Northern Virginia Technology Council's 2020
Selected General Assembly Bill Tracking Index

Data provided by The Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS) and updated at least once a week during the Legislative Session.
Last Updated: 12:00pm on Thursday, February 20th, 2020

 


Artificial Intelligence

HJ 59 Facial recognition and artificial intelligence technology; Joint Com. on Science & Tech to study.

Chief patron: Aird

Summary as introduced:
Study; facial recognition; artificial intelligence; report. Directs the Joint Commission on Technology and Science to convene a working group of relevant agencies, law enforcement, private industry, and academics to study the proliferation and implementation of facial recognition and artificial intelligence. The Commission shall make recommendations and report its findings no later than the first day of the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly.

01/06/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101478D
01/06/20 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/27/20 House: Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/29/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Rules

Counts: HJ: 1


Blockchain

HJ 23 Voter records/election results; Dept. of Elections to study use of blockchain technology to protect.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as introduced:
Study; Department of Elections; use of blockchain technology to protect voter records and election results; report. Requests the Department of Elections to conduct a study to (i) determine the kinds of blockchain technology that could be used to secure voter records and election results, (ii) determine the costs and benefits of using such technology as compared to traditional registration and election security measures, and (iii) make recommendations on whether and how to implement blockchain technology in practices affecting the security of voter records and election results.

02/03/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/03/20 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/20 House: Reported from Rules (17-Y 0-N)
02/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/20 House: Left in Appropriations

HJ 63 Blockchain technology; joint subcommittee to study emergence & integration in the economy.

Chief patron: Rush

Summary as introduced:
Study; joint subcommittee to study the emergence and integration of blockchain technology in the economy of the Commonwealth; report. Establishes a 19-member, two-year joint subcommittee to identify research and economic development opportunities to inform a statewide, comprehensive, and coordinated strategy relating to blockchain technology.

01/06/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102833D
01/06/20 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/27/20 House: Assigned Rules sub: Studies
02/03/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (3-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Rules

HJ 105 Blockchain technology; joint subcommittee to study emergence & integration in the economy.

Chief patron: Subramanyam

Summary as introduced:
Study; joint subcommittee to study the emergence and integration of blockchain technology in the economy of the Commonwealth; report. Establishes a 19-member, two-year joint subcommittee to identify research and economic development opportunities to inform a statewide, comprehensive, and coordinated strategy relating to blockchain technology.

01/08/20 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/27/20 House: Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/29/20 House: House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Rules

Counts: HJ: 3


Broadband

HB 70 Broadband services; prohibited features.

Chief patron: Carter

Summary as introduced:
Broadband services; prohibited features. Prohibits a provider of broadband services from offering or renewing services to consumers within any locality in the Commonwealth in which certain media is throttled, blocked, or prioritized on the basis of its content, format, host address, or source.

12/05/19 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100829D
12/05/19 House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/17/20 House: Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/18/20 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB70)
02/11/20 House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns

HB 554 Zoning; wireless communications infrastructure.

Chief patron: VanValkenburg

Summary as passed House:

Zoning for wireless communications infrastructure. Authorizes a locality to disapprove an application submitted for an administrative review-eligible project or for any zoning approval required for a standard process project that proposes to locate a new structure, or to co-locate a wireless facility, in an area where all cable and public utility facilities are required to be placed underground by a date certain or encouraged to be undergrounded as part of a transportation improvement project or rezoning proceeding as set forth in objectives contained in a comprehensive plan, on grounds that an applicant has not given written notice to adjacent landowners at least 15 days before it applies to locate a new structure in the area.

02/07/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/17/20 Senate: Reported from Local Government (14-Y 0-N)
02/18/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Passed by for the day

HB 831 Utility easements; location of broadband and other communications facilities.

Chief patron: Carroll Foy

Summary as passed House:

Utility easements; location of broadband and other communications facilities. Declares that it is the policy of the Commonwealth that (i) easements for the location and use of electric and communications facilities may be used to provide or expand broadband or other communications services; (ii) the use of easements to provide or expand broadband or other communications services is in the public interest; (iii) the installation, replacement, or use of public utility conduit, including the costs of installation, replacement, or use of conduit of a sufficient size to accommodate the installation of infrastructure to provide or expand broadband or other communications services, is in the public interest; (iv) the use of easements to provide or expand broadband or other communications services (a) does not constitute a change in the physical use of the easement, (b) does not interfere with, impair, or take any vested or other rights of the owner or occupant of the servi ent estate, (c) does not place any additional burden on the servient estate other than a de minimis burden, if any; (iv) has value to the owner or occupant of the servient estate greater than any de minimis impact; and (v) the installation and operation of broadband or other communications services within easements, appurtenant or gross, are merely changes in the manner, purpose, or degree of the granted use as appropriate to accommodate a new technology. The measure further provides that (1) absent any express prohibition on the installation and operation of broadband or other communications services in an easement that is contained in a deed or other instrument by which the easement was granted, the installation and operation of broadband or other communications services within any easement shall be deemed, as a matter of law, to be a permitted use within the scope of every easement for the location and use of electric and communications facilities and (2) subject to compli ance with any express prohibitions in a written easement, any incumbent utility or communications provider may use an easement to install, construct, provide, maintain, modify, lease, operate, repair, replace, or remove its communications equipment, system, or facilities, and provide communications services through the same, without such incumbent utility or communications provider paying additional compensation to the owner or occupant of the servient estate or to the incumbent utility, provided that no additional utility poles are installed. The measure provides that, in cases of a prescriptive easement, such easement is deemed to exist and that any incumbent utility or communications provider may use a prescriptive easement to install, construct, provide, maintain, modify, lease, operate, repair, replace, or remove its communications equipment, system, or facilities, and provide communications services through the same, without such incumbent utility or communications prov ider paying additional compensation to the owner or occupant of the servient estate or to the incumbent utility, provided that no additional utility poles are installed.

02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/20 Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (11-Y 2-N 2-A)
02/17/20 Senate: Committee substitute printed 20108365D-S1
02/19/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)

HB 1068 Broadband service; prescriptive easements.

Chief patron: Kory

Summary as introduced:
Broadband service; prescriptive easements. Provides that if a public service company has acquired a prescriptive easement pursuant to which it has the right to poles and wires to provide electric service, its rights under that prescriptive easement shall be deemed to include the right to grant to a provider of broadband or other telecommunications services the rights to attach its wires and facilities to the public service company's poles and to enter upon the right-of-way to install and maintain the wires and facilities, without the approval of the owner of the servient tract of land.

01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/16/20 House: Assigned CT & I sub: Communications
02/03/20 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (10-Y 0-N)
02/06/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1068)
02/11/20 House: Left in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 1242 Broadband service; authority of localities to provide.

Chief patron: Heretick

Summary as introduced:
Authority of localities to provide broadband service. Provides that any locality may establish any department, office, board, commission, agency, or other governmental division or entity that has authority to offer telecommunications, Internet access, broadband, information, and data transmission services.

01/08/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/16/20 House: Assigned CT & I sub: Technology and Innovation
01/18/20 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB1242)
01/22/20 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (7-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 1280 Electric utilities; broadband capacity.

Chief patron: O'Quinn

Summary as passed House:

Electric utilities; broadband capacity.Authorizes an electric utility to lease to any third party that is a wholesaler and that is not a government-owned broadband authority, for the purposes of providing broadband connectivity. The leases may extend in length beyond the end of the pilot program under which the utility provides broadband capacity to nongovernmental Internet service providers in areas of the Commonwealth unserved by broadband.

02/03/20 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/20 House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)
02/04/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/04/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1280H1)

SB 351 Localities; authority to provide broadband service.

Chief patron: Lucas

Summary as introduced:
Authority of localities to provide broadband service. Provides that any locality may establish any department, office, board, commission, agency, or other governmental division or entity that has authority to offer telecommunications, Internet access, broadband, information, and data transmission services.

01/06/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103514D
01/06/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/18/20 Senate: Impact statement from DHCD (SB351)
01/20/20 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Local Government (14-Y 0-N)

SB 526 Budget bill; broadband and economic development.

Chief patron: McDougle

Summary as introduced:
Budget bill; broadband and economic development. Requires the Governor to include in the budget bill recommended appropriations for initiatives that promote and develop broadband infrastructure comparable to or greater than any recommended appropriations for economic development.

01/07/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104888D
01/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/08/20 Senate: Moved from Finance to Finance and Appropriations due to a change of the committee name
01/21/20 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 4-N 1-A)

SB 536 Incentives for telecommunications companies; provision of wireless broadband services.

Chief patron: Edwards

Summary as introduced:
Incentives for telecommunications companies; provision of wireless broadband services. Directs the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission to award at least $50 million per year in grants to cover expenditures for the purchase and installation of wireless and broadband equipment to rural service areas in the Commonwealth. The bill defines "rural service areas" as any locality with a mean broadband download speed of less than 10 megabits per second, and a mean broadband upload speed of less than one megabit per second.

01/20/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB536)
01/20/20 Senate: Rereferred from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
01/20/20 Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/04/20 Senate: Committee amendments
02/04/20 Senate: Continued to 2021 in Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 2-N 1-A)

SB 539 Utility easements; broadband or other communications services.

Chief patron: Peake

Summary as introduced:
Utility easements; broadband or other communications services. Declares that it is policy of the Commonwealth that (i) existing or future easements for the location and use of electric facilities be used to provide or expand broadband or other communications services; (ii) such use of such easements is in the public interest; (iii) the use of such easements for the provision of broadband or other communications services, where no additional poles are erected, does not constitute a change in the physical use of the easement, interfere with or impair any vested rights of the owner or occupier of the servient estate, nor does it place any additional burden on the servient estate; and (iv) the installation and operation of broadband or other communications services within an existing or future electric easement are merely changes in the manner, purpose, or degree of the granted use as appropriate to accommodate a new technology. The measure also establishes that in the absence of any express prohibition on the installation and operation of broadband services in an existing electric easement, the installation and operation of broadband services within the existing electric easement shall be deemed as a matter of law to be permitted uses within the scope of every easement for the location and use of electricity facilities. The measure also limits the damages that a landowner may be awarded in any trespass action against a public utility or a broadband service provider or any of its employees, agents, officers, attorneys, directors, representatives, or contractors arising from the installation, maintenance, or operation of any utility poles, wires, conduit, or other infrastructure or fiber optic cabling to the lesser of actual damages or $2,000 per tract of land.

01/07/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104755D
01/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/20 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB539)
01/17/20 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Energy
02/03/20 Senate: Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB794-Lewis) (15-Y 0-N)

SB 919 Broadband providers; establishes a sales and use tax exemption, effective clause.

Chief patron: Peake

Summary as passed Senate:

Sales and use tax exemption for broadband providers. Establishes a sales and use tax exemption for broadband providers that purchase technology for improving existing broadband infrastructure. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

02/12/20 House: Read first time
02/12/20 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/12/20 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB919E)
02/13/20 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
02/17/20 House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (4-Y 6-N)

Counts: HB: 6 SB: 5


Budget

HB 29 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Torian

Summary as introduced:
Budget Bill. Amends Chapter 854 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly.

01/16/20 House: Member Budget amendments available
02/16/20 House: Reported from Appropriations with amendments (21-Y 0-N)
02/18/20 House: Read first time
02/19/20 House: Motion for Special and Continuing Order for Thursday, February 20, 2020 (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 House: VOTE: Agree To (99-Y 0-N)

HB 30 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Torian

Summary as introduced:
Budget Bill. Provides for all appropriations of the Budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia in accordance with the provisions of § 2.2-1509, Code of Virginia, and provides a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the thirtieth day of June, 2021, and the thirtieth day of June, 2022.

01/16/20 House: Member Budget amendments available
02/16/20 House: Reported from Appropriations with amendments (20-Y 1-N)
02/18/20 House: Read first time
02/19/20 House: Motion for Special and Continuing Order for Thursday, February 20, 2020 (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 House: VOTE: Agree To (99-Y 0-N)

SB 29 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Norment, Hanger, Howell

Summary as introduced:
Budget Bill. Amends Chapter 854 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly.

01/16/20 Senate: Member Budget amendments available
02/16/20 Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendments (16-Y 0-N)
02/18/20 Senate: Read first time
02/19/20 Senate: Motion for Special and Continuing Order (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Passed by for the day

SB 30 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Norment, Hanger, Howell

Summary as introduced:
Budget Bill. Provides for all appropriations of the Budget submitted by the Governor of Virginia in accordance with the provisions of § 2.2-1509, Code of Virginia, and provides a portion of revenues for the two years ending respectively on the thirtieth day of June, 2021, and the thirtieth day of June, 2022.

01/16/20 Senate: Member Budget amendments available
02/16/20 Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendments (16-Y 0-N)
02/18/20 Senate: Read first time
02/19/20 Senate: Motion for Special and Continuing Order (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Passed by for the day

SB 526 Budget bill; broadband and economic development.

Chief patron: McDougle

Summary as introduced:
Budget bill; broadband and economic development. Requires the Governor to include in the budget bill recommended appropriations for initiatives that promote and develop broadband infrastructure comparable to or greater than any recommended appropriations for economic development.

01/07/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104888D
01/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/08/20 Senate: Moved from Finance to Finance and Appropriations due to a change of the committee name
01/21/20 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 4-N 1-A)

Counts: HB: 2 SB: 3


Computer Crimes

HB 322 Cybersecurity Advisory Council; created, report.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Information Technologies Agency; Cybersecurity Advisory Council created; report. Creates the Cybersecurity Advisory Council to (i) assist the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency with the development of policies, standards, and guidelines for assessing security risks, determining appropriate security measures, and performing security audits of government electronic information; (ii) make recommendations to the CIO regarding strategies to strengthen the Commonwealth's cybersecurity; and (iii) analyze and investigate breaches of the information technology security of any independent agency or any agency or other entity within the executive branch, legislative branch, or judicial branch of state government. The bill requires the Council to submit an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly.

01/27/20 House: Reported from Communications, Technology and Innovation amendments (22-Y 0-N)
01/27/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/20 House: Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
01/31/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021
01/31/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Appropriations

HB 524 Volunteer cybersecurity and information technology professionals; SOA to establish a register.

Chief patron: Subramanyam

Summary as introduced:
Register of volunteer cybersecurity and information technology professionals. Directs the Secretary of Administration to establish a register of cybersecurity and information technology professionals interested in volunteering to assist localities and school divisions, in collaborating on workforce development, and in providing mentorship opportunities.

