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Statement of Speaker Gilbert on Worker Safety Board’s Actions

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House Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, issued the following statement regarding the Worker Safety Board’s vote to repeal former Governor Northam’s unworkable COVID-19 safety regulations: “Yesterday’s vote is a win for Virginia businesses of all sizes. Not only were the Northam rules onerous, they were inflexible. Rather than change as our understanding of the pandemic changed, the rules remained fixed. Uncounted … Read More

Speaker Gilbert, Chairman Knight: Governor’s Gas Tax Holiday Proposal Will Help Hard-Pressed Families

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House Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and House Appropriations Chairman Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, both endorsed Governor Glenn Youngkin’s gas tax proposal Wednesday. “Anyone who buys groceries or gasoline knows Virginia’s families are being squeezed more than they have in a long time. Inflation is the highest it’s been since Reagan’s first term, gas prices have skyrocketed, and we aren’t seeing … Read More

House Republican Leadership on Adjournment of 2022 Session: More Work To Do

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The 2022 Regular Session of the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die on Saturday. House Republicans came into this session focused on addressing the issues most impacting Virginians. While House Republicans were successful in many areas, the Commonwealth’s biennial budget remains unfinished. “When Virginians gave us a new two-year lease on the people’s House, we came to Richmond committed to … Read More

House Appropriations Committee Releases Common-Sense, Conservative Budget

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The House Appropriations Committee voted today to send House Bills 29 and 30 — the biennial budget bills — to the floor for approval. In addition to setting aside the most money for K-12 education in Virginia history, the budget contains $5.3 billion in tax relief for Virginia families, and raises Virginia’s “Rainy Day” Fund to a historic level in … Read More

Bill Ending School Mask Mandates Passes House

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Earlier today, the House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 739 on a party-line vote, which will end mask mandates in every Virginia public K-12 school. The bill is now headed to Governor Glenn Youngkin, who has indicated he will add an emergency clause to make the bill effective immediately. The General Assembly will consider any recommendations later this week. “What … Read More

House Republicans Pass Legislation to Reduce Community Violence as Murder Rate Soars

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— House Bill 833 will implement Project Ceasefire statement to reduce gun violence, save lives without resorting to gun control — The Virginia House of Delegates today passed House Bill 833, legislation creating a grant fund to support Group Violence Intervention programs around the Commonwealth in the model of Project Ceasefire, also known as the Boston Miracle. Ceasefire is unique … Read More

House Republicans Pass Opt-In Voter ID Legislation

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The House of Delegates today passed House Bill 544, allowing voters to secure their own ballots with opt-in photo ID. Under this legislation, voters will be able to tell registrars that their ballot is to be given only to someone who shows photo ID. “Requiring a photo ID to vote is not only common sense, it’s popular. Some 80 percent … Read More