Archive for: January 30th, 2018

Legislative Update
Weekly Updates from the General Assembly – Delegate Chris Collins
January 30, 2018
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The 2018 General Assembly session is now concluding its third week! Several very important bills have already passed through the House and are on the way to the Senate. This week I will be providing you updates on several key issues that I have been working on including legislation for adoption records and autism insurance coverage.

Adoption Legislation

Last week the House of Delegates passed three adoption bills that received bipartisan support.

My House Bill 291 streamlines the retention of and access to adoption files. The bill simplifies access to adoption files regarding court orders for adoptees and/or adopters so they can more easily obtain personal vital records.

House Bill 227, carried by Delegate Christopher Stolle, also passed through the House. This bill requires courts to consider the results of a national criminal history background check conducted on the prospective adoptive parent. The legislation is in response to a case out of Virginia Beach where a young female was found dead from an overdose. After an investigation it was learned that her adoptive parent had a long felony criminal history.

House Bill 241 was carried by Delegate Emily Brewer. This bill shortens the length of time, from three years to two years, that a child must live with a close family member before adoption proceedings can begin. The closest relatives of a child provide that child with the best chance of success during a tumultuous time.

Autism Insurance Legislation

HB1311, legislation to remove the cap on insurance coverage for Autistic individuals, did not make it through the Commerce and Labor sub-committee it was assigned. I was asked to strike the bill, or withdraw it, in an effort to ensure that Senator Vogel’s SB593, which passed through committee and is now in the finance committee, would have better chance of passing in the House. SB593 has been amended to raise the cap from 10 years of age to 18 and was passed out of the Senate Commerce and Labor committee unanimously. If SB593 passes in the Senate, and comes to the House, I will do what I can to ensure its passage.

Follow my legislation by clicking on the link below.

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Daily Session and Committee Videos

Have you been wondering how you can watch the House of Delegates daily sessions? The link below will direct you to the live feed as well as archived videos from previous days.

Daily Session Videos

Interested in watching videos of House Committee meetings? Please click on the link below for instructions to view Committee videos.

Committee Video Instructions

I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office over the coming months. I value the feedback you provide on a continual basis as it helps me do a better job of representing you. You can email me at delccollins@house.virginia.gov or call my office in Richmond at (804) 698-1029.

I will provide you with weekly email updates during the 2018 General Assembly Session and will schedule my Coffee with Chris events after Session to report on important topics and take questions.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to serving you in 2018.

Delegate Chris Collins

 

Legislative Update
House Passes Judiciary Committee Legislation to Protect Athletes from Abuse
January 30, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act (S. 534). Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement:

“I am pleased that the House has passed bipartisan legislation to prevent abuse in amateur athletics. One of our highest priorities on the House Judiciary Committee has been to protect children from harm, and the recent sentencing of former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar highlights the need for serious reforms to protect young athletes and hold predators accountable. This legislation mandates that amateur athletics governing bodies immediately report allegations of abuse, including sexual abuse, to law enforcement. It also establishes best practices for preventing abuse and provides governing bodies with guidelines about reporting abuse. These changes respond to the needs of victims and will make amateur athletics safer for future Olympians. I am proud to support this bill.”

Background: The House Judiciary Committee previously passed companion legislation, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act (H.R. 1973), which then passed the full House of Representatives. Last year, the House passed a series of  bills to protect children from exploitation and abuse.

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Statement on FBI Deputy Director McCabe
January 30, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released the statement below regarding reports indicating that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will step down from his position.  Additionally, Chairman Goodlatte today sent a letter urging FBI Director Christopher Wray to preserve Mr. McCabe’s emails, and all other communications, before his official departure from the agency.

“Today’s news that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down from the Bureau is overdue. Recent revelations call into question Mr. McCabe’s leadership in the top operational post in the FBI.  However, Mr. McCabe’s departure certainly does not mean that we are done rooting out the problems at the FBI. I continue to be extremely troubled by the decisions made by the FBI during the 2016 presidential election and the role senior FBI officials played in these questionable decisions and irregularities.

 “The only way to ensure the FBI remains the premier law enforcement agency in the world is to ensure that the leadership at the Bureau holds the trust of the American people. This change in leadership at the FBI is a good first step in repairing the damage to their reputation.”

Background: In October 2017, Chairman Goodlatte and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced a joint investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016.  In December 2017, Chairmen Goodlatte and Gowdy called on the Department of Justice to allow FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, among others, to be interviewed by congressional investigators. That interview took place shortly following the request.

Food
All about eggs
January 30, 2018
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How long to keep them
Eggs in the shell are safe to eat up to five weeks after the sell-by date, found on the short end of the carton.

Numbers on the carton
The carton information contains the packing date and the plant number.

The three digit number in the middle tells you the Julian packing date. Julian dates count the days by number. On January 1 the Julian date is 001. On December 31, the Julian date is 365.

The Plant number is also on the carton. This is a four-digit number beginning with the letter P. You should be able to look up the plant at the following link: https://apps.ams.usda.gov/plantbook/Query_Pages/plantbook_query.asp
However, in a recent test of the link, no plant number returned a valid result. This may be fixed in the future.

Egg grades
The carton could also have the egg grade, but not necessarily. If you don’t see it on the carton itself, a USDA shield may appear on the carton specifying the grade.
Grade AA: Egg white is thick and firm. Yolks are high, round and practically free from defects. Clean, unbroken shells.
Grade A: Whites are reasonably firm. Yolks are high, round and practically free from defects. Clean, unbroken shells.
Grade B: Whites may be thinner. Yolks may be wider and flatter. Shells unbroken, but may show slight stains.