McDonnell signs first two executive orders: jobs, government reform
As his first act in office, Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed two executive orders. The first designates Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to serve as Virginia's Chief Job Creation Officer and creates a Job Creation Commission, a council that will include Bolling, the state's commerce secretary and 50 citizens representing a cross section of Virginia industry.
The second order creates a "Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring," composed of 20 citizens who will write a report by July 16 suggesting ways to streamline government and make it more efficient. The order notes that three members of the Virginia House of Delegates and two members of the Virginia Senate will be invited to serve as commission members as well.
The orders represent a departure from the previous governor. Democrat Timothy M. Kaine's first executive order banned discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, from the state workforce.
"It's entirely appropriate to stress job expansion, but it's puzzling why [McDonnell] wouldn't make nondiscrimination a top priority," said Del. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), the legislature's only openly gay member.
McDonnell had said during the campaign that he would not renew former Gov. Tim Kaine's order on discrimination because he believed it overstepped the bounds of executive authority, but that he would ensure no discrimination took place in his government's hiring.
January 16, 2010; 3:21 PM ET
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