Northern Virginia Technology Council's 2021
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 Tuesday, March 2, 2021


Broadband

HB 1923 Broadband capacity; expands existing pilot program, municipal broadband authorities.

Chief patron: Ayala

Summary as passed:

Electric utilities; broadband capacity pilot program. Expands an existing pilot program under which Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power are authorized to provide or make available broadband capacity to Internet service providers in areas of the Commonwealth that are unserved by broadband to include municipal Internet service providers. The current program is restricted to nongovernmental Internet service providers. This bill is identical to SB 1334.

02/25/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/26/21 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1923ER)
02/26/21 House: Signed by Speaker
03/01/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

SB 1225 Broadband services; school boards to appropriate funds for expansion of services for education.

Chief patron: Boysko

Summary as introduced:
Broadband services; education. Authorizes school boards to appropriate funds for the purposes of promoting, facilitating, and encouraging the expansion and operation of broadband services for educational purposes. The bill authorizes school boards to partner with private broadband service providers to promote, implement, and subsidize broadband for educational purposes to the households of students who would qualify for (i) a child nutrition program or (ii) any other program recognized or adopted by the local school board as a measuring standard to identify at-risk students.

02/22/21 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1225ER)
02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

SB 1334 Broadband capacity; expands existing pilot program, municipal broadband authorities.

Chief patron: Edwards

Summary as introduced:

Electric utilities; broadband capacity pilot program. Expands an existing pilot program under which Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power are authorized to provide or make available broadband capacity to Internet service providers in areas of the Commonwealth that are unserved by broadband to include municipal Internet service providers. The current program is restricted to nongovernmental Internet service providers. This bill is identical to HB 1923.

02/21/21 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB1334ER)
02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/22/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/24/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 24, 2021
02/24/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

SB 1413 Phase I or Phase II electric utilities; provision of broadband capacity.

Chief patron: Boysko

Summary as passed:

Provision of broadband capacity by Phase I or Phase II electric utilities. Makes permanent the pilot program under which a Phase I or Phase II electric utility is permitted to petition the State Corporation Commission to provide broadband capacity to unserved areas of the Commonwealth. The bill expands the program to allow for the participation of municipalities and government-owned broadband authorities. The bill provides that investor-owned electric utilities may recover costs of and revenue generated from providing broadband capacity that serves as an electric grid transformation project in areas unserved by broadband, as defined in the bill. The bill also consolidates the State Corporation Commission petition approval process into one hearing. This bill is identical to HB 2304.

02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/23/21 Senate: Impact statement from SCC (SB1413ER)
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 3


Budget

HB 1800 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Torian

Summary as introduced:

Budget Bill.  Amends Chapter 56 of the 2020 Special Session I Acts of Assembly.

02/19/21 Senate: Senators: Howell, Barker, Lucas, Locke, Deeds, Norment, Hanger,
02/19/21 Senate: Senators: Saslaw (Advisor), Newman (Advisor)
02/27/21 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (29-Y 10-N)
02/27/21 House: Conference report agreed to by House (67-Y 32-N)
02/27/21 House: VOTE: Agree To (67-Y 32-N)

SB 1100 Budget Bill.

Chief patron: Howell

Summary as introduced:

Budget Bill.  Amends Chapter 56 of the 2020 Special Session I Acts of Assembly.

02/12/21 Senate: Passed Senate (31-Y 8-N)
02/13/21 House: Placed on Calendar
02/13/21 House: Read first time
02/13/21 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/01/21 House: Left in Appropriations

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 1


Energy

HB 1907 Electric utilities; advanced renewable energy buyers.

Chief patron: Sullivan

Summary as introduced:
Electric utilities; advanced renewable energy buyers. Provides that certain accelerated renewable energy buyers that are customers of Dominion Energy Virginia and had subscribed to, as of March 1, 2020, a voluntary companion experimental tariff offering for the purchase of renewable attributes from renewable energy facilities that requires a renewable facilities agreement and the purchase of a minimum of 2,000 renewable attributes annually is exempt from the allocation of the net costs related to procurement of new solar or onshore wind generation capacity, energy, or environmental attributes, or energy storage facilities, by Dominion Energy Virginia. The exemption is based on the amount of Renewable Energy Certificates associated with the customer's renewable facilities agreements associated with the tariff offering in proportion to the customer's total electric energy consumption, on an annual basis.

02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/23/21 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB1907ER)
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

HB 2006 Energy storage systems; definitions, tax exemption, revenue share for systems.

Chief patron: Heretick

Summary as passed House:

Tax exemptions for energy storage systems. Declares that energy storage systems are included in the definition of certified pollution control equipment and facilities, making energy storage systems exempt from state and local taxation. The bill defines "energy storage system" as equipment, facilities, or devices that are capable of absorbing energy, storing it for a period of time, and redelivering that energy after it has been stored. The tax exemption applies only to certain projects with alternating current (AC) storage capacity of more than five megawatts and less than 150 megawatts.

