VI controlled substances to the patient, provided that the prescribing of such controlled substance is in compliance with federal requirements for the practice of telemedicine. The bill also authorizes the Board of Pharmacy to register an entity at which a patient is treated by the use of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment for the purpose of establishing a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship and is prescribed Schedule II through VI controlled substances to possess and administer Schedule II through VI controlled substances when such prescribing is in compliance with federal requirements for the practice of telemedici ne and the patient is not in the physical presence of a practitioner registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The bill contains an emergency clause. This bill is identical to HB 1767.

EMERGENCY

02/14/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/15/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/15/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/15/17
02/15/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 22, 2017
02/20/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 58 (effective 2/20/17)

SB 1101 Filing and application fees for transportation network companies.

Patron: Newman

Summary as passed Senate:

Filing and application fees for transportation network companies. Allows transportation network companies two fee options when applying for an original or renewal of a certificate. A transportation network company may either pay the existing certificate fees of $100,000 upon application and $60,000 for renewal or pay a $20 surcharge per record when purchasing a driver transcript in addition to the current transcript fee. This bill is identical to HB 2032.

02/14/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/15/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/15/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/15/17
02/15/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 22, 2017
02/20/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 74 (effective 7/1/17)

SB 1202 Commercial Space Flight Authority; development of six-year strategic plan.

Patron: Lewis

Summary as passed:

Commercial Space Flight Authority. Requires the Executive Director of the Commercial Space Flight Authority (the Authority) to develop and present to the Authority's board of directors (the Board) every four years a six-year strategic plan for its adoption and eliminates the requirement that a strategic plan be submitted to the Governor and General Assembly every four years. The bill also clarifies that the public purpose of the Authority is to promote (i) industrial and economic development and (ii) scientific and technological research and development for the commercial space flight industry. The bill provides that the Executive Director of the Authority also serves as the Chief Executive Officer; specifies that the Governor's appointments to the Board have experience in the aerospace industry, the financial industry, higher education, or the marketing industry or in scientific research and development; and eliminates the requirement that the Board form a nonvotin g advisory committee.

02/22/17 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1202ER)
02/22/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/22/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/17
02/23/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

SB 1219 Property transportation network companies; required to provide motor vehicle liability coverage.

Patrons: Stanley and Norment

Summary as introduced:
Property transportation network companies. Requires property transportation network companies to provide motor vehicle liability coverage in the same amounts as are currently required for transportation network companies.

01/10/17 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102115D
01/10/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/25/17 Senate: Assigned Trans sub: Property Carriers
02/01/17 Senate: Incorporated by Transportation (SB1364-Newman) (13-Y 0-N)
02/02/17 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1219)

SB 1220 Telemedicine, practice of; prescribing controlled substances.

Patron: Barker

Summary as introduced:
Practice of telemedicine; prescribing. Provides that a health care practitioner who performs or has performed an appropriate examination of the patient, either physically or by the use of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment, for the purpose of establishing a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship may prescribe Schedule II through VI controlled substances to the patient, provided that the prescribing of such controlled substance is in compliance with federal requirements for the practice of telemedicine. The bill also authorizes the Board of Pharmacy to register an entity at which a patient is treated by the use of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment for the purpose of establishing a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship and is prescribed Schedule II through VI controlled substances to possess and administer Schedule II through VI controlled substances when such prescribing is in compliance with federal requirements for the practice of telemedicine and the patient is not in the physical presence of a practitioner registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

EMERGENCY

01/10/17 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/16 17101416D
01/10/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/12/17 Senate: Incorporated by Education and Health (SB1009-Dunnavant) (13-Y 0-N)

SB 1282 Wireless communications infrastructure; procedure for approved by localities.

Patron: McDougle

Summary as passed:

Wireless communications infrastructure. Provides a uniform procedure for the way in which small cell facilities on existing structures are approved by localities and approved and installed in public rights-of-way. The measure includes provisions that establish requirements applicable to the location of micro-wireless facilities. The measure also addresses restrictions by localities and the Department of Transportation regarding the use of public rights-of-way or easements.

02/20/17 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1282ER)
02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

Counts: HB: 8 SB: 7


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

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.

01/14/16 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
12/01/16 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

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

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.

01/19/16 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
12/01/16 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 1465 Electric energy consumption reduction goal; progress reports.

Patrons: Sullivan; Senator: Favola

Summary as introduced:
Electric energy consumption reduction goal; progress reports. Directs the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, in consultation with the staff of the State Corporation Commission, to report annually, commencing no later than December 15, 2018, on the progress the Commonwealth is making toward meeting the goal adopted in 2007 of reducing the consumption of electric energy by retail customers by the year 2022 by an amount equal to 10 percent of the amount of electric energy consumed by retail customers in 2006. The bill requires the reports to be made to the General Assembly and the Governor's Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency (the Committee) or, if the Committee ceases operations, to the Governor.

12/07/16 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/12/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1465)
01/17/17 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/31/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 1632 Renewable energy property; tax credit for property placed in service.

Patron: Sullivan

Summary as introduced:
Renewable energy property tax credit. Establishes beginning in taxable year 2017 a tax credit for renewable energy property placed in service. The bill defines renewable energy property as certain biomass equipment that uses renewable biomass resources, combined heat and power systems using waste heat to produce electricity or thermal or mechanical energy, certain geothermal equipment, hydroelectric generators located at existing dams or in free-flowing waterways, solar energy equipment, and wind equipment that is required to capture and convert wind energy into electricity or mechanical power.

The credit would equal 35 percent of the installed cost of the renewable energy property. However, the aggregate amount of credit allowed to each person for placing into service renewable energy property during the taxable year would not exceed the lesser of (i) 50 percent of the amount of the state corporate income tax, license tax on certain public utility companies, or license tax on insurance companies imposed upon the person for the year or (ii) $15,000. Only the ultimate consumer or user of the renewable energy property would be allowed to claim the credit.

The credit would be required to be claimed in five equal annual installments beginning with the taxable year in which the property was placed in service. The credit would expire and no further credit could be claimed if the renewable energy property was disposed of, taken out of service, or moved out of the Commonwealth during any of the installment years.

The Department of Taxation would issue the tax credits. The Department would be authorized to issue $5 million in tax credits each fiscal year. Any unused credit could be carried forward for five taxable years. The credit would sunset in 2022.

01/04/17 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/17 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
01/21/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1632)
01/25/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Finance

HB 1636 Energy efficiency programs; total resource cost test.

Patron: Sullivan

Summary as introduced:
Energy efficiency programs; total resource cost test. Defines the "total resource cost test" as a test to determine if the benefit-cost ratio of a proposed energy efficiency program or measure is greater than one. The measure defines "benefit-cost ratio" as the ratio of the net present value of the total benefits of a program or measure, including savings and non-energy benefits, to the net present value of the total incremental costs of implementing that program or measure as calculated over the lifetime of the measures implemented thereunder. An energy efficiency program or measure that meets the total resource cost test is declared to be in the public interest. The measure provides that an energy efficiency program or measure that fails the total resource cost test shall be reviewed by the State Corporation Commission (SCC) under other tests for approving energy efficiency. The total resource cost test is one of the four tests used by the SCC in assessing electricity and natural gas utility energy efficiency programs.

01/04/17 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/10/17 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1636)
01/17/17 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/31/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 1703 Electric and natural gas utilities; energy efficiency goals.

Patron: Sullivan

Summary as introduced:
Electric and natural gas utilities; energy efficiency goals. Requires investor-owned electric utilities, cooperative electric utilities, and investor-owned natural gas distribution utilities to meet incremental annual energy efficiency goals. Electric utilities are required to implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures to achieve the goal of two percent savings by 2032 and thereafter, with interim goals that start at 0.25 percent for 2018-2019 and increase in biennial increments of 0.25 percent until 2032. Gas utilities are required to achieve the goal of one percent savings by 2032 and thereafter, with interim goals that start at 0.125 percent for 2018-2019 and increase in biennial increments of 0.125 percent until 2032. The utilities are required to submit energy efficiency plans with the State Corporation Commission (SCC). The SCC (i) shall order changes to a plan submitted by a utility that does not demonstrate that the utility will achieve incremental annual energy efficiency goals; (ii) shall require utilities to commence compliance efforts with the incremental annual energy efficiency goals during calendar year 2018, though it may adjust the goal for 2018 if appropriate to address a partial year of implementation; (iii) may design performance incentives that reward utilities for exceeding efficiency goals; (iv) shall require utilities to report annually to the SCC on their efforts and progress in meeting the incremental annual energy efficiency goals; and (v) shall submit reports regarding compliance with the requirements of the incremental annual energy efficiency goals every five years.

01/06/17 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/17 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/17/17 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1703)
01/31/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 1760 Electric utilities; costs of pumped hydroelectricity generation and storage facilities.

Patrons: Kilgore, Pillion and Morefield; Senator: Carrico

Summary as passed:

Electric utilities; costs of pumped hydroelectricity generation and storage facilities. Authorizes an investor-owned electric utility to petition the State Corporation Commission for approval of a rate adjustment clause for recovery of the costs of one or more pumped hydroelectricity generation and storage facilities that utilize associated on-site or off-site renewable energy resources as all or a portion of their power source and such facilities and associated resources are located in the coalfield region of the Commonwealth. The measure provides that the requirement that a utility demonstrate that it has considered and weighed alternative options, including third-party market alternatives, in its selection process does not apply to these generation and storage facilities. The construction of these generation and storage facilities is declared to be in the public interest, and in determining whether to approve such facility, the Commission is directed to liberally construe the provisions of Title 56.

