It was a busy and interesting first week in the 2017 “short” session of the General Assembly. Procedural and organizational matters have dominated the first three days.
Special Election Results and House Appropriations Committee Appointment Changes
Special elections on January 10 resulted in three new General Assembly members: Jennifer McClellan (D) in the 9th Senatorial District, Mark Peake (R ) in the 22nd Senatorial District, and N.D. “Rocky” Holcomb in the 85th House District. A special election to fill Senator McClellan’s House seat has not been announced.
Delegate Lashrecse Aird was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee and removed from the House Finance Committee and Delegate Joseph Lindsey was removed from the House Appropriations Committee and appointed to the House Committee on Commerce and Labor.
Budget amendments were due today at 5:00 p.m. The VCCS filed an identical language budget amendment with both the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee for Level II authority for procurement, and to ensure that the Shared Services Center will be accommodated in a Level II environment. The VCCS currently has Level II authority for Information Technology and Capital Projects.
Foster Care Tuition Grant and Apprenticeship Credentials Legislation Reported in Senate Education and Health
Yesterday in the Senate Education and Health Committee, two pieces of VCCS priority legislation which are part of the Governor’s legislative agenda package were reported.
SB 1032 (Favola) will allow the VCCS’s foster care tuition grant, which is now only available to foster care students pursuing academic credit instruction, to now include recipients pursuing workforce credentials.
SB 999 (Ruff) would require that the State Board set up a process for each community college to develop policies and procedures for awarding academic credit to enrolled students who have successfully completed a state-approved registered apprenticeship credential.
As of this afternoon, 1,948 pieces of legislation have been filed. Committees will start acting rapidly on bills next week.
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