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Mar10

As of Thursday morning, the General Assembly had yet to agree on a budget — the last remaining piece of what has been a tumultuous and contentious legislative session.

The House of Delegates has twice sent an amended version of the governor’s budget to the Senate. With less than three days left in the session, the Senate had failed to pass any budget — on strict party-line votes.

Failure to pass a budget on time seems to have become the rule rather than the exception in the past decade: In five out of seven years from 2001 to 2008, the General Assembly has failed to pass a budget on time. In those years, by working through the budget and taking additional time, we have created a better budget. I hope the same thing will happen before the current fiscal year ends on June 30.

Feb25

When I got pregnant two years ago, it was historic. Not only was I the first member of the House of Delegates to get pregnant, but it was the first time my OB/GYN had a legislator patient. Over the course of my pregnancy, as I went in for check-ups and ultrasounds, we had the opportunity to discuss abortion legislation and how it impacts not just unwanted pregnancies but wanted pregnancies that go wrong.

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Last week, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly Session convened for 60 days.  It was a historic week!  In the House of Delegates, 19 new members were sworn in, and the Republican majority shrunk to 51-49. On Saturday, Ralph Northam was sworn in as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth, Justin Fairfax was sworn as the 40th Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring was sworn in for a second term as Attorney General.  
 
Against this historic backdrop, the General Assembly began work on thousands of bills and the state biennial budget. I look forward to providing an update on this an other issues over the next six weeks.
On Monday, Governor McAuliffe unveiled the two-year budget covering July 2018 through June 2020. 

You can read the Governor's remarks at the joint money committees meeting here. You can read the Richmond Times-Dispatch's article on the budget here.

Last month we saw a Democratic wave election in which Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring were elected Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General, respectively, and Democrats in the House of Delegates climbed from 34 to 49!   
 
Majority control in the House is still up in the air, as four races go to recount.  In HD-94, Democrat Shelly Simonds trails Republican David Yancy by only 10 votes!  In HD-40, Donte Tanner trails Republican Tim Hugo by 106 votes.  And in HD-28, where 147 voters were given the wrong ballot, Democrat Josh Cole trails Republican Bob Thomas by only 82 votes.  Locally, in HD-68, Republican Manoli Loupassi requested a recount after conceding to Democrat Dawn Adams twice.  Dawn leads by 336 votes.  
 
In local upsets, Courtney Lynch was elected to serve as the Brookland representative on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, flipping control of the Board to Democrats for the first time in decades.  In Chesterfield County, which voted for a Democratic Governor for the first time in over 50 years, Jenefer Hughes was elected to serve as Commissioner of the Revenue.

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