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Week 3 of the Virginia General Assembly Session is complete!

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Gun Rights Rally 
 
On Monday, January 20, the Virginia Citizens Defense League rallied at the Virginia State Capitol. The VCDL is an influential, grassroots, gun-rights group that holds a yearly rally at the Captiol.
 
Raise the Wage Rally

It was an honor to speak at the Raise the Wage Rally on Tuesday, January 21. 

There are four different proposals for increasing the minimum wage. Each proposal has an incremental increase of the minimum wage until we reach $15 per hour. 

Under my bill, House Bill 395, the minimum wage would increase from $7.25 to $9 an hour in July. By 2023, Virginia’s minimum wage would be $15 an hour.
 

Click here to watch me at the rally!
I was thrilled to have met the Pharmacy students of Hampton University School of Pharmacy! 
My Legislative Assistant, Kourtney Brooks, and I had the pleasure of meeting Hampton Healthy Families. 

Hampton Healthy Families is an organization that ensures all children are born healthy, enter kindergarten prepared to succeed, achieve academic success while engaged in the community, and graduate healthy and prepared for a lifetime of success.
DMV 2 GO-REAL ID

The Department of Motor Vehicles brought their mobile unit to the Captiol grounds to give the public an opportunity to apply for their REAL ID. It was certainly a welcome alternative to standing in line at DMV'S main locations. As my husband and I were applying for our REAL ID, we were photographer by the local newspaper.

The "REAL ID" Act is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be accepted for federal purposes, such as boarding domestic flights or entering secure military installations or federal facilities that require ID.

Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require you to present a REAL ID compliant credential, or another federally approved form of ID, in order to board a domestic flight or enter a secure federal facility.

In addition, I am making arrangements to bring the DMV mobile unit to Hampton, so you can apply for your REAL ID. Watch for more information. 

What you need to get a REAL ID:

All applicants for a REAL ID compliant credential, including current Virginia credential holders, must apply in-person and provide DMV with physical documentation of the applicant’s identity, legal presence, full Social Security number, Virginia residency (two proofs required) and, if applicable, name change. The following are examples of commonly used documents. There are many documents you can use. View the full list here.

Bring one from each category:

  1. Unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate
  2. Social Security card or W-2 form displaying full number

Bring two from this category:

If the name on your identity document is different than your legal name, bring as many documents as needed to show how your name changed. See REAL ID FAQs for more information.

Note: All documents must be originals and will be subject to verification; however, printouts of acceptable online residency documents can be used as proof of residency. Temporary documents and photocopies of documents will not be accepted.

  1. Unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate
  2. Social Security card or W-2 form displaying full number
    • Valid Virginia driver’s license, recent utility bills, mortgage statement, or rental lease agreements displaying current residential street address, not a P.O. Box. Note: You may redact (blackout/whiteout) sensitive financial information.
The week ended with the Pulp & Paperworkers' Resource Council paying me a visit. 
 

The PPRC is a grassroots organization led by hourly employees advocating for the U.S. forest products industry. We support policies that encourage economic growth, abundant and sustainable fiber supply, and sensible science-based environmental policies.

The U.S. forest products industry is vitally important to our nation’s economy, employing approximately 950,000 people. We rank among the top 10 manufacturers in 45 states and represent four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing gross domestic product (GDP).

Want to see me live in session? Click on the button below to watch live or archived videos!

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                                                     Helpful links
 

Virginia General Assembly Home Page: https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/

  • Connects with links to both House and Senate resources. Member lists, “Who’s My Legislator”, history, committee pages, etc.

Legislative Information System: http://lis.virginia.gov

  • Use to track bills, get correct vote counts, and see filed legislation by patron, subject, committee, etc

House Committee Page: 
https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/committees/all.php

  • See committee rosters, chairmen, meeting times, subcommittee rosters, and contact info for members on the committees

HOD Session Live Stream: https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/chamber/chamberstream.php

  • Watch full committees and floor sessions via live streaming or video archive

Code of Virginia: https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/

  • Online copy of the Code of Virginia. Searchable and navigable by title.




How To Reach Me During Session
 
Richmond Office Location:                                     
Pocahontas Building—Rm. E317
900 E. Main St. Richmond, VA 23219            

Email Address:      
deljward@house.virginia.gov                   

Phone Numbers:

 (804) 698-1092
 (804) 698-1192  
 As always, it is a pleasure to serve you. Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
Delegate Jeion A. Ward
Virginia House of Delegates
Ninety-Second House District





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