With week 3 of the 2017 General Assembly Session complete, we are rapidly approaching the halfway point of session known as “Crossover.” In the weeks leading up to Crossover, the House and Senate must complete all work on the bills originating in their respective chambers before considering legislation from the other body. Crossover marks the day when half of our work is complete.
There is still time for your feedback before Crossover! If you have not completed my constituent survey, please take a moment to fill it out and forward the link to a friend:
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to outline some of the House’s priorities on education. Over the last few years we have taken major strides forward by investing significant new funding in our schools, expanding professional development opportunities for our teachers, and aligning school curriculum to meet the demands of the 21st century job market. As we continue along this path, I will remain a passionate advocate for every child in the Commonwealth and work to ensure that all our children have the opportunity to receive a quality education, regardless of their zip code.
To view my floor speech on education, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zou5Q5CQVI&feature=youtu.be.
On Wednesday, my colleagues and I announced a new employee compensation package from our budget proposal. The proposal will include a 3% pay raise for all state employees and higher starting salaries for Virginia’s State Troopers. We will also take steps to address the salary compression issues that currently face sheriff’s deputies across the Commonwealth. As our proposal is finalized in the coming days, I will fight to ensure these pay raises remain in the final budget bill and are sent to the Governor for his signature.
Below is a quick update on two of my bills that have been taken up for consideration in committee this week:
HB 1763 – Special License Plates; Highway Safety – Part of a bipartisan effort in the House and Senate to combat distracted driving across Virginia. This bill will help create a series of license plates to increase awareness, particularly among high school students who will help design the new plates through a statewide contest, about the dangers of distracted driving. You can read more about this legislation and related bills being carried by my colleagues here: http://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/virginia/virginia-legislators-seek-to-curb-distracted-driving/article_eedda253-a990-59f5-ab68-b8082723dd76.html.
HB 1663 – Computer Science; Teacher Training – As part of our ongoing expansion of computer science education opportunities for Virginia’s public school students, this bill authorizes Northern Virginia Community College to contract with a 501c3 organization to help create a statewide teacher training and professional development program in computer science and coding. NVCC will also create an advisory panel with contributors from across Virginia to ensure we are providing our teachers with the information and tools they need to teach their students in these critical subject areas.
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 email@example.com or 804-698-1032. You can also follow my work on Facebook, Twitter (@TagGreason), and