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This year, the General Assembly addressed several of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s All Students initiatives. During the State of the Commonwealth address, Governor McDonnell stated that “all children, regardless of their ZIP code, must have world-class educational opportunities.” I agree. The Constitution of Virginia demands as much. And most of us would agree Virginia’s education system has not kept that promise for every child. Too often, children’s ZIP codes do in fact determine the quality of education they receive. There are many reasons for this, and solving that problem will not be easy.


I’m honored to be included in Richmond Magazine’s list of a handful of people who commit a fair amount of passion and energy to the region.


Watch the news segment on WRIC Channel 8 in Richmond on Governor’s budget proposal to limit part-time state employees to less than 30 hours per week in order to avoid having to provide health benefits to these employees as required under the Affordable Healthcare Act.


Read Jim Nolan and Olympia Meola’s article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on budget amendments passed in the Senate and House of Delegates.

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In addition to my legislative activities, being a member of the General Assembly has afforded me the opportunity to serve on, and now Chair the Virginia General Assembly’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission.  Created in 1992 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. King, the Commission continues his work through educational, historical and cultural programs, public policy analysis, and public discourse on contemporary issues.  

Now that we have crossed the mid-point of the 2018 General Assembly Session, bills are quickly finding their way to the Governor's office.  On Friday, I was honored to join Senators Bill Stanley and Lynwood Lewis, and Delegate Charles Poindexter in Patrick County for Governor Northam's first bill signing. SB 866 (Stanley) and HB 175(Poindexter) extend the license for Pioneer Community Hospital in order to facilitate efforts to find an operator to reopen the hospital and offer local residents better access to critical health services. 

We have reached the halfway point of the 2018 General Assembly Session, known as “Crossover.”  Tuesday was the last day for the House and Senate to complete work on their own bills. On Wednesday, they began hearing bills that passed the other body.  We have just over three weeks left to address nearly 2,000 pending bills. 

This week I’d like to highlight SB 181 (Stanley), which I co-sponsored, to repeal Virginia’s law mandating automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for failure to pay fines and court costs, which passed the Senate last week 33-6.