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Legislative Issues Archive

 3/12/18

Governor’s Budget Items

Governor McAuliffe’s proposed budget for the 2018-2020 biennium. 

Priority items proposed by Governor McAuliffe include:

  • Appropriations for the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund
    • $1 million from the general fund will be appropriated each year to the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund
  • Appropriations for the Virginia Land Conservation Fund
    • $4.5 million from the general fund will be appropriated each year to the Virginia Land Conservation Fund
    • $1.5 million from nongeneral funds will be appropriated each year to the Virginia Land Conservation Fund to be distributed by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
  • Appropriations for Historical African American Graves and Cemeteries
    • $34,875 from the general fund will be appropriated each year to support the preservation and care of historical African American graves and cemeteries

 

Budget Bill Amendments Included in the House or Senate Budgets

Retained in Governor’s Introduced Budget by both House and Senate Budget Committees:

  • Appropriations for the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund
    • $1 million from the general fund will be appropriated each year to the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund
  • Appropriations for Historical African American Graves and Cemeteries
    • $34,875 from the general fund will be appropriated each year to support the preservation and care of historical African American graves and cemeteries

 

Added to Governor’s Introduced Budget by both House and Senate Budget Committees:

  • Cap on Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
    • Continues the per taxpayer cap of $5 million per year on the annual amount of historic rehabilitation tax credit that can be claimed
  • Cap on Land Preservation tax Credit
    • Continues the per taxpayer cap of $20,000 per year on the annual amount of the land preservation tax credit that can be claimed

 

Added to Governor’s Introduced Budget by House Budget Committee:

  • Language restricting DGIF from acquiring additional land without General Assembly authorization
    • Restricts the ability of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to acquire any additional land without the specific authorization by the General Assembly.
  • Appropriations for Historical African American Graves and Cemeteries
    • Provides $64,000 each year from the general fund to support the provisions of House Bill 527 to provide for the maintenance and preservation of historic African American Graves at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portsmouth, Virginia. Funding requested includes the standard annual maintenance cost authorized in Code as well as funding to restore and reset gravestones in the cemetery.

 

Added to Governor’s Introduced Budget by Senate Budget Committee:

  • Language directing DCR to review battlefield property for a state park
    • Directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation to review the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain Battlefield properties and make recommendations on their suitability as a historical and recreation area or for development as a State or regional park.
  • Language cap easement review fees charged by the DHR
    • Caps the easement review fees charged by the Department of Historic Resources to an aggregate $5,000.
  • Appropriations for Historical African American Graves and Cemeteries
    • Provides $1,330 from the general fund each year to implement Senate Bill 198 which adds 266 graves at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portsmouth and $220 from the general fund each year to implement the provisions of SB 163 which adds the 44 graves at the African-American Burial Ground for the Enslaved at Belmont in Loudon County to the list of Historical African American cemeteries cared fro pursuant to §10.1-2211.2 of the Code of Virginia.
  • Appropriation to implement a DHR stakeholder workgroup as provided in SB 166
    • Provides funding to implement the provisions of SB 166 which directs the Department of Historic Resources to convene a stakeholder workgroup to evaluate the efficiency of the process used to review telecommunications projects with regard to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the effects of certain projects upon historic properties in association with Federal Communications Commission applications.

 

Removed from Governor’s Introduced Budget by House Budget Committees:

  • Appropriations for the Virginia Land Conservation Fund
    • Eliminates the appropriation from the general fund of $4.5 million in the first year for the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation because the foundation is receiving $71.7 million for land purchases from a series of environmental and historic resources settlements. 
  • Appropriation for archaeologist position at DHR
    • Removes proposed new funding included in House Bill 30 as introduced which would fund an archaeologist position at the Department of Historic Resources

 

Removed from Governor’s Introduced Budget by Senate Budget Committees:

  • Appropriations for the Virginia Land Conservation Fund
    • Eliminates the appropriation from the general fund of $3 million a year for the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation because the foundation received $12.5 million from a recent mitigation agreement, temporarily reducing the need for additional state investment. 
  • Appropriations for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation
    • Eliminates the appropriation from the general fund of $2 million a year for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation because the foundation was awarded approximately $40 million through two recent mitigation agreements, thereby reducing the need for additional state investment.

 

Administrative Process

Bill: HB 23 Red Tape Reduction Commission; created, review of regulatory requirements, report.