01/27/20 House: Reported from Communications, Technology and Innovation with amendment (21-Y 1-N)
01/29/20 House: Read first time
01/30/20 House: Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/30/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/20 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 957 Virginia Cyber Initiative Act; established.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Cyber Initiative Act. Directs the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to work with public and private institutions of higher education, state agencies, and businesses in the Commonwealth to develop a cyber alliance, to be known as the Virginia Cyber Initiative, to reduce cyber risks and encourage economic development in the cybersecurity field. The bill also creates the Virginia Cyber Initiative Fund for the purposes of improving cybersecurity and the economy of the Commonwealth through (i) improving cyber infrastructure, (ii) increasing the focus on cyber job-creating research activities, and (iii) expanding cyber job-creating research activities toward producing more knowledge-based and high-technology cyber jobs in the Commonwealth.

01/27/20 House: Reported from Communications, Technology and Innovation (21-Y 0-N)
01/27/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/20 House: Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
02/04/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Appropriations

SB 378 Computer trespass; expands the crime.

Chief patron: Bell

Summary as passed Senate:

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 a computer hardware or software provider, an interactive computer service, or a telecommunications or cable operator does not have to provide notice of its activities to a computer user that a reasonable computer user should expect may occur. This bill incorporates SB 844.

02/12/20 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB378S1)
02/14/20 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/17/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 2-N)
02/19/20 House: Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 3-N)

SB 844 Computer trespass; expands the crime.

Chief patron: Mason

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 a computer hardware or software provider, an interactive computer service, or a telecommunications or cable operator does not have to provide notice of its activities to a computer user that a reasonable computer user should expect may occur. This bill was incorporated into SB 844.

01/08/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101866D
01/08/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/13/20 Senate: Impact statement from VCSC (SB844)
01/24/20 Senate: Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
02/03/20 Senate: Incorporated by Judiciary (SB378-Bell) (12-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 3 SB: 2


Energy

HB 20 Va. Alternative Energy & Coastal Protection Act; DEQ to implement final carbon trading regulation.

Chief patron: Lindsey

Summary as introduced:

Virginia Alternative Energy and Coastal Protection Act. Directs the Department of Environmental Quality to implement the final carbon trading regulation as approved by the State Air Pollution Control Board in order to establish a carbon dioxide cap and trade program that limits and reduces the total carbon dioxide emissions released by electric generation facilities and that complies with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative model rule. The measure authorizes the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality to establish, implement, and manage an auction program to sell allowances into a market-based trading program. The measure requires revenues from the sale of carbon allowances, to the extent permitted by Article X, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, to be deposited in an interest-bearing account and to be distributed without further appropriation (i) to assist counties, cities, towns, residents, and businesses affected by recurrent flooding, sea- level rise, and flooding from severe weather events; (ii) to support energy efficiency programs; (iii) to support renewable energy programs; (iv) to provide economic development, education, and workforce training programs for families and businesses in Southwest Virginia for the purpose of revitalizing communities negatively affected by the decline of fossil fuel production; (v) to the Virginia Natural Resources Commitment Fund to fund the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program and (vi) for administrative expenses. The measure states that development of new utility-owned and utility-operated generating facilities utilizing energy derived from sunlight, or from onshore or offshore wind, to achieve the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is in the public interest and directs Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power to achieve a minimum of 50 percent of the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions through the development of such utility-owned and utility-operated generating facilities utilizing energy derived from sunlight, or from onshore or offshore wind. The measure provides that any retail customer that purchases electric energy from a supplier other than the incumbent electric utility serving the exclusive service territory in which such retail customer is located shall pay a non-bypassable surcharge. The measure also requires the Department to establish an allowance set-aside for any electric generation facility subject to a cap and trade program that operates according to a long-term contract as of January 1, 2020, that prohibits the recovery of allowance costs. This bill was incorporated into HB 981.

01/22/20 House: Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/22/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/28/20 House: Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/30/20 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB981-Herring)
02/04/20 House: Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB981-Herring)

HB 75 Electric utilities; electric school bus pilot program.

Chief patron: Kory

Summary as passed House:

Electric utilities; electric school bus pilot program. Authorizes Dominion Energy to implement a pilot program under which it will deploy electric school buses in participating school divisions in its service territory. The initial phase of the pilot program is limited to the deployment of 50 electric school buses at a cost of up to $13.5 million. In each of the five years thereafter, the pilot program may be expanded by up to 200 additional electric school buses at a cost of up to $54 million per year. The pilot program provides that (i) the utility may use vehicle-to-grid technology to access electricity in the storage batteries of the electric school buses when they are not in use and (ii) the primary purpose of electric school buses is student transportation and if the Phase II utility's use of the battery compromises the school boards' ability to transport the students either through bus unavailability or insufficient charge, then the Phase II utility will compensate the school board. The duration of the pilot program shall not exceed 10 years, though the utility may petition the State Corporation Commission to make it permanent. Program costs, including the incremental cost of the electric school buses, are recoverable through the utility's base rates.

02/11/20 House: Read third time and passed House (55-Y 44-N)
02/11/20 House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-N)
02/12/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB75H1)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

HB 205 Small renewable energy projects; permit by rule process.

Chief patron: Campbell, R.R.

Summary as introduced:
Small renewable energy projects; permit by rule process. Provides that any proposed wind energy project with a project boundary located less than two miles from a jurisdictional boundary is not qualified for a permit by rule from the Department of Environmental Quality. The measure also (i) requires the engineering certification for a wind energy project to state the amount of energy projected to be generated by the facility, on an annual average basis, based on wind studies conducted at the proposed project site for a minimum of two years; (ii) requires the Department to hold a public hearing; (iii) limits eligibility for wind-powered generation facilities to make use of the permit by rule process to those that have a rated capacity not exceeding 100 megawatts and disturb fewer than 50 acres in the complete construction of the project including access roads; and (iv) reduces the maximum capacity for facilities that generate electricity only from sunlight from 150 megawatts to 100 megawatts.

01/15/20 House: Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/20 House: Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (9-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Labor and Commerce

HB 414 Virginia Energy Plan; covenants regarding solar power, reasonable restrictions.

Chief patron: Delaney

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Energy Plan; covenants regarding solar power; reasonable restrictions. Provides that a restriction on solar energy collection devices is not reasonable if application of the restriction to a particular proposal (i) increases the cost of installation of the solar energy collection device by five percent over the projected cost of the initially proposed installation or (ii) reduces the energy production by the solar energy collection device by 10 percent below the projected energy production of the initially proposed installation. The owner shall provide documentation prepared by an independent solar panel design specialist that is satisfactory to the community association to show that the restriction is not reasonable according to the criteria established in the bill.

02/03/20 House: Read third time and passed House (95-Y 4-N)
02/03/20 House: VOTE: Passage (95-Y 4-N)
02/03/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB414H1)
02/04/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

HB 461 Renewable energy property; tax credit established.

Chief patron: Sullivan

Summary as introduced:
Renewable energy property tax credit. Establishes, beginning in taxable year 2020, 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 necessary for capturing and converting 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 $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. However, the amount claimed in a single year would not be allowed to exceed 50 percent of the person's total tax liability. 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 2025.

01/03/20 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/22/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB461)
01/29/20 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
02/03/20 House: Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (5-Y 5-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Finance

HB 547 Virginia Energy and Economy Transition Council; established, report.

Chief patron: Delaney

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Energy and Economy Transition Council established. Establishes the Virginia Energy and Economy Transition Council, consisting of 30 members, to develop plans to assist the Commonwealth in transitioning from the use of fossil fuel energy to renewable energy by 2050. The bill provides that the Council sunsets on July 1, 2023.

01/31/20 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB547H1
02/03/20 House: Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)
02/03/20 House: VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N)
02/04/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

HB 572 Distributed renewable energy; promotes the establishment thereof.

Chief patron: Keam

Summary as passed House:

Distributed renewable energy. Promotes the establishment of distributed renewable solar and other renewable energy. The measure (i) removes the one percent cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customer classes throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows local governments and certain other public bodies to install solar or wind facilities of up to five megawatts on government-owned property and use the electricity for government-owned buildings, (iv) allows all net metering customers to attribute output from a single solar array to multiple meters, (v) allows the owner of a multi-family residential building or the common areas of a condominium to install a renewable energy generation facility and sell the electricity to tenants or condominium unit owners, (vi) removes the restriction on customers installing a net-metered generation facility lar ger than that required to meet their previous 12 months' demand, (vii) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to three megawatts, and (viii) removes the ability of utilities to assess standby charges. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of renewable energy.

02/07/20 House: Read third time and passed House (67-Y 31-N)
02/07/20 House: VOTE: Passage (67-Y 31-N)
02/10/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB572H1)

HB 575 Electric utilities; energy efficiency programs, stakeholder process.

Chief patron: Keam

Summary as introduced:
Electric utilities; energy efficiency programs; stakeholder process. Requires the stakeholder process to be used by American Electric Power and Dominion Energy Virginia to provide input and feedback on compliance with any required incremental annual energy efficiency savings; recommended policy reforms by which the General Assembly or State Corporation Commission can ensure maximum and cost-effective deployment of energy efficiency technology across the Commonwealth; and best practices for evaluation, measurement, and verification for the purposes of assessing compliance with any required incremental annual energy efficiency savings. The measure also requires each utility's stakeholder process to include the participation of the Director of the Commission's Division of Public Utility Regulation and the relevant deputies and staff members of the Division who participate in approval and oversight of utility energy efficiency programs.

01/31/20 House: Read second time and engrossed
02/03/20 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/20 House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)
02/04/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

HB 654 Clean energy projects; authorizes DMME to sponsor a statewide financing program.

Chief patron: Guy

Summary as introduced:
Financing clean energy projects. Authorizes the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to sponsor a statewide clean energy financing program. The Department shall engage a private entity through a competitive selection process to develop and administer the program.

02/06/20 House: VOTE: Passage (75-Y 23-N)
02/07/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/17/20 Senate: Reported from Local Government (14-Y 1-N)
02/17/20 Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

HB 655 Solar photovoltaic projects; conditional zoning.

Chief patron: Heretick

Summary as passed House:

Conditional zoning for solar photovoltaic projects. Authorizes a locality to include reasonable regulations and provisions for conditional zoning for solar photovoltaic (electric energy) projects of more than five megawatts, as measured in alternating current (AC) generation capacity. The bill authorizes the governing body of such locality to accept a proffered condition that includes (i) dedication of real property of substantial value or (ii) substantial cash payments for or construction of substantial public improvements, the need for which is not generated solely by the granting of a conditional use permit or a rezoning itself, so long as such proffered conditions are reasonably related to the project.

02/18/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Read third time
02/19/20 Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/19/20 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 20108318D-S1
02/19/20 Senate: Passed by for the day

HB 656 Solar energy projects; national standards.

Chief patron: Heretick

Summary as passed House:

Solar energy projects; national standards. Authorizes a locality to include in its zoning ordinance provisions to incorporate generally accepted national environmental protection and product safety standards for the use of solar panels and battery technologies for solar photovoltaic (electric energy) projects. The bill contains an enactment clause that applies such generally accepted national standards to any such projects in the Commonwealth, notwithstanding any other provision of law, general or special.

02/19/20 Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/20 Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/20 Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N)

HB 657 Comprehensive plan; solar facilities review.

Chief patron: Heretick

Summary as passed House:

Comprehensive plan; solar facilities review. Exempts a solar facility that is 150 megawatts or less from the requirement that it be reviewed for substantial accord with a locality's comprehensive plan if the zoning ordinance of the locality permits solar facilities with a conditional use permit and the locality waives the requirement that solar facilities be reviewed.

02/06/20 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB657H1
02/07/20 House: Read third time and passed House (59-Y 41-N)
02/07/20 House: VOTE: Passage (59-Y 41-N)
02/10/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government

HB 714 Virginia Energy Plan; climate change pressing challenge.

Chief patron: Reid

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Energy Plan; Commonwealth Energy Policy. Adopts findings that climate change is an urgent and pressing challenge for Virginia, that swift decarbonization and a transition to clean energy are required to meet the urgency of the challenge, and that the Commonwealth will benefit from being a leader in deploying a low-carbon energy economy. The measure states that the Commonwealth recognizes that the following objectives will advance the health, welfare, and safety of Virginians: (i) establishing sufficient supply and delivery infrastructure to enable widespread deployment of distributed energy resources; (ii) maximizing energy efficiency programs in order to produce electricity cost savings and to create jobs and revenue from the energy efficiency service sector; (iii) establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals across Virginia's economy that reach net-zero emissions by 2050; (iv) requiring that pathways to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions be determ ined; (v) enabling widespread integration of storage technologies into the grid and pairing such storage technologies with renewable generation; (vi) mitigating the negative impacts of climate change and the energy transition on disadvantaged communities and prioritizing investment in these communities; (vii) developing the carbon-free energy resources required to fully decarbonize the electric power supply of the Commonwealth including deployment of 30 percent renewables by 2030 and realizing 100 percent carbon-free electric power by 2040; and (viii) ensuring that decision-making is transparent and includes opportunities for full participation by the public. The measure also states that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to (a) ensure the adequate supply of natural gas necessary to ensure the reliability of the electricity supply and the needs of businesses during the transition to renewable energy; (b) establish greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards across all sect ors of Virginia's economy that target net-zero emissions carbon by 2045; (c) enact mandatory clean energy standards and overall strategies for reaching net-zero carbon in the electric power sector by 2040; (d) equitably incorporate requirements for technical, policy, and economic analyses and assessments that recognize the unique attributes of different energy resources and delivery systems to identify pathways to net-zero carbon that maximize Virginia's energy reliability and resilience, economic development, and jobs; and (e) minimize the negative impacts of climate change and the energy transition on economically disadvantaged or minority communities and prioritize investment in these areas. The measure also requires that the Virginia Energy Plan identify actions consistent with the goals of achieving a net-zero carbon economy by 2045 and include an inventory of all greenhouse gas emissions for the four years preceding the issuance of the Plan.

02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/17/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB714H1)
02/18/20 Senate: Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (12-Y 0-N)
02/18/20 Senate: Rereferred to Commerce and Labor

HB 782 Geriatric, terminally ill, etc., prisoners; conditional release.

