HJ 248 Biosciences and biotechnology; joint subcommittee to study and advance development and enhancement.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Study; Development and enhancement of the biosciences and biotechnology.† Creates a joint subcommittee to study and advance the development and enhancement of the biosciences and biotechnology in the Commonwealth.

In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall, among other things, (i) review and implement appropriate and efficacious recommendations of state and national research investigations in the disciplines of bioscience and biotechnology, including the Governorís Commission on Biotechnology; (ii) examine, continue, and enlarge the work begun by the Governorís Commission on Biotechnology, including, but not limited to, determining how Virginiaís research universities, federal and state laboratories, biotechnology incubators, research parks, private industry, and other major resources can be leveraged to help make Virginia a more attractive location for the development and enhancement of the biosciences and biotechnology industry; (iii) determine how these resources may increase the development of the biotechnology industry through technology transfer and commercialization of new ideas and discoveries; (iv) assess how strategic initiatives in bioscience and biotechnology may generate economic development and investment in Virginia, particularly in rural and urban regions of the Commonwealth; (v) examine Virginiaís workforce development status, including education, supply, and training needs relative to supporting viable bioscience research and biotechnology industry in the Commonwealth; (vi) evaluate the capacity of bioscience and biotechnology to protect and preserve Virginiaís natural resources; and (vii) develop and recommend a strategic and visionary plan that implements certain of the recommendations deemed feasible and appropriate, establishes Virginia as a national and global leader in bioscience and biotechnology research and application by 2018, and enables the Commonwealth to maintain its national and global leadership thereafter.

During the course of its study, the joint subcommittee shall ensure the participation and contribution of representatives of Virginia's public research institutions of higher education, the Center for Innovative Technology, the private biotechnology industry, and the Secretary of Technology. The joint subcommittee shall also ensure the involvement of representatives of agricultural and tobacco interests, federal laboratories in Virginia involved in research and technology transfer in life sciences, and the not-for-profit life science and research institutions and laboratories in the Commonwealth.

Full text:
01/18/08  House: Presented and ordered printed 089859736  pdf
02/06/08  House: Committee substitute printed 084234736-H1  pdf
02/08/08  House: Floor substitute printed 086012620-H2 (May)  pdf
03/03/08  Senate: Committee substitute printed 087324736-S1  pdf
03/12/08  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ248ER)  pdf

Status:
01/18/08  House: Presented and ordered printed 089859736
01/18/08  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/05/08  House: Reported from Rules with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
02/06/08  House: Committee substitute printed 084234736-H1
02/08/08  House: Taken up
02/08/08  House: Floor substitute printed 086012620-H2 (May)
02/08/08  House: Substitute by Delegate May agreed to 086012620-H2
02/08/08  House: No action taken on committee substitute 084234736-H1
02/08/08  House: Engrossed by House - floor substitute HJ248H2
02/08/08  House: Agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/08  House: VOTE: --- ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/08  House: Communicated to Senate
02/11/08  Senate: Reading waived
02/11/08  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
03/03/08  Senate: Reported from Rules with substitute by voice vote
03/03/08  Senate: Committee substitute printed 087324736-S1
03/04/08  Senate: Reading waived (38-Y 0-N)
03/04/08  Senate: Read third time
03/04/08  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
03/04/08  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 087324736-S1
03/04/08  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HJ248S1
03/04/08  Senate: Agreed to by Senate with substitute by voice vote
03/05/08  House: Placed on Calendar
03/05/08  House: Passed by for the day
03/06/08  House: Senate substitute agreed to by House 087324736-S1 (100-Y 0-N)
03/06/08  House: VOTE: --- ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)
03/12/08  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ248ER)