Broadband affordability plan; Department of Housing and Community Development to develop, report. (HB1265)

Introduced By

Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Housing and Community Development; broadband affordability plan. Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a plan, to be known as the Commonwealth Digital Affordability and Cost Effectiveness Plan, to access federal funding under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill requires that the Plan include (i) an overview of options for affordable broadband connectivity in the Commonwealth; (ii) recommendations on how best to leverage federal grants addressing broadband affordability; (iii) best practices for establishing a broadband affordability program, taking into account existing federal funds and programs; and (iv) recommendations for public outreach, with consideration of the report submitted by the Department of Social Services as required in Item 359 L of Chapter 552 of the Acts of Assembly of 2021, Special Session I. The bill requires the Department to report the Plan to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2022. This bill is identical to SB 716. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/20/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104558D
01/20/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/31/2022Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
02/08/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Committee substitute printed 22106314D-H1
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1265)
02/10/2022Read first time
02/11/2022Read second time
02/11/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106314D-H1
02/11/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1265H1
02/14/2022Read third time and passed House (87-Y 13-N)
02/14/2022VOTE: Passage (87-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1265H1)
02/23/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/23/2022Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Reading of amendments waived
02/28/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/28/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/28/2022Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Senate amendments agreed to by House (89-Y 10-N)
03/02/2022VOTE: Adoption (89-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1265ER)
03/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1265ER)
03/08/2022Signed by Speaker
03/08/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 518 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0518)

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