Friday, January 16, 2009

2009 Bills

As we noted, the 2009 session is underway. Please continue to share your cost savings suggestions and ideas with the Cost Cutting Caucus!

A few bills worth taking a look at for the 2009 session :

HB 1848 Transportation; Auditor of Public Accounts to administer operational performance audit. (Delegate Lingamfelter)
Provides for the Auditor of Public Accounts to administer an operational and programmatic performance audit focusing on the agencies within the Transportation Secretariat. The audit will be conducted by a private management consulting firm with a final report to be completed by December 31, 2009. The goal of the audit is to determine an objective and independent cost savings assessment of the Commonwealth's organizational structure and efficiency of the Commonwealth's transportation programs to provide information to the Governor and the General Assembly on ways to reduce duplication of effort and implement cost savings measures and programmatic efficiencies in the operation of state transportation programs.

HB 1641 Efficiency in Government Advisory Councils; established. (Delegate Bob Marshall)
Establishes an Efficiency in Government Advisory Council for each secretariat of state government to review the operations of the agencies within the assigned secretariat for the purposes of identifying efficiencies and determining specific operational areas where savings may be realized. Under the bill, all recommendations that result in identifiable monetary savings among agencies within the assigned secretariat shall be presented to the Governor and General Assembly no later than November 30 of each year.

HB 2285 Searchable Database Website of Revenue, Budget Item, & Expenditure; Sec. of Technology; created. (Delegate Cline)
Provides for the Virginia Enterprise Applications Program (VEAP) within the Office of the Secretary of Technology to create and maintain a searchable database website containing information on state revenues, appropriations, and expenditures.

HB 2174 Retention of energy savings by state agencies; established. (Delegate Hogan)
The program is required to identify specific measures that the state agency may implement in order to reduce energy expenditures. The Department shall track
the energy expenditures for each state agency and calculate its energy savings,
which shall be reported to the Department of Planning and Budget, the House Appropriations Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee.

HB 2463 Government Efficiency Review Commission; established. (Delegate O'Bannon)
Establishes the Government Efficiency Review Commission to review agencies on an eight-year cycle and advise the General Assembly on the elimination of waste, duplication, and inefficiency on the part of such agencies.

HB 2092 Budget, State; changes from biennial to covering single fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012. (Delegates Pollard & Saxman)
Changes the Commonwealth's budget from a biennial budget to a budget covering a single fiscal year beginning with the budget for the period July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.

HB 1965 Public/Private Education Investment Tax Credit; created for business entities making contributions. (Delegate Saxman)

Please note that this list is not intended to be an endorsement of these measures by the Cost Cutting Caucus at this time.


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