October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In June, Governor Northam signed my bill, HB1992, into law. This law keeps guns away from repeated domestic abusers. I fought hard to get this landmark bill through the General Assembly. Guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination and I am proud of my work to take guns out of the hands of criminals.
October 1, 2021
I was honored to join Senator Amy Klobuchar, Governor Terry McAuffile, Senator Jennifer McClellan, Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and many of my colleagues for a “Women for Terry” event. With a Democratic Majority, the General Assembly was able to pass the ERA and fight to protect reproductive rights. Valuing women means investing in their health and well being.
July 31, 2021
Over the next couple weeks, the General Assembly will be allocating the federal funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. I appreciate hearing from those who sent in their recommendations for how these funds should be spent in the Commonwealth. We will be focused on upgrading our public health infrastructure, investing in small businesses, supporting workers, modernizing our public school facilities, and expanding broadband.
March 4, 2021
We made some outstanding progress this session. We were able to take steps forward that we can all be proud of. We passed legislation to strengthen our economy, enhance protections for workers, passed sensible gun safety legislation, made improvements to our education systems, implemented environmental programs for the future and enhanced voting protections for all Virginians.
February 21, 2021
This was a big week for my bills in the Virginia Senate. This newsletter includes the bills that passed both the House and the Senate and are headed to the Governor’s desk.
February 15, 2021
Yesterday was the third anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The gunman killed fourteen students and three teachers and injured 17 others. Ever since this mass shooting, I have been inspired by the continuous work of the Parkland students to stop gun violence and prevent the next tragedy from happening. Gun safety measures have been one of my priorities in the House of Delegates for a long time, and I will continue to work to make our communities safer.
December 30, 2020
It has been my honor to serve you and our community through these difficult times. With the political turmoil and the many challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, this has been a year like no other. But we have so much to be proud of as we have worked together to manage and overcome the obstacles we have faced.
September 13, 2020
These past weeks the Virginia House of Delegates passed legislation to address COVID-19 and to enact comprehensive police and criminal justice reform. The bills now “crossover” to the Senate for their approval where, in many cases, there is a similar bill that was also passed by that body.
June 12, 2020
I wanted to provide some important updates and additional resources as we enter into Phase 2 of reopening our Commonwealth. I appreciate that we are moving on to phase 2 and look forward to being out in the community with all of you soon. I remind everyone to take it slow, wear your masks and stay safe. Please contact me if you need any assistance or have questions.
June 1, 2020
I wanted to provide some important updates and additional resources about the work being done to ease the spread of COVID-19 in our Commonwealth. These updates include mass testing in Loudon County for today, CVS testing sites, face coverings in Virginia, and updates for the DMV extensions of credentials. I hope you and your families are staying safe and are healthy. Please contact me if you need any assistance or have questions.