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February 10, 2015

WEEK 4 – Weekly Session Update

Dear Friends,

As we wrap up the fourth week of session, it’s hard to believe that we have been working hard
here in Richmond for an entire month. As you know, over 1,000 bills were introduced, but we
are diligently working our way through each one of them. You will be pleased to learn that over
the last week the House has passed a few great bills regarding education, jobs and the economy.

Education & Opportunity:

The State of Virginia is home to many distinguished colleges and universities. Unfortunately,
many Virginians struggle with footing the steep cost of higher education. To combat this, we
have passed two important bills to assist Virginia families with more affordable options. House
Bill 1692 allows students who are pursuing degrees in high demand fields the option of a “flat-
fee degree”. Additionally, House Bill 2320 allows students to combine community college,
university, and online courses for just $4,000 with a new cooperative Bachelor’s Degree
program.

Jobs and the Economy:

I have always worked hard to ensure the passing of legislation that keeps constituents employed
as well as providing the Commonwealth with new good paying jobs. This past week I Co-
patroned House Bill 1360, which was passed by the House. HB1360 benefits small business —
which account for more than half of new job creation across Virginia. HB1360 makes it easier
for these small and new businesses to raise money through “crowd funding” such as GoFundMe
and KickStarter.

Additionally, it is my pleasure to report that the house has been working hard to eliminate more
than $10 million in new fees on Virginia families and small businesses that were included in the
Governor’s budget. However,inside the House budget we will  find other ways to fund core
functions of the Government without looking to you, the taxpayer.
As you can see, this week has been very productive. I truly appreciate the input of my
constituents so if you have haven’t already, please take my legislative survey at www.ron21.com
to share your priorities for this General Assembly Session.

Upcoming Events:

There will be an offshore drilling rally and public hearing hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management this Wednesday, February 11th at 2:30pm at the Norfolk Sheraton. I
Address: Norfolk Sheraton Waterside, 777 Waterside Drive Norfolk, Virginia 23510
encourage all who can attend to stop by.

Session Shout Out:

I would like to say thank you to all of the visitors who stopped by the office this week:

• The City of Chesapeake

• Maritime Association

• NAIFA

• Old Dominion University Alumni

• Solar Energy Association

• United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

• Virginia 21

• Virginia Association of Health Plans

• Virginia Beach School Board

• Virginia Chapter of GCSAA

• Virginia Concrete/Aggregate Association

• Virginia Lottery

• VSHL

• Virginia Tech

 

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.