On Wednesday, January 11, the 398th legislative session of the General Assembly convened in our state capital and where I will spend the next 46 days. This session has got off to a great start and the bills are just starting to roll in to their perspective committees.
Governor McAuliffe delivered the State of the Commonwealth Address to a joint assembly of the House and Senate. As this is McAuliffe’s final year in office, a great deal of his speech was a review of his time as Governor. I was chosen by House leadership to give the Republican perspective to the State of the Commonwealth along with Senator Siobhan Dunnavant. We touched on important issues that we will face in this upcoming session. In addition, we know Virginian’s have had enough of partisan squabbles and we in the legislature are committed to passing commonsense priorities that are conservative but can also garner widespread support. That will directly benefit all Virginians.
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Our priorities of the House Republican Majority this year is to lay out a broad, bold agenda that offers real solutions to the challenges Virginians face every day like rising healthcare costs, educational opportunities and a still stagnant economy. I remain committed to helping all Virginians get ahead by helping to strengthen Virginia’s economy, being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, improving our schools so our children can succeed, improving access to healthcare without expanding broken entitlement programs, and fighting back against federal government and Washington overreach.
Also, one of our most important priorities this year is to amend the biennial state budget. We face a significant budget shortfall, so tough decisions will have to be made to find a fiscally smart decision to benefit the Commonwealth. We must continue to adopt a strong, conservative balanced budget that invests in the core functions of government while guarding our taxpayer dollars.
New this year:
For your viewing purposes and access to government, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell implemented a video archive of House floor sessions is now available for the 2017 Session. This new archive, which is available from the Virginia General Assembly website, will allow the public to view the floor proceedings of the House during the 2017 Session on demand.
House video streaming page, is accessible from the Homepage as well as from the Quick Links tab in the Members and Session section of the website. Both are useful tools to track the legislation in the coming weeks.
I have enjoyed meeting with a number of constituent groups this week, including the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, The Virginia Federation of Republican Women and The Association for Career and Technical Education., A big thank you to all who have taken the time to call, write, and come by my office to share their needs and opinions with me.
Please don’t hesitate to contact my office at any time for your insight and feedback on proposed legislation. Your thoughts and opinions are important to me, and enable me to better represent you. For the duration of legislative session, I can be found in Room 503 of the General Assembly Building. As always, I can be reached at (804) 698-1021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other news:
I would like to congratulate newcomer, Delegate Rocky Holcomb of the 85th District to the Virginia House of Delegates. Rocky had his swearing in ceremony on Wednesday, before the 2017 reconvened. We all welcome Rocky with open arms and wish him much successful as he takes on this new responsibility.