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Commerce & Labor bills passed by the General Assembly
Virginia Legislative Information System

Note: Details on bills passed below are in the Heading “Bills passed”)

  • SB 1182: Motor vehicle liability insurance; increases coverage amount.
  • SB 1219: Paid family and medical leave; SCC’s Bureau of Insurance to review and make recommendations, report.
  • SB 1223: Virginia Energy Plan; amends Plan to include an analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • SB 1225: Broadband services; school boards to appropriate funds for expansion of services for education.
  • SB 1247: Electric generating facility closures; integrated resource plan.
  • SB 1255: SCC; issuance or renewal of insurance licenses or registrations during an emergency.
  • SB 1269: Health insurance; authorization of drug prescribed for the treatment of a mental disorder.
  • SB 1275: Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases
  • SB 1284: Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy; established.
  • SB 1289: Health insurance; carrier business practices, provider contracts
  • SB 1295: Electric utilities; procurement of certain equipment.
  • SB 1310: Va. Human Rights Act; application of laws applicable to employee safety and payment of wages.
  • SB 1334: Broadband capacity; expands existing pilot program, municipal broadband authorities.
  • SB 1351: Workers’ compensation; claims not barred.
  • SB 1375: Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19
  • SB 1413: Phase I or Phase II electric utilities; provision of broadband capacity
  • SB 1420: Electric utilities; nonjurisdictional customers, third party power purchase agreements.
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Commerce & Labor 2021 Hearings
Virginia Senate Live Session Video Stream

Standing Committee: 1/18  1/25  2/1  2/15  2/22

Subcommittees:
Energy: 1/27 2/12

Senators also rejected a compromise measure from Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) last year that would have allowed unions to collect some fees from nonmembers. Just three members of the Senate’s powerful Commerce and Labor committee voted for that proposal.

“If sharing the expenses of writing a union contract can only get three votes, a full repeal of Virginia’s prohibition on union shops does not appear to have the votes to pass the Senate right now,” says Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax), who supported Saslaw’s compromise.

Carter’s latest repeal attempt may have already encountered an early roadblock. As of Jan. 19, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn had not assigned the bill to a committee, prompting speculation from supporters that the Democrat intends to let it die.

Broadband expansion bills advance in Virginia House committee
Tyler Arnold February 11, 2021 (Short)

Senate Bill 1334, sponsored by Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, would extend a current pilot program that allows municipalities and government-owned broadband authorities to participate in expanding broadband to unserved areas of the state. The bill does not have any fiscal impact, according to the fiscal impact statement.

The legislation has already passed the Senate and would be sent to Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature if it passes the House without any amendments. It advanced through the Labor and Commerce Committee with a 22-0 vote.

Another Senate-passed broadband bill advanced in the committee with amendments. Senate Bill 1413 would make permanent a pilot program that allows utility companies to petition the State Corporation Commission to provide broadband capacity to unserved areas of the state. The bill allows companies to recover the costs and revenue generated from providing broadband services. It would also consolidate the SCC’s petition approval process to one hearing.

The bill is now before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. He acknowledges that rounding up enough votes from Republican senators will be tougher.

Brianna Esteves, manager of state policy with Ceres, agrees with Bourne’s assessment. She was pleased when the stronger bill emerged from the House Labor and Commerce Committee last week on a 16-6 bipartisan vote.

“Last year’s version passed in the House, but there was pushback in the Senate,” she said. “This bill shouldn’t be controversial. But we might see the same thing happen again this year. I’m not sure there’s enough interest among legislators to stand up to Dominion Energy.”

The bill is now before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. He acknowledges that rounding up enough votes from Republican senators will be tougher.

Brianna Esteves, manager of state policy with Ceres, agrees with Bourne’s assessment. She was pleased when the stronger bill emerged from the House Labor and Commerce Committee last week on a 16-6 bipartisan vote.

“Last year’s version passed in the House, but there was pushback in the Senate,” she said. “This bill shouldn’t be controversial. But we might see the same thing happen again this year. I’m not sure there’s enough interest among legislators to stand up to Dominion Energy.”

