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Dear Friends,

As your representative in the Virginia House of Delegates serving the 80th District, I am again honored to have represented you in this year’s 2018 General Assembly.

I have listed below some of the legislation recently introduced:

* Chief Patron of HB 527: Historical African American cemeteries and graves; Portsmouth. Adds the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in the City of Portsmouth, with 266 eligible gravesites, to the list of historical African American cemeteries for which qualifying charitable organizations may receive funding for maintenance.

*Chief Patron of HB 528: Department of Juvenile Justice; placement of certain individuals in independent living arrangement. Permits the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to place in an independent living arrangement an individual who is between the ages of 16 and 21 and who was in the custody of DJJ immediately prior to such placement. The bill also permits the Department of Social Services to provide independent living services to such individuals who are placed in an independent living arrangement and to individuals who are between 18 and 21 years of age who, immediately prior to their commitment to DJJ, had been in the custody of a local board of social services.

*Chief Patron of HB 529: Sales and use tax revenue; distribution to certain localities. Adds the City of Chesapeake to those localities authorized to receive the state sales and use tax revenue attributable to certain public facilities. The revenue must be used to pay the cost of bonds issued by the locality for construction of the facility.

*Chief Patron of HJ 60: Study; JLARC; impact of state-owned ports on local governments; report. Directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to review and update its 1999 study entitled "Review of the Impact of State-Owned Ports on Local Governments."I believe that economic growth and development depends on addressing the deficiencies in the educational and workforce development systems. It is my goal to support legislation that will enhance these systems. I am committed to providing you with competent and fair representation with the highest regard to quality public service.

In addition, I have several budget amendments which will be introduced on Friday, January 12, 2018. 

As the 2018 session progresses, I will update my site accordingly.

Lastly, I would like to thank you for your continued support and as a team we can work towards a greater Virginia.

Again, thank you for allowing me to serve you.


Matthew James