May 27, 2015 Legislative Report

Delegate Landes’ Legislative Report

By Delegate R. Steven Landes

May 27, 2015


Let’s Continue to Remember our Veterans!

The Memorial Day parades and picnics have ended, but let us not forget to honor our veterans every day. It was a privilege for me to speak before two groups of veterans in the past week---the Sunnyside Veterans Gathering at the Sunnyside Community Center and at the Grottoes Veterans Association Memorial Day Ceremony.

Please remember our veterans who have dedicated their lives so we may enjoy freedom. Think of them and be thankful for them as we continue to enjoy the blessings we have here in the United States of America!

My Latest Appointments

As announced earlier, I was recently appointed by S. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, to the newly formed Virginia Preschool Initiative Joint Subcommittee and reappointed to the Special Joint Subcommittee to Consult on the Plan to Close State Training Centers.

I am honored to receive these appointments. The Joint Subcommittee on the Virginia Preschool Initiative has been established to examine and provide recommendations on reforming that program. I am also happy to be reappointed to the Joint Subcommittee to continue our work on closure plans for the three remaining training centers as well as the redesign of Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disability and Day Support waiver programs. The important work on these joint subcommittees will go hand-in-hand with my work as Chairman of the House Education Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and as a Budget Conferee.

The goals and objectives of the Virginia Preschool Initiative Joint Subcommittee will be to consider increasing accountability, flexibility, innovation, clarification of Virginia’s role and policy relating to providing a preschool for economically disadvantaged children, and to further develop the facilitation of partnerships between school divisions and private providers.

As part of the review process being made by the Joint Subcommittee to Consult on the Plan to Close State Training Centers, we will evaluate options for those individuals in training centers with the most intensive medical and behavioral needs to determine the appropriate types of facility or residential settings necessary to ensure the care and safety of those residents is factored into the overall plan to transition to a more community-based system. This subcommittee will be working in collaboration with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

House Appropriations Committee Tour

As Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, I participated in the third day of a four-day Capital Outlay Tour for the Committee’s Members to see and learn more about state facilities across Virginia. I travelled to Lexington, Staunton, and Charlottesville on Wednesday, May 20.

Let me commend Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones and our Appropriations Committee Staff for providing this opportunity to learn more about a host of state agencies and institutions of higher learning with this Capital Outlay Tour. I was particularly interested in learning more about the facilities and services provided to the citizens in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions, which were part of the schedule. The tour included Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Western State Hospital and the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, and a tour of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Campaign Manager Hired

For this campaign season, I want to welcome to my staff William (Will) Wrobleski of Richmond, Virginia. Will graduated from the University of Vermont in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 2005.

Will comes to me highly recommended and he has a wealth of both legislative and campaign experience. In 2013, he ran the successful reelection campaign of Delegate Ed Scott, R-Culpeper.

Will is in the process of moving to the Valley and will set up our Campaign Office at that time. An announcement of the office space will then be announced. In the meantime, you may reach Will through email at or by calling his cell phone which is 1.603.660.8811.

Upcoming Campaign Fundraiser in District

On June 18th, the Virginia Association of Realtors is sponsoring a fundraiser for me. It will be at

Cave View Farm, 147 Cave View Lane, Weyers Cave, Virginia.

The cost is $35 for one person and $60 for two. Sponsorship levels are $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2000.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Emily Stewart at 1.804.814.9168 or

Come One, Come All to the GOP Meet/Greet

It’s as good as Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet!!!!

Augusta County Republican Committee (ACRC)

Meet and Greet Fundraiser and our Salute to the Armed Forces

Saturday, May 30th

Noon – 3PM (Rain or shine)

Augusta County Government Center Pavilion          

Come and meet your Augusta County Republican Candidates

Admission: Military attendees will be honored at the gate with a BIG surprise! (Military attire encouraged) 

$10 individual ticket – Pay at the gate; Free for children under 5 years old

Fun for the kids:

Candidates will be playing toss and hit the baseball with you.  Feel free to bring your own glove, bat and ball if you wish.

Fun for the adults:

Candidates will serve you Hot Dogs, Chips, Baked Beans, Apple Pie, Ice Cream and a Non-alcoholic beverage.

All American Car Display: 1955 Chevy (compliments of Eavers Classic Car Museum), 1940 Packard, 1966 Replica Ford Shelby Cobra

Special guest:  Corp. Clyde B. Shrewsbury – Korean War, Army – MASH unit

      Corp. Nick Cuzzimano – Vietnam, Marines

      A1C Stewart Bossman – Vietnam, Air Force

*All proceeds will go towards helping our candidates get elected this November!!

**Please RSVP to Georgia Alvis-Long, ACRC Chairman, at

Other Upcoming Events

June 5, 12noon: First Friday Republican Luncheon at Wood Grill in Harrisonburg.

June 6, 11:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Juneteenth Celebration at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Waynesboro. Juneteenth was the name used by African-Americans following the Civil War to commemorate the end of slavery. Come learn about the shared history and legacy of African-Americans and the Republican Party, as we celebrate Juneteenth with lunch, music, and door prizes.

Admission: $10 for adults, kids 12 and under free.

***Please call Phyllis Hollowell at 540.943.2959 or email for reservations.***

June 6, 7:00 p.m.: Weyers Cave Parade. Contact Will Wrobleski at or by calling his cell phone which is 1.603.660.8811 if you would like to join Delegate Landes.

Contact Us

As always, my Legislative Director, Judy Wyatt, 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 Our address is Post Office Box 12, Verona, Virginia 24482. For campaign related events and information, contact Will Wrobleski at or by phone at 1.603.660.8811. Please visit my website at for my latest press releases and newsletters.

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



Steve Landes


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