Virginia Growth and Opportunity Act; report. (SB449)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)

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

03/11/2016: Passed the General Assembly

History

DateAction
01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16
01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102375D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Finance
02/02/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB449)
02/09/2016Reported from Finance with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2016Committee substitute printed 16105302D-S1
02/10/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Passed by for the day
02/12/2016Read second time
02/12/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/12/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105302D-S1
02/12/2016Reading of amendment waived
02/12/2016Amendment by Senator Norment agreed to
02/12/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB449ES1
02/12/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Passed Senate (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Printed as engrossed 16105302D-ES1
02/17/2016Placed on Calendar
02/17/2016Read first time
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB449ES1)
03/07/2016Reported from Appropriations with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2016Committee substitute printed 16106089D-H1
03/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB449H1)
03/09/2016Read second time
03/10/2016Read third time
03/10/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16106089D-H1
03/10/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB449H1
03/10/2016Passed House with substitute (90-Y 7-N)
03/10/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (90-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2016House substitute agreed to by Senate (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2016Title replaced 16106089D-H1
03/11/2016Enrolled
03/11/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB449ER)
03/11/2016Signed by President
03/11/2016Signed by Speaker
03/16/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/16/16
03/16/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016

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 21 minutes.

Transcript

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

RULE 36, 1. AYES 37, NOS 1. RULE 36, 1. THE BILL PASSES. MOVING FORWARD TO PAGE 10. SENATE BILL 449. THE SENATOR FROM JANE CITY COUNTY, SENATOR NORMENT.

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg): THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I WOULD MOVE THAT SENATE BILL 449 PASS. THIS IS WHAT IS AFFECTIONATELY REFERRED TO AS THE GO VIRGINIA LEGISLATION THAT IS EN-- HAS ENJOYED A BROAD BASE OF SUPPORT AS A TRAN FORMATIONAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION TRYING TO CREATE A VERTICAL INTEGRATION ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ALONG WITH HIGHER EDUCATION AND CONSISTS OF TWO BOARDS STATEWIDE BOARD OF 21 MEMBERS. THERE WILL BE 8-10 REGIONAL BOARDS CREATED. THE REGIONAL BOARDS WILL APPLY FOR GRANT FOR STARTUP INITIATIVES. THE GRANT APPLICATIONS WILL BE MADE TO THE STATEWIDE BOARD WHICH WILL THEN DETERMINE BASED UPON OBJECTIVE CRITERIA WHETHER OR NOT TO AWARD THE GRANTS THAT WILL HAVE A SUNSET CLAUSE ON THEM ONLY BECAUSE THEY ARE STARTUP INITIATIVE DOLLARS. IT ENJOYS AN INCREDIBLE BIPARTISAN AND BROAD BASE OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR SUPPORT ON THIS. WITH THAT I WOULD MOVE ITS PASSAGE.

[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY, SENATOR PETERSEN.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): THE SENATOR YIELD FOR A QUESTION?

[Unknown]: I WOULD YIELD.

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax): HE YIELDS, SENATOR.

