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Legislative Issues Archive

02.08.16  Preservation Virginia – Website Legislative Archive

Preservation Virginia continues to monitor the following items:

Governor’s Budget Items

Governor McAuliffe recently released his proposed budget for the 2016-2018 biennium. Preservation Virginia has analyzed the Governor’s proposed budget and wishes to highlight several key items:

Increase for Department of Historic Resources

  • $94,311 will be appropriated each year for an additional Easement Coordinator

Appropriations for the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund

  • $2 million from the general fund will be appropriated each year to the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund

Appropriations for the Virginia Land Conservation Fund

  • $16 million from the general fund will be appropriated each year to the Virginia Land Conservation Fund
  • $2 million from nongeneral funds will be appropriated each year to the Virginia Land Conservation Fund to be distributed by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation

Bond Package Funding for Virginia’s State Parks

  • $140 million for state parks, including funding to fully develop the previously created Biscuit Run and Widewater state parks, and provide enhancements and repairs at parks statewide

Member Budget Amendments

In addition to the Governor’s introduced budget amendments, the House and Senate have respectively proposed the following amendments to the budget bill:

House:

Item 237 #1h: This amendment requests additional funding to support information technology infrastructure requirements and marketing efforts for the new Yorktown museum.

Item 238 #1h: This amendment requests additional funding to support the 2019 Commemoration initiatives.

Item 376 #1h: This amendment provides $500,000 each year from the general fund as a matching grant for charitable contributions, local funds, earned income and other private funds received by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for the preservation, interpretation and development of Civil War Battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley.

Item 376#2h: This amendment provides $50,000 each year for the Historic Jamestowne Church Tower repair through Preservation Virginia.  The condition of the church on Jamestowne Island has been stabilized.  This funding, when combined with private fundraising dollars, will protect the tower from the weather and complete the renovation in advance of the 2019 400th Anniversary Celebration.

Senate:

Item 119 #1s: This amendment would provide $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 as seed money for the Education and Orientation Center at Historic Ft. Monroe. This money would go toward renovation of the Post Library with the goal of completing renovations by 2019 for the 400th Birthday of the Landing of the African Americans.

Item 238 #1s: This amendment provides additional funds to support the 2019 Commemoration Steering Committee and planning initiatives to commemorate the 400th anniversary of four landmark events in Virginia and the nation's history. The planning cycle is condensed and the scope and scale of the 2019 Commemoration will relay on public-private partnerships. Resources will allow for staff support for the Steering Committee, awareness building initiatives, development of education services, events, marketing campaigns, statewide and national engagement, and partnerships and sponsorship programs.

Item 376 # 3s: This amendment provides $500,000 GF in each year for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

 

 Derelict Buildings

Bill: HB 1307 – Vacant building; locality may by ordinance establish certain criteria

Patron: Herring

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB1307

Summary: Provides that a locality may by ordinance establish alternative criteria in determining which buildings are subject to its vacant building registration program. Currently, a building must meet an existing definition of "derelict building."

Status: Referred to Counties, Cities and Towns; Assigned to Subcommittee # 2

Bill: SB 481 - Vacant building registration.

Patron: Ebbin

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+SB481

Summary: Requires either that a vacant building be vacant for 12 months or that it meet the definition of "derelict building" under § 15.2-907.1 before cities and certain towns may require the building's owner to register it and pay an annual registration fee. Current law requires that such a building comply with both the vacancy period and the definition of "derelict building."

Status: Referred to Committee on Local Government

 

Historic Preservation

Bill: HB 122 – Preservation of History of Formerly Enslaved African Americans in VA., Commission on; established.

Patron: McQuinn

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB122

Summary: Establishes an 11-member legislative commission to identify the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia and determine ways to preserve the history for educational and cultural purposes. Among other things, the Commission shall promote the identification, preservation, and conservation of historic sites significant to the history, presence, and contributions of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; identify the contributions of African Americans to Virginia, the nation, and the world and recommend options to begin resolving lingering societal problems whose origins began with the institution of slavery; identify historical sites significant to the history of formerly enslaved African Americans in Virginia; and recommend ways to increase tourism and revenues associated with such sites. The Commission shall submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the 2019 Session of the General Assembly. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act.

Status: Referred to Appropriations Committee

Bill: HJ 132 - Commending the National Historic Preservation Act.

Patron: Lopez

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HJ132

Summary: Commending the National Historic Preservation Act

Status: Agreed to by House by voice vote and Agreed to by Senate by voice vote

Bill: SB 3 – Building Revitalization Grant Fund; created, report.

Patron: Stanley

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+SB3

Summary: Establishes the Building Revitalization Grant Fund, administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, to award grants of up to $100,000 to businesses that make a capital investment of at least $1 million in revitalizing or retrofitting an existing building in the Commonwealth to serve as a new place of business. This bill is a recommendation of the Housing Commission.

