February 27, 2006
It is back to business for Charlottesville lawyers David Toscano, D-57th, and Rob Bell, R-58th.
For the past month and a half, these two men were delegates in the General Assembly and they return to to daily grind with some accomplishments made in Richmond.
Among several reasons, Bell says he leaves Richmond happy to have passed a bill that keeps sex offenders away from kids at school.
"The first step was just making sure that you can't go on school property during school hours if you are a registered sex offender," he said about the bill which was inspired by a case in central Virginia where a registered sex offender appeared as Santa on school grounds.
Personally, for Toscano, he is glad he put on a bill on the governor's desk that puts a dent in our area's transportation woes.
"I passed a bill that is able to relieve congestion on route 29," stated the democrat.
But while this bill, along with the passing of the transportation plan, is a move in the right direction, Toscano says there is still a lot of work to be done on the traffic situation.
"This really doesn't put enough money on the table for a long enough period of time to solve our transportation problems statewide," he said.
The transportation plan, he says, is unfinished business, along with the current minimum wage. Toscano introduced a bill to increase the current wage, which was shot down.
On the GOP side, Bell would have like to pass a bill banning cell phone spam.
Both plan on taking up the issues again, and settle the score next session.
Governor Tim Kaine has until midnight, March 26, to act on the bills sitting on his desk from this session.
The General Assembly will then reconvene and go over his actions on April 4.