Two major bills that Delegate Ramadan (R-87th) has sponsored through the General Assembly have earned the support of the governor:
“Making Virginia the best place in the country in which to find a job is the top priority of our administration,” said Governor McDonnell. “… I want to thank Delegates May, Kilgore, Head, Ramadan, Webert and Watson for their leadership of the Business Development Caucus. The Caucus worked tirelessly over the past year to ensure that small business owners’ voices were heard in the legislative process. Their small business roundtables resulted in much of the legislation and budget items announced today.”
“I am delighted to have the Governor’s support on these two bills,” said Delegate Ramadan on Tuesday afternoon. “I am looking forward to the passage of these bills. During this past year I have heard some great ideas presented by the business community, and it is an honor to be able to champion these two bills.”
House Bill 1760 requires the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to integrate their online forms with the already established Virginia Business One Stop website. With Business One Stop, small business owners can submit all their paperwork electronically, from permits to applications. This bill streamlines the process, allowing business owners to spend more time on their business instead of filling out paperwork.
House Bill 2120 directs the Board of Education to develop guidelines for the establishment of High School to Work Partnerships where each local school division will help partner students with local businesses to create apprenticeships, internships, and job shadow programs. This legislation continues to focus on building strong partnerships between local business leaders and the public education system. It is based off of a successful program in North Carolina.
I don’t know about you, but HB 2120 looks awesome! Precisely what a 21st century workforce needs.
Between Del. Ramadan and Del. Habeeb — the Lebanese Caucus in the House of Delegates is rockin’!**
**says Bearing Drift’s resident Irish-Lebanese editor.