Research & development in the Commonwealth; Va. Research Investment Fund & Committee, created, etc. (HB1343)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) with support from co-patrons Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls), and Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)

Progress

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

Description

Commonwealth Competiveness Board. Establishes the Commonwealth Competitiveness Board to administer the Commonwealth Competitiveness Fund, which will be used to award grants for bioscience, biotechnology, commercialization of research, cybersecurity, genomics, other technological or scientific projects, regional economic development projects, and such other projects and programs specified in the general appropriation act. The Board is required to develop criteria for awarding grants, including the potential for the project or program to (i) culminate in the commercialization of research; (ii) culminate in the formation or spin-off of viable bioscience, biotechnology, cybersecurity, genomics, or similar companies; (iii) promote the build-out of centers of excellence in science or technology; (iv) promote research and development; (v) provide modern facilities or infrastructure for research and development; (vi) result in significant capital investment and job creation; (vii) foster regional economic development or diversification; or (viii) address workforce shortages in high-demand fields. In awarding grants, preference will be given to projects and programs for which matching funds are allocated by businesses or local government entities. Decisions of the Board will be final and not subject to review or appeal. Amends § 2.2-2101, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

04/20/2016: Passed the General Assembly

History

DateAction
01/21/2016Committee
01/21/2016Presented and ordered printed 16103659D
01/21/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/2016Assigned to sub: Higher Education
01/26/2016Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
02/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1343)
02/10/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/12/2016Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Committee substitute printed 16105185D-H1
02/13/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105185D-H1
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1343H1
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House (91-Y 7-N)
02/16/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (91-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Finance
02/29/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1343H1)
03/07/2016Reported from Finance with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2016Committee substitute printed 16106193D-S1
03/08/2016Read second time
03/08/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Reading of substitute waived
03/08/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16106193D-S1
03/08/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1343S1
03/08/2016Passed Senate with substitute (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2016Placed on Calendar
03/09/2016Senate substitute rejected by House 16106193D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
03/09/2016VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2016Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2016Senate requested conference committee
03/10/2016Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2016Delegates: Jones, Cox, Torian
03/10/2016Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2016Senators: Norment, Howell, Hanger
03/11/2016C Amended by conference committee
03/11/2016Conference substitute printed 16106276D-H2
03/11/2016Conference report agreed to by House (84-Y 9-N)
03/11/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (84-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2016Conference report agreed to by Senate (35-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/25/2016Enrolled
03/25/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1343ER)
03/25/2016Signed by Speaker
03/28/2016Signed by President
03/28/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/28/16
03/28/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/05/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1343ER)
04/10/2016Governor's recommendation received by House
04/20/2016Placed on Calendar
04/20/2016Motion that Governor recommendation is not specific and severable agreed to (96-Y 1-N)
04/20/2016VOTE: Not specific & severable (96-Y 1-N)
04/20/2016Constitutional readings dispensed (98-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016VOTE: AGREE TO (98-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016Amendments by Delegate Jones agreed to
04/20/2016Reengrossed by House as amended HB1343E2
04/20/2016Printed as reengrossed 16106276D-E2
04/20/2016Passed House (89-Y 9-N)
04/20/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (89-Y 9-N)
04/20/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
04/20/2016Referred to Committee on Finance
04/20/2016Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016Read second time
04/20/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016Passed Senate (37-Y 2-N)
04/20/2016Reenrolled
04/20/2016Reenrolled bill text (HB1343ER2)
04/20/2016Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/20/2016Signed by President as reenrolled
04/20/2016Communicated to Governor

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 12 clips in all, totaling 20 minutes.