[Unknown]: I ASK IS THERE MONEY ALI KATEED FOR THIS IN THE BIANNUAL BUDGET OR WILL THERE BE MONEY ALLOCATED? THE SENATOR JAMES CITY COUNTY. THE GOVERNOR HAS PUT MONEY IN THE FIRST AND SECOND YEAR OF THE BUDGET TO FUND THIS INISH FIVE. FURTHER QUESTION, MR. PRESIDENT,. O WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION? I WOULD, SIR. HE YIELDS,. ARE THESE SUCH AS FOR THE GOVERNOR'S OPPORTUNITY FUND OR THE VEDP OR OTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES THAT WE HAVE CURRENTLY? THE SENATOR FROM JAMES CITY COUNTY. MR. PRESIDENT, I WOULD RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT THE GOVERNOR'S OPPORTUNITY FUND WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE AS IT HAS WITH THE EXECUTIVE DISCRETION EXERCISED CONSISTENT WITH THE STATUTORY LANGUAGE. THE VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP WILL CONTINUE ITSINITIATIVES. THIS IS A FREE STANDING PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS CREATED THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR HOW IT WILL FUNCTION AND OPERATE AND THE MONEYS THAT ARE APPROPRIATED IN THE BUDGET ARE DIRECTED TOWARDS GO VIRGINIA. FURTHER QUESTION, MR. PRESIDENT,. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION. YES, SIR. HE YIELDS, SENATOR. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN JUST FROM READING THE SUMMARY THERE ARE 22 MEMBERS OF THE BOARD THAT WILL ALLOCATE THE MONEY OF WHICH 11 ARE NONLEGISLATIVE MEMBERS? I WOULD ENCOURAGE HIM TO READ IT AGAIN. ONLY 21 MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. MEMBERS THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES, MEMBERS OF THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA, THE GOVERNOR APPOINTMENT AND SECRETARY OF COMMERCE AND TRADE AND SECRETARY OF FINANCE AND BOTH THE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HOUSE OF -- THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AND THE SENATE AND THE GUBERNATORIAL APPOINTMENTS ENJOY IN ESSENCE A VETO PROVISION MEANING THAT THERE JUST BE A MAJORITY VOTE WITHIN EACH OF THE THREE SUBSETS FOR ANY PROJECT TO BE APPROVED. FURTHER QUESTION, MR. PRESIDENT,. YIELD FOR AN ADDITIONAL YES? YES, MR. PRESIDENT,. HE YIELDS, SENATOR. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN IN THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE IF I LOOK AT 2.2-2485 B IT SAYS THE BOARD SHALL HAVE A MEMBER HIGH PRESSURE OF 22 MEMBERS. 8 LEGISLATIVE AND 11 NONLEGISLATIVE CITIZEN AND THREE EX OFFICIO MEMBERS. MY QUESTION WOULD BE IS THAT AN INACCURATE SUMMARY. PERHAPS I MISSPOKE. I THOUGHT WE WERE AT 21. 21, 22, MATTERS NOT TO ME.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN FROM FAIRFAX CITY.

