The Penultimate Week

This is the penultimate week of the General Assembly. Saturday, February 23rd, is the final day of the Assembly for the year, and I am here to provide you with some updates as we move through the legislative process.

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Debra Rodman
Crossover and Budget Week

Despite what you hear in the news cycle, legislators are at the Capitol doing the work of their constituents. This week was ‘crossover’ week and we voted on over 500 bills. Each chamber had to complete work on their own legislation by Tuesday, and starting on Wednesday, each chamber could only consider legislation from the other. Put simply, the House of Delegates can now only act on legislation that passed the Senate, and the Senate can only act on legislation that passed the House of Delegates.

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Debra Rodman
The Fourth Week

Friday marked the end of the fourth week of Session and it is my pleasure to share with you the fourth edition of the Debra Dispatch. Last Tuesday was a full day as the remaining 7 of my bills were heard before their committees.

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Debra Rodman
Spirited Debates in the House of Delegates

Today marks the end of the third week of session and it is my pleasure to share with you the third edition of the DebraDispatch. Last weekend I attended the Richmond Jewish Food Festival at the Weinstein JCC. This annual event, right here in the 73rd district, gives individuals from all over central Virginia the opportunity to come together for homemade traditional Jewish and Israeli foods, as well as live music, from my favorite Klezmer band, My Son the Doctor. 

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Debra Rodman
Bills, Bills, Bills!

Today marks the end of the second week of the 2019 General Assembly session, and I’m happy to bring you an update in the second edition of the Debra Dispatch. This past weekend, I attended the Women’s March expo at the Arthur Ashe Center. I met a lot of locally-owned, women-run businesses, and met with constituents who were there to support women’s rights and rally support for the Equal Rights Amendment. I attended this event with Senator Jennifer McClellan, Delegate Jennifer Carroll-Foy, and Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney, Shannon Taylor.

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Debra Rodman
Welcome to the General Assembly: 2019

Today is the first day of the 2019 General Assembly Session. 2019 is a particularly important year as it marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of the House of Burgesses, making the Virginia General Assembly a historic law-making body. I am incredibly humbled to be your voice and thank you for the opportunity to serve you in this historic capacity. On Fridays, I intend to recap each week of Session in a series known as the “Debra Dispatch.” Welcome to volume 1! I hope you find this information educational and useful for you and your family. 

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Debra Rodman