General Assembly Week 2 Update

The second week of the 2013 Session has drawn to a close, and we have started to make progress on the nearly 2,000 bills before the General Assembly.

So far, the bulk of the action on bills has taken place in the various committees and subcommittees. As more bills begin to pass out of committees, the action during the daily floor sessions will begin to pick up.

House Republicans are dedicated to creating an environment that helps small businesses create new jobs and opportunities. With the announcement that Virginia’s unemployment rate is now the lowest in the Southeast after falling to 5.5%, it is another sign that Virginia’s economy is moving in the right direction.

I have already received numerous emails and calls on issues ranging from Medicaid to Smart Meters. With it only being the second week, I am still in the process of reviewing each bill. But I thank you for your input and welcome any additional comments you may have.

Since committees have only been able to visit a few bills, here is the status of some of mine. To follow any other legislation, or read these bills in full, you can go to

HB 1432: Revises one of the allegations necessary to a petition for a writ of actual innocence.
                Criminal Law subcommittee recommends reporting (9 Y – 0 N)

HB 1435: Allows for a study by the National Center for State Courts of a senior judge system.
Studies subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (4 Y – 0 N)

HB 1587: Empowers the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to render a determination in response to a petition from a private party or Board staff, filed pursuant to the provisions of the Beer Franchise Act requesting the issuance of a case decision declaring whether contemplated action of a named party would be lawful or unlawful if carried out.
ABC/Gaming subcommittee recommending reporting with amendment(s) (7 Y – 0 N)

HB 1849: Includes in the privileges for winery and farm winery licensees the ability to operate a contract winemaking facility.
ABC/Gaming subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7 Y – 0 N)

As always, my staff and I are here in Richmond to serve you. We want to hear what you think about the legislation pending before the House, or if there’s anything we can do to help you in dealing with a state government agency. My office can be reached at (804) 698-1042 or via email at  You can also fill out my legislative survey here. If you are planning to visit Richmond during Session, I encourage you to visit me in General Assembly building room 529.



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