Central, VA - House Speaker William J. Howell, (R-Stafford), named Del. Christopher K. Peace, (R-Mechanicsville) to four committees in the Virginia House of Delegates including Finance, Courts of Justice, Health, Welfare, and Institutions (HWI), and General Laws. The General Laws committee is responsible for a wide range of issues. The committee considers matters concerning alcohol beverage sales and licensing, gaming, and housing. It also deals with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Public Access Related Bills. Issues dealing with professions, occupations, the administrative process, and Veterans Affairs also fall under the purview of this Committee
Peace’s other appointments include the Courts of Justice committee, which addresses changes to the criminal code as well as the civil laws including real estate, adoption, custody and support among other items. It is also primarily responsible for certifying judges. Courts of Justice considers more legislation than the other House committees combined. HWI focuses on hospital and health care issues along with scope of practice and hot-button social issues. The Finance committee is the revenue generating arm of the House “money” committees. All tax legislation passes through Finance.
In addition to these assignments, Del. Kirk Cox (R- Colonial Heights) who is the Majority Whip re-appointed Peace to serve as a Deputy Whip. A whip’s task is to work with members of the majority party ascertain their individual positions on important issues and make sure that they not only attend important meetings but vote accordingly.
Delegate Christopher K. Peace was elected to his third term representing the 97th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. The 97th District includes parts of Hanover, Caroline, King William, King and Queen, Henrico, Spotsylvania Counties and all of New Kent County.