HB2423: Broadband Advisory Council; established.


HOUSE BILL NO. 2423
House Amendments in [ ] February 5, 2009
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Chapter 26 of Title 2.2 an article numbered 34, consisting of sections numbered 2.2-2699.3 and 2.2-2699.4, relating to the Broadband Advisory Council.
Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate May

Referred to Committee on Science and Technology

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Chapter 26 of Title 2.2 an article numbered 34, consisting of sections numbered 2.2-2699.3 and 2.2-2699.4, as follows:

Article 34.
Broadband Advisory Council.

2.2-2699.3. Broadband Advisory Council; purpose; membership; compensation; chairman.

A. The Broadband Advisory Council (the Council) is established as an advisory council, within the meaning of 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Council shall be to advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth.

B. The Council shall have a total membership of 11 members that shall consist of four legislative members, five nonlegislative citizen members, and two ex officio members. Members shall be appointed as follows: [ two three ] members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; [ two members one member ] of the Senate, to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; one citizen representative from the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association [ and , ] one citizen representative from the Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association [ , and one citizen representative from local government recommended by the Virginia Municipal League and Virginia Association of Counties ] to be appointed by the Governor; [ three two ] nonlegislative citizen members to be appointed by the Governor; and the Secretaries of Commerce and Trade and Technology, who shall serve ex officio. Legislative members shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Other members shall be appointed for terms of two years. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. All members may be reappointed.

C. Legislative members of the Council shall receive such compensation as provided in 30-19.12. Nonlegislative citizen members shall serve without compensation. All members shall be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as provided in 2.2-2813 and 2.2-2825. Funding for compensation and expenses of legislative members shall be provided by the operating budgets of the Clerk of the House of Delegates and the Clerk of the Senate upon approval of the Joint Rules Committee. Funding for the costs of expenses of the nonlegislative citizen members and all other expenses of the Council shall be provided by the Office of the Secretary of Technology. 

D. The Council shall elect a chairman and a vice-chairman annually from among its membership. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. The Council shall meet at such times as may be called by the chairman or a majority of the Council.

E. Staff to the Council shall be provided by the Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance.

2.2-2699.4. Powers and duties of the Council.

The Council shall have the power and duty to:

1. Monitor the broadband-based development efforts of other states and nations in areas such as business, education, and health;

2. Advise the Governor, Secretary of Technology, and the General Assembly on policies and strategies related to making affordable broadband services available to every Virginia home and business;

3. Monitor broadband-related activities at the federal level;

4. Encourage public-private partnerships to increase the deployment and adoption of broadband services and applications;

5. Annually report to the Governor and the Joint Commission on Technology and Science on the progress towards the goal of universal access for businesses and on the assessment of Commonwealth broadband infrastructure investments and utilization of Council-supported resources to promote broadband access;

6. Periodically review and comment on the quality, availability, and accessibility of state-maintained or funded broadband resources and programs, including but not limited to: Virginia Resources Act funding of the "Online Community Toolkit"; the Center for Innovative Technology's mapping and outreach initiatives; investments made through programs administered by the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Public Rail and Transportation, and the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission; and

7. Monitor regulatory and policy changes for potential impact on broadband deployment and sustainability in the Commonwealth.

2.  That the provisions of this act shall expire on July 1, 2018.

HOUSE BILL NO. 2423
Offered January 14, 2009
Prefiled January 14, 2009
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding in Chapter 26 of Title 2.2 an article numbered 34, consisting of sections numbered 2.2-2699.3 and 2.2-2699.4, relating to the Broadband Advisory Council.
Patron-- May

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Chapter 26 of Title 2.2 an article numbered 34, consisting of sections numbered 2.2-2699.3 and 2.2-2699.4 as follows:

Article 34.
Broadband Advisory Council.

2.2-2699.3. Broadband Advisory Council; purpose; membership; compensation; chairman.

A. The Broadband Advisory Council (the Council) is established as an advisory council, within the meaning of 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Council shall be to advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth.

B. The Council shall have a total membership of 11 members that shall consist of four legislative members, five nonlegislative citizen members, and two ex officio members. Members shall be appointed as follows: two members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; two members of the Senate, to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; one citizen representative from the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association and one citizen representative from the Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association to be appointed by the Governor; three nonlegislative citizen members to be appointed by the Governor; and the Secretaries of Commerce and Trade and Technology, who shall serve ex officio. Legislative members shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Other members shall be appointed for terms of two years. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. All members may be reappointed.

C. Legislative members of the Council shall receive such compensation as provided in 30-19.12. Nonlegislative citizen members shall serve without compensation. All members shall be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as provided in 2.2-2813 and 2.2-2825. Funding for compensation and expenses of legislative members shall be provided by the operating budgets of the Clerk of the House of Delegates and the Clerk of the Senate upon approval of the Joint Rules Committee. Funding for the costs of expenses of the nonlegislative citizen members and all other expenses of the Council shall be provided by the Office of the Secretary of Technology.

D. The Council shall elect a chairman and a vice-chairman annually from among its membership. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. The Council shall meet at such times as may be called by the chairman or a majority of the Council.

E. Staff to the Council shall be provided by the Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance.

2.2-2699.4. Powers and duties of the Council.

The Council shall have the power and duty to:

1. Monitor the broadband-based development efforts of other states and nations in areas such as business, education, and health;

2. Advise the Governor, Secretary of Technology, and the General Assembly on policies and strategies related to making affordable broadband services available to every Virginia home and business;

3. Monitor broadband-related activities at the federal level;

4. Encourage public-private partnerships to increase the deployment and adoption of broadband services and applications;

5. Annually report to the Governor and the Joint Commission on Technology and Science on the progress towards the goal of universal access for businesses and on the assessment of Commonwealth broadband infrastructure investments and utilization of Council-supported resources to promote broadband access;

6. Periodically review and comment on the quality, availability, and accessibility of state-maintained or funded broadband resources and programs, including but not limited to: Virginia Resources Act funding of the "Online Community Toolkit"; the Center for Innovative Technology's mapping and outreach initiatives; investments made through programs administered by the Department of Education, Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Public Rail and Transportation, and the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission; and

7. Monitor regulatory and policy changes for potential impact on broadband deployment and sustainability in the Commonwealth.

2. That the provisions of this act shall expire on July 1, 2018.