Delegate Freitas Announces 2018 Legislative Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2017
Contact: Gina Staufenburg
(540) 222-7706
DelNFreitas@house.virginia.gov 

Delegate Freitas Outlines 2018 Legislative Agenda

Culpeper - VA, Delegate Freitas (R-Orange, Madison & Culpeper) has announced today his legislative agenda for the 2018 session, tackling four key issues critical to Virginia’s success. These bills seek to protect taxpayers from over burdensome regulations and taxation, expand workforce development, tackle the growing opioid epidemic, and reform the Commonwealth’s electoral process.

“I am proud to announce the key priorities of my 2018 agenda for the Virginia General Assembly,” Freitas said. “Each of these issues are of vital importance to the 30th District, and the Commonwealth as a whole. Over the last two years I have carried legislation that reduced onerous regulations, returned control of education back to our localities and greatly increased government transparency. I believe that the best way to protect the liberties and opportunities of all of our citizens is to ensure that government stays within its proper constitutional boundaries. The legislation I will bring before the 2018 session, is in line with that belief.” 

Delegate Freitas’ agenda for the 2018 session will include legislation covering the following:

Education Reform & Workforce Development

  • Ensuring our veterans receive proper accreditation and credentialing for their military service and experience to help facilitate their reentry into the Virginia economy.
  • Expand student access to vocational training and educational choice in order to equip our youth to compete in a 21st century economy.

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

  • Reforming Virginia’s Civil Asset Forfeiture system by directing a portion of collected funds towards treatment and rehabilitation for addiction.
  • Partnering with local civic organizations to open new drug abuse and rehabilitation centers.

Regulatory & Tax Reform

  • Requiring the legislature to review regulations before they go into effect, not after.
  • Reforming tax and reporting requirements, so business owners no longer have to fight a maze of red tape and harmful bureaucracy. 

 Electoral Reform

  • End tax payer financing of major political parties, by forcing these organizations to pay for their own nominating contests.
  • Enact Instant Runoff Voting (also known as Ranked Choice Voting) for Virginia elections to provide greater electoral choices for voters, as well as encourage positive, issue-oriented campaigning.

Delegate Freitas represents the 30th House District which includes Madison, Orange County, and Culpeper County (part).  He was elected in November of 2015 and currently sits on the House Finance and Science and Technology Committees. For any questions, please contact our office at (540) 222-7706 or through email at DelNFreitas@House.virginia.gov. Delegate Freitas’ Facebook page is www.facebook.com/NickFreitasVA and his website can be found at www.nickjfreitas.com. Finally, feel free to check out the Delegate’s Twitter page, @NickforDelegate.

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