BVU Authority; alters Board powers and duties, change in membership, conflict of interest policy. (SB329)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)

Progress

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

Description

BVU Authority; Board powers, officers; broadband; FOIA. Reduces from nine to seven the number of directors on the Board of Directors (the Board) of the BVU Authority (the Authority) and alters the methods of their appointment and their powers and duties. The bill removes the current membership of the Board, comprising six citizens of Bristol, Virginia, two Bristol City Council members, and one member of the Board of Supervisors of Washington County, and institutes in their place a board of seven directors, comprising (i) one citizen of each of the following localities with its appointing authority: the City of Bristol, appointed by the Governor; the Town of Abingdon or the City of Bristol, appointed by the Board; Scott County, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; and Washington County, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and (ii) one member of the governing body of each of the localities of the City of Bristol, the Town of Abingdon, and Washington County, appointed by their respective governing bodies. 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 into long-term employment contracts with Authority employees. It also limits a 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 eliminates several Authority-related records and open meeting exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act. 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. The bill directs the Auditor of Public Accounts to examine the accounts of the Authority by July 1, 2016, and contains an emergency clause. Amends § 15.2-2160, § 15.2-7202, § 15.2-7203, § 15.2-7205, § 15.2-7208, § 2.2-3705.6, § 2.2-3711, § 56-265.4:4, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

03/02/2016: Passed the House

History

DateAction
01/08/2016Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/16 16103334D
01/08/2016Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/15/2016Impact statement from DHCD (SB329)
02/02/2016Committee substitute printed 16105032D-S1
02/02/2016Reported from Local Government with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Impact statement from DHCD (SB329S1)
02/04/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB329S1)
02/04/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Passed by for the day
02/08/2016Passed by for the day
02/09/2016Passed by for the day
02/10/2016Passed by for the day
02/11/2016Passed by for the day
02/12/2016Read second time
02/12/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105032D-S1
02/12/2016Reading of amendments waived
02/12/2016Amendments by Senator Carrico agreed to
02/12/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB329ES1
02/12/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Printed as engrossed 16105032D-ES1
02/16/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB329ES1)
02/17/2016Placed on Calendar
02/17/2016Read first time
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/18/2016Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/24/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/26/2016Committee substitute printed 16105833D-H1
02/26/2016Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB329H1)
02/29/2016Read second time
03/01/2016Passed by for the day
03/02/2016Read third time
03/02/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105833D-H1
03/02/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB329H1
03/02/2016Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
03/02/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2016House insisted on substitute
03/07/2016House requested conference committee
03/08/2016Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2016Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2016Senators: Carrico, Stanley, Favola
03/09/2016Conferees appointed by House
03/09/2016Delegates: Pillion, Kilgore, Mason
03/10/2016C Amended by conference committee
03/10/2016Conference substitute printed 16106297D-S2
03/10/2016Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
03/10/2016VOTE: ADOPTION EMERGENCY (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2016Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2016Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2016Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/14/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB329S2)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 8 clips in all, totaling 11 minutes.

Transcript

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



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

[Unknown]: AYES 37, AYES 0. AYES 37, NOS 0. THE NOTION AGREED TO. THE SENATOR FROM GRAYSON. USED TO BE CARRICO, MR. PRESIDENT. WE LET GRAYSON HAVE IT. MR. PRESIDENT, HAVING PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINED THE BILL, I ASK THAT WE SUPPORT THE BILL AND VOTE YES.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU. THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 329 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLS AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 38, AYES 0.


Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach): COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTIONS ON ADOPTION OF THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. OPPOSED, NO. SUBSTITUTE AGREED TO. GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA BEACH.

Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, SENATE BILL 329 IS SIMILAR TO DELEGATE O'QUINN'S HOUSE BILL WHICH PASSED AND SENATE BILL 329 CHANGES MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES OF THE BBU BOARD. I MOVE THE BILL PASS.

[Unknown]: SENATE BILL 781 MOVED TO REGULAR CALENDAR. CONTINUING WITH THE BLOCK, UNCONTESTED, SENATE BILL 183 A BILL RELATED TO CAMPUS POLICE, MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH AN AMENDMENT.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): GENTLEMAN FROM AUGUSTA, MR. LANDES.

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST I'D LIKE TO MOVE THE


Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson): SENATE SUBSTITUTE AND ASK FOR A COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR. DID YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO THAT AT ALL? I WOULD ASK THAT WE REJECT THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE. THE HOUSE BASICALLY TOOK THE LANGUAGE AND REINSERTED IT ON THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUND THAT HAD BEEN ABUSED DURING THE CONVICTIONS OF SEVERAL OF THE INDIVIDUALS, AND THAT IS ONE OF THE PIECES OF THE BILL THAT WE REALLY NEED TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. WITH THE RECOMMENDATION THAT IT BE REJENGTED, THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE SENATE CONCUR WITH THE HOUSE SUBSTITUTE. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. 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.
SHALL THE SENATE CONCUR WITH THE HOUSE SUBSTITUTE. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. 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 ONE, NOS 39. AYES ONE, NOS 39. THE SUBSTITUTE IS REJECTED. SENATE BILL 329, THE HOUSE HAS INSISTED ON ITS SUBSTITUTE AND REQUESTED A COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE. THE SENATOR FROM GRAYSON COUNTY, SENATOR CARRICO.

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I WOULD ASK THAT WE ACCEDE TO THE HOUSE'S REQUEST FOR A COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE SENATE ACCEDE TO THE REQUEST FOR A COMMITTEE OF ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO.