Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Delegate Keam Named To His First Conference Committee


Thursday, March 4, 2010

For Immediate Release

Contact: Rob Abbot, (703) 380-8883

Delegate Mark Keam Appointed to Conference Committee on Bipartisan "Green Jobs" Bill

RICHMOND — Late last night, the Speaker of the House of Delegates, William J. Howell, appointed Delegate Mark Keam to serve on the conference committee that will negotiate and reconcile the final versions of House Bill 803 and Senate Bill 623.

These two bills would provide an income tax credit of $500 for each renewable energy job that an employer creates in Virginia. Because of slight differences between the two versions of the legislation adopted by each chamber of the General Assembly, the bills have now been sent to a conference committee. The differences involve defining the categories of jobs that may qualify for the tax credit.

"I thank the Speaker for naming me to serve on the Conference Committee to continue working on this important legislation," said Keam. "As the co-author of this green jobs bill, I want to send the best possible version of the legislation to the Governor's desk so we can begin to create these good jobs in Virginia as soon as possible."

Delegate Keam joins Delegates Charles Poindexter (R-9th District) and John Cox (R-55th District) as House conferees. The Senate has appointed Senators Emmett Hanger (R-24th District), Frederick Quayle (R-13th District) and Louise Lucas (D-18th District) to represent that chamber.

HB 803 is a combination of two similar bills that were drafted by Delegates Poindexter and Keam. Early in the Session, the two bills were combined into one bipartisan package. Delegate Keam's green jobs proposal was included as part of Governor Bob McDonnell's comprehensive "Jobs and Opportunity Agenda" that was presented at a Richmond press conference on January 26, 2010.

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