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General Assembly Update

February 4, 2014


VTCA has been actively engaged on more than 100 bills that would impact our members. As we near the half-way point in the legislative session, VTCA has been successful in killing several bills we opposed, including:

HB 68 (Danny Marshall): Changes the dates on which certain scheduled increases in sales and use tax revenue to the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund would not take place if Congress does not enact a law permitting states to require certain out-of-state retailers to collect and remit state sales and use tax from fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

HB 346 (James): Would impose additional requirements on PPTA projects.

HB 349 (James): Would impose additional requirements on PPTA projects.

SB 632 (Lucas):  Provides for the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, in conjunction with the Department of General Services, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, and the Department of Transportation, to develop a program establishing a requirement that at least 15 percent of all state purchases be made from minority-owned or women-owned businesses that are also certified as small businesses.

SB 645 (McEachin): Provides that transportation construction projects could be awarded to a company based on a variety of factors other than the lowest price from a pre-qualified bidder.