Local Commentary

Delegate Scott’s Richmond Report


One of many of the important governmental services offered by the General Assembly is the Virginia Legislative Record (VLR), published by the Division of Legislative Services. VLR offers regular reports on the work of various commissions, such as the Joint Commission on Technology and Science, the Virginia Commission on Energy and Environment, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council, the Civil War Commission, the Virginia Housing Commission, and the Small Business Commission.

A bi-monthly report on the activities and proposals of the various commissions is offered through VLR and its website:  http://dls.virginia.gov/pubs/legisrec/2010/welcome.htm

The October 2010 Edition reports on activities of the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise (DMBE) and the Virginia Small Business Centers Network, the Small Business Commission, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council, the Virginia Commission on Energy and the Environment and the Virginia Energy Plan (http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DE/VAEnergyPlan2010-/VEP-2020.pdf)

The Virginia Energy Plan was the focus of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science’s Energy Advisory Committee. Mr. Stephen A. Walz, Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy gave the committee an update on the 2010 Energy Plan, and Mr. John J. Kyle, of Lyntek, Inc. and Mr. Douglas L.Beahm of BRS, Inc., offered an overview of the history of uranium mining, along with an overview of possible mining in Virginia.

Cynthia Adams, Executive Director of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) told the Commission of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s $500,000 grant to the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville.

Ms Adams explained LEAP’s work in promoting homeowner retrofits after the initial audit. She also worked with localities informally to draft a model ordinance.

The Record also reported on the work of the Intellectual Property Ownership Advisory Committee and a staff review of the history of state activity in intellectual property law, and on the Advisory Committee on Computer Crimes, chaired by Senator Howell.

The work of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Advisory Committee, chaired by Delegate Harry Purkey as well the Code Commission and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission were discussed.

Needless to say, these summaries are not intended to be exhaustive, but to encourage interested individuals to contact appropriate websites for further information and contacts, specifically, The Legislative Record through its website (see above).


Delegate Scott represents the 53rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He may be emailed at deljscott@aol.com