2014 Legislative Session Convenes in Richmond

Last Wednesday, Jan. 8 marked the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session of the Virginia General Assembly. This year's session is scheduled to conclude on Saturday, March 8.

Last week, NVTC Chairman Sudhakar Kesavan, chairman and CEO of ICF International, and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg sent letters to all members of the Virginia General Assembly and to the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and senior officials of the McAuliffe administration outlining NVTC's 2014 legislative priorities.

Highlights during the first week of session included:

  • Outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell delivered his final 2014 State of the Commonwealth Address to the Joint Houses of the General Assembly on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 8.

  • Governor Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring were sworn in on the afternoon of Saturday, January 11. After taking the oath of office, Governor McAuliffe delivered his inaugural address.

    Immediately following his inauguration, Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Order Number 1 prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in Virginia state government.

    In supporting Governor McAuliffe's Executive Order #1, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg made the following statement:

    “NVTC believes that ensuring the fair treatment of all employees in the workplace is essential for promoting recruitment and retention of the skilled workers who are critical to the growth of our innovation economy. Our members’ ability to attract the best and brightest candidates to live and work in Virginia is dependent on the Commonwealth being open and equitable to all its citizens. The same is true of state government and our public universities in their workforce recruitment efforts. We applaud Gov. McAuliffe for making it clear that Virginia will not tolerate discrimination.”

  • On Monday, Jan. 13, Governor McAuliffe delivered his first State of the Commonwealth Address to the Joint Houses of the General Assembly.

    More than 1,500 legislative bills have already been submitted for consideration in the General Assembly and many more will be introduced over the next week. Legislators also will spend the coming weeks deliberating over amendments to the FY 2014-2016 biennial budget submitted by Gov. McDonnell as one of his final acts as governor.

    The House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia will offer live streaming video of the 2014 Legislative Session, broadcasting from each chamber every day of the session.

    NVTC’s Public Policy Advocacy Team, Informational Resources and Weekly Conference Calls
    NVTC maintains a full-time presence in Richmond during the legislative session, and we welcome your feedback. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions, ideas or suggestions:

    NVTC Vice President of Policy Josh Levi (jlevi@nvtc.org 703-268-5140)

    NVTC Public Policy Manager Troy Murphy (tmurphy@nvtc.org 703-268-5135)

    NVTC members are encouraged to visit NVTC's 2014 General Assembly Session page for information about the ongoing legislative session in Richmond. There, members will be able to join the NVTC Public Policy Forum group on LinkedIn, where they can exchange ideas and provide feedback and direction to NVTC's advocacy team on critical policy issues affecting the Northern Virginia technology community. NVTC also is compiling an expansive bill tracking index for select bills of interest to NVTC members which will soon be available on this website. Using this platform, the technology community will be able to track legislation as it progresses through the legislative process.

    NVTC's members are invited to participate in weekly legislative conference calls with the NVTC advocacy team. Beginning Friday, Jan. 17, and recurring each Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. through March 7, these calls offer a valuable opportunity to stay connected to what's going on in Richmond and provide advice and feedback to NVTC leaders and staff. Please send an email to (Troy Murphy if you would like to receive notice and call-in information for NVTC's weekly conference calls.

    For more information about NVTC's advocacy efforts, please visit us online at www.nvtc.org/advocacy and follow us on Twitter @NVTCTechPolitic.