2018, The Year of the Woman:
It has been said that 2018 will be the year of the Woman- the women of the General Assembly would not disagree. On Monday, my colleagues and I held a press conference celebrating January 22nd as the "Day of Women." At this press conference, we spoke to our proposed bills which aim to alleviate the everyday burdens women and young girls experience in the Commonwealth. You can watch the press conference by clicking here.
This press conference kicked off a week of packed hallways, rallies, and great advocacy from everyday citizens who want to ratify the ERA and bring equity to women in the Commonwealth. It has been such a pleasure to meet with the advocates and rally with them as we all push forward for a better tomorrow for Virginia's women.
Photos for the Equal Rights Amendment Rally:
The Equal Rights Amendment Breakfast:
Photos from the Women's Issue Press Conference:
Thank You For Stopping By!
I want to thank everyone who visited my office this week. It is always a pleasure to meet with constituents and advocacy groups. If you are planning a trip to Richmond during the legislative session, please be sure to reach out to my office. I would thoroughly enjoy having you as my guest, providing you with tours of the Capitol and inviting you to sit in the Gallery during session.
Fairfax Education Association
Take Action VA
Advocates from Virginia Conservation Network
Kinship Care Advocates and VOICES
My Committee Assignments: What do they do?
As noted in my previous newsletter, I have been to assigned to the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee and the Transportation Committee. Since my assignment, I have received several inquiries on what issues these committee cover.
The Health, Welfare, and Institutions (HWI) Committee considers matters concerning persons with disabilities, other than learning disabilities; public buildings; public health; mental health and health professions. In addition, HWI includes matters relating to the correctional and penal institutions; drugs; drugs; social services and welfare; the regulation of health professionals and associated occupations.
The Transportation Committee considers matters concerning airports, airspace, and airways; laws concerning motor vehicles relating to rules of the road or traffic regulations, including seat belts, radar detector, and vehicle inspection; creation of issuance of special license plates; Public-Private Transportation Act; public roads, streets, and highways; port facilities; transportation safety; public waterways and seaports; railways; transportation companies or corporations; and transportation public utilities.
I am grateful to serve on two dynamic committees. If there is a bill of concern or interest coming to these committees in which you'd like to discuss, please feel free to contact me and share your thoughts.
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Thank you to all who attended my swearing-in ceremony on January 20th. It was such a pleasure to share this special moment with some of my closest friends, family, and supporters. If you were not able to attend but would like to watch a recording of the event, please click here.