MEI Project Approval Commission; board-level gender and diversity requirements. (HB212)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patron Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


MEI Project Approval Commission; board-level gender and diversity requirements. Requires the MEI Project Approval Commission to consider, prior to recommending approval of any major employment and investment (MEI) project, a board diversity disclosure statement submitted by the business seeking incentives. The Commission is required to consider (i) whether such statement specifies the number and percentage of diverse directors who identify as female or as representing a national, racial, ethnic, indigenous, or cultural minority in the country of the business's principal executive offices and (ii) whether the business commits to annually updating and submitting such statement. This bill is identical to SB 393. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101407D
01/04/2024Referred to Committee on Rules
01/15/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB212)
01/26/2024Referred from Rules
01/26/2024Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/01/2024Reported from Labor and Commerce (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/02/2024Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/07/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Appropriations with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Committee substitute printed 24107353D-H1
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB212H1)
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107353D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB212H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Rules
03/01/2024Reported from Rules with substitute (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Committee substitute printed 24108734D-S1
03/04/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB212S1)
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108734D-S1
03/05/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB212S1
03/05/2024Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N)
03/06/2024Senate substitute rejected by House 24108734D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
03/06/2024VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N)
03/07/2024Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2024Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2024House acceded to request
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2024Delegates: Watts, Maldonado, Coyner
03/07/2024Conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2024Senators: Pekarsky, Lucas, Locke
03/08/2024C Amended by conference committee
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 19-N)
03/08/2024Conference report agreed to by House (49-Y 46-N)
03/08/2024VOTE: Adoption (49-Y 46-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB212ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB212ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/27/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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