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State Capitol Report   January 24-28, 2011

The Poindexter Report
by  Delegate Charles Poindexter

As this is a short 45 day session, the House spent the week acting on hundreds of bills and reviewing budget proposals.

The Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission’s bill reported out of my Appropriations Committee unanimously. This bipartisan initiative focus is on greater economic opportunity and impact, reform-based investment, and affordable access for our Virginia students.

This bill and accompanying budget action includes:  a) increasing the number of Virginia college graduates, especially in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics);  b) greater use of our investment in higher education infrastructure, such as year-round use of facilities and on-line access for instruction; and, c) actions to make access/tuition more affordable.

Three high profile bills passed the House this week and I voted for each. One was a bill to guarantee Virginia employees can continue to have the sacred privilege of a secret ballot in union organizing elections.
Another bill would bring abortion clinics under the same rules as other medical clinics. The third bill is the Repeal Amendment which would allow 2/3 of the States to override over-reaching federal intrusion into our personal lives and business affairs. We often forget that the states created the federal government—hence, is the parent—and retains powers not explicitly given the federal government.

The upcoming House calendar promises another intense week as we face the homestretch of completing all of our House bills, as required, by February 8th “Crossover.”  Our House bills then cross over to the Senate and theirs cross over to the House.

Several of my bills are progressing through subcommittees and committees and should pass or fail this week on the House Floor. My government efficiencies bill to exploit greater use of common software technologies around the Commonwealth was reported out of subcommittee unanimously.  This is a follow-up to the study that resulted from my bill last year for the Secretary of Technology to work with local IT directors, Virginia Association of Counties, Virginia Municipal League, and others . The results are promising and this work will, hopefully, continue and be completed this year.

Sandi Terry, Franklin County IT Director, is to be complimented on her technical expertise and contributions to the Secretary of Technology’s study on  this important initiative.

My bill to consolidate Water Quality Reporting reports for the Department of Conservation and Recreation appears headed to passage on the Floor, as does my bill to clean up and modernize the fertilizer sections of the Code dealing with labeling, composition, and distributor reporting.

There are other fertilizer bills undergoing  intense discussion that regard restrictions on use, permitting, and so forth. My bill was requested by Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry Todd Haymore to assure the product is defined well in the Code as Virginia addressees the water quality improvements demanded by the EPA.

We welcomed a steady stream of visitors this week. I was able to meet with people from back home, as well as from neighboring district areas. Chamber Day brought Vicki Gardner (Executive Director, Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce), Roy Enslow (Bridgewater Marina and Boat Rentals), and Frank Chrzanowski (Hometown Bank).  I was honored to address the large contingent from the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, led by President/CEO  Joyce Waugh and VP of Public Policy and Administration Tori Williams.

This was Arts Week at the Capitol, a time always well-attended by groups of Arts supporters, too many to fully list. Among those who came by my office were Joe Ferguson and Wendy Moore (Roanoke Symphony Orchestra), Rhonda Morgan and associates (Arts Council of the Blue Ridge), Amanda Mansfield and Julie Goodman (Center in the Square), Sally Rugaber (Virginians for the Arts), John Levin (The Jefferson Center), Jeanne Bollendorf (Historical Society of Western Virginia), representatives from Floyd County’s Jacksonville Center and the Smith Mountain Arts Council.

Our region does not have the magnitude of access to the arts as do citizens living in Northern Virginia and Richmond. I do appreciate and support our area’s efforts to bolster our arts offerings. I especially have my eye on the plan to bring an arts and music facility to our area.

Ferrum College students Courtney Williams,  Shykeala Spratley, Tara Tygrett, and Denna Austin came by to discuss TAG grants. Sandra and Tom Warren from Danville visited regarding a number of important issues under consideration.

I encourage you to stop by my office, Room 807 in the General Assembly Building, during Session. To arrange a tour of the Capitol or attend a legislative session, please call my Legislative Aide, Lindsay Bowman at (804) 698-1009. You can contact me by email at or by regular mail at P.O. Box 406, Richmond VA 23218.


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