It is hard to believe, but we are already finished with the second week of the 2017 General Assembly session. My colleagues and I are busy working our way through the thousands of bills that were filed this year, some of which are already making their way onto the House floor. As a reminder, if you have not already done so, please take a moment to fill out my online survey to let me know what you think about several critical issues:http://survey.house.virginia.gov/Survey.aspx?s=d01873542a174029bb045c0ae2a92f30.
This week, we rolled out an economic development package aimed at growing the Commonwealth’s economy without raising any taxes or fees. We are also working to reduce onerous regulations and red tape that make it harder for people to start or grow a business. I have also signed on as a co-patron of HB 1943, a bill that requires the Department of Planning and Budget to provide business owners with an opportunity to provide feedback on new regulations before they are put into effect. Common sense legislation like HB 1943 will help ease the regulatory burden on businesses in the Commonwealth and make government agencies more responsive to the individuals their regulations impact.
I would also like to quickly update you on a few of my bills that are currently under consideration:
HB 1705 – Certification of Driver’s Education Courses – Will give families more options to complete the required “90-minute parent-teen driver education” through privately licensed driver training schools. These programs will be approved by the DMV Commissioner and be comparable to the current programs offered in our public schools.
HB 1467 – Board of Health to Adopt Regulations to Include Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome on the List of Reportable Diseases – Requires the Board of Health to adopt regulations to include Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) as a reportable disease. This condition affects infants who are born to mothers who are chronic users of some form of opiate and causes these newborns to experience tremors, sleep problems, seizures and other severe symptoms. If this bill becomes law, we will follow the lead of several other states and begin collecting better data to help us combat this epidemic.
HB 1660 – Study of Documents Relating to Virginia History and the United States Constitution; Federalist Papers – Adds the Federalist Papers to the list of founding documents like the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom that are required to be taught in Virginia’s K-12 public schools. The legislation would also require the Department of Education to report biennially to the House and Senate on how these founding documents have been incorporated into the SOL’s and curriculum taught to our students.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and input on any of my legislation or any bills that will come before the General Assembly for consideration. I can be reached anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-698-1032. You can also follow my work on Facebook, Twitter (@TagGreason), and www.taggreason.com.