THE ISRAEL LOBBY ENTERS STATE GOVERNMENT

RISE OF THE VIRGINIA ISRAEL ADVISORY BOARD

By Grant F. Smith

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Appendix 3
SUMMARY OF VIAB’S ENABLING STATE OF VIRGINIA LAW REMOVING ITSELF OUT OF THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE

2018 Session

HB 1297 Virginia-Israel Advisory Board; reorganizes as Virginia-Israel Advisory Authority.

Introduced by: Timothy D. Hugo

SUMMARY AS PASSED:

Virginia-Israel Advisory Board; transfer to legislative branch. Transfers the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board (the Board) from the executive branch to the legislative branch. The bill also changes the membership of the Board by increasing the number of citizen appointments by the Speaker of the House of Delegates from six to 10 and the number of citizen appointments by the Senate Committee on Rules from six to 10 and by decreasing the number of appointments of the Governor from 13 to five.

The Joint Rules Committee appoints the executive director to the Board. Funding for the costs of expenses of the members and the operations of the Board, including staffing needs, are made from such funds as appropriated by the General Assembly.

The Virginia-Israel Advisory Board is currently an advisory board in the executive branch of government staffed by the Office of the Governor.[1]

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[1] HB 1297 Virginia-Israel Advisory Board; reorganizes as Virginia-Israel Advisory Authority, 2018 legislative session, passed https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+sum+HB1297