Subject: Week 5 Update from Richmond!

Dear Friends,

The 2018 General Assembly session is nearing our halfway mark- tomorrow (Tuesday) is "Crossover." The House is making progress on several key issues as we prepare to begin considering legislation passed by the Senate. Tuesday is the last day for the House to act on its legislation. After Tuesday, the House will consider legislation passed by the Senate and continue our work on crafting a responsible, balanced budget, as is our Constitutional duty.

Again, I am grateful for your confidence and look forward to participating in a legislative process that produces good public policy that benefits our district and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

All The Best,

Delegate T. Scott Garrett M.D.

Photo of the Week

I try to stay in touch with folks back home whenever I can. It's important that I hear from you about issues before the General Assembly.

Bipartisan Agreement on Regulatory Reform

We have a responsibility to constantly evaluate every regulatory requirement to ensure that it's doing its job in the least restrictive way possible. Thanks to Delegate Michael Webert (R-Fauquier) for sponsoring House Bill 863, that does just that.

I am a co-sponsor of this bill that creates a pilot program to review regulations in the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Licensing and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, with a goal of reducing or streamlining regulatory requirements by 25% over three years. This program will make these heavily-regulated agencies more efficient, reduce regulatory burdens, and give us a clear model to replicate across state government...YOUR government.

We know that red tape hinders entrepreneurs, innovators, and small and large businesses alike from creating more of the good-paying jobs we need in our community. I have always prioritized ensuring less government intrusion on the lives of Virginians and am happy to support this common-sense bill.

Practical Solutions to

Everyday Issues

The House of Delegates has now passed the three major pieces of the "Practical Solutions to Everyday Issues" agenda. In November, House Republicans filed the first three bills of the 2018 General Assembly Session, with the purpose of advancing practical solutions to everyday issues. House Bills One, Two, and Three are now headed to the Senate for consideration. All three bills passed with bipartisan support.

House Bill 1 will protect sensitive data, such as the email address and telephone number, of students enrolled in Virginia public colleges and universities from being released to the public without their consent. Last fall, media outlets across Virginia brought to light the devious practice being used by some political campaigns to target students by accessing their personal contact information without their knowledge or consent. House Bill 1 requires student consent prior to their personal information being shared with an outside individual or group.

House Bill 2 will allow a spouse of any member of the armed forces, who has a valid out-of-state teaching license, to enjoy licensure reciprocity in Virginia. This means an individual who is currently a licensed teacher in another state and married to a member of the military, could seamlessly transition into a Virginia classroom if their family is transferred to Virginia. With the passage of House Bill 2, we show our commitment to fixing our teacher shortage while remaining the most military friendly state in the U.S.

House Bill 3 will require the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to establish quality standards for dual enrollment courses, including standards for instructors, materials, and content. Courses that meet or exceed these quality standards will be certified as "Universal Transfer Courses" and satisfy course credit at any public institution of higher education. This bill will save students time and money by ensuring dual enrollment programs are working as intended and allowing students to earn college credits while in high school and apply those credits to a 2-year or 4-year degree.

District Visitors

Thanks to Sweet Briar College's new President- Meredith Woo- for taking time to meet me.

Students and faculty from Liberty University's School of Aeronautics came to Richmond last week to share with everyone about their amazing program!

Mark Courtney, the Director of the Lynchburg Regional Airport, came to Richmond last week to meet with members of our Central Virginia Delegation (including Del. Ben Cline, pictured).

This is just a sampling of our guests from the week. Thanks to everyone who visited from home this week! Seeing friends and neighbors while here in Richmond makes my week a lot brighter!

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