Local government; prohibits practices that would require contractors to provide benefits. (HB1608)

Introduced By

Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


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 related to procurement of goods, professional services, or construction services that would require a wage floor or any other employee benefit or compensation above what is otherwise required by state or federal law to be provided by a contractor to one or more of the contractor's employees as part of a contract with the locality. The prohibition shall not affect contracts between a locality and another party that were executed prior to January 31, 2016, or the renewal or future rebids of services thereof. Also, localities shall not be prohibited from entering into contracts for economic development incentives in which the company receiving the incentives is required to maintain a certain stated wage level for its employees. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103193D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/22/2015Reported from Commerce and Labor (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Read first time
01/27/2015Read second time
01/27/2015Passed by temporarily
01/27/2015Amendments by Delegate Simon rejected (31-Y 66-N)
01/27/2015VOTE: REJECTED TO (31-Y 66-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2015Pending question ordered
01/27/2015Engrossed by House
01/28/2015Read third time and passed House (69-Y 29-N)
01/28/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (69-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2015Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
01/28/2015Passed House (67-Y 30-N)
01/28/2015VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (67-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2015Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/16/2015Reported from Commerce and Labor (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Reading of amendments waived
02/19/2015Amendments by Senator Marsden ruled not germane
02/19/2015Passed Senate (21-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1608ER)
02/25/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015G Vetoed by Governor
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015Governor's veto overridden (67-Y 32-N)
04/15/2015VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (67-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Senate sustained Governor's veto (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Requires 27 affirmative votes to override Governor's veto


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 5 clips in all, totaling 16 minutes.