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Upcoming Veto Session 2016 -- April 19th Newsletter


As of April 10th, Governor McAuliffe completed his review of bills following the adjournment of the regular 2016 legislative session.  In total, 811 bills were passed by the 2016 General Assembly.  Governor McAuliffe signed 732 into law.  The remaining bills were either vetoed or sent back to the House and Senate for review with Governor's Recommendations.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20th, marks the convening of the 2016 veto session.  The purpose of the veto session is to consider Governor’s Recommendations and vetoes that were passed during the regular session.  The Constitution prohibits the consideration of any other business.

During the upcoming veto session, I hope to uphold all of the Governor's vetoes and vote against the passage of these bills just as I did during the regular session.

When veto session begins at noon tomorrow, you can watch a live video stream here.

Vetoed House Bills To Be Considered

Vetoed bills will only be considered if they are contested by the bill's Chief Patron or another member of the House.  If the veto is not contested, the Governor's veto will stand.  To override a veto, a two thirds vote of members present is required.  If the motion to override is agreed to, the bill will be sent to the Senate for consideration.  If the necessary two thirds vote of members present in either chamber is not received, the Governor's veto will stand.

  • HB 2 Clean Power Plan; General Assembly approval required for a state implementation plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
  • HB 8 Virginia Virtual School; Board established.
  • HB 9 Voter registration; required information on application form.
  • HB 18 Franchisees; status thereof and its employees as employees of the franchisor.
  • HB 70 Warrants; issuance of arrest warrants for law-enforcement officers.
  • HB 145 Virginia Public Procurement Act; public works contracts, prevailing wage provisions.
  • HB 264 Local government; prohibiting certain practices requiring contractors to provide compensation, etc.
  • HB 298 Coal tax; limits aggregate amount of credits that may be allocated or claimed for employment, etc.
  • HB 382 Firearms; control by state agencies, rights of employees.
  • HB 389 Virginia Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, report, effective clause.
  • HB 481 Compliance with detainers; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • HB 516 Education, Board of; policy on sexually explicit instructional material.
  • HB 518 School boards, local; to provide students with option to transfer to another school division.
  • HB 560 Brandishing a firearm; intent to induce fear, etc., penalty.
  • HB 587 Memorials and monuments; protection of all memorials, etc.
  • HB 1090 Health, Department of; expenditure of funds related to abortions and family planning services. (Would de-fund Planned Parenthood.)
  • HB 1096 Firearms; regulation by state entities prohibited.
  • HB 1234 School security officers; carrying a firearm.
  • HB 1371 Local government; prohibition on certain mandates upon employers.

For a full list of bills vetoed by the Governor, including vetoed Senate bills, go here.

House Bills with Governor's Recommendations To Be Considered

Bills with Governor's Recommendations will be introduced by the bill's Chief Patron.  The Chief Patron will explain the Governor's Recommendation and move to its adoption.  At this point, the Chief Patron may state a preference that the motion be accepted or rejected.  If the Recommendation is agreed to by members of the House, the bill is sent to the Senate for consideration.  If the Recommendation is not agreed to by members of the House, the bill is sent back to the Governor.  

If the Governor's Recommendation fails and a further motion that the bill become law in its original form is agreed to by a two thirds vote, the bill will be sent to the Senate for consideration.  If the Governor's Recommendation fails and the motion following the bill fails as well, the bill is sent back to the Governor once again in its original form.  

If the Governor's Recommendation contains several amendments, the amendments may be severed as determined by the Speaker.  If the House agrees to one or more amendments, but not the entire Governor's Recommendation, the bill is sent to the Senate.  The bill is then re-enrolled with the amendments agreed to by both houses and sent back to the Governor.

Further, when acting on Governor’s Recommendations, the House may determine by majority vote that the Governor’s amendments are not specific and severable.  If such determination is made, then the bill would be before the House in the form originally sent to the Governor and may be acted upon.

  • HB 30 Budget Bill.
  • HB 36 Government courses at public high schools; civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization Test.
  • HB 47 Mixed-Delivery Preschool Fund and Grant Program; established, report, sunset provision.
  • HB 52 Structured Settlement Protection Act; amends Act so obligor and issuer may rely on court order.
  • HB 90 Virginia National Guard; possession of handguns by members at certain facilities.
  • HB 97 Interstate 95; VDOT, et al., to evaluate traffic congestion in Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties.
  • HB 485 Assault; person charged with simple assault against family or household member.
  • HB 577 Interpleader; funds held in escrow.
  • HB 653 Consent to organ donation.
  • HB 685 Direct primary care agreements; Commonwealth's insurance laws do not apply.
  • HB 735 Landlord and tenant laws; responsibility of landlord to pay certain costs, etc.
  • HB 752 Stalking; penalty.
  • HB 814 Virginia Indian advisory board; Secretary of the Commonwealth may establish, membership.
  • HB 815 Execution; if lethal injection is not available, electrocution shall be used.
  • HB 818 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; designation of officer, posting of rights and responsibilities.
  • HB 834 Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board and Fund; established, report.
  • HB 846 Virginia Collaborative Economic Development Act; established, sunset provision.
  • HB 858 Virginia International Trade Corporation; established, report.
  • HB 895 High school graduation; graduation requirements.
  • HB 1017 Education improvement scholarships; tax credit, reporting and other requirements.
  • HB 1030 Officers of election; required training every two years.
  • HB 1069 Tolls; toll collection procedures, fees, etc.
  • HB 1108 Virginia Public Procurement Act; contracting generally, use of experience modification factor.
  • HB 1224 Bank franchise tax; sets a cap of $18 million on total annual tax liability per taxpayer.
  • HB 1228 Boxing and wrestling events; provisions for sanctioning organizations.
  • HB 1231 Dogs chasing livestock; district court may order dog to be transferred to a different owner, etc.
  • HB 1250 Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Act; consolidation of programs, opt-out for locations.
  • HB 1343 Research & development in the Commonwealth; Va. Research Investment Fund & Committee, created, etc.
  • HB 1344 Bonds; certain capital projects.
  • HB 1362 Conflicts of Interests Acts, State & Local Government & General Assembly, etc.; lobbyist reporting.

For a full list of bills with Governor's Recommendations, including Senate bills, go here.

Best regards,

Kaye Kory

Delegate, 38th District