During the last two General Assembly sessions, I voted for a balanced state budget without any new taxes or tax increases.
During the 2011 session, the Virginia House and Senate unanimously passed two bills I introduced to save tax dollars and make government more transparent. The first requires that the state take an inventory of state-owned land and buildings, the first such audit of real estate in 15 years, with a view toward identifying surplus property that can be sold to benefit the state budget. The second bill requires that bond referendum informational summaries contain greater clarity so that voters understand exactly how borrowed money will be spent. Both of these bills were signed by the Governor in March and will become law July 1, 2011. I also voted for legislation creating a new state Inspector General to investigate waste, fraud, and abuse.
In keeping with a campaign promise, I introduced legislation requiring the House of Delegates to electronically publish the voting records of every Member of the Virginia House on the Virginia General Assembly website. Today, the General Assembly's website allows easy look up for bills and resolutions, but not voting records by individual Member name. Adding a feature to search by a Delegate's name is fundamental to creating more openness and transparency of Virginia's government. This resolution passed and will go into effect for the 2012 session. I am the first Member of the House or Senate to publish my entire floor voting record online. In the meantime, my House floor voting record is available at www.LeMunyon.com.