Chief patron: Mullin

Summary as introduced:
Conditional release of geriatric, terminally ill, or permanently physically disabled prisoners. Provides that any person serving a sentence imposed upon a conviction for a felony offense, other than a Class 1 felony, who is terminally ill or permanently physically disabled is eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release. The bill also provides that any person serving such sentence (i) who is 65 years or age or older and has served at least five years of the sentence imposed or (ii) who is 60 years of age or older and has served at least 10 years of the sentenced imposed is eligible for consideration by the Parole Board for conditional release without the need to petition the Parole Board.

01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/15/20 House: Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
01/22/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB782)
01/30/20 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Public Safety

HB 868 Electric utilities; right to shop.

Chief patron: Bourne

Summary as passed House:

Electric utilities; right to shop. Authorizes individual retail customers of electric energy to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy from any licensed competitive supplier of electric energy, including any incumbent electric utility. Currently such customers may purchase electric power from such suppliers, other than an incumbent electric utility that is not the incumbent electric utility serving the exclusive territory in which the customer is located, only if their incumbent electric utility does not offer an approved tariff for electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy. The measure also provides that a cooperative utility customer eligible to take service under a tariff for electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy is prohibited from purchasing electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy from a licensed supplier, except such customer is authorized to continue purch asing renewable energy pursuant to the terms of a power purchase agreement in effect on the date the cooperative serving it filed with the Commission such tariff for electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy for the duration of such agreement.

02/11/20 House: Read third time and passed House (55-Y 44-N)
02/11/20 House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-N)
02/12/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB868H1)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

HB 912 Distributed renewable energy; promotes establishment of solar and other renewable energy.

Chief patron: Simon

Summary as introduced:
Distributed renewable energy. Promotes the establishment of distributed renewable solar and other renewable energy. The measure (i) removes the one percent cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customer classes throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows local governments and certain other public bodies to install solar or wind facilities of up to five megawatts on government-owned property and use the electricity for government-owned buildings, (iv) allows all net metering customers to attribute output from a single solar array to multiple meters, (v) allows the owner of a multifamily residential building or the common areas of a condominium to install a renewable energy generation facility and sell the electricity to tenants or condominium unit owners, (vi) removes the restriction on customers installing a net-metered generation facility larger than that required to meet their previous 12 months' demand, (vii) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to two megawatts, and (viii) removes the ability of utilities to assess standby charges. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of renewable energy.

01/15/20 House: Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/20 House: Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/30/20 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB572-Keam)
02/04/20 House: Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB572-Keam)

HB 947 Green development zones; investments in green technologies.

Chief patron: Webert

Summary as introduced:
Green development zones; investments in green technologies. Provides that a locality may grant tax incentives to businesses located in a green development zone that invest in green technologies. Under current law, such incentives may be granted only to green development businesses located in a green development zone or businesses operating in an energy-efficient building located in a green development zone.

01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/19/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB947)
01/23/20 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #2
02/03/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021
02/05/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Finance

HB 1030 Electrical transmission lines; placement of overhead and underground lines.

Chief patron: Roem

Summary as passed House:

Electric utility regulation; pilot program for undergrounding electrical transmission lines. Provides that the State Corporation Commission's approval of a proposed transmission line for inclusion in a pilot program established as part of the Grid Transformation and Security Act enacted in 2018 (i) precludes the placement of future overhead electrical transmission lines of at least 69 kilovolts in the same area or corridor by other transmission projects for a period of 10 years and (ii) does not preclude (a) any underground transmission lines in such right-of-way or (b) any electrical distribution lines in such right-of-way.the placement of electrical distribution lines in the same area or corridor. The pilot program provides for the underground construction of two electrical transmission lines, including one for the Haymarket transmission line project in Prince William County.

02/04/20 House: Read third time and passed House (57-Y 41-N)
02/04/20 House: VOTE: Passage (57-Y 41-N)
02/05/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/07/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1030H1)

HB 1131 Solar energy projects; revenue share assessment.

Chief patron: Jones

Summary as passed House:

Solar energy projects; revenue share assessment. Authorizes any locality by ordinance to assess a revenue share of up to $1400 per megawatt on any solar photovoltaic (electric energy) project with certain exceptions and expands an existing tax exemption for such projects under certain conditions. The bill authorizes such revenue share to apply to existing projects only if certain conditions are met.

02/10/20 House: VOTE: Passage (54-Y 42-N)
02/11/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/13/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1131H1)
02/19/20 Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 0-N)

HB 1133 Solar and wind energy; projects on previously developed project sites.

Chief patron: Jones

Summary as introduced:
Solar and wind energy projects on previously developed project sites. Declares that the construction or purchase by a public utility prior to January 1, 2024, of one or more solar or wind generation facilities located on a previously developed project site in the Commonwealth having in the aggregate a rated capacity that does not exceed 200 megawatts, or the purchase by a public utility of energy, capacity, and environmental attributes from such solar facilities owned by persons other than a public utility, is in the public interest.

02/10/20 House: Read second time and engrossed
02/11/20 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

HB 1171 Solar farms; annual report of acreage, report.

Chief patron: Poindexter

Summary as introduced:
Solar farms; annual report of acreage; report. Directs the Virginia Solar Energy Center to compile an annual report that lists (i) the total acreage of solar farm or utility-scale solar facility development projects completed in the prior calendar year and (ii) the total acreage of qualified donations of less-than-fee interests accepted by any public or private conservation agency, as reported by the Department of Conservation and Recreation pursuant to existing law. The Center is required to submit the report by December 15 of each year to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Finance, and Senate Committee on Finance.

01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/20 House: Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/24/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1171)
02/05/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021
02/05/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

HB 1183 Bulk energy storage resources; State Corporation Commission.

Chief patron: Lopez

Summary as passed House:

State Corporation Commission; bulk energy storage resources. Requires the State Corporation Commission to establish a task force to evaluate and analyze the potential for bulk energy storage resources to, among other things, help integrate renewable energy into the electrical grid. The measure requires the Commission to submit the results of task force's evaluation and analysis to the General Assembly by October 1, 2021.

02/07/20 House: Read third time and passed House (91-Y 9-N)
02/07/20 House: VOTE: Passage (91-Y 9-N)
02/10/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1183H1)

HB 1184 Distributed energy generation; promotes establishment of distributed solar energy.

Chief patron: Lopez

Summary as introduced:
Distributed energy generation. Promotes the establishment of distributed solar and other renewable energy. The measure (i) increases the cap on the total amount of renewable energy that can be net metered in a utility's service territory from one percent to 10 percent, (ii) authorizes third-party power purchase agreements for all customer classes throughout the Commonwealth, (iii) allows local governments and certain other public bodies to install solar facilities of up to five megawatts on government-owned property and use the electricity for government-owned buildings, (iv) allows all net metering customers to attribute output from a single solar array to multiple meters, (v) allows the owner of a multifamily residential building or the common areas of a condominium to install a solar energy generation facility and sell the electricity to tenants or condominium unit owners, (vi) removes the restriction on customers installing a net-metered generation facility larger than that required to meet their previous 12 months' demand, (vii) raises the cap for net-metered nonresidential generation facilities from one megawatt to three megawatts, and (viii) removes the ability of utilities to assess standby charges. The measure also amends the Commonwealth Energy Policy to include provisions supporting distributed generation of solar energy and states that the distributed generation of solar electricity is in the public interest, and the State Corporation Commission shall so find if required to make a finding regarding whether such construction or purchase is in the public interest.

02/11/20 House: VOTE: Passage (56-Y 44-N)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/20 Senate: Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N)
02/18/20 Senate: Rereferred to Commerce and Labor

HB 1303 Nuclear energy; strategic plan for overall goal of carbon-free energy.

Chief patron: Hurst

Summary as introduced:
Nuclear energy; strategic plan. Directs the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, and the Secretary of Education to work in coordination with the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority to develop a strategic plan for the role of nuclear energy in the Commonwealth's overall strategy for moving toward renewable and carbon-free energy. The plan shall be completed by October 1, 2020, and updated every four years thereafter.

02/11/20 House: VOTE: Passage (97-Y 3-N)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/20 Senate: Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N)
02/18/20 Senate: Rereferred to Commerce and Labor

HB 1306 Renewable energy storage projects; brownfields and reclaimed lands, regulations.

Chief patron: Kory

Summary as introduced:
Renewable energy storage projects; brownfields and reclaimed lands; regulations. Directs the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to adopt regulations allowing appropriate brownfields and lands reclaimed after mining to be developed as sites for renewable energy storage projects.

01/08/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104296D
01/08/20 House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/20 House: Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/20/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1306)
01/22/20 House: Stricken from docket by Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N)

HB 1450 Electric utility regulation; energy efficiency standard.

Chief patron: Sullivan

Summary as introduced:
Electric utility regulation; energy efficiency standard. Requires Dominion Energy Virginia (DEV) and American Electric Power (AEP) to achieve incremental net annual savings in accordance with a schedule that starts in 2021, when savings are required to be at least 0.35 percent of the average annual energy retail sales by that utility in the three preceding calendar years, and increases the level of required savings until 2027 and thereafter, when savings are required to be at least two percent of the utility's average annual energy retail sales in the three preceding calendar years. The measure requires the utilities to retain an independent, qualified third-party evaluator to determine the utility's incremental net annual savings and other benefits of the program. The measure requires the State Corporation Commission, for any year that a utility meets the annual energy efficiency standard, to allow for the additional recovery of a margin on its program's operating expenses through a rate adjustment clause that provides the utility with a margin equal to the general rate of return on common equity. The Commission is directed to award an additional 20 basis points for each 0.1 percent of annual savings in excess of the required amount of savings, with a cap on total performance incentive awards in any year of 10 percent of the utility's total energy efficiency spending in that year. The measure also (i) increases the portion of the approved costs of certain utility energy efficiency programs that are required to be allocated to programs designed to benefit low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals from five percent to 15 percent of the approved costs of such programs and adds veterans to be benefited from such programs; (ii) requires the energy efficiency stakeholder process established for the purpose of providing input and feedback on the development of electric utilities' energy efficiency programs to include the participation of certain Commission personnel who participate in approval and oversight of utility efficiency programs; (iii) directs the Commission to increase the utility's rates to recover for revenue reductions related to energy efficiency programs if the revenue reductions have caused the utility, during the test period or periods under review, to earn more than 50 basis points below a fair combined rate of return on its generation and distribution services or, for any test period commencing after December 31, 2012, for DEV and after December 31, 2013, for AEP, more than 70 basis points below a fair combined rate of return on its generation and distribution services; (iv) allows certain large general service customers to avoid participation in energy efficiency programs and to avoid paying for the costs of such programs through a rate adjustment clause upon receiving an exemption from the Commission; and (v) provides that certain energy efficiency pilot programs may be deemed to be in the public interest.

02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/13/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1450H1)
02/18/20 Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (8-Y 7-N)
02/18/20 Senate: Committee substitute printed 20108613D-S1
02/19/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1450EH1)

HB 1451 Electric utility regulation; mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard.

Chief patron: Sullivan

Summary as introduced:
Electric utilities; mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard. Replaces the existing voluntary renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) program with a mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard program that requires each electric utility to generate or purchase increasing percentages of electric power that is generated from renewable energy sources. The required percentages start at 14 percent of the total electric energy sold in 2021. Thereafter the required percentages increase in steps until 2050 and thereafter, in which years 100 percent of the total electric energy sold is required to be renewable energy. The measure also requires that the sources of renewable energy be derived from one of several tiers, with required percentages varying over time. A utility that fails to comply with an RPS standard established for a year is required to pay a deficiency payment. The moneys paid as deficiency payments will be distributed by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to programs for low-income, disability, veteran, and age-qualifying energy efficiency programs and renewable energy programs, energy efficiency measures for public facilities, and administrative costs. The measure also requires the State Corporation Commission to implement an energy storage deployment target of 2,400 megawatts by 2035.

02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/13/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1451H1)
02/18/20 Senate: Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (8-Y 7-N)
02/19/20 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1451EH1)

HB 1526 Virginia Clean Economy Act.

