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Northern Virginia Technology Councilís 2011 Selected General Assembly

Bill Tracking Index

 Revised to reflect status updates as of the close of business on February 24, 2011

 

 

Aerospace

Business and Economic Development Incentives

Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure

Research & Innovation

Technology and Telecommunications Regulations

State and Local Procurement Policy

Business-related Taxes and Tax Policy

Transportation Funding

General Education, Higher Education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM)

Labor & Right to Work

Small Business

Other

 

 

  

Aerospace             Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

SB965

Northam

Retail sales and use tax exemption for spaceport activities.  Eliminates the sunset date of the sales and use tax exemption for personal property involved in spaceport activities. The sales and use tax exemption is set to expire on July 1, 2011.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1447

Wampler

Credits to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority sales and use tax revenues generated from the sale of commercial spaceflights and commercial spaceflight training in the Commonwealth and corporate income tax collected from corporations that provide such services.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB1638

Purkey

Extends the sunset date from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2016 for (i) machinery, tools, and equipment used in drilling for natural gas or oil and (ii) orbital or suborbital space facilities

Left in House Appropriations

HB1704

Lewis

Eliminates the sunset date of the sales and use tax exemption for personal property involved in spaceport activities. The sales and use tax exemption is set to expire on July 1, 2011.

Incorporated into HB1638, HB1638 left in House Appropriations

 

Business and Economic Development Incentives         Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

HB2197

Comstock

Provides a tax credit to employers for expenses incurred in allowing employees to telework pursuant to a signed telework agreement for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2014. An employer would be eligible for a credit of up to $1,200 per teleworking employee, depending on the number of days per month an employee will telework. The total credit amount any one employer may take for 2012 and 2013 is $50,000. The aggregate amount of tax credits that will be issued is capped at $1 million annually for taxable years 2012 and 2013.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SJ329

Janet Howell

Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the effectiveness of economic development incentive grants in Virginia.

Passed by the House and Senate

HB1982

Kilgore

Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; criteria for grants or loans from the Fund.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1473

Lucas

Allows an individual to open a job retraining account through the Department of Business Assistance. The account would be a trust or savings account administered by the Department and would be used by the individual for expenses related to job retraining. An individual's employer would be authorized to make matching contributions to the account and would be eligible for a tax deduction for the contributions to the extent that the contribution was included in the employer's federal taxable income.

Tabled in House Finance

SB1326

Mark Herring

Allows income tax credits for individuals and businesses for qualified research and development expenses for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017. The tax credit amounts are (i) 15% of the Virginia qualified research and development expenses, or (ii) 20% of the Virginia qualified research and development expenses, if the research was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public college and university. The Tax Department shall develop policies and procedures for the application process for the tax credits. There is a $10 million cap on the total amount of credits allowed in any taxable year.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1335

Mark Herring

Provides a tax credit to employers for expenses incurred in allowing employees to telework pursuant to a signed telework agreement for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2014. An employer would be eligible for a credit of up to $1,200 per teleworking employee, depending on the number of days per month an employee will telework. The total credit amount any one employer may take for 2012 and 2013 is $50,000. The aggregate amount of tax credits that will be issued is capped at $1 million annually for taxable years 2012 and 2013.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1315

McEachin

Provides that the contract between the political subdivision and the business beneficiary regarding a grant awarded under the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund must include consideration of layoffs when determining the total net number of new jobs created over the course of the contract. In addition, the bill provides that whenever net layoffs instituted by a business beneficiary over the course of the period covered by a grant contract causes the total number of the new jobs to be fewer than the number agreed to, then the business beneficiary must return such portion of any funds received as provided by the formula established in the guidelines. The bill contains technical amendments.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1485

Newman & Mark Herring

Investment in research and technology in the Commonwealth. Expands the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund to allow for awards from the fund to be used to encourage commercialization and to attract research talent at state institutions of higher education.

