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2020 Session

Budget Bill - HB30 (Chapter 1289)

Commission to Evaluate Opportunity For Minority Business Expansion

Item 27.10

Item 27.10

First Year - FY2021Second Year - FY2022
Economic Development Services (53400)$20,000$20,000
Economic Development Research, Planning, and Coordination (53401)FY2021 $20,000FY2022 $20,000
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY2021 $20,000FY2022 $20,000

 Authority: Discretionary Inclusion


A. The Virginia Minority Business Commission (the Commission) shall promote the growth and competitiveness of Virginia minority-owned businesses.


B.1. The Commission shall consist of 13 members that include seven legislative members and six nonlegislative citizen members. Members shall be appointed as follows: four members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; three members of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; three nonlegislative citizen members with expertise in entrepreneurship, economics, and business to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; and three nonlegislative citizen members with expertise in entrepreneurship, economics, and business to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. Nonlegislative citizen members of the Commission shall be citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Unless otherwise approved in writing by the chairman of the Commission and the respective Clerk, nonlegislative citizen members shall only be reimbursed for travel originating and ending within the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of attending meetings.


2. Legislative members and ex officio members of the Commission shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of two years. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Legislative members and nonlegislative citizen members may be reappointed. However, no nonlegislative citizen member shall serve more than four consecutive two-year terms. The remainder of any term to which a member is appointed to fill a vacancy shall not constitute a term in determining the member's eligibility for reappointment. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. The Commission shall elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among its membership, who shall be members of the General Assembly.


3. Legislative members of the Commission shall receive such compensation as provided in § 30-19.12, and nonlegislative citizen members shall receive such compensation for the performance of their duties as provided in § 2.2-2813. All members shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as provided in § 2.2-2813 and § 2.2-2825. Compensation to members of the General Assembly for attendance at official meetings of the Commission shall be paid by the offices of the Clerk of the House of Delegates or Clerk of the Senate, as applicable. All other compensation and expenses shall be paid from existing appropriations to the Commission.


C. The Commission shall: (i) Evaluate the impact of existing statutes and proposed legislation on minority businesses; (ii) Assess the Commonwealth's minority business assistance programs and examine ways to enhance their effectiveness; (iii) Provide minority business owners and advocates with a forum to address their concerns; (iv) Develop strategies and recommendations to promote the growth and competitiveness of Virginia minority-owned businesses; and, (v) Collaborate with the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and other appropriate entities to facilitate the Commission's work and mission.


D. The chairman shall submit to the General Assembly and the Governor an annual executive summary of the interim activity and work of the Commission no later than November 1st of each year. The executive summary shall be submitted as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports and shall be posted on the General Assembly's website.