NVTC Announces 2020 Legislative Agenda for Virginia

Virginia's General Assembly Convenes for 2020 Legislative Session
Council urges policies and investments to continue focus on growing and diversifying Virginia's technology and innovation economy

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) has worked for nearly 30 years in partnership with Virginia policymakers to advance a strong, innovative technology policy framework. We strongly advocate for policies and investments that drive competitiveness and economic strength, grow our technology workforce, and provide the infrastructure necessary to power Virginia's technology and innovation ecosystem.

 

On January 8th, Virginia's 401st legislative session officially gaveled in; this year's session will conclude on March 7th. As a result of November's elections, the shift in party power brings a great deal of change to the legislature this year. As of January 13th, over 2,700 pieces of legislation have been introduced with additional legislation still being filed until the deadline on January 17th.

A key area of focus for legislators during the 2020 session will be enacting a new biennial budget. NVTC will be advocating for the importance of continuing to advance policies and invest in programs and initiatives that will drive technology research, innovation, commercialization and high wage jobs in key areas where Virginia has existing strength and the most opportunity to compete globally.

NVTC's specific legislative priorities for the 2020 legislative session were outlined in our 2020 Legislative Agenda which was distributed to all members of the Virginia General Assembly, Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring. This year's Legislative Agenda continues to advocate policies and investments that aggressively grow Virginia's technology ecosystem and continue to distinguish Virginia as the leading state for business and a global technology center.

In our agenda, NVTC emphasizes opportunities in sectors such as data analytics, data protection/cybersecurity, personalized medicine and health technologies, unmanned and autonomous systems, data transmission/wireless infrastructure and data storage and warehousing. Additionally, NVTC urges action in the following key areas:

  • Competitiveness and Economic Growth
  • STEM Education and Workforce
  • Infrastructure

Public Policy Updates

During Virginia's General Assembly Session, NVTC will be providing weekly legislative updates from the NVTC advocacy team. These updates offer a valuable opportunity to stay connected to what's going on in Richmond, please send an email to NVTC's Director of Policy, Troy Murphy (tmurphy@nvtc.org) if you or anyone on your team would like to receive NVTC's legislative updates.

2020 Bill Tracking Index

NVTC is in the process of compiling and posting an expansive bill tracking index for select bills of interest to NVTC members. Data is provided by The Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS) and will be updated weekly during session. Please visit the advocacy section on NVTC's website for additional information.

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.

Troy Murphy
Director of Policy
NVTC
tmurphy@nvtc.org
703-946-3757

Myles Louria
Senior Director of Government Affairs
Hunton Andrews Kurth
mlouria@HuntonAK.com
804-788-7362