Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Gov. McDonnell Signs Keam Adoption Bill into Law

As the regular General Assembly session wrapped up for the year, Governor McDonnell convened a special meeting of first-year legislators where he signed into law numerous bills that were carried by the freshmen.

One of Delegate Keam's bills, was signed at this special ceremony. House Bill 1133 would clarify the term, "counsel," as it is currently used in the process of placing a child for adoption. Practitioners of family law in Fairfax County asked Delegate Keam to draft this bill to provide better guidance to courts and lawyers who have found that this word could be interpreted very broadly or narrowly.

The bill went through various subcommittee and committee reviews in both the House and Senate, and both Chambers adopted the measure which sent the bill to the Governor for his signature. This was the first legislation that Delegate Keam successfully navigated through the General Assembly on his own in his first year.

With all the freshmen class members gathering with the Governor, it was a nice bipartisan photo opportunity!

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