RD65 - January 2014 Federal Mandate Report

Executive Summary:
Each year, on a semiannual basis, The Federal Mandate Report is prepared pursuant to the requirements of § 2.2-302(9) of the Code of Virginia. This report provides reviews of federal legislation containing unfunded mandates that have become public law (Part I), or passed at least one chamber of Congress (Part II). The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) interpretations of the Federal Unfunded Mandate Reform Act (UMRA) are used to determine what legislation contains intergovernmental mandates. Descriptions of the mandates provided in this analysis are based upon or excerpted from these CBO documents and Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports.

The semiannual report also provides reviews of federal regulatory action completed that may impact the Commonwealth (Part III). Recommendations from the Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC) of the General Services Administration (GSA) are used to determine which federal regulatory actions may affect the states.

This edition of the Federal Mandate Report is intended to provide an overview of the legislative requirements imposed upon the Commonwealth for the period of July 1, 2013 to December 31st, 2013. Of the bills reviewed by the CBO, no bills have become public law, while six have passed at least one chamber of Congress.