Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Delegate Habeeb highlights legislative success

Check Delegate Greg Habeeb's Voring Record

SALEM – Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) released the following statement Wednesday, highlighting his legislative success during his first session in the General Assembly:

“I am proud of the work that I did in Richmond representing the people of Salem and Roanoke County. My priorities were to advance legislation that would encourage private-sector job growth, make government more efficient, transparent and accountable and to protect conservative values. The House of Delegates was successful on all of those fronts during the course of the last six weeks.

“All five pieces of legislation I patroned were passed by the House of Delegates. All of these bills helped advance our agenda and legislative priorities. In addition to the legislation I patroned, it was an honor to work closely with Delegates Bill Cleaveland and Onzlee Ware and Senators Ralph Smith and John Edwards to pass the Labor Day school opening bill.

“This was a very productive short session and I am pleased to look back at what we accomplished. Our work, however, is not done and I look forward to continuing to represent the people of the 8th District and the Commonwealth.”

CLICK HERE for a copy of Habeeb’s floor voting record.

Budget & Taxes

(Putney —B edford) Passed House 97-0 Passed Senate 40-0

I. Includes no new taxes and eliminates $5.7 million in fee increases adopted last year

I. Eliminates $66.8 million in previously authorized debt

I. Deposits an $64 million into the Rainy Day Fund, on top of that authorized in the Governor’s introduced budget,

bringing the total deposit to $114 million

I. Eliminates in large part the accelerated sales tax that weighed on retailers across the Commonwealth

(Ware, R.L. — Powhatan) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Imposes a $100 million cap on land preservation tax credits per year and provides for the review of certain real property appraisals performed for the purpose of receiving a land preservation tax credit.

(Cole — Spotsylvania) Passed House 94-5 Passed Senate 38-2

Gives localities some flexibility in determining the basis for calculating business, professional and occupation license taxes within their jurisdiction.

(Cline — Rockbridge) Passed House 68-26 Killed by Senate Committee

Encourages the United States Congress to adopt legislation requiring a balanced federal budget and to call a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.

Jobs, Energy & Economic Development Opportunities

(Putney —B edford) Passed House 97-0 Passed Senate 40-0

I. Includes over $40 million in various job-creating economic development efforts

II. Eliminates the vast majority of the accelerated sales tax that hit retailers throughout the Commonwealth

III. Includes no new fees or tax increases

IV. Invests $32.7 million to capitalize the new Transportation Infrastructure Bank for use by private and public entities in financing necessary transportation priorities

(Cline — Rockbridge) Passed House 76-23 Passed Senate 40-0

Grants individual and business income tax credits of 15-20% for expenses related to qualified high-tech research and development in Virginia.

(Comstock — Fairfax) Passed House 89-10 Passed Senate 40-0

Grants employers a tax credit for expenses incurred in developing and implementing telework arrangements for employees.

(Bell, R.P. — Staunton) Passed House 61-36 Killed by Senate Committee

Incorporates Virginia’s “Right to Work” statutue into the State Consitution.

(Hugo — Fairfax) Passed House 63-32 Killed by Senate Committee

Requires the use of secret ballots in any procedure authorizing or selecting a labor organization to represent workers.

(Oder —N ewport News) Passed House 85-14 Passed Senate 40-0

Creates an exemptipon from the aircraft sales and use tax for businesses headquartered in Virginia that make a minimum of $4 million capital investment in Virginia, create at least 50 new jobs and enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Virginia

Economic Development Partnership.

(Kilgore —S cott) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Reduces the eligibility criteria for making use of the Governor’s Development Opportunity Fund from $10 million in private investment and 100 new jobs created to $5 million and 50 new jobs.

Education

(Cox, M.K. — Colonial Heights) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

I. Sets a goal of creating 100,000 additional undergraduate degrees in Virginia over next 15 years

II. Emphasizes the importance of highly competitive “STEM” degree programs, which include science, technology, engineering and math

III. Increases access and affordability for more in-state residents wanting to attend Virginia’s institutions of higher learning

IV. Improves institutional efficiency by encouraging colleges and universities to analyze the use of state-owned buildings, find opportunities to use buildings year-round and explore technological alternatives for summer and on-line classes

(Loupassi — Richmond City) Passed House 48-46 Killed by Senate Committee

Requires local school boards to report the percentage of their budget spent on instructional spending, and, if the percentage is less than 65 percent, to develop a plan to increase instructional spending

(Massie — Henrico) Passed House 54-45 Killed by Senate Committee

Enables Virginia corporations that have given cash donations to non-profit groups offering tuition assistance for non-public schools to receive a corporate income tax credit equal to 70% of their charitable contribution.

(Wilt — Rockingham) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Delays implementation of certain accreditation requirements to allow school systems to effectively allocate limited financial resources.