Chief patron: Sullivan

Summary as introduced:
Electric utility regulation; environmental goals. Replaces the existing voluntary renewable energy portfolio system (RPS) program with a mandatory RPS that applies to electric utilities and licensed competitive suppliers. Under the mandatory RPS, utilities and suppliers are required to produce their electricity from 100 percent renewable sources by 2050, with annual steps that direct the electricity be generated in specific percentages in nine tiers or sub-tiers. A utility or supplier that does not meet its targets is required to pay a specific deficiency payment or purchase renewable energy certificates. The proceeds from the deficiency payments are to be deposited into an account administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, which is directed to distribute specific percentages of the moneys to low-income, disability, veteran, and age-qualifying energy efficiency programs; additional energy efficiency measures for public facilities; coastal resiliency efforts; and administrative costs. Among other things, the measure also (i) adopts a 2,400 megawatt energy storage deployment target for the Commonwealth and requires the State Corporation Commission (the Commission) to adopt regulations for the implementation of the energy storage deployment target that outline a deployment target of 2,400 megawatts by 2035 with interim targets that include Commission-approved energy storage system resources; (ii) establishes an energy efficiency standard under which each investor-owned incumbent electric utility is required to achieve incremental annual energy efficiency savings that start in 2021 at 0.35 percent of the average annual energy retail sales by that utility in the three preceding calendar years and increase annually until 2027 and thereafter when energy efficiency savings of at least two percent of the average annual energy retail sales by that utility in the three preceding calendar years are required; (iii) exempts large general service customers from energy savings requirements; (iv) revises the incentive for electric utility energy efficiency programs; (v) provides that if the Commission finds in any triennial review that revenue reductions related to energy efficiency measures or programs approved and deployed since the utility's previous triennial review have caused the utility to earn more than 50 basis points below a fair combined rate of return on its generation and distribution services or, for any test period commencing after December 31, 2012, for Dominion Energy Virginia and after December 31, 2013, for American Electric Power, more than 70 basis points below a fair combined rate of return on its generation and distribution services, the Commission shall order increases to the utility's rates for generation and distribution services necessary to recover such revenue reductions; (vi) provides that in the case of a facility utilizing energy derived from offshore wind, the utility shall identify options for utilizing local workers, consult with the Commonwealth's Chief Workforce Development Officer on opportunities to advance the Commonwealth's workforce goals, including furtherance of apprenticeship and other workforce training programs to develop the local workforce, and give priority to the hiring of local workers; (vii) requires each utility to include, and the Commission to consider, in any application to construct a new generating facility the social cost of carbon as a cost adder; (viii) removes provisions that authorize nuclear and offshore wind generating facilities to continue to be eligible for an enhanced rate of return on common equity during the construction phase of the facility and the approved first portion of its service life of between 12 and 25 years in the case of a facility utilizing nuclear power and for a service life of between 5 and 15 years in the case of a facility utilizing energy derived from offshore wind; (ix) removes a provision that declares that planning and development activities for new nuclear generation facilities are in the public interest; (x) removes the limit of 16 megawatts on those offshore wind generation facilities that are declared to be in the public interest; (xi) amends the net energy metering program by increasing the maximum capacity of renewable generation facilities of participating nonresidential eligible customer-generators from one to three megawatts, increases the cap on the capacity of generation from facilities from the customer's expected annual energy consumption to 150 percent of such amount, increases each utility's systemwide cap from one percent of its adjusted Virginia peak-load forecast for the previous year to 10 percent of such amount, eliminates the ability of a utility to assess standby charges, and establishes the right to finance electrical generating facilities via leases and power purchase agreements; (xii) removes the ability of utilities in triennial rate reviews to attribute to test periods under review the booked costs of early retirement determinations made by the utility for utility generation facilities fueled by coal, natural gas, or oil; (xiii) directs the State Air Pollution Control Board (the Board) to report to the General Assembly by January 1, 2021, on how to achieve 100 percent carbon free electric energy generation by 2050 and whether the General Assembly should permanently repeal the ability to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity for electric generating units that emit carbon as a byproduct of combusting fuel to generate electricity; (xiv) bars the Commission from issuing a certificate for public convenience and necessity for any investor-owned utility to own, operate, or construct any electric generating unit that emits carbon as a byproduct of combusting fuel to generate electricity until the General Assembly receives the Board's report; (xv) directs the Board to adopt regulations establishing a carbon dioxide cap and trade program to limit and reduce the total carbon dioxide emissions released by electric generation facilities, which regulations shall comply with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative model rule; (xvi) exempts certain pilot programs from the requirements that an energy efficiency program be in the public interest; (xvii) establishes requirements regarding the development by Dominion Energy Virginia of qualified offshore wind projects having an aggregate rated capacity of not less than 5,200 megawatts by January 1, 2034; (xviii) directs the Board to adopt a regulation to reduce, for the period of 2031 to 2050, the carbon dioxide emissions from any electricity generating unit in the Commonwealth that serves an electricity generator with a nameplate capacity equal to or greater than 25 megawatts that supplies 10 percent or more of its annual net electrical generation to the electric grid or more than 15 percent of its annual total useful energy to any entity other than the manufacturing facility to which the generating source is interconnected; (xix) establishes a shared solar program that allows customers to purchase electric power through a subscription in a shared solar facility; (xx) repeals the Manufacturing and Commercial Competitiveness Retention Credit that allows certain large nonresidential customers that enter into a three-year minimum exclusive supply agreement to receive a two percent reduction in their base generation charges; (xxi) repeals the authorization for certain third-party power purchase agreements; and (xxii) requires the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to prepare a report to the House and Senate Committees on Commerce and Labor and to the Governor's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice that ensures that the implementation of this act does not impose a disproportionate burden on minority or historically disadvantaged communities.

02/10/20 House: Printed as engrossed 20107849D-EH1
02/11/20 House: Read third time and passed House (52-Y 47-N)
02/11/20 House: VOTE: Passage (52-Y 47-N)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

SB 94 Virginia Energy Plan; relating to the Commonwealth Energy Policy.

Chief patron: Favola

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Energy Plan; Commonwealth Energy Policy. States that the Commonwealth Energy Policy shall include (i) establishing greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards across all sectors of Virginia's economy that target net zero carbon emissions by mid-century; (ii) enacting mandatory clean energy standards and overall strategies for reaching zero carbon in the electric power sector by 2040; (iii) incorporating requirements for technical, policy, and economic analyses and assessments that identify pathways to zero carbon that maximize Virginia's economic development and create quality jobs; and (iv) minimizing the negative impacts of climate change and the energy transition on disadvantaged communities and prioritizing investment in these areas. The measure requires the Virginia Energy Plan to be prepared in consultation with a stakeholder group that includes representatives of consumer and environmental organizations. The measure also requires that the Virginia Energy Plan identify actions over a 10-year period consistent with the goal of the Commonwealth Energy Policy to achieve, no later than 2050, a net-zero carbon energy economy for all sectors, including electricity, transportation, building, and industrial sectors.

01/24/20 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N)
02/07/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB94S1)
02/13/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/20 House: Read first time
02/13/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce

SB 354 Electric utility regulation; energy efficiency standard.

Chief patron: Bell

Summary as introduced:
Electric utility regulation; energy efficiency standard. Requires Dominion Energy Virginia (DEV) and American Electric Power (AEP) to achieve incremental net annual savings in accordance with a schedule that starts in 2021, when savings are required to be at least 0.35 percent of the average annual energy retail sales by that utility in the three preceding calendar years, and increases the level of required savings until 2027 and thereafter, when savings are required to be at least two percent of the utility's average annual energy retail sales in the three preceding calendar years. The measure requires the utilities to retain an independent, qualified third-party evaluator to determine the utility's incremental net annual savings and other benefits of the program. The measure requires the State Corporation Commission, for any year that a utility meets the annual energy efficiency standard, to allow for the additional recovery of a margin on its program's operating expenses through a rate adjustment clause that provides the utility with a margin equal to the general rate of return on common equity. The Commission is directed to award an additional 20 basis points for each 0.1 percent of annual savings in excess of the required amount of savings, with a cap on total performance incentive awards in any year of 10 percent of the utility's total energy efficiency spending in that year. The measure also (i) increases the portion of the approved costs of certain utility energy efficiency programs that are required to be allocated to programs designed to benefit low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals from five percent to 15 percent of the approved costs of such programs and adds veterans to be benefited from such programs; (ii) requires the energy efficiency stakeholder process established for the purpose of providing input and feedback on the development of electric utilities' energy efficiency programs to include the participation of certain Commission personnel who participate in approval and oversight of utility efficiency programs; (iii) directs the Commission to increase the utility's rates to recover for revenue reductions related to energy efficiency programs if the revenue reductions have caused the utility, during the test period or periods under review, to earn more than 50 basis points below a fair combined rate of return on its generation and distribution services or, for any test period commencing after December 31, 2012, for DEV and after December 31, 2013, for AEP, more than 70 basis points below a fair combined rate of return on its generation and distribution services; (iv) allows certain large general service customers to avoid participation in energy efficiency programs and to avoid paying for the costs of such programs through a rate adjustment clause upon receiving an exemption from the Commission; and (v) provides that certain energy efficiency pilot programs may be deemed to be in the public interest.

01/06/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104635D
01/06/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/13/20 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB354)
01/23/20 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Energy
02/09/20 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

SB 376 Electric utilities; retail competition, renewable energy.

Chief patron: Suetterlein, Bell

Summary as introduced:
Electric utilities; retail competition; renewable energy. Allows individual retail customers of an electric utility to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy from any licensed supplier. The measure eliminates (i) provisions that prohibit such a purchase from a licensed supplier that is an incumbent electric utility that is not the incumbent electric utility serving the exclusive service territory in which the customer is located and (ii) a condition that permits such purchases only if the electric utility serving the applicable exclusive service territory does not offer a tariff for 100 percent renewable energy.

01/06/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104747D
01/06/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/20 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB376)
01/23/20 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Energy
02/09/20 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

SB 504 Virginia Energy Plan; covenants regarding solar power, reasonable restrictions.

Chief patron: Petersen

Summary as passed Senate:

Virginia Energy Plan; covenants regarding solar power; reasonable restrictions. Provides that a restriction on solar energy collection devices is not reasonable if application of the restriction to a particular proposal (i) increases the cost of installation of the solar energy collection device by five percent over the projected cost of the initially proposed installation or (ii) reduces the energy production by the solar energy collection device by 10 percent below the projected energy production of the initially proposed installation. The owner shall provide documentation prepared by an independent solar panel design specialist that is satisfactory to the community association to show that the restriction is not reasonable according to the criteria established in the bill.

02/11/20 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/14/20 House: Read first time
02/14/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/18/20 House: Reported from Labor and Commerce (19-Y 0-N)

SB 549 Nuclear energy; strategic plan.

Chief patron: Newman

Summary as introduced:
Nuclear energy; strategic plan. Directs the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, and the Secretary of Education to work in coordination with the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority to develop a strategic plan for the role of nuclear energy as part of the Commonwealth's overall strategy for moving toward renewable and carbon-free energy. The plan shall be completed by October 1, 2020, and updated every four years thereafter.

02/13/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/20 House: Read first time
02/13/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/18/20 House: Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (19-Y 0-N)
02/18/20 House: Committee substitute printed 20108595D-H1

SB 632 Public utilities; aggregate energy storage capacity in the Commonwealth.

Chief patron: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Public utilities; energy storage capacity in the Commonwealth. Provides that it is the objective of the General Assembly that 1,000 megawatts of aggregate energy storage capacity be placed into service on or before July 1, 2030. The bill provides that energy storage facilities with an aggregate capacity of 1,000 megawatts are in the public interest and that prior to January 1, 2030, (i) the construction by a public utility of one or more energy storage facilities located in the Commonwealth, having in the aggregate a rated capacity that does not exceed 1,000 megawatts, or (ii) the purchase by a public utility of energy storage facilities described in clause (i) owned by persons other than a public utility or the capacity from such facilities is in the public interest. The bill requires that at least 50 percent of the energy storage capacity placed in service on or after July 1, 2020, located in the Commonwealth and found to be in the public interest is from the purchase by a public utility of energy storage facilities owned by persons other than a public utility or the capacity from such facilities. The bill provides that such purchases shall be subject to competitive procurement, provided that a public utility may select energy storage facilities without regard to whether such selection satisfies price criteria if the selection of the energy storage facilities materially advances non-price criteria, including favoring geographic distribution of generating facilities, areas of higher employment, or regional economic development, if such facilities do not exceed 25 percent of the utility's energy storage capacity. The bill provides that an integrated resource plan (IRP) should include recommended plans for utilizing energy storage facilities to meet forecasted demand and assure adequate and sufficient reliability of service and requires that in preparing an IRP, each electric utility shall systematically evaluate and may propose developing a long-term plan to integrate new energy storage facilities into existing generation and distribution assets to assist with grid transformation. Finally, the bill requires the State Corporation Commission, in the annual report required by legislation enacted in the 2018 Session, to assess the aggregate annual new construction and purchase of energy storage facilities.

02/10/20 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB632S1)
02/10/20 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB632ES1)
02/18/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/18/20 House: Read first time
02/18/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce

SB 762 Solar energy projects; revenue share assessment.

Chief patron: Barker

Summary as passed Senate:

Solar energy projects; revenue share assessment. Authorizes any locality by ordinance to assess a revenue share of up to $1,400 per megawatt on any solar photovoltaic (electric energy) project with certain exceptions and expands an existing tax exemption for such projects under certain conditions. The bill authorizes such revenue share to apply to existing projects only if certain conditions are met.

02/11/20 Senate: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/18/20 House: Read first time
02/18/20 House: Referred to Committee on Finance

SB 784 Transmission lines; relocation and undergrounding.

Chief patron: Saslaw

Summary as introduced:
Transmission lines; relocation and undergrounding. Requires that any transmission line of 230 kilovolts or less that is proposed to connect to a proposed new substation that has received local final development plan approval be placed underground if (i) such line would extend from an existing substation that will be powered by a transmission line of 230 kilovolts or less, (ii) such line received a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Commission to be placed underground prior to December 31, 2018; (iii) the portion of such line between the existing substation and the proposed new substation is not more than 4,500 linear feet; and (iv) the total cost of undergrounding the proposed relocated transmission line does not exceed $40 million. The bill requires that existing overhead transmission lines that meet such criteria be replaced and relocated with a new underground transmission line and that the location of the new underground transmission line be consistent with the comprehensive plan and the economic development priorities of the governing body of the locality in which the new underground transmission line is to be placed. The bill has an expiration date of December 31, 2021.

01/08/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102022D
01/08/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/10/20 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Energy
01/15/20 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB784)
02/12/20 Senate: Left in Commerce and Labor

SB 817 Nuclear energy; considered a clean energy source.

Chief patron: Lewis

Summary as introduced:
Nuclear energy; considered a clean energy source. Provides that for the purposes of the Commonwealth Energy Policy, in any clean energy initiative or carbon-free energy initiative undertaken, overseen, regulated, or permitted by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Department, nuclear energy shall be considered to be a clean energy source.

02/13/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/20 House: Read first time
02/13/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/14/20 House: Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
02/18/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 4-N)

SB 828 Carbon-free energy and clean energy; definition.

Chief patron: Lewis

Summary as passed Senate:

Carbon-free energy and clean energy. Provides that "carbon-free energy" or "clean energy", as used in the Code of Virginia, each includes electric energy generated from a source that does not emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere during the process of generating the electric energy, including electric energy generated by the conversion of sunlight, wind, falling water, wave motion, tides, geothermal or nuclear energy.

02/13/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/20 House: Read first time
02/13/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/14/20 House: Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
02/18/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)

SB 842 Electric energy; customer choice.

Chief patron: Petersen

Summary as introduced:
Electric energy; customer choice. Provides that all retail customers of electric energy within the Commonwealth will be permitted to purchase electricity from any supplier licensed to sell retail electric energy within the Commonwealth by January 1, 2023. The bill requires, by January 1, 2022, the State Corporation Commission to promulgate all regulations it deems necessary to ensure the orderly transition to a competitive market for electric energy in the Commonwealth.

The bill provides that such regulations (i) provide for the customer choice for electricity for all customer classes, thereby deregulating the retail sale and pricing of the generation component of electricity service; (ii) require the divestiture of generation assets or the functional separation of the generation and transmission and distribution businesses of each incumbent electric utility operating in the Commonwealth; (iii) provide all retail customers with guaranteed access to fairly priced electric generation service from a provider of last resort; (iv) provide benefits to all rate classes; (v) include adequate consumer protections, marketing standards, and complaint procedures; and (vi) ensure reliability and compliance with federal and state environmental laws and regulations.

