2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Sickles
Prioritization of VATI Program for Telehealth and Online Learning (language only)

Item 114 #1h

Item 114 #1h

Commerce and Trade
Department of Housing and Community Development


Page 28, after line 32, insert:

"5. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Department shall give priority consideration to, and not require investment from a private sector partner for, proposals that address an unserved or underserved community's lack of access to telehealth or virtual learning platforms."


(This amendment adds language to the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to prioritize broadband infrastructure projects that will address internet access for the purposes of telehealth and online learning. The language exempts telehealth or online learning focused projects from a requirement that the private sector partner contribute to the costs of the project.)