Delegate’s Report

by Del. Margaret B. Ransone

Del. Margaret B. Ransone

We are nearing the halfway point of the 2018 General Assembly, known as crossover. At this point the House has heard 1,609 bills, 238 House Joint Resolutions and 60 House Resolutions.

We continue to have long committee meetings to be able to complete our work.

While we are in Richmond, this becomes our home away from home. We are like family here, we stick together, help each other and we are making great progress on the issues that matter most.

As I have previously stated this is a budget year. We will vote on the budget next week.

Below are short summaries of a few of my bills that are making their way to the House floor.

House Bill 685 would establish a Private/Public Partnership Cybersecurity Grant. This is a competitive grant that would require graduates already be committed in the workplace and the employer would provide a portion of the grant.

Cybersecurity is a high demand field and we want to recruit the best here. This grant will offer to pay any debt associated with college, however the graduate must already hold a job, show proven success in their cybersecurity field and commitment, and their employer invests in the grant for them. The bill passed House appropriations and is heading to the House floor.

House Bill 1404 would amend the Code of Virginia to authorize certified restaurants and retail markets to purchase processed snakehead and sell in Virginia markets. The bill passed the agriculture committee and is heading to the House floor.

House Bill 1491 would authorize the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to convey a permanent easement and right of way across the Rappahannock River so Dominion Energy can rebuild its transmission line underground. The bill passed the agriculture committee and is heading to the House floor.

This week my office was visited by seniors from Rappahannock High School, Trudi Ficklin of Healthy Heart/Loving Steps and Northern Neck Boys and Girls Club.

I am truly honored to represent the District 99. Please contact my office, 698-1099 or, if you have questions or concerns related to state government or legislation.

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