SB 679 State mandates; eliminating on local and regional government entities relating to education, etc.
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Summary as passed:

Elimination of certain state mandates on local entities. Eliminates several statewide mandates on local government and regional government entities.The bill does the following: (i) removes the requirement that surplus property be offered to political subdivisions or volunteer fire and rescue squads before being sold at a public sale or auction, (ii) raises the ceiling for professional service contracts that a locality may enter without competitive negotiation from $50,000 to $60,000, (iii) eliminates the requirement that a lease of property owned by any political subdivision, or privately owned, licensed public use airport be approved by the Department, (iv) removes the requirement for localities to obtain VDOT approval for red light camera locations, (v) clarifies that the local courts cannot require localities to construct a new or additional courthouse, (vi) eliminates requirements for reporting Urban Development Areas to the Commission on Local Government, (vii) removes the requirement for establishing local advisory committees on gifted education and the annual reporting by such committees, (viii) eliminates the requirement to provide the estimated per pupil cost for public education of individual school to each parent or guardian of the enrolled child, (ix) removes the requirement that proceeds from the sale of local education surplus property be applied to capital improvements, (x) eliminates the requirement to establish a school health board, (xi) removes annual contract requirements for community service boards, (xii) eliminates Internet policy mandates on local libraries, (xiii) changes requirement to give first priority for vending contracts to the blind from mandatory to a local option, and (xiv) repeals the requirement for civics training for teachers in order to renew license. The bill also makes technical changes. The bill is identical to HB 1295.

Summary as introduced:
Elimination of state mandates.  Eliminates several statewide mandates on local and regional government entities relating to procurement procedures, education, and land use.