Email Updates from Jen

3/3/21 Facts from the Floor: End of Session

March 4, 2021

Dear Friend, The Virginia Senate and House have adjourned “Sine Die” which means our work from both the regular and special sessions is now complete. It has been a long six weeks of heated floor debates, bad weather, and some of the most progressive legislation we have ever seen in Virginia. I feel like I have just […]

2/17/21 Facts from the Floor: Week Five

March 4, 2021

Dear Friend, Last week, the General Assembly adjourned its 2021 regular session on Monday and convened a special session, called by Governor Northam, on Wednesday. The purpose of the special session is to complete the unfinished work of the regular session.  Why, you might ask, could the General Assembly not complete its work in the 30 days […]

2/9/21 Facts from the Floor: Week Four

February 9, 2021

Dear Friend, This past Friday was “Crossover” day in the Virginia Senate and House. For the Senate, this means that we finished voting on Senate bills and sent them to the House for debate and vote. In ONE DAY, here are a few things the Democratic majority passed: · SB 1261:  Packed the court of appeals increasing the number […]

2/2/21 Facts from the Floor: Week Three

February 2, 2021

Dear Friend, Last Monday, Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Dr. Daniel Carey, and Richmond and Henrico Health Department Director, Dr. Danny Avula, who the Governor tapped to be “field general” for vaccine distribution, provided an update to our Republican caucus on the vaccine rollout. The two doctors explained some of the problems the state had […]

1/18/20 Facts from the Floor: Week One

January 18, 2021

Dear Friend, We are back!  The Virginia General Assembly opened its 2021 regular session last Wednesday, but not in the Capitol.  The Senate convened in a very spacious conference room at the Virginia Science Museum.  The House of Delegates convened via Zoom. Our new Senate chamber is really a cavernous ballroom that allows everyone to […]

Happenings on the Homefront: The Post-Election Voting Concerns Debrief

December 2, 2020

Dear Friend, With special session coming to a close a few weeks ago, the Virginia Senate has had a period of down time with not much to report legislatively. We are beginning the process of working with staff lawyers to draft bills to be presented during our next regular session which will start January 13, 2021, […]

10/23/20 Facts from the Floor: Special Session Edition

October 23, 2020

Dear Friend, After ten long weeks, the Virginia General Assembly has wrapped up our 2020 Special Legislative Session… well, almost.  We convened in Richmond at the Science Museum on August 18th for a special session called by the Governor to discuss the budget, criminal justice reform, and COVID related legislation. Fifty-nine days later, we unofficially adjourned but […]

10/6/20 Facts from the Floor: Special Session Edition

October 6, 2020

Dear Friend, Special session is not over! What we now refer to as a “very special session” started back on August 16th. The past two weeks were tough. We discussed the 2020 budget and attempted to pass budget amendments (all but one failed). We also began voting on criminal justice reform bills from the House, most of which […]

9/21/20 Facts from the Floor: Special Session Edition

September 21, 2020

Dear Friend, This week we begin week FIVE of the Virginia General Assembly’s Special Session. I have been driving to the Science Museum in Richmond for 2 to 3 days every week for the past month to discuss and vote on a variety of bills. The main debate continues to focus around criminal justice reform with […]

9/1/20 Facts from the Floor: Special Session Edition

September 2, 2020

Dear Friend, As we wrap up week two of our General Assembly Special Session, we continue to change the state of Virginia with one party (the Democrats) having unilateral control over the legislative and executive branches. This past week, the Senate continued to meet in person at the Science Museum of Virginia (despite one senator being […]