January 25, 2016
Our first full week of the General Assembly Session was cut short due to winter storm Jonas. This was the first time since 2010 the House of Delegates cancelled a floor session. It was announced during Thursday’s Floor Session that the House would adjourn until Monday, January 25th at noon. I hope all of you have stayed safe and warm over the weekend!
Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) spoke on the House floor this week about many of our key priorities for the 2016 Session. In his remarks, Leader Cox spoke about the House’s commitment to improving our economy by encouraging private sector job growth. He outlined our intentions to continue our strong support for education and the importance of promoting choice and flexibility for students. Finally, Leader Cox spoke to our healthcare agenda. He reiterated our commitment to stand firm against Medicaid expansion and to promote free market alternatives to increase access to quality affordable healthcare. You can view the Majority Leader's speech here. Among the issues the House of Delegates addressed last week were the Appomattox Deal, Certificate of Public Need (COPN) reform, and domestic violence. Additional information on these issues may be found below in the "Links of Interest" section.
Last Tuesday, I outlined my legislative priorities for the 2016 General Assembly session. The legislation I have introduced this session will concentrate on issues Virginians care about most: economic development; education; and healthcare. My legislation focuses on moving Virginia forward through continued economic development, education innovations and healthcare reform. Among the legislation I introduced are House Bill 514: Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund; wild fish and shellfish, House Bill 515: Public institutions of higher education; efforts to stimulate economic development, House Bill 858: Virginia International Trade Authority, House Bill 516: Board of Education; policy on sexually explicit instructional material, House Joint Resolution 112: Study; standards of quality; effective use of educational technology; report, House Bill 685: Direct primary care agreements, and House Bill 1044: Prescription Monitoring Program; disclosures. Summaries of these important pieces of legislation can be viewed in my press release here.
It was another busy week at the General Assembly, but I was pleased to take some time to welcome a number of visitors from the district. Dr. Sullivan and a number of UVA medical students (above left) met with me, as did Tracy Brown and other members of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Credit Union League (above right). Dr. Friedman and students from Piedmont Community College (below) also visited with me. Jessica Dobbs, Lisa Shoaf, Kristen Lambert, Amanda Glover, Tim Kelly, Courtland Robinson, Chase Milner, and Lola Heffner from Augusta County met with my staff.
My staff also met with Rev. M Anderson and Francis Sale, William Painter and Beverly Silver from Rockingham County. Albemarle County was also represented, as Victoria Jones and Sandra Wisco shared their concerns with my staff. We enjoyed seeing all of them and always look forward to seeing visitors from the 25th District. Should you wish to set up an appointment, please contact my Administrative Assistant Carolyn Musika at (804) 698-1025.
Links of Interest
I’ve included links of interest from the second week of the 2016 General Assembly session. I hope you’ll take a moment to peruse these links:
As always, my Legislative Director, Judy Wyatt, Communications Director, Will Wrobleski, and I are here to serve you. If you need help with a state government agency or issue, we can be reached by phone at 804.698.1025 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our address is Post Office Box 406, Richmond, Virginia 23219.
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As always, my Legislative Director, Judy Wyatt, Communications Director, Will Wrobleski, and I are here to serve you. We are also pleased to welcome back my Administrative Assistant Carolyn Musika and we welcome Alisanne Vasko, who will be interning in our office for the 2016 General Assembly session. If you need help with a state government agency or issue, we can be reached by phone at 804.698.1025 or by email at email@example.com. Our address is Post Office Box 406, Richmond, Virginia 23219.
Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your Delegate.