In Conference Committee

HB1822

Peace

Creates a separate classification of machinery and tools designed and used directly in manufacturing or processing materials, components, or equipment for national defense. Local governments would be authorized to tax such machinery and tools at a rate that is less than the rate generally applicable to machinery and tools.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1379

Stanley

Reduces, among other things, the threshold for private investment and new job creation from fiscally stressed localities from $10 million and 100 new jobs to $5 million and 50 new jobs.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB999

Stosch

Creates a separate classification of machinery and tools designed and used directly in manufacturing or processing materials, components, or equipment for national defense. Local governments would be authorized to tax such machinery and tools at a rate that is less than the rate generally applicable to machinery and tools.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB1604

Albo

Changes the way the sales factor is determined, for purposes of the corporate income tax, so that it will be market-based sourcing rather than costs-of-performance, which is the current method used.

Left in House Finance

HB2111

Armstrong

Enterprise zone job creation grants.

Left in General Laws

SB1045

Barker

 Expands the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of computer equipment or enabling software by data centers.  There is no longer a requirement for the creation of 50 new jobs, but rather the data center must have a creation of 25 new jobs provided that such jobs pay at least one and one-half times the prevailing average wage, pay any wage rate provided the data center is located in a locality that has an unemployment rate for the preceding year of at least 150 percent of the average statewide unemployment rate for such year, or is located in an enterprise zone.

Left in Senate Finance

SB1050

Barker

Expands the options that a grant or loan may be awarded from the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund by including proposed project that involve (i) a minimum private investment of $50 million creating 50 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage, or (ii) a minimum private investment of $100 million creating 25 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage. The bill also provides that if a project represents an emerging technology deemed to be of benefit to the Commonwealth and creates a minimum of 25 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than one and one half times the prevailing average wage of the local community, a grant or loan may be awarded from the Fund.

Incorporated into SB1379, SB1379 Passed by the Senate 40-0, referred to House Committee on General Laws

HB2122

Greason

Expands the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of computer equipment or enabling software by Business and Economic Development Incentives if new jobs are created by not only the data center operator but also collectively by the tenants of the data center.  

Left in House Finance

HB2234

Jackson Miller

Expands the options that a grant or loan may be awarded from the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund by including proposed project that involve (i) a minimum private investment of $50 million creating 50 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage, or (ii) a minimum private investment of $100 million creating 25 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage.

Incorporated into HB1982, HB1982 Passed by the House, referred to the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB2215

McQinn

Allows local governments to designate local defense manufacturing zones, similar to local technology zones and tourism zones, in which tax incentives and regulatory flexibility may be provided. Such zones would give local governments another economic development tool.

Incorporated into HB1822, HB1822 Passed by the House 98-0-1, referred to the Senate Committee on Finance

SB1322

Newman

Creates the Virginia Research and Technology Investment Program, consisting of the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) and the GAP Fund program administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority. The bill makes significant changes to the existing CRCF, including creating a Commercialization Subfund, a Research Match Subfund, and an Eminent Scholar Subfund, and sets up a new process for the application, review, and award of funds from the CRCF.

Incorporated into SB1495

HB2400

Nutter

Provides a corporate income tax credit for certain large businesses that enter into qualified subcontracts with small businesses. The amount of the credit is six percent of the value of a large business's new qualified subcontracts or the increase in the existing subcontracts.

Left in House Finance

HB2239

Torian

Expands the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of computer equipment or enabling software by Business and Economic Development Incentives. There is no longer a requirement for the creation of 50 new jobs, but rather the data center must have a creation of 25 new jobs provided that such jobs pay at least one and one-half times the prevailing average wage, pay any wage rate provided the data center is located in a locality that has an unemployment rate for the preceding year of at least 150 percent of the average statewide unemployment rate for such year, or is located in an enterprise zone.

Left in House Finance

HB2240

Torian

Expands the options that a grant or loan may be awarded from the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund by including proposed project that involve (i) a minimum private investment of $50 million creating 50 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage, or (ii) a minimum private investment of $100 million creating 25 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage.

Incorporated into HB1982, HB1982 Passed by the House, referred to the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB1870

Toscano

 Requires any business entity that receives a development subsidy to file an annual report with the granting agency or the Authority no later than 60 days before the end of the fiscal year during which the development subsidy was received. 

Left in House General Laws

SB1006

Watkins

Changes the way the sales factor is determined, for purposes of the corporate income tax, so that it will be market-based sourcing rather than costs of performance, which is the current method used. The bill would become effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012.