Summary

Meets on: Monday at 15 Minutes After Adjournment in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members: Dick Saslaw (Chair) – George Barker – John Bell – Creigh Deeds – Adam Ebbin – John Edwards – Lynwood Lewis – Louise Lucas – Dave Marsden – Monty Mason – Steve Newman – Tommy Norment – Mark Obenshain – Lionell Spruill – Scott Surovell

(12 Democrats and 3 Republicans)

Subcommittees:

  • Energy
  • Health
  • Insurance

 

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Commerce and Labor, 16 Senators, to consider all matters concerning banking; commerce; commercial law; corporations; economic development; industry; insurance; labor; manufacturing; partnerships; public utilities, except matters relating to transportation; tourism; workmen’s compensation and unemployment matters.”.

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Subcommittees

Energy

Meets on: Monday at upon adjournment of full committee in Senate Room A, Pocahontas Building

Members:  Lionell Spruill (Chair), Louise LucasDave Marsden,   Steve NewmanTommy Norment

Health Insurance

Meets on: the call of the Chair in TBD

Members:  George Barker (Chair),  John Edwards,   Mark Obenshain

 Bills 

Bills in committee 

HB 1754: Prohibits an employer or anyone else from discharging or taking action against an employee if they believe that the employee has filed a claim or intends to take certain actions under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.

HB 1775: Adds the State Corporation Commission to the list of agencies that are exempt from paying fees for remote access to local land records.

HB 1807: Updates provisions of the Code of Virginia related to insolvency procedures for health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that were inconsistent with the method to address insolvencies provided for members of the Virginia Life, Accident, and Sickness Insurance Guaranty Association.

HB 1829: Provides that provisions requiring health insurers and other carriers to establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing a health professional for services provided while such professional’s credentialing application is pending also apply to certain health maintenance organizations and to corporations operating dental or optometric plans.

HB 1881: Provides that, for purposes of wage requirements for the enterprise zone job creation grant program, the minimum wage shall be higher than the state minimum wage or the federal minimum wage. It also reduces the percentage of the minimum wage that grant eligible jobs must meet. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022.

HB 1892: Permits an insurer that receives approval of an insurance policy form or endorsement from the State Corporation Commission to use the form as soon as it is approved rather than waiting 30 days after the filing date to use it as is current law.

HB 1896: Removes the prohibition on the provision of coverage for abortions in any qualified health insurance plan that is sold or offered for sale through a health benefits exchange established or operating in Virginia.

HB 1923: Expands an existing pilot program under which Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power are authorized to provide or make available broadband capacity to Internet service providers in areas of the Commonwealth that are unserved by broadband to include municipal Internet service providers. The current program is restricted to nongovernmental Internet service providers.

HB 1942: Provides for continuing education requirements for public adjusters and that the insurance continuing education board (the Board), appointed by the State Corporation Commission, is responsible for establishing and monitoring standards for such requirements. Currently, the Commission is given such responsibility and the Board is responsible for the continuing education requirements for other insurance agents and agencies. The bill maintains the current requirement that a public adjuster complete a minimum of 24 hours of approved credits, including three hours of ethics, on a biennial basis.

HB 1964: Amends the provisions governing the supervisory merger or transfer of assets of insolvent credit unions to include state credit unions that are financially unstable. The measure removes the requirement that the Commission find that an emergency exists to expedite mergers or sales of assets between credit unions.

HB 1994: Expands the definition of small agricultural generator to include any business operating a small agricultural generating facility that has been granted a manufacturer license as a distillery, limited distillery, brewery, limited brewery, winery, or farm winery. Under current law, small agricultural generators include only those businesses operating a small agricultural generating facility as part of an agricultural business. 

HB 2034: Provides that for pilot programs under which an owner or operator of a renewable energy generation facility sells electricity to an eligible customer-generator through a third party power purchase agreement, both jurisdictional and nonjurisdictional customers may participate on a first-come, first-serve basis.

