Steve Landes is our Delegate, so I figured you might be interested in his “Legislative Newsletter.”
While you’re looking, take a look at where his money comes from (courtesy of VPAP) and what bills he’s sponsoring and how he votes.
Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new. My legislative aide, Judy Wyatt, and I are looking forward to the 2010 Virginia General Assembly Session which begins January 13th in Richmond. The budget will be the hottest topic but we are hoping that under the leadership of Governor-elect Bob McDonnell that Virginia will fare better than most states across the nation.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
In preparation for the upcoming 2010 Virginia General Assembly Session, I have scheduled three town hall meetings this week. The first town meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. at the Board of Supervisors’ Meeting Room at the Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane, in Verona.
The second town meeting will be on Saturday, January 9, 2010, from 9:00 -10:30 a.m. at the Elkton Area Community Center, 20593 Blue & Gold Drive, in Elkton.
The third and last town meeting will be January 9, 2010, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Crozet Public Library, 5791 Three Notched Road, in Crozet.
Please attend one of these meetings to express your opinions and give your suggestions to me as I prepare to represent you in Richmond during the 2010 session. I appreciate knowing what my constituents feel important as I prepare to vote on your behalf on issues of importance to all of us.
2010 LEGISLATIVE SURVEY
As has been my custom, once again I have devised a legislative survey to poll the constituents of the 25th House District on their opinions. This year you may take the survey online at my website www.stevelandes.com . If you do not have access to a computer, please call my District Office this week and we will mail you a copy of the survey. We may be reached at 540-245-5540.
It is most important that the survey be completed and returned by January 15th. That allows time to tally the results so I may have them in a timely manner before voting on issues as they come before me during session.
PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE BUDGET
As mentioned earlier, the budget will be the most important issue discussed this session. As required by the Code of Virginia, the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees will conduct public hearings on Governor Kaine’s proposed budget.
The closest hearing to the 25th House District will be this Thursday, January 7th, at 12:00 noon in Harrisonburg in Grafton-Stovall Theater at James Madison University. The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments on the Governor’s proposed 2010-12 State Budget. Those persons wishing to speak may register at the hearing site no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the hearing. Speakers will be taken in the order of registration. Each person may register only one speaker at a time. Speakers are asked to limit their comments to three minutes or less. Public comment will begin at 12:00 noon.
There will also be a public hearing in Richmond on Monday, January 11, 2010, beginning at 12:00 noon. It will be held in the General Assembly Building in House Room D. Sign up for public comment begins at 8:00 a.m. at this location only.
ANOTHER HOUSE PAGE FROM THE VALLEY
It is a pleasure to announce that Rachel Mason, of Grottoes, Virginia, has been appointed a Page for the 2010 Virginia General Assembly Session. Miss Mason is 13 years old and a seventh grade student at Stewart Middle School in Augusta County, where she maintains an excellent academic standing. She is the daughter of Craig and Melanie Brimhall. Since becoming a delegate, I have had the honor of recommending six selected page appointments from the 25th House District.
CONTACT INFORMATION DURING SESSION
Our District Office will be closed at the end of this week and you may find us during session in Richmond, Virginia. If you are in the area during January 13th-March 13th (the dates of session), please feel free to stop by our offices at Room 515 in the General Assembly Building.
If you want to let us know where you stand on an issue, you can contact us while we are in Richmond by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .Our phone number is 804-698-1025 and our fax number is 804-698-6725. You may also contact me by sending a letter to PO Box 406, Richmond, Virginia 23218.
Don’t forget to answer the legislative survey! As always, thanks for sharing your views.