By Delegate Rob Bloxom
Hello, this is Delegate Rob Bloxom, reporting to you from Richmond.
The first full week is now behind us, and my report shows there has been little legislative action on the House side. The new leadership is getting a grip on being the majority, and things are moving rather slowly. I have had a few full committee meetings with only a handful of bills presented in each; More time has been spent on presentations from administration officials attempting to promote Governor Northam’s agenda. This week promises to pick up the pace with subcommittees beginning to hear more bills. To say we have a lot of work to do and not much time to do it is quite an understatement. There are 900 budget amendments to hear as compared to 300 last year. The final number of bills to be considered is in the range of 5,000 this year as compared to 3,000 last year. It will be hard to give each proposal a fair hearing. In my opinion, when we cannot be sure of the consequences of a bill, the best thing to do is to vote against it. Fighting a bad cold and an even worse fall down an entire flight of steps, this 2020 session has gotten off to a bumpy start. Hopefully, as the pace picks up, we will be able to complete the people’s work on time.
As always, I welcome you to visit me in Richmond. You may also call me at (804)698-1000 if you have any questions or concerns. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org