02/24/17 House: Reenrolled
02/24/17 House: Reenrolled bill text (HB1760ER2)
02/24/17 House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
02/24/17 Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
02/24/17 House: Enacted, Chapter 246 (effective 7/1/16)

HB 1766 Utility Facilities Act; associated facilities of an electrical transmission line.

Patron: Habeeb

Summary as passed:

Utility Facilities Act; associated facilities of an electrical transmission line. Provides that the issuance by the State Corporation Commission of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of an electrical transmission line of 138 kilovolts and any associated facilities shall be deemed to satisfy local comprehensive plan requirements and all local zoning ordinances with respect to the transmission line and associated facilities. The measure defines "associated facilities" as including any station, substation, transition station, and switchyard facilities to be constructed outside of any county operating under the county executive form of government that is located in Planning District 8 (e.g., Prince William County) in association with the 138 kilovolt transmission line.

02/20/17 House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (60-Y 34-N 1-A)
02/20/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (60-Y 34-N 1-A)
02/23/17 House: Enrolled
02/23/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1766ER)
02/23/17 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1766ER)

HB 1800 Electric utility regulation; third party power purchase agreements.

Patron: Toscano

Summary as introduced:
Electric utility regulation; third party power purchase agreements. Authorizes individual retail customers of electric energy to own and operate, or contract with other persons to own, operate, or both, a renewable electrical generating facility under a third party power purchase agreement, on the customer's premises that meets the "eligible customer-generator" requirements for nonresidential customers and agricultural customers under the Commonwealth's net energy metering program.

01/09/17 House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/17 House: Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/18/17 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1800)
01/31/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

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

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)
12/02/16 Senate: Left in Commerce and Labor

SB 813 Electric utility regulation; solar generation facilities.

Patron: Marsden

Summary as introduced:
Electric utility regulation; solar generation facilities. Exempts investor-owned electric utilities from the requirement that in a proceeding for approval to construct a generating facility they demonstrate that they have considered and weighed alternative options, including third-party market alternatives, in their selection process, if the proposed generating facility is located in the Commonwealth, uses energy derived from sunlight, and has been declared by statute to be in the public interest. The measure also directs that (i) any cost incurred or projected to be incurred by a utility in connection with such a generation facility is reasonable and prudent if the costs of the generation facility do not exceed by more than 10 percent the cost that would be incurred in the construction and operation of a combined-cycle combustion turbine generation facility with the same capacity and (ii) any increase in rates paid by customers as a result of the construction and operation of such a generation facility is reasonable if the projected increase in rates resulting from the construction and operation of such facility does not exceed by more than two percent the projected increase in rates that would occur if the utility constructed and operated a combined-cycle combustion turbine generation facility with the same capacity.

11/02/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100749D
11/02/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/06/17 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB813)
01/18/17 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Renewable Energy
01/30/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

SB 918 Renewable energy; third-party power purchase agreements.

Patron: Edwards

Summary as introduced:
Renewable energy; third-party power purchase agreements. Replaces the pilot program enacted in 2013 that authorized certain third-party power purchase agreements providing financing of certain renewable generation facilities. The measure requires the State Corporation Commission to establish third-party power purchase agreement programs for each electric utility. The existing pilot program applies only to Dominion Virginia Power and sets the maximum size of a renewable generation facility at one megawatt; the programs authorized by this measure apply to all electric utilities and do not set limits on the size of facilities. The measure also exempts sellers under third-party power purchase agreements from being defined as a public utility, public service corporation, public service company, or electric utility solely because of the sale of electricity or ownership or operation of a renewable generation facility.

12/27/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101717D
12/27/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/06/17 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB918)
01/18/17 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Renewable Energy
01/30/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

SB 990 Electric energy consumption reduction goal; progress reports.

Patron: Dance

Summary as passed Senate:

Electric energy consumption reduction goal; progress reports. Directs the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, in consultation with the staff of the State Corporation Commission, to report annually, commencing no later than December 15, 2018, on the progress the Commonwealth is making toward meeting the goal adopted in 2007 of reducing the consumption of electric energy by retail customers by the year 2022 by an amount equal to 10 percent of the amount of electric energy consumed by retail customers in 2006. The bill requires the reports to be made to the General Assembly, the Governor, and the Governor's Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency.

02/22/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/22/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/17
02/23/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
02/27/17 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB990ER)

SB 1110 Utility Facilities Act; associated facilities of an electrical transmission line.

Patron: Stanley

Summary as introduced:
Utility Facilities Act; associated facilities of an electrical transmission line. Provides that the issuance by the State Corporation Commission of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of an electrical transmission line of 138 kilovolts and any associated facilities shall be deemed to satisfy local comprehensive plan requirements and all local zoning ordinances with respect to the transmission line and associated facilities. The measure defines "associated facilities" as including any station, substation, transition station, and switchyard facilities to be constructed in association with the 138 kilovolt transmission line.

02/20/17 House: Passed by for the day
02/21/17 House: Passed by for the day
02/22/17 House: Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/22/17 House: Rereferred to Commerce and Labor
02/25/17 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

SB 1197 Small renewable energy projects; State Corporation Commission to review construction, etc.

Patron: Deeds

Summary as introduced:
Small renewable energy projects; State Corporation Commission jurisdiction. Restores the requirement for State Corporation Commission (SCC) review of the construction and operation of certain small renewable energy projects. In 2009, the General Assembly removed the requirement that the owner or operator of a small renewable energy project, defined as (i) an electrical generation facility with a rated capacity not exceeding 100 megawatts that generates electricity only from sunlight, wind, falling water, wave motion, tides, or geothermal power or (ii) an electrical generation facility with a rated capacity not exceeding 20 megawatts that generates electricity only from biomass or certain waste, obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity approval for the project from the SCC. This measure restores the requirement for those small renewable energy projects that either will disturb an area of 100 acres or more or are located within five miles of a boundary between the political subdivision in which such project is located and another locality.

01/10/17 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101447D
01/10/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/17 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB1197)
01/18/17 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Renewable Energy
01/30/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

SB 1208 Electric utilities; community renewable projects.

Patrons: Wexton; Delegate: Villanueva

Summary as introduced:
Electric utilities; community renewable projects. Requires the State Corporation Commission to adopt rules under which community renewable projects are authorized to operate. A community renewable project is solar or wind-powered electric generation facility with a capacity of not more than 20 megawatts that is operated subject to requirements that the electricity generated by the facility belongs to the project's subscribers. The facility may be owned either by the investor-owned electric utility or distribution cooperative in whose service territory the facility is located or a for-profit or nonprofit entity, which may be an entity entirely owned by or consisting of subscribers, that contracts to sell the electricity generated by the facility to the retail utility. The measure provides that neither the owner of a project nor its subscribers are public utilities and that prices paid for subscriptions in projects shall not be subject to regulation by the Commission. The measure also requires the retail utility to purchase all of the electricity generated by the project and that the purchase of the electricity by the utility shall take the form of a credit against the utility's electric bill to each of the project's subscribers. Finally, the measure requires the Commission to formulate and implement policies that simultaneously encourage the ownership by customers of subscriptions in projects and of other forms of distributed generation to the extent the Commission finds there to be demand for such ownership; the development of projects with attributes that the Commission finds result in lower overall total costs for the retail utility's customers; and successful financing and operation of subscriber-owned projects.

01/10/17 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102606D
01/10/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/17 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Renewable Energy
01/18/17 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB1208)
01/30/17 Senate: Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB1393-Wagner) (15-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 9 SB: 7


General Business/Other Research, Commercialization, Entrepreneurship and New Company Formation
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HB 1530 Dept of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; certification of certain businesses; appeals.

Patrons: Peace and Head

Summary as introduced:
Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; certification of small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses and employment services organizations; appeals. Removes the exemption from the Administrative Process Act (the Act) currently granted to regulations adopted by the Director of the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to implement certification programs for small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses and employment services organizations. The bill requires that such regulations provide a right to appeal the denial of an initial certification or the revocation of an existing certification as provided in Article 3 ( 2.2-4018 et seq.) of the Act.

02/22/17 House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N 1-A)
02/23/17 Senate: Passed by temporarily
02/23/17 Senate: Passed by for the day
02/25/17 House: No further action taken
02/25/17 House: Failed to pass in House

HB 1591 Va Economic Development Partnership Authority; site and building assessment program.

Patrons: James, Austin, Carr, Hayes, Heretick and Lindsey

Summary as introduced:

Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; site and building assessment program; minimum size of industrial sites. Lowers the minimum size of industrial sites that may be included in the Authority's site and building assessment program from 250 acres to 100 acres. The bill contains a technical amendment. This bill is identical to SB 976.

02/13/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/13/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/14/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/14/17
02/14/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 21, 2017
02/17/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 13 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 1667 Public contracts; gender identity, civil liability.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Public contracts; civil liability; gender identity; sexual orientation. Prohibits agencies of the Commonwealth and other public bodies from requiring any contractor entering into a public contract to agree to additional nondiscrimination provisions with respect to gender identity or sexual orientation. The bill also provides civil immunity for any business or nonprofit organization that does not provide any benefit or accommodation with respect to gender identity or sexual orientation.

