General Assembly Updates

The Landes Letter
By Delegate R. Steven Landes
April 6, 2017

 

Friends,

 

With the reconvened session complete, the General Assembly has completed its work for 2017. Despite the Governor’s vetoes, I am proud of what the House accomplished on behalf of Virginians this year. We closed a billion-dollar budget deficit with a conservative and responsibly balanced state budget. We also passed legislation to strengthen our economy, improve our education system, and fought to advance conservative values. Below is a brief update on the 2017 General Assembly session and other items of note I thought would interest you.

 

Reconvened Session

 

The General Assembly reconvened yesterday for the “veto” session to handle Governor McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments. Unfortunately, Governor McAuliffe broke the record for most vetoes by a governor during a four-year term. He vetoed 40 bills this session, bringing his four-year total to 111. Most the governor’s vetoes were on commonsense bills to strengthen our economy, secure our elections, and expand education choice. The Governor even vetoed eight bills that passed the House with veto-proof majorities thanks to the support of Democrats. Yesterday, many Democrats put partisan politics above good policy and voted to sustain the Governor’s vetoes.

 

Governor McAuliffe also made several major amendments to the General Assembly’s two-year budget. The House once again rejected the Governor’s effort to expand Medicaid because it was the fiscally responsible thing to do. Medicaid is a broken program in need of reform, not expansion. There is much uncertainty in Washington regarding the future of healthcare policy. It would be irresponsible for Virginia to expand a government run program on a promise from Washington that may or may not be there in the future and regardless of what happens at the federal level, the experience of other states shows that Virginia’s decision to not expand Medicaid was the correct one. We will continue to implement reforms to Medicaid and work to increase our healthcare safety net without expansion.

 

Updates on My Legislation

 

House Bills 1396, 1401, 1402, 1968, 1969, 1970, 2341, and 2417 have all been enacted into law. As you know, my priorities in Richmond have focused on economic development, education and healthcare, and the legislation I introduced this past session reflected those priorities. I am pleased that the majority of legislation I introduced became law. Additionally, House Bill 2053, which would allow direct primary care agreements in Virginia, is still being reviewed by Governor McAuliffe. This would establish a new and innovative healthcare delivery model between patients and doctors and I hope the Governor will sign the bill.

 

Small Business Discussion

 

Are you a small business owner frustrated with regulations and the obstacles government has created to prevent your company from growing? If so, I encourage you to join me, Delegate Dickie Bell, and candidate for governor Ed Gillespie for a discussion on how to encourage growth and prosperity for Virginia's small businesses at Stable Craft Brewing in Waynesboro on April 27th at 6:30 pm. This event is for small business owners only and an RSVP is required. Please use this link for additional information or to RSVP.

 

2017 Session Summary

 

The Division of Legislative Services is the legislative branch agency created by the General Assembly to provide nonpartisan legal and general research services to members of the General Assembly and the standing committees in the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia. The DLS has provided a summary of legislation considered by the Virginia General Assembly during the 2017 Regular Session. If you are interested in viewing this summary, you may do so by clicking here.

 

April Is Virginia Vineyard Month

 

April 1st marks the beginning of Virginia Vineyard Month. We are fortunate to have a some of the best vineyards in the Commonwealth right here in the 25th District. I have them listed below and would encourage you to visit one should you have the opportunity. You can view a list of events associated with April is Virginia Vineyard Month here.

 

Barren Ridge Vineyards - Fishersville

 

Bluestone Vineyard - Bridgewater

 

CrossKeys Vineyards - Mount Crawford

 

Grace Estate Winery - Crozet

 

King Family Vineyards - Crozet

 

Knight’s Gambit Vineyard - Charlottesville

 

Marceline Vineyards - Mount Crawford

 

Meriwether Springs Vineyard - Charlottesville

 

Pollack Vineyards - Greenwood

 

Stinson Vineyards - Crozet

 

Turk Mountain Vineyards - Afton

 

Valley Road Vineyards - Afton

 

White Hall Vineyards - Crozet

 

In Case You Missed It:

 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch: Medicaid Expansion Blocked Again, but New Health Care Debate Takes Shape

 

The Roanoke Times: UVa 'Watch List' for Wealthy Said to Fit the Pattern of Other Universities

 

The Daily News-Record: Landes Joins Home Instead Staff

 

The News Virginian: Shamrock Farms to Add 78 Jobs to Augusta County Plant

 

CBS 19: Political Tuesday: Free Speech at Colleges Legislation

 

WHSV: One on One with Bob Corso

 

WCHV: The Joe Thomas Show Interview with Delegate Landes

 

The Daily Progress: Defending Free Speech at Virginia Colleges

 

The Daily News-Record: Lawmakers Blast Vetoes

 

WHSV: March for Meals Brings Out Community Leaders to Help Others

 

The News Virginian: Landes' Economic Development Bills Become Law

 

WHSV: Free Speech Bill for College Campuses to Go Into Effect This Summer

 

The Daily News-Record: Three Bills Sponsored by Landes OK'd

 

NBC 29: Representatives Meet in Albemarle Co. to Discuss Recent Session

 

The News Virginian: Landes Officially Becomes House District 25 Nominee

 

The News Virginian: Wilson, Governor's School Student Earns Byrd Leadership Award

 

Contact Us

 

My Legislative Director, Judy Wyatt, Communications Director, Will Wrobleski, and I are here to serve you. If you need help with a state government agency or issue, we can be reached by phone at 540.255.5335 or by email at steve@stevelandes.com. Our address is Post Office Box 12, Verona, Virginia 24482.

 

Please visit my website at www.stevelandes.com for my latest press releases and newsletters. Also, be sure to “like” my Facebook Fan Page or you can now follow me on Twitter @steve_landes by clicking the buttons below:

 

 

 

Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.

 

Sincerely,

Steve Landes

 

 

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