The bill also allows localities to assess a revenue share of up to $1400 per megawatt on energy storage systems. The bill provides that on July 1, 2026, and every five years thereafter, the maximum amount of the revenue share that a locality may impose on energy storage systems as well as certain solar energy projects shall be increased by 10 percent. No increase may be made to any revenue share imposed by a locality on a solar energy project or energy storage systems for which an application has been filed with the locality and such application has been approved prior to January 1, 2021. The bill defines energy storage systems as electric suppliers whose property shall be assessed by the State Corporation Commission. This bill is identical to SB 1201.

02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/23/21 House: Impact statement from SCC (HB2006ER)
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

HB 2148 Small renewable energy projects; energy storage.

Chief patron: Willett

Summary as introduced:
Small renewable energy projects; energy storage. Includes in the definition of a "small renewable energy project" certain energy storage facilities and projects that include storage facility components. Such facilities are eligible for special permitting, review, and inspection requirements. The bill directs the Department of Environmental Quality to promulgate initial regulations to implement the provisions of the bill by January 1, 2022.

02/16/21 Senate: Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/22/21 Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 0-N)
02/24/21 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/21 Senate: Read third time
02/25/21 Senate: Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N 1-A)

HB 2201 Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements throughout the Commonwealth.

Chief patron: Jones

Summary as introduced:

Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements and special exceptions throughout the Commonwealth. Expands existing provisions related to siting agreements and zoning special exceptions for solar projects located in an opportunity zone to include energy storage projects and makes the provisions statewide. The bill provides that its provisions shall not apply to any energy storage project that has received zoning and site plan approval, preliminary or otherwise, from the host locality before January 1, 2021. The bill also provides that its provisions shall not become effective with respect to energy storage projects unless the General Assembly approves legislation that authorizes localities to adopt an ordinance for taxation of energy storage projects such as solar projects with a local option for machinery and tools tax or solar revenue share. This bill is identical to SB 1207.

02/22/21 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2201ER)
02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

HB 2269 Solar energy projects and energy storage systems; revenue share for projects and systems.

Chief patron: Heretick

Summary as passed House:

Revenue share for solar energy projects and energy storage systems. Allows localities to assess a revenue share of up to $1,400 per megawatt on energy storage systems. The bill provides that on July 1, 2026, and every five years thereafter, the maximum amount of the revenue share that a locality may impose on certain solar energy projects and energy storage systems shall be increased by 10 percent. No increase may be made to any revenue share imposed by a locality on a solar energy project or energy storage systems for which an application has been filed with the locality and such application has been approved prior to January 1, 2021.

02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/24/21 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB2269ER)
02/25/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

SB 1207 Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements throughout the Commonwealth.

Chief patron: Barker

Summary as passed Senate:

Solar and energy storage projects; siting agreements and special exceptions throughout the Commonwealth. Expands existing provisions related to siting agreements and zoning special exceptions for solar projects located in an opportunity zone to include energy storage projects and makes the provisions statewide. The bill provides that its provisions shall not apply to any energy storage project that has received zoning and site plan approval, preliminary or otherwise, from the host locality before January 1, 2021. The bill also provides that its provisions shall not become effective with respect to energy storage projects unless the General Assembly approves legislation that authorizes localities to adopt an ordinance for taxation of energy storage projects such as solar projects with a local option for machinery and tools tax or solar revenue share. This bill is identical to HB 2201.

02/26/21 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1207ER)
02/26/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/27/21 Senate: Signed by President
03/01/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

SB 1284 Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy; established.

Chief patron: Favola

Summary as passed Senate:

Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy. Establishes the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, replacing the Commonwealth Energy Policy. The bill sets out the energy policy and objectives of the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, which include: (i) the Commonwealth recognizes that effectively addressing climate change and enhancing resilience will advance the health, welfare, and safety of the residents of the Commonwealth and that addressing climate change requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the Commonwealth's economy sufficient to reach net-zero emission by 2045 in all sectors, including the electric power, transportation, industrial, agricultural, building, and infrastructure sectors; (ii) the Commonwealth recognizes the need to promote environmental justice and ensure that it is carried out throughout the Commonwealth and the need to address and prevent energy inequities in historically economically disadvantaged communities; and (iii) the Commonwealth must co ntinue to prioritize economic competiveness and workforce development in an equitable manner.

02/24/21 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1284ER)
02/24/21 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1284ER)
02/24/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/25/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/26/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021

Counts: HB: 5 SB: 2


Employment Nondiscrimination

HB 1848 Virginia Human Rights Acts; adds discrimination on the basis of disability.

Chief patron: Sickles

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Human Rights Act; discrimination on the basis of disability. Adds discrimination on the basis of disability as an unlawful discriminatory practice under the Virginia Human Rights Act. The bill also requires employers, defined in the bill, to make reasonable accommodation to the known physical and mental impairments of an otherwise qualified person with a disability, if necessary to assist such person in performing a particular job, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer. The bill also prohibits employers from taking any adverse action against an employee who requests or uses a reasonable accommodation, from denying employment or promotion opportunities to an otherwise qualified applicant or employee because such employer will be required to make reasonable accommodation to the applicant or employee, or from requiring an employee to take leave if another reasonable accommodation can be provid ed to the known limitations related to the disability.