Passed by indefinitely in Senate Finance with letter

 

Data Center and Critical Technology Infrastructure     Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

HB1982

Kilgore

Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; criteria for grants or loans from the Fund.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1379

Stanley

Reduces, among other things, the threshold for private investment and new job creation from fiscally stressed localities from $10 million and 100 new jobs to $5 million and 50 new jobs.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1045

Barker

 Expands the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of computer equipment or enabling software by data centers.  There is no longer a requirement for the creation of 50 new jobs, but rather the data center must have a creation of 25 new jobs provided that such jobs pay at least one and one-half times the prevailing average wage, pay any wage rate provided the data center is located in a locality that has an unemployment rate for the preceding year of at least 150 percent of the average statewide unemployment rate for such year, or is located in an enterprise zone.

Left in Senate Finance

HB2122

Greason

Expands the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of computer equipment or enabling software by Business and Economic Development Incentives if new jobs are created by not only the data center operator but also collectively by the tenants of the data center.  

Left in House Finance

HB2234

Jackson Miller

Expands the options that a grant or loan may be awarded from the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund by including proposed project that involve (i) a minimum private investment of $50 million creating 50 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage, or (ii) a minimum private investment of $100 million creating 25 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage.

Incorporated into HB1982, HB1982 Passed by the House, referred to the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB2239

Torian

Expands the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase or lease of computer equipment or enabling software by Business and Economic Development Incentives. There is no longer a requirement for the creation of 50 new jobs, but rather the data center must have a creation of 25 new jobs provided that such jobs pay at least one and one-half times the prevailing average wage, pay any wage rate provided the data center is located in a locality that has an unemployment rate for the preceding year of at least 150 percent of the average statewide unemployment rate for such year, or is located in an enterprise zone.

Left in House Finance

HB2240

Torian

Expands the options that a grant or loan may be awarded from the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund by including proposed project that involve (i) a minimum private investment of $50 million creating 50 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage, or (ii) a minimum private investment of $100 million creating 25 jobs for which the average wage, excluding fringe benefits, is no less than the prevailing average wage.

Incorporated into HB1982, HB1982 Passed by the House, referred to the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology

 

Research & Innovation       Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

HB1447

Cline

Allows income tax credits for individuals and businesses for qualified R&D expenses for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017. The tax credit amounts are (i) 15% of the Virginia qualified research and development expenses, or (ii) 20% of the Virginia qualified research and development expenses, if the research was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public college and university.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1326

Mark Herring

Allows income tax credits for individuals and businesses for qualified research and development expenses for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017. The tax credit amounts are (i) 15% of the Virginia qualified research and development expenses, or (ii) 20% of the Virginia qualified research and development expenses, if the research was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public college and university. The Tax Department shall develop policies and procedures for the application process for the tax credits. There is a $10 million cap on the total amount of credits allowed in any taxable year.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2324

Lingamfelter

Creates the Virginia Research and Technology Investment Program (VRTIP), consisting of the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) and the GAP Fund program administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority. The bill makes significant changes to the existing CRCF, including creating a Commercialization Subfund, a Research Match Subfund, and an Eminent Scholar Subfund, and sets up a new process for the application, review, and award of funds from the CRCF.

In Conference

SB1485

Newman & Mark Herring

Investment in research and technology in the Commonwealth. Expands the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund to allow for awards from the fund to be used to encourage commercialization and to attract research talent at state institutions of higher education.

In Conference

SB1440

Mark Herring

Creates the Commonwealth Innovation Investment Fund. The Fund will be administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority to create, attract, retain, expand, and enhance technology research, innovation, and economic development in the Commonwealth.

Passed by indefinitely in Senate Finance with letter

SB1322

Newman

Creates the Virginia Research and Technology Investment Program, consisting of the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) and the GAP Fund program administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority. The bill makes significant changes to the existing CRCF, including creating a Commercialization Subfund, a Research Match Subfund, and an Eminent Scholar Subfund, and sets up a new process for the application, review, and award of funds from the CRCF.

Incorporated into SB1495

HB1639

Purkey

Establishes the Virginia Nanotechnology Authority.

