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Marshall pre-files new bills

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories previewing the 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The state Manufacturing Development Commission would examine the economic and environmental benefits of using recycled materials in the manufacturing process in Virginia under a bill state Del. Danny Marshall has pre-filed.

If the bill passes, the commission would look at manufacturing throughout the commonwealth to see what products could be diverted from landfills and used in the manufacturing process, reducing the cost of manufacturing and freeing up landfill space, Marshall said.

The bill (HJ 28) says, “An increasing number of Virginia manufacturers are using recycled material in the manufacturing process as a way to reduce energy consumption, curtail adverse environmental effects and become more competitive; ... the use of recycled material in the manufacturing process presents an economic opportunity in the creation of new Virginia markets for recycled material.”

Marshall said Brockway Glass in Pittsylvania County recommended that he file the bill.

Marshall, R-Danville, and state Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Glade Hill, are members of the commission, according to its website.

Marshall also pre-filed a bill (HJ 29) that would direct the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to study the overpopulation of wild game and how to control it.

It says, “Increased urbanization and suburbanization across the commonwealth, especially in specific areas, have increased interactions between the commonwealth’s now more than 8 million citizens and these abundant wildlife populations. ... Despite its positive aspects, this increased interaction is associated with significant problems, including millions of dollars in damage to crops and property, thousands of vehicle accidents each year, and disease and safety risks to the commonwealth’s citizens. ... In Fairfax County alone there are 4,000-5,000 vehicle-versus-deer accidents annually.”

Marshall pre-filed HB 65 to exclude from the sale price for determining motor vehicle sales and use tax the amount of any credit given by the seller for any motor vehicle taken as a trade-in. Doing that would reduce the cost of buying a vehicle, he said.

He gave this example. If someone buys a $20,000 vehicle and has a $7,000 trade-in, he would pay “titling tax” on $13,000 rather than $20,000, as is the case now.

According to the General Assembly website, other bills Marshall pre-filed include:

• HB 69: expands types of services that may be provided under extended contract.

• HB 70: vests the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability with the power and duty to make performance reviews of state agencies with transportation responsibilities. The bill also directs the commission to study the costs and benefits of coordinating traffic light signals.

• HB 208: amends the existing vested rights statute by clarifying that structures that meet certain conditions shall be considered nonconforming under the Uniform Statewide Building Code.

• HB 209: provides that localities may mandate the submission of preliminary subdivision plats for tentative approval only for plats involving 50 or more lots.

• HB 210: requires approval from the Henry County voters before Martinsville can revert to town status. “I’m going to pursue that,” he said, even though city council recently voted to table reversion. He said city council could decide in the future to pursue reversion.

• HB 211: requires motor vehicle liability insurance policies to include coverage, with limits of not less than $10,000, against liability for inconvenience incurred by a third party as a result of negligence in the insured’s operation or use of the motor vehicle. The coverage applies only when a collision renders the third party’s motor vehicle inoperable.

• HB 212: prohibits driving a motor vehicle while holding a pet.

• HB 213: provides additional funds for transportation in the Salem Highway Construction District by allocating revenue attributable to a portion of economic growth due to or facilitated by the Inland Port in Montgomery County.

• HB 214: provides that only vehicles owned by Virginia residents can be registered as farm vehicles or antique vehicles.

• HB 68: changes the dates on which certain scheduled increases in sales and use tax revenue to the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund would not take place if Congress does not enact a law permitting states to require certain out-of-state retailers to collect and remit state sales and use tax from fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

Marshall said the biggest issue facing the General Assembly always is the budget. Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe “will have to live with” outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget “to a certain degree,” just as McDonnell had to when he succeeded Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, according to Marshall.

He added that the General Assembly and McAuliffe may “tweak” the budget.

Marshall also said the possibility of expanding Medicaid in Virginia will continue to be an issue. He said he agrees with McDonnell that Virginia first should investigate how to get rid of abuse and waste in Medicaid before it considers whether to expand Medicaid.

The delegate said he is awaiting a report of a commission looking into that.

On other issues, he said, “For our area, it’s always jobs.”


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