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February 6, 2015

WEEK 3 – Weekly Session Update

Greetings from Richmond!
Three weeks down, four more to go! As we wrap up the third week, I am pleased to report that three of my bills have passed in the House and have been referred to Senate Committees.

HB 1800 – is a technical housekeeping Bill, that requires card issuers to send credit card statements at least 21 days prior to the payment due date and to make sure that the payment due date falls on the same day every month.

HB 1649 – is a proceed with caution Bill, to decrease the speed by 10 miles per hour or yield the right way through a lane change while passing and overtaking stationery refuse collection vehicles.

HB 1803 – is a common sense Bill, that protects deceased bodies and the Commonwealth carriers by enacting legislation that requires all applicants for registration as a surface transportation and removal service, to include the name of a manager of record on its application and to notify the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers within 30 days of any change in the manager of record.

To track my legislation this session please visit the link below:
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+mbr+H228C
While this short Session is moving along quickly, there are many important issues still being debated and voted upon in the House. We have made much progress in the past few weeks, and are focused on advancing an agenda that creates jobs, improves education, reforms Medicaid, and supports our veterans.

Thanks to our conservative budgeting and Virginia’s improving economy, we just got a report that state government revenue has increased beyond our initial projections. We will use this modest revenue increase to eliminate fees, protect our AAA credit rating by paying cash for capital projects, protect tax incentives that work for families and businesses and provide pay raises for state police, state employees and teachers.

Legislation that allows Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft to be licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles passed out of the Transportation Committee this week. House Bill 1662 requires TNC to screen drivers to ensure that all drivers are at least 21 years old, are properly licensed to drive, and conduct background checks on all drivers. As Vice Chair of Transportation, I am happy to have helped push this legislation through as it helps meet the transportation needs of many Virginians and also protect the citizens and small businesses.

Session Shout Out
I would like to say thank you to all the visitors that we stopped by this week – ODU Students,
George Mason University, VCU, Chesapeake Public Schools, CCAN, VHTA, Taxi Cab Owners, Atlantic Bay Mortgage, Wells Fargo, Virginia Mortgage Bankers, NARAL, Virginia Association of Health Plan, Catholic Advocates, and many more.

If you haven’t yet, please fill out my legislative survey at www.ronv21.com to share your priorities for this General Assembly Session.

As always, I look forward to working on your behalf while in Richmond this year. If you are in the area please visit me at the state capitol.

Week 3