Virginia General Assembly

Virginia General Assembly "Crossover" Status
Virginia General Assembly "Crossover" Status
Virginia General Assembly "Crossover" Status
The Virginia General Assembly has finally reached “Crossover,” the halfway point by which each chamber must complete work on its own bills and begin considering legislation passed by the other body. Over 870 bills have passed the House of Delegates and over 700 made it through the Senate. Check out this week's Legislative Review

CROSSOVER STATUS REPORT

 

Supported Legislation

HB 1840 (Marshall R 14th) – directs the state corporation commission to establish pilot programs for electric transmission infrastructure for mega sites.
Bill was engrossed by the House on 2/4/19

HB 2003 (Aird D 63rd) – extends the sunset date of the major business facility job tax credit to January 1, 2025.
Passed House 1/25/19

HB 2021 (James D 80th) – reauthorization of Virginia Performance Grants, Economic Development incentive programs.
Passed House 1/25/19

HB 2180 (Rush R 7th) – creates the Semiconductor Manufacturing Grant Fund.
House Passage 1/25/19

HB 2356 (Chris Jones R 76th) – establishes a Major Headquarters Workforce Grant Fund.  (Amazon HQ in Arlington County)
Passed House 1/29/19

HB 1920 (Stolle R 83rd) – requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in awarding grants pursuant to the New Economy Workforce Credential Program, to give priority to institutions that offer noncredit workforce training programs in high-demand fields in which employers demand is currently unmet by the available workforce.
Passed House 2/4/19

 

HB 2443 (Wilt R 26th) – Group Health Plans, bona fide associations. – replaces reference to “bona fide association” as used in provisions to health plans in the small employer market with the term “sponsoring association.”
Engrossed by House 2/4/19

Energy Bills Opposed (all measures failed to advance)

HB 1635 - Fossil fuels projects moratorium
HB 1686 - Electric utilities, limitations on fossil fuel facilities
HB 2500 - Electric utilities mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard
SB 1648 - Electric utilities limitations on fossil fuel facilities

Commonwealth of Virginia Research Consortium Created

HB 2550 (Chris Jones R 76th) – creates the Commonwealth of Virginia Research Consortium Authority to oversee and support research and commercialization in the Commonwealth.
Engrossed by the House on 2/4/19

Labor and Employment Bills Opposed

HB 1789 (Heretick D 79th) – mandated crew size for railroads and established a civil penalty for violations.
1/15/19 House Subcommittee recommends laying the bill on the table.  The bill was left in Commerce and Labor.

HB 1806 (Carter D 50th) – repeals the provisions of the Code of Virginia that, prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby, 1) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employers, 2) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continued employment.  The measure also authorizes a collective bargaining agreement to provide for an agency or a union shop.
2/5/19 House left in Commerce and Labor

Minimum Wage Bills Opposed

HB 1850 (Simon D 53rd) – minimum wage increase to $9 effective July 1, 2019.
2/5/19  Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 2120 (Foy D 2nd) – requires the Virginia Employment Commission to establish and administer a paid family and medical leave program with benefits beginning January 1, 2022.
2/5/19 Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 2157 (Plum D 36th) – minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour effective January 1, 2020.
2/15/19 Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 2261 (Guzman D 31st) – employees paid medical and family leave, civil penalties.  Requires employers to provide each employee with paid medical and family leave and establishes a civil penalty for those companies in violation.
2/5/19 Left in Commerce and Labor

Tort Reform Bills Supported

HB 2197 (Gilbert R15th) – allows for the limited use of discovery depositions and affidavits in support of or in opposition to a motion for summary judgment, provided that the only parties to the action are business entities and the amount of the issue is $50,000 or more.
Passed House 1/25/19
Passed Senate 2/4/19

SB 1457 (Vogel R 27th) – provides that when an officer, as defined in the bill, who is called as a deposition witness files a motion for a protective order because the discovery sought by the deposition is obtainable from some other source that is more convenient and less burdensome or less expensive, the burden is on the party seeking the deposition to defeat such a motion.
Passes Senate 1/29/19

SB 1486 (Obenshain R 26th) – allows for the limited use of discovery depositions and affidavits in support or in opposition to a motion for summary judgment, provided that the only parties to the action are business entities and the amount of the issue is $50,000 or more.
Passed Senate 1/29/19

Procurement Bills Supported

HB 1667 (Kilgore R 1st) – Virginia Public Procurement Act – provides a 5 year statute of limitations on actions on construction contracts.  (Companion bill/SB 1369 (Norment R 3rd)

Tax Bills Supported

HB 2529 (Hugo R 40th) – deconforms the Commonwealth’s tax code from the provisions of the federal tax cuts and Jobs Act that limit the deduction for state and local taxes and reduce the limit for mortgage deductions.
2/5/19 Passed House

HB 2700 (Orrock R 54th) – corporate income tax subtractions, Global intangible Low Taxed Income, establishes a subtraction in computing Virginia taxable income for the amount of Global Intangible Low-Taxed income that is included in a corporation’s federal taxable income.
(tabled in House Finance 1/28/19)

SB 1697 (Chafin R 38th) – corporate income tax subtractions, business interest-establishes a subtraction from a corporation’s Virginia taxable income for the amount of business interest that is disallowed as a deduction from federal taxable income/IRS code.
(Passed by in Senate Finance)

 

Port of Virginia Supported

SB 1459 (Vogel R 27th) – Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant Fund and Program – extends the sunset date from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2025.
Passed Senate 1/25/19

Public Utilities Supported

 

