Business Assistance, Department of; abolish & transfer duties to Economic Development Partnership. (HB1522)

Introduced By

Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond) with support from 9 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Watkins Abbitt (I-Appomattox), Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Johnny Joannou (D-Portsmouth), Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Bud Phillips (D-Castlewood), Del. Lacey Putney (I-Bedford), Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester), Del. Terrie Suit (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Business Assistance; Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Abolishes the Department of Business Assistance and transfers its duties to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Read the Bill »


02/20/2008: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/18/2008Presented and ordered printed 082389592
01/18/2008Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/24/2008Assigned GL sub: Professional/Occupational/Adminstrative Process
02/05/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1522)
02/05/2008Referred from General Laws
02/05/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2008Assigned App. sub: Economic Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources(Cox)
02/08/2008Reported from Appropriations (17-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Read second time and engrossed (51-Y 44-N)
02/11/2008Read second time and engrossed (51-Y 44-N 1-A)
02/11/2008VOTE: --- ENGROSSMENT (51-Y 44-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Read third time and passed House (51-Y 47-N 1-A)
02/12/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (51-Y 47-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Communicated to Senate
02/13/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2008Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/20/2008Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (8-Y 6-N 1-A)


Virginia ITSP Association, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Does NOT Support the GRTC Position - Abolishes the Department of Business Assistance and transfers its duties to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. - The Council is tracking HB 1522 which proposed to abolish the current Department of Business Assistance (DBA) and move its functions into the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). DBA is a small agency responsible for assisting Virginia’s existing industry (particularly small businesses) to expand and create jobs. VEDP is the Commonwealth’s marketing arm responsible for attracting new businesses to Virginia and promoting Virginia’s exports. Currently, existing industry accounts of rover 75% of job growth and investment but DBA receives less than 20% of the overall economic development funds in the budget. The GRTC has had a longstanding position that the Commonwealth should move more towards a model where equal attention – and funds – are dedicated to the businesses that are already located here, as we do trying to attract new ones. These are the businesses that are responsible for the vast majority of job and investment growth. We believe that moving DBA into VEDP would only further dilute its services and funding. We support the Administration in opposing this bill.