02/17/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/18/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2021
02/19/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., February 26, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 12 (effective 7/1/21)

HB 2155 Virginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment, sexual and workplace harassment.

Chief patron: Watts

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Human Rights Act; nondiscrimination in employment; sexual harassment and workplace harassment. Makes it an unlawful discrimatory practice for an employer, labor organization, or employment agency to engage in workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, as defined in the bill. The bill also provides (i) a nonexhaustive list of factors to consider when determining whether certain conduct constitutes workplace harassment, (ii) guidelines for when a court may find an employer liable for workplace harassment, (iii) that a person claiming to be aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice may file a written complaint with the Division of Human Rights within two years of the occurrence of the alleged unlawful discriminatory practice, and (iv) that an aggrieved person who has been provided a notice of his right to file a civil action for such grievance may do so within one year of receiving such notice. The bill also amends the definition of "employer" t o mean a person employing five or more employees, instead of 15 or more employees under current law, for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, and any agent of such a person.

02/17/21 Senate: Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N)
02/17/21 Senate: Rereferred to Judiciary
02/22/21 Senate: Committee amendments
02/22/21 Senate: Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/21 Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in Judiciary (6-Y 7-N)

SB 1462 Virginia Digital Equity Pilot Program and Fund; established, report, sunset date.

Chief patron: Mason

Summary as passed Senate:

Virginia Digital Equity Pilot Program and Fund. Requires the Department of Social Services to establish a pilot program to provide a fixed reimbursement for the costs of broadband services to households currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2024. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

02/15/21 House: Committee substitute printed 21200205D-H1
02/15/21 House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/16/21 House: Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/17/21 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 3-N)
03/01/21 House: Left in Appropriations

Counts: HB: 2 SB: 1


General Business Issues

HB 1754 Employer or other person; retaliatory discharge of employee prohibited.

Chief patron: Carter

Summary as introduced:
Employment; retaliatory discharge of employee; Workers' Compensation. Prohibits an employer or other person from discharging or taking other retaliatory action against an employee if such action is motivated by the knowledge or belief that the employee has filed a claim or taken or intends to take certain actions under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act. Currently, retaliatory discharges are prohibited only if the employer discharges an employee solely because the employee has taken or intends to take such an action.

01/26/21 House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N)
01/27/21 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/21 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/05/21 Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
02/15/21 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (10-Y 5-N)

HB 1830 Virginia Small Business Financing Authority; members to have small business lending experience.

Chief patron: Head

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Small Business Financing Authority; Board of Directors; membership; small business lending experience. Requires at least five of the nine citizen members of the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority to have experience in small business lending. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

02/17/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/18/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2021
02/19/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., February 26, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 11 (effective 7/1/21)

HB 1881 Enterprise zone job creation grants; wage requirements.

Chief patron: Heretick

Summary as introduced:
Enterprise zone job creation grants. Provides that, for purposes of wage requirements for the enterprise zone job creation grant program, the minimum wage shall be the higher of the state minimum wage or the federal minimum wage. The bill also reduces the percentage of the minimum wage that grant eligible jobs must meet. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022.

02/26/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/27/21 Senate: Signed by President
03/01/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1881ER)
03/01/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 20201
03/01/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

HB 1985 Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19.

Chief patron: Hurst

Summary as passed House:

Workers' compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19. Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of health care providers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers' Compensation Act. The bill provides that the COVID-19 virus is established by a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19, an incubation period consistent with COVID-19, and signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that require medical treatment. The bill provides that such presumption applies to any death or disability occurring on or after March 12, 2020, caused by infection from the COVID-19 virus, provided that for any such death or disability that occurred on or after March 12, 2020, and prior to December 31, 2021, the claimant received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed physician, after either a presumptive positive test or a laboratory-confirmed test for COVID-19, and presented with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that required medical t reatment. The bill provides that such presumptions do not apply to any person offered by his employer a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 unless the person's physician determines in writing that immunization would pose a significant risk to the person's health.

02/25/21 House: Conference substitute printed 21200647D-H2
02/25/21 House: Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N 2-A)
02/25/21 House: VOTE: Agreed To (95-Y 0-N 2-A)
02/27/21 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/27/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1985H2)

HB 2037 Unemployment compensation; benefits, suitable work, benefits charges.

