Constitutional amendment; state and local budgets, limits on appropriations. (HJ540)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); state and local budgets; limits on appropriations.  Limits the state's or a locality's total appropriations in a year to the preceding year's total appropriations plus a percentage equal to the sum of the percentage increase in the rate of inflation plus the rate of population increase. "Total appropriations" is defined so as not to include appropriated moneys for tax relief or moneys that are received from the federal government or an agency or unit thereof. The General Assembly or a local governing body may exceed this limitation only by an affirmative vote of at least three-fifths of the elected members. Read the Bill »


01/28/2011: passed committee


12/07/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100496D
01/06/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2011Assigned P & E sub: #1 Constitutional
01/24/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4-Y 3-N)
01/28/2011Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (11-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2011Committee substitute printed 11104574D-H1
02/01/2011Taken up
02/01/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104574D-H1
02/01/2011Rejected by House (47-Y 48-N)
02/01/2011VOTE: REJECTED (47-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 7 minutes.