Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Virginia House Transportation Committee Unanimously Passes Two of Delegate Mark Keam's Bills


MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thu., Feb. 9, 2012

Contact: Julia Kim
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Virginia House Transportation Committee Unanimously Passes Two of Delegate Mark Keam's Bills

~ Bills Would Help Transitioning Military Service Members and their Families~

RICHMOND, VA — Delegate Mark Keam's House Bills 1042 and 1043 designed to assist American service men and women serving overseas were unanimously approved (22-0) today by the Virginia House of Delegates' Transportation Committee.

HB 1042 extends the grace period for driver's license expiration from 90 to 180 days after a military service member or their families return to Virginia. This will provide them with six months of relief knowing that they don't have to rush to get an expired license renewed as they are transitioning back home.

Similarly, HB 1043 extends the grace period for the replacement of vehicle decals and plates and vehicle registrations to spouses and dependent children accompanying active duty military members and others serving our nation overseas. Current law provides a grace period of 90 days for active duty military members only, not to their families.

"I introduced these bills after talking with many military members and veterans who said these administrative burdens of dealing with the DMV add unnecessary mental burdens when they return to Virginia," said Keam. "When a hero returns home after bravely serving our nation overseas, they have plenty of other concerns on their minds — like finding a job, settling into a new home, and getting their kids into schools. Virginia government should make their transition process as easy as possible," added Keam.

Both bills will advance for a vote by the full body of the House of Delegates next week.

Details on his bills are at http://lis.virginia.gov.

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Delegate Mark Keam (www.DelegateKeam.org, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia's 35th District, located in Fairfax County. The House District includes Tysons Corner, the Town of Vienna, Dunn Loring and portions of Oakton and Fairfax. Currently serving in his second term, Delegate Keam is a member of the House Education and Finance committees.

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