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Legislative Update 1.18.13

We completed our first full week of General Assembly work on Friday, January 18, 2013.  It was a hectic first week during a short General Assembly Session.  I was very pleased to have visitors from the Eastern Shore Community College.  It is always great to hear their stories of making use of this great resource in our community.  I always enjoy showing them the Capital.  We are looking forward to many more visitors before the Assembly adjourns on February 23, 2013.  It has also been Seafood Week at the General Assembly highlighting various seafood products, and including Virginia Waterman’s Day.

I have had approximately 7 bills that have already worked their way through the sub-committee, Committee or the full House.  We ended with introducing 13 pieces of Legislation.  As is typical, a couple of potential bills had to be put off at the end and were not ready to be considered by the Assembly this Session.  A bill which I have sponsored to eventually help facilitate and promote the construction of Natural Gas infrastructure on Virginia’s Eastern Shore has passed the full House and will be considered by the Virginia State Senate.  In addition, my bill requiring the exchange of information between the Dept. of Corrections and the Virginia Dept. of Social Services to coordinate and verify the eligibility of inmates for Social Services Benefits has passed the full House unanimously.  My bill allowing retired police officers to work as security guards for school systems without negatively impacting Virginia Retirement is waiting to be heard.  In addition, we will soon hopefully have golf carts for Wachapreague. 

Next week the pace at the Assembly will increase as we work to complete our work on all House bills by February 5, “Crossover” which is the date by which each House must complete work on the bills filed by its members. I serve on four committees, three of which Finance, Commerce and Labor and Agriculture, have heavy dockets. In addition, I am on six subcommittees of those full committees as well so the days leading to Crossover are the most hectic of the entire Session.  Failure of a bill to be dealt with by Crossover means it is dead.

Please feel free to contact me on any of the issues which concern you.  Bills and Legislative activity can be monitored on the Virginia General Assembly website at www.virginiaassembly.gov.  Please take time to fill out my Legislative Survey.  If you do not receive one in the mail, you can visit the website www.lynwoodlewis.com and complete one online.  As always, I can be contacted by email at delllewis@house.virginia.gov and by U.S. Mail at P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218.  My phone number in Richmond is 804-698-1000.

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Legislative Update 1.11.13

Legislative Update 3.9.12

This will be my last report from Richmond.  The 2012 Virginia General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn, sine die, on Saturday, March 10.  It is physically impossible now to vote on a budget by that time, even if an agreement were reached, because of the requirements of proof reading and printing this very large document.  The consensus seems to be that we will be back in a week or two in a Special Session (which is not so special anymore) and pass a two year approximately $85 billion spending plan for the Commonwealth.  In the final analysis, the two budgets in many areas are not that far apart

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Legislative Update 3.2.12

The fight over Virginia’s two year budget has now taken center stage of the 2012 Virginia General Assembly.  The even 20-20 division in the Senate has resulted in a failure of that body to approve a budget of its own or the one sent to it by the House of Delegates.  When both of those measures failed in the Senate, Virginia was left without a vehicle upon which to construct a new two year spending plan.  That puts us, as before, on the road to government shutdown on June 30 when the provisions of our last two year budget expire.  This also places Virginia’s Counties, Cities, and Towns in a difficult budgetary situation as they must act and prepare their budgets as well. 

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Legislative Update 2.24.12

Both the House of Delegates and State Senate took up their amended versions of the Governor’s introduced budget on Thursday, February 23.  It is a long and sometimes cumbersome process by which we consider and object to amendments proposed by the Appropriations Committee.  In addition to objections to various amendments, there are also floor amendments often proposed to the Committee’s version of the Governor’s Budget.  Constructing a budget for the Commonwealth is the most important thing we do.   

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Legislative Update 2.17.12

One thing that we can agree on in the often partisan and divided Virginia General Assembly is how to better treat our veterans by rewarding them for their service and also making their transition into civilian life easier. 

 

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Legislative Update 2.10.12

 With about 30 days left to go, the 2012 Virginia General Assembly continues to move along at a rapid pace.  We still have huge and contentious issues before us with a showdown over the budget very likely.  We have passed significant legislation in the House of Delegates dealing with storm water management and nutrient trading among other resources.  In addition, the Spaceport Reorganization Bill, which I mentioned in my last report, sailed through House Appropriations but ran into a snag in Senate Finance where the 15 million dollar annual appropriation was stripped out.  Hopefully, this can be resolved quickly but it is likely that the matter will remain in play up until the final resolution on the Commonwealth’s two year budget.

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Legislative Update 1.30.12

   The 2012 Virginia General Assembly moves along after the first week at breakneck speed. While the total number of bills filed, 2,426, is less than usual the pace is no less frantic. Seven a.m. subcommittee meetings are the order of the day as we attempt to deal efficiently and effectively with the legislation before us in the limited time available to the Assembly. We are a part-time citizen legislature and while in recent years we have unfortunately seemed to go overtime more frequently we make every effort possible to leave Richmond by the appointed time, March 9, 2012. 

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Newspaper Column 1.20.2012

by Lynwood Lewis

The 2012 Virginia House of Delegates was gaveled into session by Speaker William J. Howell on Wednesday, January 9 at 12 noon. We all took the oath of office with 16 new members in the House. We also began committee work right way and I appeared with my first bill before the Criminal Law Subcommittee on the House Courts of Justice Committee on Monday, January 16.  

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Legislative Update - December 2011

by Lynwood Lewis

On December 19th I attended the House Finance, Senate Finance, and House Appropriations Committee meeting in Richmond for the presentation by Governor McDonnell of his two year budget for the Commonwealth. 

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