Chief patron: Tran

Summary as passed House:

Unemployment compensation; benefits; suitable work; benefits charges. Provides that, under specific conditions related to the COVID-19 virus, work will not be deemed suitable and benefits will not be denied to any otherwise eligible individual for refusing to accept new work if (i) the individual presents satisfactory evidence that such individual (a) has tested positive for COVID-19, (b) has been otherwise directed by a physician to quarantine due to COVID-19, or (c) is providing care for an immediate family member who has tested positive for COVID-19; or (ii) the individual has a reasonable belief, based on satisfactory evidence, that the workplace is unsafe because it does not meet governmental-mandated COVID-19 health and safety standards for the workplace, including standards issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Labor and Industry, or the Department of Health, or through an executive order or directive issued by th e Governor. The bill provides, that for individuals who refuse to accept an offer of work based on such conditions, no benefits charges will be deemed to be the responsibility of the previous employer, unless the individual has refused an offer to return to work to his previous employer because the individual has a reasonable belief that the workplace is not in compliance with the Department of Labor and Industry's standards for the prevention of COVID-19. The provisions of the bill expire 30 days after the expiration or revocation of all states of emergency declared by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

02/03/21 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/21 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/05/21 Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
02/15/21 Senate: Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/21 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (9-Y 6-N)

HB 2137 Paid sick leave; employers to provide to certain employees.

Chief patron: Guzman

Summary as passed House:

Paid sick leave. Requires employers to provide certain employees paid sick leave. An employee is eligible for paid sick leave under the bill if the employee is an essential worker and works on average at least 20 hours per week or 90 hours per month. The bill provides for an employee to earn at least one hour of paid sick leave benefit for every 30 hours worked. An employee shall not use more than 40 hours of earned paid sick leave in a year, unless the employer selects a higher limit. The bill provides that earned paid sick leave may be used for (i) an employee's mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; an employee's need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or an employee's need for preventive medical care or (ii) care of a family member with a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; care of a family member who needs medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or care of a family member who needs preventive medical care. The bill prohibits employers from taking certain retaliatory actions against employees related to leave. The bill provides for a hardship waiver for employers that demonstrate that providing paid sick leave threatens the financial viability of the employer, jeopardizes the ability of the employer to sustain operations, significantly degrades the quality of the employer's business operations, or creates a significant negative financial impact on the employer. The bill requires the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to promulgate regulations that (a) identify workers as essential based on the categories listed in the bill; (b) include reasonable requirements for recordkeeping, confidentiality, and notifying employees of their rights under provisions of the bill; (c) establish complaint, investigation, and enforcement procedures that include fines, not to exceed $500, for violations of provisions of the bill; (d) establish requirements for compensation and accrual of paid sick leave for employees employed and compensated on a fee-for-service basis; and (e) include procedures and requirements for an employer to qualify for a hardship waiver. The provisions of the bill do not apply to a retail business with fewer than 25 employees.

02/25/21 House: VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 44-N)
02/25/21 House: Reconsideration of Senate substitute agreed to by House
02/25/21 House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200620D-S2 (54-Y 44-N)
02/25/21 House: VOTE: Adoption #2 (54-Y 44-N)
03/01/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2137S2)

HB 2185 Retail Sales and Use Tax; exemption for personal protective equipment.

Chief patron: Byron

Summary as introduced:

Sales tax; exemption for personal protective equipment; emergency. Establishes a retail sales and use tax exemption for personal protective equipment, defined in the bill. The exemption is available to any business that has in place a COVID-19 safety protocol that complies with the Emergency Temporary Standard promulgated by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry and that meets other criteria. The exemption sunsets on the first day following the expiration of the last executive order issued by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the termination of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard and any permanent COVID-19 regulations adopted by the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board. The bill contains an emergency clause and is identical to SB 1403.

EMERGENCY

02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
02/25/21 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB2185ER)

HB 2221 Environmental permits; community and environmental justice outreach.

Chief patron: Hayes

Summary as introduced:
Environmental permits; community and environmental justice outreach. Requires the applicant for any (i) new or major modified stationary air pollution source, (ii) new landfill or transfer station, (iii) certification of site approval for a hazardous waste facility, (iv) new individual Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, (v) new individual Virginia Water Protection permit, (vi) new individual Virginia Stormwater Management Program permit, (vii) new individual Virginia Pollution Abatement permit, or (viii) individual ground water withdrawal permit for a new ground water withdrawal to complete certain public notice requirements, including (a) holding a public hearing; (b) publishing notices in English and Spanish in a newspaper, on social media, and on signage at the site location at least 60 days prior to such public meeting; (c) mailing notices to interested parties; (d) accepting written comments; (e) transcribing meeting information; and (f) responding to community concerns to the satisfaction of the Department of Environmental Quality.

The bill removes an exemption for applicants for a permit to operate a new captive industrial landfill or a new construction-demolition-debris landfill from certain provisions relating to new landfills or transfer stations. The bill also removes an exemption from certain public notice requirements granted to local government or public authority applicants for a permit to operate a landfill or transfer station.

02/05/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2221H1)
02/05/21 Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/05/21 Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N)
02/16/21 Senate: Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/23/21 Senate: Left in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

Counts: HB: 8


Privacy and Data Security

HB 2031 Facial recognition technology; authorization of use by local law-enforcement agencies, etc.

