Latest E-News from Delegate Keam: First Day of Session
Right after I send this email, I'll be getting in my car to drive 105 miles south to Richmond to begin the 2011 regular session of the Virginia General Assembly.Â At noon today, I will again take my seat in the "oldest continuous law-making body in the New World."
I am truly honored to represent the good people of the 35th District in the sameÂ institution that once included such members as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.
As I begin my second year of service as Delegate, I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves to make this a productive 45-day legislative session.
I will be introducing over a dozen bills today, including among others, legislation to promote jobs for military veterans, to provide property tax relief for elderly and disabled, to reduce government spending, to encourage energy conservation, to bring more transparency to government, and to assist various constituents with specific problems they have with the state government.
I'm proud to note that many of these measures areÂ bipartisan efforts designedÂ to make our state government work for all Virginians.
Saturday Town Hall
ToÂ explain these bills and to answer your questions about the big issues facing the Commonwealth, I will be holding a public town hall meeting this Saturday, January 15, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, at the at the American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180, located at 330 Center Street North, in the Town of Vienna, VA 22180.
Like we did last year, this town hall meeting is organized by the volunteer members of the American Legion Auxiliary.Â I am also pleased to be joined by my good friend, State Senator Chap Petersen, with whom we share a lot of constituents in Oakton, Dunn Loring, Tysons, Wolf Trap and the Town of Vienna.
No RSVP is necessary to attend this public meeting, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact my assistant Julia Kim at (703) 350-3911 or email@example.com.
Regular E-Newsletter Updates
One of my regrets for 2010 was my insufficient efforts to keep you informed on a more regular basis.Â As a freshman Delegate, I spent most of my time in the General AssemblyÂ learning the ropes, trying to comprehend the complex sausage-making process and the players involved.Â I thereforeÂ neglected to send out more regular email updates during session.
With one year under my belt (andÂ lots of rookie mistakes to show!), I feel more prepared for this session.Â So, while I'm in Richmond for the next seven weeks, I will do my best to keep you updated on the legislative developments with regular email newsletters.
If you are not interested in receiving these updates, please feel free to "unsubscribe" from my emails by clicking the note below.Â Don't worry, I won't be upset if you do that!!
However, if you want to remain on my list, I promise to keep my emails limitedÂ to information that I believe will be helpful.Â And I would certainly appreciate you forwarding my updates with friends who might want to sign up for themselves.
Until next time, I hope everyone stays safe and warm from the winter hazards!