The bill provides that incumbent electric utilities will continue to provide distribution services within their exclusive service territories and the Commission will continue to regulate the distribution of retail electric energy to retail customers and, to the extent permitted under federal law, the transmission of electric energy. Additionally, the bill requires that the Commission promulgate regulations requiring all suppliers of electric energy, including providers of last resort, to obtain at least 25 percent of their retail energy sales in the Commonwealth from renewable energy by January 1, 2025; 50 percent of their retail energy sales in the Commonwealth from renewable energy by January 1, 2030; and 100 percent of their retail energy sales in the Commonwealth from renewable energy by January 1, 2050.

01/08/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102677D
01/08/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/20 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB842)
01/23/20 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Energy
02/03/20 Senate: Continued to 2021 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

SB 875 Solar energy projects; national standards.

Chief patron: Marsden

Summary as passed Senate:

Solar energy projects; national standards. Authorizes a locality to include in its zoning ordinance provisions to incorporate generally accepted national standards for the use of solar panels and battery technologies for solar photovoltaic (electric energy) projects.

02/18/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/18/20 House: Read first time
02/18/20 House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/18/20 House: Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
02/20/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)

SB 912 Electric utilities; retail competition, renewable energy.

Chief patron: Bell

Summary as introduced:
Electric utilities; retail competition; renewable energy. Allows individual retail customers of an electric utility to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy from any licensed supplier. The measure eliminates (i) provisions that prohibit such a purchase from a licensed supplier that is an incumbent electric utility that is not the incumbent electric utility serving the exclusive service territory in which the customer is located and (ii) a condition that permits such purchases only if the electric utility serving the applicable exclusive service territory does not offer a tariff for 100 percent renewable energy.

01/08/20 Senate: Presented and ordered printed 20104534D
01/08/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/13/20 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB912)
01/23/20 Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Energy
02/09/20 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

SJ 60 Nuclear energy; advancement of nuclear energy research & exploration of economic opportunities.

Chief patron: Peake

Summary as introduced:
Nuclear Energy Research and Technology. Encourages the advancement of nuclear energy research and the exploration of economic development opportunities related to nuclear energy.

02/11/20 Senate: Reading waived (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 Senate: Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/14/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/14/20 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/19/20 House: Reported from Rules (17-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 28 SB: 13 SJ: 1


Employment Nondiscrimination

HB 21 Virginia Human Rights Act; prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Chief patron: Lindsey

Summary as introduced:

Virginia Human Rights Act; prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity. Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful discriminatory practice under the Virginia Human Rights Act. The bill also creates a cause of action if any person employed by an employer who employs more than five but fewer than 15 persons is discharged by such employer on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill defines "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." The bill contains technical amendments. This bill was incorporated into HB 1663.

11/19/19 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/20 House: Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/17/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB21)
01/23/20 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1663-Sickles)
01/28/20 House: Incorporated by General Laws (HB1663-Sickles)

HB 23 Public employment and housing; prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Chief patron: Lindsey

Summary as introduced:

Prohibited discrimination in public employment and housing; sexual orientation or gender identity. Prohibits discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 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. Additionally, the bill adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines sexual orientation and gender identity. This bill was incorporated into HB 1663.

11/19/19 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/20 House: Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/17/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB23)
01/23/20 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1663-Sickles)
01/28/20 House: Incorporated by General Laws (HB1663-Sickles)

HB 1049 Discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity.

Chief patron: Levine

Summary as introduced:
Prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity. Prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation, public contracting, apprenticeship programs, housing, banking, and insurance on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill also adds discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill contains technical amendments.

02/05/20 House: Read third time and passed House (59-Y 39-N)
02/05/20 House: VOTE: Passage (59-Y 39-N)
02/06/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/14/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1049)

HB 1663 Discrimination; prohibited in public accommodations, etc., causes of action.

Chief patron: Sickles

Summary as passed House:

Prohibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates explicit causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the Virginia Human Rights Act. Currently, under the Act there is no cause of action for discrimination in public accommodations, and the only causes of action for discrimination in employment are for (i) unlawful discharge on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, by employers employing more than five but fewer than 15 persons and (ii) unlawful discharge on the basis of age by employers employing more than five but fewer than 20 persons. The bill allows the causes of action to be pursued privately by the aggrieved person or, in certain circumstances, by the Attorney General. The bill prohibits discrimination in public and private emp loyment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. 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. Additionally, the bill (a) prohibits discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran; (b) prohibits discrimination in credit on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, disability, and status as a veteran; and (c) adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran as an unlawful housing practice. The bill makes technical amendments. This bill incorporates HBs 3, 21, 23, 217, 1050, 1200, and 1512.

02/06/20 House: Pending question ordered
02/06/20 House: Read third time and passed House (59-Y 35-N)
02/06/20 House: VOTE: Passage (59-Y 35-N)
02/07/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

SB 23 Employment and public accommodation; prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation/gender identity.

Chief patron: Ebbin

Summary as introduced:
Prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity. Prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill 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 and adds discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill contains technical amendments.

11/18/19 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100725D
11/18/19 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/22/20 Senate: Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)

SB 159 Public employment; prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Chief patron: Boysko

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. This bill was incorporated into SB 868.

12/18/19 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102892D
12/18/19 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/21/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB159)
01/29/20 Senate: Incorporated by General Laws and Technology (SB868-Ebbin) (14-Y 0-N)

SB 868 Discrimination; prohibited in public accommodations, etc., causes of action.

Chief patron: Ebbin

Summary as passed Senate:

Prohibited discrimination; public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing: causes of action; sexual orientation and gender identity. Creates explicit causes of action for unlawful discrimination in public accommodations and employment in the Virginia Human Rights Act. Currently, under the Act there is no cause of action for discrimination in public accommodations, and the only causes of action for discrimination in employment are for (i) unlawful discharge on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, by employers employing more than five but fewer than 15 persons and (ii) unlawful discharge on the basis of age by employers employing more than five but fewer than 20 persons. The bill allows the causes of action to be pursued privately by the aggrieved person or, in certain circumstances, by the Attorney General. The bill prohibits discrimination in public and private emp loyment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. 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. Additionally, the bill (a) prohibits discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran; (b) prohibits discrimination in credit on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, disability, and status as a veteran; and (c) adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran as an unlawful housing practice. The bill makes technical amendments. This bill incorporates SB 66 and SB 159.

02/13/20 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/13/20 House: Reported from General Laws (13-Y 9-N)
02/17/20 House: Read second time
02/18/20 House: Passed by for the day
02/19/20 House: Passed by for the day

Counts: HB: 4 SB: 3


General Business Issues

HB 122 Project labor agreements; public procurement.

Chief patron: Carroll Foy

Summary as introduced:

Project labor agreements; public procurement. Authorizes any state or local government, when engaged in procuring products or services or letting contracts for construction, manufacture, maintenance, or operation of public works, to require bidders to enter into or adhere to project labor agreements on the public works projects. This bill was incorporated into HB 358.

12/16/19 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB122)
01/25/20 House: Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
01/28/20 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB358-Lopez)
01/30/20 House: Incorporated by General Laws (HB358-Lopez)

HB 133 Virginia Public Procurement Act; professional and information technology project services contracts.

Chief patron: Miyares

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; professional and information technology project services contracts; verification of work. Requires state agencies contracting for professional and information technology project services to include provisions in such contracts that require contractors to install software that allows for verification of the number of hours worked on a project using a computer. The bill requires such software to be procured by the contractor and provides that data collected belongs to the contractor; however, the contractor is required to provide access to data to the contracting state agency under certain terms and for a period of seven years.

12/17/19 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/15/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB133)
01/16/20 House: Assigned CT & I sub: Communications
01/27/20 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (11-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 153 Right to work; repeals provisions of Code that refers to denial or abridgement.

Chief patron: Carter

Summary as introduced:
Right to work. Repeals the provisions of the Code of Virginia that, among other things, prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership in the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise.

02/04/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/04/20 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/20 House: Reported from Labor and Commerce (12-Y 9-N)
02/06/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/20 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 325 Minimum wage; local alternative minimum wage.

Chief patron: Levine

Summary as introduced:
Local alternative minimum wage. Establishes a procedure by which a local alternative minimum wage may be imposed in any locality. A local alternative minimum wage requires every employer to pay to each of its employees wages at a rate to be determined by local ordinance for work performed by them within the locality. If the federal minimum wage exceeds the levels specified in a local alternative minimum wage requirement, the federal minimum wage will prevail. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees.

01/01/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101000D
01/01/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/14/20 House: Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
02/11/20 House: Left in Labor and Commerce

HB 327 Public employees; collective bargaining.

Chief patron: Levine

Summary as introduced:
Public employees; collective bargaining. Authorizes state and local government officers, agents, and governing bodies to recognize any labor union or other employee association as a bargaining agent of any public officers or employees and to collectively bargain with any such union or association.

01/01/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103809D
01/01/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/28/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB327)
01/28/20 House: Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB582-Guzman)

HB 346 Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; redefines "small business."

Chief patron: Davis

Summary as introduced:
Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; definitions; small business. Redefines "small business" for the purposes of programs for the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the Virginia Public Procurement Act to mean a business that together with its affiliates has both 250 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts, less the cost of goods sold by the business, of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. Currently for these programs, a business qualifies as a small business if, together with its affiliates, it has either 250 or fewer employees or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years.

01/01/20 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/20 House: Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
02/04/20 House: House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021
02/06/20 House: Continued to 2021 in General Laws

HB 358 Project labor agreements; public procurement.

Chief patron: Lopez

Summary as passed House:

Project labor agreements; public procurement. Authorizes any public body, including any state or local government, when engaged in procuring products or services or letting contracts for construction, manufacture, maintenance, or operation of public works, to require bidders to enter into or adhere to project labor agreements on the public works projects. The bill incorporates HBs 122, 1202, and 1311.

02/05/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB358EH1)
02/06/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/20 Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor (8-Y 3-N 4-A)
02/19/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)

HB 407 Virginia Public Procurement Act; failure to pay unemployment taxes.

Chief patron: Delaney

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; failure to pay unemployment taxes. Prohibits state agencies from contracting for goods and services from a nongovernmental source if that source, or any affiliate of the source, is required to remit unemployment taxes but fails or refuses to do so. The measure requires the Virginia Employment Commission to make a determination of whether a source is a prohibited source for failure or refusal to remit unemployment taxes and permits any aggrieved source to apply to the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission for correction of the determination. The measure also provides that any source that fails to remit unemployment taxes for more than 10 covered employees shall be a prohibited source for a period of two years.

01/02/20 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB407)
01/17/20 House: Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
01/28/20 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (8-Y 0-N)
01/30/20 House: Stricken from docket by General Laws (20-Y 0-N)

HB 439 Relocation of call centers to a foreign country; notification requirements.

Chief patron: Heretick

Summary as introduced:
Relocation of call centers to a foreign country; notification requirements. Requires certain call centers that intend to relocate operations from the Commonwealth to a foreign country to give the Commissioner of Labor and Industry at least 120 days' prior notice. The measure requires the Commissioner to compile a semiannual list of all employers that relocate a call center from the Commonwealth to a foreign country and to distribute the list to state agencies. Subject to exceptions, an employer that appears on the list is (i) ineligible for five years for any direct or indirect grants of state funds, any loans from or guaranteed by the state, or any tax credit or reduction in tax liability and (ii) required to repay any financial incentives the employer has previously received. The measure requires new state agency contracts for the performance of state business-related call center and customer service work to provide that such work will be performed entirely within the Commonwealth.

01/23/20 House: Committee substitute printed 20106620D-H1
01/23/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/20 House: Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
01/29/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB439H1)
02/11/20 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 615 Minimum wage; increases to $10.10 per hour effective January 1, 2021, etc.

Chief patron: Plum

Summary as introduced:

Minimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour effective January 1, 2021, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective January 1, 2022, the minimum wage shall be adjusted biennially to reflect annual increases in the consumer price index over the two most recent calendar years. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to persons employed by the Commonwealth, its agencies or political subdivisions, or a public body. This bill was incorporated into HB 395.

01/06/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101615D
01/06/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/26/20 House: Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/20 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB615-Plum)
01/30/20 House: Incorporated by Labor and Commerce (HB395-Ward)

HB 624 Human Rights, Division of; discrimination in compensation on basis of gender.

Chief patron: Hurst

Summary as passed House:

Office of the Attorney General; Division of Human Rights; compensation discrimination information. Provides that any company that employs 100 or more employees shall annually provide certain compensation information for each employee to the Division of Human Rights. The bill requires the Division, by November 30 of each year, to utilize such information to develop a standard for how to evaluate discrimination in compensation on the basis of gender. For purposes of the bill, "employer" is defined as an individual, partnership, association, corporation, legal representative, receiver, trustee, or trustee in bankruptcy doing business in or operating within the Commonwealth who employs another to work for wages or salaries or on commission.

02/11/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB624H1)
02/11/20 House: Read third time and passed House (54-Y 44-N)
02/11/20 House: VOTE: Passage (54-Y 44-N)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

HB 798 Employment; prohibited retaliatory action.

Chief patron: Delaney

Summary as introduced:
Employment; prohibited retaliatory action. Prohibits an employer from discharging, disciplining, threatening, discriminating against, penalizing, or taking other retaliatory action against an employee regarding the employee's compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because the employee (i) reports a violation or suspected violation of any federal or state law or regulation to a supervisor or to any governmental body or law-enforcement official; (ii) is requested by a governmental body or law-enforcement official to participate in an investigation, hearing, or inquiry; (iii) refuses to engage in a criminal act that would subject the employee to criminal liability; (iv) refuses an employer's order to perform an action that the employee believes, which belief has an objective basis in fact, violates any federal or state law or regulation and the employee informs the employer that the order is being refused for that reason; or (v) provides information to or testifies before any governmental body or law-enforcement official conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry into any alleged violation by the employer of federal or state law or regulation. A person who alleges a violation of this chapter may bring a civil action seeking injunctive relief, reinstatement, and compensation for lost wages, benefits, and other remuneration.

02/05/20 House: Read third time and passed House (76-Y 22-N)
02/05/20 House: VOTE: Passage (76-Y 22-N)
02/06/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/13/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB798)

HB 850 Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; establishing a points-based system.

Chief patron: Runion

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Jobs Investment Program. Requires the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority to develop a scoring system to identify high-impact projects to use in the awarding of funds pursuant to the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. The bill also requires companies that receive workforce retraining funding to submit data to the Authority regarding credentials and wage increases received by trained employees.

