Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board and Fund; established, report. (HB834)

Introduced By

Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) with support from co-patron Del. Luke Torian (D-Woodbridge)

Progress

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

Description

Virginia Growth and Opportunity Act; report. Establishes the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board to administer grants from the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund for regional economic and workforce development projects. The bill provides that regional councils will be established across the Commonwealth, consisting of representatives of government and the business and education communities, and councils may submit applications for collaborative projects in their region that enhance private-sector growth, competitiveness, and workforce development. A portion of the grant funds will be awarded on a population basis and a portion on a competitive basis. Amends § 2.2-2101, § 2.2-3711, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

04/20/2016: Passed the General Assembly

History

DateAction
01/12/2016Committee
01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102688D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/15/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources
01/15/2016Assigned App. sub: Subcommittee Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources
01/15/2016Assigned App. sub:
02/02/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB834)
02/03/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/03/2016Reported from Appropriations with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Committee substitute printed 16105060D-H1
02/05/2016Read first time
02/08/2016Read second time
02/08/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105060D-H1
02/08/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB834H1
02/09/2016Read third time and passed House (93-Y 7-N)
02/09/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2016Referred to Committee on Finance
02/11/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB834H1)
03/02/2016Reported from Finance with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Committee substitute printed 16106000D-S1
03/02/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB834S1)
03/03/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Read third time
03/03/2016Reading of substitute waived
03/03/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16106000D-S1
03/03/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB834S1
03/03/2016Passed Senate with substitute (35-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Placed on Calendar
03/07/2016Senate substitute agreed to by House 16106000D-S1 (86-Y 8-N)
03/07/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (86-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Enrolled
03/08/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB834ER)
03/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB834ER)
03/08/2016Signed by Speaker
03/10/2016Signed by President
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/11/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/10/2016Governor's recommendation received by House
04/10/2016Governor's substitute printed 16106494D-H2
04/20/2016Placed on Calendar
04/20/2016Floor substitute printed 16106506D-H3 (Cox)
04/20/2016Motion that Governor recommendation is not specific and severable agreed to (99-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016VOTE: Not specific & severable (99-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016Constitutional readings dispensed (99-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016VOTE: AGREE TO (99-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016Substitute by Delegate Cox agreed to 16106506D-H3
04/20/2016Reengrossed by House - floor substitute HB834H3
04/20/2016Passed House (90-Y 10-N)
04/20/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (90-Y 10-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)
04/20/2016Reconsideration of Const. Reading Dispensed agreed to (38-Y 1-N)
04/20/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N)
04/20/2016Passed Senate (34-Y 5-N)
04/20/2016Reenrolled
04/20/2016Reenrolled bill text (HB834ER2)
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, 6 clips in all, totaling 12 minutes.

Transcript

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

180. MR. PRESIDENT. President: THE SENATOR FROM FRANKLIN. CAN I HAVE MY DESK MOVED, FIRST? SECOND, CAN THE HOUSE BILL 180 GO BY FOR THE DAY?

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): President: WITHOUT OBJECTION, HOUSE BILL 180 WILL GO BY FOR THE DAY. MOVING TO PAGE 40 OF THE CALENDAR, HOUSE BILL 834. THE SENATOR FROM JAMES CITY COUNTY, SENATOR NORMENT.

