Erik Rison, with the Office of Delegate Greg Habeeb, shares the following newsletter from Del. Habeeb:
The second week of the General Assembly session is in the books. My colleagues and I have started to make progress on the nearly 2,000 bills filed. As I have said in previous weeks, my focus continues to be on encouraging jobs creation, fostering high quality school systems and emphasizing good government.
Several of my bills have now passed out of the House and are on their way to the Senate. One of my bills that is advancing, HB1308, gives wrongly convicted juveniles the right to pursue a writ of actual innocence. For years, this commonsense reform has failed but this year we gained unanimous passage out of the Criminal Law Courts Subcommittee. I want to thank Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for his support and partnership on the legislation.
Also progressing this week were several of my education bills. Education is one of the most important issues we deal with in Richmond and I’m proud to carry bills to give greater local control, create testing flexibility, reform continuing contracts and help us improve failing schools. I’m proud to work with Governor Bob McDonnell as well as local education leaders in the Roanoke and New River Valleys on several of these bills.
We have a number of bills that are coming up in committee and on the House floor over the next week. You can always track my legislation online at www.greghabeeb.com/legislation.
We’ve had a number of groups from the 8th district come by my office to visit and talk about the issues important to them this past week. I hope that you’ll consider making the trip to Richmond to see me. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to my office by calling (804) 698-1008 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.