Email Updates from Jen

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 […]

8/25/20 Facts from the Floor: Special Session Edition

August 25, 2020

Dear Friend, We’re back! The Senate reported for work at noon last Wednesday and dug right in to doing the work of the people to debate and vote on bills related to the budget, criminal justice reform, and COVID-19 issues. Or so we thought. There have been over 200 bills submitted so far for this special session which […]

Happenings from the Homefront 8/17/2020

August 17, 2020

Hello Friends, Tomorrow is the big day…. The General Assembly will reconvene by direction of the Governor for the 2020 Special Session. Per the Governor, our discussions and debates are limited to budget adjustments, criminal justice and police reform, and COVID related legislation. For those of you interested in the play-by-play of what will happen in Richmond, check […]

Happenings from the Homefront 8/3/20

August 3, 2020

Hello Friends, We finally have a date for a special session for the General Assembly to meet again in Richmond: August 18, 2020. After months of asking to be a part of the conversation, the Governor has asked the legislative branch of Virginia’s government to finally have a say in some of the issues facing Virginians right […]

Happenings from the Homefront 7/14/20

August 3, 2020

Hello Friends, I want to take a few minutes to personally thank those of you who were involved with our First Annual Fourth of July Flag Project! We passed out 7,555 American flags to various neighborhoods, civic leagues, boy scout troops, churches, and residents of the 7th District. We had many of you stop by our office […]

Happenings from the Homefront 6/29/20

June 29, 2020

Hello Friends, Last week we held our primary elections in Virginia. While there were issues with the Virginia Beach poll books which caused confusion and some frustration among voters on election day, we have been in communication with the Department of Elections and will continue to work to ensure our local elections remain unbiased and […]

Happenings from the Homefront 6/16/20

June 29, 2020

Hello Friends, We need our kids back in school five days a week in the fall. Period. The Virginia Beach Public School Superintendent sent out an email last week stating they are considering a two-day per week in-person learning structure with the other days offered digitally. As a mother of four school aged children in three different schools, […]