2020 General Assembly Update: Week 7
The General Assembly has finished the seventh week of their 2020 session. Last week, the Senate and House each passed their amendments to the Governor's proposed "Caboose" budget through July 1, 2020 and the 2020-2022 Biennium Budget. You can find a detailed summary of the Senate budget here, the House Budget here and Committee budget reports can be found here. Over the next two weeks, both bodies will assign Budget conferees to begin working on getting to a conference report which will result in the final legislation.
One of the key pillars of NVTC’s Policy Priority Framework is infrastructure. We believe improving infrastructure, including transportation, energy and broadband is critical to support economic development and help Virginia companies compete both nationally and globally.
This session, the General Assembly is considering SB 890 and HB 1414, sponsored by Senator Saslaw and Speaker Filler-Corn respectively. SB 890 and HB 1414 are omnibus transportation bills that, among other things, would increase the state gas tax by four cents per year over three years and would generate an additional $1 billion in funding to be used for improving the state's transportation infrastructure.
We have also been advocating for an additional $70 million in new funding for the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) included in HB 729 sponsored by Delegate Vivian Watts. This new funding would fully restore the money diverted from NVTA in 2018 to provide dedicated capital funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The redirection of that funding resulted in the delay or partial funding of over $400 million in regional transportation projects across Northern Virginia.
To see the current status of legislation, check out NVTC’s expansive bill tracking index containing select bills of interest to NVTC members.
Stay Connected with NVTC's Public Policy Team
NVTC maintains a full-time presence in Richmond during the General Assembly session. If there is anything we can do to help you this session or any feedback we can provide, please feel free to contact NVTC Director of Policy Troy Murphy, or Myles Louria of Hunton Andrews Kurth.
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