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Columns

  • House works constructively across party lines

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        This is a transitional week in the General Assembly, as each chamber begins considering the bills of the other chamber, in the process known as crossover. It is a transitional week for me as well, as I return to my seat in the House of Delegates following surgery at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston.

  • Bill opens door for Safe Families for Children

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week, we passed the thirtieth day of our 60-day session, with both the House and Senate finishing work on bills submitted by their respective members.  Traditionally, the days leading up to crossover, the halfway mark on the legislative calendar, feature the longest floor sessions of the year.
        As the House of Delegates completes work on all its bills, several of the ones I submitted advanced through the process.

  • Senate has been especially efficient this year

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The halfway point of the legislative calendar, crossover, is upon us.  The pace in the Senate was quicker and the floor sessions longer. 

  • Bill will allow state agencies to share data

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • Voices must be heard

    Virginia families and businesses have been overcharged on their electric bills since 2015. They will continue to be overcharged in the future if the legislation backed by the electric utility monopolies and Governor Ralph Northam is approved.

     

  • Letter 02/07/18

    Local ‘fake’ news

        I don’t know who is having the worst time dealing with fake news, President Trump on national political news, or myself on local news covering Bedford County.
        Two weeks ago, after spending $42 million to pump water from Smith Mt. Lake, the residents who were forced to drink recycled water from Roanoke, were asked to conserve water. After my groundhog attack dog & I took a tour of the full pond on Stoney Creek reservoir we realized that this article was fake news.

  • Legislation will help more children find adoptive parents

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        The 2018 Virginia General Assembly has completed its third week in session, advancing several bills important to citizens of the 19th District. The bills include proposals for increased funding for Interstate Highway 81; support for child adoption; and stricter controls on opioid use.

  • Bill will help patients shop for lowest cost healthcare

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week in Richmond, I promoted legislation to lower the costs of healthcare, delivered a speech to my House colleagues, and had numerous groups from home visit our offices.  As this was the first week of this session that did not have any snow, it proved productive and extremely busy.
        I have submitted five bills this session that are aimed at reducing the cost of healthcare for Virginians.  I presented three of these bills this week.

  • Anti-gerrymandering bill advances in Senate

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        This week at the Capitol saw lots of legislative action and dozens of visitors from across the Commonwealth advocating for their priorities.
        It was great to have members of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and members of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce in Richmond last week. I enjoyed hearing from them and sharing about my legislation, including Senate Bill 257.

  • Trump inherited a strong economy

        The die-hard supporters of this tragic president have come up with a myth to help them keep up the faith: He has “turned around” our economy and made it “great again.”
        While it’s never surprising the lengths to which people will go to reinforce their wrong-headed decisions – in this case the decision to vote for Trump – such a belief still makes me wonder just how short are the memories of some people?