The First Three Days
The first three days of Session have been busy but exciting. On Wednesday I attended Governor Northam's State of the Commonwealth address. This annual tradition offers the Governor a chance to come before a joint meeting of all members of the Virginia General Assembly to discuss his priorities this legislative session.
Some of those key priorities are:
Giving teachers the largest single-year pay raise in 15 years
Offering more college tuition assistance and require institutions to create tuition predictability plans
Achieving universal broadband access
Requiring clean closure of coal ash ponds throughout our bay watershed
Decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana
Ending the suspension of licenses for non-driving offenses
Providing targeted tax relief to Virginians
Make our existing Earned Income Tax Credit fully refundable
Make Virginia the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
Throughout the week, I took several meetings with key stakeholders and constituents from across the district. Pictures are below.
I look forward to updating you on the progress of my bills this Session in this newsletter. None of my bills have been put on dockets yet, but when they are scheduled, I will let you know.
The Equal Rights Amendment passed the Senate Privileges and Elections committee. It will now move to the Senate floor, where there is significant bi-partisan support.
Part of what the Governor said during his address on Wednesday night has really stuck in my mind for the past few days. He said: “we come to Richmond to do the people’s work, the way they expect us to do it. And there’s a lot we can accomplish together.” I am confident that this legislative body will find common ground and make progress this session on crucial issues facing the Commonwealth. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues from across the aisle to create real and tangible results for the citizen of Virginia’s 73rd House District.
As always, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-698-1073 if I can be of service to you.