Weekly Newsletter 5

The 2018 General Assembly session is nearing our halfway mark as crossover is just days away! The House is making progress on several key issues as we prepare to begin considering legislation passed by the Senate.

The House has been hard at work on our “Practical Solutions to Everyday Issues” agenda during the first half of session, and we have had a lot of success. One of our biggest priorities has been to ensure there is less government intrusion on your everyday life. On Monday, Speaker Cox reached an agreement with Governor Northam to establish a regulatory reform pilot program with a goal to reduce or streamline regulatory requirements by 25% over the next three years. With less regulations in the way, our Virginia businesses will be able to have stronger growth. 

It was an honor this week to have our first bill pass on the House floor. Our bill, HB 737, passed with unanimous and bipartisan support(99-0!). This bill, which will create a Veteran indicator on Virginia driver’s licenses at no extra cost to the veteran, is a huge step toward simplifying life for those who have served our country. This legislation will eliminate the need for a veteran to carry around a DD-214 to prove veteran status. You can see the bill pass by clicking on the image.

Additionally, our resolution to designate January 14th of each year as Makar Sankranti in Virginia has passed out of the Rules Committee (16-0) and is headed to the floor. Makar Sankranti is a major festival celebrated by the Indian-American community annually. It is the celebration to mark the beginning of the harvest season. Celebrations include a variety of spiritual and cultural programs, kite flying festivals, feasts, and sharing sweets. I am proud to help honor the traditions of this important group of over 200,000 Virginians.

I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office over the coming months. I value the feedback you provide on a continual basis as it helps us do a better job of representing you. You can email me at DelJMcGuire@house.virginia.gov or call me at 804-698-1056. You can see daily updates by following us on Facebook and Twitter. As always, if you are interested in visiting our office at the Capitol, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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