[Unknown]: SPEAKING TO THE BILL AND I WOULD MOVE THAT IT PASS, FIRST OF ALL, SIR. HOUSE BILL 834 IS THE GO VIRGINIA BILL AND WHAT THIS BILL REPRESENTS FROM THE HOUSE BILL THAT HAS BEEN CONFORMED TO THE SENATE BILL IS WHERE WE'RE SETTING UP THOSE REGIONAL BOARDS TO ACCEPT GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WHICH WOULD THEN BE REFERRED TO A STATE-WIDE BOARD. IN THE HOUSE BILL, WHICH I SAID HAS NOW BEEN CONFORMED WITH THE SENATE BILL, THAT WE HAVE INCREASED THE MEMBERSHIP ON THE STATE-WIDE BOARD TO 22, AND THAT MADE SOME OTHER CHANGES WHICH I THINK ARE VERY APPROPRIATE, INCLUDING HAVING AN ANNUAL REVIEW BY AUDIT OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS HAS BEEN A PROVISION THAT IS NOW ALLOWING FOR THE STATE AND THE LOCAL BOARDS TO TO REEIGHT OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS TO ADVISE THEM OF THE APPROPRIATE EVALUATION OF ANY APPLICATION. I WOULD ASK THAT THE BILL PASS. SPEAKING TO THE BILL, MR. PRESIDENT? President: THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. I INTEND TO VOTE FOR THE BILL BUT I CAST THE VOTE IN THE HOPES OF KEEPING THIS PROCESS ALIVE, IT HAS BEEN MADE APPARENT TO ME BY HIS EX-LESS THAN SUNNY THAT HE TAKES THE VIEW THAT WE ARE TAKING AN EXECUTIVE FUNCTION OUT OF HIS BAILIWICK, WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY SUBJECT THIS BILL TO A VETO. I THINK THE CONCEPT IS GOOD. I HOPE THE LAW IS PASSED AND CAN FIND SOME WAY TO ACCOMMODATE THE GOVERNOR'S WISHES IN THIS REGARD. SO WHILE I CAST THAT VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE BILL, ANY NUMBER OF US ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE MAY CHANGE OUR VOTES TO SUSTAINING A VETO SHOULD WE BE UNABLE TO
OUT. THIS BILL IS WHERE THE GENTLEMAN IS THINKING ABOUT THAT BUREAUCRACY. GREAT. THANK YOU.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): SHALL THE SENATE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYE, 86, NO, EIGHT. HOUSE BILL 842, A BILL TO AMEND AND REENACT SECTION OF THE CODE OF VIRGINIA RELATING TO TEACHER PREPARATION AND LICENSURE, DYSLEXIA AND OTHER LEARNING DISABILITIES.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): GENTLEMAN FROM ROCKRIDGE, MR. CLINE.

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE BILL 842 DISTRICTS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO INCLUDE IN TRAINING FOR TEACHERS


Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights): OF APPROPRIATIONS, THREE GOVERNORS CABINET SECRETARIES AND THREE MEMBERS OF SENATE RULES. ALSO, THERE WERE CITIZEN MEMBERS WHICH WERE SUPPOSED TO BE -- BUSINESS PEOPLE. FOUR HOUSE, FOUR SENATE AND BASICALLY FOUR GOVERNORS. THE GOVERNOR OBJECTED TO THAT. HE FELT IT -- HAD AN ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OPINION HE FELT ON THESE EXECUTIVE TYPE BOARDS, THE EXECUTIVE MAJORITY, WE HAD A CANDID DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT, I DIDN'T AGREE, BUT I THINK WE HAVE A FAIRLY GOOD COMPROMISE IN FRONT OF US. THIS IS WHAT IT WILL DO. IT WOULD CHANGE THE STATE BOARD CONFIGURATION TO THE SAME FOUR HOUSE, THREE GOVERNOR SECRETARIES, THREE SENATE RULES, THEN THERE WOULD BE TWO CITIZEN APPOINTMENTS FOR THE SPEAKER, TWO FOR SENATE RULES, AND TWO FOR THE GOVERNOR. THE BIG CHANGE IS THE EIGHTH ADDITIONAL CITIZEN APPOINTMENTS WOULD BE THE GOVERNOR'S, WITH A LIST PROVIDED BY THE SPEAKER AND SENATE RULES, HE'S SUPPOSED TO CONSULT WITH AND THEN WE CONFIRM. WE'VE ALREADY NEGOTIATED SOME OF THE NAMES AND IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS. THAT'S WHAT THE FIRST ONE DOES. THE SECOND ONE IS BASICALLY ONE THAT DEALS WITH A PORTION IN THE BILL THAT YOU'LL FIND AROUND LINE 138, AND THAT IS A REQUIREMENT THAT MAJORITIES OF THE HOUSE MEMBERS, ESTIMATE MEMBERS AND CABINET MEMBERS AND THE BOARD EACH HAVE APPROVAL OF ANY GRANT AWARDS. THEY HAVE SORT OF A VETO. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FELT THAT THAT WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND ONCE AGAIN I REALLY DON'T AGREE WITH THAT, BUT THE COMPROMISE ACTUALLY WAS SORT OF GIVEN TO US IN A LETTER BY A LOT OF HAVE A RECALL BUSINESS FOLKS WHO SAID WHY DON'T YOU PUT THAT OFF TILL NEXT YEAR, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. SO THE WAY WE DID THAT, IS THE FIFTH ENACT CLAUSEMENT CLAUSE, IF YOU GO TO THE END OF THE BILL. IT FOCUSES ON THE GRANT PROCESS. YOU HAVE THREE GRANTS. THE FIRST GRANT IS THE PLANNING GRANT. IT'S THE ONE THAT YOU DROP YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN, ET CETERA. THAT ONE IS NOT AFFECTED. THAT'S FOR SURE MONEY. THAT ONE WOULD BASICALLY GO 40 FORT. HOWEVER, SECTIONS B2 AND B3, THOSE ARE THE BIG GRANTS, THE COMPETITIVE GRANTS YOU CAN GET FROM A REGION, YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET A GRANT THAT'S A COMPETITIVE GRANT THAT GOES BETWEEN REGIONS AND ONE WITHIN THE REGION. THE LANGUAGE SAYS IS, THOSE GRANTS CANNOT GO FORWARD UNTIL THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THE SUBSEQUENT LEGISLATION. WE CAN COME BACK, TRY TO WORK THAT OUT NEXT YEAR. A LONG EXPLANATION, BUT GETTING BACK TO THE ORIGINAL PLAN, I THINK THE -- IT'S A GOOD BILL. WE'VE WORKED HARD ON IT. IT'S REALLY GOING TO ADVANCE OF BALL OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. THAT'S WHAT THE SUBSTITUTE DOES. AND MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD HOPE WE WANT -- WOULD ADOPT THAT.