01/05/17 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/11/17 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/20/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1667)
01/31/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in General Laws

HB 1753 Prohibit certain local government practices; contractors requirements; compensation or benefits.

Patrons: Davis, Campbell, Cole, Collins, Cox, Freitas, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Jones, Marshall, R.G., Massie, O'Bannon, Pogge, Robinson, Webert, Wilt and Yancey

Summary as introduced:
Prohibit certain local government practices that would require contractors to provide certain compensation or benefits. Prohibits local governing bodies from establishing provisions related to procurement of goods, professional services, or construction that would require a wage floor or any other employee benefit or compensation above what is otherwise required by state or federal law to be provided by a contractor to one or more of the contractor's employees as part of a contract with the locality. The prohibition shall not affect contracts between a locality and another party that were executed prior to January 1, 2018, or the renewal or future rebids of services thereof. The bill provides that localities shall not be prohibited from entering into contracts for economic development incentives in which the company receiving the incentives is required to maintain a certain stated wage level for its employees.

02/22/17 Senate: Read third time
02/22/17 Senate: Defeated by Senate (20-Y 20-N)
02/22/17 Senate: Chair votes No
02/22/17 Senate: Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/17 Senate: Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)

HB 1754 Securities Act; regulation of federal covered securities.

Patrons: Davis and Keam

Summary as introduced:
Securities Act; regulation of federal covered securities. Authorizes the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to require the issuer of a security that is a federal covered security under federal crowdfunding rules to file a notice and consent to service of process when (i) the principal place of business of the issuer is in the Commonwealth or (ii) purchasers of 50 percent or more of the securities sold by the issuer pursuant to an offering made in reliance on such rule are residents of the Commonwealth. The measure allows the SCC to assess a filing fee not to exceed $100 in connection with such a filing.

02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
02/22/17 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1754ER)

HB 1858 Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; certification of certain businesses.

Patrons: Lopez, LeMunyon, Anderson, Landes and Peace

Summary as passed House:

Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; certification of small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses. Authorizes the Director of the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to adopt regulations that mandate certification without any additional paperwork of any small, women-owned, or minority-owned business that has obtained certification under any federal small, women-owned, and minority-owned business certification program.

02/20/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1858ER)
02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

HB 1943 Administrative Process Act; economic impact analysis of proposed regulations.

Patrons: Peace, Head, Greason and LeMunyon; Senator: Chase

Summary as passed House:

Administrative Process Act; economic impact analysis; opportunity for comment by affected businesses or other entities. Requires the Department of Planning and Budget to revise and reissue its economic impact analysis within the time limits set forth for the Department's review of regulations at the final stage pursuant to the Governor's executive order for executive branch review if one of the following conditions is present and would materially change the Department's analysis: (i) public comment timely received at the proposed stage indicates significant errors in the economic impact analysis or (ii) there is a significant or material difference between the agency's proposed economic impact analysis and the anticipated negative economic impacts to the business community as indicated by public comment. The bill provides that the determination as to whether either such condition is present shall be made by the Department and shall not be subject to judicial review. The bill contains an emergency clause. This bill is identical to SB 1431.

EMERGENCY

02/20/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1943ER)
02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

HB 1968 Small Business Investment Grant Fund; changes to Fund.

Patrons: Landes, Hugo and Yancey

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Small Business Financing Authority; administration of Small Business Investment Grant Fund. Makes changes to the Small Business Investment Grant Fund to make it easier for investor applicants to qualify for grants and provide more benefits for investor applicants. The bill (i) allows as a qualified investment any cash equity investment in a qualified business from an individual investor or from an investor who has received compensation; (ii) amends the definition of "small business" to increase the amount of equity capital for a qualifying business from $3 million to $5 million; (iii) moves the start date for eligible investments from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2016; and (iv) increases the amount of the grant from 10 percent of the investment to 50 percent of the investment or $50,000, whichever is less. The bill maintains the total grant allocation cap of $250,000 for each eligible investor.

02/20/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1968ER)
02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

HB 1969 Small Business Jobs Grant Fund Program; reduces minimum percentage of revenues.

Patrons: Landes, Campbell, Garrett, Hugo, Massie and Yancey

Summary as passed House:

Small Business Jobs Grant Fund Program. Reduces from 50 percent to 35 percent the minimum percentage of revenues that a small business must derive from out-of-state sources in order to be eligible for grants from the Small Business Jobs Grant Fund Program. The bill reduces from $100,000 to $50,000 the minimum new capital investment that a company is required to make to be eligible for assistance under the Program. Finally, the bill changes the definition of small business for purposes of the Program from a company that has 250 or fewer employees to one that has 50 or fewer employees in its base year and average annual gross receipts of $3 million or less averaged over the previous 24-month period.

02/20/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1969ER)
02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

HB 2011 Discrimination; separation of the sexes.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Discrimination; separation of the sexes. Provides that recognition by any entity of the inherent differences between males and females, including the biological characteristics or qualities that distinguish an individual as either male or female as determined at birth, and the mere separation of the sexes by such entity based on such differences shall not constitute discrimination, provided that such separation is consistent with Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Virginia. The bill also provides that any local ordinance that likewise recognizes such inherent differences does not constitute discrimination. The bill permits local school boards to enact policies prohibiting discrimination in education based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, marital status, or disability, provided that a policy that recognizes the inherent differences between males and females and the mere separation of the sexes by such policy based on such differences shall not constitute discrimination, provided that such separation is consistent with Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Virginia.

01/10/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103143D
01/10/17 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/13/17 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB2011)
01/16/17 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/08/17 House: Left in General Laws

HB 2047 Review of existing contracts; security of government information, including citizen data, report.

Patrons: Murphy, Boysko, Krizek, Lindsey, Plum and Simon

Summary as introduced:
Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth; contract review. Directs the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth, Director of the Department of General Services, and the Office of the Attorney General to conduct a periodic review of existing contracts of executive branch agencies with contractors to ensure that such contract terms are being adhered to as they relate to the security of government information. The bill requires completion of the initial review by January 1, 2018, and submission of a report to the Governor and the General Assembly by February 1, 2018. Thereafter, a periodic review is required at such times as deemed appropriate by the CIO, the Director of the Department of General Services, and the Office of the Attorney General. The bill provides that such review applies to contracts entered into on or after July 1, 2017 or any renewals thereof on or after July 1, 2017.

01/10/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103578D
01/10/17 House: Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/20/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2047)
01/23/17 House: Stricken from docket by Science and Technology

HB 2057 Discrimination; prohibited in private or public employment.

Patrons: Kory; Senator: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Prohibited discrimination in employment. Prohibits discrimination in private or public employment based on sexual orientation or status as a veteran. The bill provides that under the Virginia Human Rights Act, such discrimination is actionable if the violating employer has more than five but less than 15 employees. The bill defines "sexual orientation" as a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression. The bill expressly provides that "sexual orientation" does not include any person's attraction toward persons with whom sexual conduct would be illegal due to the age of the parties. The bill also conforms various provisions prohibiting discrimination in public employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status. The bill contains technical amendments.

01/10/17 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/17 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/18/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2057)
01/26/17 House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 5-N)
02/08/17 House: Left in General Laws

HB 2129 Virginia Human Rights Act; prohibits discrimination in employment.

Patrons: Levine, Boysko, Herring, Hope, Kory, Krizek, Lindsey, Mullin, Plum, Price, Rasoul and Simon; Senator: McClellan

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

01/11/17 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/17 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/18/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2129)
01/19/17 House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 5-N)
02/08/17 House: Left in General Laws

HB 2196 Wireless communications infrastructure; procedure for approved by localities.

Patrons: Kilgore, Heretick, Hugo, Kory and Marshall, D.W.

Summary as introduced:
Wireless communications infrastructure. Provides a uniform procedure for the way in which wireless communications infrastructure is approved by localities and approved and installed in public rights-of-way.

02/03/17 House: Passed by for the day
02/06/17 House: Read second time
02/06/17 House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104414D-H1
02/06/17 House: Engrossment refused by House (37-Y 57-N)
02/06/17 House: VOTE: ENGROSSMENT REFUSED (37-Y 57-N)

HB 2199 Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; Chief Executive Officer, powers and duties.

Patron: Kilgore

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; Chief Executive Officer; powers and duties. Requires the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (the Authority) to develop a comprehensive operational plan for the Authority, including, at a minimum, the following components: (i) a plan for coordination with all state agencies administering economic development incentive programs to ensure that such programs consistently achieve maximum effectiveness, (ii) the results of the most recent survey of all economic development partners assessing the effectiveness of the Authority's coordination with nonstate economic development organizations and the alignment of the Authority's strategic plan with economic development partners, and (iii) an evaluation of grant incentive awards programs administered by the Authority. The initial plan must be submitted by December 1, 2017, to the Authority's Board for review and approval. After approval, the CEO must report quarterly to the Board regarding the status of the implementation of the plan. In addition, the bill changes the membership requirements of the Board by removing the conditions that the Governor's appointees represent the state's congressional districts and changing the appointments of legislative appointees from membership at large to requirements for general areas of expertise. The bill changes all terms from six to four years and provides for the 12 citizen members appointed by the Governor to be re-staggered beginning in 2017. The bill also (a) provides for the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to serve as the chairman of the Authority's Board, (b) establishes the Division of Grant Administration within the Authority, (c) creates an Office of Internal Audit, and (d) provides for the Authority to staff the Governor's cabinet-level committee assisting the Secretary of Commerce and Trade in developing the state's comprehensive economic development strategy.

