Latest E-News from Delegate Keam: Halfway There
The Virginia General Assembly is at our halfway point!Â I just left the House floor for the 18th time this session. Â We only have 16 more work days to go before adjourning.
With almost 1,500 bills and resolutions introduced in the House during this session, we've been working at break-neck speed in Committees and on the Floor.
I'm pleased to report significant progress on my legislative agenda. Â The House has already voted unanimously to approve four of my bills (HB 2271, HB 2272, HB 2276 & HB 2279) and two others (HB 2277 & HB 2278) will be approved by the House next week.
Among these, I'm most proud of HB 2279, what I call the "Healthcare Jobs for Veterans" bill:
This bipartisan effort will help veterans find jobs when they enter the civilian sector by allowing their military experience to qualify them for state-certified healthcare jobs.Â Specifically, it helps emergency medical technicians who are trained by our military find good paying jobs in Virginia.
I was honored that the American Legion and the Virginia Healthcare and Hospitals Association officially endorsed my bill, and Governor McDonnell's administration supported it as well.
I am also happy that today, the House passed the government transparency bill that Delegate Jim LeMunyon and I have been pushing for since last session.
House Resolution 64 would make it easier for you to find out how we vote in Richmond by putting our records online under our names in addition to bill numbers.
Well, I'm looking forward to the second half of this session.Â Please visit my website often for updates and let me know if you have any questions or comments.
P.S. I enjoyed my second meeting with Virginia National Guard's new Adjutant General Daniel Long, and members of his staff, Major Hogsten and Captain Rembert. Among other issues, we discussed the Guard's preparation for handling the next major snow storm in Fairfax County.
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Announcing my next Town Hall Meeting!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
10 am to 11:30 am
Delegate Keam's office
1952 Gallows Road, Third Floor
Vienna, VA 22182
We had over 60 constituents attend my first Town Hall meeting held on Saturday, January 15.
I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and to listen to so many people who care about our state and our community.Â Unfortunately, I wasn't able to share a whole lot of details about the legislative session since the General Assembly had just begun that week in January.
Now that the session is halfway through, I look forward to telling you about the progress of the legislature and to answer any of your questions.
Please join us on Saturday, February 12, at my district office.Â No RSVP is necessary, but please address any questions about the meeting to Julia Kim at (703) 350-3911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And please feel free to share this information with neighbors and members of any local organizations with which you may belong.