Chief patron: Aird

Summary as passed:

Facial recognition technology; authorization of use by local law-enforcement agencies and campus police departments at public institutions of higher education. Provides that no local law-enforcement agency or campus police department shall purchase or deploy facial recognition technology, defined in the bill, unless such purchase or deployment is expressly authorized by statute. The bill prohibits a local law-enforcement agency or campus police department at a public institution of higher education currently using facial recognition technology from continuing to use such technology without such authorization after July 1, 2021.

02/22/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2031ER)
02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

HB 2254 Unlawful dissemination of unsolicited obscene image of self to another; penalty.

Chief patron: Convirs-Fowler

Summary as passed House:

Unlawful dissemination of unsolicited, obscene image of self to another; penalty. Provides that any person who, with the intent to coerce, harass, or intimidate, disseminates to any person 18 years of age or older any unsolicited, obscene videographic or still image created by any means whatsoever that depicts himself totally nude, or in a state of undress so as to expose his own genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or female breast is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

02/05/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2254EH1)
02/05/21 Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N)
02/10/21 Senate: Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
02/17/21 Senate: Committee substitute printed to LIS only 21200349D-S1
02/17/21 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Judiciary (8-Y 5-N 1-A)

HB 2307 Consumer Data Protection Act; personal data rights of consumer, etc.

Chief patron: Hayes

Summary as passed:

Consumer Data Protection Act. Establishes a framework for controlling and processing personal data in the Commonwealth. The bill applies to all persons that conduct business in the Commonwealth and either (i) control or process personal data of at least 100,000 consumers or (ii) derive over 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of personal data and control or process personal data of at least 25,000 consumers. The bill outlines responsibilities and privacy protection standards for data controllers and processors. The bill does not apply to state or local governmental entities and contains exceptions for certain types of data and information governed by federal law. The bill grants consumer rights to access, correct, delete, obtain a copy of personal data, and to opt out of the processing of personal data for the purposes of targeted advertising. The bill provides that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce violations of the law, and the Consumer Privacy Fund is created to support this effort. The bill directs the Joint Commission on Technology and Science to establish a work group to review the provisions of this act and issues related to its implementation, and to report on its findings by November 1, 2021. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2023. This bill is identical to SB 1392.

02/24/21 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2307ER)
02/24/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2307ER)
02/24/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/25/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/26/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021

SB 1349 Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; exemptions, etc.

Chief patron: Newman

Summary as introduced:
Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; exemptions; email addresses of licensed professionals. Modifies current law to provide that electronic mail addresses of persons applying for or possessing a license to engage in the practice of any profession in the Commonwealth may also be disseminated, in addition to such person's name and address, by the agency maintaining such information.

02/23/21 House: House insisted on substitute
02/23/21 House: House requested conference committee
02/24/21 Senate: Senate rejected motion to accede to request for a conference committee (0-Y 39-N)
03/01/21 Senate: No further action taken
03/01/21 Senate: Failed to pass

SB 1365 Data Governance and Analytics, Office of; created.

Chief patron: Barker

Summary as passed Senate:

Data governance; Office of Data Governance and Analytics; Chief Data Officer; Virginia Data Commission; report. Creates the Office of Data Governance (the Office) in the Office of the Secretary of Administration, to be directed by the existing Chief Data Officer of the Commonwealth. The Office is charged with overseeing general data governance in the Commonwealth, as well as developing and managing the Commonwealth Data Trust, a multi-stakeholder data exchange and analytics platform. A multi-level governance structure is established to govern the Trust. The bill also establishes the advisory Virginia Data Commission to advise the Office on issues relating to data sharing.

02/24/21 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1365H1
02/24/21 House: Passed House with substitute (56-Y 41-N)
02/24/21 House: VOTE: Passage (56-Y 41-N)
02/25/21 Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/21 Senate: Title replaced 21200308D-H1

SB 1392 Consumer Data Protection Act; personal data rights of consumer, etc.

Chief patron: Marsden

Summary as passed:

Consumer Data Protection Act. Establishes a framework for controlling and processing personal data in the Commonwealth. The bill applies to all persons that conduct business in the Commonwealth and either (i) control or process personal data of at least 100,000 consumers or (ii) derive over 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of personal data and control or process personal data of at least 25,000 consumers. The bill outlines responsibilities and privacy protection standards for data controllers and processors. The bill does not apply to state or local governmental entities and contains exceptions for certain types of data and information governed by federal law. The bill grants consumer rights to access, correct, delete, obtain a copy of personal data, and to opt out of the processing of personal data for the purposes of targeted advertising. The bill provides that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to enforce violations of the law, and the Consumer Privacy Fund is created to support this effort. The bill directs the Joint Commission on Technology and Science to establish a work group to review the provisions of this act and issues related to its implementation, and to report on its findings by November 1, 2021. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2023. This bill is identical to HB 2307.

02/24/21 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1392ER)
02/24/21 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1392ER)
02/24/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/25/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/26/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021

Counts: HB: 3 SB: 3


Procurement

HB 1811 Virginia Public Procurement Act; preference for energy-efficient and water-efficient goods.

