Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Delegate Habeeb prefiles bills and constitutional amendments

Press Release: SALEM – Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) took advantage of the pre-filing period for the House of Delegates 2013 General Assembly session on Monday July 16. It was the first opportunity for members of the House of Delegates to submit drafts of legislation.

“I am very proud of the legislative accomplishments we’ve had over my first 2 sessions and I look forward to building on them in the 2013 Session. Once again we’ll be focused on streamlining government, improving our schools, improving our justice system and incentivizing job creation.”

Habeeb prefiled five bills and two Constitutional amendments to the House Clerk’s office:

Education: 

1. Bill to eliminate the “King’s Dominion Rule” and restore local control of school calendars to parents and local school boards.

2. Bill to give local school systems flexibility in the administration of the Standards of Learning tests.

Judicial Reform: 

3. Bill to reform the juvenile criminal justice system by giving juveniles the same “Writ of Actual Innocence” rights as afforded adult defendants.

Incentivizing Job Creation:

4. Bill to create tax credits for federal government contractors that subcontract their work to minority-owned, veteran-owned or qualified small businesses operating in Historically Underutilized Business Zones within the Commonwealth.

Workers’ Compensation Reform: 

5. Bill to clarify the General Assembly’s intent in shifting the brain injury presumption when a claimant is unable to testify as to the circumstances of his accident.

Constitutional Amendments: 

6. Resolution amending the Virginia Constitution to give the General Assembly oversight over regulations and rules enacted by unelected bureaucrats.

7. Resolution amending the Virginia Constitution to restore the voting rights of felons upon the completion of their sentences.

“When I first announced my candidacy for the House of Delegates, in November of 2010, I made certain promises to my constituents. These bills are another step in fulfilling those promises and I look forward to hearing from constituents from throughout the 8th District regarding additional items we can add to our 2013 legislative agenda.”

You may obtain copies of these legislative items by contacting Delegate Habeeb’s office at (540) 915-2962.

Delegate Habeeb was first elected to serve the 8th District in a Special Election in January of 2011. He was re-elected without opposition in November of 2011. Delegate Habeeb serves on the important Courts of Justice, Commerce & Labor and Transportation Committees. Delegate Habeeb is also a member of the Virginia Code Commission and the Virginia Coal & Energy Commission. Delegate Habeeb lives in Salem with his wife, Christy, and their 3 kids and serves all of the City of Salem and Craig County and portions of Roanoke and Montgomery County.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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