Incorporated into HB2324

 

Technology and Telecommunications Regulations        Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

HB2317

Byron

 Requires the ITAC to advise the Chief Information Officer on the creation of a technology application governance framework through which executive branch agencies can address agency business needs with potential information technology solutions.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2197

Comstock

Provides a tax credit to employers for expenses incurred in allowing employees to telework pursuant to a signed telework agreement for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2014. An employer would be eligible for a credit of up to $1,200 per teleworking employee, depending on the number of days per month an employee will telework. The total credit amount any one employer may take for 2012 and 2013 is $50,000. The aggregate amount of tax credits that will be issued is capped at $1 million annually for taxable years 2012 and 2013.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1335

Mark Herring

Provides a tax credit to employers for expenses incurred in allowing employees to telework pursuant to a signed telework agreement for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2014. An employer would be eligible for a credit of up to $1,200 per teleworking employee, depending on the number of days per month an employee will telework. The total credit amount any one employer may take for 2012 and 2013 is $50,000. The aggregate amount of tax credits that will be issued is capped at $1 million annually for taxable years 2012 and 2013.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB943

Janet Howell

 Requires the ITAC to advise the Chief Information Officer on the creation of a technology application governance framework through which executive branch agencies can address agency business needs with potential information technology solutions. Agency leaders and information technology managers shall participate with the ITAC in the design of this framework.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2367

Hugo

Eliminates certain requirements applicable to competitive telecommunications services. The requirement that competitive services be offered for sale under a filed tariff is eliminated.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2271

Keam

Exempts from regulation as a private security service business any individual engaged in (i) computer or digital forensic services or in the acquisition, review, or analysis of digital or computer-based information, whether for purposes of obtaining or furnishing information for evidentiary or other purposes or for providing expert testimony before a court, or (ii) network or system vulnerability testing, including network scans and risk assessment and analysis of computers connected to a network.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HJ578

O'Bannon

Federal Trade Commission; urging Congress to refrain from granting expanded rulemaking authority.

Left in Senate Rules

HJ577

O'Bannon

Internet; urging Congress to recognize importance of unfettered access and limit regulation by FCC.

Left in Senate Rules

HB2375

O'Bannon

Provides for the creation of the Commonwealth Project Management Standard, by which information technology projects in state agencies and most public institutions of higher education will be initiated, procured and governed. Also, this bill clarifies the roles of the Secretary of Technology and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the governance and oversight of technology projects. Projects shall be approved or disapproved by either the Secretary of Technology or the CIO based on the overall cost, as well as the overall risk and complexity of the project.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1368

Saslaw

Eliminates certain requirements applicable to competitive telecommunications services. The requirement that competitive services be offered for sale under a filed tariff is eliminated. The State Corporation Commission may permit the detariffing of any or all terms, conditions, or rates for retail telephone service not found prior to January 1, 2011, to be a basic local exchange telephone service. After July 1, 2013, the Commission shall permit, but may not mandate, the detariffing of any or all terms, conditions, or rates for any or all retail telephone services.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1461

Puckett

Establishes a process for the State Corporation Commission to certify priority rural broadband suppliers. Applicants for certification are required to identify the rural counties in which they commit to provide universal broadband service. Rural counties are counties with a population of less than 25,000 in which fewer than 90 percent of business locations or 50 percent of homes have access to broadband service. Rates of certificated priority rural broadband suppliers are subject to regulation by the Commission and other obligations imposed on public utilities.

Left in Senate Commerce and Labor

HB2189

Robinson

Information Technologies Agency; assist in determining rules for distribution of electronic records.

Stricken from docket by House Science and Technology

 

Business-related Taxes and Tax Policy             Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

HB1447

Cline

Allows income tax credits for individuals and businesses for qualified R&D expenses for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017. The tax credit amounts are (i) 15% of the Virginia qualified research and development expenses, or (ii) 20% of the Virginia qualified research and development expenses, if the research was conducted in conjunction with a Virginia public college and university.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2151

Cline

Eliminates Virginia's corporate income tax for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2011.

