Film and television industry; apprenticeship program. (HB1495)

Introduced By

Del. Rae Cousins (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge), and Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Apprenticeship program; film and television industry. Requires the Director of Workforce Development and Advancement to establish a program to promote apprenticeships in the film and television industry. The Director may provide financial incentives to employers who hire and retain an apprentice in the film and television industry for at least six months. In consultation with the Virginia Film Office, the Director shall establish guidelines and criteria for the program. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that an infusion of $750,000 will be needed to establish and operate the Television and Film Production Development Grant Program and Fund. The Virginia Tourism Authority (VTA) anticipates that this amount will be sufficient for the program's purposes. However, if a registered apprenticeship component is included in the program, the Department of Workforce Development and Advancement (DWDA) believes that costs tied to consultation with VTA can be absorbed within existing resources. The bill also requires the Division of Executive Administrative Services within the Secretary of Administration to serve as the fiscal agent for the Fund. The specific agencies and political subdivisions affected by this legislation include the Virginia Tourism Authority, Department of Treasury, Department of Workforce Development and Advancement, Virginia Employment Commission, and Division of Executive Administrative Services within the Secretary of Administration.

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Bill Has Failed


01/19/2024Presented and ordered printed 24105317D
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2024Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
01/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1495)
01/31/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Committee substitute printed 24106242D-H1
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1495H1)
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106242D-H1
02/07/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1495H1
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)
02/08/2024VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/27/2024Continued to 2025 in Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

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