01/11/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103639D
01/11/17 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/16/17 House: Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology
02/01/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 2228 Aerospace Advisory Council; reorganizes as Advisory Committee on Aerospace.

Patron: Sickles

Summary as introduced:
Aerospace Advisory Council; reorganize as Advisory Committee on Aerospace. Moves the existing Aerospace Advisory Council, renamed the Advisory Committee on Aerospace, to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) to advise VEDP on issues related to economic development and the aerospace sector. The current members of the Aerospace Advisory Council will continue to serve as members of the Advisory Committee on Aerospace. The Aerospace Advisory Council is currently an advisory council in the executive branch of government staffed by the Department of Aviation.

01/30/17 House: Reported from Science and Technology (20-Y 1-N)
01/30/17 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/17 House: Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology
02/01/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 2245 Virginia Research Investment Committee; expands role of Committee.

Patron: Jones

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Research Investment Committee. Expands the role of the Virginia Research Investment Committee (the Committee) to include, in addition to awarding grants and loans from the Virginia Research Investment Fund, providing guidance and coordination in the use of public funds to support research and commercialization efforts throughout the Commonwealth. Effective January 1, 2018, the bill moves responsibility for the development of the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap (the Roadmap) from the Center for Innovative Technology to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (the Council), which shall submit the plan to the Committee for approval. The Council would consult with public institutions of higher education, make recommendations on the industry sectors in which the Commonwealth should focus its research and development efforts, and establish a process for maintaining an inventory of the Commonwealth's current research and developme nt efforts. The Roadmap would be used to determine areas of focus for awards from the Virginia Research Investment Fund and the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund.

The bill also clarifies that the exemption from mandatory disclosure of records under the Freedom of Information Act by applicants for grants and loans from the Committee applies to certain financial records, trade secrets, and research-related information. The bill requires an applicant seeking to invoke the protections of the exemption to submit a written request to the Committee identifying the records or data for which protection is sought and stating the reason why protection is necessary. The exemption would also apply to documents prepared exclusively for the application review by the Committee, its staff, or a reviewing entity conducting a scientific review at the request of the Committee. The closed meeting exemption would also be amended to include interviews of applicants by the Committee or a reviewing entity conducting a scientific review.

The bill contains technical amendments. HB 2245 is identical to SB 1371.

02/10/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2245H1)
02/20/17 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 1-N)
02/21/17 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/17 Senate: Read third time
02/22/17 Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)

HB 2262 Online Virginia Network Authority; established.

Patrons: Cox, Cline, Anderson, Austin, Bell, Richard P., Bloxom, Byron, Campbell, Cole, Collins, Davis, Dudenhefer, Fowler, Garrett, Greason, Helsel, Hodges, Hugo, Jones, Kilgore, Landes, LaRock, Leftwich, Lingamfelter, Massie, Minchew, O'Bannon, Peace, Pillion, Poindexter, Ransone, Robinson, Rush, Villanueva, Ware, Wilt, Wright and Yancey

Summary as passed House:

Online Virginia Network Authority established. Establishes the Online Virginia Network Authority (the Authority) as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth for the purpose of establishing the Online Virginia Network to coordinate the online delivery of courses that facilitate the completion of degrees at George Mason University and Old Dominion University. The bill requires the Authority to be governed by a 17-member board that consists of five members of the House of Delegates appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates, four members of the Senate appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, three nonlegislative citizen members appointed by the Governor, one nonlegislative citizen member appointed by the board of visitors of George Mason University, one nonlegislative citizen member appointed by the board of visitors of Old Dominion University, the President of George Mason University, the President of Old Dominion University, and the Director o f the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The bill sets forth several duties of the Authority and grants the Authority operational flexibility in the areas of procurement and information technology, provided that the Authority adopts and complies with certain policies.

02/23/17 Senate: Senators: Newman, Saslaw, Chase
02/24/17 Conference: Amended by conference committee
02/24/17 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/17 House: Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N)
02/24/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N)

HJ 673 Study; JLARC recommendations regarding VEDP; report.

Patron: Massie

Summary as introduced:
Study; JLARC recommendations regarding VEDP; report. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study how best to implement the recommendations of the 2016 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission review of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority.

01/10/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102757D
01/10/17 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/26/17 House: Tabled in Rules

SB 783 Public employment; prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Patrons: Ebbin, Deeds, Lewis and McClellan; Delegates: Kory and Levine

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 veteran.

01/31/17 House: Read first time
01/31/17 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/06/17 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
02/14/17 House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 4-N)
02/21/17 House: Left in General Laws

SB 814 Foreign business entities; services of summons for witness or subpoena duces tecum.

Patron: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Services of summons for witness or subpoena duces tecum on foreign business entities. Allows the court to enforce compliance with a summons for witness or a subpoena duces tecum served on the registered agent of a foreign business entity registered with the State Corporation Commission to transact business in the Commonwealth, regardless of whether the foreign business entity is a party to the underlying case. This bill is in response to the Supreme Court of Virginia decision in Yelp, Inc. v. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, Inc., Record No. 140242, 770 S.E.2d 440 (2015) and is a recommendation of the Boyd-Graves Conference.

11/02/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100731D
11/02/16 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/17 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 8-N)

SB 1371 Virginia Research Investment Committee; expands role of Committee.

Patron: Saslaw

Summary as passed Senate:

Virginia Research Investment Committee. Expands the role of the Virginia Research Investment Committee (the Committee) to include, in addition to awarding grants and loans from the Virginia Research Investment Fund, providing guidance and coordination in the use of public funds to support research and commercialization efforts throughout the Commonwealth. Effective January 1, 2018, the bill moves responsibility for the development of the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap (the Roadmap) from the Center for Innovative Technology to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (the Council), which shall submit the plan to the Committee for approval. The Council would consult with public institutions of higher education, make recommendations on the industry sectors in which the Commonwealth should focus its research and development efforts, and establish a process for maintaining an inventory of the Commonwealth's current research and developme nt efforts. The Roadmap would be used to determine areas of focus for awards from the Virginia Research Investment Fund and the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund.

The bill also clarifies that the exemption from mandatory disclosure of records under the Freedom of Information Act by applicants for grants and loans from the Committee applies to certain financial records, trade secrets, and research-related information. The bill requires an applicant seeking to invoke the protections of the exemption to submit a written request to the Committee identifying the records or data for which protection is sought and stating the reason why protection is necessary. The exemption would also apply to documents prepared exclusively for the application review by the Committee, its staff, or a reviewing entity conducting a scientific review at the request of the Committee. The closed meeting exemption would also be amended to include interviews of applicants by the Committee or a reviewing entity conducting a scientific review.

The bill contains technical amendments. SB 1371 is identical to HB 2245.

02/22/17 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1371ER)
02/22/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/22/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/17
02/23/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

Counts: HB: 18 HJ: 1 SB: 3


Procurement
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HB 1596 Virginia Public Procurement Act; public works contracts; prevailing wage provisions.

Patrons: Webert, Cole, Freitas, Pogge, Poindexter, Robinson, Stolle and Wilt

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; public works contracts; prevailing wage provisions. Prohibits state agencies from requiring bidders, offerors, contractors, or subcontractors to pay, or require the payment of, wages, salaries, benefits, or other remuneration to persons employed to perform services in connection with a public works project at a rate that is based on the wages and benefits prevailing for the corresponding classes of laborers and mechanics employed. A corresponding prohibition is made applicable to state agencies providing grants or other financial assistance for public works projects, unless otherwise required under federal law. The measure further states that it is the policy of the Commonwealth not to implement, adopt, enforce, or require any program, policy, or provision that requires a public works contract that requires the payment of wages or other remuneration at a rate based on the prevailing wage, whether modeled on the federal Davis-Bacon Act or similar state law.

02/20/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1596ER)
02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

HB 1808 Virginia Public Procurement Act; use of best value contracting.

Patrons: Bell, John J., Boysko, Krizek, Lindsey, Marshall, R.G., Plum and Simon; Senator: Ebbin

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 using a numerical scoring system consisting of the following: (i) technical solution, 30 percent; (ii) past performance, 30 percent, including (a) price history of cost overruns, (b) schedule history of on-time delivery, and (c) contractor performance ratings from the immediately preceding five-year period; and (iii) price, 40 percent. The Request for Proposal shall contain a notice to potential offerors that the procurement decision will be made on a best value procurement basis. The Request for Proposal shall describe (1) the criteria that will be considered in evaluating the proposals and (2) the numerical scoring system that will be used in evaluating the proposals, including identification of the factors and weight values set forth above.

01/09/17 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/17 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/18/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1808)
01/31/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in General Laws

HJ 674 Study; Virginia Public Procurement Act; report.

Patrons: Massie and Peace

Summary as introduced:
Study; Virginia Public Procurement Act; report. Establishes a joint subcommittee to study the best method to implement the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission concerning the Virginia Public Procurement Act.

