Bell Sounds from the 20th - 2018 Session - Week 2

The first full week of the 2018 General Assembly Session is in the books. Due to the significant changes in the makeup of the House combined with the new building, things have started off a bit slower than normal. It took House leadership and committee leadership a couple of extra days to get our committees and subcommittees organized and to assign bills to the committees. Usually in the 60-day Session we deal with approximately 3,000 pieces of legislation but it appears that we might exceed that this year by a wide margin.

I will once again be serving on the Education Committee, Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee, and the General Laws committee. I serve on two subcommittees for each full committee, and this year I am chairing one subcommittee in each of my three full committees. I look forward to these added responsibilities and to working with other members of each committee to advance practical solutions to everyday issues.

Now that subcommittees and full committees are fully organized we are in full swing. By mid-week this week we were having full subcommittee meetings and that legislation is going to continue to work its way through the process. Given the later start, I anticipate that we will have some very full dockets and very long days ahead of us. If you’re interested in watching the floor sessions online, you can do so online here. This year for the first time you can also stream full committee meetings. For directions on how to stream committee meetings online, click here.

The Budget

The biennial budget is the single most important piece of legislation we work on each year. The budget affects everyone and is our best chance to work together across the aisle to improve the lives of all Virginians. I will continue to work to be a good steward of your tax dollars. House Republicans are committed to being consistent with what we have done in the past and to working efficiently and in a transparent manner. The budget we pass will be structurally balanced and show a commitment to the core functions of government. You can view the budget and budget amendments put forth by members of the General Assembly online at


We love seeing friendly faces from home during Session. If you are going to be in the Richmond area, consider dropping by for a visit. While appointments are not required, we do recommend that you call or email us ahead of time to schedule a time for a visit.
While I make every attempt to see my constituents, please understand that my committee schedule can be very hectic and change very quickly. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

Contact Information

We are operating out of our Richmond Office for the duration of the 2018 Session. While we still monitor the voicemail on our District Office phone line, the quickest way to reach us by phone will be by calling the Richmond office directly at 804-698-1020.

We will still receive email at

If you prefer to send us written correspondence, you can send mail to Post Office Box 406, Richmond, Virginia 23218.

You can also stay updated by following us on Twitter.

I look forward to hearing from you on the issues that matter most to you.

As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your delegate!

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