Hampton Roads Chamber Legislative Review

Hampton Roads Chamber Legislative Review
The Hampton Roads Chamber will be represented throughout the 2018 Virginia General Assembly session with staff and volunteer leadership providing key testimony and lobbying daily in support of the business agenda. Check out this week's Legislative Review of the 2018 Virginia General Assembly session.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bills in Focus
HB 354 (Reid D-32nd), HB 372 (Robinson R-27th), HB 38 (Habeeb R-8th), HB 1020 (Adams R-16th), HB 36 (Kaye Kory D-38th) – Makes local school boards responsible for setting the school calendar and eliminates the post Labor Day opening requirement.
(Opposed – no documented academic benefit and significant economic damage to hospitality industry in the Commonwealth).

HB 129 (Yancey R-2nd) – Worker retraining tax credit, manufacturing instruction for students.  The credit would equal 35 percent of the manufacturer’s direct cost, not to exceed $2,000 per year.

HB 215 (Knight R-81st) – Provisional teacher licensure, career switchers, adjunct professors.  Provides alternate route to licensure program.

HB 249 (Miyares R-82nd) – Requires baccalaureate public institutions of higher education to have a fixed in-state tuition rate.

HB 395 (Davis R-84th) – Eliminates public school requirement for education improvement tax credits.

HB 919 (Jones R-76th) – Ensures credit of community college courses to four-year public institutions and makes changes to the Virginia Community College system to ensure a standard of quality of education at all comprehensive community colleges.

SB 60 (DeSteph R-8th) –Tuition Assistance Grant Program – removes requirement for private institutions of higher learning to operate as not-for-profits in order to be eligible to participate in the Tuition Assistance Grant Program.

Environment

HB 229 (Miyares R-82nd) – Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction and Bond Rating Protection Act of 2018; establishes the Act as a non-federal sponsor of hurricane and flooding risk reduction programs.  Establishes a board to exercise the Governor’s authority over flood and hurricane risk reduction programs.

HB 345 (Stolle R-83rd) – Secretary of Coastal Protection – creates the executive branch position to identify sources of funding for implementation of strategies for coastal protection and flooding adaptation.

HB 771 (Jones R-76th) – Creates an advisory board and a laboratory to monitor the effects of the Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow Project by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District.

SB 193 (Locke D-2nd) – Allows any locality by ordinance to prohibit disposable plastic shopping bags.

SB 265 (Lewis D-6th) – Creates the Secretary of Coastal Protection and Flooding Adaptation.

SB 397 (Lewis D-6th) – Creates the Hampton Roads Coastal Resiliency Authority.

Healthcare

HB 1102 (Stolle R-83rd) – Certificate of Public Need – Makes changes to the Medical Care facilities Certificate of Public Need Program.

Labor and Employment

Minimum Wage Increase Bills
SB 56 (Edwards D-21st)
SB 240 (Marsden D-37th)
SB 251 (Dance D-16th)

Procurement/Small Business

HB 375 (Davis R-84th) – Prohibits certain local government practices that would require contractors to provide certain compensation or benefits.

SB 318 (Ruff R-15th) – Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Implementation of certification programs for small business, definition of small business, report changes the definition of small business beginning July 1, 2019.

Taxation

SB 527 (Mason D-1st) – County Food and Beverage Tax – Increases amount counties authorized to impose from four percent to eight percent without a referendum.

Transportation

HB 768 (Jones R-76th) – Motor vehicle fuels sales tax and price floor.  Establishes a floor on the 2.1 percent sales tax imposed on motor vehicle fuels sold in NOVA and Hampton Roads. (Average wholesale price on July 1, 2018 shall be the initial floor).  This floor may increase if the average wholesale price exceeds the price of gasoline in the Commonwealth on February 20, 2013.

HB 917 (Stolle R-83rd) – Bases the floor on the statewide average on February 20, 2013.

HJ 25 (Heretick D-79th) – JLARC to study reduction or elimination of tolls on the Midtown and Downtown tunnels.

In other News from the Commonwealth
Governor asks to keep Virginia out of Offshore Leasing Program

Governor-Elect Northam in a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asked that Virginia be excluded from the 2019-2024 draft proposed offshore oil and gas leasing program.  The state of Florida was recently exempted from the leasing program.

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