01/10/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102765D
01/10/17 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/26/17 House: Tabled in Rules

Counts: HB: 2 HJ: 1


STEM Education and Workforce
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HB 1592 Comprehensive community colleges; academic credit.

Patrons: James, Aird, Bell, John J., Filler-Corn, Herring, Kory, Murphy and Torian

Summary as introduced:

Comprehensive community colleges; academic credit. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to require each comprehensive community college to develop policies and procedures for awarding academic credit to enrolled students who have successfully completed a state-approved registered apprenticeship credential. This bill is identical to SB 999.

02/15/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/21/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 130 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 1663 Northern Va. Community College, et al.; computer science training, etc., for public school teachers.

Patrons: Greason, Bulova and Stolle

Summary as passed House:

Northern Virginia Community College; computer science training and professional development for teachers. Requires Northern Virginia Community College (i) in consultation with the Department of Education, to contract with a § 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to develop, market, and implement high-quality and effective computer science training and professional development activities for public school teachers throughout the Commonwealth for the purpose of improving the computer science literacy of all public school students in the Commonwealth and (ii) to establish an advisory committee for the purpose of advising the college and its nonprofit partner organization on the development, marketing, and implementation of such training and professional development activities.

02/24/17 Conference: Amended by conference committee
02/24/17 House: Conference substitute printed 17105818D-H2
02/24/17 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/17 House: Conference report agreed to by House (91-Y 3-N)
02/24/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (91-Y 3-N)

HB 1770 Teacher licensure; career and technical education, certain local waivers.

Patrons: Freitas, Bell, Richard P., Kilgore, O'Quinn, Pillion and Webert; Senator: Reeves

Summary as passed House:

Teacher licensure; career and technical education; certain local waivers. Permits each local school board or division superintendent to waive certain enumerated licensure requirements for any teacher seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license with an endorsement in the area of career and technical education. This bill is identical to SB 1583.

02/24/17 House: Reenrolled bill text (HB1770ER2)
02/24/17 House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
02/24/17 Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
02/24/17 House: Enacted, Chapter 247 (effective 7/1/16)
02/27/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1770ER2)

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

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.

02/24/16 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/24/16 House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
03/01/16 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017
03/01/16 House: Continued to 2017 in Appropriations
12/01/16 House: Left in Appropriations

SB 951 School service providers; student access to collected personal information.

Patrons: Ruff and Ebbin

Summary as passed:

School service providers; student access to collected personal information. Requires school service providers to provide, either directly to the student or his parent or through the school, access to an electronic copy of such student's personal information in a manner consistent with the functionality of the school service. The bill permits contracts between local school boards and school service providers to require that such electronic copy be in a machine-readable format.

02/22/17 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB951H1
02/22/17 House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/22/17 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/17 Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/23/17 Senate: Title replaced 17105484D-H1

SB 1100 New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program; reporting by SCHEV on Program.

Patrons: Newman and McPike; Delegate: Murphy

Summary as passed Senate:

New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program; reporting. Requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to include in its annual report on the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program information on the wages, including average wage and other relevant information, of students who have completed noncredit workforce training programs by credential name and relevant industry sector.

02/22/17 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1100ER)
02/22/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/22/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/17
02/23/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

Counts: HB: 3 SB: 3


Tax Policy
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HB 1439 Income tax, individual and corporate; small business job creation tax credit.

Patron: Head

Summary as introduced:
Income tax; small business job creation tax credit. Provides a personal and corporate income tax credit in the amount of $1,500 for each job, as defined in the bill, created by a small business, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, but before January 1, 2022.

11/23/16 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/17 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/19/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1439)
01/27/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Finance

HB 1499 Apportionment of income; corporate income tax.

Patron: Davis

Summary as introduced:
Apportionment of income; corporate income tax. Makes several changes to the current method used by multistate corporations to apportion income to Virginia for purposes of the corporate income tax, including (i) establishing sales as the sole factor to be used in apportioning income, with such single sales factor apportionment phased in and first effective beginning with taxable year 2020; (ii) adopting market-based sourcing as the approach for sourcing sales of services and nontangible personal property to Virginia; and (iii) eliminating the requirements placed on manufacturing companies electing single sales factor apportionment to maintain certain employment and wage levels.

In general, current law requires multistate corporations to apportion taxable income to Virginia using a double-weighted sales factor formula, which consists of a sales factor that is double-weighted, a property factor, and a payroll factor to apportion the income. Under single sales factor apportionment, only the sales factor will be used by a multistate corporation to apportion taxable income to Virginia. Under the bill, most multistate corporations will be required to use single sales factor apportionment beginning with taxable year 2020, with manufacturing companies being one exception as discussed below.

Currently, manufacturing companies are allowed to elect single sales factor apportionment in lieu of double-weighted sales factor apportionment. However, manufacturing companies electing single sales factor apportionment must meet certain employment and wage levels for the first three taxable years in which single sales factor apportionment is used. A monetary penalty is imposed upon any manufacturing company that has elected to apportion income using a single sales factor but that fails to meet the employment and wage level requirements. Under the bill, manufacturing companies may adopt single sales factor apportionment or continue to use double-weighted sales factor apportionment. The bill provides that a manufacturing company that adopts singles sales factor apportionment in a taxable year beginning on or after July 1, 2017, will not be subject to any monetary penalty but may not revoke the election to use single sales factor apportionment.

The bill implements market-based sourcing for attributing sales to Virginia other than sales of tangible personal property beginning with taxable year 2018. The bill provides that sales made by certain communications services or Internet access services providers, other than sales of tangible personal property, that are attributable to Virginia under market-based sourcing will be multiplied by a factor of 0.5 for purposes of computing such companies' sales factors. The multiplication factor of 0.5 will be applied to such sales if the provider, or an affiliated group that includes a communications services or Internet access services provider, during the taxable year expended at least $100 million relating to communications services or Internet access services in the form of tangible personal property placed in service in Virginia or salaries and wages paid for its employees in Virginia. In addition, the bill provides that certain sales of national defense contractors will be excluded from such contractors' sales factor under market-based sourcing. Sales of a national defense contractor other than sales of tangible personal property that are attributable to a federal defense acquisition contract for a sale other than a sale of tangible personal property will be excluded if (a) a greater proportion of the income producing activity is performed outside Virginia, based on costs of performance; (b) the laws of another state require that the sale be included in the numerator of the fraction used in apportioning the contractor's income to that state for income tax purposes; and (c) the laws of such other state require that the sale be included in such numerator only if the greater proportion of the income-producing activity is performed in that state, based on costs of performance.

With the exception of the elimination of the employment and wage level requirements placed on manufacturing companies electing single sales factor apportionment that becomes effectives for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2017, all other provisions in the bill will become effective only if the bill's provisions are not estimated by the Department of Taxation to reduce the official forecasted general fund revenues by more than $50 million for any fiscal year. The bill requires the Department to prepare a fiscal impact statement on general fund revenues from implementation of the bill. The fiscal impact statement is required to be provided to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Finance, and Senate Committee on Finance by December 1, 2017. To facilitate the Department's preparation of the fiscal impact statement, every corporation having income from business activity that is taxable both within and without Virginia and that had Virginia taxable income before apportionment of at least $50 million for taxable year 2015 will be required to recalculate its 2015 sales factor using market-based sourcing. The bill requires that the recalculated sales factor be submitted to the Department by July 1, 2017, and imposes a $5,000 penalty for the failure to do so.

The bill requires the Tax Commissioner by September 1 of each year beginning in 2019 to make a written certification to the Governor and the General Assembly reporting any net additional revenues attributable to the bill's provisions, if any, that were received in the state treasury for the immediately prior fiscal year. The next regular session of the General Assembly would be required to provide an amount of tax relief that at least equal to the amount certified by the Tax Commissioner.

12/17/16 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/17/17 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
01/17/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1499)
01/25/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Finance

HB 1501 Virginia Retail Sales and Use Tax Act.

Patron: Davis

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Retail Sales and Use Tax Act. Conforms the Commonwealth's sales and use tax laws to the provisions of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2018.

12/17/16 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/17 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1501)
02/01/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Finance

HB 1565 Local tax and regulatory incentives; green development zones.

Patrons: Webert and Keam

Summary as passed House:

Local tax and regulatory incentives; green development zones. Authorizes localities to create green development zones that provide certain tax incentives and regulatory flexibility for up to 10 years to a business operating in an energy-efficient building or to a business that produces products used to reduce negative impact on the environment.

02/13/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/14/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/14/17
02/14/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 21, 2017
02/14/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1565ER)
02/17/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 27 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 1714 Corporate income tax; rate of taxation.

Patrons: Minchew, Bell, Richard P. and Cole

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income tax; rate of taxation. Lowers the corporate income tax rate from six percent to five percent for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2018.

01/07/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102491D
01/07/17 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/15/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1714)
01/17/17 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
02/07/17 House: Left in Finance

HB 1717 Individual income tax; subtraction for interest and dividends from Virginia-based corporations.

Patrons: Minchew, Bell, Richard P. and Cole

Summary as introduced:
Individual income tax; subtraction for interest and dividends from Virginia-based corporations. Allows residents of Virginia to subtract from their Virginia taxable income any interest or dividends received from a corporation with its principal place of business in Virginia. The subtraction would be available for taxable years beginning January 1, 2017.