Transcript

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

CREATION OF THE COMMON WEALTH COMPETITIVENESS BOARD, ALLEGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ON APPROPRIATIONS WITH A SUBSTITUTE. MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE. QUESTIONS ON ADOPTION SUBSTITUTE. SUBSTITUTE BEFORE YOU CREATES A COUNCIL THAT WILL BE UNDER THE GO VIRGINIA UMBRELLA THAT WILL RECEIVE DOLLARS THAT WILL BE APPROPRIATED INTO THE FUND IN THE INTRODUCED BUDGET THERE IS $40 MILLION THAT WHAT YOU WILL HAVE IS A ENTITY THAT WILL BE OUT THERE, AND WHETHER IT'S VVRC, CIT, ETC. AND THEN, THAT BODY WOULD REVIEW THE PROPOSAL AND THEN, ONCE THOSE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED WOULD BE RANKED. AND THOSE WOULD GO TO REACH EIGHT LIKE OUR CAT 6 PROJECTS AND SIX-YEAR PLAN FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING. ONCE RANKED THEN, WHAT OCCURS THEY'LL GO BACK TO THE GO VIRGINIA BOARD FOR APPROVAL. I'LL BE GLAD TO ANSWER QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS ITEM. I ASK WE ENGROSS THE BILL AND PASS IT TO THIRD READING.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): GENTLEMAN FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE, MR. TOSCANO.

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville): WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

[Unknown]: YES. I KNOW EVERYBODY PAID $5 ON THE LIST AND DON'T LOSE THEIR SHIRT PUTTING UP MONEY FOR THE PIZZA. I WANT TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOARDS AND HOW THEY WORK. IT APPEARS --

