Week 2 of the Virginia General Assembly Session is complete!
House Democratic Caucus 2020 Session
On Wednesday, January 15, the House of Delegates voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. I am excited to have been a chief co-patron for this consequential legislation.This amendment will guarantee women equality under the United States Constitution. In addition, it will provide women across the country with more protections and can be used to help set new laws concerning areas such as equal pay and gender discrimination. This amendment has been called for since 1920 and was first introduced in Congress in 1923!
The recorded vote of the ERA being ratified was 59 to 41.
On Tuesday, January 14, I began hearing bills during our committee meetings. It was certainly a new experience, but one for which I have prepared.
I was thrilled to have met the leaders of the 200+ Men organization along with their mentees during their visit to the State Capitol.
The 200+ Men Foundation was established in 2004 as a public charity. The Foundation supports organizations and efforts in Hampton Roads that improve the lives of African-Americans with specific emphasis on encouraging and enabling males to reach their highest potential.
It was a pleasure to meet with the Minimum Wage Coalition to discuss details and language of my bill, HB395! The goal of the bill is to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by July 1, 2023.
The International Association of Sheet, Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers paid me a visit on Thursday, January 16 before heading to session.
SMART is the largest railroad operating union in North America, with more than 500 Transportation locals. The SMART Transportation Division represents employees on every Class I railroad, as well as employees on many regional and shortline railroads. It also represents bus and mass transit employees on approximately 45 bus and transit systems and has recently grown to include airline pilots, dispatchers and other airport personnel.
Pictured above is myself and the Virginia League of Credit Unions.
I was excited to see my hometown credit union, Hampton Roads Educators Credit. On their behalf, I am carrying HB813 which will provide compensation for members of a credit union's board of directors, members of the credit and supervisory committees, reimbursement for business-related travel, and shall be determined by a written policy approved by the board of directors.
The week ended with a breakfast honoring the Rev. Dr. Marting Luther King, Jr. The annual breakfast is hosted by Virginia Union University. This year, members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus were honored for its commitment to deliver on reforms long sought by the African American community. It was truly a memorable occasion.
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