We are entering the final weeks of the 2018 General Assembly Session. There are only 2 weeks left before what is known as “Sine Die,” the last day of session. Our last day is March 10th, and there is still a lot of work to be done before then. This week we debated and voted on the budget, and we passed our first bill out of both the House and Senate!
The most important thing we do in the General Assembly is pass a budget, and on Thursday the House of Delegates passed our proposal which will now go to conference to be amended with the Senate’s version
While I applaud the work of our Appropriations Committee on areas such as teacher pay raises and prudent investments in the reserve fund, I could not support the proposal to expand Medicaid. Medicaid expansion has created higher cost and less choice for consumers across the United States. Virginia needs healthcare reform that creates free market competition and drives down costs for our citizens without jeopardizing our balanced budget.
Today, we passed our first bill! The bill, which I have updated you on previously, will allow for a Veteran indicator/ ID on Virginia’s driver’s licenses. The Senate voted 38-0 in favor of this legislation. All that’s left now is for Governor Northam to sign the bill into law.
Teacher of the Year
On Tuesday, The Virginia House of Delegates honored Michelle Cottrell-Williams, the 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year. A center-aisle presentation is reserved only for special honors of those who have had profound impacts on the Commonwealth of Virginia.We are thankful for her service to the future of Virginia.