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Publication of Virginia State Bar advisory opinions. Adds the opinions of the State Bar's standing committee on Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation to the list of advisory opinions to be published with the Code of Virginia. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Code Commission.
Patron - Howell
General Assembly; House Interstate Cooperation Commission. Establishes the Commission on Interstate Cooperation in the House of Delegates to replace the House Standing Committee on Interstate Cooperation whose membership represents the House of Delegates on the Virginia Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation. The House of Delegates eliminated the standing committee as part of its legislative reform to consolidate and reduce the number of standing committees.
Patron - Griffith
Legislative continuance. Places limitations on the right granted to attorney members, officers, and employees of the General Assembly to claim a continuance in court proceedings. The bill provides that the court need not grant a continuance during the period beginning one day before and after the meeting date of any reconvened or veto session, or of any commission, council, committee, or subcommittee that the officer, member, or employee is scheduled to attend, unless the request is in writing and filed with the court at least three days ahead. The party requesting the continuance must strive, when practicable, to notify all other parties to the proceeding of the request. This bill is identical to SB 415.
Patron - Sears
General Assembly; Auditor of Public Accounts. Requires the Auditor of Public Accounts to (i) review certain policy, planning, and fiscal information required of state agencies and to determine whether the agencies are providing and reporting appropriate financial and performance measures; (ii) determine the accuracy of the management system used by the agency to generate the information and its report; and (iii) report the results of the audits of state agencies annually to the General Assembly, and recommend whether new or revised accountability and performance measures are indicated.
Patron - McDonnell
Coal and Energy Commission; nuclear energy. Directs the Coal and Energy Commission to investigate and make recommendations regarding issues relating to nuclear power.
Patron - Purkey
Division of Legislative Services and Legislative Automated Systems; access to information. Provides that the Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate will have access to floor substitutes, conference committee reports and substitute bills accompanying a conference committee report as soon as the bills and reports are drafted; however, neither shall access the electronic file containing such documents until the legislation is offered for introduction in either house. This bill also makes certain housekeeping changes in the Code section to conform to current practice.
Patron - Trumbo
Sentencing Commission; terms. Establishes a uniform time for terms to expire at the end of the calendar year. Under current law, many of the terms expire at different times in October and November. The bill also staggers the terms of gubernatorial appointees beginning January 1, 2004. The terms of other appointees were staggered in accordance with the directives of Chapter 226 of the 1998 Acts of Assembly.
Patron - Trumbo
Legislative continuance. Places limitations on the right granted to attorney members, officers, and employees of the General Assembly to claim a continuance in court proceedings. The bill provides that the court need not grant a continuance during the period beginning one day before and after the meeting date of any reconvened or veto session, or of any commission, council, committee, or subcommittee that the officer, member, or employee is scheduled to attend, unless the request is in writing and filed with the court at least three days ahead. The party requesting the continuance must strive, when practicable, to notify all other parties to the proceeding of the request. This bill is identical to HB 733.
Patron - Rerras
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission. Amends § 30-192, which establishes the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, to remove old language pertaining to the tenure of members, increase the total number of members on the Commission, broaden the representation of citizen members, clarify the compensation of Commission members, and make minor modifications and technical changes to provide clarity regarding the duties of the Commission. This bill is a recommendation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission.
Patron - Marsh
Senate; coverage of Senate sessions. Expresses the sense of the Senate that coverage of the sessions of the Senate should be made available for transmission to the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Senate Rules Committee shall promulgate rules regarding access to and use of such transmissions.
Patron - Trumbo
Bills referring to localities; use of names. Prohibits consideration of any bill that refers to one or more, but less than all localities for the purpose of raising or imposing taxes, or providing for a voter referendum for such, by means other than by their names. The bill permits cross-references to names of localities listed in another statute and the classification of localities by any means that bears a reasonable relation to the purpose of the bill when listing the names would be unduly burdensome or impracticable.
Patron - Marshall, R.G.
General Assembly; introduction limits. Prohibits a member of the General Assembly from introducing more than a combined total of 12 bills and resolutions during any regular session of the General Assembly. Exceptions to this limitation include legislation that (i) commends, congratulates or memorializes and is not referred to a standing committee under the rules of the respective house; (ii) relates to the administration of government and is introduced at the request of the Governor; or (iii) affects the procedures or schedule of the General Assembly.
Patron - Purkey
General Assembly; legislative review of regulatory authority and activity. Requires each standing committee of each house of the General Assembly to meet biennially to discuss the legislative intent of the General Assembly regarding the agency's regulatory authority and the regulatory activity of the agency during the preceding biennium.
Patron - Purkey
General Assembly; representation before state agencies. Prohibits members of the General Assembly from representing clients before state agencies.
Patron - Wardrup
General Assembly; office allowance. Changes the nonvouchered office allowance arrangement to an accountable plan within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code regulations. Members will be required to substantiate their business expenses on a quarterly basis and return any amount in excess of the substantiated expenses.
Patron - Jones, S.C.
General Assembly; introduction limits. Prohibits delegates from introducing more than a combined total of 15 bills and joint resolutions and senators from introducing more than a combined total of 38 bills and joint resolutions during any regular session of the General Assembly. Exceptions to this limitation include any legislation that (i) commends, congratulates, or memorializes and is not referred to a standing committee under the rules of the respective house or (ii) is related to the administration of government and introduced at the request of the Governor.
Patron - Welch
House of Delegates; office allowance and FOIA. Subjects any record pertaining to the use of funds from the office allowance provided to members of the House of Delegates to public inspection and copying under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Currently, these private records are not covered by FOIA because they are records not held by a public body.
