The Newsletter of TechPAC and NVTC

January 21, 2010

In This Issue

Bob McDonnell Sworn in as Governor; 2010 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Session Underway

Legislation to Follow

The 2010 General Assembly

Northern Virginia Delegates and Senators Named to Technology Committees

Stay Connected with NVTC's Advocacy Team in Richmond

Upcoming Events


Bob McDonnell Sworn in as Governor; 2010 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Session Underway

The General Assembly convened in Richmond for the start of the 60 day legislative session on Wednesday, January 13. During the first few days, legislators organized themselves, received House and Senate committee assignments, attended budget briefings, and convened in three separate joint House/Senate sessions. On Wednesday, January 13, Governor Kaine delivered his final State of the Commonwealth Address. Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli were sworn in on Saturday, January 16 and the newly inaugurated Governor McDonnell delivered his inaugural speech. Finally, on Monday, January 18, Governor McDonnell delivered his first State of the Commonwealth Address to the Joint Houses of the General Assembly. Click here for NVTC's coverage of these events.



Governor Bob McDonnell delivers his inaugural address. Transition Co-Chairs,
Inaugural Co-Chairs, elected officials and VIPs, including Senator Jim Webb,
Congressman Eric Cantor, former Governor Linwood Holton, former Governor
Douglas Wilder, former Governor and Senator Chuck Robb, Maryland Governor
Martin O'Malley, NVTC President & CEO and Transition Co-Chair Bobbie Kilberg and
incoming Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey, are seated behind the Governor.
CREDIT: Michelle Frank



Incoming Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, Bobbie Kilberg
and incoming Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey (former NVTC Vice Chair
and Board member) on the Inaugural Portico Platform
CREDIT: Joanne Amos/Reflections Photography

As the Assembly enters its second week of session, the capitol is now in full swing with 25 House and Senate committees, and many more subcommittees, meeting daily to deliberate over the more than 2,200 bills introduced to date.

While the Assembly will consider legislation related to a broad array of important issues, including job creation and economic development initiatives, education, energy, transportation and health care, the need to tackle Virginia's $4.2 billion budget shortfall is clearly the dominant issue this session. Legislators in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle are already discussing the possibility that, given the magnitude of the budget shortfall, the legislative session, scheduled to adjourn on March 13, may need to be extended. Assembly budget committees also are making it clear that bills calling for additional spending will have difficulty receiving approval.

The House of Delegates and the Senate will offer live streaming video of the 2010 Legislative Session, broadcasting from each chamber every day of the session.

House Video Stream

Senate Video Stream

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Legislation to Follow

As the voice for Northern Virginia's technology community, NVTC maintains a full time presence in Richmond during the legislative session in order to actively advocate on behalf of NVTC members.

While NVTC's Four Year Vision drives our overall advocacy efforts, NVTC's legislative priorities for the 2010 Legislative Session, specifically, are to:

  • Increase accountability and authority between the CIO and the Executive Branch by requiring the Governor to appoint Virginia's Chief Information Officer (CIO), requiring the CIO to report to the Governor through the Secretary of Technology.
  • Encourage and stimulate high-potential startup companies by providing a three-year 100% state capital gains tax exclusion for founders of qualified Virginia startups as well as the investors (individual or institutional) who invest in qualified companies.
  • Continue to leverage a small public investment in the CIT GAP Fund to generate seed capital for startups. By attracting private sector investment, the CIT GAP Fund raises $11 for every $1 invested by the Commonwealth. Virginia should reprogram $2M of existing economic development funds to the GAP Fund to target highly desirable startups in energy and green technologies. This proposed investment should create at least 20 new high growth, high wage companies.
  • Preserve funding for Virginia's institutions of higher education and ensure that they are given maximum flexibility to deal with budget cuts, including the ability to set tuition and fees.
  • Increase the size of the Governor's Opportunity Fund and use additional funds to target research-intensive companies. In addition to the high paying jobs these companies create, recent economic development successes in Virginia have demonstrated that strong collaborative partnerships between R&D intensive enterprises and Virginia's research universities have the potential for more commercialization and spinouts.
  • Accelerate Virginia's one-stop business permitting portal as a marketing tool in establishing Virginia as the number one place to start a business, as well as a practical tool for entrepreneurs building their businesses.
  • Enact a transportation funding plan to provide a new, sustainable and dedicated annual revenue stream to address our transportation and mass transit funding needs.
  • Adopt a new anti-spam statute that passes constitutional muster.
  • Leverage private sector experience and expertise, boost efficiencies and recognize cost savings by harnessing the power of public-private partnerships as a mechanism to address core priorities including health care, transportation, education, broadband, and technology.
  • Preserve trust between the state and Northern Virginians by ensuring the re-benchmarking activities related to Virginia's composite index proceed without delay and that the state funds local K-12 education in a fair, predictable and equitable manner.
  • Provide funding to ensure the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island becomes the top commercial space flight facility in the country.

