2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress (language only)

Item 1 #12c

Item 1 #12c

Legislative Department
General Assembly of Virginia


Page 12, after line 13, insert:

"T.1.  The Co-Chairs of the Senate Finance Committee shall appoint five members from their Committee and the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee shall appoint four members from his Committee and two members of the House Finance Committee to a Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress.  The Joint Subcommittee shall elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among its membership.

2. The goals and objectives of the Joint Subcommittee will be to review (i) savings opportunities from increased regional cooperation and consolidation of services; (ii) local responsibilities for service delivery of state-mandated or high priority programs, (iii) causes of fiscal stress among local governments, (iv) potential financial incentives and other governmental reforms to encourage increased regional cooperation; and (v) the different taxing authorities of cities and counties.

3.  Administrative staff support shall be provided by the Office of the Clerks of the House and Senate.   The Joint Subcommittee may seek support and technical assistance from the staff of the Division of Legislative Services, House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Commission on Local Government. All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the Joint Subcommittee for this study, upon request.

4.   No recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee shall be adopted if a majority votes against the recommendation. The Joint Subcommittee shall submit to the Division of Legislative Automated Systems an executive summary of its findings and recommendations no later than the first day of the next Regular Session of the General Assembly for each year."


(This amendment establishes a joint subcommittee tasked with identifying issues and potential solutions related to local fiscal stress.)