We are wrapping up the fourth week of the 2017 General Assembly Session. This was another very busy week in Richmond as we continue to see record numbers of visitors.
In addition to last week’s budget proposal announcement including a 3% pay raise for state employees and increased funding for state police and sheriff’s deputies, budget leaders have proposed additional funding for rural school divisions. For years, schools in rural regions similar to ours have struggled economically due to reduced student population. The initiative will examine student reduction populations to provide a 15% enrollment loss supplement to school divisions, and I hope that these increased funds will greatly benefit our local students and teachers.
We are approaching Crossover which occurs Tuesday, February 7th at the session midpoint. Crossover marks the day when bills must pass the House or the Senate or they are passed by for the session.
I am proud that many of my bills passed the House and will be sent to the Senate including House Bills 1727, 1728, 1730, 1731, and 2313. Full text and summaries of the bills can be found at virginiageneralassembly.gov.
If you’ve watched the news over the last 6 months, you’ve no doubt heard about the opioid crisis sweeping across Virginia. I patroned a bill to create a workgroup to establish educational guidelines for training health care providers in the safe prescribing and appropriate use of opioids, and I’m proud that the House of Delegates has unanimously passed this legislation.
My office was visited by Northumberland High School students, students, staff, and volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, the Westmoreland Ruritan Club, the King George, Caroline, and Richmond Co. Board of Supervisors, and leaders from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Division.
As always, I am truly honored to represent the 99th district. Please contact my office at 804-698-1099 at email@example.com if you have questions or concerns related to state government.