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Columns

  • $15 an hour minimum wage would have cost jobs

    By Senator Steve Newman,
    Senate of Virginia President pro tempore

    Legislators have submitted 1,995 bills for their colleagues to consider during this year’s General Assembly session.  That’s a lot of legislation to consider over the course of 46 days.
    Only a handful of the bills and resolutions considered by the General Assembly generate attention from the news media.  And, those issues that are the most contentious, highlighting the differences between the parties or regions garner more attention than any other.

  • Bills will promote workforce development

    By Kathy J. Byron
    22nd House District

        The third week of the 2019 General Assembly was filled with dozens committee and subcommittee meetings. We’ve entered into the part of session where bills are being processed at a rapid rate. Legislators are moving quickly between meetings, both to present bills they are sponsoring and to hear their colleagues present bills.

  • Legislation will improve school safety

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

  • Nancy Pelosi rolls Trump; shutdown ends

        When voters put Democrats in control of the House of Representatives last fall, everyone knew it would lead to a day of reckoning for Donald Trump, our hopelessly corrupt and deeply incompetent president.
        As a petulant schoolyard-bully type, President Boy Child views everything as a fight. But this past week, he got rolled by a woman, and we know how particularly galling that must be to him.

  • Union stands for teachers’ interests

        Bedford County’s school board will soon be developing the school budget for the next school year. One of the things we can expect is that teachers’ union representatives will speak to the board to ask for teacher pay raises.

  • Education Committee acts on school safety

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd District, Virginia House of Delegates

        I hope you are settling into your new year and becoming used to writing “2019” on documents!  Here in Richmond, we are settling into the start of our third week of state business.  Many bills are making their way through the legislative process – proposed laws that impact you, your family, and your business.  And, of course, we are working on the state’s $117 billion budget.

  • Governor to remain limited to one term

    By Sen. David R. Suetterlein
    District 19

        The first full week of the 2019 General Assembly was exceptionally busy in just 5 days time. Committees considered hundreds of bills, the full Senate’s consideration of allowing a two-term Governor, and the historic election of a judge to one of the most important courts in the Commonwealth.

  • Time is at a premium in short session

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Senate of Virginia President pro tempore

        We have just completed the second week of session, and we have already considered nearly 40% of all the Senate bills this year.  Committee meetings, debates over legislation in the Senate, and the election of judges were all part of the first full week of the 2019 General Assembly session.  Since this year is a “short” 46-day session, time is at a premium.

  • West a good choice for SCC

    By Del. Kathy J. Byron
    22nd House District

        The General Assembly elected a new judge to serve on the three-member State Corporation Commission this week.  Ordinarily, such appointments are little noticed by the general public, since most do not understand how great the Commission’s authority is.

  • Second Amendment rights preserved

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

        The second week of session has concluded, and the work of the General Assembly is in full swing. House Republicans protected your second amendment rights, helped elect a qualified judge to the SCC, laid out a plan for middle-class tax relief and explained how we can better align higher education with workforce development.