(Tata — Virginia Beach) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Allows local school boards to award diploma seals for Board of Education approved diplomas.

(Tata — Virginia Beach) Passed House 95-3 Passed Senate 40-0

Codifies the flexibility given in the Standards of Quality for use of appropriations act funds for instructional staffing for mathematics, limited English proficiency, reading, technology and assistant principals.

Health Care

(Putney —B edford) Passed House 97-0 Passed Senate 40-0

I. Sets aside an additional $30 million for the Behavioral Health Trust Fund to help intellectually and developmentally disabled Virginians

II. Includes $14.3 million for additional staffing and accomodations for the Sexually Violent Predator Program at the

Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation

III. Restores a total of $12.5 million in CSA funding for Children’s Mental Health Services

(Greason — Loudoun) Passed House 74-24 Passed Senate 27-11

Ensures that health insurance plans in the Commonwealth cover autism spectrum disorders for children ages 2 through 6 up to a yearly cap of $35,000.

(Bell, R.P. — Staunton) Passed House 66-33 Killed by Senate Committee

Requires that abortion clinics be regulated in the same fashion as hospitals, ambulatory clinics and dentists offices, including biennial inspections and provision of certain emergency life-saving equipment.

(Byron — Campbell) Passed House 61-33 Killed by Senate Committee

Eliminates mandatory, opt-out HPV vaccines given to schoolgirls starting in the sixth grade, and replaces the mandate with an opt-in vaccination program.

(Cline — Rockbridge) Passed House 60-36 Killed by Senate Committee

Requires that health insurance plans that will be available through Virginia’s health benefits exchange shall not cover abortions.

(Pogge — James City County) Passed House 94-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Provides procedures and standards for agencies or governmental entities applying for variances or exemptions to regulations governing emergency medical services.

(Rust —F airfax) Passed House 94-5 Passed Senate 40-0

Clarifies that institutions of higher education must be formed, headquartered and have their principal place of business in Virginia in order to be eligible for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program.

(Robinson — Chesterfield) Passed House 95-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Provides that whenever a certification, signature or other attestation is required by a physician, it will also be deemed to include such attestation by a physician assistant.

Law Enforcement & Public Safety

(Putney —B edford) Passed House 97-0 Passed Senate 40-0

I. Includes $400,000 in additional funding for the Line of Duty program, bringing total FY 2012 funding up to $3.4 million

II. Includes an additional $8.3 million for sheriffs in FY 2011 and $14.3 million in FY 2012

III. Funds 27 new judges in jurisdications with heavy caseloads

(Janis — Henrico) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Protects victims of child pornography by providing civil restitution as an additional punishment and deterrent to producers of child pornography.

(Garrett — Lynchburg) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Adds synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as “spice,” to the list of substances that are illegal to possess, buy or sell in Virginia.

(Loupassi — Richmond City) Passed House 98-0 Killed in Senate Committee

Protects citizens and law enforcement officers by allowing seizure and sale of vehicles involved in eluding police officers or that otherwise are used to endanger law enforcement officers, with proceeds flowing to the Literary Fund.

(Janis — Henrico) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Increases penalties for underage drinking and driving, keeping all Virginians safer on our roads.

(Iaquinto — Virginia Beach) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Expands the jurisdiction of Virginia’s General District Courts by raising the maximum claim limit from $15,000 to $25,000.

(Cleaveland — Botetourt) Passed House 75-23 Killed by Senate Committee

Codifies the common law “castle doctrine” by allowing the use of deadly force in defense of self or others when an individual is threatened with seriously bodily injury intheir own home.

(Iaquinto — Virginia Beach) Passed House 75-23 Killed by Senate Committee

Requires installation of an ignition interlock after a single DUI conviction.

(Cosgrove — Chesapeake) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Requires the DMV to cancel licenses and other identification cards issued to indivudals who are later discovered to be illegally present in Virginia.

(Gilbert — Shenandoah) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Provides that those who create or sell fake birth certificates are guilty of a Class 6 Felony.

(Anderson — Prince William) Passed House 81-8 Passed Senate 40-0

Requires state agencies entering into contracts to require E-Verify use by contractors on projects over $50,000.

(Albo — Fairfax) Passed House 73-26 Killed by Senate Committee

Prevents agencies, political subdivisions and localities from limiting enforcement of federal immigration laws or establishing “sanctuary cities.”

(Peace — Hanover) Passed House 75-24 Killed by Senate Committee

Requires all public post-secondary institutions in the Commonwealth to develop and implement rules prohibiting the enrollment of illegal aliens.

(Albo — Fairfax) Passed House 83-16 Killed by Senate Committee

Requires that all local departments of social services verify the legal presernce of an individual applying for public assistance benefits.

