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Jan28

Growth in the Virginia craft beer industry has been significant. In 2011, Virginia was home to 44 breweries. But since 2012, when lawmakers approved legislation that allowed breweries to sell beer for on-site consumption, Virginia breweries have created 8,163 full-time equivalent jobs, according to the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries that is an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association.

Jan28

Several lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, have become perennial patrons of anti-trafficking legislation, such as Sens. John Edwards (D–Roanoke), Mark Obenshain (R–Harrisonburg) and Adam Ebbin (D–Alexandria), and Dels. Timothy Hugo (R–Centreville), Jennifer McClellan (D–Richmond) and Ronald Villanueva (R–Virginia Beach). Clearly these members have committed themselves to finding the proper legislative channels that will give law enforcement the upper hand in finding and locking up the vermin who would exploit the most vulnerable young people.

Jan17

The 2015 General Assembly convened last week to amend the budget covering the current fiscal year and address thousands of bills covering a wide range of issues. These issues include Standards of Learning reform, school nutrition, veterans affairs and support for military families, equal opportunity for all Virginians, health care, energy, economic development, day care and campus safety.

Dec17

This summer, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Delegate McClellan to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Legislative Advisory Council. The SREB works with 16 member states to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through Ph.D. 

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On Saturday, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in response to anticipated impacts from Hurricane Florence. Currently a category 4 hurricane, Florence is expected to make landfall in North Carolinas on Thursday and stall as it heads north through the weekend.  

Best of luck to students, parent, teachers, administrators and support staff as school kicks off today.

Studies have shown a correlation between the condition of school facilities and educational outcomes. However, in too many localities across the Commonwealth, aging school facilities have gone unaddressed due to lack of funding.

Over the summer, the Senate Local Government Committee School Facility Modernization Subcommittee met to begin meeting to seek input from interested stakeholders on the issue of funding for school facility construction and renovation. At our first meeting on August 16th, Professor Carol Cash presented research on the impact of school facilities on educational outcomes. We also heard a proposal from Paul Goldman and Committee Chairman Senator Bill Stanley to use portions of the sales tax collected on internet sales to finance general obligation bonds for school facilities across Virginia. Our next meeting will be held September 5th at George Mason University. We will meet later this month in Hampton Roads.