Left in House Finance

HB1437

Cole

Allows localities to decide whether to impose the BPOL tax on a business's gross receipts or its Virginia taxable income.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB1587

Iaquinto

Permits the City of Virginia Beach and the City of Chesapeake to provide relief from license taxes to any business locating in either City for the first time, for the first two years after such location.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB965

Northam

Retail sales and use tax exemption for spaceport activities.  Eliminates the sunset date of the sales and use tax exemption for personal property involved in spaceport activities. The sales and use tax exemption is set to expire on July 1, 2011.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1408

Ruff

Exempts from the BPOL tax businesses that lose money and are unprofitable during the taxable year, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB998

Stuart

Reduces the corporate income tax rate from six percent to three percent for the first three years after a business located (i) outside Virginia opens an office in a Virginia locality with population of 200,000 or fewer individuals and (ii) in a Virginia locality with a population exceeding 200,000 people opens a satellite office or operation in a Virginia locality with a population of 200,000 or fewer, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2011.

Left in House Finance

HB1604

Albo

Changes the way the sales factor is determined, for purposes of the corporate income tax, so that it will be market-based sourcing rather than costs-of-performance, which is the current method used.

Left in House Finance

HB2325

Lingamgelter

Allows income tax credits for individuals and businesses for qualified research and development expenses for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017. The tax credit amounts are 3% of the Virginia qualified research and development expenses, not exceeding the Virginia base amount and 10% of the amount by which the Virginia qualified research and development expenses exceed the Virginia base amount.

Incorporated into HB1447

HB1730

Massie

State Corporation Commission; moratorium on filing fees for business entities.

Stricken from docket by House Commerce and Labor

SB1403

Obenshain

Eliminates Virginia's corporate income tax for taxable years beginning on or after July 1, 2013.

Left in Senate Finance

HB2390

Pollard

Exempts certain small businesses from individual and corporate income tax for the first two years the business operates or until it produces $300,000 in gross income, whichever occurs first. 

Left in House Finance

HB1638

Purkey

Extends the sunset date from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2016 for (i) machinery, tools, and equipment used in drilling for natural gas or oil and (ii) orbital or suborbital space facilities

Left in House Appropriations

SB1006

Watkins

Changes the way the sales factor is determined, for purposes of the corporate income tax, so that it will be market-based sourcing rather than costs of performance, which is the current method used. The bill would become effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2012.

Passed by indefinitely in Senate Finance with letter

 

Transportation Funding      Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

HB1491

Albo

Provides that when allocating funds for the interstate system of highways, the primary system of state highways, and the secondary system of state highways maintained by the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Transportation Board shall consider achieving a minimal level of disparity among highway construction districts in meeting asset performance standards.

Passed by indefinitely in Senate Transportation with letter (12-Y 3-N), Letter sent to Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability

HB1799

Brink

Provides for the issuance of special license plates for fleet vehicles of business entities. The bill provides that these plates have their own fee structure and criteria for issuance.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2527

Speaker Bill Howell

The bill creates the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Fund (Fund) and the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (Bank) whose board of directors administers the Fund. The initial deposit into the Fund consists of general fund surplus and certain savings identified at the Virginia Department of Transportation. Up to 20 percent of the Fund may be used to make grants to localities for transportation projects as determined by the Bank, and the remainder is used to make loans to private or public entities for transportation projects as determined by the Bank.

In Conference

 

HJ511

Oder

Constitutional amendment; Requires the General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds to include the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, Transportation Trust Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, and other funds established by general law for transportation.

Not properly before the Senate

HB1957

Rust

Makes various changes to the powers and duties of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB): (i) clarifies that local roads in counties outside the state secondary highway system are local roads, and not part of the state system; (ii) increases the limitation on contract values that the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner and the Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation may let; (iii) eliminates the duty of the CTB to regulate outdoor theaters; (iv) provides for the updating of the Statewide Transportation Plan every four years (instead of five); and (v) repeals the section that allows the CTB to designate its employees as special police officers.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB1604

Albo

Changes the way the sales factor is determined, for purposes of the corporate income tax, so that it will be market-based sourcing rather than costs-of-performance, which is the current method used.

Left in House Finance

SB1135

Wagner

Makes various changes to the powers and duties of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB): (i) clarifies that local roads in counties outside the state secondary highway system are local roads, and not part of the state system; (ii) increases the limitation on contract values that the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner and the Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation may let; (iii) eliminates the duty of the CTB to regulate outdoor theaters; (iv) provides for the updating of the Statewide Transportation Plan every four years (instead of five); and (v) repeals the section that allows the CTB to designate its employees as special police officers.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1446

Wampler

The bill creates the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Fund (Fund) and the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (Bank) whose board of directors administers the Fund. The initial deposit into the Fund consists of general fund surplus and certain savings identified at the Virginia Department of Transportation. Up to 20 percent of the Fund may be used to make grants to localities for transportation projects as determined by the Bank, and the remainder is used to make loans to private or public entities for transportation projects as determined by the Bank.

