Governor Proposes Amendments to 2024 Legislation

In addition to proposing a significant rewrite of the General Assembly’s budget and issuing 153 vetoes, Governor Youngkin recommended amendments to 116 bills.  The legislature will consider these amendments at the reconvened session alongside the Governor’s budget amendments and vetoes; if the General Assembly rejects amendments to a bill, the measure is returned to the […]

Vetoed Bills of Interest to County Governments

In addition to vetoing HB 805 (Rasoul)/SB 14 (McPike) and SB 597 (McPike), as discussed above in Capitol Contact, Governor Youngkin issued vetoes for 150 bills, for a total of 153 vetoes.  The legislature will have the opportunity to override these vetoes at the April 17 reconvened session; a supermajority vote of two-thirds of members […]

Capitol Contact ALERT! Governor Vetoes School Construction Financing Bills

Contact Your Delegates and Senators Now to Support Override Vote! On Monday night, April 8, Governor Youngkin vetoed HB 805 (Rasoul) and SB 14 (McPike), which passed the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support and at least two-thirds of each chamber voting in favor of the bills (71-26 and 27-13, respectively). This was in […]

Electric Vehicle Charging Bill Left in Conference

As previously reported, VACo supports HB 107 (Sullivan) as this bill would create the Electric Vehicle Rural Infrastructure Program and Fund.  The Program and Fund would make available up to $25 million each fiscal year and assist developers by offsetting up to 70 percent of the non-utility cost of electric vehicle charging stations.  According to the provisions […]

Visit Lunenburg County and the Lunenburg County Historic Courthouse

Photo Source: Virginia is for Lovers Location: 11435 Courthouse Road / Lunenburg County RoadBuilt: 1827Style: Greek-Roman RevivalArchitect: Dabney Crosby Sr. and William A HowardsContractor: Dabney Crosby Sr. and William A Howards Description: The building faces south and is a two-story red colored brick and wood structure. The south front has a large portico with four […]

Treasury Releases Updated FAQs for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund

The U.S. Department of the Treasury released an updated set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) on March 29.  This FAQ document is available on Treasury’s website at this link.  As cataloged in the tracking chart at the beginning of the FAQ document, the March 29 edition […]

Revised Budget Bills Head to the Governor after Approval by Legislature

The General Assembly approved revisions to the introduced budget bills prior to adjourning on Saturday, March 9.  Conference committee members had agreed on a package of compromise amendments to HB 29, the “caboose” budget making appropriations for the remainder of FY 2024, and HB 30, the budget for the upcoming biennium, and released the text […]

New Resource Hub for Local Officials: Protect Local Waterways Website

Celebrate World Water Day by reading up on how you can protect the streams and waterways that run through your community! Introducing Protect Local Waterways, a new award-winning web resource on how local leaders can help support the economy, public health, education, and infrastructure while protecting their communities’ environmental assets. Created by local officials for […]

Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program is Now Accepting Applications

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over 5 years. The SS4A program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. Funds for the fiscal year 2024 SS4A grant program are to be […]

More Favorable Bus Stop Bill Passes General Assembly

HB 285 (McQuinn), as introduced, provided for the exemption of plans and specifications for bus shelters that do not exceed 256 square feet that are to be constructed for transit agencies receiving state money and that will be constructed on state-owned property from the Department of General Services’ review process required by the Uniform Statewide […]

Visit Louisa County and the Louisa County Historic Courthouse

Location: 100 West Main Street / Elm StreetBuilt: 1905 – 1906Style: Classical RevivalArchitect: D Whiley AndersonContractor: Samuel Ragland Description: The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square. The north front has a large portico with […]

State General Fund Revenues in Line with Forecast in February

On Friday, March 15, Governor Youngkin released state General Fund revenue figures for the month of February, reporting that revenue collections continue to align with FY 2024 forecasts.  Total General Fund revenues increased by 17.3 percent in February relative to February 2023, and have increased by 6.3 percent on a fiscal year-to-date basis; year-to-date collections […]

Resources for Jails a Continued Area of Legislative Interest

HB 912 (Shin), which initially proposed to limit or eliminate certain fees charged within jails, cap prices for items sold in jail commissaries, and require jails to provide telephone calls to a limited number of recipients at no cost, was substantially revised this session and has now passed both chambers.  Similar bills were considered in […]