Crossover and the Budget
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 was the last day for the House of Delegates and Senate to act on bills that originated in their chamber (crossover.) On Tuesday, February 5th, my colleagues in the House and I discussed and voted on 316 bills, followed by 212 bills on Wednesday.
Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers came together and negotiated a nearly $1 billion tax relief package that benefits all Virginians regardless of their income level.
The centerpiece of the final legislation is a 50% increase in the standard deduction to $4,500 for individuals and $9,000 for a couple, originally proposed by Del. Vivian Watts (D – Fairfax). Half the benefits of this change would flow to those making less than $50,000 a year.
In Due Course: 2018 Changes to Virginia’s Laws
In Due Course (view pdf) is a selection of legislation passed by the 2018 Session of the General Assembly that is likely to affect the daily lives of the citizens of Virginia. The following legislation has been signed by the Governor and for the most part will go into effect on July 1, 2018. The summaries were prepared by the staff of the Division of Legislative Services. Complete information on actions of the 2018 Session is available on the Legislative Information System (http://lis.virginia.gov).
Virginia Beach faith leaders, legislators call for climate action
~ Augusta Free Press
Faith leaders, legislators, and Virginia residents came together today to call on Virginia leaders to protect Hampton Roads from sea level rise by formally joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
During what was called the “Environmental Justice and Stewardship Prayer Breakfast” at Lynnhaven Colony Congregational Church in Virginia Beach, leaders of congregations from across Hampton Roads discussed the connection between faith and environmental justice, as well as ways to take action to protect the coast. Participants aimed to address the local challenges of climate change through a moral, prophetic, and legislative lens.
Two Virginia Beach Delegates Make Cover of Time Magazine
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Two local politicians made their way on to the cover of Time Magazine recently.
Both Kelly Fowler and Cheryl Turpin, of District 21 and District 85 respectively, were part of a group of women politicians that were featured on the popular magazine. They were also two of 11 newly elected women delegates from the Democratic Party.
Fowler and Turpin both beat their male counterparts for a Republican seat in Richmond. Time Magazine’s ” A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office,” features women in politics, and tells how they have been inspired to run for public office.
Meet Six New Members of the General Assembly
~ This Week in Richmond
On this edition of This Week In Richmond, host David Bailey is joined by six of the newest members of the General Assembly; Del. Schuyler T. VanValkenburg (D), Del. Dawn Adams (D), Del. Chris Hurst (D), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D), Del. David Reid (D), and Del. Cheryl Turpin (D) to discuss some of the items they will be focusing on during the 2018 legislative session.