HB 2121:Aligns provisions governing the filings by nonstock corporations, limited liability companies, business trusts, and partnerships related to cancellations, abandonments, name restrictions and registered agent resignations, and entity conversions to the provisions governing such filings for stock corporations.

SB 1247:Requires each owner of a large carbon-emitting power plant to provide a facility retirement study every 18 months. The bill requires that whenever a generation asset owner makes the decision to close a plant, such owner must provide notice to relevant localities and state agencies within 14 days of making that decision. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

SB 1284: Establishes the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, replacing the Commonwealth Energy Policy. The bill sets out the energy policy and objectives of the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, which include: (i) the Commonwealth recognizes that effectively addressing climate change and enhancing resilience will advance the health, welfare, and safety of the residents of the Commonwealth and that addressing climate change requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the Commonwealth’s economy sufficient to reach net-zero emission by 2045 in all sectors, including the electric power, transportation, industrial, agricultural, building, and infrastructure sectors; (ii) the Commonwealth recognizes the need to promote environmental justice and ensure that it is carried out throughout the Commonwealth and the need to address and prevent energy inequities in historically economically disadvantaged communities; and (iii) the Commonwealth must continue to prioritize economic competiveness and workforce development in an equitable manner. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

SB 1289: Requires that each provider contract include provisions (i) requiring providers to provide health care services to enrollees in a manner similar to and within the same time availability in which the provider provides health care services to any other individual and (ii) prohibiting a provider from discriminating against any enrollee as a result of the enrollee’s enrollment in a health plan or on the basis of the enrollee’s race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, marital status, age, disability, payment source, state of health, need for health care services, status as a litigant except in cases where the enrollee claims medical malpractice by the provider, status as a Medicare enrollee, status as a medical assistance recipient, sexual orientation, or gender identity, or on any other basis prohibited by law. 

SB 1292: Requires the State Corporation Commission to direct that 100 percent of the amount of a utility’s earnings above a certain threshold be credited to customers’ bills. Under current law, the Commission is required to direct that 70 percent of such over earnings be credited to customers’ bills. The provisions of the bill apply to the first triennial review of Dominion Energy Virginia conducted after January 1, 2021. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

SB 1295: Requires a utility, in the construction of certain offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, and energy storage facilities, to procure, subject to a competitive process, equipment from a Virginia-based or United States-based manufacturer using materials or product components made in Virginia or the United States, if available. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

SB 1341: Provides that a licensed insurer may issue a policy of group accident and sickness insurance to an association of real estate salespersons (association), which association shall be deemed the policyholder, and that such association health plan is not considered to be insurance and is not subject to the existing requirements for insurance if certain requirements are met.

SB 1419: Requires that for contracts requiring the design or construction of a road, highway, bridge, or similar transportation improvement, a public body wishing to enter into a project labor agreement shall first determine by written finding that participation in such project labor agreement advances the public interest, based on objective criteria established by the public body by regulation, ordinance, or resolution that may include cost, efficiency, quality, safety, timeliness, maintenance of a skilled labor force, labor stability, or advancing minority-owned or women-owned business participation in the project.

SB 1420: Provides that for pilot programs under which an owner or operator of a renewable energy generation facility sells electricity to an eligible customer-generator through a third-party power purchase agreement, both jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional customers may participate on a first-come, first-serve basis. Currently in Energy Sub-committee.

Bills reported out 

SB 1159: Requires employers with a sick leave program to allow an employee to use his sick leave for the care of an immediate family member.  Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1182:  Increases the motor vehicle liability insurance coverage amounts from $25,000 to $50,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of one person, from $50,000 to $100,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of more than one person in any one accident, and from $20,000 to $40,000 for damage to property of others as a result of any one accident. The bill applies to policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022. Passed Senate ( 27 Yes, 11 No, & 1 Abstain)

