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Columns

  • Bill lays groundwork for COPN reform

        Six and a half weeks can fly by pretty quickly, especially when you’re spending your days and evenings reviewing and considering nearly 3,000 bills and resolutions.
        The 2017 General Assembly session ended on Saturday.  Legislators ultimately approved around 45% of the bills filed by delegates and senators.  I am especially pleased to note that my success rate this session was well above that average.

  • General Assembly Building to be replaced

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Things have been exceptionally busy this year in the General Assembly session. as the record number of visitors to the Capitol continued this year. I am encouraged to see so many folks showing an interest in the legislative process because it reinforces the fact that we truly represent you.

  • Last week was a productive week

    Calvin Coolidge once observed, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” That quote from the 30th President came to mind this week, as House Bill 2108 won approval by the Senate by a vote of 35 to 3.

  • Bedford County schools will benefit from enrollment loss supplement

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        I hope you and your family had a wonderful Valentine’s Day this week! Here in Richmond, we are finishing our work. This week is the final week of the 2017 General Assembly Session. But, much work is still yet to be done! While I look forward to being back home with my family soon, I am still very much at work for you and your family over the next week.

    Education Matters

  • ‘You think our country’s so innocent?’

        As we know, Donald Trump’s relationship with the truth is a very troubled one. He has proven to be utterly clueless about so many things that any president should know.
        He likes to make things up, and possibly, he imagines them to be true. Last week, he stated publicly that the murder rate in the U.S. is “the highest ever,” 47 percent. “Did you know that?” he asked a reporter.

  • Putin must be laughing

        I’m sure Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin must be laughing at us right now. Not in public, of course, but I bet he’s laughing at us in private. The political circus going on in Washington following the downfall of Michael Flynn would be his source of mirth.

  • Rolling back red tape

    Most people wouldn’t read the Federal Register on a daily basis – it’s not exactly light reading. But each business day, the Federal Register, kind of like a daily newspaper for the bureaucracy, is published with new federal agency regulations, executive orders, and proclamations. The 2016 edition of the Federal Register clocked in at 97,110 new pages for the year, longer by 16,000 pages than 2008’s edition of 80,700 pages.

  • Bill will create parental choice education accounts

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Last week marked the halfway point of this year’s General Assembly session.   It was a time of intense activity and reassuring collaboration, as delegates and senators of both parties worked together to fashion final legislative positions. 

  • Proposed bonuses replaced by salary increases

    By Senator Steve Newman

        As you have heard me express before, I am very proud to be a part of the Senate of Virginia.  But I am particularly proud this session for the way the Senate addressed compensation for State employees who have been overlooked for too long.

  • Municipal broadband bill ensures transparenc

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week at the Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective packages of amendments to Virginia’s 2016-2018 Bien-nial Budget. The challenge to amending the budget this year is the presence of $1.2 billion shortfall in anticipated revenues.  So, some areas of spending must be cut, while still providing for core services and addressing critical needs.