2012 Virginia General Assembly Update

During the 2012 Virginia General Assembly 2,852 bills and resolutions were introduced and considered by the legislature. I am including a brief summary of bills that I believe are particularly important this session. To review all legislation considered by the General Assembly please visit http://lis.virginia.gov.

Bills Introduced by Delegate Torian

  • HB 406, a bill that authorizes a local government to provide local incentives and regulatory flexibility to defense contractors located within a defense production and support services zone established by the local government. The bill defines defense contractors as businesses primarily engaged in providing services in support of national defense.
  • HB 403, a bill that adds the requirement that at least 30 percent of the jobs created must be filled by Virginia residents to the criteria for making grants or loans from the Governor’s Development Opportunity Fund.
  • HB 404, a bill that prohibits the use of handheld personal communications devices while driving for any purpose other than to make or receive phone calls.
  • HB 407, a bill that creates the Prince William County Metrorail Improvement District to provide a means of financing an extension of commuter rail service from Fairfax County into Prince William County.
  • HB 2243, a bill provides that the board of visitors or other governing body of an educational institution has the power to establish rules and regulations for the possession or transportation of firearms or ammunition on property owned or operated by the institution.

Bills Co-Patroned by Delegate Torian

  • HB 15, a bill that makes local school boards responsible for setting the school calendar and determining the opening of the school year and eliminates the post-Labor Day opening requirement and “good cause” scenarios for which the Board of Education may grant waivers of this requirement.
  • HB 85, a bill that extends to July 1, 2013, the authorization for use of HOV facilities by vehicles bearing clean special fuel license plates.
  • HB 325, a bill that requires each school board to ensure that aides assigned to work with a teacher who has primary oversight of students with autism spectrum disorder demonstrate competency in student behavioral management within 60 days of assignment to such responsibility. The bill also requires the Board of Education to provide standards that school divisions may use to establish a measure for the demonstration of competency in student behavioral management.
  • HB 334, a bill that provides a bid match preference for Virginia business in procurements up to $100,000. Under the bill, a Virginia business has an opportunity to match the lowest bid of an out-of-state bidder if the bid of a Virginia business is within five percent or $10,000 of the lowest bid of an out of state bidder, whichever is less.
  • HB 656, a bill that requires parental notification whenever school administrators begin an investigation into a potential violation of any school board policy. Such notification may be made by phone or email, or any other reasonable method, as determined by the school board.
  • HB 987, a bill that provides that it is a Class 5 felony to knowingly, by deception, intimidation, undue influence, coercion, harassment, duress, or misrepresentation, use, obtain, convert, or take control of an elderly or incapacitated adult’s property or financial resources with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the adult of the use, benefit, or possession of the property or financial resources. If the violation is by a caregiver or person with a fiduciary relationship it is a Class 3 felony. The bill allows forfeiture of personal property used in connection with the crime.

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