Legislative Newsletter - January 18, 2019
2019 General Assembly - Week 2
Improve I-81
Improving I-81 is a priority for the business community. As expressed in the Chamber’s recent op-ed on I-81 , the ability to move goods and services is foundational to a strong business climate. Current conditions on I-81 are unsafe, unreliable, and impede commerce.
 
The Chamber supports the improvements identified in the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan and regional funding dedicated to corridor improvements.
 
We are monitoring the following legislative proposals to fund improvements to I-81. To learn more about these bills, click here .
 
SB 1716 (Obenshain)  /  HB2718 (Landes) : Interstate 81; tolling; Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund.  Authorizes the Commonwealth Transportation Board to impose tolls on Interstate 81.

SB1322 (Hanger):  Tax on motor fuels.  Imposes an additional 2.1 percent tax on motor fuels sold at wholesale to a retail dealer for sale in a locality along the Interstate 81 Corridor.

SB1470 (Edwards):  Additional motor fuels tax.  Imposes an additional motor fuels tax equal to five percent of the average wholesale price of gasoline on the sale of gasoline, gasohol, diesel, and alternative fuels.
Action Alert: Minimum Wage 
On Monday, the Virginia Senate will consider a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021. The Roanoke Regional Chamber  joined several business organizations  in opposition to this measures.
 
Contact your senator today on this important issue. The following senators represent the broader Roanoke region:
 
Senator John Edwards: District21@senate.virginia.gov
Senator David Suetterlein: District19@senate.virginia.gov
Senator Stephen Newman: District23@senate.virginia.go
General Assembly Bill Tracking
Economic Development

Carter
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Right to work; union shops and agency shops.

  • 12/28/18 House: Referred to Committee on Rules

Marsden
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Minimum wage; increases to $8.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019.
  • 08/20/18 Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

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

  • 12/15/18 Senate: Referred to Committee on Finance

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Minimum wage; increases to $8.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019.
  • 01/18/19 Senate: Passed by for the day

Simon
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Minimum wage; increases to $9.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019
  • 01/15/19 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2

Peace
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Virginia income tax; advances conformity of the Commonwealth's tax code with the federal tax code.

  • 01/15/19 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2

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

  • 01/16/19 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting

Carroll Foy
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Paid family and medical leave program.

  • 01/15/19 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1

Levine
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Local alternative minimum wage.

  • 01/15/19 House: Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #2

Bloxom
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Historic rehabilitation tax credit.

  • 01/15/19 House: Referred to Committee on Finance

McPike
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Compliance with grant requirements; new jobs requirement includes off-site jobs.

  • 01/08/19 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
Workforce Development & Education

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


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


O'Quinn
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Study; JLARC; workforce development in the Commonwealth; report.

Transportation

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Interstate 73 Corridor Development Fund and Program.


LaRock
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Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds. 

Healthcare

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

  • 01/11/19 House: Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3

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Virginia Grocery Investment Program and Fund; created, report.

  • 01/18/19 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB999S1