Protection and Advocacy, Virginia Office for; conversion to a nonprofit entity, report. (HB1230)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Privatization of the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy.  Requires the Director of the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy and the Board for Protection and Advocacy to establish a nonprofit organization to provide advocacy, legal, and ombudsman services to persons with disabilities in compliance with state and federal law no later than December 31, 2013, and eliminates the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy as of January 1, 2014. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12104075D
01/20/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/24/2012Assigned HWI sub: #3
01/25/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1230)
02/02/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2012Committee substitute printed 12104869D-H1
02/03/2012Read first time
02/03/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1230H1)
02/06/2012Read second time
02/06/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104869D-H1
02/06/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1230H1
02/07/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/07/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/2012Reported from Education and Health (12-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/17/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Read third time
02/20/2012Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2012Amendment by Senator Wagner agreed to
02/20/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2012Passed Senate with amendment (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2012Placed on Calendar
02/22/2012Senate amendment agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/22/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1230ER)
02/27/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1230ER)
02/27/2012Signed by Speaker
02/28/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation #1 (94-Y 0-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012House rejected Governor's recommendation #2 (2-Y 94-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation #1 (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/18/2012Communicated to Governor
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (HB1230ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
05/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 847 (effective - see bill)
05/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0847)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 8 minutes.


stephen writes:

I Think this is a bad Idea, best to keep total control with the state, And let Del.Bobby Orrock Friends find another job.

Monte writes:

I agree--bad idea. This will make the VOPA less effiicient, less effective for people with disability, and less accountable to the public. This move only benefits governement "insiders."

Nonprofits don't get the respect that gov't agencies do, so the reinvented Office will have to spend a lot more of its resources addresing petty challenges instead of doing projects that count. The boards and director will have more power and less oversight.

CONSDIER THIS: This Office has NO STATE BUDGET (it costs the Commonwealth "zip"). All its funds are either donated or derived from federal grants. So, ASK YOURSELF THIS: If this Office doesn't cost the COmmonwealth anything, WHY WOULD THE POWERS THAT BE WANT TO GO TO ALL THE TROUBLE TO KICK IT OUT OF STATE GOVERNMENT? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

SOmething smells. I say, follow the money.