In addition to legislation dealing with the above initiatives, we also have seen a substantial amount of legislation of interest to NVTC members, including bills to:

  • Promote state and private telework initiatives
  • Create a Technology, Nanotechnology and Biotechnology Investment fund
  • Make the Aerospace Advisory Council permanent
  • Expand the definition of a manufacturing facility to include any facility used to create intangible property
  • Require state contractors to use the federal e-verify program to verify the legal status of employees
  • Expand the definition of computer trespass to include video and image capturing software
  • Enroll Virginia in the multi-state Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) which, if approved by Congress, will require Virginia companies that sell goods, services or content to customers in other states to collect and remit sales taxes for those states even if they do not have a physical presence there.
  • Grow, attract and promote "green company" and "green job" creation
  • Implement tax credits and exemptions for green building
  • Create a Foundation to oversee Virginia Universities' grant searches for Energy related Federal stimulus funds

Click here for a summaries of bills NVTC is tracking. Or, visit the General Assembly's Legislative Information System to track individual bills or issues throughout the legislative session.

To comment, discuss or provide feedback on these initiatives, or any other policy issue, join the discussion in NVTC's Policy Forum on LinkedIn.

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The 2010 General Assembly

As a result of the November elections, the House of Delegates has 20 new members, which is one of the largest freshman classes in recent memory. Nine of the 25 members of the Northern Virginia House Delegation are new, and a tenth delegate will be added in early March to fill a vacancy in Fairfax County resulting from last week's Special Election where Delegate Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax County) was elected to fill the vacancy in the Senate left by the election of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

In terms of political composition, Republicans increased their majority in the House of Delegates by six seats. The new partisan split in the House is 59 Republicans, 38 Democrats, two Independents, and one vacancy. As a result of the elections, Republicans gained an additional seat on each House committee.

The Senate added two new members with the election of Dave Marsden constituting a pick-up for the Democrats, and has expanded the Democratic majority in the Senate from 21 to 22 seats while the Republicans now hold 18 Senate seats.

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Northern Virginia Delegates and Senators Named to Technology Committees

As a result of the recent elections and legislative turnover, a number of changes have been made to General Assembly committee assignments. In the House, newly elected Northern Virginia delegates Rich Anderson (R- Prince William), Barbara Comstock (R - McLean), Tag Greason (R - Loudoun), Kaye Kory (D -Falls Church), Jim LeMunyon (R - Oak Hill) and Scott Surovell (D - Mt. Vernon) have been added to the House Science and Technology Committee. Delegate Ken Plum (D-Reston), a former Co-Chair of the House Science and Technology Committee, has also been added to that Committee.

In the Senate, newly elected Senator Dave Marsden (D - Burke) has been appointed to the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee.

The increased House majority reduced the size of the powerful Appropriations Committee by eliminating two Democratic spots. The increased Senate Majority, likewise, eliminated a Republican spot on the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

For a complete listing of House and Senate Committee assignments, click here.

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Stay Connected with NVTC's Advocacy Team in Richmond

For the most current information about legislation introduced, NVTC's meetings with members of the General Assembly or the Governor's cabinet, and opportunities to participate in the legislative process in Richmond, join the NVTC Policy Forum group on LinkedIn. As a member of the LinkedIn group, you will have the opportunity to share your opinions on the most critical policy issues affecting the Northern Virginia technology community. Join today!

NVTC's weekly legislative session conference calls are another great way to stay connected to what's going on in Richmond. Beginning this Friday and being held each Friday afternoon through March 5th, these calls offer NVTC members the opportunity to provide advice and feedback to NVTC's lobbying team. Please note that the conference calls this year will begin promptly at 3pm every Friday. Please contact Allison Glatfelter (aglatfelter@nvtc.org) for the call-in information. We will post reminders for each conference call on our Policy LinkedIn page.

NVTC maintains a full time presence in Richmond during the legislative session, and we welcome your feedback. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions, ideas or suggestions:

NVTC Vice President for Policy Josh Levi (jlevi@nvtc.org 703-268-5140)

NVTC Public Policy Manager Allison Glatfelter (aglatfelter@nvtc.org 703-268-5135)

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Upcoming Events

February 11: Virginia Technology Alliance Legislative Reception
The 2010 Virginia Technology Alliance (VTA) Legislative Reception will be held on February 11, 2010 at the State Library in Richmond. Consisting of ten regional technology councils, including NVTC, the VTA's mission is to champion the success of the Virginia technology sector. This year's reception is hosted by Virginia's Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and RichTech. For more information about the event or to register, visit http://richtech.com/events/legislative. As an NVTC member, you are eligible for a special council member rate. Enter the coupon code VTA2010 when you register.

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