This past Wednesday, the 2020 session of the House of Delegates opened with the crack of the gavel. During the opening session it is hard not to reflect on the incredible history of our Commonwealth, as well as the awesome responsibility we owe to the people of Virginia. We will not always agree on the best path, but it is important to engage in honest, civil debate - and be open minded and willing to be persuaded.
Happy New Year! The start of the 2020 General Assembly session is now less than a week away (January 8) and legislators from across the Commonwealth are busy putting the final touches on their bills. I anticipate introducing between 15 and 20 bills and look forward to sharing the details with you over the next few weeks.
Pre-Session Public Hearing This Saturday
Announcing my 2019 Fall informal office hours! Join me for coffee and conversation about legislation that is likely to be debated during the 2020 General Assembly, issues affecting our community, or anything else that is on your mind. The format is casual and no appointment is needed.
Below is the full schedule. All events will take place from 9 to 11 a.m.
As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, I am pleased to share with you the product of our representative democracy!
Thanks Virginia Mercury for covering my work to bring more transparency to donations made to our public universities. Our universities rely on the generosity of private donors. At the same time, financial support conditioned on the acceptance of terms that could affect academic decision making should not be shielded from public view. I am pleased that the Freedom of Information Act Council has agreed to study my
While the General Assembly tackled a number of issues at our Reconvened Session on April 3rd, I was pleased to see final passage of my bill to reduce the introduction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals into the environment. According to the US EPA, these chemicals "are very persistent in the environment and human body -- meaning they don't break down and can accumulate over time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects." These chemicals are now the subject of an EPA action plan. PFAS are found in a
The 2019 General Assembly adjourned sine die on February 24th at 11:52 a.m. It was certainly one for the history books.
Last Friday seems like a universe away. The revelations and allegations over the past week have been difficult to process for all of us -- and I can't even imagine the pain that this has caused the African American community and those who have been the victims of sexual assault. Thank you to the many constituents who have called and sent emails expressing their thoughts and concerns. My prayer for Virginia is that, while extremely painful, we will use what is happening today as an opportunity to heal and bring us together.