Much to tackle in 46 days

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - BY MICHAEL WEBERT

The 2019 Gen­eral Assem­bly ses­sion has of­fi­cially gaveled in! This year will be a short ses­sion (46 days) where we tackle im­por­tant is­sues such as tax cuts, im­prov­ing school safety, pro­tect­ing agri­cul­ture, re­duc­ing health­care costs, and con­tin­u­ing to ease the reg­u­la­tory bur­dens on ev­ery­day Vir­gini­ans. We have a lot to tackle and just over 6 weeks to com­plete our work

With the start of the 2019 leg­isla­tive ses­sion, I want to share with you a few bills that I will be pa­tron­ing and sup­port­ing this ses­sion.

➤ HB 1886 — This year I have rein­tro­duced an in­ter­state com­pact with DC and Mary­land to pro­hibit tax­payer money from pay­ing for a new Washington Red­skins sta­dium. Your tax money should not be sub­si­diz­ing bil­lion­aire own­ers and their van­ity projects.

➤ HB 2237 — Trans­parency in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is a must. This bill re­quires the gov­ern­ment to be more trans­par­ent to the pub­lic when us­ing your tax money to in­cen­tivize com­pa­nies with eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment hand­outs.

➤ HB 2273 — This bill in­creases the civil penalty for pass­ing a stopped school bus from $250 to $300. The bill cre­ates an in­creased penalty of $600 for any driver who passes a stopped school bus while hold­ing or man­u­ally ma­nip­u­lat­ing a hand­held per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vice.

➤ HB 1939 — This bill re­quires that reg­u­la­tory boards re­turn ex­cess rev­enues to in­di­vid­u­als that they reg­u­late and re­duce li­cens­ing fees for those in­di­vid­u­als. This year I will con­tinue to work with my col­leagues on re­duc­ing the reg­u­la­tory bur­den and elim­i­nat­ing un­nec­es­sary li­censes and re­duc­ing fees.

These are just a few of the bills that I will be pa­tron­ing this leg­isla­tive ses­sion. I en­cour­age you to keep in touch with me and my of­fice over the com­ing weeks. I value the feed­back you pro­vide on a con­tin­ual basis as it helps me do a bet­ter job of rep­re­sent­ing you. You can email me at DelMWe­[email protected] house.vir­ginia.gov or call me at 804-698-1018.

Michael J. Webert is Del­e­gate for the 18th District of Vir­ginia, in­clud­ing Rap­pa­han­nock County

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