Week 4 of the Virginia General Assembly Session is complete!
It's time to CROSSOVER
We are now rushing through the most hectic time in the legislative session: CROSSOVER. Crossover is the time when all of the bills originating in the House must be acted on and crossover to the Senate; and the bills originating in the Senate, must crossover to the House. Even during an average year, this time is quite challenging.
This year, 40% more bills have been filed, which has created an enormous workload. In spite of all the rush, we are still passing a lot of important legislation. I am pictured below presenting my bill, HB383, that would require landlords to give each tenant a copy of their rights as a tenant. It is my hope that by having a clearly written, easily understood list of tenant rights, it would reduce the number of evictions that are common in our area.
Multiple Sclerosis Society Day
On Monday, January 27, Multiple Sclerosis advocates came to the Capitol to celebrate M.S. Society Day. I enjoyed being around so many strong men and women that share this debilitating disease and introducing them on the House floor. Check out the video below to see my introduction!
Click here to watch me introduce the M.S. Activists on the House Floor!
Delta Days at the Capitol
On January 27, I was happy to join some of my Sorors and celebrate another "Delta Days at the Capitol"!
In addition, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporatedcelebrated its Founders Day on January 13. The Sorority was founded in 1913 and celebrated 107 years of Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service.
The Hampton Newport News Community Service Board visited the General Assembly on Thursday, January 30. It was an honor to introduce them on the House floor as well.
The Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board is the premier provider of behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disability services and the second largest CSB in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Created in 1971, Hampton-Newport News CSB provides a comprehensive continuum of services and supports promoting prevention, recovery, and self-determination for people affected by mental illness, substance use, and developmental disabilities.
I was thrilled to see a good friend and constituent of the Ninety-Second District, Mr. Ralph Shelman.
Mr. Shelman is recognized throughout Virginia and the U.S. as a leader in the disability community. He is the founder and executive director of Insight Enterprises, Inc. and the Peninsula Center for Independent Living which was designated as a center for independent living by the state of Virginia in 1987.
The Peninsula Center for Independent Living is dedicated to improving the lives of disabled persons throughout our community. They offer workshops and seminars routinely and work together with the community to create choices and opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Peninsula Center for Independent Living offers the disability community of Hampton a variety of different services. It is their goal to see to it that every disabled person who comes to The Peninsula Center is cared for.
On Thursday, January 30, my bill, HB551, dealing with Healthy Communities Secure Care Legislation, passed in the Public Safety subcommittee! Pictured above is myself and Rise For Youth representatives.
RISE for Youth is a nonpartisan campaign committed to dismantling the youth prison model by promoting the creation of community-based alternatives to youth incarceration. Their work centers the voices of impacted youth and communities and challenges racial injustice in Virginia.
The week ended with Whittney Evans, a legal reporter from Virginia's Home for Public Media, interviewing me on my bill, HB 551.
Working with representatives such as Attorney Valerie Slater, James Braxton, Gary Broderick, and so many young people from Rise For Youth has made me so excited for what's to come.
Stay tuned for more updates.
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