FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2017
Contact: Christian Heiens
CULPEPER, VA – Delegate Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) announced today that the Governor has signed five of his bills from the 2017 session into law.
The following bills have been signed into law with an effective date of July 1, 2017:
- HB 1770 – A bill that provides localities with the authority to hire much needed Career and Technical teachers.
- HB 2024 – A bill to requiring notification to property owners before their property can be taken through “quick take”.
- HB 2029 – A bill to remove burdensome regulations which prevented Virginia distilleries from being able to sell products at events and festivals.
- HB 2352 – A bill to expand teacher licensure by reciprocity and streamline the process whereby a locality can fill a teaching position.
- HB 2377 – A bill to extend the tax credit for certain textbooks and other educational materials.
“I am excited at the progress we have made this past legislation session,” Freitas said. “This year we helped reduce red tape and returned control to the localities on important educational policies including access to career technical education (CTE) and removal of excessive mandates from Richmond which had greatly contributed to a shortage of nearly 1000 teachers across the Commonwealth. We also ensured property owners receive proper notification on eminent domain proceedings and helped to grow local businesses by expanding market access for Virginia’s growing distillery industry. Finally, we were able to ensure that producers of texts book and other educational materials would not be taxed when they provide materials for free. I want to thank everyone who worked with us in the district to help make this important legislation possible. I would like to specifically thank Senator Bryce Reeves, Chairman Nate Clancy of the Culpeper School Board, and Superintendent Dr. Tony Brads for their tireless efforts in helping craft and advocate for our CTE and teacher licensure reciprocity legislation.”