From Governor McDonnell’s State of the Commonwealth Address – “We must reform and reinvest in transportation infrastructure, or job growth and quality family time will suffer. Therefore, I ask that you not conclude this session without approving a long-term transportation funding plan for Virginia. Do not send me a budget that does not include new transportation funding. We are all out of excuses. We must act now.”
The Governor’s Transportation Package
The total package generates $3.2 billion for transportation over 5 years.
HB 1500/SB 800 (Putney, I-19th, Stosch, R-12th) – Promotes international trade among defense companies.
HB 1964/SB 833 (James, D-80th, Lucas, D-18th) – Allows localities in the Port zone to enter into voluntary economic growth sharing agreements.
Education/Labor Day School Start
HB 1309, HB 1310, HB 1319, HB 1467, HB 1673, HB 2098, HB 1491, HB 1530, HB 1596, HB 1880, HB 1894, HB 1530 and HB 1673 all may have an impact on the current law that provides that local school divisions must have a waiver to open school prior to Labor Day. The Chambers OPPOSE measures that change the current law in the Commonwealth.
HB1612 (Hugo, R-40th) – Creates a government controlled fee schedule based on Medicare rates to dictate benefits for injured workers and how doctors, hospitals and other providers are reimbursed for the care they provide. The Chambers OPPOSE measures that establish fee schedules.
Please note that additional legislation will be introduced in this area that supports cost control measures in Virginia’s Workers Compensation system.
There are several constitutional amendments and bills proposed to protect right to work and secret ballots in labor elections including: SJ 88 (Reeves, R-17th), HJ 536 (Bell, R-20th , McDougle, R-4th), HB 611 (O’Bannon, R-73), and, HB 1385 (Comstock, R-34th).
HB 1374 (Head, R-17th) – Summary judgment: use of depositions – Allows motions for summary judgment to be based in whole or in part, upon depositions, answers to interrogatory admissions to proceedings, or affidavits.The Chambers SUPPORT this bill.
HB 1618 (Gilbert, R-15th) – Venue in civil cases – restricts the ability to transfer from an A venue (preferred) to a category B venue. The Chambers SUPPORT this bill.
HB 1676 (Kilgore, R-1st) – Service of Process Timing – service of process in six months (12 months currently).The Chambers SUPPORT this legislation.
HB 1773 (Albo, R-42nd) Nonsuits, Fees and Costs – Provides that when a nonsuit is taken with 14 days prior to trial or during trial and a new proceeding on the same cause of action is instituted, the court may award reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and costs to a defendant.The Chambers SUPPORT this legislation.
HB 2004 (Cline, R-24th) Liability for injury to trespasser – Provides that the processor of real property owes no duty of care to a trespasser. The Chambers SUPPORT this legislation.
Public-Private Transportation Act
A number of bills have been introduced to modify the current Public-Private Transportation Act, (HB1689, 1690, 1691, 1692, Jones R-76th).
HJ 652 (O’Bannon, R-73rd), HJ 651 (Villanueva, R-21st), and HJ 622 (Jones, R-76th), Constitutional amendment (first resolution) Transportation Funding – Requires General Assembly to maintain permanent and separate Transportation Funds.
Two Term Governor
HJ 549 (Purkey, R-82nd), SJ 276 (Garrett, R-22nd), Constitutional amendment (first resolution) Governors term of office – Permits Governor if elected in 2017 to succeed himself in office. The Chambers SUPPORT this resolution.
During the General Assembly session, please feel free to contact the Chamber’s governmental affairs staff regarding any business issue or concern.
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