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2019 Session Update: Week 2

Visitors from the Prince William Area

Newsletter from January 24, 2019,

Greetings from Richmond! The second week of session started off with visits from constituents and organizations in and around the Prince William area.  Some of the legislation that moved forward last week were SB 1171; local special events licenses, and SB 1174; exemption for security canine handlers.


Among last week’s visitors was Prince William Area Free Clinic representative Caitlin Denney.  For the past 25 years this organization has brought free health care to our community, and to many people in the 29th Senate District.  Members of Indivisible, OneVirginia, Equal Rights Amendment supporters, Department of Veterans Services, and even an old Gar-Field High School classmate of mine stopped by.

On Sunday, January 20th, Scott A. Surovell, Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, and I hosted a town hall at Forest Park High School. We gave updates on some of the legislation that each of us has been working on, and highlighted major legislation during the 2019 session.

Some of the bills I’ve introduced, and bills from previous years, have recently been covered by media outlets.  In 2018, the General Assembly passed SB 663; Air medical transportation; informed decision, which requires each hospital to establish a protocol regarding non-emergency air medical transportation.  Read more about the Air Medical Transport bill here and here.

Last week, I introduced SB 1737; Civil relief; furloughed or otherwise not receiving wages.  This bill provides a 30-day stay for eviction and foreclosure proceedings for tenants and homeowners who provide proof that they are an employee of the United States government, an independent contractor for the United States government, or an employee of a company under contract with the United States government who was furloughed or is otherwise not receiving wages or payments as a result of the partial closure of the United States government beginning on December 22, 2018.  Read more about the Furlough Relief bill here.


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