VIRGINIA PENINSULA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

THE LEGISLATIVE LINE

The Legislative Update from VPAR

Number 1 – January 16, 2017

 

And, so it begins…the 2017 General Assembly Session of Virginia! We are day #7 into a 45-day “short” session, one which is highlighted by Governor McAuliffe’s last year of office, statewide candidates clambering for the limelight, all 100 House of Delegates’ seats up in November, and a new White House as of later this week…all of which will translate into a Session of election politics and posturing.

As of this writing, over 2,000 bills (2,035, to be exact) have been introduced, with more to come over the next few days. Budget amendments are swirling in the background, Senate Committee assignments have yet to be finalized, new members of the House and Senate – courtesy of many special elections — just have been sworn in, and Committee and Subcommittee meetings are in full swing.

All with 2017 being THE LAST YEAR IN THE CURRENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING! Yes, that place is being razed! Don’t know who’s happier: legislators, lobbyists, legislative staff, or the mice.

In the meantime, the REALTOR® Legislative Agenda is moving along this week, with three bills being heard in the Housing Subcommittee of the House General Laws Committee as soon as tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17th. There will be more to report later this week over social media and an additional update coming soon, but for now, check out the latest in the REALTOR® Party Legislative Agenda! http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/2017-bills/

 

THE 2017 VAR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA CAN BE FOUND HERE:

http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/2017-bills/

 

 

VPAR’s General Assembly Delegation Contact Information

 

 

Del. Gordon Helsel, R-91st , Poquoson               (804) 698-1091   DelGHelsel@house.virginia.gov

Del. Keith Hodges, R-98th  Urbanna                    (804) 698-1098   DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov

Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, Carrollton                      (804) 698-1064   DelRMorris@house.virginia.gov

Del. Mike Mullin, D-93rd, Newport News               (804) 698-1093   delmmullin@house.virginia.gov

Del. Brenda Pogge, R-96th, Yorktown                 (804) 698-1096  DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-95th, Newport News     (804) 698-1095   DelMPrice@house.virginia.gov

Del. Jeoin Ward, D-92nd, Hampton                      (804) 698-1092 DelJWard@house.virginia.gov

Del. David Yancey, R-94th, Newport News           (804) 698-1094   DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov

Sen. Mamie Locke, D-2nd, Hampton                    (804) 698-7502   district02@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Monty Mason, D-1st, Williamsburg             (804) 698-7501 district01@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Tommy Norment, R-3rd, James City             (804) 698-7503   district03@senate.virginia.gov

 

 

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEBSITES OF INTEREST

 

We would like to share with you some very valuable (and helpful) information regarding General Assembly Resources:

 

 

In order to prepare for the 2017 session, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with a few helpful websites and other relevant information. Our goal is for you to be able to follow the action here in Richmond as well as to participate in the process.

 

To watch the House of Delegates in Session live at Noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

To watch the Virginia Senate in Session live at noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

Subscribe to receive daily e-mails with news articles highlighting major political and legislative happenings. http://www.vpap.org/vanews

 

Virginia Legislative Information System (list of General Assembly members, all legislation, committee action, daily meeting schedule and daily floor calendars)

http://lis.virginia.gov/

 

Who’s My Legislator?

http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

 

Governor of Virginia

https://governor.virginia.gov/

 

Governor’s Cabinet

https://governor.virginia.gov/the-administration/the-cabinet/

 

Lt. Governor

http://www.ltgov.virginia.gov/

 

Attorney General

http://www.oag.state.va.us/

 

 

REALTOR® DAY ON THE HILL – FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Mark your calendars now for February 8th so that you can attend VPAR’s Annual REALTOR® Day on the Hill! Join REALTORS® from across the Commonwealth as they descend upon the General Assembly to tout the Association’s legislative agenda. Visit with legislators from the region, hear from “in the know” politicos on current issues and tour the Capitol and the Executive Mansion. Join us for a highly beneficial day!

 

For additional information or other details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445, or by e-mail at susan@gastongroup.com. We also encourage our members to follow the General Assembly on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreaterPiedmont/?fref=ts.