Thursday, January 13, 2011

VEA Initiated Legislation

Your lobbyists are swamped by the thousands of bills that have been filed, and we are working to identify those that will affect students, those who work in schools, and the quality of public education. The following measures that VEA has initiated are now “Prefiled and ordered printed”:

HB 1786 School boards; funds appropriated by locality shall be reappropriated to board.

A BILL to amend and reenact § 22.1-100 of the Code of Virginia, relating to unexpended local school and educational funds.

Summary as introduced:

Local school boards; unexpended funds. Provides that any funds appropriated by the locality to a local school board that are not expended in any fiscal year must not revert to the locality but shall be reappropriated to the local school board.

Patron: Tata

HJ 649 Study; Virginia Retirement System; report.

Directing the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the Virginia Retirement System. Report.

Summary as introduced:

Study; Virginia Retirement System; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the Virginia Retirement System to determine whether the General Assembly is complying with its Constitutional obligation to fund the Virginia Retirement System using methods that are consistent with generally accepted actuarial principles.

Patron: Plum

SB 805 Health insurance; credits for retired school division employees.

A BILL to amend and reenact § 51.1-1401 of the Code of Virginia, relating to health insurance credits for retired school division employees.

Summary as introduced:

Health insurance credits for retired school division employees. Provides that the health insurance credit currently being provided to retired teachers would also be provided to all retired employees of the local school division at the option of the local school division and as a cost borne by the local government.

Patron: Marsden

SB 1022 Virginia Retirement System; creditable compensation of teachers.
A BILL to amend and reenact § 51.1-124.3 of the Code of Virginia, relating to creditable compensation of teachers under the Virginia Retirement System.

Summary as introduced:

Virginia Retirement System; creditable compensation of teachers. Provides that the creditable compensation of teachers for retirement purposes under the Virginia Retirement System shall include all compensation payable to teachers by their public school boards, including compensation that is not pursuant to a contract for teaching.

Patron: Puckett

SB 1031 Public schools; unexpended funds.

A BILL to amend and reenact § 22.1-100 of the Code of Virginia, relating to unexpended school funds.

Summary as introduced:

Public schools; unexpended funds. Allows local school divisions to keep any unexpended funds from the Commonwealth or local sources for use the next year.

Patron: Barker

Much more information regarding VEA’s bills will follow, but this will give you the bill numbers to reference as you advocate for the VEA agenda. Please note that the bill numbers are “hot links” which will take you to a display of the status and history of the bills.

Tangentially, economist, Robert Reich recently did an interview on NPR which explains why it is so hard to gain support for public education in today’s America. I think you will find it most insightful.

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