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Legislative Issues Archive

03.02.15 Preservation Virginia – Website Legislative Archive

Preservation Virginia continues to monitor the following items:

Historic Preservation

Bill: HB 1875 - Land records; Department of Historic Resources exempted from fee for secured remote access record.

Patron: Kory

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB1875

Summary: Exempts the Department from the fee for remote access to land records.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Bill: HJ 566 - Lewis & Clark Eastern Legacy Trail; designating as portion of Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail.

Patron: Austin

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HJ566

Summary: Designates the portion of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail that runs through the Commonwealth as the Lewis and Clark Eastern Legacy Trail in Virginia.

Status: Senate agreed to HJ 566 by voice vote.

Land Preservation

Bill: HB 1483 - Real property assessment; valuation for land preservation.

Patron: Rush

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB1483

Summary: Permits localities to set acreage requirements less than the current five-acre requirement for agricultural property to qualify for land use valuation.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Zoning and Land Use

Bill: HB 1849 - Zoning appeals, board of; applications for variances.

Patron: Marshall

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB1849

Summary: Changes the standard by which a board of zoning appeals shall grant an application for a variance by eliminating or altering several of the requirements.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Bill: SB 744 - Boards of zoning appeals; City of Portsmouth.

Patron: Locke

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+SB744

Summary: Adds the City of Portsmouth to a provision requiring the governing body to appoint members and alternates to the board of zoning appeals. Under the general law, the circuit court appoints the members of a locality's board of zoning appeals.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Local Government

Bill: HB 1594 - Outdoor advertising; regulation by county governing bodies.

Patron: Cole

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB1594

Summary: Allows county governing bodies by ordinance to take over from the Commissioner of Highways the regulation of outdoor advertising within sight of state secondary highway system components.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Taxation

Bill: HB 1567 - Tax-delinquent property; multijurisdictional sale.

Patron: Orrock

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB1567

Summary: Provides a method for the sale of tax-delinquent real property that is located in more than one locality. The consent of the treasurer of each locality within which the property is located is required.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Bill: HB 2173 - Real property tax; waiver of delinquent taxes.

Patron: Orrock

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB2173

Summary: Authorizes any locality to waive delinquent taxes on real property in exchange for the owner's donating the property to Habitat for Humanity or other similar nonprofit organization.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Misc.

Bill: HB 1472 - "Our Great Virginia"; designating as the official state song.

Patron: Howell

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB1472

Summary: Designates "Our Great Virginia" as the official state song. The bill also contains a technical amendment.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Bill: HB 1507 - Dan River; designating certain segment as State Scenic River.

Patron: Edmunds

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB1507

Summary: Designates a 38.6-mile segment of the Dan River as part of the State Scenic River System.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Bill: HJ 521 - Virginia's Rail Heritage Region; designating certain areas in the Commonwealth.

Patron: Poindexter

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HJ521

Summary: Designates Virginia's Rail Heritage Region in the Commonwealth, consisting of the Counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Franklin, and Roanoke and the Cities of Covington, Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Salem, as well as the Towns of Amherst, Bedford, Boones Mill, Buchanan, Clifton Forge, Iron Gate, Rocky Mount, Troutville, and Vinton.

Status: Senate agreed to HJ 521 by voice vote

Bill: SB 1128 - State song.

Patron: Colgan

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+SB1128

Summary: Designates "Our Great Virginia" as the official state song. The bill also contains a technical amendment.

Status: Incorporated by General Laws and Technology into SB1362 (Stosch)

Bill: SB 1362 - "Sweet Virginia Breeze"; designating as the official state song. 

Patron: Stosch

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+SB1362

Summary: Designates "Our Great Virginia" lyrics by Mike Greenly and arranged by Jim Papoulis, as the official traditional state song and "Sweet Virginia Breeze," by Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett, as the official popular state song. The bill also contains a technical amendment. The bill incorporates SB 1128.

Status: Bill has passed both chambers and is under consideration by the Governor.

Bill: SJ 226 - Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason's; commemorating its 240th anniversary in 2016.

Patron: Puller

Bill Link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+SJ226

Summary: Commemorating the 240th anniversary of George Mason's Virginia Declaration of Rights in 2016.

Status: House agreed to SJ 226

Bills Defeated or Tabled During the 2015 General Assembly Session

HB 1326 – Leftwich - Income tax credit; donations to nonprofits preserving historical battlefields.

HB 1405 – Head - Legal notices; advertisement by locality.

HB 1438 – Bell - Local government; publication of notices for charter changes, referenda, and public hearings, etc.

HB 1447 – McQuinn - Foreclosure procedures; assignment of deed of trust, penalty.

HB 1572 – Pogge - Open-space land; acquisition.

HB 1993 – Morrissey - Blighted property; locality as receiver.

HB 2109 – Futrell - Expiration of tax credits.

HB 2167 – Hugo - Income tax and sales and use tax; expiration dates for credits and exemptions.

HB 2351 – Leftwich - Land subdivision and development; approval not to be conditioned on consent of easement holder.

HB 2382 – Fariss - Land preservation; tax credits for individuals and corporations

HJ 505 – Cole - Reforming Virginia's state and local tax structure; report.

HJ 542 – Marshall - Burial sites of enslaved persons; Department of Historic Resources to study related issues.

SB 808 – Stanley - Building Revitalization Grant Fund; established, report.

SB 841 – Lucas - Ordinances; adoption by counties, notice by publication.

SB 1011 – Stuart - Cash proffers; purchase of development rights by locality.

Updated March 3, 2015