SB 1195:  Provides that a motor vehicle is underinsured when the total amount of bodily injury and property damage coverage applicable to the operation or use of the motor vehicle and available for payment for such bodily injury or property damage, including all bonds or deposits of money or securities, is insufficient to fully compensate any person injured as a result of the operation or use of the vehicle. Passed Senate ( 31 Yes, 5 No, & 1 Abstain)

SB 1202: Provides that if an insurance company denies, refuses, or fails to pay its insured, or refuses a reasonable settlement demand within the policy’s coverage limits, for a claim for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits within a reasonable time after being presented with a demand for such benefits and it is subsequently found that such denial, refusal, or failure was not in good faith, then the insurance company is liable to the insured for the full amount of the judgment and reasonable attorney fees, expenses, and interest.Passed Senate (29 Yes to 9 No)

SB 1219: Directs the State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance (the Bureau) to review and make recommendations, including any necessary statutory and regulatory changes, to authorize the State Corporation Commission to approve the sale of individual and group paid family leave plans in Virginia. Passed Senate (24 Yes to 13 No)

SB 1223: Amends the Virginia Energy Plan to include an analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other infrastructure needed to support the 2045 net-zero carbon target in the transportation sector. Passed Senate (22 Yes & 15 No)

SB 1225: Authorizes school boards to appropriate funds for the purposes of promoting, facilitating, and encouraging the expansion and operation of broadband services for educational purposes. Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N)

SB 1255: Authorizes the State Corporation Commission to temporarily suspend, authorize extensions of time, or waive requirements for the issuance or renewal of licenses or registrations related to insurance in the event of an emergency. Passed Senate (38 Yes to 0 No)

SB 1269: Requires that any provider contract between a carrier and a participating health care provider with prescriptive authority, or its contracting agent, provide that no prior authorization is required for any drug prescribed for the treatment of a mental disorder listed in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association if the prescription (i) is a covered benefit, (ii) does not exceed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-labeled dosages, and (iii) has been continuously issued for no fewer than three months. Passed Senate (37 Yes & 0 No)

SB 1275: Adds salaried or volunteer emergency medical services personnel to the list of persons to whom, after five years of service, the occupational disease presumption for death caused by hypertension or heart disease applies. Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1276: Removes the prohibition on the provision of coverage for abortions in any qualified health insurance plan that is sold or offered for sale through a health benefits exchange established or operating in Virginia. Passed Senate (20 Yes & 17 No)

SB 1310: Provides that individuals who are engaged in providing domestic service are not excluded from employee protection laws, laws regarding the payment of wages, and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act.  Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1323: Provides that in a proceeding involving allegations of worker misclassification an individual or business is not considered an employee with respect to a hiring party if the person qualifies as an independent contractor relative to the hiring party under the common law right-of control test as established by the Internal Revenue Service Revenue Ruling 87-41, by an applicable determination of the Internal Revenue Service, or if (i) the individual or business signs a written contract with the hiring party stating that the individual or business is self-employed or is being engaged as an independent contractor and containing certain acknowledgments, (ii) the individual or business has the right to control the manner and means by which the final result of the work is to be accomplished, and (iii) four or more additional criteria provided for in the bill are satisfied. Referred to Judiciary Committee.

SB 1334: Expands the existing broadband pilot program to allow for the participation of municipalities and government-owned broadband authorities in order to provide broadband service to unserved areas of the Commonwealth authorities. Passed Senate (36 Yes & 1 No).

SB 1342: Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers, and correctional officers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Referred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1351: Provides that an order issued by the Workers’ Compensation Commission awarding or denying benefits shall not bar by res judicata any claim by an employee or cause a waiver, abandonment, or dismissal of any claim by an employee if the order does not expressly adjudicate such claim. Passed Senate (37 Yes & 0 No)

SB 1375:  Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters and emergency medical services personnel is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The provisions of the bill will be effective retroactive to March 1, 2020. Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1380: Authorizes electric utilities to partner with school divisions to implement projects designed to encourage the proliferation of school buses that are fueled in whole or in part by electricity, along with associated charging and other infrastructure, for the purpose of transporting students and that may also serve as electric grid stabilization or peak-shaving resources. Rereferred to Finance & Appropriations Committee. 

