Proven Results for the 25th District
In the 2017 General Assembly Session, Delegate Landes will continue to focus on providing solutions to 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 focuses on continued economic development, implementation of education innovations, and continued reforms to our healthcare system to increase access, choice and affordability.
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 other members of Appropriations Committee will work closely with the Senate to address our budget shortfall. The General Assembly will continue to follow the 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 will continue 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. Last session, he introduced House Bill 858 that created the Virginia International Trade Corporation to promote international trade in the Commonwealth by coordinating private and public efforts to stimulate the international trade segment of the state's economy and marketing products and services. 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.
This session, Delegate Landes has introduced HB 1968, which makes changes to the Small Business Investment Grant Fund to make it easier for investor applicants to qualify for grants and provide more benefits for investor applicants; HB 1969, which reduces the minimum percentage of revenues that a small business must derive from out-of-state sources in order to be eligible for grants from the Small Business Jobs Grant Fund Program; and HB 2220, which creates a new limited mixed beverage license for retail cigar shops.
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 has introduced several bills relating to education policy. HB 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; HB 1402, which requires each chairman, vice-chairman, rector, and vice-rector of the governing board of a public institution of higher education to be a resident of the Commonwealth; and HB 2191, which requires 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, as a replacement for such content, nonexplicit instructional materials or related academic activities to any student whose parent so requests.
Delegate Landes will continue 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 has introduced a number of bills to reform Medicaid and welfare, combat opioid and heroin addiction, and increase access to healthcare services.
In the 2017 General Assembly session, Delegate Landes has once again introduced legislation establishing Direct Primary Care Agreements. HB 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. HJ 675 directs the Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) to study the creation of a registry of cases of abuse or neglect of an individual receiving services through the Building Independence, Family and Individual Supports, or Community Living waiver program by a service provider. He’s also offered a budget amendment, Item 306 #h11 that adds funding to increase the number of Family and Individuals Support Waiver slots by 400.
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.