Local government; prohibit certain practices requiring contractors to provide certain benefits, etc. (HB422)

Introduced By

Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prohibiting certain local government practices that would require contractors to provide certain compensation or benefits. Prohibits local governing bodies from establishing provisions that would require a wage floor of any other employee benefit or compensation, above what is otherwise required by state or federal law, to be provided by a contractor to its employees as part of a local government contract. Any such provisions previously adopted by a local governing body that did not receive the approval of the General Assembly shall be considered null and void. Read the Bill »


02/17/2014: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/04/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102313D
01/04/2014Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/09/2014Assigned CC & T sub: #2
01/16/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 3-N)
01/30/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 3-N)
01/31/2014Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2014Committee substitute printed 14104634D-H1
02/03/2014Read first time
02/04/2014Read second time
02/04/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104634D-H1
02/04/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB422H1
02/05/2014Read third time and passed House (65-Y 29-N)
02/05/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (65-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2014Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/12/2014Rereferred from Local Government (12-Y 0-N)
02/12/2014Rereferred to Commerce and Labor
02/17/2014Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (9-Y 6-N 1-A) (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, 1 clip in all, totaling 7 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Charlottesville is one of the cities that would be affected by this, since they have a "living wage" ordinance, as described here.

Laura Dely writes:

Efforts to knock down wages, suppress workers standing together, end collective bargaining that that gives workers a fighting chance against the league of corporate lawyers in contract negotiations are the lowest form of capitalism.
That this is happening as wealth is concentrating into the hands of just a lucky few, and we have mostly millionaire's in elected office, and inequality is at historic highs. Add to that that the economy is stabled with consumer consumption just not happening. There are too many who have fallen from good jobs into autocratic service jobs that pay poverty wages and provide no benefits. And now we have efforts like this to limit workers ability to earn a "living wage" or better.