Welcome to the 1st edition of the weekly legislative report from Richmond! In this first report, you will find helpful details regarding the Session, as well as links to additional information that will help you navigate the General Assembly and better serve you as a Virginia citizen.
Note that from now until the mid-point of the Session on February 16th, the reports will be consist more of “info as needed” and will be posted to the Association’s Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/VPAREALTORS/?fref=ts. The halfway mark of Session will produce an additional detailed report such as this edition, and a final detailed report will be compiled upon the Session’s adjournment. We will provide you with specific actions and votes, as well as directions to be involved in any relevant Calls-to-Action via Facebook, direct emails and other Association communications vehicles.
So, with that as a backdrop….
The 2016 General Assembly kicked off its 60-day “long” session on Wednesday, January 13, welcoming 18 new members in the House and Senate. Due to retirements in both chambers, new Committee leaders were announced by the Republican majorities along with the make-up of each legislative Committee. To see the Committee listings, click here: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/membersAndSession.php?secid=1&activesec=0#!hb=1&mainContentTabs=4 As of Sunday evening, over 2200 bills had been filed; more will be “dropped in the hopper” in the coming days, with the final deadline for filing legislation on Friday, January 22nd.
Each year, the General Assembly session features some key issues that the Association will be promoting on your behalf, and this year is no different. See below for a list of priority issues, and please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the issues on which we will be working. In fact, while we only are requesting legislative action on four issues encompassing six bills, your lobbying team and the VAR legislative leadership will track and take action on hundreds of pieces of legislation. An exhaustive review of the Governor’s proposed budget also is underway.
NAME DESCRIPTION POSITION LAST ACTION
HB 567 – Agency / Licensing Law Revisions
Agency / Licensing Law Revisions Support 01/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
HB 577/SB 509 – Housing Trust Fund – Earnest Money Deposits / Escrow Funds
Housing Trust Fund – Earnest Money Deposits / Escrow Funds Support HB 577- 01/11/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice; SB 509 – 01/12/16 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
HB 684 – POA/COA Amendments
POA/COA Amendments Support 01/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
HB 741/SB 453 – Home Inspector Licensing
Home Inspector Licensing Support HB 741 – 01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws; SB 453 – 01/12/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
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. Monty Mason, R-93rd, Williamsburg (804) 698-1093 DelMMason@house.virginia.gov
Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, Carrollton (804) 698-1064 DelRMorris@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 email@example.com
Sen. John Miller, D-1st, Newport News (804) 698-7501 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Tommy Norment, R-3rd, James City (804) 698-7503 email@example.com
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 2016 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)
Who’s My Legislator?
Governor of Virginia
REALTOR® DAY ON THE HILL – FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Mark your calendars now for February 17th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also encourage our members to follow the General Assembly on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VPAREALTORS.