SB 1695 (Wagner R 7th) – authorizes a public utility providing water, sewer, electric or natural gas services to propose an economic development program under which it may acquire utility right of way.
Passed Senate 1/25/19

Supported Legislation

HB 1840 (Marshall R 14th) – directs the state corporation commission to establish pilot programs for electric transmission infrastructure for mega sites.
Bill was engrossed by the House on 2/4/19

HB 2003 (Aird D 63rd) – extends the sunset date of the major business facility job tax credit to January 1, 2025.
Passed House 1/25/19

HB 2021 (James D 80th) – reauthorization of Virginia Performance Grants, Economic Development incentive programs.
Passed House 1/25/19

HB 2180 (Rush R 7th) – creates the Semiconductor Manufacturing Grant Fund.
House Passage 1/25/19

HB 2356 (Chris Jones R 76th) – establishes a Major Headquarters Workforce Grant Fund.  (Amazon HQ in Arlington County)
Passed House 1/29/19

HB 1920 (Stolle R 83rd) – requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in awarding grants pursuant to the New Economy Workforce Credential Program, to give priority to institutions that offer noncredit workforce training programs in high-demand fields in which employers demand is currently unmet by the available workforce.
Passed House 2/4/19

 

HB 2443 (Wilt R 26th) – Group Health Plans, bona fide associations. – replaces reference to “bona fide association” as used in provisions to health plans in the small employer market with the term “sponsoring association.”
Engrossed by House 2/4/19

Energy Bills Opposed (all measures failed to advance)

HB 1635 - Fossil fuels projects moratorium
HB 1686 - Electric utilities, limitations on fossil fuel facilities
HB 2500 - Electric utilities mandatory renewable energy portfolio standard
SB 1648 - Electric utilities limitations on fossil fuel facilities

Commonwealth of Virginia Research Consortium Created

HB 2550 (Chris Jones R 76th) – creates the Commonwealth of Virginia Research Consortium Authority to oversee and support research and commercialization in the Commonwealth.
Engrossed by the House on 2/4/19

Labor and Employment Bills Opposed

HB 1789 (Heretick D 79th) – mandated crew size for railroads and established a civil penalty for violations.
1/15/19 House Subcommittee recommends laying the bill on the table.  The bill was left in Commerce and Labor.

HB (Carter D 50th) – repeals the provisions of the Code of Virginia that, prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby, 1) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employers, 2) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continued employment.  The measure also authorizes a collective bargaining agreement to provide for an agency or a union shop.
2/5/19 House left in Commerce and Labor

Minimum Wage Bills Opposed

HB 1850 (Simon D 53rd) – minimum wage increase to $9 effective July 1, 2019.
2/5/19  Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 2120 (Foy D 2nd) – requires the Virginia Employment Commission to establish and administer a paid family and medical leave program with benefits beginning January 1, 2022.
2/5/19 Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 2157 (Plum D 36th) – minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour effective January 1, 2020.
2/15/19 Left in Commerce and Labor

HB 2261 (Guzman D 31st) – employees paid medical and family leave, civil penalties.  Requires employers to provide each employee with paid medical and family leave and establishes a civil penalty for those companies in violation.
2/5/19 Left in Commerce and Labor

TORT REFORM BILLS Supported

HB 2197 (Gilbert R15th) – allows for the limited use of discovery depositions and affidavits in support of or in opposition to a motion for summary judgment, provided that the only parties to the action are business entities and the amount of the issue is $50,000 or more.
Passed House 1/25/19
Passed Senate 2/4/19

SB 1457 (Vogel R 27th) – provides that when an officer, as defined in the bill, who is called as a deposition witness files a motion for a protective order because the discovery sought by the deposition is obtainable from some other source that is more convenient and less burdensome or less expensive, the burden is on the party seeking the deposition to defeat such a motion.
Passes Senate 1/29/19

SB 1486 (Obenshain R 26th) – allows for the limited use of discovery depositions and affidavits in support or in opposition to a motion for summary judgment, provided that the only parties to the action are business entities and the amount of the issue is $50,000 or more.
Passed Senate 1/29/19

Procurement Bills Supported

HB 1667 (Kilgore R 1st) – Virginia Public Procurement Act – provides a 5 year statute of limitations on actions on construction contracts.  (Companion bill/SB 1369 (Norment R 3rd)

Tax Bills Supported

HB 2529 (Huge R 40th) – deconforms the Commonwealth’s tax code from the provisions of the federal tax cuts and Jobs Act that limit the deduction for state and local taxes and reduce the limit for mortgage deductions.
2/5/19 Passed House

HB 2700 (Orrock R 54th) – corporate income tax subtractions, Global intangible Low Taxed Income, establishes a subtraction in computing Virginia taxable income for the amount of Global Intangible Low-Taxed income that is included in a corporation’s federal taxable income.
(tabled in House Finance 1/28/19)

SB 1697 (Chafin R 38th) – corporate income tax subtractions, business interest-establishes a subtraction from a corporation’s Virginia taxable income for the amount of business interest that is disallowed as a deduction from federal taxable income/IRS code.
(Passed by in Senate Finance)

 

Port of Virginia Supported

 SB 1459 (Vogel R 27th) – Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant Fund and Program – extends the sunset date from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2025.
Passed Senate 1/25/19

Public Utilities Supported

SB 1695 (Wagner R 7th) – authorizes a public utility providing water, sewer, electric or natural gas services to propose an economic development program under which it may acquire utility right of way.
Passed Senate 1/25/19

 

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