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General Assembly Update: Week Six
 
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 
 
 
   

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
 
    

Recognizing our cadets from VMI in the Senate.

 
   
Meeting with Cadets from the 
Virginia Military Institute.
 
    
Enjoyed speaking with the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors and the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors. 
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 19

This week marked a significant point in the General Assembly Session, as crossover occurred on February 16. Crossover is not only the halfway point for the  General  Assembly session, but is also the deadline for passing all bills out of the Senate to the House, and vice versa. For each bill, the consideration process starts anew, replicating the same steps it just completed. I must now go before House committees to present my bills. If my legislation is reported out of committee I will have to find a member of the House of Delegates to present my bill on the floor in the hopes of passing the bill and sending it to the Governor's desk to be signed into law. 
 
At this point, it's nice to take a step back and reflect on all the pieces of legislation that have been considered so far. When the deadline for submitting bills concluded in late January, lawmakers had submitted almost 2,000 bills. As of crossover, only around forty percent of the bills introduced have made their way to the chamber down the hall. This number will continue to be drawn down as Senators and Delegates consider each other's legislation.
Senate Bill 29 and 30
When the  General   Assembly  approves a budget and the governor signs it, the spending plan goes into effect for two years. The Commonwealth's budgets are approved during even-numbered years and adjusted during odd-numbered years.  Unlike the federal government, Virginia has a strict balanced budget requirement in its constitution. This requirement ensures that the state cannot spend money it does not have.

This year I and my fellow Co-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Hanger, are carrying the two budget bills, Senate Bill 29 and Senate Bill 30. SB 29 amends the current budget that Virginia is operating under through FY 2016. These adjustments are made to reflect revenue and spending changes. SB 30 will establish the budget under which the Commonwealth will operate from 2016-2018. There is no legislation that has a greater impact on Virginia and it's citizens than the budget. It is in this document that the policy priorities of the state are set. The budget ensures that our localities, schools, and emergency responders have the funds to operate. I am honored to be entrusted with the important task of ensuring the funds paid to the state by Virginians are allocated wisely.

On Sunday, February 21, the Senate Finance Committee will meet to approve its version of the budget. As Co-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I have been working diligently for the past few weeks to prepare our report.  If you would like to access the full overview of the Senate Finance Committee's proposed amendments to the 2016-2018 Biennial Budget, click  here .
Statement of Economic Interest

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, elected officials are required to disclose their investments to the public. This week, the Daily Press published a story about my report.  After I noticed the story was not accurate, my office was able to determine that a section of my filing did not scan properly when it was submitted.

Once my office discovered the error, we immediately acted to correct it - and notified the paper. Unsurprisingly, the Daily Press highlighted our scanning mishap with a front-page headline.

Full public disclosure and transparency are very important for public officials, and I am glad we fixed the error so quickly after learning of it.

If you'd like to view my full Statement of Economic Interest, click here
Visitors

The visitors to Capitol square last week included many friendly faces from home and across the Commonwealth:
  • Mr. Bruce Allen and Mr. DeAngelo Hall, Washington Redskins
  • Ms. Janet Casanave, James City County
  • Miss Sequoia Clark, James City County Resident and Virginia STEAM Academy Student
  • Mr. Charles Haley, Member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and recent inductee into the NFL Hall of Fame
  • Mrs. Phyllis Mateer, James City County
  • Mrs. Lara Overy and Mrs. Tracy Keller, Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast
  • Members of Atlantic Bay Mortgage
  • Members of Chesapeake Bay & Rivers Association of Realtors
  • Members of the Virginia Peninsula Association of Realtors
  • Virginia Military Institute Cadets
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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