[Unknown]: THE MAJORITY OR AT LEAST HALF NONLEGISLATIVE MEMBERS ESSENTIALLY CITIZEN MEMBERS? THE SENATOR FROM JAMES CITY COUNTY. AS I RECALL FOUR MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE OF DEATHS AND ME FROM THE SENATE AND SEVEN FROM THE GOVERNOR AND SECONDARY OF COMMERCE AND TRADE ARE EX OFFICIO MEMBERS SO YOU DO THE MATH. THE SENATOR FROM FAIRFAX CITY. THE FUNDS APPROPRIATED BY THIS COMMISSION,. IS THIS A QUESTION? IT AS QUESTION, MR. CHAIR. DO YOU YIELD FOR A QUESTION? HE YIELDS, NO ARE. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I WOULD ARE THE FUNDS APPROPRIATED DOES THAT HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR APPROVAL OR DO THEY HAVE DISCRETION TO SPEND MONEY ON THEIR OWN VOLITION. IT IS MADE AT THE TIME THAT THE BUDGET IS PRESENTED BEFORE THE SENATE OF VIRGINIA AND INDEPENDENTLY BEFORE THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AND THE ULTIMATELY IN THE BUDGET CONFERENCE ON THAT. THAT WILL BE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO SPEAK. ONCE THE PROCESS IS -- ONCE THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE PROTOCOL ARE ESTABLISHED AS I HAVE APPLICATIONS WILL BE MADE TO THE REGIONAL BOARDS, THOSE REGIONAL BOARDS WILL SCREEN THE APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS IF IN FACT THE REGIONAL BOARD BASED UPON OBJECTIVE CRITERIA THAT WILL BE ESTABLISHED THINKS THAT THAT IS A WORTH WHILE CRITERIA THEN THEY WILL RECOMMEND IT TO THE FULL STATEWIDE BOARD WHICH WILL THEN DO ITS EVALUATION AND SCORING BASED UPON OBJECTIVE CRITERIA AND DETERMINEY OR NOT THE GRANT SHOULD BE AWARDED AND THE GRANTS GOING TO BE AWARDED ON A NUMBER OF OBJECTIVE FACTORS BUT THERE ARE ALSO TWO OTHER FACTORS THAT WILL BE SEGUI A D. GEOGRAPHICAL BECAUSE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. MR. PRESIDENT, MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, I MUST SAY THAT WHEN I FIRST SAW THE POTENTIAL OF GO VIRGINIA AND NOW WHAT WE SEE IN THIS BILL, IT -- IT WAS STUNNING THAT WE HAVE FINALLY MOVE INSIDE AN AREA AND ESPECIALLY AN AREA OF ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION FOR WHAT IS OTHERWISE CONSIDERED A STAGNANT ECONOMY IN VIRGINIA. COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS NOT FROM THE TOP DOWN, BUT FROM THE BOTTOM UP AND CREATING REGIONAL COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS BETWEEN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES, FREE ENTERPRISE TO MAKE OUR ECONOMY GROW BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY, MR. PRESIDENT, I HAVE SEEN BECAUSE REMEMBER AS I HAVE SAID TO IN BODY BEFORE WE BUILT VIRGINIA WITH TEXTILE, MANUFACTURING, TOBACCO AND COAL AND WENT FROM 1 ABOUTERS OR 2% JUDGE EMPLOYMENT TO -- UNEMPLOYMENT TO 15% AND WITHOUT THIS INFRASTRUCTURE AND FRAME WORK BY WHICH WE CAN NOW INNOVATE IN OUR OWN ECONOMIES WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING IS THAT OUR ECONOMY IS REGIONAL IN THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE SAME CLIMATE IN NORFOLK AND VIRGINIA BEACH. RIGHT NOW, MY FRIEND THE SENATOR FROM GRAYSON AND MYSELF WE WATCHED GOAL GOING AWAY AND SEE ALL OF OUR MANUFACTURING JOBS GOING OVERSEAS. WE NEED NOT ONLY ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES BUT THE FRAME WORK TO MAKE THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES WORK BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. SOME OF THOSE THAT GO VIRGINIA TOUTS ARE INNOVATION. INNOVATION. LETTING THE INGENUITY OF LETTING THE CITIZEN OF VIRGINIA INNOVATE AND SUPPORT THAT INNOVATION. EDUCATION. MAKING SURE WE ARE NOT LOOKTH AT PRE-K THROUGH 12 BUT PRE-K ALL THE WAY TO COLLEGE, SECONDARY, CERT CAL CAT PROGRAMS AND INTEGRATING THAT INTO THE LOCAL REGIONAL ECONOMY THROUGH THE COLLABORATIVE EFFORT AND FINALLY INFRASTRUCTURE. MR. PRESIDENT, YOU NEY HAVE HEARD ME STATE BEFORE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE WE MAINTAIN AND GROW THE COMMONWEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE AND THAT INCLUDES AND IS NOT LIMITED TO INTERSTATE 73. THIS WOULD BE ONE OF THOSE TOOLS IN THE TOOL BOX TO HELP THAT NECESSARY AND IMPORTANT HIGHWAY BECOME A REALITY. IT IS A BONDING OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS AND THE VIRGINIANS TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY FOR NOW AND IN THE FUTURED A FOR OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE AND I ASK THAT WE SUPPORT THIS BILL. THANK YOU THE, MR. PRESIDENT.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE QUESTION IS SHALL SENATE BILL 449 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 34, NOS 5. AYES 34, NOS 5. THE BILL PASSES.


Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights): I HOPE IT BE THE PLEASURE OF THE HOUSE TO PASS THE BILL.

[Unknown]: SHALL THE BILL PASS? CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. AYE, 90, NOS, SEVEN. THE BILL IS PASSED. CONTINUING ON PAGE THREE, SENATE BILL 459 IS A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF VIRGINIA
Speaker: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SENATE BILL 449 WILL BE TAKEN UP FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION; FURTHER, THE GENTLEMAN MADE A MOTION THAT ALL CONSTITUTIONAL READINGS BE DISPENSED WITH. THE QUESTION IS, SHALL THE CONSTITUTIONAL READINGS OF SENATE BILL 449 BE DISPENSED? [ BELL ]

Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights): Speaker: THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: Clerk: AYES 92, NOS ZERO.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): Speaker: THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLONIAL HEIGHTS, MR. COX.


