Virginia-Israel Advisory Board; reorganizes as Virginia-Israel Advisory Authority. (HB1297)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from co-patrons Del. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen), and Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia-Israel Advisory Board; transfer to legislative branch. Transfers the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board (the Board) from the executive branch to the legislative branch. The bill also changes the membership of the Board by increasing the number of citizen appointments by the Speaker of the House of Delegates from six to 10 and the number of citizen appointments by the Senate Committee on Rules from six to 10 and by decreasing the number of appointments of the Governor from 13 to five. The Joint Rules Committee appoints the executive director to the Board. Funding for the costs of expenses of the members and the operations of the Board, including staffing needs, are made from such funds as appropriated by the General Assembly. The Virginia-Israel Advisory Board is currently an advisory board in the executive branch of government staffed by the Office of the Governor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103296D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1297)
02/08/2018Reported from Rules with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Committee substitute printed 18106908D-H1
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1297H1)
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106908D-H1
02/12/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1297H1
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House (96-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/13/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
02/28/2018Reported from Rules with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Committee substitute printed 18107577D-S1
03/02/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Read third time
03/05/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107577D-S1
03/05/2018Passed by for the day
03/06/2018Read third time
03/06/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1297S1
03/06/2018Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (2-Y 94-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Placed on Calendar
03/07/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107577D-S1 (2-Y 94-N 1-A)
03/07/2018VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 94-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/08/2018House acceded to request
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Hugo, Rush, Bourne
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: McDougle, Norment, Reeves
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/10/2018Conference substitute printed 18108275D-H2
03/10/2018Conference report agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N 1-A)
03/10/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1297ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1297ER)
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 697 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0697)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


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

delegate hugo.

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville): Mr. Speaker, house bill 1297 pertaining to the virginia's israeli advisory board, the virginia israeli advisory board has been trying to get more autonomy. It was the suggestion of the governor's office that we move it from the executive branch to the legislative branch. That bill accomplishes that. Trying to make sure we don't get involved in the ratio fight. Initially, they appointed seven from the house, seven were appointed from the senate. It increases it to ten house, ten senate, same ratio, just more members from the house -- more citizens from the house and senate are appointed, and the Chairman Shall be a Chairman And vice Chairman Appointed by the board, but the one change is the executive director will now be appointed by joint rules. I hope it would be the will of the body to adopt this conference report and go home. >> shall the conference report be adopted. Clerk which close the roll.

[Unknown]: ayes 95, nos 0. Abstentions one. ayes 91, nos 0, abstentions one. The conference report is adopted. Mr. Speaker, now that is the