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The General Assembly has completed its 2017 legislative session. The House of Delegates will be up for election in November along with the statewide offices of Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General. Being an election year, at times it was painful to listen to the debate, as well as view the content of proposals. The good news is that campaigns afford the public an in-depth look at the candidates. Those in office have a voting record that defines the kind of elected official they are. I believe the ballot box is the perfect solution for term limits and electoral corrections.

Weekly Update From The General Assembly

The 2017 session has come to a close.

For a short session, we achieved a lot. April 5th will be veto day, where the House and Senate reconvene to vote on measures the Governor did not sign into law. If the House of Delegates gets a supermajority (two-thirds of those present) they can override any vetoes. If all 100 members are present it takes 67 votes to override, and the Republicans number only 66, this overrides should be few and far between. Many bills made it through and will be signed by the Governor, including the biennial budget.

Work on reconciling and passing the amended fiscal plan will dominate the final days of the General Assembly. For a deep dive into how the budget came out, go to budget.lis.virginia.gov.  

It’s halftime at the General Assembly. With intense hours in committee meetings and marathon floor sessions behind us, Senate bills have “crossed over” to the House for consideration. Until we adjourn, the Senate will be taking a serious look at what the House of Delegates has sent over. A number of the bills will be companions to what has already passed out of the Senate and will include the good, the bad, and the ugly proposals that have made headlines this session.

"Metro is inviting the public to provide feedback on its proposed FY2018 Operating Budget, a proposal aimed at rightsizing rail and bus services to support current ridership, as well as the Capital Improvement Plan and Federal Grant Applications," according to a recent press release. 

Weekly Update From The General Assembly
 
We are thirteen days into our 45-day legislative session, and between the House and Senate more than two thousand bills have been filed. Some want to loosen gun safety laws (Republicans insist that four-year-olds can handle loaded weapons), some want to increase the penalties for citizens exercising their first amendment rights, some are happy to keep haranguing on women. We're getting to the point where there may be more unconstitutional laws than constitutional laws coming through this Republican dominated legislature. Each year the Virginia Code grows and each year we find a number of court challenges to these infamous attempts to skirt the Constitution.

Many thanks to more than 500 of you who recently participated in the 2017 35 District Constituent Survey. I am please to present the results of the survey. Please click the link below to view them.

 

2017 Survey Results

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