Proven Results for the 25th District
In the 2017 General Assembly Session, Delegate Landes continued his work on providing solutions on the issues that matter most to Virginia families; crafting fiscally responsible legislation that invests in core government functions and key priorities, while protecting your taxpayer dollars. Legislation introduced by Delegate Landes focused on continued economic development, implementation of education innovations, and additional reforms to our healthcare system to increase access, affordability and choice.
Virginia State Budget
Delegate Landes knows our state budget is the most important work legislators do each year in Richmond. As Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Delegate Landes, along with Chairman Chris Jones and other members of the Appropriations Committee worked closely with the Senate to address our budget shortfall without raising taxes or fees. The General Assembly continued to follow its path of fiscal responsibility, investing in core government services and key priorities while protecting the Commonwealth’s taxpayers.
The House of Delegates has a proven track record of conservative budgeting. This includes $30.2 billion in proposed tax increases that have been defeated since 2003; $7 billion cut from general-fund spending since 2007; and increased investments in Virginia’s rainy day fund. These efforts have protected Virginia’s AAA bond rating and maintained the Commonwealth’s status as one of the best-managed states in the country.
Jobs and the Economy
The General Assembly continues its work to create an environment that fosters economic growth. The House of Delegates has defeated 26 separate tax hikes since 2003, saving families and businesses over $30.2 billion. Delegate Landes will continue to seek ways to provide regulatory relief to small businesses, encourage innovators and entrepreneurs, and create real economic growth for Virginia families.
Delegate Landes sponsored legislation creating the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund that established an economic development grant and loan program targeted specifically at agricultural and forestry operations. Additionally, he sponsored legislation, which created a Small Business Jobs Grant Fund administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity for jobs created. To promote agriculture and assist rural areas in Virginia, he introduced legislation that created the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry as part of the Governor’s Cabinet and established the Center for Rural Virginia.
Delegate Landes will continue to find ways to ensure Virginia’s status as one of the best states for business. This past session, he introduced House Bills 1968 and 1969, legislation making it easier for small businesses seeking grant funding and House Bill 1970, which enabled counties to establish economic revitalization zones. He also introduced House Bill 2341, requiring private sector business and industry representation in the Commonwealth's Board of Education. All of these bills become law effective July 1, 2017.
Delegate Landes’ record in the 2017 General Assembly session earned him the title of “Champion of Free Enterprise” from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. His pro-business efforts in the 2016 General Assembly session earned him “Legislator of the Year” awards from both the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Retail Merchants Association. Landes has a lifetime “A+” rating from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Delegate Landes believes every child in Virginia, regardless of his or her ZIP Code, deserves access to a high-quality education. As Chairman of the Education Committee, he supports reforms to improve and reduce Virginia’s Standard of Learning (SOL) tests and give schools more flexibility in the accreditation process. The House of Delegates invested over $800 million in new funding in K-12 education in the biennial budget.
In the 2017 General Assembly session, Delegate Landes introduced several bills relating to education policy that became law. House Bill 1401, prohibits public institutions of higher education from abridging the freedom of any individual, including enrolled students, faculty and other employees, and invited guests, to speak on campus, except as otherwise permitted by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution; House Bill 1402, which requires each chairman or vice-chairman, rector or vice-rector of the governing board of a public institution of higher education to be a resident of the Commonwealth; and House Bill 2341, which requires private sector business and industry representation in the Commonwealth's Board of Education.
Delegate Landes patroned House Bill 2342, which would have allowed the establishment of regional charter school divisions, providing an option for parents in areas where struggling schools exist. He also introduced House Bills 2191, which would have required school boards to establish procedures for handling challenged controversial instructional materials to include procedures for annually notifying parents of any student enrolled in a course in which may include sexually explicit content and providing nonexplicit instructional materials as a replacement to any student whose parent so requests.
Delegate Landes continues to promote Virginia’s healthcare safety net, providing funding to targeted services without expanding broken government entitlement programs. In the 2017 General Assembly session, the House of Delegates worked to reform Medicaid and welfare, combat opioid and heroin addiction, and increase access to healthcare services.
In 2017, Delegate Landes introduced legislation that became law establishing Direct Primary Care Agreements. House Bill 2053 allows an agreement between a health care provider and an individual patient under which the provider charges a predetermined fee as consideration for providing primary care to the patient. This bill will establish a new and innovative healthcare delivery model between patients and their doctors. House Bill 2417 directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to establish a program to mitigate, through the use of prepayment analytics, the risk of improper payments to providers of services that are paid through the Department's fee-for-service delivery system who commit fraud, abuse, or errors. This law resulted from JLARC recommendations. He also introduced a budget amendment, Item 306 #h11 that added funding to increase the number of Family and Individuals Support Waiver slots by 400.
Delegate Landes is committed to strengthening and expanding our healthcare safety net. He will continue his fight to increase healthcare access, affordability, and choice, without expanding government entitlement programs. Additionally, Delegate Landes was appointed to serve on the Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight. In the Joint Subcommittee, members of the House and Senate will explore ways to respond to healthcare changes at the federal level, provide ongoing oversight of Medicaid and the children’s health insurance programs, and to provide oversight of Health and Human Resources agencies.
Defending the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Delegate Landes has a demonstrated record of supporting the 2nd Amendment. He is a member of the Virginia Legislative Sportsmen Caucus and the National Rifle Association (NRA). As a result of his strong pro-2nd Amendment record, he has consistently earned an “A” rating from the NRA during his service in the General Assembly. Delegate Landes will continue his work protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms and fight attempts by those who wish to infringe upon them.