Update 4 January 2011: Thanks to Kim’s comment, I called Mr. Landes’ office and confirmed that he will be holding a town hall meeting this Saturday at The Meadows from noon to 1:30. This would be an excellent opportunity for an enterprising journalism or government student from WAHS to write a guest post for me. (but I’m not holding my breath)
Get your browsers, email clients and phones ready – the Virginia General Assembly will be back in session in 9 days.
The 2011 Virginia General Assembly session will convene on January 12, 2011, and is scheduled to run for 45 days. Here you can learn about and track the fate of the thousands of bills that will be proposed, voted on, and the few that ultimately become law.
Some of the bills are inane, some seem to be designed to implement gridlock, some are a waste of taxpayers’ time and money, and some will absolutely, positively affect your daily lives if they were to become law.
I’ll be primarily tracking bills that focus on real estate, but tend to watch bills that touch privacy, governmental interference and other bills that interest me. And hopefully one focusing specifically on single agent dual agency.
I tend to look at the newest bills every day or two, but so long as you’re looking and letting your legislators know that you’re watching them. The lobbyists are spending piles and piles of money; all we have are our phone calls. (for the life of me, I can’t figure out this bill’s purpose)
While you’re spending time at Richmond Sunlight reading about the bills our legislator, Steve Landes is filing , head over to the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) to see who’s giving him money. (note: the “Map Donations” tool is mighty cool).
Be aware, be informed and be willing to express your voice and opinion. If you don’t, your complaining means less.
Note: contact Mr. Landes, from his last email newsletter:
Remember you can reach us here in the District Office at 540.245.5540 and our fax number is
540.248.8434. You may also contact me by sending a letter to P.O. Box 12, Verona, Virginia
24482, or you can still contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
* originally posted at RealCentralVA.com and edited for RealCrozetVA.com.