Patron: Webert

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB23

Summary: Creates the Red Tape Reduction Commission (the Commission) to develop and maintain a state regulatory baseline of all current state regulatory requirements, with the initial baseline to be completed by January 1, 2020. The bill defines a regulatory requirement as any action required to be taken or information required to be provided in accordance with a statute or regulation in order to access government services or operate and conduct business and excludes requirements that are necessary to conform to changes in Virginia statutory law or the appropriation act where no agency discretion is involved or to meet requirements of federal law or regulations. The bill also provides that after the regulatory baseline has been established, any subsequent regulatory requirement proposed by an agency that is not included in the initial state regulatory baseline is considered a new regulatory requirement and requires the approval of the Commission before it may be enacted. The bill prohibits the Commission from approving a new regulation unless it replaces or repeals at least two existing regulations, until the total baseline has been reduced by 35 percent. Thereafter, approvals and corresponding replacement or repeal by the Commission shall be on a one-for-one basis. In addition, the bill provides for the Commission to review current state regulatory requirements and provide recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly on measures to reduce the baseline regulatory requirements. The bill requires the Commission to submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly by November 1, 2018, on (i) the organizational structure of the Commission, (ii) duties of staff, and (iii) guidelines for determining what constitutes a regulatory requirement.

Status: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket

Position: Preservation Virginia opposes this bill.

Bill: HB 549 State agency; legislation requiring an agency to adopt regulations.

Patron: Freitas

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB549

Summary: Provides that no bill that directly or indirectly requires a state agency to adopt new or to amend existing regulations that are likely to have a significant adverse economic impact shall be considered by the General Assembly unless the bill contains a second or final enactment clause (i) directing the state agency to develop proposed regulatory requirements by December 1 of the year in which the bill is introduced and (ii) providing that the first enactment of the bill that would directly or indirectly require the state agency to adopt new or to amend existing regulations shall not become effective unless reenacted by the following year's session of the General Assembly. The bill requires the General Assembly to thereafter reconsider the bill during the following year's session of the General Assembly along with and in light of the proposed regulatory requirements developed and put forth by the state agency. The bill defines "significant adverse economic impact" to mean that the estimated cost to citizens, professions, trades, or occupations to comply with the regulations is in excess of $500. The bill provides that determination of whether regulations are likely to have a significant adverse economic impact shall be made by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

Status: Passed by indefinitely in Rules (16-Y 0-N)

Position: Preservation Virginia opposes this bill.

Bill: HB 1192 Administrative Process Act; development and periodic review of regulations; report.

Patron: Cline

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1192

Summary: Requires all executive branch agencies to develop regulations in the least burdensome and intrusive manner possible and provides guiding principles for the development, adoption, and repeal of regulations. The bill also requires each agency to establish a schedule for the review of all regulations for which the agency is the primary responsible agency. The schedule shall encompass a 10-year period and provide for the annual review of at least 10 percent of an agency's regulations by July 1 of each year. Under the bill, the Governor will submit an annual report containing the findings of the regulation reviews by August 1 of each year to the Chairmen of the standing committees of the House of Delegates and the Senate.

Status: Left in General Laws

Position: Preservation Virginia opposes this bill.

Bill: HB 1213 Constitutional amendment (ballot bill); powers of General Assembly; suspension or nullification.

Patron: Head

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1213

Summary: Provides for a referendum at the November 6, 2018, election to approve or reject an amendment that would permit the General Assembly to suspend or nullify any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation by a joint resolution agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each house. The amendment would also grant the General Assembly the authority to authorize a legislative committee or legislative committees acting jointly or a legislative commission to suspend any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation while the General Assembly is not in a regular session. Such suspension would continue until the end of the next regular session.

Status: Left in Privileges and Elections

Position: Preservation Virginia opposes this bill.

Bill: HJ 111 Constitutional amendment; powers of General Assembly, etc. (second reference).

Patron: Head

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HJ111

Summary: Provides that the General Assembly may suspend or nullify any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation by a joint resolution agreed to by a majority of the members elected to each house. The amendment also grants to the General Assembly the authority to authorize a legislative committee or legislative committees acting jointly or a legislative commission to suspend any or all portions of any administrative rule or regulation while the General Assembly is not in a regular session. Such suspension would continue until the end of the next regular session.

Status: Left in Privileges and Elections

Position: Preservation Virginia opposes this constitutional amendment.

Bill: SB 826 Constitutional amendment; legislative review of administrative rules.

Patron: Vogel

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB826

Summary: Provides for a referendum at the November 6, 2018, election to approve or reject an amendment that would grant to the General Assembly the authority to review any administrative rule to ensure it is consistent with the legislative intent of the statute that the rule was written to interpret, prescribe, implement, or enforce. The amendment provides that after such review, the General Assembly may approve or reject, in whole or in part, any rule as provided by law and that the approval or rejection of a rule by the General Assembly shall not be subject to veto by the Governor.

Status: Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections with letter (13-Y 0-N)

Position: Preservation Virginia opposes this bill.

Bill: SJ 69 Constitutional amendment (second resolution); legislative review of administrative rules.

Patron: Vogel

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SJ69

Summary: Grants to the General Assembly the authority to review any administrative rule to ensure it is consistent with the legislative intent of the statute that the rule was written to interpret, prescribe, implement, or enforce. The amendment provides that after such review, the General Assembly may approve or reject, in whole or in part, any rule as provided by law and that the approval or rejection of a rule by the General Assembly shall not be subject to veto by the Governor. This constitutional amendment must be passed by the General Assembly twice, it has already passed once.

Status: Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections with letter (13-Y 0-N)

Position: Preservation Virginia opposes this constitutional amendment.

Battlefields

Bill: HB 1353 Battlefield property; incorporation into national park; transfer of easement held by Board.

Patron: Ware

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1353

Summary: Requires any instrument that creates an easement held by the Board of Historic Resources (the Board) on a battlefield property to include provisions for the transfer of the easement to the United States if the underlying property is incorporated into a national park. The bill directs the Board to transfer such an easement to the United States if it is requested to do so by both the United States and the owner of the underlying property and if such owner makes certain affirmations to the Board regarding the preservation of and public access to the property. The bill also directs the Board to transfer to the United States the easements it holds on nine particular battlefield properties located within the Petersburg National Battlefield and the Richmond National Battlefield Park and to conform the terms of existing Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund grant agreements to the provisions of the bill.

Status: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (6-Y 0-N)

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Billboards

Bill: HB 361 Billboards; relocation of certain signs.

Patron: Rush

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB361

Summary: Provides that a lawfully erected billboard sign may be relocated whenever such billboard sign is affected by the construction of a pedestrian bridge. The bill requires the Department of Transportation to place any permanent sign located in the highway right-of-way in such a location that it does not affect the visibility of a lawfully erected billboard sign. If such placement is not possible, such billboard may be relocated.

Status: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (6-Y 0-N)

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill. Our partners at Scenic Virginia are actively working this bill.  For more information contact Leighton Powell at leighton.powell@scenicvirginia.org

Bill: SB 640 Billboards; relocation of certain signs.

Patron: Marsden

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB640

Summary: Provides that a lawfully erected billboard sign may be relocated whenever such billboard sign is affected by the construction of a pedestrian bridge. The bill requires the Department of Transportation to place any permanent sign located in the highway right-of-way in such a location that it does not affect the visibility of a lawfully erected billboard sign. If such placement is not possible, such billboard may be relocated.

Status: Stricken at request of Patron in Transportation

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill. Our partners at Scenic Virginia are actively working this bill.  For more information contact Leighton Powell at leighton.powell@scenicvirginia.org

Cemeteries & Graves

Bill: HB 153 Revolutionary War cemeteries and graves; disbursement of appropriated sums to maintain.

Patron: Habeeb

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB153

Summary: Authorizes the Comptroller of the Commonwealth to disburse appropriated sums to the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for the maintenance of no more than 6,000 Revolutionary War graves set forth on a list submitted annually by the society to the Director of the Department of Historic Resources (the Director). The bill expands the categories of people whose graves may be maintained or marked to include persons rendering service to the Patriot cause in the Revolutionary War. The bill prohibits retroactive disbursements and requires the Director to deposit any funds that have been appropriated for grave maintenance but are not disbursed during the same fiscal year into the Revolutionary War Cemeteries and Graves Fund, which is created by the bill. The bill provides that the Director may use moneys in the Fund to make grants to perform extraordinary maintenance, renovation, repair, or reconstruction of cemeteries or graves or to erect and care for markers, memorials, and monuments.

Status: Passed Both Houses

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: SB 177 Revolutionary War cemeteries and graves; disbursement of appropriated sums to maintain.

Patron: Stanley

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB177

Summary: Authorizes the Comptroller of the Commonwealth to disburse appropriated sums to the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for the maintenance of no more than 6,000 Revolutionary War graves set forth on a list submitted annually by the society to the Director of the Department of Historic Resources (the Director). The bill expands the categories of people whose graves may be maintained or marked to include persons rendering service to the Patriot cause in the Revolutionary War. The bill prohibits retroactive disbursements and requires the Director to deposit any funds that have been appropriated for grave maintenance but are not disbursed during the same fiscal year into the Revolutionary War Cemeteries and Graves Fund, which is created by the bill. The bill provides that the Director may use moneys in the Fund to make grants to perform extraordinary maintenance, renovation, repair, or reconstruction of cemeteries or graves or to erect and care for markers, memorials, and monuments.

Status: Passed Both Houses

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Department of Historic Resources

Bill: HB 606 Telecommunications; Dept. of Historic Resources to convene work group tor review Sect. 106.

Patron: Gooditis

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB606

Summary: Directs the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to convene a stakeholder work group to study the efficiency of the review process as it is used in telecommunications projects with regard to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the effects of certain projects upon historic properties in association with Federal Communications Commission applications and to report its findings to the General Assembly no later than November 1, 2018.

Status: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: HB 656 Telecommunications; Dept. of Historic Resources to convene work group tor review Sect. 106.

Patron: LaRock

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB656

Summary: Directs the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to convene a stakeholder work group to study the efficiency of the review process as it is used in telecommunications projects with regard to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the effects of certain projects upon historic properties in association with Federal Communications Commission applications and to report its findings to the General Assembly no later than November 1, 2018.

Status: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: SB 166 Telecommunications; Dept. of Historic Resources to convene work group tor review Sect. 106.

Patron: Black

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB166

Summary: Directs the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to convene a stakeholder work group to study the efficiency of the review process as it is used in telecommunications projects with regard to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the effects of certain projects upon historic properties in association with Federal Communications Commission applications and to report its findings to the General Assembly no later than November 1, 2018.

Status: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: SB 189 Telecommunications; Dept. of Historic Resources to convene work group tor review Sect. 106.

Patron: Favola

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB189

Summary: Directs the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to convene a stakeholder work group to study the efficiency of the review process as it is used in telecommunications projects with regard to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the effects of certain projects upon historic properties in association with Federal Communications Commission applications and to report its findings to the General Assembly no later than November 1, 2018.

Status: Incorporated by Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (SB166-Black)

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Easements

Bill: SB 499 Agriculture easements; validity; termination.

Patron: Carrico

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB499

Summary: Prohibits a restriction imposed by a conservation easement from being enforced against any occupied single-family dwelling structure, including any outbuilding, shed, barn, garage, or driveway, or the land lying immediately underneath any such structure, for the purposes of additions, repairs, or sale. The bill authorizes the owner of an interest in real property burdened by the easement to terminate such easement in the event of financial hardship. Such owner shall be liable to the Department of Taxation for the full amount of any land preservation tax credits claimed or transferred by the owner that are related to the easement and shall pay any legal fees associated with the termination of the easement. Until such payments are made, such conservation easement shall be considered perpetual in duration unless otherwise provided in the instrument creating it.

Status: Continued to 2019 in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Bill: HB 1363 Historic rehabilitation tax credit; expands availability of credit for projects for schools.

Patron: Miyares

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1363

Summary: Provides that a project may qualify as eligible for the state historic rehabilitation tax credit if it involves rehabilitating property for new use as a school. Current law requires projects to be used either for their historic purpose or for a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building. The bill also provides that for a project rehabilitating a school or a structure to be used as a school expenses incurred in such project shall be eligible for the credit regardless of whether the person who incurs the expenses owns the building. The bill provides that a building qualifies as a historic structure if it is a public school in a school division in which at least half the schools receive funding pursuant to Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill provides that if a project rehabilitates a school, the project qualifies as a material rehabilitation if it costs at least 10 percent of the school's assessed value. Under current law, projects generally must cost at least 50 percent of the assessed value of a building to qualify.

Status: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Housing Commission

Bill: SJ 53 Accessory dwelling structures; Virginia Housing Commission to study.

Patron: Deeds

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SJ53

Summary: Directs the Virginia Housing Commission to study accessory dwelling structures, defined as additional living quarters on single-family dwelling structures that are independent of the primary dwelling unit. In conducting the study, the Commission is to review (i) the prevalence and necessity for accessory dwelling structures, (ii) relevant provisions of the Uniform Statewide Building Code, and (iii) the feasibility of changing land use and zoning practices in order to facilitate their expanded use. The bill also directs the Commission to make recommendations concerning the use and placement of accessory dwelling structures.

Status: Left in Rules in the House

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Monuments and Memorials

Bill: HB 1097 Removal of certain monuments or memorials for war veterans.

Patron: Levine

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1097

Summary: Provides that upon the affirmative vote of a governing body of a locality in which a monument or memorial is located, the locality may relocate the monument or memorial to a museum of the locality's choice. However, if the monument or memorial is not owned by the locality, the owner of the monument or memorial shall be given an opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial within six months of notice from the locality. After six months, if the owner of such a monument or memorial declines the opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial in question, the locality shall be authorized to proceed with the relocation. The bill also repeals an 1890 Act of Assembly related to the placement of a statue in the City of Alexandria.

Status: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: HB 1098 Removal of certain monuments and memorials.

Patron: Levine

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1098

Summary: Provides that for any monument or memorial erected prior to 1900, notwithstanding any Act of Assembly regarding the preservation of monuments or memorials enacted prior to 1900, the governing body of the locality in which the monument or memorial is located may remove the monument or memorial to be prominently displayed in an outdoor location on the grounds of a locality-owned history museum that is located within one-quarter mile of the existing site, provided that the governing body has affirmatively voted to relocate the monument or memorial. However, if the monument or memorial is not owned by the locality, the owner of the monument or memorial shall be given an opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial within six months of notice from the locality. After six months, if the owner of such a monument or memorial declines the opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial in question, the locality shall be authorized to proceed with the relocation.

Status: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: HB 1099 Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol; removal of Robert E. Lee statue.

Patron: Levine

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1099

Summary: Creates the Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol to provide for the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol and to recommend to the General Assembly as a replacement a statue of a prominent Virginia citizen of historic renown or renowned for distinguished civil or military service to be commemorated in the National Statuary Hall Collection.

The Commission will consist of six members appointed as follows: one member of the House of Delegates appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; one member of the Senate appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; two nonlegislative citizen members who are Virginia or American historians appointed by the Governor; one nonlegislative citizen member appointed upon the vote of the Commission members appointed by the Speaker, the Senate Committee on Rules, and the Governor; and the Director of the Department of Historic Resources. Only the members of the General Assembly, the Governor's appointees, and the appointee of the Commission members will have voting privileges. General Assembly members and the Director of the Department of Historic Resources will serve ex officio. The Department of Historic Resources will provide staff support to the Commission.

The Commission will also be required to (i) select a sculptor for the new statue with preference given to a sculptor from Virginia, (ii) estimate the costs associated with the replacement of the Robert E. Lee statue, including costs related to construction and placement of the new statue, the removal and transfer of the Robert E. Lee statue, and any unveiling ceremony of the new statue, and (iii) recommend to the General Assembly a suitable state, local, or private nonprofit history museum in the Commonwealth for placement of the Robert E. Lee statue.

The bill requires (a) the Commission to hold at least one public hearing prior to making any recommendation to the General Assembly on a new statue and (b) the costs of the Commission's work to be borne by the Commission from such private funds collected by the Commission and general funds as are appropriated by the General Assembly.

Status: Left in Rules

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: HB 1225 Memorials for war veterans.

Patron: Toscano

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1225

Summary: Provides that a locality may remove or provide for the upkeep, maintenance, or contextualization of any monument or memorial for war veterans located in its public space, regardless of when erected. Current law makes it unlawful to disturb or interfere with such monuments or memorials or to prevent its citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation, and care of such monuments or memorials.

Status: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: SB 733 Removal of certain monuments and memorials.

Patron: Ebbin

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB733

Summary: Provides that for any monument or memorial erected prior to 1900, notwithstanding any Act of Assembly regarding the preservation of monuments or memorials enacted prior to 1900, the governing body of the locality in which the monument or memorial is located may remove the monument or memorial to be prominently displayed in an outdoor location on the grounds of a locality-owned history museum that is located within one-quarter mile of the existing site, provided that the governing body has affirmatively voted to relocate the monument or memorial. However, if the monument or memorial is not owned by the locality, the owner of the monument or memorial shall be given an opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial within six months of notice from the locality. After six months, if the owner of such a monument or memorial declines the opportunity to reclaim or relocate the monument or memorial in question, the locality shall be authorized to proceed with the relocation.

Status: Failed to report (defeated) in Local Government (5-Y 7-N 1-A)

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Open Space Lands

Bill: SB 582 Open-space lands; conversion or diversion.

Patron: Hanger

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB582

Summary: Increases the threshold for the substitution of real property when lands are converted or diverted from open-space land use, requiring the substitute land to have "substantially" greater value as permanent open-space land than the land being converted or diverted. The bill establishes several requirements that an applicant for such conversion or diversion, such as an electric utility or a pipeline company, shall meet, including the requirements that it demonstrate the essentiality of its project, show that no feasible alternative exists, pay for appraisals conducted by a certified general real estate appraiser, and explain why, if the substitute land is not adjacent to the land to be converted or diverted, adjacent land could not be acquired. The bill also requires the creation of a stewardship fund for the substitute land.

Status: Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Scenic River

Bill: HB 866 Scenic river designations.

Patron: Orrock

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB866

Summary: Consolidates provisions of the Scenic Rivers Act relating to prohibitions on the construction of dams and limits on the effects of the Act. The bill contains technical amendments.

Status: Approved by the Governor

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Transmission Lines

Bill: HB 1202 Electrical transmission lines; approval of underground construction; pilot program.

Patron: Hugo

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1202

Summary: Establishes a pilot program consisting of the approval of the underground construction of two electrical transmission lines. As a part of the pilot program, the State Corporation Commission (SCC) is directed to approve as a qualifying project a transmission line that appears to track the I-66 Hybrid Route that has been considered in the application of Dominion Energy for the Haymarket transmission line project in Prince William County. The measure establishes criteria to be used by the SCC in approving the second project. The approval of a transmission line satisfies local zoning requirements. The SCC is directed to approve a rate adjustment clause to allow the utility to recover from the utility's Virginia jurisdictional customers the costs of the project that are not otherwise recoverable under existing provisions. The measure directs the SCC to submit annual reports on the pilot program.

Status: Subcommittee recommends incorporating into HB1558

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Wireless Communication

Bill: HB 1131 Zoning for wireless communications infrastructure.

Patron: Gooditis

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1131

Summary: Repeals provisions creating a uniform procedure for the way in which small cell facilities on existing structures are approved by localities and approved and installed in public rights-of-way.

Status: Subcommittee recommends striking from docket

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: HB 1597 Zoning for wireless communications infrastructure.

Patron: Gooditis

Bill text: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1597

Summary: Establishes parameters regarding applications for zoning approvals for certain wireless support structures.

Status: Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Miscellaneous

Bill: HB 335 Yorktown Victory Center; renamed the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Patron: Ware

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB335

Summary: Renames the Yorktown Victory Center, operated by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, as the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Status: Approved by the Governor

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: HB 847 Capitol Square Preservation Council.

Patron: Peace

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB847

Summary: Changes the title of the chief officer of the Capitol Square Preservation Council from the Executive Director to the Chief Administrative Officer and authorizes the Council to enter into partnerships, joint ventures, and other collaborative relationships. The bill authorizes the Chief Administrative Officer to employ an Architectural Historian who will serve as curator for the architectural, historical, archeological, and landscape features of Capitol Square. The bill also makes a technical change.

Status: Passed Both Houses

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: SB 489 Capitol Square Preservation Council.

Patron: McDougle

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB489

Summary: Changes the title of the chief officer of the Capitol Square Preservation Council from the Executive Director to the Chief Administrative Officer and authorizes the Council to enter into partnerships, joint ventures, and other collaborative relationships. The bill authorizes the Chief Administrative Officer to employ an Architectural Historian who will serve as curator for the architectural, historical, archeological, and landscape features of Capitol Square. The bill also makes a technical change.

Status: Passed Both Houses

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: SB 490 Temporary General Assembly Building; Pocahontas Building.

Patron: McDougle

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB490

Summary: Designates the Pocahontas Building as the temporary General Assembly Building and a part of the Capitol Square complex until reconstruction is completed on the General Assembly Building. The bill contains an emergency clause.

Status: Passed Both Houses

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.

Bill: SB 587 Conveyance of certain property in Caledon State Park.

Patron: Stuart

Bill text: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+SB587

Summary: Authorizes the Department of Conservation and Recreation to quitclaim and release all of its right, title, and interest in an unimproved parcel of land near the southwest corner of Caledon State Park without consideration.

Status: Passed Both Houses

Position: Preservation Virginia is monitoring this bill.