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville): MR. SPEAKER, CAN I GET MEMBERS IN THE BACK TO BE QUIET OR GO INTO THE LOUNGE? I CANNOT HEAR.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): YES, HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER, PLEASE.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE GENTLEMAN ABOUT THE BOARDS AND HOW THEY WORK. THIS APPEARS TO BE AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH BOARD AND YET, VERY FEW MEMBERS OF THE BOARD ARE ACTUALLY APPOINTED BY THE EXECUTIVE. CAN THE GENTLEMAN EXPLAIN THAT IS THE CASE? . I BELIEVE THAT IS A GO VIRGINIA LEGISLATION HE IS TALKING ABOUT. THIS BILL DEALS WITH THE COMMERCIALIZATION THAT SETS UP SHEV THAT WOULD BE THE RECEIVING AGENCY. IF YOU LOOK AT THE BUDGET NOW, THE GOVERNOR HAD IT PROPOSED WOULD SAY ANY BIO SCIENCE PROPOSAL RECEIVED BIT COMMONWEALTH. AND ANY PROPOSAL RECEIVED AND FAVORABLE EVALUATION FROM. THERE IS NO STRUCTURE PUT IN PLACE OTHER THAN THE RECEIPT OF DOLLARS, THEN GOING TO DBHRC. MIGHT GO TO CIT, IEIS, AND ETC. THANK YOU. AND THERE WASN'T A STRUCTURE IN PLACE NECESSARILY. SO WITH GO VIRGINIA MISSION PASSED A COUPLE DAYS AGO, FRIDAY, WE FELT IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO HAVE UNDERNEATH THAT STRUCTURE THIS COUNSEL, OR BOARD, I SHOULD SAY, THAT WOULD GIVE STRUCTURE TO THE PROCESS INVOLVED IN ALOE INDICATING DOLLARS FROM THE GENERAL FUND. MR. SPEAKER, WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A QUESTION? WELL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? YES. YES, AND I WOULD PREFACE THIS, I KNOW A LOT OF THE STUFF GOES ON ON THE NINTH FLOOR BUT IT IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR THIS BODY AND HOW WE'RE GOING TO GO FORWARD WITH RESEARCH DOLLARS THAT ARE GOING TO GO INTO THIS POT. I ASK THE GENTLEMAN, IN THE BILL IT REFERS TO VIRGINIA GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT AND CREATION OF A BOARD THAT SAYS IT HAS 21 MEMBERS AND WILL BEINGS LIKE WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. OUT OF 21 MEMBERS THERE ARE NOT MANY APPOINTED BY THE BRANCH. I UNDERSTAND THE GO VIRGINIA STRUCTURE. ISN'T THIS SIMILAR? WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE BEING APPOINTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OR OUTSIDE OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. IS HE REFERRING TO PAGE FOUR? LINES 91 THROUGH 106? I'D SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN IN APPRECIATION OF THE BOARD. I WOULD SAY THERE ARE 21 MEMBERS, SEVEN LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS AND 11 NONLEGISLATIVE AND FOUR MEMBERS FROM THE HOUSE, MEMBERS. ONE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. SENATE WOULD HAVE THREE MEMBERS AND TWO MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AND I THINK BY THE COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A QUESTION? BE GLAD TO. MR. SPEAKER, I SAY HE AND I HAVE DISCUSSED THE ISSUE OF INCENTIVES AND HOW YOU MEASURE SUCCESS IN ANYTHING YOU PUT TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE PUT TOGETHER. I ASK WHAT ARRANGEMENTS ARE SET FORTH IN THIS LEGISLATION TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MONEYS THAT THE TAXPAYERS ARE PUTTING UP HERE ARE GOING TO BE PROPERLY INVESTED WITH THE GREATEST RETURN ON INVESTMENT? MR. SPEAKER, I SAY THAT IS AN EXCELLENT QUESTION. I BELIEVE THE STRUCTURE IS ABLE TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS IN VIRGINIA AND THEY'D FIND THE APPROPRIATE ENTITIES FOR THEM TO VET THOSE PROPOSALS AND ONCE VETTED, THEN, HE GOES TO A REACH EIGHT. AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A PROCESS THAT HAD THE CAPITOL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN WE'VE STARTED IN 2008. AND WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL A CAP SIX. I BELIEVE BTB IS ON THEM. AND SIMILAR STRUCTURE HERE. THEY WANT US TO REACH EIGHT IS DONE THEY'LL RANK THOSE PROJECTS THEY'LL HAVE BEEN VETTED AND REVIEWED BY. FOLKS, THAT IS MY LAST PREPIZZA QUESTION IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. I DO, YES SIR. IN LIGHT OF THAT STRUCTURE AND YOU UNDERSTAND HOW IT WOULD GO THROUGH STAGES AND YOU MAKE A DECISION WHETHER IT MAKES SENSE. THIS IS DIFFERENT. I'D LIKE THE GENTLEMAN TO BE ABLE TO COMMENT ON A CERTAIN I HEAR FROM RESEARCH INSTITUTION THAT'S WANT TO GET THEIR PRODUCT TO MARKET FAST. CAN THE GENTLEMAN ASSURE ME WITH THE THREE LAYERS OF REVIEW, SOMEONE LIKE AT VCU HEALTH SYSTEM HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECRUIT A STAR IN THE BIO SCIENCE AREA WOULD BE ABLE OWE DO IT FAST ENOUGH GIVEN WHAT YOU SAY RIGHT HERE? THE PRESIDENT I'VE TALKED TO, AND I TALKED TO ALL FIVE, I THINK THEY'RE BRINGING MORE ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE PROCESS. AND SO YOU HAVE TO COMPETE WITHIN YOUR AREA. AND THE BEST PROJECTS THAT GET FUNDED.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): GENTLEMAN FROM PRINCE