(Miller, J.H. — Manassas) Passed House 78-20 Killed by Senate Committee

Directs Virginia’s State Police to enter into a memorandum of agreement with federal immigration enforcement officers thereby allowing Virginia’s State Police to perform immigration enforcement duties within the Commonwealth.

(Lingamfelter — Prince William) Passed House 81-18 Killed by Senate Committee

Establishes E-Verify users and in-state businesses a preference for purposes of breaking a tie bid during the public procurement process.

(Wilt — Rockingham) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Heightens protections afforded victims of domestic violation by expanding Address Confidentiality Program.

(Wright — Lunenberg) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Requires the Department of Corrections to establish individual inmate trust accounts including sources of inmate income up to $1,000 payable upon parole or discharge.

(Bell, R.B. — Albemarle) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Expands the scope of protective orders available to citizens of the Commonwealth to address the issues of dating violence and stalking.

(Crockett-Stark — Wythe) Passed House 99-0 Killed by Senate Committee

Updates the evolving list of substances, used to manufacture methamphetamines, whose possession coupled with intent to manufacture are punishable as a Class 6 Felony.

Government Reform & Savings

(Landes — Augusta) Passed House 96-2 Passed Senate 40-0

Establishes the Office of the Inspector General, which will investigate allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and corruption by state and non-state agencies and officers.

(Peace — Hanover) Passed House 97-2 Passed Senate 40-0

Eliminates various boards, commissions and other collegial bodies in an effort to reduce the size and scope of government.

(Habeeb — Salem) Passed House 97-0 Passed Senate 40-0 Requires the Virginia Department of Corrections to eliminate an outdated mandate requiring correctional facilities to make duplicate reports to the Department of Corrections and Compensation Board.

(Habeeb — Salem) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Requires the Department of Social Services to eliminate an unnecessary mandat related to office space requirements.

(LeMunyon — Fairfax) Passed House 59-34 Killed by Senate Committee

Calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention to ratify the Repeal Amendment, a measure which would strengthen federalism by allowing a majority of states, acting in tandem, to repeal federal laws and regulations.

(Cline — Rockbridge) Passed House 68-26 Killed by Senate Committee

Encourages the United States Congress to adopt legislation requiring a balanced federal budget and to call a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.

(Marshall, R.G. —P rince William) Passed House 95-3 Passed Senate 40-0

Increases the civil penalties imposed for intentional violations of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.

(Jones — Suffolk) Passed House 85-14 Passed Senate 34-6

Provides for the loss of benefits provided through the Virginia Retirement (VRS) System for any individual convicted of a felony stemming from misconduct in a position covered by VRS programs.

Transportation

(Howell, W.J. — Stafford) Passed House 65-33 Passed Senate 32-7

I. Creates the Transportation Infrastructure Bank, for use by public and private entities pursuing transportation projects across the Commonwealth

II. Enhances VDOT’s popular revenue sharing program to incentivize localities to provide matching funds for transportation priorities

III. Accelerates previously authorized debt to take advantage of low interest rates and a competitive bidding climate

(Carrico — Grayson) Passed House 94-4 Passed Senate 40-0

Establishes procedures for enforcement and the issuance of citations for certain large vehicles violating size and weight limits on Virginia’s roadways.

(Janis — Henrico) Passed House 67-31 Killed by Senate Committee

Gives discretion to law enforcement officers to charge individuals running red lights with either the underlying infraction or reckless driving based on the surrounding circumstances.

(Greason — Loudoun) Passed House 90-8 Passed Senate 26-14

Extends for one year access to High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes for clean fuel vehicles, regardless of the number of occupants

(Stolle — Virginia Beach) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Permits Virginia Beach to set variable speed limits on highways within its jurisdiction to account for various conditions that impact road safety.

(Scott, E.T. — Madison) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Prohibits certain overweight farm and agricultural machinery from operating on the Interstate Highway System.

(Morgan — Gloucester) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Adds wharfs, piers and docks to the list of landings controlled, for purposes of legal control or transfer, by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

(Cox, J.A. — Hanover) Passed House 90-7 Passed Senate 34-6

Removes certain requirements related to notice of intent to enter onto a landowner’s property.

Veterans & Military

(Cosgrove — Chesapeake) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Extends the licenses, certifications and other identification documents of spouses accompanying a member of the military abroad.

(O’Bannon —H enrico) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Codifies the constitutional amendment adopted by voters providing a real property tax exemption for the primary residence of veterans who have a 100 percent, service-related disability.

(Anderson — Prince William) Passed Houe 97-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Waives the one-year residency requirement for veterans attending institutions of higher learning in Virginia, allowing veterans to immediately qualify for in-state tuition.

(Cox, M.K. — Colonial Heights) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Provides supplemental coverage for members of the armed services through Virginia’s cafeteria plan for retirees and dependents eligible for TRICARE supplemental benefits.

