Delegates List Priorities, Hear From Constituents at Town Hall Meeting
When the general assembly goes into session next week, lawmakers will come armed with opinions from the public. This year, a handful of delegates are teaming up to hear from their constituents.
Delegates Dickie Bell, Ben Cline and Steve Landes got a chance to share their priorities at a town hall meeting in Stuarts Draft Wednesday Night.
Landes aims to open the line of communication between the general assembly and U.S. senators. "Right now we have no communication officially with them what-so-ever. Whether you're talking the fiscal cliff, you're talking about sequestration. There's really no mechanism for us to formally speak to them on an ongoing basis," said Landes.
Bell wants to make the Virginia's ‘Right to Work' law permanent by amending the Constitution. "If you pay some attention to the events that have gone on in the country in the last year, two years, our right to work law is a good law. It's helped make us one of the best states in the country to do business," said Bell.
Cline is presenting legislation that would making texting while driving a primary offense. "My bill would consider texting while driving a form of reckless driving, which I consider texting while you're trying to drive an automobile inherently reckless," said Cline.
But the delegates also got to hear from their constituents. The topics varied, from healthcare to attracting jobs to Virginia, to the idea of getting rid of the Electoral College and school safety. Bell says he hopes to address some of these issues during session.
"Politics has become awfully partisan over the last several years I hope that we can examine things for the greater good. I hope we can do what government is supposed to do and make some good things happen for the people of the Commonwealth," said Bell.
Transportation and sequestration are a couple of other familiar topics that will be heavily discussed at this year's session.