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Agency Assessment of Mandates

“[A]ll agencies… shall conduct an assessment of all mandates imposed on local governments administered by the agency to determine which mandates, if any, may be altered or eliminated.” (Section 2.2-613, Code of Virginia)

“If an assessment reveals that such mandates may be altered or eliminated without undue threat to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Commonwealth, the Commission [on Local Government] shall so advise the Governor and the General Assembly…” (Section 15.2-2903, Code of Virginia)

The mandates are described in the Catalog of State and Federal Mandates on Local Governments, which the commission updates annually.  Executive Order 58, signed by Governor Kaine on Oct. 11, 2007, governs the assessment of mandates by state executive agencies. EO 58 rescinded Executive Memorandum 1-98, which previously guided the assessment process.

“The Commission on Local Government shall distribute copies of all completed assessments received from state agencies to the Governor, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate, the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and the Virginia Municipal League (VML) and to other interested parties upon request.” (Section B(1)(f), EO 58)

In accordance with EO 58, the commission annually establishes a mandate assessment schedule for state agencies.  The schedule is subject to the Governor’s approval.  The commission publishes the schedule in the Virginia Register of Regulations (go to the General Notices section), distributes it to the agencies responsible for assessing the mandates, and posts it on this website.  In addition, the commission distributes the schedule to the Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate, VACo and VML.

Only the following types of mandates are subject to assessment:

  • New and newly-identified mandates that have been in effect for at least 24 months;
  • Existing mandates that have revised to the extent that they constitute new mandates and have been in effect for at least 24 months; and
  • Other mandates that the commission, after considering input from stakeholders, has decided should be reassessed.

Local governments are invited to submit their comments on mandates currently under assessment.  Information on the fiscal impact of the mandates is particularly welcome.

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FY 2014-15 Schedule of Assessment Periods
for Executive Agency Assessment of Cataloged Mandates

Number Short Title Assessment Dates
SAF.VDACS012 Fertilizer Application to Nonagricultural Lands; Training and Reporting Requirements March 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015
SFIN.TAX012 Affordable Housing Real Estate Assessments July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
SFIN.TAX015 Real Property Tax Assessment of Wetlands August 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SFIN.TAX016 Local Consumer Utility Tax Exemption for Certain Electricity Generation Facilities September 1, 2014, to November 30, 2014
SHHR.DSS075 Annual Credit Checks for Children in Foster Care July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
SHHR.VDH031 Medicological Death Investigations July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
SOA.DGS005 Standardization of Police Equipment August 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SOA.DHRM002 Supplemental Salary Payments to State Employees by a Locality October 1, 2014, to December 1, 2014
SOA.SBE006 Compensation of Officers; Volunteer Officers July 1 2014, to August 31, 2014
SOA.SBE007 Public Notification Requirements for General Registrars July 1 2014, to August 31, 2014
SOE.DOE037 School Transportation July 1, 2014, to August 31, 2014
SOE.DOE131 School Performance Report Card July 1, 2014, to August 31, 2014
SOE.DOE133 Hiring of Teachers, Contracts September 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SOE.DOE134 Virginia Index of Performance Recognition September 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SOE.DOE138 College and Career Preparation Planning and Programs September 1, 2014, to October 31, 2014
SOVAHS.DVS001 Real Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans April 1, 2015, to June 30, 2015
STO.VDOT038 Removal of Illegal Signs from VDOT Right-of-way July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
STO.VDOT040 Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (VTIB) July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014
STO.VDOT041 Corridors of Statewide Significance April 1, 2015, to June 30, 2015
STO.VDOT042 Local Transportation Plan to be Reviewed by VDOT July 1, 2014, to September 30, 2014


FY 2013-14 Schedule of Assessment Periodsfor Executive Agency Assessment of Cataloged Mandates

Number Short Title Assessment Dates
SFIN.TAX014 Tax Exemption for Certified Pollution Control Equipment and Facilities March 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014
SHHR.VDH019 Public Water System Permit July 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013
SNR.DGIF006 Model Ordinances for Hunting with Bow and Arrow February 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014
SOA.SBE008 Municipalities to Pay Expenses of May Elections January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014
SOE.DOE026 Local School Division Policies July 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013
SOE.DOE061 Student Achievement and Graduation Requirements July 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013
SOE.DOE105 Internet Use Policy August 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013
SOE.DOE119 Charter School Applications August 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013
SOE.DOE125 Enrollment of Children Placed in Foster Care October 1, 2013 to November 30, 2013
SOE.DOE135 Minute of Silence October 1, 2013 to November 30, 2013
SOE.VCA003 Project Grants July 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013
SPS.DJJ010 Social Services Collaboration in Transition Planning for the Release of Certain Juveniles August 1, 2013 to October 31, 20
SPS.VDEM003 Local Emergency Operations Plan March 1, 2014 to May 30, 2014