SB 1413: Makes permanent the pilot program under which a Phase I or Phase II electric utility is permitted to petition the State Corporation Commission to provide broadband capacity to unserved areas of the Commonwealth. Passed Senate (28 Yes & 7 No)

Bills Passed

  • SB 1182: Motor vehicle liability insurance; increases coverage amount.
    Increases the motor vehicle liability insurance coverage amounts from $25,000 to $30,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of one person and from $50,000 to $60,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons from any one accident, for policies effective between January 1, 2022 and January 1, 2025. For policies effective after January 1, 2025, the bill increases the motor vehicle liability insurance coverage amounts to $50,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of one person, $100,000 in cases of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons from any one accident, and from $20,000 to $25,000 for injury to or destruction of property of others as a result of any one accident. The bill requires that self-insured operators of taxicabs maintain protection against uninsured and underinsured drivers with limits of $25,000, $50,000, and $20,000, respectively, with respect to each motor vehicle.
  • SB 1219: Paid family and medical leave; SCC’s Bureau of Insurance to review and make recommendations, report.
    Directs the State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance (the Bureau) to review and make policy recommendations to meet the goals identified in the “Paid Family and Medical Leave Study” published by the Offices of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade and the Chief Workforce Development Advisor in September 2020 as part of a statewide paid family and medical leave program to be administered by the Commonwealth. The bill requires the Bureau to convene a stakeholder group to participate in the process, which is required to include representatives from the insurance industry and the business community, labor organizations, advocates for paid family leave, and other interested parties. The bill requires the Bureau to report its findings and recommendations to the Senate Committees on Commerce and Labor and Finance and Appropriations and the House Committees on Labor and Commerce and Appropriations by November 30, 2021.
  • SB 1223: Virginia Energy Plan; amends Plan to include an analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
    Amends the Virginia Energy Plan to include an analysis of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other infrastructure needed to support the 2045 net-zero carbon target in the transportation sector.
  • SB 1225: Broadband services; school boards to appropriate funds for expansion of services for education.
    Authorizes school boards to appropriate funds for the purposes of promoting, facilitating, and encouraging the expansion and operation of broadband services for educational purposes. The bill authorizes school boards to partner with private broadband service providers to promote, implement, and subsidize broadband for educational purposes to the households of students who would qualify for (i) a child nutrition program or (ii) any other program recognized or adopted by the local school board as a measuring standard to identify at-risk students.
  • SB 1247: Electric generating facility closures; integrated resource plan.
    Requires each owner of a large carbon-emitting power plant to provide notice to relevant localities and state agencies about the decision to close the plant within 30 days of making such decision The bill requires localities in which such facilities are located, and planning district commissions in such localities, to conduct public hearings regarding the impending closure within six months of receipt of such notice. The bill requires the Division of Energy to maintain a public website listing the facilities subject to the requirements of the bill and their anticipated closure dates. As part of an integrated resource plan, the bill requires each utility to submit a facility retirement study for its carbon-emitting facilities and disclose the study to relevant localities and state agencies. This bill is identical to HB 1834.
  • SB 1255: SCC; issuance or renewal of insurance licenses or registrations during an emergency.
    Authorizes the State Corporation Commission to temporarily suspend, authorize extensions of time for, or waive requirements for the issuance or renewal of licenses or registrations related to insurance in the event of an emergency.
  • SB 1269: Health insurance; authorization of drug prescribed for the treatment of a mental disorder.
    Requires that any provider contract between a carrier and a participating health care provider with prescriptive authority, or its contracting agent, contain provisions that require, when a carrier has previously approved prior authorization for any drug prescribed for the treatment of a mental disorder listed in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association, no additional prior authorization can be required if (i) the drug is a covered benefit; (ii) the prescription does not exceed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-labeled dosages; (iii) the prescription has been continuously issued for no fewer than three months; and (iv) the prescriber performs an annual review of the patient to evaluate the drug’s continued efficacy, changes in the patient’s health status, and potential contraindications. The bill provides that this requirement does not prohibit a carrier from requiring prior authorization for any drug that is not listed on its prescription drug formulary at the time the initial prescription is issued. The bill also requires that such provider contracts contain provisions requiring a carrier to honor a prior authorization issued by the carrier for a drug regardless if the drug is removed from the carrier’s prescription drug formulary after the initial prescription for that drug is issued. Under the bill, provisions related to provider contracts and prior authorization shall apply to the state insurance health plan. This bill is identical to HB 2008.
  • SB 1275: Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for certain diseases
