Virginia Information Technologies Agency; to delegate powers & responsibilities. (HB2023)

Introduced By

Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon) with support from co-patron Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Powers of VITA. Authorizes Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), subject to approval by the Secretary of Technology, to delegate to an agency within the executive branch the power to provide for the centralized marketing, provision, leasing, and executing of license agreements for electronic access to public information and government services through the Internet, wireless devices, personal digital assistants, kiosks, or other such related media. The delegated agency would be authorized to fix and collect fees and charges for such services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 095821826
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/26/2009Reported from Science and Technology with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2009Read first time
01/29/2009Read second time
01/29/2009Committee amendment agreed to
01/29/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB2023E
01/29/2009Printed as engrossed 095821826-E
01/30/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/30/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/09/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2023)
02/09/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2023E)
02/11/2009Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2009Read third time
02/16/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2023ER)
02/18/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2023ER)
02/18/2009Signed by Speaker
02/18/2009Signed by President
02/25/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 87 (effective 7/1/09)
02/25/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0087)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 3 minutes.


emily lockhart writes:

Hmm, does anyone understand what this bill really does?!?

Reading the full text as passed, it sounds like VITA will now be authorized to delegate to another agency most of the tasks it was supposedly handling itself: Planning/forecasting IT needs, developing IT regulations and standards, managing IT inventories, establishing a fee structure, etc. etc. -- all of these in addition to the sole point offered as bill content here on RS, which is to provide the means for Web and interactive government services.

Does anyone else find this strange? If the idea here is to replace the famously and hugely incompetent VITA with another agency, does anyone else quake at the very thought that Nero gets to actually hand-pick his own successor?!?

emily lockhart writes:

Someone with some actual legislative smarts explained all this to me. The bill simply repeats what is already true and then adds the one new provision, which is to allow VEAP to manage the app developments, etc. on the state portal and for state gov't generally.