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Poindexter Report, Week #3: January 23 – 28, 2012
Since the make-up of our courts directly affects how our state and federal laws are interpreted and enforced, one of the most important tasks we undertake in the General Assembly is to appoint or reappoint judges. This week we reappointed a list of currently serving judges. Later, we will consider applicants for the vacant judgeships around the state, including the 22nd and 27th Judicial Circuits within the 9th District.

Over the course of the week, several of my bills were heard in their respective subcommittees. One particular bill, HB1037, dealing with clean-up costs for methamphetamine lab sites was reported from the subcommittee to the full Courts of Justice Committee. This bill would require the court to levy restitution costs for an individual convicted of producing methamphetamine. The restitution costs would be paid into a “clean-up fund” in an amount not exceeding $10,000. The money in this fund would then be repaid to local government offices or state agencies that actually perform clean-up of the methamphetamine site. As it stands now, the convicted individual may only be responsible for damages he or she does to another’s property. My bill makes the convicted individual accountable for the clean-up costs resulting from the damage he or she does to their own property as well, a cost that is currently unaccounted for and, in most cases, absorbed by the local taxpayer.

Another bill I introduced is HB539. This legislation would ensure that landowners on private roads pay their fair share of pro-rata basic maintenance costs for lands subdivided in the future. This bill was referred from the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee to the Transportation Committee.

Unfortunately, HB1017, my proposal for electric utility regulation was passed-by indefinitely by the House of Delegates Commerce and Labor Subcommittee on Energy. This bill addressed growing concerns I share with the Attorney General’s Office and others over the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) set in place as a result of the 2007 utility regulation law and the bonus award costs associated with this program being passed off to consumers.

This legislation would have eliminated the ability of utility companies that meet the renewable energy RPS goal, recover all costs in doing so, and receive a 2% bonus from also receiving an additional one-half percent bonus return and passing this extra cost on to the consumer—a measure the Attorney General’s office and I argued would help lower the costs of electricity bills each month for residential, business, and industrial scale industries.

This past week, Governor McDonnell announced that Virginia will move forward with the transition to community-based care by adding 4,710 new Intellectual Disability (ID) waiver slots and the closing of four of the five training centers around the state. The availability of additional waivers is good news for many families in the 9th District and across the Commonwealth who are waiting to receive ID waivers. An ID waiver funds services to help individuals with an intellectual disability remain in the community and avoid institutional care. Last year, I was a co-patron of the legislation that invested $30 million into a trust fund to begin the process of transitioning those with intellectual disabilities from institutional care to community-based care. With this week’s action, it is clear that additional funding for this program will now have to be found in this year’s budget and future budgets.

My House Republican colleagues and I continue to work closely with Governor McDonnell and Secretary of Education Laura Fornash to ensure every child in the Commonwealth has the opportunity to receive a top-quality education. During the House Republican Caucus’s press conference, we highlighted our K-12 education reforms designed to improve education in Virginia. One reform would permit businesses or individuals to receive tax credits for donations they make to provide scholarships for lower income children to attend non-public schools, particularly those in underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

Another reform would allow any institution of higher education in Virginia to operate a college partnership laboratory school. An additional reform would replace current teacher contracts with performance-based contracts. These and other announced reforms, along with Governor McDonnell’s proposed investment of an additional $492 million in our schools, will give our teachers additional resources and tools needed to provide the top-quality education our children deserve and help ensure the solvency of the teacher retirement fund.

The House of Delegates Rural Caucus, of which I am a member, continues to meet this Session. The Rural Caucus reviews legislation and budget items from a rural perspective. One of our tasks is to identify key initiatives that will spur job growth, benefit quality of life, and protect vital industries in rural Virginia. We receive presentations and reports from cabinet-level officials, state agencies, and constituents focused on rural issues. This week we concentrated on education and workforce skills training. Secretary of Education Laura Fornash gave an informative presentation on Virginia’s community college system, higher education, and K-12 public instruction.

I’m delighted that many constituents have contacted my office in regard to various pieces of legislation. As many of you realize, bills get amended as they go through the legislative process. The content, direction, implications, and proposed effect of a bill can change several times while making its way through subcommittees and full committees. I have to vote based upon the final bill’s contents and implications, which means I sometimes have to vote against a bill even if I agree, in general, with what it is trying to accomplish, as it may have unacceptable consequences as written. The progress of bills can be followed through the process online at

I was pleased to meet with teachers and other educators from Franklin County and Henry County during Virginia Education Day at the Capitol. I also met with representatives from the Garden Club of Virginia, a large group representing the Martinsville-Dupont Credit Union, and members of The Fraternal Order of Police from Henry County. To schedule a meeting with me, tour our Capitol, or attend a House legislative session, please contact my Legislative Aides, Alex Thorup or Tom Wells, at (804)698-1009. Correspondence should be sent to DelCPoindexter@House.Virginia.Gov or to P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218.


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