Legislative Newsletter - February 22, 2019
2019 General Assembly - Week 7
General Assembly Update
The 2019 General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn tomorrow, February 23, concluding a 45-day legislative session. Before leaving Richmond, lawmakers still have work to complete on the budget and bills in conference. In total, the House and Senate considered a combined 3119 bills, with 1471 passing both chambers at this point.
Be sure to register for the Legislative Wrap-Up on March 27 to learn how newly enacted legislation will impact the business community. Click here to reserve your seat. 
Mark your calendar
·          March 27: Legislative Wrap-Up at Vinton War Memorial

·          April 10: Opioid Crisis Luncheon at Roanoke Country Club

·          April 16: Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Employer Training at Roanoke Regional Chamber

·          April 17-18: VA Chamber Conference on Energy & Infrastructure at Hotel Roanoke
General Assembly Bill Tracking
Economic Development

Right to work; union shops and agency shops.

  • 02/05/19 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

Minimum wage; increases to $8.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019 .
  • 01/21/19 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (9-Y 5-N)

Remote sales & use tax collection; sufficient activity by dealers & marketplace facilitators, etc.

  • 02/20/19 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 25, 2019

Minimum wage; increases to $8.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019.
  • 01/21/19 Senate: Defeated by Senate (19-Y 21-N)

Minimum wage; increases to $9.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019
  • 02/05/19 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

Virginia income tax; conformity of the Commonwealth's taxation system with the Internal Revenue Code. 

  • 02/15/19 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 18 (effective 2/15/19)

Virginia Investment Partnership Act; Virginia Investment Performance Grants; Virginia Economic Development Incentive Grants; reauthorization.

  • 02/19/19 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 32 (effective 7/1/19)

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Paid family and medical leave program.

  • 02/05/19 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

Local alternative minimum wage.

  • 02/05/19 House: Left in Commerce and Labor

Historic rehabilitation tax credit.

  • 02/15/19 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 25 (effective 7/1/19)

Compliance with grant requirements; new jobs requirement incl udes off-site jobs.

  • 02/22/19 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1463ER)
Workforce Development & Education

Virginia Community College System; certain registered apprenticeships; uniform instruction.

  • 02/21/19 Senate: In conference committee

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School boards; public institutions of higher education; College and Career Access Pathways Partnerships.

  • 02/21/19 House: VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)

Study; JLARC; workforce development in the Commonwealth; report.

  • 02/05/19 House: Left in Rules

Tech Talent Investment Program.  

  • 02/21/19 Senate: In conference committee

Innovation Internship Fund and Innovative Internship Pilot Program; established, report.

  • 02/20/19 House: In conference committee

Experiential learning and workforce development opportunities in high-demand fields, report.

  • 02/05/19 House: Left in Rules

Interstate 73 Corridor Development Fund and Program.

  • 02/19/19 House: Left in Appropriations

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. 

  • 02/01/19 House: Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (11-Y 11-N)

Interstate 81; Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund.

  • 02/13/19 Senate: In conference committee

Certificate of public need; changes to Medical Care Facilities Certificate of Public Need Program

  • 02/05/19 House: Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions by voice vote

Virginia Grocery Investment Program and Fund; created, report.

  • 02/19/19 House: Left in Appropriations