HB 2245 Virginia Research Investment Committee; expands role of Committee.
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Summary as enacted with Governor's Recommendation: (all summaries)

Virginia Research Investment Committee. Expands the role of the Virginia Research Investment Committee (the Committee) to include, in addition to awarding grants and loans from the Virginia Research Investment Fund, providing guidance and coordination in the use of public funds to support research and commercialization efforts throughout the Commonwealth. Effective January 1, 2018, the bill moves responsibility for the development of the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap (the Roadmap) from the Center for Innovative Technology to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (the Council), which shall submit the plan to the Committee for approval. The Council would consult with public institutions of higher education, make recommendations on the industry sectors in which the Commonwealth should focus its research and development efforts, and establish a process for maintaining an inventory of the Commonwealth's current research and development efforts. Before implementation, the Council would submit the Roadmap to the Governor for final approval. The Roadmap would be used to determine areas of focus for awards from the Virginia Research Investment Fund and the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund.

The bill also clarifies that the exemption from mandatory disclosure of records under the Freedom of Information Act by applicants for grants and loans from the Committee applies to certain financial records, trade secrets, and research-related information. The bill requires an applicant seeking to invoke the protections of the exemption to submit a written request to the Committee identifying the records or data for which protection is sought and stating the reason why protection is necessary. Under the bill, the exemption also applies to documents prepared exclusively for the application review by the Committee, its staff, or a reviewing entity conducting a scientific review at the request of the Committee. The closed meeting exemption is also amended to include interviews of applicants by the Committee or a reviewing entity conducting a scientific review.

The bill contains technical amendments. This bill is identical to SB 1371.

Full text:
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101602D  pdf | impact statement
02/03/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104936D-H1  pdf | impact statement
03/07/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2245ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/05/17  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB2245ER2)  pdf
04/05/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0796)  pdf

Governor's recommendation

01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101602D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/17  House: Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
01/19/17  House: Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/24/17  House: Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N)
01/24/17  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/17  House: Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology
02/01/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/03/17  House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (20-Y 0-N)
02/03/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104936D-H1
02/04/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Read second time
02/06/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104936D-H1
02/06/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2245H1
02/07/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/20/17  Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 1-N)
02/21/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/17  Senate: Read third time
02/22/17  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
03/07/17  House: Enrolled
03/07/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2245ER)
03/07/17  House: Signed by Speaker
03/10/17  Senate: Signed by President
03/13/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/20/17  House: Governor's recommendation received by House
04/05/17  House: Placed on Calendar
04/05/17  House: House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 3-N)
04/05/17  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 3-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (40-Y 0-N)
04/05/17  Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (36-Y 4-N)
04/05/17  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
04/05/17  House: Reenrolled
04/05/17  House: Reenrolled bill text (HB2245ER2)
04/05/17  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/05/17  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
04/05/17  House: Enacted, Chapter 796 (effective - see bill)
04/05/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0796)