The Garrett Gazette: Week 3 Update from Richmond

Dear Friends,

I hope you are returning to "normal" after our incredible snow storm last weekend! I was fortunate to be able to return home from Richmond before the event began. Let's all give a special thanks to our emergency responders, VDOT workers, and other people who left the comfort of their own home to serve those of us in the community.

As we complete the third week of the General Assembly Session, it's clear that the Governor has lots of new tax, spending, and borrowing initiatives. We in the House are carefully considering each one and ensuring the people's money is being used wisely.

As always, I am grateful for your confidence and look forward to participating in a process that produces good public policy that benefits our district and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

All The Best,

 

Delegate Scott Garrett M.D.


Review of Governor's Opportunity Fund Projects

You may recall reading in the News & Advance on Sunday, January 16, 2016, regarding the failed economic development project in Appomattox. It's often referred to as the "Lindenburg Project," as the Lindenburg Company out of China is the entity the Governor's Office negotiated with during an Asian Trade Mission to purchase the Thomasville Furniture Plant. However, as of this month, the Appomattox project is without a single employee and they are behind on paying taxes and fees.

When I read the news article, I was extremely disheartened. On Monday, January 18, I addressed my colleagues on the House Floor about my thoughts on the issue and the House Appropriations Committee's plan to move forward with a review of this and other economic development projects entered into by the Commonwealth.

View the video of my comments here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K07ZgxWEL7U


Concealed Carry Reciprocity

This week, the General Assembly announced an agreement with Governor McAuliffe to restore and expand Virginia's concealed carry reciprocity agreements. After VA Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement to unilaterally sever Virginia's reciprocity agreements, the House of Delegates made reversing that decision a top priority. After some candid discussions, we reached an agreement to grant universal reciprocity in return for allowing voluntary background checks at gun shows, and prohibiting individuals under permanent protective orders due to a domestic violence offense from possessing a firearm.

Our Constitutional values, including the 2nd Amendment, matter. Our Founding Fathers did not tolerate overreach by the government, and neither should we.

This agreement restores the rights of law-abiding citizens while sending a clear signal about the House's commitment to prevent and combat domestic violence.


Mid-Session Update

Would you like to hear about the latest happenings in Richmond while enjoying a delicious hot breakfast? Then, please sign up for the 2016 Mid-Session Update breakfast! The Central VA Legislative Delegation will be at Charley's Restaurant (707 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg) on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8AM. Come enjoy good food and discuss the challenges and opportunities before the General Assembly at the half-way point.

Please sign-up at http://www.tscottgarrett.com/sign-up. If you'd like to have breakfast from their hot breakfast buffet, it's $10/person. I'm looking forward to seeing many friends and neighbors on Feb. 20th!

When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Where: Charley's Restaurant, 707 Graves Mill Road. Lynchburg, VA


District Visitors

A few of the friendly faces from home I've recently seen in Richmond

  • Toni Hill, Bedford County Public School Nutrition
  • Dr. Ken Garren, Lynchburg College
  • Patsy Walker and members of the VA Federation of Republican Women
  • The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
  • The Bedford County Farm Bureau
  • June Britt, Forest, VA
  • Bob Miller, City Place Cigar, Lynchburg, VA
  • The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

Paid for and Authorized by Friends of Scott Garrett