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This last week of session started off interesting to say the least. I was awakened to the sound of the fire alarm in my hotel. Grabbing nothing but my phone, I proceeded to walk down fifteen, yes FIFTEEN, flights of stairs to evacuate the hotel. As I walked out of the hotel wearing a short sleeve t-shirt, I was quickly reminded that it was still winter! Thanks to a kind hotel guest, I was given a jacket to keep me warm during this brief ordeal. After the fire department gave the “all clear” signal, we scurried  back to our rooms to begin the day AGAIN. 
Monday morning we were greeted by many boxes filled with honor roll letters and certificates for the eighteen elementary, middle, and high schools that reside in the 92nd House District. I sign each letter and certificate by hand, so even though it may take a while, be on the look out for your scholar's awards.  

The schools are: 
Aberdeen Elementary School
Bassette Elementary School
Cary Elementary School
Cooper Elementary School
Forrest Elementary School
Kraft Elementary School
Andrews PreK-8 School
Smith Elementary School
Spratley Gifted Center
Tyler Elementary School
Davis Middle School
Eaton Middle School
Jones Middle School
Lindsay Middle School 
Bridgeport Academy
Hampton High School
Kecoughtan High School
Phoebus High School

If you live in the 92nd House district but your child does not attend any of the schools listed, please contact my office and we will be sure he or she receives one.  
I wouldn’t call it the “last supper,”  but it could certainly be called the “last breakfast” of this session with Governor Ralph Northam. Members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus are invited to have breakfast with the governor and discuss issues of importance to our constituents. There is always meaningful discussion. 
During this session, we adopted HJ 306, commending former Speaker of the House, William J. Howell. Wednesday, Speaker Howell returned to the floor of the House Chamber for a center aisle presentation of the resolution that  recognized him for his many years of service to the Commonwealth. Speaker Howell was the only speaker with whom I had served since 2004. I was a co-patron on this resolution.

The following are resolutions that I patroned:

HJ 186--Celebrating the life of The Honorable Albert Woodfin Patrick III
HJ 212--Commending Thomas Nelson Community College
HR 2--Celebrating the life of Nathan Watts
HR 49--Celebrating the life of Sergeant Willie Rowe, USA
HR 56--Commending VersAbility Resources
At the end of every session, the House Pages implement everything they learned during their time at the Capitol, and participate in a mock debate. They create their own bills, present them, debate the issue, and even vote; just like they see the delegates do every day. They are bright young students and are truly passionate about the well being of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 
The following day, the Pages took over the House Chamber to present their resolution. The resolution summarized moments from their time in the Page Program and thanked certain individuals and delegates for their humor, wisdom, and guidance. 
As a final recognition of Black History Month, some of us dressed in traditional African attire.  Pictured from left to right are Delegates Lasharece Aird, Jeion Ward, Roslyn Tyler, Delores McQuinn and Marcia Price.
Saturday, March 10, finally arrived. It was the last day of the 2018 legislative session. It was filled with starts and stops as we tried to complete work on our bills. Finally at 1:54 p.m., with most work completed, we adjourned Sine Die; which in Latin means without assigning a day for further meeting. In other words, no more business will be conducted.  HOWEVER, we must return to the Capitol for a Special Session to complete work on the budget. The House and Senate must agree on the budget.  The House budget includes Medicaid Expansion. The Senate budget does not. Stay tuned for what will happen next. 
With the end of session coming to a close, we will be returning to the district office and hosting an open house. Further details will be shared soon. 
All the best, 

Delegate Jeion (ja-WAN) Ward
Authorized by J Ward for Delegate
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