The Senate convened briefly this afternoon to convene the fourth Special Session of 2022.
The body quickly suspended the constitutional rules to pass the session’s three bills.
Senate Bill 4001 would create a Certified Industrial Business Expansion Development Program within the Department of Economic Development. The idea is to encourage the location and construction of high-impact industrial plants when the facilities require access to renewable sources of electricity. The legislation would pave the way for two 2,250-acre high-impact industrial business development districts in the state.
Senate Bill 4002 works in tandem with Senate Bill 4003 to allow the transfer of $150 million in surplus tax revenue in the general revenue fund to the Division of Highways for secondary road maintenance. According to the state Department of Transportation, 495 paving projects remain for 2022, representing nearly 800 miles of work. The hope is to get this money transferred quickly to allow for completion of this work before winter.
These bills now head to the House of Delegates for consideration.
Also on Monday, the Senate confirmed all of the Governor’s Executive Nominations. Those nominees can be seen here.
The Senate is adjourned Sine Die