Chief patron: Helmer

Summary as introduced:

Virginia Public Procurement Act; preference for energy-efficient and water-efficient goods. Provides that in the course of procuring goods, if a public body receives two or more bids for products that are Energy Star certified, meet Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designated efficiency requirements, appear on FEMP's Low Standby Power Product List, or are WaterSense certified, such public body may only select among those bids.

02/25/21 House: Conference substitute printed 21200648D-H1
02/25/21 House: Conference report agreed to by House (55-Y 44-N)
02/25/21 House: VOTE: Agreed To (55-Y 44-N)
02/27/21 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (27-Y 11-N)
03/01/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1811H1)

HB 1849 Apprenticeship training programs; DOLI, DGS, et al., shall review availability of programs.

Chief patron: Simonds

Summary as passed House:

Virginia Board of Workforce Development, Department of Labor and Industry, and Department of General Services; apprenticeship training programs; report. Directs the Virginia Board of Workforce Development (the Board), the Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), and the Department of General Services (DGS) to review the availability of registered apprenticeship programs in the Commonwealth and evaluate the capacity to build a program that would require contractors engaged in construction contracts with public bodies to participate in apprenticeship training programs for each trade or classification of employees engaged in the construction contract. The bill also requires the Board, DOLI, and DGS to evaluate whether a requirement to limit public procurements to bidders with registered apprenticeship programs would assist the construction industry in meeting its workforce needs. The bill permits the Board, DOLI, and DGS to convene a stakeholder advisory group as part of its review. The bill requires the Board, DOLI, and DGS to complete its review and complete any advisory group meetings by September 1, 2021, and to submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an executive summary and a report of its findings and recommendations no later than December 1, 2021.

02/17/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/18/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2021
02/19/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., February 26, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 2 (effective 7/1/21)

HB 1996 Va Public Procurement Act; determination of responsibility, etc.

Chief patron: Murphy

Summary as introduced:
Virginia Public Procurement Act; determination of responsibility; local option to include criteria in Invitation to Bid. Allows localities to include in the Invitation to Bid criteria that may be used in determining whether any bidder, not just any bidder who is not prequalified by the Virginia Department of Transportation as under current law, is a responsible bidder.

01/26/21 House: VOTE: Passage (56-Y 44-N)
01/27/21 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/21 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/21 Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N)
02/17/21 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (9-Y 6-N)

Counts: HB: 3


Right to Work

Counts: 0


Research and Development

HB 1916 Research and development tax credits.

Chief patron: Mugler

Summary as introduced:

Research and development tax credits. Provides that the research and development expenses tax credit and the major research and development expenses tax credit shall be available against the bank franchise tax for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2021. Under current law, the credits are available only against the individual and corporate income tax. This bill is identical to SB 1112.

02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/21 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1916ER)
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

SB 1112 Research and development expenses; tax credit available against the bank franchise tax.

Chief patron: Locke

Summary as passed Senate:

Research and development tax credits. Provides that the research and development expenses tax credit and the major research and development expenses tax credit shall be available against the bank franchise tax for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2021. Under current law, the credits are available only against the individual and corporate income tax. This bill is identical to HB 1916.

02/17/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/18/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 22, 2021
02/22/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/01/21 Senate: Impact statement from TAX (SB1112ER)

SB 1156 Technology Development Grant Fund; created.

Chief patron: Howell

Summary as introduced:
Technology Development Grant Fund created. Creates the Technology Development Grant Fund to make grant payments to a qualified technology company that makes a capital investment of at least $64 million at a facility in Fairfax County and creates at least 1,500 new full-time jobs at the facility. A qualified technology company would be eligible for an aggregate of $22.5 million in grants paid over four years if it meets performance parameters and complies with the terms of a memorandum of understanding agreed upon by the company, the Commonwealth, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority.

02/17/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/18/21 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1156ER)
02/18/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 22, 2021
02/22/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 2


Tax Policy

HB 1935 Income tax, state; conformity with the Internal Revenue Code.

Chief patron: Watts

Summary as passed House:

Conformity of the Commonwealth's taxation system with the Internal Revenue Code; emergency. Advances Virginia's date of conformity with the Internal Revenue Code from December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2020. The bill adds exceptions to such conformity for suspension of the overall limitation on itemized deductions and the reduction in the medical expense deduction floor for taxable year 2017 and taxable years on and after January 1, 2019, and for the provisions of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) related to the net operating loss limitation and carryback, a loss limitation applicable to taxpayers other than corporations, and the limitation on business interest. The bill also includes an individual income tax deduction in taxable year 2020 for business expenses funded with forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans up to $25,000 and an individual income tax subtraction in taxable year 2020 for up to $25,000 in Rebuild Virgini a grants.

02/25/21 House: Substitute bill reprinted 21200691D-H3
02/25/21 House: Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 2-N)
02/25/21 House: VOTE: Agreed To (94-Y 2-N)
02/26/21 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB1935H2)
02/27/21 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)

HB 2273 Data centers; sales and use tax exemption, criteria, report.

