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Virginia Senate Bill 936 (2009)

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Virginia launched its internet database for tracking public accounts in 2005. Commonwealth Data Point failed to meet transparency standards for grants, contracts, line item expenditures, and public employee salaries. The website primarily allowed visitors to search for information on department or agency budgets.

Virginia faced a projected $2.9 billion revenue shortfall for the 2009-2010 Virginia state budget. This was an increase from previously reported budget projections.

2009 Legislation

The Virginia General Assembly introduced two bills to address the issue of transparency: Virginia House Bill 2285 and Virginia Senate Bill 936. SB 936 directed for the “creation of searchable database website of revenues, budget items, expenditures of the Commonwealth, and other spending data”. The bill expanded the definition of spending data to include state audits or reports, bond debt payments, all public employee salaries, money from aid programs, and capital improvements,[1] HB 2285 was similar legislation that mandated the creation of a comprehensive database easily accessible to members of the Commonwealth. Both bills were passed unanimously by February 26.

Legislative history

January 1, 2009: SB 936 was pre-filed and order printed with an offer date of January 1, 2009. Cuccinelli, Petersen, Smith, and Vogel sponsored the bill. SB 936 was referred to the Committee on General Laws and Technology.

February 4, 2009: SB 936 was reported from the Committee on General Laws and Technology with substitutions.

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Republican Party Republicans 0 0 0
Total Votes 0 0 0
[2]

February 9, 2009: Virginia State Senate voted to dispense with the Constitutional reading.

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Republican Party Republicans 0 0 0
Total Votes 0 0 0
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February 10, 2009: Virginia State Senate voted to send SB 936 to the Virginia State House unanimously.

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Republican Party Republicans 0 0 0
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[2]

February 25, 2009: Virginia State House voted unanimously to pass SB 936 with substitutions.

February 26, 2009: Virginia State Senate voted unanimously to pass the House substitute.

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Party Votes for bill Votes against bill Total votes
Democratic Party Democrats 0 0 0
Republican Party Republicans 0 0 0
Total Votes 0 0 0
[2]

March 30, 2009: Governor Tim Kaine signed SB 936 into law.