This was the first full week of the 2017 session, and a few of my bills were heard and advanced in various committees this week. Short summaries and links are provided below.

HB 1844 – Requires Virginia’s court system to maintain a free online database of Circuit, District, and adult cases in Juvenile & Domestic Relations Courts that is searchable by name across the Commonwealth.

HB 1727 – Provides that Northern Neck school divisions are not subject to the prohibition against hiring school division employees who are related to a member of the school board.

HB 1728 – Convenes a work group to study the rules and impacts of emergency air transportation services, also known as air ambulances, in emergency medical situations.

HB 1729 – Provides that Port Royal council member terms begin in January to reflect the town’s change to November municipal elections.

Once again, the bills affecting the menhaden industry failed in my Chesapeake subcommittee last night. Thank you to all who traveled to Richmond, called, and emailed to voice their opinions on the bills.

On Tuesday, my Elections subcommittee took up House Bill 1462 which would have repealed Virginia’s voter ID laws just one month after the law was upheld in federal court. I am pleased to report that the bill failed and an additional bill to add a photo ID requirement for absentee ballots passed.

The House of Delegates passed House Bill 1582 authorizing members of our military who are above 18 but under 21 to apply for a concealed handgun permit. Additional bills seeking to restrict the right to bear arms were defeated in committee.

This week, I was proud to introduce Rebecca Tebbs Nunn, Ms. 2016 Virginia Senior America, and the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance in the House of Delegates Chamber. Many other groups visited this week including the Rappahannock Community Services Board, Caroline County Schools, various Northern Neck hunt clubs and many local watermen as part of Virginia’s Seafood Week.

As always, I am truly honored to represent the 99th district. Please contact my office at 804-698-1099 at if you have questions or concerns related to state government.