From the Desk of Del. Ed Scott: General Assembly wraps up Saturday

More legislation has failed than passed. Bills that have passed will be headed to Governor McDonnell for his review. I am pleased to report that all of the legislation that I introduced this year appears to be headed for passage.

Also moving forward this week were legislative recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on school and campus safety. Included in this package is legislation that will provide funding for school safety and security upgrades. We also have passed a bill that will require state agencies to develop a model Critical Incident Response training program for school personnel. Additionally, the task force recommended expanding current Virginia law by extending civil immunity to any person who in good faith reports credible information about threats of serious bodily injury or death to students, school personnel or other persons on school property.

Legislation that has passed the House and Senate in different forms must be resolved through the use of a conference committee composed of members of each body who negotiate the differences and if an agreement is reached, present their conference report back to the House and Senate for final approval. The most notable use of this process occurs with the budget, but we will see a number of bills in conference this week. A conference committee has been appointed for this year’s transportation funding legislation, and I am watching the work of this committee very closely. There is also considerable interest in the agriculture community regarding the conference committee on legislation that would move water quality programs from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Department of Environmental Quality.

These bills and others need to be acted on before our scheduled adjournment date of Saturday February 23. Additionally, I am hopeful that we will elect judges to fill judicial vacancies on the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts.

I look forward to providing a report on the conclusion of our work in the near future and to returning home to the district. Thank you to those who have taken time to come to Richmond during this year’s session and to others who have written and called on legislation of interest. All of this input is helpful to my work as your delegate.