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Legislative Update Week 4

Dear Friend,

        This week at the General Assembly, the Senate passed important legislation on gun rights and school choice.  The Senate passed SB616 which restores and enhances concealed weapons permit reciprocity with other states that was taken away by the Attorney General in December.  I am proud to be a chief co-patron of this bill, which ensures that our citizens can protect themselves wherever they are and not worry about the validity of their permits when they cross state lines.  The Senate also passed the Tebow Bill, which allows children who are homeschooled to participate in youth sports programs.  I was happy to vote in favor of both of these bills.

This Monday, the Senate welcomed the press back onto the Senate floor, where members of the media are once again sitting at desks in between Senators and the front dais.  I worked behind the scenes with members of the Republican Caucus to restore the media this vantage point, which allows them direct access to Senators and provides a unique perspective on Senate deliberations.

Also this week, I had the opportunity to meet with teachers representing public schools, private schools and members of local PTAs.  I was touched that one of my teachers from Bon Air Elementary was among those who visited my office.

In the Local Government Committee this week, we considered a bill that would reform the proffer system, currently used by some counties to offset the impacts of new development by requiring developers to pay a fee that goes towards construction of roads, utilities and public schools.  The original bill took a very aggressive stance against proffers and severely limited the ability of counties to use this tool to manage development.  I voted against the bill in committee because it went too far.  However, I am pleased to report that representatives of counties and developers have been working together to make the bill more reasonable, and it has been amended to reflect these areas of agreement.  I am hopeful that we can continue to work to improve the bill further as it makes its way to the floor.

Finally, I was thrilled to join the Senate in commending Frank Beamer, coach of Virginia Tech’s football team on Hokie Day at the State Capitol.  I was honored to meet this legend from my alma mater!

Be sure to tune in to WCVE this Sunday at 9 a.m. to see my interview on This Week in Richmond with Delegate Mark Levine, when we discuss the Virginia Transparency Caucus.  We added four new members to the caucus this week!

As always, please contact me or my staff if we can be of assistance to you in any way at 698-7511.

Best regards,

Senator Amanda Chase
11th District

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