    Provides that the occupational disease presumption for death caused by hypertension or heart disease will apply for salaried or volunteer emergency medical services personnel who have at least five years of service and are operating in a locality that has legally adopted a resolution declaring that it will provide one or more of such presumptions. The provisions of the bill do not apply to any individual who was diagnosed with hypertension or heart disease before July 1, 2021. This bill is identical to HB 1818.
  • SB 1284: Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy; established.
    Establishes the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, replacing the Commonwealth Energy Policy. The bill sets out the energy policy and objectives of the Commonwealth Clean Energy Policy, which include: (i) the Commonwealth recognizes that effectively addressing climate change and enhancing resilience will advance the health, welfare, and safety of the residents of the Commonwealth and that addressing climate change requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the Commonwealth’s economy sufficient to reach net-zero emission by 2045 in all sectors, including the electric power, transportation, industrial, agricultural, building, and infrastructure sectors; (ii) the Commonwealth recognizes the need to promote environmental justice and ensure that it is carried out throughout the Commonwealth and the need to address and prevent energy inequities in historically economically disadvantaged communities; and (iii) the Commonwealth must continue to prioritize economic competiveness and workforce development in an equitable manner.
  • SB 1289: Health insurance; carrier business practices, provider contracts
    Requires that each provider contract include a provision prohibiting a provider from discriminating against any enrollee solely due to the enrollee’s status as a litigant in pending litigation or a potential litigant due to being involved in a motor vehicle accident. The bill provides that the State Corporation Commission, if it has cause to believe that a provider has engaged in a pattern of such discrimination, may submit information to the Board of Medicine or the Commissioner of Health for action.
  • SB 1295: Electric utilities; procurement of certain equipment.
    Requires a utility, in the construction of certain onshore wind, solar, and energy storage facilities, to procure, subject to a competitive process, equipment from a Virginia-based or United States-based manufacturer using materials or product components made in Virginia or the United States, if reasonably available and competitively priced. Additionally, the bill requires a utility, in the construction of certain offshore wind projects, to develop and submit a plan for review to the State Corporation Commission that includes considerations for the procurement of equipment from a Virginia-based or United States-based manufacturer using materials or product components made in Virginia or the United States, if reasonably available and competitively priced.
  • SB 1310: Va. Human Rights Act; application of laws applicable to employee safety and payment of wages.
    Provides that individuals who are engaged in providing domestic service are not excluded from employee protection laws and laws regarding the payment of wages. The measure also provides that the prohibitions on nondiscrimination in employment of the Virginia Human Rights Act apply to employers that employ one or more domestic workers
  • SB 1334: Broadband capacity; expands existing pilot program, municipal broadband authorities.
    Expands an existing pilot program under which Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power are authorized to provide or make available broadband capacity to Internet service providers in areas of the Commonwealth that are unserved by broadband to include municipal Internet service providers. The current program is restricted to nongovernmental Internet service providers. This bill is identical to HB 1923.
  • SB 1351: Workers’ compensation; claims not barred.
    Provides that an order issued by the Workers’ Compensation Commission awarding or denying benefits shall not bar by res judicata any claim by an employee or cause a waiver, abandonment, or dismissal of any claim by an employee if the order does not expressly adjudicate such claim.
  • SB 1375: Workers’ compensation; presumption of compensability for COVID-19
     Establishes a presumption that COVID-19 causing the death or disability of firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law-enforcement officers, correctional officers, and regional jail officers is an occupational disease compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The bill provides that such presumption applies to any death or disability occurring on or after September 1, 2020, caused by infection from the COVID-19 virus, provided that for any such death or disability that occurred on or after September 1, 2020, and prior to December 31, 2021, the claimant received a diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed physician, after either a presumptive positive test or a laboratory confirmed test for COVID-19, and presented with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that required medical treatment. This bill incorporates SB 1342. This bill is identical to HB 2207.
  • SB 1413: Phase I or Phase II electric utilities; provision of broadband capacity
     Makes permanent the pilot program under which a Phase I or Phase II electric utility is permitted to petition the State Corporation Commission to provide broadband capacity to unserved areas of the Commonwealth. The bill expands the program to allow for the participation of municipalities and government-owned broadband authorities. The bill provides that investor-owned electric utilities may recover costs of and revenue generated from providing broadband capacity that serves as an electric grid transformation project in areas unserved by broadband, as defined in the bill. The bill also consolidates the State Corporation Commission petition approval process into one hearing. This bill is identical to HB 2304.
  • SB 1420: Electric utilities; nonjurisdictional customers, third party power purchase agreements.
    Provides that for pilot programs under which an owner or operator of a renewable energy generation facility sells electricity to an eligible customer-generator through a third party power purchase agreement, both jurisdictional and nonjurisdictional customers may participate on a first-come, first-serve basis. This bill is identical to HB 2034.

