The 2018 General Assembly Session has reached the end of it’s 60 day session. The House was productive and successful this year, advancing several major priorities which include legislation to address our teacher shortage, lower the cost of medical prescriptions, and create avenues to get students into good paying jobs. On a personal level, my first session as your Delegate was incredibly productive. We introduced and passed several pieces of legislation, and helped our constituents solve a variety of problems. I am looking forward to sharing more about session with you all soon.
Adjournment and Accomplishments
The House and Senate adjourned Sine Die as scheduled on Saturday, and though we’ve considered thousands of bills over the last 60 days, the Senate and House of Delegates were unable to come to an agreement for the upcoming biennial budget. This means that while we have finished for now, we will be waiting on the Governor to call a Special Session for us to come back and finish the budget.
Over the last 60 days, the House worked incredibly hard to help pass legislation that we believe will provide a better future for our Commonwealth.
We have worked across the aisle and alongside Governor Northam to advance ideas important to both parties, including bipartisan compromises on regulatory reform and criminal justice issues. Other accomplishments include adoption reform to help children find loving families sooner, legislation to help workers get the training they need to find a good-paying job, and bills to fight the opioid crisis.
The House majority also stood up to protect taxpayers from significant tax hikes. Some members introduced several tax increases that disproportionately affected millennials. One bill introduced sought to tax things like Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu, while a separate proposal would tax Uber and Lyft. Other tax increases that were defeated would have brought back the Estate Tax in Virginia.
Select Committee on School Safety
Protecting students must be one of our top priorities in the Virginia House of Delegates. Like yours, my heart was broken over the events in Florida. In response, The House of Delegates recently took a major step in giving parents and students the peace of mind they deserve.
Speaker Kirk Cox on Thursday announced the formation of the Select Committee on School Safety. Select committees are reserved for matters of considerable significance that fall beyond the jurisdiction of conventional and established standing committees. The Committee’s work will be limited to strengthening emergency preparedness, hardening school security infrastructure, implementing security best practices, deploying additional security personnel, providing additional behavioral health resources for students, and developing prevention protocols at primary and secondary institutions across the Commonwealth.
I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting with so many of you who have stopped by my Capitol office over the past several months. I look forward to meeting with many constituent groups back in the district now that the session has ended. Our office will be sending out more information soon on events we will be having to provide a end of session update to you all.
Please continue to reach out to my office if you have any concerns or issues that we can be of assistance with. You can reach our district office at (804)-319-8160 or email us at DelJMcGuire@House.Virginia.Gov and follow along for updates on our Facebook and Twitter.
It has been an honor to serve you in Richmond during this General Assembly Session.