[Unknown]: DISPENSED WITH AND PLACED ON FINAL PASSAGE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): SHOULD THE RULES BE SUSPENDED AND THE THIRD CONSTITUTIONAL READING BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL IN FAVOR RECORD AYE. THOSE OPPOSED. SENATORS READY TO VOTE. HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 39, NOs 0. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I NOW MOVE THE BILL PASS IN SPEAKING TO THE MOTION, SIR. I APPRECIATE IT'S ON THE UNCONTESTED CALENDAR. FOR THOSE WHO WERE NOT IN SENATE FINANCE, SENATE BILL 449 IS NOW BEFORE YOU. OF COURSE, ONE OF THE TWO COMPONENTS OF THE GO VIRGINIA INITIATIVE. THE BILL THAT IS BEFORE YOU REPRESENTS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT HAS BEEN VERY INVESTED IN THIS LEGISLATION. BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE PATRONS AND ALSO THE ADMINISTRATION. THE THREE GROUPS HAVE COME TOGETHER WITH AN UNDERSTANDING AND RECOMMEND THIS LEGISLATION TO YOU WHICH FRANKLY PASSED OUT OF THIS BODY ON A 35-5 VOTE IN ITS INITIAL FORMAT. THE MAJOR CHANGES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THIS THAT THE STATE BOARD HAS BEEN INCREASED FROM 22 TO 24 MEMBERS TO ADDRESS A CONCERN THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD. THIS IS THE BOARD WITHIN EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT AND INCREASING THE SIZE OF THE STATE BOARD TO 24. THE GOVERNOR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY WILL HAVE INPUT AND CONTROL OVER 13 OF THE MEMBERS WHICH WOULD BE A FUNCTIONAL MAJORITY OF THAT BOARD. A LIST OF -- EXCUSE ME. A LIST OF POSSIBLE CITIZEN APPOINTEES TO THE BOARD WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR FOR HIS CONSIDERATION. HE DOES NOT HAVE TO PICK FROM THAT LIST. BUT ULTIMATELY THE APPOINTMENTS WILL BE CONFIRMED BY THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AND THE SENATE. ANOTHER PROVISION THAT WAS ADDRESSED OF THE GOVERNOR'S CONCERN DEALT WITH WHAT WAS REFERRED TO AS A VETO PROVISION. THERE ARE THREE COMPONENTS OF THE STATE BOARD. THE CITIZEN MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THEIR APPOINTEES AND THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE AND THEIR APPOINTEES. UNDER THE ORIGINAL DRAFT OF THE LEGISLATION, THERE HAD TO BE A MAJORITY VOTE OF EACH OF THOSE THREE COMPONENTS IN ORDER FOR A GRANT TO MOVE FORWARD AND BE FUNDED BY THAT BOARD. UNDER THE REVISED SENATE BILL 449, IT REQUIRES A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE 24 AS OPPOSED TO THE THREE SEPARATE COMPONENTS. THE LAST POINT WAS IN PARAGRAPH 5 WHICH I KNOW ALL OF YOU HAVE BUT JUST IN CASE IT SLIPPED BY EXAMINED. YOU, PARAGRAPH FIVE , IT FIRST APPEARS TO BE A RE-ENACTMENT CLAUSE. AND WHAT IT DOES REQUIRE IS THAT IN SUBSEQUENT LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS, THE FUNDING OF ANY GRANTS MUST BE APPROVED AND ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. SO THERE'S NOT A RE-ENACTMENT CLAUSE ON THE ENTIRE BILL. IT JUST REQUIRES THE APPROVAL OF FUTURE FUNDING MUST HAVE AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BY THE LEGISLATIVE BODY. SO WITH THAT EXPLANATION, I WOULD SAY THAT I THINK IT'S A REFINED BILL AND THE PARTIES HAVE COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING. IT GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY GOING FORWARD IN THIS NEXT YEAR TO SET UP THE VARIOUS REGIONAL BOARDS, $6 MILLION THAT IS APPROPRIATED IN THERE TO CREATE THE REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND AT LEAST GET THAT SET UP AND WE CAN ADDRESS SOME OF THE OTHER ISSUES GOING FORWARD. SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO SUPPORT SENATE BILL 449 AMENDMENT OF THE NATION OF SUBSTITUTE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE SENATOR SUETTERLEIN.