Commissions & Boards

Commission on Unemployment Compensation

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The Commission is to:

  • Evaluate the impact of existing statutes and proposed legislation on unemployment compensation and the Unemployment Trust Fund;
  • Assess the Commonwealth’s unemployment compensation program and examine ways to enhance effectiveness;
  • Monitor the current status and long-term projections for the Unemployment Trust Fund; and
  • Report annually its findings and recommendations for the General Assembly and the Governor.

Virginia Disability Commission

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The purpose of the Commission is to identify and recommend legislative priorities and policies for adoption or examination by the General Assembly in order to provide ongoing support in developing and reviewing services and funding related to Virginians with physical and sensory disabilities.

Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission

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To study, develop, and promote a plan for the design, construction, financing, and operation of interstate facilities of strategic interest to the signatory states; 2. To coordinate efforts to establish a common legal framework in all the signatory states to authorize and facilitate design, construction, financing, and operation of such facilities either as publicly operated facilities or through other structures authorized by law; 3. To advocate for federal and other public and private funding to support the establishment of interstate facilities of interest to all signatory states; 4. To make available to such interstate facilities funding and resources that are or may be appropriated and allocated for that purpose; and 5. To do all things necessary or convenient to facilitate and coordinate the economic and workforce development plans and programs of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the other signatory states, to the extent such plans and programs are not inconsistent with federal law and the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia or other signatory states.

Broadband Advisory Council

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The purpose of the Council shall be to advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth

Committee on Business Development and Marketing

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The Committee shall advise the Board on all matters relating to business development and marketing and shall make such recommendations as it may deem desirable.

Virginia Commission on Coal and Energy

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To study all aspects of coal as an energy resource and endeavor to stimulate, encourage, promote, and assist in the development of renewable and alternative energy resources other than petroleum.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority

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To encourage, stimulate and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth through economic development.

Joint Advisory Board of Economists

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To review with respect to economic assumptions and technical econometric methodology, the estimates of anticipated general, transportation, and other nongeneral fund revenues as submitted each year by the Governor

Commission on Electric Utility Regulation

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The purpose of the Commission is to monitor the State Corporation Commission’s implementation of the Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act (§ 56-576 et seq.)

Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform

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Creates the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform (the Commission) in the legislative branch to study and make recommendations relating to the financial soundness of retirement plans covering state and local government employees; the suitability of retirement plans offered or maintained for current state and local government employees and the attributes of retirement plans that will be suitable for future employees; the impact on state and local governments of the anticipated retirement of experienced employees between 2016 and 2026 and strategies for replacing such employees; and the elements of compensation and benefits packages that are essential to attracting and retaining a highly productive state and local government workforce.

