Bill Howell

             Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates

For press inquiries, please contact Matthew Moran at (804) 698-1228.

Jan 16

House Leadership backs Governor Bob McDonnell's transportation plan

RICHMOND, VA – Today, Republican legislative leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates put their support behind Governor Bob McDonnell’s plan to invest $3.1 billion in transportation over the next five years. The Speaker of the House of Delegates, William J. Howell (R-Stafford), House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Majority Caucus Chairman Timothy Hugo (R-Fairfax) and Majority Whip Jackson Miller (R-Manassas) issued the following statement in support of the proposal:

“The plan outlined by Governor Bob McDonnell is the right plan at the right time. By investing over $3.1 billion into our transportation system over the next five years, we can finally fix transportation in Virginia once and for all. We fully support this proposal and will work hard for its passage in the House of Delegates.

“Virginia has a math problem. Right now, there simply is not enough revenue to meet our state’s transportation needs. Every year we are forced to divert money from construction to maintenance. Instead of building roads, we’re patching potholes. And that means Virginia is losing ground when it comes to businesses and jobs.

“We have worked closely with Governor McDonnell as he has crafted a plan that will generate real money for transportation. By replacing the gas tax with a comprehensive funding proposal that includes a sales tax increase, new federal money from the Market Place Equity Act and a prioritization of current resources, we can cover our maintenance funding shortfall by 2018 and begin to generate additional money for new construction. This plan will finally solve our transportation funding crisis and allow us to repair and rebuild our aging infrastructure.

“This is about jobs and quality of life. A strong and reliable transportation infrastructure will help grow our economy and ease frustrations for millions of Virginians. If we want to remain a great state for business and continue to grow our economy, we have to invest in a 21st century transportation network. We look forward to working with Governor McDonnell and our colleagues in the House of Delegates to pass this plan.”

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Dec 20

House Republicans Propose Expanded Funding for School Resource Officer Grant Program

 

RICHMOND, VA –– Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader M. Kirkland “Kirk” Cox (R-Colonial Heights) and Delegate Beverly J. Sherwood (R-Winchester), Chair of the House Appropriations Public Safety Subcommittee, announced Thursday that Republicans in the House of Delegates will propose expanding a school resource officer grant program when the General Assembly convenes in January.

“The tragedy in Connecticut is heartbreaking. As the Newtown community begins a healing process that will last longer than we can ever imagine, our thoughts naturally turn to our own children,” said Speaker William J. Howell. “We must look closely at everything we can to make sure our children, schools and communities are safe. This includes evaluating school safety, our mental health laws and services, and our gun laws.”

“Today, we are announcing our intent to expand funding for a school resource officer grant program to encourage the creation of school resource officer positions in Virginia elementary schools. This is a critical step toward making sure all of our schools are as safe as possible,” said Speaker Howell.

The already-existing grant program promotes establishing school resource officers. The program will be expanded through an amendment to the biennial budget.

“Classrooms are a place for developing a love for learning, not violence. We must do everything we can to keep it that way,” said House Majority Leader Kirk Cox. “School resource officers play a vital role in promoting safety and educating our young people about drugs, violence and a host of other issues. They are often community members whom children look to as mentors and role models. Fully-integrated school resource officers are the eyes and ears of our schools. Their awareness and training adds an important safety dimension to our school systems that cannot be understated.”

House Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Beverly J. Sherwood pointed to the success of the program in creating school resource officer positions in the past.

“When this program was originally established, the intent was to promote establishing school resource officers in high schools and middle schools. Today, 80 percent of Virginia’s high schools and middle schools have full-time school resource officers. Unfortunately, only about 25 percent of elementary schools have assigned school resource officers, many of which serve multiple schools,” said Delegate Sherwood. “The expansion of this program will encourage the hiring of full-time school resource officers in Virginia elementary schools.”

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Dec 19

Speaker Howell Launches New Website, Joins Twitter

 

RICHMOND, VA –– Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced Wednesday the launch of a new website to serve constituents and residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Speaker Howell also announced Wednesday the creation of his Twitter account, @SpeakerHowell.

“Technology is changing faster than ever before in our history, and with the re-launch of the updated and re-designed WilliamJHowell.org, I am pleased to say that we are keeping pace,” said Speaker Howell. “In addition to a new website, I’m also pleased to announce my own Twitter account, @SpeakerHowell.”

Speaker Howell’s website is www.williamjhowell.org. You can follow Speaker Howell on Twitter @SpeakerHowell.

“Today, citizen engagement online and via social media is changing the shape of our politics. With every new status update and hashtag, our political dialogue expands to new topics and new people. As an elected official, I am very interested in engaging with citizens through these new and exciting mediums,” said Speaker Howell.

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