The HRPDC set its regional legislative priorities for the 2017 General Assembly session during its Annual Meeting on October 20, 2016. The Commission began working on the list in May of this year identifying programs or initiatives that would have regional significance. Throughout the summer and early fall, HRPDC refined the list through meetings and discussions with regional partner organizations (HRTPO, HRTAC and HRMFFA) as well as with the region’s chief administrative officers, the jurisdictions’ legislative liaisons, and of course, with the Hampton Roads Caucus of General Assembly members.
The resulting list is a broad yet concise list of programs and initiatives that the region’s elected officials can support.
The HRPDC Regional 2017 Legislative Priorities are:
K-12 Education - The HRPDC overwhelmingly supports a continuation of efforts from the 2016 General Assembly session to provide increased state funding for K-12 public education.
Summer Enrichment Program - The HRPDC requests financial support through the General Assembly to support a regional Summer Enrichment Program that provides employment opportunities to youth in the Hampton Roads region.
Veterans Transition Employment Center - The HRPDC supports the efforts of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the region’s workforce investment boards to receive state funding to support an employment transition center for our region’s veterans.
Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) Groundwater Injection Project - The HRPDC requests that the General Assembly consider funding for a land subsidence monitoring program in support of the HRSD groundwater injection project.
Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) - The HRPDC requests assistance from our state and federal partners to restore the Hampton Roads region’s UASI designation.
Click on the link to download a copy of the HRPDC/HRTPO 2017 Regional Legislative Priorities (PDF).