Newsletter, January 24, 2014
- The weather here in Richmond this week, as at home, has been frigid and the area got it's first snowfall of the year. As is usually the case, I came down with my General Assembly cold. It's better now and I'm glad that is over with!!
- Pictured above is the plaque I received from the State Chamber of Commerce recognizing me for my voting record on business issues. The plaque reads "Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business." I am honored to be recognized for my pro-business stance on legislation and will continue to vote for expanded business opportunities for my district and for the state in whole.
- A bill that would allow Sunday hunting (HB1237), with exceptions including having written permission from the landowner, no dogs allowed and cannot hunt within 200 yards of a house of worship, for the first time ever, has cleared a House Agriculture committee and will be considered by the full House of Delegates next week. My office has received well over 200 emails and other contacts on this issue and overwhelmingly (5 to 1) people who live in my district are opposed to changing the law. Perhaps giving localities a local option would be the best solution since our state is very geographically diverse on this issue.
- Any legislation can be read in full on the Virginia General Assembly website, http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/. A multitude of additional information on the legislative process can also be found on this site.
OF LOCAL INTEREST:
- With school cancellations and the Martin Luther King holiday, the building has been full to capacity several days. I've had visits from pro-gun and anti-gun groups; Tea Party representatives; and mental health advocates this week. Among district visitors were, Cindy Koether from Prince Edward; Mark Estes from South Boston; Rita, Dwayne & Heather Griles from Scottsburg; and Robert Martin from Halifax.