97th District Delegate Chris Peace appointed by Speaker to serve on House Appropriations Committee First Hanover representative to serve on "money" committee since Civil War
Central, VA - House Speaker William J. Howell, (R-Stafford), today named Del. Christopher K. Peace, (R-Hanover) to three committees in the Virginia House of Delegates including Health, Welfare, and Institutions (HWI), General Laws and Appropriations.
Peace is the first Hanoverian to serve on a "money" committee since William B. Newton served on Finance from 1861 to 1862.
The House Appropriations Committee considers matters relating to bills and resolutions that have a fiscal impact, whether from general or special funds of the Commonwealth. Appropriations also considers the state budget, claims, issuance of debt, and other matters concerning the expenditure of funds of the Commonwealth.
"I am honored that the Speaker has entrusted me with this great responsibility. Now more than ever we must reform and restructure government to make it work more efficiently and effectively. The state budget must prioritize government spending by core services first and not raise taxes. I will continue to work toward addressing the critical needs of our shared community." Peace said.
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 will serve as the Chair of the sub-committee on Housing for the General Laws committee.
Peace sits on the Health, Welfare and Institutions (HWI) committee and is the 4th ranking member. HWI which focuses on hospital and health care issues along with medical practitioner scope of practice issues. The Committee also considers matters pertaining to public health, mental health, and social services and welfare. Peace will serve as a sub-committee chair as well.