Status: Continued to 2017 in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)

 

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Bill: HB 807 - Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation; planning, coordination, and implementation of 400th anniversary.

Patron: Cox

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB807

Summary: Requires all agencies and institutions of the Commonwealth, upon request, to designate liaisons and provide advice and assistance to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation for the planning, coordination, and implementation of the 400th anniversary of landmark events in Virginia's history in 2019. The bill permits the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, with the prior written approval of the Governor, to perform the following actions directly relating to the planning, coordination, and implementation of the 400th anniversary of landmark events in Virginia's history in 2019: (i) solicit and accept donations of materials and services to defray expenses; (ii) retain all nongeneral funds, including previous interfund transfers to central agencies, for expense reimbursement and identified savings; (iii) procure, with the maximum delegated authority available to any executive branch agency or institution in the Commonwealth, any goods and services with which there are minimum procurement requirements associated; (iv) consider all position levels, which may fluctuate depending upon workload and funding availability, for reference only; (v) receive assistance and advice from agencies and institutions of the Commonwealth without charge; and (vi) contact international, national, interstate, state, regional, and local elected and appointed officials. 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the meeting of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, known then as the House of Burgesses and being the antecedent of today's Virginia General Assembly, the oldest legislative body in the western hemisphere, and marks the 400th anniversary of other milestones in Virginia's and the nation's history, including the arrival of the first Africans to British America, the Virginia Company of London's attempt to expand the colony by recruiting a group of single women to send to Virginia, and observance of a service of Thanksgiving held at Berkeley Plantation. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2020.

Status: Passed House; Referred to Committee on Rules in the Senate

 

Land Preservation

Bill: HB 1385 – Land preservation tax credit; application for credits prior to any donation

Patron: Webert

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB1385

Summary: Provides that beginning January 1,2017, a donor will be given the option to apply to the Department of Taxation for land preservation tax credits prior to making any donation of land. The Tax Commissioner, in general, will be required to provide such donor with a determination letter within 120 days of a complete application that (i) reserves such tax credits,in whole or in part, for subsequent issuance to the donor or (ii) denies the donor's application for tax credit. After the Tax Commissioner's determination letter, the donor may complete the conveyance of the donation and in such case will provide the Department with certified copies of the recorded deeds and instruments conveying the donation. The Department will then provide the donor with a written certification issuing the tax credits that were previously reserved. If the Tax Commissioner issues land preservation tax credits to a donor who elected to apply for the credits prior to making any donation, the fair market value of the donation will thereafter not be subject to dispute, except upon a showing of fraud or the misrepresentation of a material fact.

Status: Tabled in Finance Subcommittee # 3

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

 

Misc.

Bill: HB 41 – Thomas Jefferson Scenic Byway Loop; Virginia byway designation

Patron: Kilgore

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB41

Summary: Designates portions of Virginia Route 72, Virginia Route 619, and U.S. Route 58 Alternate in the Counties of Scott and Wise and the City of Norton the "Thomas Jefferson Scenic Byway Loop." Such designations are typically authorized by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

Status: Passed House; Referred to Committee on Transportation in the Senate

Bill: HB 200 – State parks; establishing fee schedule.

Patron: D. Marshall

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB200

Summary: Directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation to develop a plan that establishes a fee structure for rental of campsites and cabins in state parks. The bill requires the Department to submit the plan and its rental rate recommendations to the committees of oversight by November 1, 2016.

Status: Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources with amendments

Bill: HB 1249 – York River; scenic and historic designations.

Patron: Helsel

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB1249

Summary: Designates the portion of the York River that flows for approximately 20 miles from the border of York and James City Counties to the Chesapeake Bay as a component of the Virginia Scenic Rivers System and declares it to be a state historic river.

Status: Stricken from the docket in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Bill: HJ 70 State parks; JARC to study feasibility of public – private partnership in managing parks

Patron: Poindexter

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HJ70

Summary: Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the feasibility of establishing a public-private partnership for the construction and operation of new state parks and the management of existing state parks.

Status: Studies subcommittee recommends laying the bill on the table

Bill: SB 624 - York River; scenic and historic designations.

Patron: Locke

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+SB624

Summary: Designates the portion of the York River that flows for approximately 20 miles from the border of York and James City Counties to the Chesapeake Bay as a component of the Virginia Scenic Rivers System and declares it to be a state historic river.

Status: Stricken at the request of the patron in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

 

Taxation

Bill: HB 214 - Tax reform, state and local; joint subcommittee to study.

Patron: LeMunyon

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB214

Summary: Creates a joint subcommittee to perform a one-year study on reforming state and local taxes. The joint subcommittee will assume the tasks of the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences, which the bill dissolves.

Status: Tabled in Studies Subcommittee

Position: Presrvation Virginia is monitoring this bill.