01/07/17 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/15/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1717)
01/17/17 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
01/18/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Finance

HB 1738 Retail sales and use tax; aviation parts, engines, and supplies.

Patrons: Anderson, Yancey, Fowler and Marshall, D.W.

Summary as passed House:

Retail sales and use tax; aviation parts, engines, and supplies. Creates an exemption from the retail sales and use tax for parts, engines, and supplies used for maintaining, repairing, or reconditioning aircraft, including unmanned aerial systems. The exemption does not apply to tools and other equipment not attached to or that does not become a part of the aircraft. The exemption is effective from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2022.

02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
02/22/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1738ER)

HB 1752 Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (VEDP); grants and other economic incentives.

Patrons: Davis and Yost

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (VEDP); grants and other economic incentive programs administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; waiver. Provides that notwithstanding any provision of law or applicable VEDP guidelines, a political subdivision or eligible business, as the case may be, may request a waiver that permits it to use no more than one-quarter of the grant or loan from any fund administered by VEDP for a purpose indirectly related to the economic development project for which the grant or loan was awarded. The bill provides that any request for a waiver shall be submitted to the VEDP or the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, as appropriate, for approval and provides that no such waiver shall be granted unless also approved by the Governor. The bill contains technical amendments.

01/08/17 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/12/17 House: Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology
01/16/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1752)
01/25/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/08/17 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 1806 Income tax subtractions and credits for investments in technology businesses.

Patrons: Bell, John J., Boysko, Helsel, Hope, Krizek, Plum, Rasoul and Simon

Summary as introduced:

Income tax subtractions and credits for investments in technology businesses. Modifies the qualified equity and subordinated debt investments tax credit by (i) increasing the maximum amount of credits that can be issued each year from $5 million to $7.5 million, (ii) allocating the $2.5 million annual increase in credits to cybersecurity businesses, and (iii) allowing credit for investments in technology businesses with no more than 50 full-time employees.

Currently, credit is allowed for an equity or debt investment in a technology business if the business (a) has annual gross revenues of no more than $3 million in its most recent fiscal year, (b) has its principal office or facility in the Commonwealth, (c) is engaged in business primarily in or does substantially all of its production in the Commonwealth, and (d) has not obtained during its existence more than $3 million in aggregate gross cash proceeds from the issuance of its equity or debt investments. Under the bill, in lieu of having no more than $3 million in annual gross revenues for its most recent fiscal year, a business can be a qualifying business if it has no more than 50 full-time employees for such year.

The bill also modifies an income tax subtraction that is similar to the tax credit by allowing the subtraction for an investment in a technology business if the business had no more than 50 full-time employees in its most recent fiscal year.

The bill is effective beginning with taxable year 2017.

01/09/17 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/15/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1806)
01/17/17 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
01/25/17 House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4-Y 6-N)
02/07/17 House: Left in Finance

HB 1814 Worker retraining and telework expenses; extends sunset date for tax credits.

Patrons: Ware and Hugo

Summary as passed:

Tax credits for worker retraining and telework expenses. Extends from taxable years prior to January 1, 2018, to taxable years prior to January 1, 2022, the sunset date for the worker retraining tax credit and transfers the certification of eligible worker retraining programs from the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority. The bill also extends from taxable years prior to January 1, 2017, to taxable years prior to January 1, 2022, the sunset date for the telework expenses tax credit. This bill is identical to SB 1576.

02/17/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/20/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1814ER)
02/23/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 177 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 1830 Artificial intelligence industry tax deductions.

Patron: Yancey

Summary as introduced:
Artificial intelligence industry tax deductions. Establishes additional corporate and individual income tax deductions beginning January 1, 2017, for artificial intelligence industry employers for (i) compensation paid to employees and independent contractors who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and (ii) tuition payments or reimbursements on behalf of employees and independent contractors earning an undergraduate or graduate degree in a program accredited by ABET while employed by, or performing services under a contract with, such employers. The deduction for compensation paid equals (a) 20 percent of such compensation paid for the first through fifth years of employment if the employee or independent contractor graduated from an ABET-accredited program located in the Commonwealth or (b) 10 percent of the compensation paid for the first through fifth years of employment if the qualified employee or independent contractor graduated from an ABET-accredited program located outside the Commonwealth. In no event would the deduction allowed for compensation exceed $4,000 each year of employment for each employee or independent contractor. In no event would the deduction allowed for tuition payments or reimbursements on behalf of each employee or independent contractor for the relevant year of employment exceed 50 percent of the average annual amount for enrollment and instruction in an ABET-accredited program at a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth.

01/10/17 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/17 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1830)
01/25/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Finance

HB 1889 License taxes, local; exemption for certain defense production businesses.

Patrons: Hugo, Yancey and Murphy

Summary as passed:

Local license taxes; exemption for certain defense production businesses. Clarifies that the exemption for wholesale manufacturers from local license taxes includes a manufacturer that is also a defense production business selling manufacturing, rebuilding, repair, and maintenance services at the place of manufacture to the United States or for which consent of the United States is required. This bill is identical to SB 1274.

02/15/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/15/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/15/17
02/15/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 22, 2017
02/16/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1889ER)
02/21/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 111 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 1959 Student internships; tax credit to an employer for each intern hired.

Patron: Yancey

Summary as introduced:
Worker retraining tax credit; student internships; College Savings Plan contributions. Provides a $1,000 tax credit to an employer for each intern hired as part of a qualified internship program. The bill defines "qualified internship program" as an internship in which the student works at least 20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks; the intern receives at least minimum wage; the intern receives training that enhances job-related skills; and such training is in the field of electrical work, engineering, manufacturing, or mechanical work. An employer would be required to obtain approval of its internship program from a school division or community college of the Commonwealth and the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.

The bill also provides a credit of 30 percent of the value of any matching contribution made by the employer, up to $1,000, for a student intern's contribution to his Virginia College Savings Plan.

01/10/17 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/17 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/19/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1959)
01/27/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Finance

HB 2058 Sales and use tax; nexus for out-of-state businesses.

Patron: Watts

Summary as introduced:

Sales and use tax; nexus for out-of-state businesses. Provides that storage of inventory in the Commonwealth is sufficient nexus to require out-of-state businesses to collect sales and use tax on sales to customers in the Commonwealth. This bill is identical to SB 962.

02/15/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/15/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/15/17
02/15/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 22, 2017
02/20/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 51 (effective 7/1/17)
02/24/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB2058ER)

HB 2074 Income tax, state and corporate; subtraction for Virginia venture capital account investment.

Patrons: Rush, Head, Davis and Landes

Summary as passed House:

Income tax; subtraction for Virginia venture capital account investment. Establishes for taxable years beginning January 1, 2018, an individual and corporate income tax subtraction for income derived from an investment in a Virginia venture capital account, defined in the bill as an investment fund that makes at least 50 percent of its investments in qualified portfolio companies and employs at least one investor with at least four years' experience in venture capital investment or substantially equivalent experience. The bill defines "qualified portfolio company" as a Virginia-headquartered company that has a primary purpose of production, sale, research, or development of a product or service and provides equity in exchange for the investment. An income tax subtraction would be available only for an investment made on or after January 1, 2018.

02/23/17 Senate: Senators: Ruff, Stuart, Dance
02/24/17 House: Conference substitute printed 17105744D-H1
02/24/17 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/24/17 House: Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
02/24/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N)

SB 789 Income tax, corporate; rate of taxation.

Patron: Sturtevant

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income tax; rate of taxation. Lowers the corporate income tax rate from six percent to 5.5 percent for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.

08/22/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100192D
08/22/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/15/17 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB789)
01/24/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 1-N)

SB 793 Small businesses; waiver of tax penalties.

Patrons: Sturtevant and Chase

Summary as introduced:
Waiver of tax penalties for small businesses. Waives any penalties related to taxes administered by the Department of Taxation for a small business during its first two years of operation as long as the business enters into an installment agreement with the Tax Commissioner for the payment of taxes.

02/15/17 House: Delegates: Cline, Massie, Kory
02/23/17 Conference: Amended by conference committee
02/23/17 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/23/17 House: Conference report agreed to by House (96-Y 3-N)
02/23/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 3-N)

SB 835 Income tax, corporate; lowers tax rate to 2.5 percent.

Patrons: Chase; Delegate: Cole

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income tax; rate of taxation. Lowers the corporate income tax rate from six percent to 2.5 percent, effective January 1, 2017.

11/15/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100371D
11/15/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/14/17 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB835)
01/24/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 1-N)

SB 836 License taxes; if locality imposes tax upon business, tax shall be based upon Va. taxable income.

Patrons: Chase, Black and Sturtevant

Summary as introduced:
License taxes; Virginia taxable income. Provides that if a locality imposes a license tax upon a business, the tax shall be based upon the Virginia taxable income of the business. Current law allows a locality to impose the tax upon gross receipts or Virginia taxable income.

11/15/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101006D
11/15/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/14/17 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB836)
01/24/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 1-N)
01/30/17 Senate: Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (SB836)

SB 849 Income tax, state; creates a deduction for small business owners.

Patron: Chase

Summary as introduced:
Virginia taxable income; deduction for small business owners. Creates an income tax deduction for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2017, for income attributable to the ownership and operation of a small business. For purposes of the deduction, a small business is defined as a business that has its primary place of business in the Commonwealth, generates less than $100,000 of taxable income in the taxable year, and has fewer than 50 employees. A small business owner would only be eligible to take the deduction for the first five years that the business is in operation.