01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/20 House: Assigned GL sub: Professions/Occupations and Adminstrative Process
01/20/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB850)
01/23/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in General Laws

HB 935 Economic development programs; reporting requirements.

Chief patron: Willett

Summary as passed House:

Economic development programs; reporting requirements. Clarifies the due dates for plans and reports to be prepared and submitted by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority to various individuals and repeals the requirement that the Secretary of Commerce and Trade provide an annual report on the effectiveness of economic development programs in the Commonwealth. The bill contains technical amendments.

02/10/20 House: Read third time and passed House (68-Y 29-N)
02/10/20 House: VOTE: Passage (68-Y 29-N)
02/11/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/12/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB935H1)

HB 1017 Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority; created.

Chief patron: Sickles

Summary as introduced:
Research and development in the Commonwealth. Creates the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (the Authority) to oversee and support research, development, and commercialization, as well as related investment and seed-stage funding, in the Commonwealth. Existing grant, loan, and investment funds currently administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority and the Virginia Research Investment Committee, repealed under the bill, would be consolidated under the Authority, and the Authority would be responsible for developing an Innovation Index for the Commonwealth. The bill contains technical amendments.

02/10/20 House: VOTE: Passage (94-Y 5-N)
02/11/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/19/20 Senate: Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

HB 1112 Employment; covenants not to compete.

Chief patron: Hudson

Summary as introduced:
Employment; covenants not to compete. Declares that any contract, including a provision of an employment agreement, entered into on or after July 1, 2020, by which an employee is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business for a specified period of time, in a specified geographical area, or for another employer is contrary to public policy and void.

01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/20 House: Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/24/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1112)
01/28/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021
01/30/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Labor and Commerce

HB 1407 Misclassification of employees as independent contractors; Department of Taxation to investigate.

Chief patron: Ward

Summary as passed House:

Misclassification of employees as independent contractors; Department of Taxation to investigate and enforce; civil penalties. Prohibits an employer from classifying an individual as an independent contractor if he is an employee. An individual shall be considered an employee of the party that pays the remuneration for purposes of Titles 40.1 (Labor and Employment), 58.1 (Taxation), 60.2 (Unemployment Compensation), and 65.2 (Workers' Compensation) unless it is demonstrated that such individual is an independent contractor. The Department of Taxation shall determine whether an individual is an independent contractor by applying Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Violators are subject to civil penalties and debarment from public contracts. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021.

02/05/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/11/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1407E)
02/18/20 Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (11-Y 3-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)

SB 7 Minimum wage; increases to $9.50 per hour effective July 1, 2021.

Chief patron: Saslaw

Summary as introduced:
Minimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $10 per hour, effective July 1, 2020; to $11 per hour, effective July 1, 2021; to $12 per hour, effective July 1, 2022; to $13 per hour, effective July 1, 2023; to $14 per hour, effective July 1, 2024; and to $15 per hour, effective July 1, 2025, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). For July 1, 2026, and thereafter, the annual minimum wage shall be adjusted to reflect increases in the consumer price index. The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA.

02/11/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 Senate: Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
02/18/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/18/20 House: Read first time
02/18/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce

SB 78 Minimum wage; pay based on work done.

Chief patron: Howell

Summary as introduced:
Minimum wage; pay based on work done. Eliminates the exemption to Virginia's minimum wage requirements for persons who normally work and are paid based on the amount of work done.

02/11/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 Senate: Passed Senate (23-Y 17-N)
02/18/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/18/20 House: Read first time
02/18/20 House: Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce

SB 81 Minimum wage; increases to $9.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2020, etc.

Chief patron: Marsden

Summary as introduced:
Minimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $9.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2020; to $10.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2021; to $11.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2022; to $12.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2023; to $14 per hour, effective July 1, 2024; and to $15 per hour, effective July 1, 2025, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees.

11/26/19 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100925D
11/26/19 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/27/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB81)
01/27/20 Senate: Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB7-Saslaw) (14-Y 1-N)

SB 400 Virginia Data Commission; established, report.

Chief patron: Dunnavant

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Data Commission; report. Establishes the Virginia Data Commission as a permanent legislative commission. The Commission will study, report, and make recommendations on all areas of data governance and analytics in the Commonwealth to ensure that Virginia is a national leader in data-driven policy and evidence-based decision making. The Commission will develop standards, guidelines, and best practices related to data and will seek to coordinate agency efforts to prevent duplication of data and efforts. The Commission will report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly.

02/05/20 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB400)
02/13/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/20 House: Read first time
02/13/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation

SB 576 Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority; created.

Chief patron: Howell

Summary as passed Senate:

Research and development in the Commonwealth. Creates the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (the Authority) to oversee and support research, development, and commercialization, resulting in the creation of new jobs and company formation, as well as related investment and seed-stage funding, in the Commonwealth. Existing grant, loan, and investment funds currently administered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority and the Virginia Research Investment Committee, repealed under the bill, would be consolidated under the Authority, and the Authority would be responsible for developing an Innovation Index for the Commonwealth. The bill contains technical amendments.

02/13/20 House: Read first time
02/13/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/13/20 House: Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/19/20 House: House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)

SB 587 MEI Project Approval Commission; changes to membership and operation.

Chief patron: Hanger

Summary as passed Senate:

MEI Project Approval Commission. Makes several changes to the membership and operation of the MEI Project Approval Commission. The bill expands the membership from 10 to 12 members by adding two additional Senate appointments. The bill also clarifies the scope of the review required by the Commission to include not only economic development projects, but also potential film and episodic television projects, while providing that projects only involving existing tax incentives currently available to any qualified tax payer shall not require review. Materials regarding the potential project shall be provided to the staff of the House Committee on Appropriations and Senate Committee on Finance five business days in advance of the Commission's review meeting. This bill incorporates SB 970.

02/11/20 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/20 House: Placed on Calendar
02/14/20 House: Read first time
02/14/20 House: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/19/20 House: Reported from Rules with amendments (17-Y 0-N)

SB 744 Misclassification of employees as independent contractors; Department of Taxation to investigate.

Chief patron: McPike

Summary as passed Senate:

Misclassification of employees as independent contractors; Department of Taxation to investigate and enforce; civil penalties. Prohibits an employer from classifying an individual as an independent contractor if he is an employee. An individual shall be considered an employee of the party that pays the remuneration for purposes of Titles 40.1 (Labor and Employment), 58.1 (Taxation), 60.2 (Unemployment Compensation), and 65.2 (Workers' Compensation) unless and until it is shown that such individual is an independent contractor under Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Violators are subject to civil penalties and debarment from public contracts. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021.

02/18/20 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/19/20 House: House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/20 House: Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 8-N)
02/19/20 House: Committee substitute printed 20108163D-H1
02/19/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

SB 816 Minimum wage; increases to $8.50 per hour on July 1, 2020, to $9.75 per hour on July 2, 2021.

Chief patron: Morrissey

Summary as introduced:
Minimum wage. Increases the minimum wage from its current federally mandated level of $7.25 per hour to $8.50 per hour, effective July 1, 2020; to $9.75 per hour, effective July 1, 2021; to $11 per hour, effective July 1, 2022; to $12.25 per hour, effective July 1, 2023; to $13.50 per hour, effective July 1, 2024; and to $15 per hour, effective July 1, 2025, unless a higher minimum wage is required by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The measure also provides that the Virginia minimum wage applies to persons whose employment is covered by the FLSA and to public employees.

01/08/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103850D
01/08/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/27/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB816)
01/27/20 Senate: Incorporated by Commerce and Labor (SB7-Saslaw) (14-Y 1-N)

Counts: HB: 17 SB: 8


Net Neutrality

HB 70 Broadband services; prohibited features.

Chief patron: Carter

Summary as introduced:
Broadband services; prohibited features. Prohibits a provider of broadband services from offering or renewing services to consumers within any locality in the Commonwealth in which certain media is throttled, blocked, or prioritized on the basis of its content, format, host address, or source.

12/05/19 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100829D
12/05/19 House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/17/20 House: Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/18/20 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB70)
02/11/20 House: Left in Counties, Cities and Towns

Counts: HB: 1


Privacy and Data Security

HB 473 Personal data; management and oversight.

Chief patron: Sickles

Summary as introduced:
Personal data; Virginia Privacy Act. Gives consumers the right to access their data and determine if it has been sold to a data broker. The measure requires a controller, defined in the bill as a person that, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data, to facilitate requests to exercise consumer rights regarding access, correction, deletion, restriction of processing, data portability, objection, and profiling. The measure also (i) requires transparent processing of personal data through a privacy notice, (ii) requires controllers to disclose if they process personal data for direct marketing or sell it to data brokers, and (iii) requires controllers to conduct a risk assessment of each of their processing activities involving personal data and an additional risk assessment any time there is a change in processing that materially increases the risk to consumers. The measure applies to any legal entity that conducts business in the Commonwealth or produces products or services that are intentionally targeted to residents of the Commonwealth and that (a) controls or processes personal data of not fewer than 100,000 consumers or (b) derives over 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of personal data and processes or controls personal data of not fewer than 25,000 customers. A violation of this measure is made a prohibited practice under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

01/03/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103007D
01/03/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/23/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB473)
01/27/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 952 Digital services; protection for minors.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as introduced:
Digital services; protection for minors. Requires the operator of a digital service, which is defined as a website, online service, online application, or mobile application, to permit minors to remove, or to request and obtain removal of, content or information posted on a digital service. The measure prohibits an operator of a digital service directed to minors from marketing or advertising to minors specified products or services that minors are prohibited from buying. The measure also prohibits marketing or advertising certain products on the basis of personal information specific to a minor or knowingly using, disclosing, compiling, or allowing a third party to do so. Violations are prohibited practices under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The measure has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021.

01/07/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100249D
01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/23/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB952)
01/27/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 954 Cybersecurity; care and disposal of customer records, security for connected devices.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as introduced:
Cybersecurity; care and disposal of customer records; security for connected devices. Requires any business to take all reasonable steps to dispose of, or arrange for the disposal of, customer records within its custody or control containing personal information when the records are no longer to be retained by the business by shredding, erasing, or otherwise modifying the personal information in those records to make it unreadable or undecipherable. The measure requires any business that owns, licenses, or maintains personal information about a customer to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information in order to protect the personal information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure. A violation of these requirements constitutes a prohibited practice under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The measure also requires a manufacturer of a device or other physical object that is capable of connecting directly or indirectly to the Internet to (i) equip the device with reasonable security features, (ii) demonstrate conformity with industry standards for cybersecurity and resiliency, (iii) provide an opt-in forum or registration capability to allow consumers to know when a vulnerability or breach is discovered, (iv) make patch notification and end-of-life support events easily obtainable by registered users of the manufacturer's connected devices, and (v) when it is aware of existing vulnerabilities that put more than 500 users at risk, notify the office of the Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth and provide remediation steps to consumers without unreasonable delay. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021.

01/07/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100251D
01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/23/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB954)
01/27/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 955 Children's online privacy protection; release of personal information prohibited.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as introduced:
Children's online privacy protection. Prohibits any person who operates a website for commercial purposes and who collects or maintains personal information from or about the users of or visitors to such website or online service from releasing personal information collected from minor for any purpose, except where the personal information is provided to a person other than an operator that provides support for the internal operations of the website, online service, online application, or mobile application of the operator, excluding any activity relating to targeted marketing directed to minors, and does not disclose or use that personal information for any other purpose. The measure also requires operators to establish and maintain reasonable procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of personal information collected from children. A violation is a prohibited practice under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The measure has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021.

01/07/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102031D
01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/23/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB955)
01/27/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 956 Virginia Consumer Protection Act; prohibits advertising for sale of devices targeting children.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Consumer Protection Act; advertising or offering for sale of Internet-connected devices targeting children; prohibition. Prohibits the advertising or offering for sale of Internet-connected devices for which the target market consists of consumers below 18 years of age by making it unlawful under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

01/07/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102033D
01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/21/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB956)
01/27/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 1215 Biometric data; employer policy on storage, protection, and destruction, civil penalty.

Chief patron: Tran

Summary as introduced:
Biometric data; employer policy on storage, protection, and destruction; civil penalty. Establishes the parameters for the capture and safekeeping of biometric data by employers. The bill defines "biometric data" as a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, record of hand or face geometry, or any other means of information, regardless of how it is captured or stored, that is used to identify an individual based on biological identifiers. Once the purpose for capturing the data is complete, or after three years from the date it is last used for its initial purpose, whichever occurs first, the biometric data must be destroyed. An employer who violates the requirements of the bill is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $25,000 for each violation. The bill also provides a right of action against employers who violate the parameters of capturing and safekeeping biometric data.

01/07/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103974D
01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/22/20 House: Referred from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/22/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/27/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 1640 Electronic communication service or remote computing service; obtaining records.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as introduced:
Obtaining records concerning electronic communication service or remote computing service; location data. Expands certain disclosure and search warrant requirements for the purposes of obtaining records concerning an electronic communication service or remote computing service from real-time location data to location data, defined in the bill as any data or information concerning the location of an electronic device that, in whole or in part, is generated, derived from, or obtained by the operation of the device. Under current law, such requirements are limited to real-time location data.

01/16/20 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/26/20 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/03/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1640)
02/05/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021
02/07/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice

SB 641 Civil action; sale of personal data.

Chief patron: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Civil action; sale of personal data. Requires a person that disseminates, obtains, maintains, or collects personal data about a consumer for a fee to implement security practices to protect the confidentiality of a consumer's personal data, obtain express consent of a parent of a minor before selling the personal data of such minor, provide access to consumers to their own personal data that is held by the entity, refrain from maintaining or selling data that it knows to be inaccurate, and provide a means by which a consumer can opt out of the sale of his personal data. The bill provides that a violation could result in a civil penalty of up to $7,500 or damages to be awarded to a consumer. The bill also provides for the award of attorney fees and costs.

01/07/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104658D
01/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/21/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB641)
01/24/20 Senate: Assigned Judiciary sub: Civil Law
02/05/20 Senate: Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (15-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 7 SB: 1


Procurement

HB 680 Virginia Public Procurement Act; information technology project services contracts, behind schedule.

