Blockchain technology; joint subcommittee to study emergence & integration in the economy. (HJ677)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Rush (R-Christiansburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), and Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Study; joint subcommittee to study the emergence and integration of blockchain technology in the economy of the Commonwealth; report. Establishes a 21-member joint subcommittee to identify blockchain technology research and economic development opportunities with the goal of creating a statewide, comprehensive, and coordinated strategy relating to blockchain technology. In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall analyze and consider (i) economic development opportunities in the Commonwealth available through the utilization of blockchain technology; (ii) different types of blockchain technology and the feasibility of economic development for each type; (iii) the creation of a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated strategy to encourage commercial activity in the blockchain technology sector; (iv) opportunities for deployment of blockchain technology in state government; and (v) strategies to incentivize the development of blockchain companies in the Commonwealth. The joint subcommittee shall submit its report to the Governor and the 2020 and 2021 Regular Sessions of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


01/09/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Rules Committee


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103191D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Rules
01/17/2019Assigned Rules sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/31/2019Reported from Rules (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Taken up
02/04/2019Engrossed by House
02/04/2019Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Reading waived
02/05/2019Referred to Committee on Rules
02/18/2019Reported from Rules with substitute
02/18/2019Committee substitute printed 19107276D-S1
02/19/2019Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/20/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19107276D-S1
02/20/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HJ677S1
02/20/2019Agreed to by Senate with substitute by voice vote
02/21/2019Senate insisted on amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Delegates: Rush, Kinight, Rasoul
02/21/2019Placed on Calendar
02/21/2019Senate substitute rejected by House 19107276D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
02/21/2019VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2019Senate requested conference committee
02/21/2019House acceded to request
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by House
02/21/2019Delegates: Rush, Knight, Rasoul
02/21/2019Conferees appointed by Senate
02/21/2019Senators: McDougle, Obenshain, Deeds
02/24/2019No further action taken
02/24/2019Failed to pass in House

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