Legislative Newsletter - February 8, 2019
2019 General Assembly - Week 5
General Assembly Update
The House and Senate passed their respective budgets on Thursday and will now begin the process of resolving differences between the two. As funding decisions are considered, the Chamber is advocating for programs and services that strengthen our business climate and invest in additional opportunities for growth. 

For more information on the Virginia state budget, click here .
Mark your calendar
Save the date for the Roanoke Regional Chamber’s annual Legislative Wrap-Up on Wednesday, March 27 from 7:30 – 9:00 am . Join us for a panel discussion on how new policies will impact the business community. Click here to register.
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.

  • 02/04/19 House: Referred to Committee on Finance

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. 

  • 02/08/19 House: Read second time

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

  • 02/07/19 Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

Carroll Foy
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.

  • 02/07/19 Senate: Passed Senate (25-Y 15-N)

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

  • 02/04/19 House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
Workforce Development & Education

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

  • 02/06/19 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health

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

  • 02/07/19 Senate: Assigned Education sub: Public Education

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

  • 02/05/19 House: Left in Rules


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

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.

  • 02/06/19 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. 

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

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.

  • 02/05/19 House: Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Technology