Neighborhood Assistance Act; Schools for Students with Disabilities Fund, created. (SB544)

Introduced By

Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News), Sen. Brandon Bell (R-Roanoke), Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Vienna), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. William Wampler (R-Bristol)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Neighborhood Assistance Act. Makes several changes to the program including (i) increasing the annual cap for tax credits allowed under the program from $8 million to $12 million, (ii) providing that $1 million of the cap increase would be dedicated for education programs and $3 million for providing grants to private schools for students with disabilities, and (iii) reducing the tax credit percentage for donations made by corporations and individuals from 45% to 40% along with eliminating the restriction placed upon individuals from claiming a tax credit for the donation if a charitable contribution deduction is also taken. The Department of Education would administer the Schools for Students with Disabilities Fund from which grants would be made to private schools for students with disabilities. The Department would be required to establish an application process for such schools seeking grants from the Fund. The Department would review the application and make a determination of whether to award a grant, based in part on the intended use of grant moneys by the applicant. The Fund would be funded from monetary donations for which the Department would allocate the annual $3 million in tax credits. The Board of Education would be required to establish regulations for the grants program, including regulations for procedures to allocate the $3 million in tax credits in fiscal years in which more than $3 million in monetary donations were made to the Fund. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 069163824
01/11/2006Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/19/2006Fiscal impact statement from TAX (SB544)
01/20/2006Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (13-Y 0-N)
01/20/2006Rereferred to Finance
02/09/2006Reported from Finance (9-Y 4-N)
02/13/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006Read second time
02/14/2006Reading of amendments waived
02/14/2006Committee amendments agreed to
02/14/2006Engrossed by Senate as amended SB544E
02/14/2006Printed as engrossed 069163824-E
02/14/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006Passed Senate (24-Y 15-N)
02/14/2006VOTE: (24-Y 15-N)
02/14/2006Communicated to House
02/15/2006Placed on Calendar
02/15/2006Read first time
02/15/2006Referred to Committee on Education
02/21/2006Fiscal impact statement from TAX (SB544E)
02/28/2006Referred from Education
02/28/2006Referred to Committee on Finance
02/28/2006Reported from Finance (17-Y 4-N)
02/28/2006Read second time
03/01/2006Motion to refer to committee agreed to (62-Y 37-N)
03/01/2006VOTE: (62-Y 37-N)
03/01/2006Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/06/2006Left in Appropriations