2020 General Assembly Update: Week 8
We are now less than a week away from the conclusion of the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session and legislators are working hard to complete their work prior to the scheduled close of session on March 7th. This week budget conferees worked on negotiating the differences between the House and Senate versions of Virginia’s $138 billion biennial budget.
NVTC has been advocating for priorities important to the technology community throughout the budget process. This includes advocating for funding the new Virginia Innovation Partnership Authority (VIPA), the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) and Virginia’s Research and Development Tax Credits among others.
Below is a listing of the members assigned to the Joint Conference Committee on the Budget Bill:
Senate Budget Conferees
• Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)
• Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-Springfield)
• Sen. Thomas Norment, (R-Williamsburg)
• Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)
• Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)
• Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)
• Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)
• Sen. Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton)
House Budget Conferees
• Del. Luke Torian (D-Prince William)
• Del. Mark Sickles (D-Arlington)
• Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)
• Del. David Bulova (D- Fairfax)
• Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Sussex)
• Del. Kirkland Cox (R-Colonial Heights)
• Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach)
You can find a detailed summary of the Senate budget here, the House Budget here and Committee budget reports can be found here.
In addition to conferencing on the Budget Bill, there are a number of additional conference committees currently at work. When the House or Senate amends a bill and the other chamber disagrees on the changes, conference committees convene to reach an agreement on the legislation.
To see the current status of legislation, check out NVTC’s expansive bill tracking index containing select bills of interest to NVTC members. Following the conclusion of session on March 7th, NVTC will be compiling a detailed Session Wrap-Up Report listing the final outcome of legislation and budget priorities important 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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