[Unknown]: MR. SPEAKER? WILLIAM, MR. MARSHAL. YES. MAY THIS BE PLACED ON REGULAR CALENDAR AFTER ENGROSSMENT?
REENACT SEVERAL SECTIONS OF TO THE CREATION OF A VIRGINIA THE CODE OF VIRGINIA RELATING GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY BOARD, AWARDING OF GRANTS FOR CERTAIN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, TECHNOLOGY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. SHALL THE BILL PASS? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. AYES 91, NOS SEVEN. AYES 91, NOS SEVEN, THE BILL IS PASSED.
I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL SAY AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE SUBSTITUTE IS AGREED TO. THE SENATOR FROM AUGUSTA. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS AND WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THAT. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. THANK YOU N PRESIDENT. THIS BILL, WITH THE SUBSTITUTE THAT WE ADOPTED, SETS UP THE VIRGINIA RESEARCH ALLIANCE FUND. THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT FOR THIS BILL WAS THAT THERE WOULD BE A RESEARCH FUND THAT WOULD BE PARTIALLY ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE NEW GO VIRGINIA BOARD. THE CONSENSE THAT WAS ADOPTED IN THE -- CONCEPT THAT WAS ADOPTED IN THE SUBSTITUTE ADOPTS THE LANGUAGE THAT THE SENATE HAS PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED IN OUR BUDGET AS WE PASSED, SO THIS WOULD BE PUTTING A STATUTE IN THIS BILL, THE LANGUAGE THAT WE ADOPTED IN OUR BUDGET WHICH CREATES A MECHANISM FOR A MORE SPECIALIZED WAY TO HANDLE -- OR MORE SPED IT DIDDED GRO SES FOR -- EXPEDITED PROCESS FOR HANDLING APPLICATIONS IN THIS PARTICULAR FUND. THE GATEKEEPER FOR THAT FUND WOULD BE CHEV AND THERE'S AN ADVISORY COUNCIL, COMMITTEE SET UP TO VET THESE PARTICULAR APPLICATIONS. THE FUND IS CREATED, THE OLYMPIANS THEN ARE ADMINISTERED -- MONIES THEN ARE ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE VRS AND IT IS FELT BY THE SENATE THAT THIS CREATES A BETTER MECHANISM FOR HANDLING THESE RESEARCH DOLLARS. SO I MOVE THE BILL PASS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 1343 ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE


Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk): ACTIONS BUT THERE IS A TECHNICAL AMENDMENT NECESSARY SO WE WILL NEED TO REJECT THE SENATE AMENDMENTS AND PUT THIS IN CONFERENCE SO WE CAN GET THAT TECHNICAL ISSUE IRONED OUT.

[Unknown]: SHALL THE SENATE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. AYES ZERO, NOS 99. AYES ZERO, NOS 99, THE SENATE SUBSTITUTE IS REJECTED


Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk): IT WAS A TECHNICAL AMENDMENT THAT WAS NEEDED BASED ON THE RS'S CONCERNS ABOUT ANY MONIES THAT WOULD BE RECEIVED INTO THE FUND THAT THEY WOULD BE MANAGING, SO THE SUBSTITUTE IS MERELY TECHNICAL, SUBTRACTING AND DELETING SOME LANGUAGE THAT VRS SAID WAS UNNECESSARY. I WOULD ASK WE ACCEPT THE CONFERENCE REPORT.

[Unknown]: SHALL THE CONFERENCE REPORT BE ADOPTED? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.


Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk): THAT HAS BEEN SUBSTITUTED WITH THE SECRETARY OF TECHNOLOGY. AND I WOULD ASK THAT WE WOULD APPROVE THE AMENDMENTS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): Speaker: WE DID ALL THAT SO YOU COULD -- SHALL THE FLOOR AMENDMENTS BE ADOPTED? AS MANY AS FAVOR THAT MOTION WILL SAY AYE; THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE FLOOR AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SUFFOLK MARK JONES.

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk): MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD MOVE PASSAGE OF THE BILL.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): Speaker: SHALL THE BILL PASS? [ BELL ] Speaker: THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.


[Unknown]: VIRGINIA COLLABORATIVE REDEVELOPMENT ACT. SENATOR FROM JAMES CITY, SENATOR NORMENT.

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK THE RULES OF THE SENATE BE SUSPENDED AND THE THIRD CONSTITUTIONAL READING OF THE TITLE BE DISPENSED OF.

[Unknown]: THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE RULES BE SUSPENDED AND THE THIRD CONSTITUTIONAL READING OF THE TITLE BE DISPENSED OF. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTES? THE CLERK WILL CHANGE THE ROLL.

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg): AYES 39, NOS 0.

[Unknown]: THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE SENATOR FROM JAMES CITY COUNTY. I WOULD MOVE THE BILL PASS AND I GUESS ANOTHER SENATOR PROBABLY SHOULD SPEAK TO IT BUT THIS WAS A COMPANION BILL TO SENATOR RUFF'S BILL WHICH IS THE SECOND PART AND I ASK THAT THE BILL PASS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 34, AYES 5. HOUSE BILL 3903 AN ACT RELATED TO RESEARCH AND