SB 716

  • Virginia Senate Bill
  • 2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 21, 2022
  • Passed Senate Feb 14, 2022
  • Passed House Feb 25, 2022
  • Signed by Governor Apr 11, 2022

Broadband affordability plan; Department of Housing and Community Development to develop, report.

Abstract

Department of Housing and Community Development; broadband affordability plan. Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a plan, to be known as the Commonwealth Digital Affordability and Cost Effectiveness Plan, to access federal funding under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill requires that the Plan include (i) an overview of options for affordable broadband connectivity in the Commonwealth; (ii) recommendations on how best to leverage federal grants addressing broadband affordability; (iii) best practices for establishing a broadband affordability program, taking into account existing federal funds and programs; and (iv) recommendations for public outreach, with consideration of the report submitted by the Department of Social Services as required in Item 359 L of Chapter 552 of the Acts of Assembly of 2021, Special Session I. The bill requires the Department to report the Plan to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2022. This bill is identical to HB 1265.

Department of Housing and Community Development; broadband affordability plan. Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a plan, to be known as the Commonwealth Digital Affordability and Cost Effectiveness Plan, to access federal funding under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill requires that the Plan include (i) an overview of options for affordable broadband connectivity in the Commonwealth; (ii) recommendations on how best to leverage federal grants addressing broadband affordability; (iii) best practices for establishing a broadband affordability program, taking into account existing federal funds and programs; and (iv) recommendations for public outreach, with consideration of the report submitted by the Department of Social Services as required in Item 359 L of Chapter 552 of the Acts of Assembly of 2021, Special Session I. The bill requires the Department to report the Plan to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2022.

Department of Housing and Community Development;broadband affordability plan. Directs the Department of Housingand Community Development to develop the Commonwealth Digital Affordabilityand Cost-Effectiveness to address broadband affordability and equity.The bill requires that the Plan include (i) an overview of wherein the Commonwealth broadband and other digital connectivity is unaffordable;(ii) recommendations on how best to leverage federal grants addressingbroadband affordability to best execute the Plan; (iii) best practicesfor establishing a grant program or its equivalent to address digital affordability, taking into account existing federal funds and programs;(iv) a strategy to expand the affordability of broadband by retrofittingall affordable housing projects with broadband installations andother necessary infrastructure improvements; and (v) recommendations,including recommendations for a public outreach plan, on how to takeadvantage of the $14 billion Affordability Connectivity Program ofthe federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to support a permanent$30-a-month broadband subsidy for low-income households, NationalTelecommunications and Information Administration programs, and theU.S. Department of Agriculture Reconnect program. The bill requiresthe Department to report the Plan to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2022.

Bill Sponsors (1)

Votes


Actions


Apr 11, 2022

Office of the Governor

Approved by Governor-Chapter 519 (effective 7/1/22)

Mar 11, 2022

Senate

Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022

Mar 07, 2022

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB716ER)

Mar 04, 2022

House

Signed by Speaker

Senate

Signed by President

Senate

Enrolled

Mar 01, 2022

Senate

House amendment agreed to by Senate (33-Y 7-N)

Feb 25, 2022

House

Committee amendment agreed to

House

VOTE: Passage (81-Y 18-N)

House

Passed House with amendment (81-Y 18-N)

House

Engrossed by House as amended

House

Read third time

Feb 24, 2022

House

Read second time

Feb 23, 2022

Senate

Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

Feb 22, 2022

House

Reported from General Laws with amendment(s) (19-Y 3-N)

House

House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

Feb 21, 2022

House

Referred to Committee on General Laws

House

Placed on Calendar

House

Read first time

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB716S1)

Feb 14, 2022

Senate

Floor substitute printed 22106594D-S1 (Petersen)

Senate

Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

Senate

Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB716S1

Senate

Substitute by Senator Petersen agreed to 22106594D-S1

Senate

Reading of substitute waived

Senate

Committee amendments rejected

Senate

Read second time

Senate

Passed by temporarily

Feb 11, 2022

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

Feb 10, 2022

Senate

Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N)

Feb 09, 2022

Senate

Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (14-Y 0-N)

Senate

Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB716)

Jan 21, 2022

Senate

Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

Senate

Presented and ordered printed 22104552D

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Presented and ordered printed 22104552D PDF HTML
SB716S1 PDF HTML
SB716ER PDF HTML
CHAP0519 PDF HTML

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Impact Statement: SB716FER122.PDF PDF
Fiscal Impact Statement: SB716FS1122.PDF PDF
Fiscal Impact Statement: SB716F122.PDF PDF
Amendment: SB716ASR HTML
Amendment: SB716AS HTML
Amendment: SB716AHE HTML
Amendment: SB716AH HTML

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