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Panel rejects proposal to make RFP publication discretionary

A joint subcommittee examining Virginia's Public Procurement Act on Monday rejected a proposal that would have phased out the requirement that state and local bodies publish requests for proposals in newspapers.

The Special Joint General Laws Subcommittee voted 6-1 to dismiss the proposal that would have made RFP publication discretionary beginning July 1, 2017. Sen. Bryce E. Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, cast the lone dissenting vote, but did not offer an explanation.

Public notice bill dies in Senate committee

A Senate bill that would have taken public notices out of newspapers was defeated Tuesday afternoon in the Senate Committee on Local Government.

The committee voted 12-3 to "pass by indefinitely" Sen. Ralph K. Smith's SB 472, which would have given localities the option to advertise legal notices on their website or on radio and television stations.

Voting against passing the bill by indefinitely were Smith, Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., R-Augusta; and Sen. Thomas A. Garrett, R-Louisa. Hanger and Garrett were not present for the end of the hearing, but voted by proxy.

VPA and its allies defeat HB 95

One public notice bill down, one more to go.

Virginia Press Association and its allies last week defeated HB 95, which would have allowed localities to publish public notices on their own websites rather than in newspapers. A subcommittee of the House Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns voted 7-3 against reporting the bill to the full committee.

Dels. Christopher P. Stolle, R-Virginia Beach; Richard L. Morris, R-Isle of Wight; and Bill R. DeSteph Jr., R-Virginia Beach voted in favor of the bill.

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