HJ 604 Study; acclimation of Commonwealth's ethnically diverse population.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Study; acclimation of the Commonwealth's ethnically diverse population. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the acclimation of the Commonwealth's ethnically diverse populations. The Commission is specifically directed to (i) identify the potential needs for State, regional, and local government services to the immigrant populations in the Commonwealth that are unique or typically exceed those of the total general population; (ii) examine the benefits and the costs of the major immigrant populations to the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth's economy; (iii) review federal government policies and programs that affect the immigrant populations in the Commonwealth and that could have an impact on State or local initiatives; (iv) examine options for local, regional, and State governments to facilitate acclimation of the immigrant populations into the Commonwealth's economy and social fabric while preserving ethnic and cultural identity (including a review of initiatives other states have taken in assisting ethnically diverse populations); and (v) recommend changes in the Commonwealth's laws and regulations, as appropriate, to ensure equal opportunity for all ethnic groups.

Full text:
01/08/03  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/07/03 035219680  pdf
02/22/03  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ604ER)  pdf

Status:
01/08/03  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/07/03 035219680
01/08/03  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/28/03  House: Reported from Rules (17-Y 0-N)
01/30/03  House: Taken up
01/30/03  House: Engrossed by House
01/30/03  House: Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/30/03  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
01/30/03  House: Communicated to Senate
02/03/03  Senate: Reading waived
02/03/03  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/10/03  Senate: Reported from Rules by voice vote
02/12/03  Senate: Rules suspended (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/03  Senate: VOTE: SUSPEND THE RULES R (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/03  Senate: Reading waived, passed by for the day
02/13/03  Senate: Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/22/03  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ604ER)