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General Assembly Update: Week Five
 
Contact our Office:

Senator Tommy Norment
P.O. Box 6205
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 259-7810
district03@senate.virginia.gov

Kalia Sokos
Legislative Aide
kalia@senatornorment.com

Zach LeMaster
Senior Staff Assistant
Zach@senatornorment.com 
 
 
Testifying before a full Senate Finance Committee meeting regarding my bill SB449, also known as the GO Virginia bill. 
Take a second to watch their launch video to hear business, local and state leaders discuss GO Virginia and the need for regional cooperation.
 
   

This week the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation's 2019 Commemoration Committee released a progress report entitled   "America's 400th  Anniversary, 1619-2019 - Democracy, Diversity, Opportunity". As Co-Chairman of the 2019 Commemoration Committee with House Majority Leader, Kirk Cox we are proud to offer you a look inside all of the developments of the committee as we prepare for the Commemoration. You may access the progress report here . Should you have any questions or wish to obtain additional information, please contact the 2019 Commemoration Office at 
757-253-4219
 
   
Meeting with the
James City County Board of Superviors
VCTA- 2016 Cable Reports- Gloucester- Senator Tommy Norment
VCTA- 2016 Cable Reports- Gloucester- Senator Tommy Norment

VCTA  Cable Reports
 host, Lynwood "Woody" Evans's interview with Senator Norment  regarding the role of Majority Leader and Co-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee  and legislation during the 2016 General Assembly Session.

Friday, February 12

Thursday, February 11 marked the 30th day of the 2016 General Assembly's 60 day session, the numerical halfway point. This upcoming Tuesday is the true midway point as February 16 is designated as crossover. This date serves as the deadline for all 140 lawmakers to pass legislation out of the chamber in which a bill was originally introduced. On the next day, the Senate will only hear bills that have passed out of the House of Delegates and the House of Delegates will only discuss bills passed by the Senate.  Capitol Square has been a very hectic place this last week as we move closer to crossover. With a limited amount of days available to complete our work, the days can be very long but ultimately always productive. 
Senate Bill 449
The effects of the recession and federal sequestration are unfortunately still impacting many communities across the Commonwealth. Virginia's status as a leader in job creation has been slipping in recent years and l arge regional employers are cutting back employees hours and positions with sm all businesses struggling to keep their doors open. I have continually fought to keep our state a business friendly  environment with a regulatory and tax structure that allows Virginia based businesses to grow and attracts new businesses to the Commonwealth.  It is my hope that SB 449 will prove to be a useful tool to enhance our economy. 

SB 449 establishes the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board to administer grants for regional economic and workforce development.  Regional councils will be established across the Commonwealth, consisting of representatives from government, the private sector, and  the educational community Other states have used this model successfully and the introduction of this legislation hopes to build upon their success. 

This legislation passed the Senate on Friday, February 12. I look forward to shepherding this bill through the House of Delegates and seeing it signed into law by the Governor. 
Visitors

The visitors to Capitol square last week included many friendly faces from home:
  • Dr. Don Cherry,Williamsburg
  • Dr. Walter Clemons, Superintendent of Gloucester County Public Schools
  • Dr. William Harvey, President of Hampton University
  • The Honorable Mark Marshall, Isle of Wight County Sheriff
  • The Honorable Joe McLaughlin, New Kent County Sheriff
  • Mr. Sandy Wanner and Mr. Don Robertson, Interim and Acting County Administrators for Isle of Wight County
  • The Honorable Darrell Warren, Gloucester County Sheriff
  • The Hampton City School Board 
  • The James City County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator Bryan Hill
     
  • Members of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board
If you are visiting Virginia's Capitol between now and March 12, please remember to stop by our offices in Room 626 of the General Assembly Building.

Please continue to send me your thoughts on important pieces of legislation. You may contact my office by sending an e-mail to  District03@senate.virginia.gov or a letter to Senate of Virginia, PO Box 396, Richmond VA 23218-0396.  You can also call us at 804.698.7503.
 
I hope you stay safe and warm during Virginia's first substantial snow of 2016. 
 
 
Very truly yours,
 
Senator Tommy Norment
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