In Conference

HB1582

Cosgrove

Creates the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (VTIB) as a special fund to provide loans and grants to public and private entities to fund transportation projects in the Commonwealth. The special fund shall consist of revenues generated through the privatization of the Commonwealthís ABC stores and revenues generated through a one-time drawing down of construction cash reserves by the Virginia Department of Transportation. VTIB is authorized to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $4 billion

Incorporated into HB2527

HB1531

Algie Howell

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

Stricken from docket by House Finance

HB1544

Kory

Increases the percentage of Transportation Trust Fund revenues flowing into the Commonwealth Mass Transit Fund from 14.7 to 19 percent.

Left in House Appropriations

HB1539

LeMunyon

Tolls on Dulles Toll Road and Dulles Greenway; requires advance approval by local government, etc.

Left in House Transportation

HB2352

Morrissey

Increases the motor fuels tax rate by $0.10 per gallon and dedicates the additional revenue for the expansion or improvement of rail transportation, and construction and maintenance of roads and bridges within each county, city, and town, on a pro rata basis according to the number of gallons distributed in each locality.

Left in House Finance

HB1413

Jim Scott

Converts the rate of taxation on motor fuels from cents per gallon to a percentage rate.

Left in House Finance

 

General Education, Higher Education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM)        Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

SB801

Colgan

Authorizes the Treasury Board to issue bonds pursuant to Article X, Section 9 (c) of the Constitution of Virginia in an amount up to $64,579,000 plus financing costs to finance revenue-producing capital projects at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University. The bill declares that an emergency exists and that the bill is effective upon passage.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2510

Cox

 Establishes the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 for the purpose of fueling strong economic growth in the Commonwealth and preparing Virginians for the top job opportunities in the knowledge-driven economy of the 21st century.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB819

Edwards

Establishes the Community College Scholarship Match Program to provide matching funds to community college foundations and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. Funds paid shall not exceed $5 million, in aggregate, in any fiscal year. 

Left in House Appropriations

HB1493

Greason

Provides that where there is a national industry certification for career and technical education instructional personnel or program, the Board of Education must make such certification a mandatory part of the career and technical education program.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1459

Houck

Establishes the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 for the purpose of fueling strong economic growth in the Commonwealth and preparing Virginians for the top job opportunities in the knowledge-driven economy of the 21st century.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB953

Houck

Requires the Board of Education to take into account in its guidelines for the Virginia Index of Performance program a school division's increase in enrollments and elective course offerings in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SJ320

Yvonne Miller

Establishes a joint subcommittee to study how Virginia school children compare academically with students in other countries.

Left in House Rules

HB2172

Phillips

Requires the Board of Education to take into account in its guidelines for the Virginia Index of Performance program a school division's increase in enrollments and elective course offerings in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB1505

Putney

Authorizes the Treasury Board to issue bonds pursuant to Article X, Section 9 (c) of the Constitution of Virginia in an amount up to $64,579,000 plus financing costs to finance revenue-producing capital projects at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University. The bill declares that an emergency exists and that the bill is effective upon passage.

Signed by the Governor

SB1127

Stosch

Provides that whenever a responsible public entity rejects a proposal initiated by a private entity that purports to develop specific cost savings, the rejection shall specify the basis for the rejection.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1363

Stosch

Increases the amount of the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program from $1,000 to $1,500, federal Expected Family Contribution threshold from $8,000 to $12,000, and requires the students who receive the grant to maintain the continued enrollment requirements at the institution to which they have transferred, rather than meeting a specific GPA requirement.

Left in House Appropriations

HB2002

LeMunyon

 Requires the boards of visitors of every public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth to set tuition and fee charges at levels they deem to be appropriate for all nonresident student groups based on, but not limited to, competitive market rates, provided that the tuition and mandatory educational and general fee rates for nonresident undergraduate students are at least 100 percent of the average cost of their education.

Left in House Education

HB2250

Nutter

Requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to establish a nonprofit, nonstock corporation under Chapter 10 (ß 13.1-801 et seq.) of Title 13.1 as a public instrumentality exercising public and essential governmental functions to assist the Council in (i) supporting academic research in Virginia; (ii) encouraging research initiatives, with emphasis on biological systems and nanotechnology, to support Virginia industry; (iii) directing the disbursement of funds for such research initiatives based on established scientific criteria from the Academic Research Initiative Fund, created pursuant to this bill; and (iv) conducting or undertaking other activities useful in carrying out the provisions of this bill.

Incorporated into HB2324

 

Labor & Right to Work       Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

SB1049

Barker

Requires all public contractors and their subcontractors to register and participate in a federal Electronic Work Verification Program or similar electronic verification of work authorization program to determine that their employees and individual independent contractors are legally eligible for employment in the United States.

In Conference

HJ500

Bell

Constitutional amendment; right to work.

Left in Senate Privileges and Election

HB2052

Hugo

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

Passed by indefinitely in† Senate Commerce and Labor (9-Y 6-N)

SJ323

McDougle

Provides that any agreement or combination between any employer and any labor union or labor organization whereby persons not members of such union or organization shall be denied the right to work for the employer, or whereby such membership is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or whereby any such union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any enterprise, is against public policy and an illegal combination or conspiracy.

Left in Senate Privileges and Election

SB1125

Stosch

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

Left in Senate Commerce and Labor

 

Small Business      Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

HB2006

LeMunyon

Clarifies the process for the notice of completion of the small business impact statement and review of existing regulations to minimize the economic impact of regulations on small businesses.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB1410

Bell

A bill that allows for a reduction of one-half of one percent in the corporate income tax rate for up to three years for certain small businesses that increase the number of their employees by a minimum of five percent over the previous year.

Left in House Finance

SB1365

McWaters

Provides a tax credit against the state license tax liability on certain insurance companies for investments in Virginia small business investment companies. The tax credit will be administered by the Tax Commissioner. The tax credit is capped one sixth of $100 million per year and may not exceed $100 million for the life of the program.

Passed by indefinitely in Senate Finance with letter 14-0

HB2283

Merrick

Credit against insurance license tax for investments in Va small business investment companies.

Left in House Appropriations

SB1273

Obenshain

Requires state contracts awarded pursuant to enhancement or remedial measures implemented to enhance participation by small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses to include a requirement that no more than 60 percent of the work be subcontracted to another contractor except under certain circumstances.

Left In Senate General Laws & Technology

HB1555

Wilt

Amends the definition of "small business" to include a business entity partly owned by another business entity provided (i) the same individuals hold ownership interests in both businesses and (ii) both businesses otherwise qualify for small business certification under the rules promulgated by the Department.

Left In House General Laws

 

State and Local Procurement Policy                Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

HB1859

Anderson

 Requires state agencies to include in every contract over $50,000 a provision requiring the contractor to use the E-Verify program for employees who will be performing work under the contract within the Commonwealth.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1049

Barker

Requires all public contractors and their subcontractors to register and participate in a federal Electronic Work Verification Program or similar electronic verification of work authorization program to determine that their employees and individual independent contractors are legally eligible for employment in the United States.

In Conference

HB2317

Byron

 Requires the ITAC to advise the Chief Information Officer on the creation of a technology application governance framework through which executive branch agencies can address agency business needs with potential information technology solutions.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB1727

Carrico

Requires public contractors, employers with 15 or more employees within the Commonwealth, and localities to enroll in the E-Verify Program by December 1, 2011, and to use the Program for each newly hired employee who is to perform work within the Commonwealth.

Left in Senate Courts of Justice†

HB2448

Gilbert

Clarifies that a person must knowingly violate the prohibition against making or soliciting certain political contributions during the procurement process to the Governor, his political action committee, or the Governor's Secretaries in order to be subject to the civil penalty.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1107

Hanger

Increases from $50,000 to $100,000 the small purchases exemption under the Virginia Public Procurement Act for single or term contracts for goods and services other than professional services.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB943

Janet Howell

 Requires the ITAC to advise the Chief Information Officer on the creation of a technology application governance framework through which executive branch agencies can address agency business needs with potential information technology solutions. Agency leaders and information technology managers shall participate with the ITAC in the design of this framework.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB1592

Iaquinto

Requires all state agencies and regional bodies to put requests for proposal and invitations to bid on the Department of General Services' website.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2333

Lingamgelter

Provides that in the case of a tie bid, preference shall be given to goods or services or construction provided by persons, firms or corporations using the E-Verify program for employees who perform work within the Commonwealth. 

