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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 2017 General Assembly.

My committee assignments remained the same this year- Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources; Appropriations and Health, Welfare and Institutions. Many of you have already contacted me about legislation that was introduced in this 2017 session, and I encourage you all to continue to do so.

I am delighted to inform you that two of my bills introduced in this session, House Bill 1591 and House Bill 1592, were signed by the Governor and will become law effective July 1, 2017.  

I will continue to work diligently to ensure that my bills support the premises of economic, workforce and educational development within our community.

I have listed below some of the key legislation that I either introduced or supported during this session:

Economic Development

* Chief Patron of House Bill 1591, a bill which lowers the minimum size of industrial sites that may be included in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority’s site and building assessment program. The bill will benefit all localities in the Commonwealth; small and large; rural and urban whereby promoting economic growth and development.

* Co-Patron of Senate Bill 1528, a bill which establishes a statewide goal of 42% of small and microbusiness utilization in all discretionary spending by state agencies in procurement orders, prime contracts, and subcontracts.

* Co-Patron House Bill 1656, a bill which prohibits health insurance policies and plans from holding proton radiation therapy to a higher standard of clinical evidence for benefit coverage decisions than is applied for other types of radiation therapy treatment. This measure applies to policies and plans that provide coverage for cancer therapy.

Education

* Chief Patron of House Bill 1592, a bill which requires the State Board for Community Colleges to require each comprehensive community college to develop policies and procedures for awarding academic credit to enrolled students who have successfully completed a state-approved registered apprenticeship credential.

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.

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.

Respectfully,

Matthew James