Employment Service Organization Steering Committee

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The Employment Service Organization Steering Committee (the Committee) is established as an advisory board, within the meaning of § 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Committee shall be to report to and advise the Commissioner on policy, funding, and the allocation of funds to employment services organizations for Long-Term Employment Support Services and Extended Employment Services pursuant to § 51.5-169.1.

Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board

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The GO Board is responsible for:

  • Promoting collaborative regional economic and workforce development opportunities;
  • Certifying the GO Virginia Regions and Regional Councils;
  • Distributing Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund monies;
  • Reviewing applications for monies from the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Fund and rewarding those funds to qualifying projects;
  • Collecting and disseminating information regarding local, state, and national best practices related to collaborative regional economic and workforce development activities;
  • Organizing advisory committees around industry clusters and other areas of opportunity to inform the work of the regions; and
  • Advising and reporting to the Governor and General Assembly

Committee on International Trade

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The Committee shall advise the Board on all matters relating to international trade and trade promotion and shall make such recommendations as it may deem desirable.

Manufacturing Development Commission

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To assess needs and formulate legislative and regulatory remedies to ensure the future of the manufacturing sector.
Expiration Date: If the Commission is not funded by a separate appropriation in the Appropriation Act for any year, this chapter shall expire on July 1 of the fiscal year that the Commission fails to receive such funding.

Public Private Partnership Advisory Commission

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The purpose of the Commission shall be to advise responsible public entities that are agencies or institutions of the Commonwealth on proposals received pursuant to the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (§ 56-575.1 et seq.).

Public Private Partnership Oversight Committee

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Review and approve the terms of contracts under § 58.1-202.2 relating to the measurement of the revenue attributable to the technology program.

Center for Rural Virginia Board of Trustees

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Sustain economic growth in the rural areas of the Commonwealth.

Small Business Commission

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To study, report and make recommendations on issues of concern to small businesses in the Commonwealth.

Small Business Environmental Compliance Advisory Panel

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Render advisory opinions concerning the effectiveness of the Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Assistance Program, difficulties encountered and the degree and severity of enforcement.

Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority

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Creates the Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority (the Authority) to promote opportunities for energy development in Southwest Virginia, to create jobs and economic activity in Southwest Virginia consistent with the Virginia Energy Plan, and to position Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth as a leader in energy workforce and energy technology research and development. The Authority will be composed of 11 nonlegislative members, of whom four will be appointed by the Governor, four will be appointed by the Speaker of the House, and three will be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. The Authority is charged with, among other tasks, (i) leveraging the strength in energy research and workforce development of Virginia’s public and private institutions of higher education; (ii) supporting the development of pump storage hydropower in Southwest Virginia and energy storage generally; (iii) promoting the development of renewable energy generation facilities on brownfield sites, including abandoned mine sites; (iv) promoting energy workforce development; and (v) assisting energy technology research and development by promoting the development of a Southwest Virginia Energy Park.

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

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The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in formerly tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement.

Commission on Unemployment Compensation

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Annually monitor and evaluate Virginia’s unemployment compensation system relative to the economic health of the Commonwealth.

Virginia Israel Advisory Board

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Advise the Governor on ways to improve economic and cultural links between the Commonwealth and the State of Israel, with a focus on the areas of commerce and trade, art and education, and general government.

Virginia Minority Business Commission

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Evaluates the impact of existing statutes and proposed legislation on minority businesses, assesses the Commonwealth’s minority business assistance programs and examines ways to enhance their effectiveness, provides minority business owners and advocates with a forum to address their concerns, develops strategies and recommendations to promote the growth and competitiveness of Virginia minority-owned businesses, and collaborates with the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and other appropriate entities to facilitate the Commonwealth’s work and mission.

Virginia Board of Workforce Development

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Assist the Governor in meeting workforce training needs in the Commonwealth.

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