Left in Senate Courts of Justice†

HB1929

Marshall

Provides that whenever the lowest responsive and responsible bidder is a resident of any other state, and the difference between such bidder's bid and the bid of the next lowest responsive and responsible bidder who is a resident of Virginia is no more than five percent or $10,000, the Virginia bidder shall be given the opportunity to match the bid of the out-of-state bidder.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB1127

Stosch

Provides that whenever a responsible public entity rejects a proposal initiated by a private entity that purports to develop specific cost savings, the rejection shall specify the basis for the rejection.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2156

Cline

Requires the Director of the Division of Purchases and Supply of the Department of General Services to require each state agency, except law-enforcement agencies, to procure nonprofessional services from the private sector if such services are listed in the Commonwealth Competition Council's commercial activities list. 

Passed by indefinitely in House General Laws with letter

HB1882

Filler-Corn

 Authorizes the use of best value contracting by localities as an alternative to competitive bidding. 

Left in House General Laws

SB1177

Marsden

Authorizes the use of best value contracting by localities as an alternative to competitive bidding. The bill defines best value contracting as a procurement process where the lowest responsible bidder may be selected on the basis of objective criteria with the resulting selection representing the best combination of price and qualifications.

Passed by indefinitely in Senate General Laws and Technology 9-3-2

SB1288

McWaters

Requires state contracts awarded pursuant to enhancement or remedial measures implemented to enhance participation by small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses to include a requirement that no more than 60 percent of the work be subcontracted to another contractor except under certain circumstances.

Incorporated into SB1049

HB1671

Pogge

Includes person with a disability-owned business in the public procurement provisions for small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses.

Passed by indefinitely in House General Laws with letter

SB1443

Reynolds

Establishes a preference in state contracting for goods produced in Virginia and goods or services or construction provided by Virginia persons, firms, or corporations so long as the bid price of such firm or corporation is not more than 15 percent greater than the bid price of the low responsive and responsible non-Virginia bidder.

Stricken at request of Patron in Senate General Laws and Technology

HB2460

Surrovell

Includes the mayor or chief executive officer of a locality, school superintendent, and any member of a local governing body, planning commission or school board in the current prohibition against knowingly soliciting or accepting a contribution, gift, or other item with a value greater than $50 from any bidder, offeror, or private entity who has submitted a bid or proposal pursuant to the Virginia Public Procurement Act, the Public-Private Transportation Act, or the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act during the bidding period..

 Left in House Privileges and Elections

SB789

Watkins

 Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to use the E-Verify program for each individual the Virginia Employment Commission refers to an employer to perform work within the Commonwealth. The bill also defines the E-Verify program.

Passed by indefinitely in House Commerce and Labor  with letter

HB1895

Watts

Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to falsely represent that an alien worker has documentation indicating that he is legally eligible for employment. 

Left in House  Courts of Justice

 

Other     Back to the Top

Bill Number

Chief Patron

Description

Status

 

HB2318

Byron

Provides that a person applying to be commissioned as an electronic notary public is not required to be commissioned as a notary public first. The bill also allows, in the case of an electronic notarization, a notary to notarize a document when the signer is not in the notary's presence if satisfactory evidence of the identity is established. 

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

SB827

Edwards

Provides that a person applying to be commissioned as an electronic notary public is not required to be commissioned as a notary public first. 

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2292

Sickles

Provides that health records, disclosure of which have been authorized by a patient or as otherwise allowed by state law, may be disclosed electronically via secured Internet connection or as physical copies. The bill contains technical amendments.

Passed by the House and Senate, waiting Governorís signatory, amendment or veto

HB2259

May

Provides for the liability or immunity of both providers and licensees of digital identity credentials in the provisioning, providing, and commercially reasonable reliance upon digital identity credentials. The bill also includes technical amendments.

Left in House Committee on Science and Technology