(Cox, M.K. —C olonial Heights) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Requires the Department of Veterans Services maintain a certain ratio of staff to veterans in the Commonwealth.

(Sherwood — Frederick) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Authorizes the Governor to allocate funds for the Virginia National Guard and State Defense Force for purposes of preparedness in the absence of an official state of emergency.

(Merricks — Pittsylvania) Passed House 94-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Provides that the Boards of Medicine and Nursing may accept relevant medical experience towards certain civilian, medical certifications.

(Stolle — Virginia Beach) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Provides that an established Virginia domicile, and attendant in-state tuition, of an active duty military spouse is not affected by the maintenance of a second residence, due to military service, outside the jurisdiction.

(Athey — Warren) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Exempts all Department of Veterans Services facilities from requirements related to certificates of public need.

Federalism

(Peace — Hanover ) Passed House 65-33

Urges the United States Congress to carry out its duties mindful of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the attendant duties and rights that flow from that document to the several states.

(Cole —S potsylvania) Passed House 65-33 Killed by Senate Committee

Asserts Virginia’s authority under the 10th amendment to be free from federal regulation of goods manufactured in, sold in, and consumed in Virginia

(LeMunyon — Fairfax) Passed House 59-34 Killed by Senate Committee

Calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention to ratify the Repeal Amendment, a measure which would strengthen federalism by allowing a majority of states, acting in tandem, to repeal federal laws and regulations.

(O’Bannon — Henrico) Passed House 63-33 Killed by Senate Committee

Urges the U.S. Congress to limit the FCC’s authority over regulation of the Internet.

(O’Bannon — Henrico) Passed House 63-33 Killed by Senate Committee

Urges the U.S. Congress to recognize the separation of powers enshrined in the U.S. Constutiton and encourages Congress to refrain from expanding the rulemaking authority of the FTC.

(Marshall, R.G. — Prince William) Passed House 68-30 Killed by Senate Committee

Exempts qualified residential and manufactured buildings in Virginiafrom requirements stemming from federal energy efficiency standards, provided that such buildings meet certain standards articulated in the Statewide Uniform Building Code.

Other Improvements to Virginia’s Quality of Life

(Knight —V irginia Beach) Passed House 97-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Expands the defintion of open-space land to include agricultural and forestal production areas.

(Villanueva — Virginia Beach) Passed House 98-0 Killed by Senate Committee

Clarifies that educational, artistic and theatrical exemptions to obscenity laws do not extend to child pornography and other offenses involving children.

(Edmunds — Halifax) Passed House 97-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Allows certain state vehicles performing environmental functions to be equipped with flashing amber warning lights.

(Ingram — Hopewell) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Gives property owners notice and the opportunity to pay a tenant’s unpaid water or sewer fees before shut off.

(Wright — Lunenberg) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Clarifies that those fishing in interjurisdictional inland waters are subject to the laws of the jurisdiction in which he is fishing.

(Marshall, D.W. — Danville) Passed House 95-4 Passed Senate 39-0

Amends the process for independent external review of health carrier’s adverse decisions regarding the scope of health benefits offered to an individual.

(Marshall, D.W. — Danville) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Provides that during the public procurement process, if an out of state entity is the lowest responsive bidder, and a resident of a state that permits in state price matching preferences, Virginia will allow in state businesses a second chance to match or beat the out of state bid.

(Marshall, R.G. — Prince William) Passed House 62-36 Killed by Senate Committee

Recognizes that unborn children, from conception onward, enjoy the rights and privileges of any other citizen in the Commonwealth.

(May — Loudoun) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 39-0

Requires applications to the State Corporation Commission for large electrical transmission lines must include a description of efforts to minimize environmental, historic and other adverse effects.

(Merricks — Pittsylvania) Passed House 99-0 Killed by Senate Committee

Updates sections of the Uniform Commercial Code addressing negotiable instruments, bank deposits and collections to reflect new case law and technological advances.

(Morefield — Tazewell) Passed House 96-3 Passed Senate 40-0

Clarifies that when an agency has an opportunity to comment on a Virginia Water Protection Permit and fails to do so within 45 days, the permit will be deemed approved without further possibility of comment.

(Nutter — Montgomery) Passed House 95-2 Passed Senate 40-0

Provides that when electronic pollbooks fail and no other options are available, elections officers shall maintain a written list of those voting and provide provisional ballots.

(Orrock — Caroline) Passed House 94-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Establishes the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Fund and designates the Department of Social Services as the state agency responsible for state efforts relating to public agencies and charitable groups assisting low-income families.

(Poindexter — Franklin) Passed House 98-0 Passed Senate 40-0

Updates the Coal Mine Safety Act, bringing it in line with federal and industry standards.

(Purkey — Virginia Beach) Passed House 99-0 Passed Senate 38-0

Brings Virginia’s tax code into greater conformity with federal tax code.

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