Virginia Grocery Investment Program and Fund; created, report, effective clause. (SB999)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Grocery Investment Program and Fund. Creates the Virginia Grocery Investment Program and Fund to provide funding for the construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades, or expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects, defined in the bill, in underserved communities. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriations act. The bill incorporates SB 1189. Read the Bill »


06/04/2019: In Subcommittee


07/16/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100087D
07/16/2018Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB999)
01/14/2019Rereferred from Commerce and Labor (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/16/2019Reported from Finance with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2019Committee substitute printed 19105034D-S1
01/16/2019Incorporates SB1189 (Dance)
01/17/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2019Read second time
01/18/2019Reading of substitute waived
01/18/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105034D-S1
01/18/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB999S1
01/18/2019Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2019Placed on Calendar
01/24/2019Read first time
01/24/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2019Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Technology
02/05/2019Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
02/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB999S1)
02/11/2019Assigned App. sub: Compensation & Retirement
02/12/2019Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/13/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)
02/19/2019Left in Appropriations
05/14/2019Assigned App. sub: Compensation & Retirement
05/28/2019Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Technology
05/29/2019Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
05/31/2019Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
06/04/2019Assigned App. sub: Higher Education


Craig Gold writes:

Food deserts in the Commonwealth are a significant source of the growing disparity of wellness and health outcomes. Thank you for drafting this bill and please add my voice to the list of those supporting its passage. I have been researching the growing problems of obesity and diabetes in Virginia and the data is clear that where people lack access to healthful food options, you will see higher prevalence of obesity, diabetes as well as the secondary complications which follow. Additionally, a diet lacking in fresh fruits and vegetables can significantly increase the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, kidney disease and several types of cancers. This is often occurring in populations which are already acutely vulnerable and likely receiving public assistance in their healthcare via DMAS and/or Medicare.

The Virginia Grocery Investment Fund will likely pay for itself within just a few years by avoiding the costs of treating these diseases and complications, which would be more expensive by orders of magnitude. Passing this bill simply makes sense.