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 firstname.lastname@example.org and by U.S. Mail at P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218. My phone number in Richmond is 804-698-1000.