On Tuesday, June 1st, the General Assembly will return to Richmond to vote on the budget. I look forward to reviewing the final budget report this weekend, and to review bills that have been vetoed by the Governor. This should be a one day meeting. We will also use this in person meeting of our caucus to elect a new leader.
May 24, 2022
Last week was another busy week in the district! I want to thank everyone who attended my joint Town Hall with Delegate Sullivan, Senator Favola and Senator Boysko. It was great to see each of you and hear your concerns. Last Friday, Governor Youngkin ceremonially signed 23 bills highlighting the priorities of Virginia’s military and veteran community. After delivering remarks, Governor Youngkin also signed a proclamation to honor Armed Forces Day, which will be recognized on May 21, 2022.
March 14, 2022
Unfortunately, we still do not have an agreement on the biennial-budget between the Chambers. Tax cuts are a main sticking point between the House and Senate because of the impact on revenue and on commitments we made last year to fund transportation, education and other priorities here in our district. We will have a special session to continue to work towards an agreement in the coming weeks. We also will consider the bills that were continued from the regular session.
March 7, 2022
As the 2022 Session winds down, Our work to ensure access to the polls and making Virginia more inclusive, does not. House Republicans for the second time, killed two historic potential Constitutional amendments: one that would remove the discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage that is still in our Constitution, and another that would enshrine the automatic restoration of voting rights for people who have served their time and paid their debt to society in the Constitution.
February 18, 2022
This was a busy week in Richmond. We have officially wrapped up legislation that originated in the House and are officially on the other side of the Crossover. No new bills can be considered in either the House or the Senate. Now we begin to consider the bills passed by the Senate.
February 14, 2022
As we end our fourth week in Session we are spending long hours in the Capitol. Having lost our Democratic Majority it has been difficult to watch as the progress we have made over the last two years including bills to protect voting rights and promote gun safety, have been undone. These bills undermine the commonwealth’s democracy and are an attempt to silence Virginians. Among the legislation passed this week are bills that reduce in-person absentee voting, limit the period during which mail-in absentee ballots can be received and reinstates the archaic photo-ID requirements.
January 16, 2022
The 2022 session of the General Assembly has begun! While we no longer hold a Democratic majority, my colleagues and I will continue to work to protect the progress we made over the past few years, especially to protect our critical gun safety measures and protections for voting rights as well as a number of other priorities for Virginia residents.