12/02/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100499D
12/02/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/22/17 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB849)
01/24/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (15-Y 1-N)

SB 962 Sales and use tax; nexus for out-of-state businesses.

Patron: Hanger

Summary as introduced:

Sales and use tax; nexus for out-of-state businesses. Provides that storage of inventory in the Commonwealth is sufficient nexus to require out-of-state businesses to collect sales and use tax on sales to customers in the Commonwealth. This bill is identical to HB 2058.

02/17/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/20/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
02/21/17 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB962ER)

SB 1540 Tax credits, certain; aggregate caps.

Patron: Sturtevant

Summary as introduced:
Certain tax credits; aggregate caps. Reduces the total aggregate caps of the historic rehabilitation tax credit, the research and development expenses tax credit, the major research and development expenses tax credit, and the land preservation tax credit over a period of 10 years, so that no credits are available for any of the credits beginning in 2027.

01/20/17 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 17103686D
01/20/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/30/17 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB1540)
01/31/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)

SB 1576 Worker retraining and telework expenses; extends sunset date for tax credits.

Patron: Hanger

Summary as passed Senate:

Tax credits for worker retraining and telework expenses. Extends from taxable years prior to January 1, 2018, to taxable years prior to January 1, 2022, the sunset date for the worker retraining tax credit and transfers the certification of eligible worker retraining programs from the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority. The bill also extends from taxable years prior to January 1, 2017, to taxable years prior to January 1, 2022, the sunset date for the telework expenses tax credit. This bill is identical to HB 1814.

02/17/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/20/17 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB1576ER)
02/20/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017

Counts: HB: 15 SB: 8


Technology Law/Computer Crimes/Privacy
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HB 1602 Invasion of privacy; civil action; damages; attorney fees and costs.

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 creates the same causes of action where a person, with the intent to engage in criminal activity, enters onto the land or into the airspace above the land of another person, or uses any device, including an unmanned aircraft system, to engage in such activity 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.

02/04/17 House: Read first time
02/06/17 House: Passed by for the day
02/07/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1602H1)
02/07/17 House: No further action taken
02/25/17 House: Failed to pass in House

HB 1608 Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.

Patron: Leftwich

Summary as introduced:

Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. Creates the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. The bill allows fiduciaries to manage digital property like computer files, web domains, and virtual currency, and restricts a fiduciary's access to electronic communications such as email, text messages, and social media accounts unless the original user consented to such access in a will, trust, power of attorney, or other record. The bill repeals the Privacy Expectation Afterlife and Choices Act, which was enacted in 2015. This bill is identical to SB 903.

02/10/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/13/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/13/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/13/17
02/13/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 20, 2017
02/17/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 33 (effective 7/1/17)

HB 1643 Electronic wills.

Patron: Loupassi

Summary as introduced:
Electronic wills. Provides a process for the execution of an electronic will, which has the same force and effect as a traditional, written will. The bill requires the electronic will to be stored in an "authoritative electronic record," kept under the control of a "qualified custodian," and contain the electronic signature of the testator and the electronic signatures of either two witnesses or a notary public. The bill defines the terms "authoritative electronic record," "certified paper original," and "qualified custodian."

01/04/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101826D
01/04/17 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/17 House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/25/17 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/07/17 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1809 Computer crimes; penalties.

Patrons: Bell, John J., Boysko, Helsel, Krizek, Lindsey, Marshall, R.G., Mullin, Plum, Rasoul and Simon; Senator: Ebbin

Summary as introduced:
RICO; computer crimes; penalties. Adds certain felony offenses contained in the Virginia Computer Crimes Act as qualifying offenses under the Virginia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act. Such crimes include computer fraud, transmission of unsolicited commercial electronic mail, computer trespass, computer invasion of privacy, using a computer to gather identifying information, and theft of computer services.

01/09/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102145D
01/09/17 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/17 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB1809)
01/23/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1809)
02/07/17 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 1815 Computer trespass; government computers and computers used for public utilities; penalty.

Patron: Yancey

Summary as passed House:

Computer trespass; government computers and computers used for public utilities; penalty. Increases the Class 1 misdemeanor computer trespass crimes to a Class 6 felony if the computer targeted is one that is exclusively for the use of, or used by or for, the Commonwealth, a local government within the Commonwealth, or certain public utilities.

02/21/17 House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 17105361D-S1 (97-Y 0-N)
02/21/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N)
02/24/17 House: Enrolled
02/24/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1815ER)
02/27/17 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB1815ER)

HB 1986 Computer trespass; penalty.

Patrons: Bell, John J., Boysko, Cole, Krizek, Lindsey, Plum and Simon

Summary as introduced:
Computer trespass; penalty. Expands the crime of computer trespass to provide that the prohibited actions that constitute computer trespass are criminalized if done through intentionally deceptive means and without authority and specifies that monitoring and interaction involving a subscriber's Internet or other network connection or service is not considered computer trespass unless such monitoring or interaction is done through intentionally deceptive means without authorization or with malicious intent.

01/24/17 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB1986H1)
01/24/17 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/30/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1986H1)
02/01/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 2113 Breach of payroll data; notification requirement.

Patron: Keam

Summary as passed House:

Notification requirement; breach of payroll data. Requires employers and payroll service providers to notify the Office of the Attorney General without unreasonable delay after discovery of a breach of computerized employee payroll data that compromises the confidentiality of such data, regardless of whether the breach triggers other database breach notification requirements. The bill requires such notice to provide the affected employer's name and federal employer identification number. Upon receipt of such notice, the Office of the Attorney General is required to notify the Department of Taxation of the breach. This bill is identical to SB 1033.

02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
02/22/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB2113ER)

HB 2288 Computer trespass; computer invasion of privacy, penalty, civil relief.

Patron: Collins

Summary as introduced:
Computer trespass; computer invasion of privacy; penalty; civil relief. Makes it a Class 5 felony for a person to maliciously install or cause to be installed a computer program that takes control of or restricts access to another computer or computer network, or data therein, and demand money or anything else of value to remove the computer program; restore control of or access to the computer or computer network, or data therein; or remediate the impact of the computer program. The bill adds medical information to the list of information that if obtained without authority constitutes computer invasion of privacy. The bill expands the private right of action for a person or property that is injured by a computer trespass.

02/08/17 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/17 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/17 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N)
02/13/17 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/15/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)

HJ 692 Study; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission; Commonwealth's cybersecurity standards.

Patrons: Murphy, Bell, John J., Boysko, Hope, Kory, Krizek, Lindsey, Plum, Rasoul and Simon

Summary as introduced:
Study; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission; Commonwealth's cybersecurity standards; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to (i) evaluate the Commonwealth's current policies, procedures, and standards for assessing cybersecurity risks and protecting the electronic information of all branches of state government from unauthorized uses, intrusions, and other security threats and (ii) make recommendations for the improvement of such policies, procedures, and standards, including a recommendation, within 180 days of commencing the study, as to whether either the General Assembly through legislation or the Governor through executive action should establish a centralized office or agency, other than the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, to have ongoing authority to establish, monitor, and update the Commonwealth's cybersecurity policies, procedures, and standards.

01/10/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102466D
01/10/17 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/26/17 House: Tabled in Rules

SB 903 Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.

Patron: Obenshain

Summary as introduced:

Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. Creates the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. The bill allows fiduciaries to manage digital property like computer files, web domains, and virtual currency, and restricts a fiduciary's access to electronic communications such as email, text messages, and social media accounts unless the original user consented to such access in a will, trust, power of attorney, or other record. The bill repeals the Privacy Expectation Afterlife and Choices Act, which was enacted in 2015. This bill is identical to HB 1608.

02/14/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/15/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/15/17 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/15/17
02/15/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 22, 2017
02/20/17 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 80 (effective 7/1/17)

SB 924 Gov Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; use of personal inform. by law enforcement.

Patrons: Petersen; Delegate: LeMunyon

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.

12/27/16 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101878D
12/27/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/08/17 Senate: Left in General Laws and Technology

SB 1090 Computer trespass; computer invasion of privacy; penalty; civil relief.

Patron: Sturtevant

Summary as introduced:
Computer trespass; computer invasion of privacy; penalty; civil relief. Makes it a Class 5 felony for a person to maliciously install or cause to be installed a computer program that takes control of or restricts access to another computer or computer network, or data therein, and demand money or anything else of value to remove the computer program; restore control of or access to the computer or computer network, or data therein; or remediate the impact of the computer program. The bill adds medical information to the list of information that if obtained without authority constitutes computer invasion of privacy. The bill expands the private right of action for a person or property that is injured by a computer trespass.

01/12/17 Senate: Impact statement from VCSC (SB1090)
01/16/17 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N)
01/16/17 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/24/17 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1090)
01/31/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)

SB 1138 Computer trespass; government computers and computers used for public utilities; penalty.

Patron: Mason

Summary as introduced:
Computer trespass; government computers and computers used for public utilities; penalty. Increases the Class 1 misdemeanor computer trespass crimes to a Class 6 felony if the computer targeted is one that is exclusively for the use of, or used by or for, the Commonwealth, a local government within the Commonwealth, or certain public utilities.

