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Greetings from Richmond!
Friday, January 10, 2014

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Greetings From Richmond


Dear Friend,


The Virginia General Assembly opened its 2014 session on Wednesday.  The state Constitution specifies a 60 day session that will conclude in early March.


It was a busy first few days of session down at the State Capitol.  I had the opportunity to give a prayer for State Legislators at the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast.  Local, state and federal officials were in attendance and we all had the privilege of hearing from Thomas Haynesworth, a truly inspirational man, who was exonerated in 2011 after being wrongfully imprisoned for 27 years for crimes he did not commit. 


When Session officially convened at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, I had the honor of nominating the Honorable William J. Howell as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.



During the 2014 session, I will continue to serve on the House Transportation Committee as well as the Commerce and Labor Committee.  I will also have the pleasure of serving as the newly elected Chairwoman of the House Science and Technology Committee.


I have introduced a number of bills that aim to create jobs in the Commonwealth, improve K-12 education and higher education and crack down on human trafficking.  I also am sponsoring a bill to create a Domestic and Sexual Violence Fund and consolidate and streamline the resources for victims


Some of the bills I have introduced include:

  • A bill to raise the authorization funding for the research and development tax expense credit for small businesses.
  • A bill to create a Domestic and Sexual Violence Fund and consolidate and streamline the resources for victims.
  • A bill to increase the number of in-state college spots available to our students.
  • A bill to increase penalties to individuals convicted of crimes related to human trafficking.  Such individuals would be subject to forfeit certain assets that were used in committing these crimes.
  • A bill to improve bicycle safety on Northern Virginia roadways.
  • A bill to allow localities to determine the start date for public schools.
  • A bill to provide pulse oximetry screenings of newborns in every hospital to test newborn infants for critical congenital heart defects.
  • A bill to require localities without an all-day kindergarten program to devise a plan by which they could implement this all-day program over a three year period.
  • A bill to allow online financial literacy courses to fulfill the requirement of financial literacy courses.
  • An overview bill to establish a section of the Code of Virginia related to defining human trafficking and human trafficking offenses.
  • A budget amendment to allocate funding to allow the Department of Forensic Science to hire and retain 3 forensic scientists responsible for performing physical evidence recovery kits (PERKs) when investigating and prosecuting cases of sexual assault.
  • A bill to allow bank directors to be the sole owner of shares of stock held through a brokerage account, living trust, profit-sharing plan or retirement plan.


I hope you have the opportunity to visit Richmond while we are in session.  Please contact my office if you plan to visit; my staff and I would be happy to arrange a tour of the Capitol for you.  My legislative assistant, Jessica Goodman, is available to assist you in your preparations.  Jessica can be reached by email at [email protected] and by phone at804-698-1034


Please don't hesitate to contact me if I may be of any assistance to you and your family.  During session I can be reached by email at [email protected]gov or by phone at 804-698-1034






Barbara Comstock



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