select your state
As one of NFIB/Virginia's top legislative priorities for 2013, NFIB fought hard for this commonsense legislation which promotes fairness, efficiency and a more favorable business climate in the Commonwealth. While the state has an overall reputation as a great place to do business, Virginia has been out of the mainstream compared with other states regarding several key civil justice measures. Some of the reforms include limiting the ability for plaintiffs to “shop around” for a friendly court when the venue has no logical connection to the litigation, while another measure codifies Virginia’s trespassing law so that landowners won’t be held responsible for those who trespass on their property. A third measure allows deposition testimony in motions for summary judgment. Virginia is currently the only state that does not allow this practice. Summary judgment motions are important because they help keep extremely weak and baseless claims from proceeding to a full trial.
NFIB supported a key utility ratemaking bill recommended by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The proposal was based on a report released by the Attorney General’s office showing that the costs of bonuses available to Virginia's two largest electric utilities if they met certain goals related to renewable energy or construction of new electric generation facilities outweighed the benefits to customers. The bill removes the adders that have been part of the law since 2007, which means customers will pay less for electricity than they would have had the adders remained.
NFIB/Virginia supported Governor Bob McDonnell’s recommendation to create the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity by consolidating the powers and duties of two state agencies - the Department of Business Assistance and the Department of Minority Business Enterprise. The consolidation is to take place by Jan. 1, 2014. The new state agency will provide more efficient services to small businesses by having the one agency as opposed to two.
Updated June 20, 2013
Get access to exclusive content, free resources, research and so much more!
53 Century Blvd, Suite 250 Nashville, TN 37214 Toll Free in US: 1-800-634-2669 Direct: 615-872-5800 © 2001 - 2013 National Federation of Independent Business. All Rights Reserved