Legislative Staff Development Fund; created, effective date. (HB1978)

Introduced By

Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Legislative Staff Development Fund. Establishes the Legislative Staff Development Fund (Fund) to encourage and support the professional development of legislative staff. The bill defines "legislative staff" as salaried staff of a member of the House of Delegates, Senate of Virginia, or the Division of Legislative Services. The bill increases the annual lobbyist registration fee for for-profit entities from $100 to $400 and directs the $300 increase to be deposited into the Fund for the purposes described in the bill. Under the bill, any moneys remaining in the Fund at the end of each fiscal year that have not been expended for the purposes described in the bill shall revert to the general fund and be used exclusively to fund the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council. The bill has a delayed effective date of May 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101025D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Rules
01/20/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1978)
01/22/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2021Reported from Rules with substitute (13-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Committee substitute printed 21103175D-H1
01/22/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/22/2021Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
01/26/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 3-N)
01/27/2021Reported from Appropriations with amendment(s) (11-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Read first time
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Committee on Rules substitute agreed to 21103175D-H1
01/29/2021Committee on Appropriations amendments agreed to
01/29/2021Amendments by Delegate Reid agreed to
01/29/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB1978EH1
01/29/2021Printed as engrossed 21103175D-EH1
02/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1978H1)
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House (55-Y 44-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1978EH1)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Rules
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rules (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Passed by indefinitely in Rules (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)

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