Greetings from Richmond!
This week started off with several great visits from Prince William and Manassas educators. I met with the Prince William School Board, the Manassas School Board, and members of the Prince William Education Association to discuss teacher pay and retention, High School Redesign and the renewed focus on career and technical education. One of my focuses is to connect students with local businesses and exposure to the real-world skills through internships, apprenticeships, and credential programs.
Bills that Passed this Week
My office is now accepting applications for the 2018 class of the Greater Prince William Young Leaders Program.
The Greater Prince William Young Leaders Program will afford six to eight exceptional high school juniors and seniors from the 29th Senate District the opportunity to travel to Richmond during the General Assembly Session and learn about leadership and the legislative process.
Potential activites may include:
The November 7th General Election is fast approaching. With just 40 days left, here is some important information about voting. The Last Day to Register to Vote is Monday, Oct 16. Check here to register or update your registration.
Neighbors, I would like to wish you and your family a very happy Fourth of July weekend.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe chose Prince William County’s Forest Park High School to sign two new bills aimed at preventing teen suicide and informing parents about alleged bullying incidents that involve their children.
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