Delegate Mark Keam introduces over a dozen legislative items, picks up a new committee assignment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, January, 11, 2013
Contact: Julia Kim
picks up a new committee assignment
RICHMOND, VA — Delegate Mark Keam (D-Fairfax) filed a total of 14 legislative measures designed to address various needs of the Commonwealth on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 when the 2013 Session of the Virginia General Assembly began.
Additionally, Speaker of the House William J. Howell assigned Del. Keam to serve on a new committee in addition to the two standing committees (House Education and House Finance) on which Keam already serves.
As the newest member of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources Committee, Del. Keam will work on issues such as maintaining a healthy Chesapeake Bay and conserving our natural land and water resources. The Committee also has jurisdiction over air and water pollution, fishing and game, parks and recreation, and tourism.
"I am excited to join the Ag/Chesapeake Committee where I can help craft policies that will protect our environment, promote healthy outdoor activities, and support the largest industry in Virginia — agriculture — which provides more than 357,000 jobs in Virginia with an economic impact of $55 billion annually," said Keam.
"As a co-chair of the Legislative Tourism Caucus, I am also looking forward to working with my colleagues on this new committee to promote Virginia as a top destination for tourism. Steven Spielberg understands what we already know — that Virginia is for history lovers. That is why he decided to film the Oscar-nominated film ‘Lincoln' right here in Virginia, and that is why we need to continue to attract tourism industry dollars to the Commonwealth."
Among the bills that Delegate Keam introduced this week are:
Â· size=5>House Bill 2131, which would provide legal authority to Fairfax County so that the Board of Supervisors can provide relief to residents living in the new Tysons Tax District who otherwise would be assessed a new additional property tax to pay for transportation improvements.
Â· size=5>House Bill 2141, which would seek to increase transportation maintenance funds for highly-used roads such as Maple Avenue in the Town of Vienna.
Â· size=5>House Joint Resolution 685, which would direct the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee to study the current ratio of K-12 teacher to students to address the crisis some schools are facing with large class sizes.
Â· size=5>House Bill 2124, which would protect bicyclists on the roads by requiring drivers of all types of vehicles to not follow another vehicle so closely.
Â· size=5>House Bill 2133, which would prohibit employers from using an individual's current employment status as a factor in their hiring decisions. This would protect those who are currently unemployed from being discriminated against by potential employers and end the vicious cycle of unemployment.
Â· size=5>House Bill 2132, which would provide fiscal discipline to the state's budget by adding an automatic five year expiration date to any new sales and use tax exemptions that the General Assembly may pass.
Â· size=5>House Bills 2125 and 2134, which would promote more government accountability by improving the process for the public to obtain information under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
Details on all of these bills and their statuses in the legislative process can be found at lis.virginia.gov under Delegate Keam's name.
Delegate Keam will discuss these and other legislative issues at his public town hall scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, from 9 - 11 a.m., at the American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180, 330 Center Street North, Vienna, VA 22180.
Delegate Mark Keam (www.DelegateKeam.org, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia's 35th District, located in Fairfax County. The House District includes Tysons, the Town of Vienna, Dunn Loring and portions of McLean, Oakton and Fairfax. Currently serving in his second term, Delegate Keam is a member of the House Education, Finance and Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources committees and the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences.