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The Virginia General Assembly wrapped up its 46-day 2017 session Saturday, but not before budget conferees agreed on a $107 billion state budget, a portion of which will boost funding for the Halifax County School System.
Halifax County School Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon said she had a conference call with budget conferee Del. Thomas A. “Tag” Greason on Friday concerning the additional school funding and was assured the county school division had done all that was necessary to receive funding to cover a 2 percent pay raise given to employees in the fall.
According to Herndon, the state budget provides $32 million for salary increases that will cover the 2 percent raise given to county teachers in the current budget cycle.
We have reached the final week of the 2017 General Assembly session. All introduced bills have been addressed. If you have a particular bill that you want to know the status, please go to http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/ and type in the bill number in the box provided. From there, you can trace the history of all actions taken.
This week, Speaker Bill Howell announced that he will be retiring at the end of this year. His leadership ability was hailed on the floor of the House for over an hour from both Republicans and Democrats. It has been my privilege to serve under such a good leader for the past eight years. I wish him well. He will be sorely missed.
Delegate Kirk Cox, from Colonial Beach, has been named the next speaker. Delegate Cox should continue in the same leadership style as Speaker Howell.
We have finished day 31 of this year's 46 day session. Two major deadlines passed this week - cross over and the vote on each chamber's budget.
Crossover officially marks the half-way point of the session and indicates that all bills have "crossed over" from their house of origin (House or Senate). We are in the "short rows" now with only two weeks left!
This is the fourth week of session and the pace, quite frankly, has been frantic at times! As of today the House has completed 24 of the 46 days of the 2017 session. On Sunday, February 5th, the committees responsible for the budget bills will unveil their complete proposals. Two important deadlines will happen next week. Tuesday is Crossover, the deadline that each chamber must complete work on bills that originated in their respective chamber. Thursday the House will vote on our version of the budget.
The building has seen hundreds of visitors this week, all lobbying for their particular causes so it has been difficult to navigate throughout the building.
- This third week of session has seen a record numbers of visitors. Daily attendance by the public has consistently been over 4,500 people a day. I'm enjoying meeting with so many who are participating in the political process and hearing opinions on both sides of any situation.
- There was a press conference this week by House and Senate budget leaders to highlight their joint priorities in regards to a compensation package. The proposal includes a 3% pay raise for state employees, funds to raise the starting salary of Virginia State Police, and funds to address salary compression issues for sheriff's deputies. The committees responsible for the budget bills will unveil their complete proposals on February 5, 2017. I support raises for state employees and reevaluation of state police compensation.