Delegate Keam's Legislative Accomplishments at Crossover
House Adopts Two More of Delegate Mark Keam's Legislative Bills
RICHMOND, VA — As the Virginia House of Delegates concludes its halfway point — or "Crossover" — today, it voted unanimously to approve two more of Delegate Mark Keam's bills, HB 2277 and HB 2278.
House Bill 2277 implements a recommendation from Governor Bob McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring to require volunteer citizens who serve on state boards and commissions to receive payments for any official travel reimbursements from the state through electronic direct deposit.
Participation in the Electronic Data Interchange Program by hundreds of citizen advisers to the Commonwealth will eliminate an estimated 10,000 paper checks that are processed manually each year, thereby saving Virginia taxpayers money.Â According to the Virginia Tax Department, the cost of printing and mailing a check is approximately $1 per check.
"This is a modest but common sense idea that's a win-win-win for Virginia taxpayers, the citizen board members, and the Commonwealth government," said Keam.Â "Today's technology allows the government to serve their constituents with time-efficiency and cost-effectiveness.Â We should look for more innovative ways to find savings in our state government."
HB 2277 came out of the General Laws Committee last week on a unanimous vote.
House Bill 2278 enables a decision, made by Virginia voters in November 2010 through a constitutional amendment, to provide real estate tax relief for the disabled or elderly homeowners.Â The bill permits local governments to establish their own income or financial worth limitations for purposes of granting property tax relief to those who are 65 years of age or older, or permanently and totally disabled.
"Last year, the voters of Virginia demonstrated strong compassion for the elderly or disabled among us by authorizing the General Assembly to provide these homeowners with property tax relief," said Keam.Â "I am honored to carry this legislation to implement the voters' wishes immediately."
HB 2278 came out of the Finance Committee's Subcommittee where Keam serves.Â The Committee agreed to roll into Keam's bill a similar legislation, HB 1866, introduced by Republican Delegate Mark Cole of Spotsylvania.Â The Finance Committee also agreed to move this as "Emergency" legislation, meaning that the bill goes into effect as soon as the Governor signs it.
With the passage of these two bills, Keam has successfully moved five of his bills during the 2011 short session.Â The other Keam bills are HB 2271, HB 2272 and HB 2279.
Keam also served as Chief Co-Patron of three other bills, HR 64, HB 1906 and HB 2036 that passed in the House this session.
Details on these and other legislation by Delegate Keam can be found at http://leg1.state.va.us.
Delegate Mark Keam (www.www.markkeam.com, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia's 35th House district, located in Fairfax County.Â The District includes the Town of Vienna and portions of Tysons, Dunn Loring, Wolf Trap, Oakton and Fair Oaks.Â Currently serving his first term in office, Keam sits on the House Finance and House Militia, Police and Public Safety committees.