Delegate Torian’s Job Legislation Crosses Over

Richmond, VA – Friday February 17th, the Virginia State Senate considered Delegate Torian’s House Bill 406 and passed by a vote of 38-1 with one abstention.  This bill (HB 406) authorizes a local government to provide incentives and regulatory flexibility to defense contractors within a defense production and support services zone established by the local government. When asked to comment on HB 406, Torian remarked “In Fredericksburg, Prince William, and Northern Virginia, we have a lot of defense contractors,” Torian said. This bill will “let those companies know that we are serious about having them remain in our community.”

On Friday,  Torian’s colleague, Delegate Mark Dudenhefer (R-Stafford) praised Torian’s bill when he said, “That may become more of an emphasis as the federal budget cuts flow through the Department of Defense … You have to look over the horizon.”  In addition, three other “jobs bills” which Delegate Torian has co-patroned have crossed over to the Virginia Senate.

House Bill 216 was introduced by Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-Fairfax) is a bill which provides sales and use tax exemptions for certain computer equipment and enabling software for data centers meeting the level of new jobs required for eligibility.  “The success of both House Bill 216 and House Bill 406 are positive developments. Both pieces of legislation are supported by Prince William County and would give our economic development team more flexibility when attracting new businesses.” Supervisor John Jenkins (D-Neabsco).

House Bill 841 allows a business creating permanent, full-time positions to be eligible for both the major business facility job tax credit and the enterprise job creation grants.    “It was great to work with Delegate Torian on House Bill 406 as well as gaining his support of House Bill 841 both of which bring jobs to Virginia”- Delegate Mathew James (D-Portsmouth)

Senator Chap Petersen’s bill on federal contracts passed the full Senate in a vote of 38-1 and now moves on to the House. Petersen’s bill (SB620) will keep federal contracting dollars in Virginia by establishing incentives to subcontract jobs in historically depressed communities. SB 620 establishes a corporate income tax credit for federal contractors that subcontract with small, minority-owned, veteran-owned, or women-owned businesses. “I’m pleased to have Delegate Torian in my corner on Senate Bill 620 as this bill moves over to the House of Delegates.” –  Senator Chap Peterson (D-Fairfax).

All of these bills serve as incentives for expanding and retaining businesses  within the Commonwealth, and these bills help to accomplish Delegate Torian’s priority of job creation for our citizens.

“My legislative agenda emanates from our community.  When all 140 Senators and Delegates go to Richmond we go with the intention of serving the people.”  – Delegate Luke E. Torian (D-Prince William)


Delegate Torian represents Dumfries, Occoquan, Dale City, and Woodbridge in House District 52

Delgate Torian is a member of the General Laws; Counties, Cities and Towns; and Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committees

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