BVU Authority; Board powers and duties, broadband, repeals certain provision. (HB1325)

Introduced By

Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

BVU Authority; Board powers, officers; broadband; FOIA. Alters the powers and duties of the Board of Directors (Board) of the BVU Authority (the Authority). The bill changes the operation of the Board by altering certain requirements regarding bylaws, eliminating the Board's authority to appoint an attorney, requiring an annual vote to retain independent legal counsel, and barring Board members from receiving financial compensation for service. The bill alters the authority of the Board president by eliminating his power to enter long-term employment contracts with Authority employees. It also limits the president's term of service to a renewable term of three years and bars any severance agreement for the president amounting to more than one year's base salary. The bill clarifies that the Authority is prohibited from making charitable donations, contracting with or becoming a wireless service authority, or contracting with a locality to have it acquire property for the Authority by eminent domain. The bill also eliminates several Authority-related records and open meeting exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bill changes the Authority's broadband-related powers, allowing it to offer and operate broadband and cable television service only in specified areas. The Authority's first broadband priority is to be the construction of wired broadband infrastructure in unserved areas, and its power to apply for grants for broadband projects is defined in conjunction with that priority. Any broadband networks the Authority builds are to be operated on an open-access basis. Read the Bill »

Status

03/01/2016: Incorporated into Another Bill

History

DateAction
01/21/2016Committee
01/21/2016Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 16103095D
01/21/2016Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/26/2016Impact statement from DHCD (HB1325)
01/29/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #2
01/29/2016Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/10/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1325)
02/10/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 1-N)
02/12/2016Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Committee substitute printed 16105254D-H1
02/13/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105254D-H1
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1325H1
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1325H1)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Local Government
03/01/2016Incorporated by Local Government (HB1255-Pillion) (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Video

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.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

HOUSE BILL 1325 A BILL TO AMEND AND REENACT SECTION OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA AND REPEEL ONE OTHER RELATING TO THE BVU AUTHORITY, EMERGENCY. WITH. I SUBSTITUTE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED, NO. SUBSTITUTE AGREED TO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE