HB 115 - Enterprise Zone Grant Program; re-designation of certain joint enterprise zones.
Removes the requirement that a locality contiguous to an existing multi-locality, joint enterprise zone must have lost at least 900 jobs in a 12-month period to be eligible to join the joint enterprise zone, and removes the restriction that such existing multi-locality enterprise consist of only two localities.
HB 321 - Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program; created.
Creates the Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program, a pilot program administered by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to improve outreach by state government to the private sector. The objectives of the program are to (i) strengthen coordination and interaction between state government and the private sector on issues relevant to entrepreneurs and small business concerns and (ii) make state government programs and operations simpler, easier to access, more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of small business concerns and entrepreneurs. The Dulles Regional Chamber supports the following fiscal and tax reform bills.
HB 375 - Patent infringement; assertions made in bad faith.
Prohibits any person from making in bad faith an assertion, allegation, or claim that a resident of the Commonwealth is infringing a patent. The measure creates a cause of action for damages and an injunction against a person threatening to bring legal action for alleged patent infringement.
HB 687 - Building Revitalization Grant Fund; created.
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 $1 million in revitalizing or retrofitting existing buildings to serve as a new place of business.
SB 593 - Urban county executive form of government; disclosure in land use proceedings.
Alters disclosure provisions for land use proceedings in counties with the urban county executive form of government (Fairfax County).
HB 94 - Business permits, etc.; assistance and documentation required from localities.
Provides that in any instance in which a person is seeking a business permit, a license, or an application for any similar local government approval from a locality, the locality shall provide documentation and instructions that outline all steps necessary to obtain the permit, license, or approval. The locality shall also specify any further permit, license, or other approval that may be required to complete the original project or business activity and shall disclose the expected time required by the locality for the completion of each step of the process to obtain the permit, license, or other approval.
HB 384 - Local mandates; identification of sources of funding.
Requires the assessment performed by state agencies to include the identification of sources of funding for the mandate
HB 431 - Tax reform, state and local; creates joint legislative subcommittee to perform a two-year study.
Creates a joint legislative subcommittee to perform a two-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.
HB 497 - BPOL; appeal of business license tax classification.
Permits a taxpayer to appeal to the Tax Commissioner or request a written ruling from him with regard to the classification of the business for BPOL tax purposes, regardless of whether the locality has conducted an audit, issued an assessment, or taken any other action.
HB 884 - Virginia Infrastructure Grant Fund; established.
Creates, from such funds as may be appropriated by the General Assembly and any gifts, grants, or donations from public or private sources, the Virginia Infrastructure Grant Fund, to be administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. The bill requires the Department to establish criteria for making grants from the Fund, including procedures for determining the amount of a grant and the required local match, if any. The Fund is intended to help localities make investments in roads, bridges, smarter electrical grids, upgraded water and sanitation systems, mass transit systems, clean energy and more energy-efficient buildings, and the provision of broadband.
HB 236 - Health benefit plans; renewal and offer of nonconforming plans.
Authorizes any health carrier to offer to renew, or to offer, any health benefit plan that would otherwise be required to be canceled, discontinued, or terminated, or would otherwise not be allowed, because it does not meet the requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The authorizations apply to the extent and under the terms that federal authorities have suspended enforcement of provisions of the federal Act. The measure has an emergency clause.