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  • Session moving forward on legislation

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        We’ve finished our first full week of the 2015 General Assembly session and I’m happy to report that things are quickly progressing forward.  Our committees and subcommittees are meeting to consider thousands of pieces of legislation, and I speak with constituents daily as they stop by my office and/or call me to share their views. 

  • There’s a lot to consider this session

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

    This week marked the first full week of the 2015 General Assembly session, with bills being debated in committees and on the floor of the Senate.   Short sessions, like the one this year, tend to move a little more briskly in order to handle the volume of legislation in just  45 days.   And, there’s a lot of legislation to consider.

  • What is a tax?

     By David Lowry
    Moneta

        Over the years Supervisor Steve Arrington has been a strong advocate for maintaining our low property tax rate here in Bedford County and has actively acted on his beliefs, even to the point of participating in the censure of his fellow Republican supervisors who voted for a tax increase.

  • Obama’s right: The union is strong

    It’s always a pleasure to watch and listen to this particular president give a major speech or formal address.
        Barack Obama’s soaring rhetorical abilities can’t be matched by anyone else in politics today. His ability to speak reflects what even his critics know to be his deep intellect.

  • Is it reasonable?

      
        It’s budget time again and all our local governing bodies are about to begin wrestling with the budget bear. It can be a tough time because they often have to begin working before they know what the General Assembly is going to do to them.

  • The House continues to work for Fifth District priorities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This week, we in the House continued to address two of the most urgent priorities I hear about from Fifth District Virginians. First, we advanced legislation to cut off government funds from being used to carry out President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

     

  • Stopping unconstitutional executive actions on immigration

    It’s fitting that one of the first actions taken by the House of Representatives this year was a reading of the United States Constitution. As Members from both sides of the aisle read sections of our governing document, it was a reminder of the carefully balanced separation of powers outlined by our Founders.

  • Opening day filled with ceremony

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd Senate District

        The General Assembly session began its 2015 session on January 14, the iciest day in recent memory.  Capitol Square and all of the surrounding Richmond area had been pummeled with sleet and freezing rain early on the morning of the session’s opening day.  As a result, Virginia’s leaders had to contend with treacherous walkways and roads as they made their way to begin the 46-day session.

  • Special session ends, ‘15 begins

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th House District

        On January 14 we officially adjourned the 2014 Special Session and began the 2015 Session in the Virginia House of Delegates.  This year is a shorter, 45-day legislative session, but my colleagues and I are still committed to offering a substantive and robust agenda.
        This year, I was reappointed to the House Committees Transportation and Counties, Cities, and Towns. In addition to my committee work, some of my priorities for this session include:

  • Time to get to work

        The 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly began last week.  If you feel as though the last session never ended, you’re not alone.  Last year’s lengthy budget impasse led to a long special session of the 2014 General Assembly, which formally ended a few minutes before the new session began.