PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA – At a ceremony in Herndon yesterday, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 1462, sponsored by Senator Jeremy McPike, to strengthen reporting requirements when elder financial abuse is suspected. Current law requires Social Services to alert law enforcement when they suspect financial exploitation of the elderly at $50,000 or above. Starting July 1, the arbitrary $50,000 threshold will be removed.
With the conclusion of 2017 General Assembly Session, I want to give you an update on our progress. One of the most pressing issues this year was the state budget. Initially, revenue projections came back lower than anticipated; so much of my focus was working to maintain funding for public education, mental health and transportation. I am pleased that the final budget makes progress on many of my top concerns, including:
Earlier today, Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency in advance of the pending snowstorm. We could see up to 6 inches of snow in our area, so I wanted to share some helpful information to survive the storm.
Helpful Tips During the Storm
Greetings from Richmond!
This morning, the Senate of Virginia adjourned “sine die”, completing the last week of the 2017 Regular Session. I am happy to report that nine bills I introduced have passed the General Assembly and are on the Governor's desk for signature. But first, I want to update you on the Commonwealth's budget.
Greetings from Richmond! The General Assembly has now completed our second to last week of the 2017 Legislative Session. As the deadlines for legislative action are fast approaching, the majority of my time this week was spent in committees.
Greetings from Richmond! This week completed “crossover” and now the Senate will begin considering all the bills that have passed out of the House of Delegates. We also spent a significant amount of time finalizing the Senate version of the Commonwealth’s budget.
This concludes the fourth week of the 2017 Legislative Session, and the General Assembly is moving swiftly toward “crossover”, a day when all the bills that have passed the Senate are introduced in the House of Delegates and vice versa. The three bills I mentioned last week (SB 1116, SB 1461 and SB 1462) have all advanced to the House of Delegates.
Geetings from Richmond! This week, I am pleased to announce that I had three bills pass in committee and move on to be heard on the floor of the Senate next week:
Greetings from Richmond!
Greetings from Richmond! On Wednesday, we gaveled in for the start of the 2017 Legislative Session, and received Governor McAuliffe for his last State of the Commonwealth address. I am committed to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to represent your best interest here in Richmond. I will be writing to you once a week on different issues and legislation until the end of February, when the General Assembly will adjourn for the year.