Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Delegate Keam Helps Small Businesses


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Delegates Tim Hugo and Mark Keam Pass Bipartisan Bill in the House to Help Small Businesses in Fairfax County

RICHMOND, VA — Last week, the Virginia House of Delegates adopted House Bill 1905 introduced by Delegate Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) and Delegate Mark Keam (D-Vienna) which would provide relief to certain small businesses that are currently regulated in ways not originally envisioned by state law.

HB 1905 would exempt certain operations such as Martial Arts facilities that offer after-school activities from having to be licensed as a "child day center" if school-age children attend no more than four hours per school day or 20 hours per week.

In explaining the reasons for this bill, Keam stated, "As a former Tae Kwon Do student myself and as a parent of children who now attend a Tae Kwon Do studio, I know the value of such a discipline to a child's development.  The Martial Arts community provides important life lessons to children beyond physical exercise and mental stamina.  That is why it does not make sense for Martial Arts facilities to be regulated as a child care center, which can be costly and burdensome to the business operators."

Keam added, "Tae Kwon Do and other sports centers as well as music and art studios offer enrichment programs for kids that are far different in scope and purpose than those facilities that should be licensed as a child day center by the Department of Social Services."

HB 1905 awaits approval by the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services.  Details on this bill can be found at http://legis.state.va.us/.

Delegate Mark Keam (www.www.markkeam.com, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia's 35th House district, located in Fairfax County.  The District includes the Town of Vienna and portions of Tysons, Dunn Loring, Wolf Trap, Oakton and Fair Oaks.  Currently serving his first term in office, Keam sits on the House Finance and House Militia, Police and Public Safety committees.

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