Chief patron: LaRock

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; information technology project services contracts; behind schedule; verification of work. Requires that all state agencies include in every written contract for information technology project services contracts provisions that the agency is not required to pay for hours worked on a computer and billed by the hour on a project that (i) is more than one year behind on any scheduled contract performance dates or actual completion dates or (ii) has costs in excess of $1 million over the initial term of the contract, unless such hourly work is verified as legitimate by automatic billing verification software meeting certain standards. Any data collected by automatic billing verification software is considered accounting records belonging to the contractor; however, no contractor is permitted to sell or transfer such data or use it for any purpose or in any manner other than to verify and manage the hours worked on the associated contract and billed to the agency. The bill exempts from the contract provision and data collection requirement any (i) contracts (a) between state agencies, (b) with any law-enforcement agency, or (c) with any agency that is the custodian of criminal justice information as defined in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Criminal Justice Information Services Division's Security Policy and (ii) work performed (a) by a state employee or (b) on a state-owned device.

01/06/20 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB680)
01/17/20 House: Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
01/28/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 2-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in General Laws

HB 685 Va Public Procurement Act; preference for contractors using automatic billing verification software.

Chief patron: LaRock

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; preference for contractors using automatic billing verification software. Requires that, for any bid on a contract (i) in excess of $500,000 and (ii) requiring work to be performed using a computer, all state agencies give preference to responsive and responsible bidders that agree to verify the hours worked on the associated contract and billed to the agency by using automatic billing verification software that meets certain standards. The bill provides that any data collected by such automatic billing verification pursuant to a contract with a state agency is considered accounting records belonging to the contractor; however, contractors are prohibited from selling or transferring such data or using it for any other purpose or manner other than to verify and manage the hours worked on the associated contract and billed to the agency. Work performed by a state employee or on a state-owned device and contracts with any law-enforcement agency or with any agency that is the custodian of criminal justice information, as defined in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Criminal Justice Information Services Division's Security Policy, are exempted from the provisions of this bill.

01/06/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103008D
01/06/20 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB685)
01/17/20 House: Assigned GL sub: Open Government/Procurement
02/11/20 House: Left in General Laws

SB 475 Virginia Public Procurement Act; use of best value contracting.

Chief patron: Bell

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 in the bill.

01/07/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102619D
01/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/15/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB475)
01/29/20 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 2 SB: 1


Right to Repair

HB 68 Digital devices; deactivation or alteration of embedded software.

Chief patron: Carter

Summary as introduced:
Digital devices; deactivation or alteration of embedded software. Prohibits the original equipment manufacturer of a digital device from deactivating embedded software, defined in the bill, in the digital device or altering embedded software so as to substantially alter the functioning of the digital device as a response to its being repaired by an independent repair provider. The measure also provides that the original equipment manufacturer of a digital device shall not be liable to an owner of a digital device for any damages resulting from repair or modification to the digital device made at the request of the owner by an independent repair provider.

01/13/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB68)
01/16/20 House: Assigned CT & I sub: Technology and Innovation
01/29/20 House: House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 2-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Communications, Technology and Innovation

Counts: HB: 1


Right to Work

HB 153 Right to work; repeals provisions of Code that refers to denial or abridgement.

Chief patron: Carter

Summary as introduced:
Right to work. Repeals the provisions of the Code of Virginia that, among other things, prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership in the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise.

02/04/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/04/20 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/20 House: Reported from Labor and Commerce (12-Y 9-N)
02/06/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/11/20 House: Left in Appropriations

SB 426 Agreements between private employer and labor or organization; fair share fees.

Chief patron: Saslaw

Summary as introduced:
Fair share fees. Authorizes an employer, pursuant to an agreement between the employer and a labor union or labor organization, to require as a condition of employment any employee who is not a member of such labor union or labor organization and is a member of a collective bargaining unit, where the labor union or labor organization is the exclusive representative of the members of the collective bargaining unit, to pay a fair share fee to compensate the labor union or labor organization for the costs of representing the nonmember employee. The bill defines a "fair share fee" as the pro rata share of the portion of a labor union's or labor organization's dues attributable to activities stemming from its duty to represent all employees in a collective bargaining unit without regard to membership in the labor union or labor organization, including (i) the cost of all activities germane to collective bargaining, administration, and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements; (ii) representation of employees before public bodies in matters that are germane to either collective bargaining agreements or employer-employee relations; (iii) representation of employees during grievance procedures; and (iv) labor union or labor organization governance and administration. Under the bill, a fair share fee does not include the cost of any political activities, lobbying, organizing, charity, donations, or community service activities undertaken by the labor union or labor organization, and in no case will the fair share fee exceed 60 percent of dues required of a similarly situated member of such labor union or labor organization.

01/07/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100668D
01/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/06/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB426)
02/09/20 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (12-Y 3-N)

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 1


Research and Development

HB 748 Research and development tax credits; extends sunset date, aggregate caps.

Chief patron: Jones

Summary as passed House:

Research and development tax credits; sunset; aggregate caps. Extends the sunset date for both the research and development expenses tax credit and the major research and development expenses tax credit from January 1, 2022, to January 1, 2025. Beginning with taxable year 2020, the bill increases the aggregate cap of the research and development expenses tax credit from $7 million to $7.77 million and increases the aggregate cap of the major research and development expenses tax credit from $20 million to $22 million. For both credits, the bill moves back the annual deadline for applications for the credit from July 1 to September 1.

02/11/20 House: Read third time and passed House (91-Y 8-N)
02/11/20 House: VOTE: Passage (91-Y 8-N)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/17/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB748E)

SB 110 Research and development tax credits; extends sunset date, aggregate caps.

Chief patron: Howell

Summary as passed Senate:

Research and development tax credits; sunset; aggregate caps. Extends the sunset date for both the research and development expenses tax credit and the major research and development expenses tax credit from January 1, 2022, to January 1, 2030. Beginning with taxable year 2021, the bill increases the aggregate cap of the research and development expenses tax credit from $7 million to $8.4 million and increases the aggregate cap of the major research and development expenses tax credit from $20 million to $24 million. For both credits, the bill moves back the annual deadline for applications for the credit from July 1 to September 1.

02/17/20 House: Committee substitute agreed to 20108185D-H1
02/17/20 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB110H1
02/17/20 House: Passed House with substitute (96-Y 6-N)
02/17/20 House: VOTE: Passage (94-Y 6-N)
02/19/20 Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (2-Y 35-N)

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 1


Tax Policy

HB 48 Income tax, state; rolling conformity with the federal Internal Revenue Code.

Chief patron: McNamara

Summary as introduced:
Income tax; rolling conformity with the federal Internal Revenue Code. Provides that Virginia conform with federal tax laws on a rolling basis, which means that Virginia tax laws incorporate changes to the Internal Revenue Code as soon as Congress enacts them. Under current law, Virginia conforms to federal tax laws as of December 31, 2018.

11/25/19 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/23/20 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB48)
01/27/20 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB734-Watts)
01/29/20 House: Incorporated by Finance (HB734-Watts)

HB 139 New media and technology innovation; establishes income tax credit.

Chief patron: Davis

Summary as introduced:
New media and technology innovation income tax credit. Establishes a new media and technology innovation income tax credit, starting with taxable year 2020, which is a nonrefundable tax credit for expenses related to producing in Virginia commercial advertisements, digital interactive media productions, and episodic television series. The bill allows a company to submit a single application for a project covering multiple tax years and requires such company to make available a third-party audit of its project-related expenses.

The bill provides that the Department of Taxation and the Virginia Film Office shall review applications for credits and that the MEI (Major Employment and Investment) Project Approval Commission shall review applications for tax credits and recommend whether to endorse them; however, its recommendation shall not be binding on the determination of the Department and the Virginia Film Office on whether to approve the application.

The credit equals 15 percent of expenses or 20 percent for productions in economically distressed areas of Virginia. Expenses eligible for the credit exclude purchases that were exempt from sales tax unless such purchases were made at least one year prior to such taxpayer entering into an agreement with the Virginia Film Office related to the tax credit. Productions may receive additional credits of up to 20 percent of (i) production costs over $250,000 and (ii) compensation paid to Virginia residents who are first-time actors or production crew members.

The bill provides that credits may be carried over to subsequent taxable years for up to 10 years and transferred to another party upon payment to the Department of a fee of two percent. The bill authorizes the Governor to use funds from any source to buy back credits from credit holders, provided that the Governor pays at least 80 percent of their value.

01/22/20 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/20 House: Reported from Communications, Technology and Innovation with amendments (20-Y 2-N)
01/27/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/01/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB139)
02/11/20 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 709 Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Fund; investments in Va. venture capital accts.

Chief patron: Rush

Summary as introduced:
Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Fund; investments in Virginia venture capital accounts. Authorizes the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission to invest up to 10 percent of the available balance from the taxable portion of the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Fund as of July 1, 2020, in Virginia venture capital accounts that have been certified by the Department of Taxation.

01/06/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102577D
01/06/20 House: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/20 House: Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/29/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

HB 724 Tangible personal property tax; classes of property, satellites.

Chief patron: Reid

Summary as passed House:

Tangible personal property tax; classes of property; satellites. Extends the sunset date for the classification of tangible personal property used in manufacturing, testing, or operating satellites within a Multicounty Transportation Improvement District as a separate class of property from June 30, 2019, to June 30, 2029. The bill is effective for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2019.

01/29/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/11/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB724E)
02/18/20 Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)

HB 734 Income tax, state; rolling conformity with the Internal Revenue Code.

Chief patron: Watts

Summary as passed House:

Income tax; rolling conformity with the Internal Revenue Code; nonconformance with certain amendments. Provides that Virginia shall generally conform to federal tax laws on a rolling basis, meaning that Virginia tax laws incorporate changes to the Internal Revenue Code as soon as Congress enacts them. The bill provides that Virginia will not conform to the reduction in the medical expense deduction floor in the federal Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. However, the bill also provides that unless subsequently adopted by the General Assembly, Virginia shall not conform to any amendments to the Internal Revenue Code that have an impact of $10 million or more on Virginia tax revenues in the fiscal year in which the amendment was enacted or any of the next four years. The Secretary of Finance, in consultation with the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committees on Appropriations and Finance, shall be responsible for determining when an amendment meets these criteria. The Secretary of Finance shall also provide an annual report to such Chairmen on the fiscal impact of amendments to the Internal Revenue Code. The bill applies to taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2019.

02/04/20 House: VOTE: Passage (88-Y 11-N)
02/05/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/11/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB734H1)
02/19/20 Senate: Continued to 2021 in Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 0-N)

HB 748 Research and development tax credits; extends sunset date, aggregate caps.

Chief patron: Jones

Summary as passed House:

Research and development tax credits; sunset; aggregate caps. Extends the sunset date for both the research and development expenses tax credit and the major research and development expenses tax credit from January 1, 2022, to January 1, 2025. Beginning with taxable year 2020, the bill increases the aggregate cap of the research and development expenses tax credit from $7 million to $7.77 million and increases the aggregate cap of the major research and development expenses tax credit from $20 million to $22 million. For both credits, the bill moves back the annual deadline for applications for the credit from July 1 to September 1.

02/11/20 House: Read third time and passed House (91-Y 8-N)
02/11/20 House: VOTE: Passage (91-Y 8-N)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/17/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB748E)

HB 796 Income tax, corporate; sourcing of sales other than sales of tangible personal property.

Chief patron: Knight

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income tax; sourcing of sales other than sales of tangible personal property. Implements market-based corporate income tax sourcing for attributing sales, other than sales of tangible personal property, to Virginia beginning with taxable year 2021.

01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/29/20 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/30/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB796)
01/31/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021
02/05/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Finance

HB 1109 Income tax, corporate; combined reporting requirements, disclosures.

Chief patron: Hudson

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income tax; combined reporting requirements; disclosures. Requires, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, unitary combined reporting for Virginia corporate income tax purposes. The bill also requires corporations, beginning with taxable year 2020, to submit a public disclosure report to the Department of Taxation with certain data related to their state taxes, which will be redacted to hide their identities prior to publication.

01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
01/29/20 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #3
01/30/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1109)
01/31/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021
02/05/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Finance

HB 1413 Commonwealth's tax system; conformity with the Internal Revenue Code.

Chief patron: Watts

Summary as passed House:

Conformity to Internal Revenue Code. Advances the date by which Virginia conforms to the Internal Revenue Code from December 31, 2018, to December 31, 2019. However, the bill deconforms from a provision of federal law that temporarily reduces the medical expense deduction floor from 10 percent to 7.5 percent. The bill includes an emergency clause and shall apply to taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2018.

EMERGENCY

01/29/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/11/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1413H1)
02/18/20 Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)

HB 1417 Income tax, state; reporting requirements for partnerships.

Chief patron: Watts

Summary as passed House:

Income tax; reporting requirements for partnerships. Alters the process by which partnerships report federal tax adjustments to the Department of Taxation. The federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, P.L. 114-74, generally shifted the burden of reporting adjustments from a partnership's investors and owners to the partnership itself. The bill would allow a partnership to report to its owners and investors any information required under Virginia law or to report such information on behalf of its owners and investors. The bill establishes processes and deadlines by which partnerships are required to report such information, and pay any associated taxes, to the Department.

02/10/20 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/20 House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/17/20 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1417H1)

HB 1505 Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; small business grant funds.

Chief patron: Jenkins

Summary as introduced:
Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; small business grant funds. Repeals the Small Business Jobs Grant Fund Program. Under the bill, any cash balances in the Small Business Jobs Grant Fund as of the effective date will be transferred to the Small Business Investment Grant Fund. The bill also decreases the amount of the eligible grant under the Small Business Investment Grant Fund from fifty percent to twenty-five percent of the investment amount.

02/10/20 House: Read second time and engrossed
02/11/20 House: Read third time and passed House (84-Y 15-N)
02/11/20 House: VOTE: Passage (84-Y 15-N)
02/12/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

SB 273 Tangible personal property tax; classes of property, satellites.

Chief patron: Bell

Summary as passed Senate:

Tangible personal property tax; classes of property; satellites. Extends the sunset date for the classification of tangible personal property used in manufacturing, testing, or operating satellites within a Multicounty Transportation Improvement District as a separate class of property from June 30, 2019, to June 30, 2029.

02/17/20 House: Read third time
02/17/20 House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/17/20 House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Enrolled
02/19/20 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB273ER)

SB 277 Income tax, state and corporate; deduction for commuter benefits provided by an employer.

