BVU Authority; number of directors on Board of Directors



House: Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 16103335D House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns House: Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2 House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 1-N) House: Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (21-Y 0-N) House: Committee substitute printed 16105222D-H1 House: Read first time House: Read second time House: Committee substitute agreed to 16105222D-H1 House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1255H1 House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government Senate: Reported from Local Government with substitute (12-Y 0-N) Senate: Committee substitute printed 16105989D-S1 Senate: Incorporates HB1325 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Read third time Senate: Reading of substitute waived Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 16105989D-S1 Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1255S1 Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) House: Placed on Calendar House: Senate substitute rejected by House 16105989D-S1 (0-Y 94-N) House: VOTE: REJECTED EMERGENCY (0-Y 94-N) Senate: Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) Senate: Senate requested conference committee House: House acceded to request House: Conferees appointed by House House: Delegates: Pillion, Kilgore, Mason Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate Conference: Amended by conference committee House: Conference substitute printed 16106223D-H2 House: Conference report agreed to by House (91-Y 0-N) House: VOTE: ADOPTION EMERGENCY (91-Y 0-N) Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N 1-A) House: Enrolled 03/25/16 House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1255ER) House: Signed by Speaker Senate: Signed by President House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/28/16 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 725 (effective 4/8/16) Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0725)

Date Updated

Friday, April 8, 2016

VPA Position


BVU Authority; Board of Directors. Reduces from nine to seven the number of directors on the Board of Directors (the Board) of the BVU Authority and alters the methods of their appointment. The bill removes the current membership of the Board, comprising six citizens of Bristol, Virginia, two Bristol City Council members, and one member of the Board of Supervisors of Washington County, and institutes in their place a Board of seven directors, comprising (i) one citizen of each of the following localities with its appointing authority:  the City of Bristol, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; the City of Bristol, appointed by the Board; Scott County, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; and Washington County, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and (ii) one member of the governing body of each of the localities of the City of Bristol, the Town of Abingdon, and Washington County, appointed by their respective governing bodies. The citizen of the City of Bristol who is appointed by the Board is required to be engaged in business and may be appointed initially by the Bristol City Council.

Upon the sale of the Authority's broadband service, BVU OptiNet, the bill reduces the Board to five by removing the Abingdon Town Council member and the Scott County citizen. In addition, the bill directs that after the sale, the Bristol citizen will be appointed by the Governor rather than by the Speaker of the House of Delegates.

The bill directs the Auditor of Public Accounts to examine the accounts of the BVU Authority by July 1, 2016, and contains an emergency clause.

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