Erik Rison of the Office of Delegate Greg Habeeb shares the following newsletter from Del. Habeeb:
I want to give you a quick update on the third week of the General Assembly session. It’s been a very busy, cold and snowy week in Richmond as my colleagues and I continue to work through legislation.
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.
The Virginia House of Delegates Courts of Justice Committee cleared a major tort reform package this week, sending six pieces of legislation to the floor of the House of Delegates for final approval. Of the six bills, I am the chief patron for two of them. The legislative package represents a major compromise between the business, medical and legal communities and will make significant changes to key areas of Virginia’s tort laws. The measures will help reduce costly and unnecessary lawsuits, streamline the litigation process, protect the integrity of the tort system and reduce legal costs for Virginia businesses.
Education continues to be one of my highest priorities here in Richmond. This week, education committees heard a number of my education bills that would allow local school systems decide their school calendar, give greater flexibility in administering SOL tests by allowing for an additional testing period, and create a statewide school system that would help failing schools. I appreciate the input and support from Governor Bob McDonnell, local school administrators and teachers I have received on these pieces of legislation. I will continue to update you on the progress of these initiatives and other items of the governor’s K-12 agenda as session continues.
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.