Chief patron: Barker

Summary as passed Senate:

Income tax deduction for commuter benefits provided by an employer. Establishes, for taxable years 2020 through 2024, an individual and corporate income tax deduction for commuter benefits, defined in the bill, provided by an employer to its employees. The deduction is available only to the employer and is limited to $265 per employee. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

02/14/20 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB277E)
02/17/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 4-N)
02/17/20 House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/19/20 House: Reported from Finance with amendment (13-Y 9-N)
02/19/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations

SB 484 Local taxing authority; equalizes city and county taxing authorities.

Chief patron: Favola

Summary as introduced:

Local taxing authority. Equalizes city taxing authority and county taxing authority by granting a county the same authority available to impose excise taxes on cigarettes, admissions, transient room rentals, meals, and travel campgrounds without limitation on the rate that may be imposed. The bill retains a restriction that applies to counties under current law and requires that any transient occupancy tax revenue attributable to a rate of between two and five percent must be used for tourism marketing.

The bill directs the Division of Legislative Services to convene a work group to develop recommendations as to any additional legislative changes that may be needed to effectuate the provisions of the bill. This bill was incorporated into SB 588.

01/07/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104703D
01/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/08/20 Senate: Moved from Finance to Finance and Appropriations due to a change of the committee name
01/15/20 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB484)
02/05/20 Senate: Incorporated by Finance and Appropriations (SB588-Hanger) (16-Y 0-N)

SB 639 Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund; regional grant awards.

Chief patron: Surovell

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund; regional grant awards. Requires that at least 25 percent of grants received by a region from the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund be used to support the creation of jobs in qualified opportunity zones in the region.

01/07/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100636D
01/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/27/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB639)
01/28/20 Senate: Committee amendments
01/28/20 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 5-N)

SB 756 Income tax, corporate; combined reporting requirements.

Chief patron: Marsden

Summary as introduced:
Corporate income tax; combined reporting requirements. Requires, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2021, unitary combined reporting for Virginia corporate income tax purposes.

01/08/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103300D
01/08/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/28/20 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB756)
01/29/20 Senate: Continued to 2021 in Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 11 SB: 5


Transportation

HB 1414 Transportation; amends numerous laws related to funds, safety programs, revenue sources, etc.

Chief patron: Filler-Corn

Summary as passed House:

Transportation. Amends numerous law related to transportation funds, revenue sources, construction, and safety programs.

The bill adopts numerous structural changes to the transportation funding system in the Commonwealth. Most transportation revenues are directed to a new Commonwealth Transportation Fund and the existing Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund.  Funds are then disbursed, based on codified formulas, to subfunds established to meet the varying transportation needs of different modes of transportation. The bill contains transitional provisions phasing in the new funding structure over a period of four years.

The existing gas tax based on a percentage of the wholesale price of gasoline and diesel fuel is converted to a cents-per-gallon tax. A rate of $0.282 per gallon of gasoline will be phased in over three years, and then indexed every year thereafter.  The regional gas tax will be converted to a rate of $0.076 per gallon of gasoline.

Registration fees for motor vehicles will be lowered. The Department of Motor Vehicles will implement a Highway Use Fee for alternative fuel and fuel efficient vehicles. Alternatively, a person whose vehicles would be subject to this new fee may elect to instead enroll in a mileage-based user fee program to be developed by the Department.

In Northern Virginia, the regional transportation improvement fee, used to support WMATA, is lowered to $0.10 per $100 for the recordation of conveyance of a deeds. A new regional congestion fee is imposed at a rate of $0.15 per $100 for the recordation of conveyance of a deed. The regional transient occupancy tax is raised from $2 to $3.

The bill authorizes the use of transportation bonds to complete the final section of Corridor Q of the Appalachian Development Highway System, and authorizes a bond issuance for improvements in the Interstate 81 and Interstate 66 corridors.

The bill establishes a new Virginia Passenger Rail Authority.

The bill adopts several safety initiatives, including: (i) making it illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, (ii) requiring all passengers in a vehicle to wear safety belts and making failure to wear a safety belt a primary offense, (iii) prohibiting the use of handheld personal communication devices, (iv) establishing a speed monitoring program in highway safety corridors that uses a vehicle sensor to take a picture of a vehicle traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit, subjecting the driver to a monetary fine, and (v) allowing localities to lower the speed limit below 25 miles per hour in business and residential districts.  The Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles will establish an advisory committee to oversee education and enforcement of policies such as the seatbelt and hands-free provisions. The bill changes the requirement for a vehicle inspection from once every 12 months to once every 24 months.

The bill also creates numerous new transportation safety programs, including an Interstate Operations and Enhancement Program, a Virginia Highway Safety Improvement Program, the Statewide Special Structures Program, and a Transit Incentive Program.

02/07/20 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1414H2
02/10/20 House: Read third time and passed House (56-Y 42-N)
02/10/20 House: VOTE: Passage (56-Y 42-N)
02/11/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations

SB 332 Remote sales tax collections; allocation to Transportation Trust Fund.

Chief patron: Stuart

Summary as introduced:
Allocation of remote sales tax collections; Transportation Trust Fund. Allocates sales tax revenues collected from remote sellers, pursuant to Chapters 815 and 816 of the Acts of Assembly of 2019, to the Transportation Trust Fund to be used for the maintenance and repair of existing highways.

01/06/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104209D
01/06/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/08/20 Senate: Moved from Finance to Finance and Appropriations due to a change of the committee name
01/23/20 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB332)
01/29/20 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N)

SB 417 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; use of certain revenues.

Chief patron: Petersen

Summary as introduced:
Use of certain revenues by Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Allows new sidewalk projects to be funded by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

01/07/20 Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102674D
01/07/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/15/20 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB417)
01/23/20 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Transportation (13-Y 2-N)

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 2


Unmanned Systems

HB 118 Trespass with an unmanned aircraft system; local or state correctional facilities, penalty.

Chief patron: Knight

Summary as introduced:
Trespass with an unmanned aircraft system; local or state correctional facilities; penalty. Provides that any person who knowingly and intentionally causes an unmanned aircraft system to come within 400 feet of the lateral boundaries of any local or state correctional facility, for any reason, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

01/17/20 House: Referred from Public Safety
01/17/20 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/20 House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/29/20 House: House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/20 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 311 Unmanned aerial systems; local regulation.

Chief patron: Gooditis

Summary as introduced:
Local regulation of unmanned aerial systems. Authorizes a political subdivision to adopt time, place, or manner restrictions regarding the takeoff or landing of unmanned aerial systems on property owned by the political subdivision.

12/31/19 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/16/20 House: Assigned CT & I sub: Technology and Innovation
01/18/20 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB311)
01/22/20 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB742-Bulova)
02/11/20 House: Left in Communications, Technology and Innovation

HB 453 Trespass with an unmanned aircraft system; local or state correctional facilities, penalty.

Chief patron: Wyatt

Summary as introduced:
Trespass with an unmanned aircraft system; local or state correctional facilities; penalty. Prohibits any person from knowingly and intentionally causing an unmanned aircraft system to come within either a horizontal distance of 500 feet or a vertical distance of 250 feet from any local or state correctional facility. A violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor; however, a violation while a person delivers, attempts to deliver, or conspires with another to deliver to any prisoner confined in the local or state correctional facility any drug that is a controlled substance or marijuana is a Class 6 felony. A violation while a person delivers, attempts to deliver, or conspires with another to deliver to any prisoner confined in the local or state correctional facility firearms, ammunition, or explosives of any nature is a Class 5 felony. The bill provides exceptions for a person operating an unmanned aircraft system with written consent from the official in charge of the correctional facility or a state or local government department, agency, or instrumentality having jurisdiction over criminal law enforcement or regulatory violations, as permitted by state law governing the use of unmanned aircraft systems by public bodies.

01/03/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103745D
01/03/20 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/06/20 House: Impact statement from VCSC (HB453)
01/16/20 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB453)
02/11/20 House: Left in Courts of Justice

HB 742 Unmanned aerial systems; political subdivision may regulate take-off and landing of system, etc.

Chief patron: Bulova

Summary as passed House:

Local regulation of unmanned aerial systems. Authorizes a political subdivision, by ordinance or regulation, to regulate the takeoff or landing of unmanned aerial systems on property owned by the political subdivision in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Aviation. The bill requires the locality to report the ordinance or regulation to the Department and directs the Department to publish a summary on the locality's website. The bill also directs the Department, by January 1, 2021, to develop rules and regulations specific to take-offs and landings in consultation with representatives of the unmanned aircraft system industry, localities, and other stakeholders. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2021. This bill incorporates HB 311 and HB 1227.

02/19/20 Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 20108316D-S1
02/19/20 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB742S1
02/19/20 Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/20 Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)

HB 1227 Unmanned aerial systems; local regulation.

Chief patron: LaRock

Summary as introduced:
Local regulation of unmanned aerial systems. Authorizes a political subdivision to adopt time, place, or manner regulations regarding the takeoff or landing of unmanned aerial systems on property owned by the political subdivision, provided such regulations are narrowly tailored to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Takeoff and landing regulations adopted by a political subdivision shall not apply to persons authorized by federal regulations to operate an unmanned aircraft system provided such system is operated in an otherwise lawful manner and consistent with federal regulations. A political subdivision shall annually report to the Department of Aviation any regulations adopted pursuant to this section.

01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/16/20 House: Assigned CT & I sub: Technology and Innovation
01/18/20 House: Impact statement from DHCD (HB1227)
01/22/20 House: Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB742-Bulova)
02/11/20 House: Left in Communications, Technology and Innovation

Counts: HB: 5


Workforce Education and Training

HB 694 Students in grades 6, 7, and 8; computer science/introduction to technology course required.

Chief patron: Simonds

Summary as introduced:

Students in grades six, seven, and eight; computer science or introduction to technology course required. Requires each student in grades six, seven, and eight, starting in the 2025–2026 school year, to complete at least one semester-long or year-long computer science elective course or introduction to technology course that is aligned with the appropriate Standards of Learning and may include the following content: examining systems and resources of technology, solving problems in technology, introducing microcontrollers, exploring the designed world, computing systems, networks and the Internet, cybersecurity, data and analysis, algorithms and programming, and the impacts of computing. The bill provides that no such student shall be required to complete an end-of-course assessment for any such course. The bill requires the Board of Education to amend or create Standards of Learning as necessary to implement the foregoing provisions and requires the Departmen t of Education to confer with certain organizations to ensure that the proper training is available to the teachers of such courses.

01/13/20 House: Assigned Education sub: SOL and SOQ
02/03/20 House: House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021 with substitute
02/05/20 House: Committee substitute printed to LIS only 20106191D-H1
02/05/20 House: Continued to 2021 with substitute in Education

HB 836 Microcredentials; DOE to develop a plan to adopt, etc.

Chief patron: Carroll Foy

Summary as passed House:

Department of Education; microcredentials; plan. Requires the Department of Education to develop a plan to adopt and implement standards for microcredentials used toward add-on endorsements and renewal of licenses earned by Virginia license holders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The bill requires such plan to include (i) a process for reviewing and administering educator microcredentials; (ii) assurances that educator microcredentials rely upon demonstrable evidence from the submission of artifacts, such as student projects and teacher lesson plans, that are then objectively scored against existing rubrics; and (iii) assurances that educator microcredentials focus on interrelated competencies leading to logical teacher professional development pathways and stacks of educator microcredentials and align with the Board of Education's ongoing work on educator professional development. Such plan shall also include the resour ces needed for statewide implementation. The bill requires the Department of Education to complete and submit the plan to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Education, the House Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Education and Health, and the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations no later than December 1, 2020.

02/04/20 House: VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N)
02/05/20 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/20 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/11/20 Senate: Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/20/20 Senate: Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)

HB 953 STEAM programs; establishes STEAM Education Fund.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as introduced:
Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) programs; grants. Establishes the STEAM Education Fund for the purpose of awarding grants in amounts not to exceed $50,000 annually to any public elementary or secondary school in the Commonwealth at which at least 25 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch that provides an academic class, curriculum, or activity focused on a science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics (STEAM) discipline.

01/22/20 House: Reported from Education (21-Y 1-N)
01/22/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/20 House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
01/29/20 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 1-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Appropriations

HB 1193 Tech Talent Investment Program; eligibility for grant payments.

Chief patron: Poindexter

Summary as introduced:
Tech Talent Investment Program; eligibility for grant payments. Requires a public institution of higher education receiving grants via the Tech Talent Investment Program to agree to award 50 percent of its new eligible degrees for incoming freshman to students from rural areas. The bill defines "rural area" as a county or city with a population density of less than 200 persons per square mile.

01/07/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103543D
01/07/20 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/20 House: Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
01/22/20 House: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (7-Y 0-N)
02/11/20 House: Left in Education

HB 1309 Higher educational institutions, public; entrance requirements, computer coding.

Chief patron: Carroll Foy

Summary as introduced:
Public institutions of higher education; entrance requirements; computer coding. Requires each public institution of higher education to count credit received for successful completion of a high school computer coding course toward the mathematics or science entrance requirements of the institution.

01/08/20 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100948D
01/08/20 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/20 House: Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
01/22/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021
01/27/20 House: Continued to 2021 in Education

HB 1319 Higher education; public-private partnerships, cloud computing, artificial intelligence.

Chief patron: Aird

Summary as introduced:
Higher education; public-private partnerships; cloud computing; artificial intelligence. Requires each institution of higher education to establish a public-private partnership, or partnership if the institution of higher education is not public, with private entities to develop a professional development and training program for instructional and information technology staff to obtain industry certification in cloud computing technology and artificial intelligence.

01/08/20 House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/20 House: Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
02/03/20 House: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2021 with substitute
02/05/20 House: Committee substitute printed to LIS only 20107029D-H1
02/05/20 House: Continued to 2021 with substitute in Education

SB 142 Virtual Virginia; availability to all public schools.

Chief patron: Dunnavant

Summary as passed Senate:

Virtual Virginia. Requires that the Virtual Virginia Program, the statewide electronic classroom established by the Department of Education, be made available to all public schools. Currently, the program is available only to high schools. The bill requires the Department to utilize a learning management system for the purposes of implementing Virtual Virginia. The bill also authorizes the Department to charge a per-student, per-course fee to school divisions for each student enrolled in a full-time Virtual Virginia program beyond an initial allotment of 15 such students per course, per school. The bill prohibits the Department from limiting the total number of such students by school division. The bill requires the Department to annually report on the Virtual Virginia Program to the General Assembly.

02/17/20 House: Reported from Education (22-Y 0-N)
02/17/20 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/20 House: Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/19/20 House: House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/20 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)

Counts: HB: 6 SB: 1