Chief patron: Morefield

Summary as passed House:

Sales and use tax exemption for data centers. Reduces to four new jobs, for purposes of qualifying for the sales and use tax exemption for data centers, the job creation requirement for a data center in a distressed locality. Under current law, such data centers must create at least 25 new jobs. The bill lowers the amount of investment needed to qualify for the exemption from $150 million to $1.9 million for data centers that qualify for the reduced jobs requirement. The bill also redefines what criteria are used to identify a distressed locality such that a locality qualifies as distressed if it has an unemployment rate that is greater than the statewide unemployment rate and it also has a poverty rate that exceeds the statewide poverty rate. The bill requires all data centers claiming the exemption to submit an annual report detailing certain information to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (the Authority). Finally, the requires the Departmen t of Taxation (the Department), in collaboration with the Authority to publish a biennial report on the exemption. Such report by the Department shall not include any unaggregated or other information that could be used to identify a business or individual.

02/25/21 Conference: Amended by conference committee
02/25/21 House: Conference substitute printed 21200579D-H2
02/25/21 House: Conference report agreed to by House (90-Y 8-N)
02/25/21 House: VOTE: Agreed To (90-Y 8-N)
02/27/21 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)

HB 2337 Income tax, state; subtraction for low-income military veterans with a service-connected disability.

Chief patron: Wiley

Summary as passed House:

Income tax; subtraction for low-income military veterans with a permanent service-connected disability. Provides an income tax subtraction for the military retirement income received by a veteran who has been rated with a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability for taxable years on and after January 1, 2021. The bill provides that the subtraction is available only to those taxpayers whose federal adjusted gross income is not greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty level for a four-person household.

02/05/21 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/21 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/05/21 Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N)
02/15/21 House: Impact statement from TAX (HB2337E)
02/23/21 Senate: Left in Finance and Appropriations

SB 1423 Data centers; sales and use tax exemption, identifying a "distressed locality."

Chief patron: McPike, Pillion

Summary as passed Senate:

Sales and use tax exemption for data centers. Reduces the job creation requirement to qualify for the sales and use tax exemption for data centers in a distressed locality from 25 to 15 jobs. Under current law, such data centers must create at least 25 new jobs. The bill also redefines what criteria are used to identify a distressed locality; under the bill, a locality qualifies as distressed if it has an unemployment rate that is greater than the statewide unemployment rate and a poverty rate that exceeds the statewide poverty rate. The bill requires all data centers claiming the exemption to report certain information to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority (the Authority). The Department of Taxation, in collaboration with the Authority, would aggregate and publish such information biennially.

02/25/21 Conference: Amended by conference committee
02/25/21 Senate: Conference substitute printed 21200682D-S3
02/25/21 House: Conference report agreed to by House (87-Y 11-N)
02/25/21 House: VOTE: Agreed To (87-Y 11-N)
02/27/21 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)

SB 1425 Data centers; expands sales and use tax exemption.

Chief patron: Ruff

Summary as passed Senate:

Sales and use tax exemption for data centers. Provides that if a data center operator qualifies for the exemption in one locality and seeks to qualify in another, it shall be required to meet a reduced job creation requirement of 25 jobs for purposes of qualifying in the other locality. Under current law, the reduced threshold only applies to data center operators seeking to qualify in a distressed locality.

02/11/21 House: Referred from Labor and Commerce
02/11/21 House: Referred to Committee on Finance
02/11/21 House: Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
02/12/21 House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (6-Y 4-N)
03/01/21 House: Left in Finance

Counts: HB: 3 SB: 2


Unmanned Systems

HB 1851 Unmanned aircraft; exempts an owner from the requirement to register.

Chief patron: Delaney

Summary as introduced:

Aircraft registration; unmanned aircraft. Exempts an owner of an unmanned aircraft from the requirement to register aircrafts. This bill is identical to SB 1098.

02/19/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1851ER)
02/19/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 24, 2021
02/24/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

SB 1098 Unmanned aircraft; exempts an owner from the requirement to register.

Chief patron: Favola

Summary as introduced:

Aircraft registration; unmanned aircraft. Exempts an owner of an unmanned aircraft from the requirement to register aircrafts. This bill is identical to HB 1851.

02/22/21 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1098ER)
02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

Counts: HB: 1 SB: 1


Workforce Development and Education

HB 1876 Workforce development; expands type of data sharing.

Chief patron: Subramanyam

Summary as passed House:

Workforce development; data sharing. Expands the type of workforce development data that state agencies may share with the Virginia Workforce System to support workforce program evaluation and policy analysis. The bill removes the requirement that all personal identifying information be removed before being shared among other state agencies and with the Workforce Development System and instead requires the identifying attribute information necessary to match entities across programs, support the coordination of services, and evaluate outcomes to be shared among agencies that enter into the memorandum of understanding supporting the Virginia Workforce Data Trust.

