|2013 Legislative Agenda|
Chief Patron Legislation
Changes the composition of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which is currently based on 1930s Congressional districts and under-represents Northern Virginia, to current congressional district lines – doubling Northern Virginia’s representation to equal with its population.
Removes the requirement that a drunk driving accident victim pay for an expert witness to come to court to prove the blood alcohol concentration of a drunk driver in a civil case.
Provides that when an individual changes their address at the DMV, this will be electronically forwarded to the state board of elections to update their voter registration removing the requirement that voters fill out and file a separate piece of paper.
Requires the Judiciary to report on the number of law clerks for Circuit Court Judges around Virginia. Today, only 25% of localities provide law clerks to judges including Fairfax County although it is a state function. Law Clerks help to streamline ministerial tasks and free up judges to spend time on the bench moving cases.
Streamlines the process for petitioning for child custody by allowing individuals to file a single case for multiple children instead of 2-3 petitions per child.
Creates a cause of action for selling information relating to a criminal offense that has been expunged.
Prohibits a school system from offering students an electronic textbook for use outside a school until school system can show they have taken steps to ensure that every student in the locality has access to a personal computing device and broadband internet service in their residence.
Creates a tax credit for solar energy systems placed in service that would equal 35% of the installed cost of the system. Only the ultimate consumer/user would be allowed to claim the credit.
Allows a utility to claim renewable energy credit for using energy purchased from systems located in the Commonwealth that heat air or water for residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial processes. Currently it only applies to energy from renewable-fueled combined heat and power facilities used in industrial processes
Clarifies the eligible individuals and priority of persons able to run a real estate brokerage in the event of the death of the broker.
Allows a county to charge a property owner with removal costs if their property is abandoned on public or private property. Will enable Fairfax County to take steps to clean up abandoned shopping carts in Little Hunting Creek.
Repeals the Marshall-Newman Amendment passed by voters in 2006 which added a gay marriage prohibition to the Constitution of Virginia.
Establishes a joint subcommittee to study the feasibility of establishing a state renewable energy utility which can sell bonds to fund renewable energy projects on state facilities at no cost to taxpayers.
Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution that was proposed by Congress in 1972
Allows for a portion of an applicant’s social security number when applying to vote. Currently, an applicant must provide his full social security number
Chief Co-Patron Legislation
Patron: Delegate Ben Cline
Patron: Don Merricks
Patron: Delegate Tom Rust
Patron: Delegate Randy Minchew
Route 1 Transit Study
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
Law Clerk Study
Fairfax County Judgeship
Fund Housing Trust Fund