Seafood industry; Governor shall designate a liaison to address workforce needs, report. (SB358)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patron Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Seafood industry workforce liaison. Directs the Governor or the Secretary of Labor to designate a liaison to address seafood industry workforce needs by (i) promoting the interests of seafood industry employees and employers; (ii) assisting employees and employers in understanding the rights and processes available to them, including those related to temporary worker visas; (iii) answering inquiries; (iv) providing referrals to public and private agencies upon request; and (v) reporting annually on the liaison's activities to the House Committees on Commerce and Energy and Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources and the Senate Committees on Commerce and Labor and Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources. The bill requires the liaison to carry out his duties with impartiality and provides that he is immune from civil liability in the performance of his duties. The bill also provides that certain records and communications are exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. The bill directs the Governor or the Secretary of Labor to designate a current employee of the executive branch to serve in this capacity in lieu of hiring a new employee. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100238D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB358)
01/25/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/08/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Committee substitute printed 22106149D-S1
02/08/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB358S1)
02/10/2022Read second time
02/10/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106149D-S1
02/10/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB358S1
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/25/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
02/28/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/28/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
03/02/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/04/2022Tabled in Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Reconsidered by Appropriations
03/07/2022Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22107605D-H1
03/08/2022Read second time
03/09/2022Read third time
03/09/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107605D-H1
03/09/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB358H1
03/09/2022Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Title replaced 22107605D-H1
03/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB358H1)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB358ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB358ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
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 406 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0406)

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