Friday, February 6, 2015

Week 4 Session 2015

Legislative Aide: Brenda Roberts
(804) 698-1085

Week 4
Greetings from Richmond!

As we approach mid-session at the General Assembly, I wanted to recap with you some of our progress.  Always mindful of why you sent me to this historic chamber, among other things- to create jobs, improve education, and support our military and our veterans.  Below is a brief overview of bills in which you may be interested:
Jobs and the Economy
HB 1360, one of my bills that allows crowdfunding into equity within Virginia has passed the House unanimously. Crowdfunding is the practice of raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, either via a website or a brick-and-mortar platform. This will give Virginia small businesses access to capital like never before and allows for hardworking Virginians to invest in businesses for equity and with proper protections in place. There is no doubt this bill will lead to jobs, economic activity, and the American dream for many Virginians.
HB 2347, one of my bills relating to public procurement and backed by the city of Virginia Beach, would extend more opportunities to compete to disabled veteran-owned and minority-owned businesses.  In advancing this concept, we obtained a commitment to study the bill and its effects over a year by the Small Business Council.  
With the rising cost of education, it is important to make education possible for all Virginians, if they choose to pursue that path.
HB 1692 is a bill I co-patroned that permits four-year public colleges to offer Flat fee degrees in high demand fields to Virginia freshmen pursuing programs in high-demand fields.

Military and Veterans
HB 1275 is a bill I co-patroned that provides funding for the Hampton Roads Veterans Care Center that will be located right here in Virginia Beach.  The commonwealth has over 781,000.
HB 1721  is a property-tax exemption for surviving spouses of members of the armed forces killed in action.  
HB 1967 is my bill that provides that the Veterans Services Foundation may accept revenue from all sources, including private-source fundraising, to support its mission.  Donors may request to be anonymous.
HB 2057 is my bill that creates efficiency in the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act relating to absentee voting.  We must ensure our military men and women overseas are not disenfranchised from exercising their right to vote.
To learn more about these bills and any others, please visit the Virginia General Assembly website.
Besides assisting the constituents of the 85th District with a variety of issues, we welcome visitors and are available to set up tours of the capitol. I hope you will sign up for our weekly updates by sending me an email requesting to be added.  ( If you sign up this month, I will email you a sneak peak of my new upcoming book!  In addition to weekly updates, we also provide updates on Facebook, Twitter, and our website

Thanks to those that came by to visit and advocate.  It was great seeing friends visiting representing: Small business owners, Equality for Virginia, ODU alumni board, Aerospace Industry, Tidewater Jewish Delegation, and Virginia Maritime Association & the Community Services Board.
If we can be of assistance during February while we're in Richmond, my office can be reached at (804) 698-1085.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.  


 Very Respectfully,




Del. Scott Taylor was elected as delegate for Virginia's 85th District in 2013. He is an entrepreneur, Iraq War veteran, and former Navy SEAL. Taylor is a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel discussing foreign policy, national security, and military and veterans' issues. He is also a former member of the Virginia War Memorial Board of Trustees, appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell. 


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