01/12/17 Senate: Impact statement from VCSC (SB1138)
01/16/17 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (12-Y 0-N)
01/16/17 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/30/17 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1138)
01/31/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)

SB 1378 Computer crimes; penalties.

Patron: Mason

Summary as introduced:
RICO; computer crimes; penalties. Adds certain felony offenses contained in the Virginia Computer Crimes Act as qualifying offenses under the Virginia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act. Such crimes include computer fraud, transmission of unsolicited commercial electronic mail, computer trespass, computer invasion of privacy, using a computer to gather identifying information, and theft of computer services.

01/13/17 Senate: Impact statement from VCSC (SB1378)
01/18/17 Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
01/18/17 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
01/23/17 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1378)
01/31/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 8 HJ: 1 SB: 5


Transportation
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HB 1847 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Compact of 1966; amendments, effective clause.

Patrons: Minchew, Dudenhefer and LaRock

Summary as introduced:
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Compact of 1966. Proposes amendments to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Compact of 1966 (the Compact). The bill allows members of the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (the Authority) to be provided reasonable compensation. The bill eliminates requirements for overtime compensation and requirements that set the minimum wage equal to the prevailing wage on similar construction in the locality for all laborers and mechanics employed by contractors or subcontractors in the construction, alteration, or repair of projects, buildings, and works undertaken by the Authority or who are financially assisted by it. The bill eliminates the requirement that the Authority negotiate employees' wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, and pension or retirement provisions through labor organizations and removes employee protective arrangements under the Federal Transit Act. The bill eliminates the mandatory-binding-arbitration provision associated with union contract negotiations. The bill eliminates requirements regarding the Authority assumption of labor contracts, collective bargaining agreements, and the obligations of any transportation system acquired by it with regard to wages, salaries, hours, working conditions, sick leave, and health and welfare and pension or retirement provisions for employees of an existing transit facility acquired by the Authority. These amendments to the Compact shall not become effective until they are enacted by the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia and consented to by Congress, as provided for in the Compact.

01/10/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103483D
01/10/17 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/20/17 House: Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #3
01/26/17 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/07/17 House: Left in Transportation

HB 2136 Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact; Va. authorized to become a signatory.

Patrons: LeMunyon (by request), Albo, Bulova, Filler-Corn, Hope, Hugo, Keam, Minchew, Peace, Plum, Sickles, Sullivan and Watts

Summary as passed House:

Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact. Authorizes Virginia to become a signatory to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact. The compact establishes a state safety oversight authority for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Rail System, pursuant to the mandate of federal law, to review, approve, oversee, and enforce the safety of the WMATA Rail System. The bill requires the Secretary of Transportation to negotiate, on the Commonwealth's behalf, the terms for revision of the WMATA Compact with the other signatories to the WMATA Compact. The bill contains an emergency clause.

EMERGENCY

02/21/17 House: Placed on Calendar
02/21/17 House: Senate amendment agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/21/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION EMERGENCY (97-Y 0-N)
02/24/17 House: Enrolled
02/24/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2136ER)

Counts: HB: 2


Unmanned Systems
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HB 1602 Invasion of privacy; civil action; damages; attorney fees and costs.

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 creates the same causes of action where a person, with the intent to engage in criminal activity, enters onto the land or into the airspace above the land of another person, or uses any device, including an unmanned aircraft system, to engage in such activity 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.

02/04/17 House: Read first time
02/06/17 House: Passed by for the day
02/07/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1602H1)
02/07/17 House: No further action taken
02/25/17 House: Failed to pass in House

HB 1738 Retail sales and use tax; aviation parts, engines, and supplies.

Patrons: Anderson, Yancey, Fowler and Marshall, D.W.

Summary as passed House:

Retail sales and use tax; aviation parts, engines, and supplies. Creates an exemption from the retail sales and use tax for parts, engines, and supplies used for maintaining, repairing, or reconditioning aircraft, including unmanned aerial systems. The exemption does not apply to tools and other equipment not attached to or that does not become a part of the aircraft. The exemption is effective from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2022.

02/20/17 House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17 Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
02/22/17 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1738ER)

HB 2016 Electric personal delivery devices; operation on sidewalks and shared-use paths

Patrons: Villanueva, Davis and Bagby

Summary as passed House:

Electric personal delivery devices. Allows for the operation of electric personal delivery devices on the sidewalks and shared-use paths and across roadways on crosswalks in the Commonwealth unless otherwise prohibited by a locality. The bill directs that such devices shall not be considered vehicles and are exempt from the motor carrier provisions of Title 46.2 (Motor Vehicles).

02/21/17 House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (93-Y 1-N)
02/21/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 1-N)
02/24/17 House: Enrolled
02/24/17 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2016ER)
02/27/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2016ER)

HB 2197 Unmanned aircraft systems; creates a civil cause of action for invasion of privacy, etc.

Patron: Kilgore

Summary as introduced:
Unmanned aircraft systems; designated facility; critical infrastructure; unlawful use; penalties. Creates a civil cause of action for the invasion of privacy when a person uses an unmanned aircraft system to enter without consent into the airspace above any designated facility, as defined in the bill, or critical infrastructure to capture an image or attempt to capture an image, as specified in the bill. The bill allows a plaintiff to recover actual damages and allows the court to award punitive damages where actual damages are awarded and to order any other appropriate relief. The bill also makes it unlawful to use an unmanned aircraft to enter into the airspace of a designated facility or critical infrastructure without consent to capture an image or attempt to capture an image of such designated facility or critical infrastructure. The bill directs the Virginia Department of Aviation to prepare a plan and budget for developing Sectional Aeronautical Charts compliant with the provisions of the bill and the related regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration and present such a plan and budget to the Governor by October 1, 2017.

01/11/17 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/17 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/23/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2197)
02/01/17 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/17 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HJ 615 Study; Joint Commission on Technology and Science; robots, automation, and artificial intelligence.

Patron: Marshall, R.G.

Summary as introduced:
Study; Joint Commission on Technology and Science; robots, automation, and artificial intelligence; report. Directs the Joint Commission on Technology and Science to convene an advisory committee to study the opportunities and challenges related to the adoption and use of robots, automation, and artificial intelligence, especially as it relates to the economy and the Commonwealth workforce and potential employment. The executive summary of the Commission's report shall be submitted no later than the first day of the 2018 Session of the General Assembly.

01/07/17 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103569D
01/07/17 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/12/17 House: Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/26/17 House: Tabled in Rules

SB 873 Authority of fire chief over unmanned aircraft systems at a fire, etc.; civil liability.

Patron: Marsden

Summary as passed:

Authority of fire chief over unmanned aircraft systems at a fire, explosion, or other hazardous situation. Includes immediate airspace under the current authority of the fire chief or other officer in charge at fires, explosions, or other hazardous to maintain order at the incident.

02/22/17 House: Committee amendment agreed to
02/22/17 House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/22/17 House: Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/22/17 House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/17 Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)

SB 1207 Electric personal delivery devices; operation on sidewalks and shared-use paths

Patrons: DeSteph; Delegates: Carr and Knight

Summary as passed Senate:

Electric personal delivery devices. Allows for the operation of electric personal delivery devices on the sidewalks and shared-use paths and across roadways on crosswalks in the Commonwealth unless otherwise prohibited by a locality. The bill directs that such devices shall not be considered vehicles and are exempt from the motor carrier provisions of Title 46.2 (Motor Vehicles).

02/24/17 House: Passed by until after the first recess
02/24/17 House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (92-Y 1-N)
02/24/17 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 1-N)
02/24/17 Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB1207ER2)
02/24/17 House: Enacted, Chapter 251 (effective 7/1/16)

Counts: HB: 4 HJ: 1 SB: 2


Veterans
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HB 1841 Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund.

Patrons: Stolle, Lingamfelter, Aird, Anderson, Bell, John J., Bell, Richard P., Boysko, Carr, Dudenhefer, Fariss, Filler-Corn, Fowler, Helsel, Herring, Keam, Krizek, Levine, Lindsey, Minchew, Miyares, Mullin, Murphy, O'Quinn, Rasoul, Robinson, Simon and Watts; Senators: Locke and Wagner

A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 2.2-2001.5, relating to Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund.

17101382D

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund. Establishes the Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund to provide grants to eligible providers of educational, training, or other services to veterans in the areas of starting their own business, purchasing a franchise, or other entrepreneurial endeavors and to assist such service providers in offering resources to veterans for the start-up of new veteran-owned business operations in the Commonwealth. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2019, and provides that if the Program and Fund are not reauthorized by the General Assembly, moneys in the Fund shall revert to the general fund.

01/16/17 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1841)
01/19/17 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/19/17 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/17 House: Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N)
01/24/17 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

SB 1114 Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund.

Patrons: McPike, Marsden and Mason

A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 2.2-2001.5, relating to Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund.

17101381D

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund. Establishes the Virginia Veteran Entrepreneurship Grant Program and Fund to provide grants to eligible providers of educational, training, or other services to veterans in the areas of starting their own business, purchasing a franchise, or other entrepreneurial endeavors and to assist such service providers in offering resources to veterans for the start-up of new veteran-owned business operations in the Commonwealth. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2019, and provides that if the Program and Fund are not reauthorized by the General Assembly, moneys in the Fund shall revert to the general fund.

01/09/17 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/18/17 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1114)
01/30/17 Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)
01/30/17 Senate: Rereferred to Finance
02/02/17 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance (16-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 1