[Unknown]: WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A QUESTION?

Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights): THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

[Unknown]: THERE ARE A LOT OF STAKEHOLDERS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THIS BILL, AND THE OTHER CHAMBER HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THIS BILL, THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE. I'M ASSUMING THEN EVERYBODY AGREES TO THE LANGUAGE OF THIS BILL THAT'S WORKED ON IT. HE IS CORRECT. IS THAT CORRECT? WE'VE HAD NUMEROUS MEETINGS, ANH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, WITH THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE, AND EVERYONE AGREES IN THAT GROUP WITH THIS CONCEPT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SPEAKING TO ABOUT THE BILL?

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): Speaker: THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE FLOOR.

[Unknown]: MR. SPEAKER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, THERE'S A LOT OF WORK THAT'S GONE ON IN THIS BILL. IT STARTED A LONG TIME AGO. AND IT WORKED ITS WAY THROUGH THIS PROCESS, THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE WITH GOOD MINDS, SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE THAN ANYBODY ELSE IN THIS CHAMBER. AND, YOU KNOW, AT THE END, IT GOT HUNG UP ON A CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE. BUT PEOPLE WORKED IT THROUGH, AND THAT'S WHEN WE DO OUR BEST WORK. THIS IS A REALLY GOOD BILL AND I HOPE IT WILL BE THE PLEASURE OF THE BODY TO ACCEPT THE SUBSTITUTE AND VOTE FOR THE SUBSTITUTE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): Speaker: THE CLERK HAS REMINDED ME THAT WE HAVE NOT ACCEPTED THE SUBSTITUTE YET. SHALL THE SUBSTITUTE BE AGREED TO? AS MANY AS FAVOR THAT MOTION WILL SAY AYE; THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE SUBSTITUTE IS AGREED TO. SHALL THE BILL PASS? [ BELL ] Speaker: THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: Clerk: AYES, 90, NOS 10.


Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): DO ANY DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTES. THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE ADOPT THE VOTE THAT IS REFLECTED ON THE BOARD WHICH WOULD BE 38-1 WHICH IS PERPLEXING BUT I ASK WE ADOPT THE VOTE. I AGREE SENATOR.