At the core of our Democracy we find a central figure … the vote. Voting is how we elect leaders who make the laws that shape our society. It is how we know we are free people and our voices are heard. It is why politicians of all stripes listen to what we say when we write or call or protest. There is nothing more sacred than the ability to cast your vote and have it matter. During the 2017 legislative session voting rights have been a key figure for debate in Richmond.
A safer Commonwealth, with laws that protect us and protect our basic dignity, is something for which lawmakers across the political spectrum strive. While we differ in ideology and how we implement our beliefs into the laws of which we are stewards, we all take real action.
Last week, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session began with a call from Governor McAuliffe for us to work across partisan divides in order to help nurture the New Virginia Economy and make the Commonwealth a place that we all want to live in. In the past year we have seen unexpected election results, economic downturn in states that prosecute our LGBT brothers and sisters, and other states that have raised the minimum wage have seen a positive impact on their economies. We can all agree that we need to work to make our economy strong.
Now that we have completed the 2016 Legislative Session, I wanted to update you on my accomplishments, make sure you know about key initiatives, and where to access information on new laws coming into effect later this year. As always, please feel free to contact my office at 703-606-9705 or firstname.lastname@example.org if I can be of assistance.
I am proud of my work for you in Richmond. Working across the aisle, I was able to help make the Commonwealth a safer and fairer place. Here are some of my bills that have become law:
With February come to a close, I can truthfully say that the legislative session so far has been eventful. We have seen a number of important actions from the executive branch, successes and failures in bipartisanship, and I am happy to report a number of my legislative proposals are on their way to the Governor’s Desk.
Before going into the details of this session. I want to make sure that you know that today, March 1 is Primary Election Day here in the Commonwealth. To find your voting location, please click here.