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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That § 2.2-222.3 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
§ 2.2-222.3. Secure Commonwealth Panel; membership; duties; compensation; staff.
A. The Secure Commonwealth Panel (the Panel) is established as
an advisory board, within the meaning of § 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of
state government. The Panel shall consist of
33 34 members as
follows: three members of the House of Delegates and two nonlegislative
citizens to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; three members
of the Senate of Virginia and two nonlegislative citizens to be appointed by
the Senate Committee on Rules; the Lieutenant Governor; the Attorney General;
the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia; the Secretaries of
Commerce and Trade, Health and Human Resources, Technology, Transportation,
and Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Veterans and Defense
Affairs, or their designees; two local first responders; three local
government representatives; two physicians with knowledge of public health;
four members from the business or industry sector; and four citizens from the
Commonwealth at large. Except for appointments made by the Speaker of the House
of Delegates and the Senate Committee on Rules, all appointments shall be made
by the Governor. Additional ex officio members may be appointed to the Panel by
the Governor. Legislative members shall serve terms coincident with their terms
of office or until their successors shall qualify. Nonlegislative citizen
members shall serve for terms of four years. The Secretary of Public Safety and
Homeland Security shall be the chairman of the Panel.
B. The Panel shall monitor and assess the implementation of
statewide prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives and
where necessary review, evaluate, and make recommendations relating to the
emergency preparedness of government at all levels in the Commonwealth. The
Panel shall make
quarterly annual reports to the Governor
concerning the state's emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and
C. Members of the Panel shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties as provided in § 2.2-2825.
D. Staff support for the Panel and funding for the costs of expenses of the members shall be provided by the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.
E. The Secretary shall facilitate cabinet-level coordination among the various agencies of state government related to emergency preparedness and shall facilitate private sector preparedness and communication.