Broadband affordability plan; Department of Housing and Community Development to develop, report. (SB716)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


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 HB 1265. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/21/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104552D
01/21/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/09/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB716)
02/09/2022Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/10/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Floor substitute printed 22106594D-S1 (Petersen)
02/14/2022Passed by temporarily
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Committee amendments rejected
02/14/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2022Substitute by Senator Petersen agreed to 22106594D-S1
02/14/2022Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB716S1
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB716S1)
02/22/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2022Reported from General Laws with amendment(s) (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/24/2022Read second time
02/25/2022Read third time
02/25/2022Committee amendment agreed to
02/25/2022Engrossed by House as amended
02/25/2022Passed House with amendment (81-Y 18-N)
02/25/2022VOTE: Passage (81-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022House amendment agreed to by Senate (33-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB716ER)
03/04/2022Signed by President
03/04/2022Signed by Speaker
03/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB716ER)
03/11/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
03/11/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 519 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0519)

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