Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; political contributions and gifts, prohibited conduct. (SB650)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from 22 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield), Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Glen Allen), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Political contributions and gifts; prohibition in connection with the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund. Provides that the Governor, his campaign committee, and any political action committee established on his behalf shall not knowingly solicit or accept a contribution, gift, or other item with a value greater than $50 from persons and entities seeking loans or grants from the Fund. The bill also restricts such gifts and contributions from persons and entities seeking loans or grants from the Fund. The restrictions apply only if the stated or expected value of the loan or grant is $500,000 or more. The bill provides that any violation shall result in a civil penalty of $500 or up to two times the amount of the contribution or gift, whichever is greater. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/17/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103395D
01/17/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/20/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB650)
01/20/2014Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N)
01/20/2014Rereferred to Rules
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB650)
01/24/2014Reported from Rules (12-Y 0-N)
01/27/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/28/2014Passed by for the day
01/29/2014Read second time and engrossed
01/30/2014Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Placed on Calendar
02/07/2014Read first time
02/07/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2014Assigned Courts sub: Ethics
02/19/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/21/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2014Committee substitute printed 14105139D-H1
02/25/2014Read second time
02/26/2014Passed by for the day
02/27/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB650H1)
02/27/2014Read third time
02/27/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105139D-H1
02/27/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB650H1
02/27/2014Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/27/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2014House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/03/2014Title replaced 14105139D-H1
03/06/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB650ER)
03/06/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB650ER)
03/06/2014Signed by Speaker
03/09/2014Signed by President
04/07/2014Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/22/2014Placed on Calendar
04/23/2014Passed by for the day
04/23/2014Communicated to Governor
05/23/2014G Vetoed by Governor


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 30 seconds.