Patron - Pollard
General Assembly; office allowances. Changes the nonvouchered office allowance arrangement to an accountable plan within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code regulations. Members are required to substantiate their business expenditures on a quarterly basis and return any amount in excess of the substantiated expenses. The bill also provides a separate office equipment allowance not to exceed $2,500 during a two-year period. Members are required to submit a voucher and accompanying receipts prior to receiving payment for equipment expenses. The Clerk of the House of Delegates and the Clerk of the Senate, under the direction of their respective Rules Committee, are required to establish a policy in their house regarding the transfer of office equipment purchased with the allowance to the Commonwealth when the equipment falls into disuse or the member leaves office.
Patron - Brink
General Assembly; increases in compensation and allowances. Requires the approval of a majority of voters voting in a referendum before any salary, compensation or office allowance of members of the General Assembly may be increased.
Patron - Bolvin
Armenian Advisory Commission. Creates the Armenian Advisory Commission within the legislative branch of government. The Commission will be composed of 17 members as follows: six members of the House of Delegates; four members of the Senate; and five citizens at-large to be appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections. The Secretary of Commerce and Trade and the Secretary of Education or their designees will serve ex officio without voting privileges. The Commission is directed to (i) advise the General Assembly concerning the establishment of educational, cultural, governmental, and economic and trade relationships between the Commonwealth and Armenia that facilitate economic development and trade missions, accommodate professional study and cultural exchange, promote humanitarianism and goodwill, and encourage the exploration of other initiatives and endeavors that may be mutually beneficial; (ii) conduct and promote educational and cultural programs that further the understanding and appreciation of the Armenian culture; (iii) ascertain data and information that will assist the General Assembly in developing public policy and educational, cultural, governmental, and economic and trade relationships with Armenia; and (iv) perform such other functions and activities as the General Assembly may require. The Commission must elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among its legislative members. This bill also provides for the organization of the Commission, including appointments, filling of vacancies, meetings, quorum, compensation, staffing, and reporting requirements.
Patron - Reid
Members of the General Assembly; office and supply expenses. Provides that General Assembly office and supply expenses shall be paid from the member's salary as set forth in the general appropriations act. Currently, an allowance is provided for such expenses. A portion of such salary shall be deemed creditable compensation and salary for purposes of computing a member's retirement allowance, life insurance benefit, and accidental death and dismemberment benefit. Such portion shall also be set forth in the general appropriations act. The bill also provides that the member's salary for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2003, shall be $1,000 less than the sum of the applicable salary and allowance for General Assembly office and supply expenses authorized for the member for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2002. The bill is effective for general appropriations acts, or amendments thereto, passed by the General Assembly on or after January 1, 2003.
Patron - Marye
Virginia Capitol Police. Extends the boundaries and authority of the Virginia Capitol Police in protecting and investigating crimes against state property, elected officials, members of the Virginia Supreme Court, and members of the Governor's family. The jurisdiction of the Virginia Capitol Police has been extended from 300 feet to 500 feet beyond the boundary of any state property, including any property leased by the Commonwealth. Additionally, the Virginia Capitol Police are vested with full law-enforcement powers to protect and investigate crimes committed against elected statewide officials, General Assembly members, members of the Virginia Supreme Court, and members of the Governor's family. Under current law, this authority is limited to when a Capitol Police officer is assigned to accompany such an official or a member of the Governor's family.
Patron - Stolle
Joint Commission on Special License Plates. Creates a Joint Commission on Special License Plates to review and make recommendations concerning legislative proposals for authorizing the issuance of special license plates. No legislation authorizing the issuance of any special license plate could be offered in the General Assembly unless approved by the Commission. The Commission is required to hold at least one meeting during every odd-numbered year, beginning in 2003 and coordinate the introduction of an omnibus bill containing approved proposals to the General Assembly in every even-numbered year, beginning in 2004.
Patron - Watkins
General Assembly; television coverage of legislative sessions. Expresses the sense of the General Assembly that television coverage of the sessions of the Senate and the House of Delegates should be provided to public and private broadcasting interests for transmission to the citizens of the Commonwealth. This resolution is identical to HJR 128 .
Patron - Trumbo
State and Local Fiscal Needs and Resources Commission. Creates the Fiscal Needs and Resources Commission as a legislative agency to continue the work of the Commission on Virginia's State and Local Tax Structure for the 21st Century. The Commission would have 15 members with eight legislators, five nonlegislative citizens and the Secretary of Finance and the Tax Commissioner. The Commission would examine on an ongoing basis state and local fiscal needs and resources issues. This bill is continued to the 2003 Session in the House Committee on Rules.
Patron - Hull
Information to be published on certain statewide referenda and bond proposals. Sets out a requirement to prepare and publish a special explanation of any bond proposal being submitted to the voters for approval in a statewide referendum. The bill calls for a neutral explanation of the bond proposal including information on the projects being financed, the costs of the bonds, and the costs of funding the projects through current revenues.
Patron - Darner
Virginia Security Commission. Creates a Security Commission to study, report and make recommendations regarding the prevention of terrorist threats and organized criminal activity in the Commonwealth. This bill was continued to the 2003 Session of the General Assembly in the House Committee on Rules.
Patron - Marshall, R.G.
General Assembly; television coverage of legislative sessions. Expresses the sense of the General Assembly that television coverage of the sessions of the House of Delegates and the Senate should be provided to public and private broadcasting interests for transmission to the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Patron - Petersen
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