02/25/21 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1876ER)
02/25/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/26/21 House: Signed by Speaker
03/01/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

HB 1885 Comprehensive review of computer science standards, etc., in public schools; DOE to perform, report.

Chief patron: Simonds

Summary as introduced:
Department of Education; comprehensive review of computer science standards, courses, and pathways in public schools; report. Requires the Department of Education to perform a comprehensive review of the ongoing implementation of mandatory computer science standards in elementary schools and middle schools and the alignment of middle school and high school computer science courses and course pathways. The bill requires such review to include recommendations for implementation processes at the local level, profiles of implementation processes that have been successful for school divisions, a description of opportunities for enhanced collaboration with relevant computer science stakeholders to expand computer science education opportunities for all students in the Commonwealth and for relevant professional development for teachers, and examining methods of data collection annually from local school divisions pertaining to computer science implementation. The bill requires the Department of Education to prepare a report on its comprehensive review and provide such report to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education and Health, the Secretary of Education, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction no later than November 1, 2021.

02/17/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/18/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2021
02/19/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., February 26, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 22 (effective 7/1/21)

HB 1967 Virginia Jobs Investment Program and Fund; minimum wage requirements.

Chief patron: Bagby

Summary as introduced:

Virginia Jobs Investment Program and Fund; minimum wage requirements. Adjusts the minimum entry-level wage rate per hour a company is required to pay in order to be eligible for assistance under the Virginia Jobs Investment Program from at least 1.35 times the federal minimum wage to at least 1.2 times the federal minimum wage or the Virginia minimum wage, whichever is higher.

02/18/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB1967ER)
02/18/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/19/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 19, 2021
02/19/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., February 26, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 16 (effective 7/1/21)

HB 2058 Virginia STEM Education Advisory Board; established, report.

Chief patron: Simonds

Summary as introduced:
Virginia STEM Education Advisory Board; established; report. Creates the Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Board to create a unified vision regarding STEM education initiatives, language, and measures of success to promote a culture of collaboration for STEM programming in the Commonwealth. The Board shall develop the infrastructure for creating STEM Regional Hubs and naming STEM Champions in communities across the Commonwealth. Additionally, the Board shall report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly on STEM challenges, goals, and successes across the Commonwealth.

02/24/21 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2058ER)
02/24/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2058ER)
02/24/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/25/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/26/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021

HB 2101 GO Virginia Grants; matching funds, extends sunset provision.

Chief patron: Wampler

Summary as passed:

GO Virginia Grants; matching funds; sunset. Delays from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2022, the sunset of the provision of the Code of Virginia allowing a locality to use grant funds awarded by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission as matching funds for GO Virginia grants.

02/25/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/26/21 House: Signed by Speaker
03/01/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2101ER)
03/01/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

HB 2204 Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program; established.

Chief patron: Filler-Corn

Summary as introduced:

Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program established. Establishes the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and requires the Virginia Community College System to establish the G3 Program for the purpose of providing financial assistance from the Fund to certain low-income and middle-income Virginia students who are enrolled in an educational program at an associate-degree-granting public institution of higher education that leads to an occupation in a certain high-demand field. The bill contains provisions for student eligibility, financial assistance award amounts, and data reporting. This bill is identical to SB 1405.

02/22/21 House: Impact statement from DPB (HB2204ER)
02/22/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/24/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/25/21 House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

HB 2321 Labor, Secretary of; position created in Governor's Cabinet.

Chief patron: Simonds

Summary as passed House:

Governor's Secretaries; Secretary of Labor created. Creates in the Governor's Cabinet the position of Secretary of Labor. The bill transfers from the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to the Secretary of Labor responsibility for the Department of Labor and Industry, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, and the Virginia Employment Commission. The bill removes the position of Chief Workforce Development Advisor and reassigns its duties to the Secretary of Labor. The bill also adds the Secretary of Labor to the Governor's comprehensive economic development policy committee.

02/25/21 Senate: Senators: Bell, Dunnavant, Ebbin
02/25/21 Conference: Amended by conference committee
02/25/21 House: Conference report agreed to by House (54-Y 44-N)
02/25/21 House: VOTE: Agreed To (54-Y 44-N)
02/27/21 Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N)

SB 1405 Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program; established.

Chief patron: Saslaw

Summary as introduced:

Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program established. Establishes the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and requires the Virginia Community College System to establish the G3 Program for the purpose of providing financial assistance from the Fund to certain low-income and middle-income Virginia students who are enrolled in an educational program at an associate-degree-granting public institution of higher education that leads to an occupation in a certain high-demand field. The bill contains provisions for student eligibility, financial assistance award amounts, and data reporting. This bill is identical to HB 2204.

02/17/21 Senate: Impact statement from DPB (SB1405ER)
02/17/21 Senate: Signed by President
02/18/21 House: Signed by Speaker
02/22/21 Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 22, 2021
02/22/21 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021

Counts: HB: 7 SB: 1