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Nov27

Women in central Virginia are discussing how they can continue to make progress in politics following Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election.

More than 50 women came together Saturday for a Women Leaders of Virginia event in Charlottesville. They discussed some of their disappointment after Clinton's loss. But, they say they're choosing to focus on how to be more involved in local governments.

Jul8

Bad news if you’d like to marry a child in the state of Virginia — as of this month, children under the age of 16 can no longer get hitched. In case you thought that child marriage was a relic of bygone eras or an abusive practice that happens in other places, before July 1, 16- and 17-year-olds could marry with parental consent — and children even younger could wed with parental consent if the girl was pregnant. Relatedly, Virginia is one of the 37 states the mandate that its sex education curriculum include abstinence education. And according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, nearly 5,000 Virginia teenagers became new moms in 2014. 

Jul5

Virginia State authorities recently set a new law making the minimum marriage age 18. Previously it was legal for 12-year-old and 13-year-old girls to get married if they had parental consent and were pregnant.

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 We are now two weeks into the 2017 Session, and the pace has picked up dramatically.  As we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and ushered in the Trump Administration, the Senate considered several bills introduced by Republican Senator Richard Stuart that increase penalties for civil disobedience. These bills are part of a troubling trend by Republican legislators in several states to quash civil disobedience and curb First Amendment rights in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Trump Presidency protests, and the recent Women’s March on Washington.  In addition to Virginia, similar bills have been introduced in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington. 

 

Last week was the first full week of the 2017 Session, and we began to address the thousands of bills filed. Committee assignments were also announced, and I was appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources; Local Government; and Transportation Committees.

Last week, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly Session convened for 46 days to address thousands of bills and amendments to the state budget.  After 11 years in the House of Delegates, I took the oath of office to serve in the Virginia State Senate.  I am humbled and tremendously honored to have been elected by the voters of the 9th Senate District to succeed Donald McEachin, who now serves in Congress.  I look forward to continuing the work I began in the House to improve public education, provide economic opportunity for all Virginians, and strengthen our local communities.  I will continue to address the needs of my constituents through legislation and constituency services.