(This post originally appeared as an online edition of our newsletter on January 31st, 2018.)
It's already the fourth week of session!
The third week of session was a whirlwind at the General Assembly, and here we are already entering week number four. This week committees are continuing to focus on pertinent legislation as it makes its way to the House floor ahead of Crossover.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend my Town Hall on Saturday, January 20th with Senator David Marsden. I always learn while speaking with constituents about the progress of the legislative session and our shared goals in making sure the 38th House District is heard at the General Assembly!
HOUSE AND SENATE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR EQUAL REPRESENTATION ON JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE TO STUDY 2017 ELECTION
While the 2017 election raised many serious questions about the election process in Virginia which should be studied in a very transparent and accessible way, the formation of a Republican-only committee to do so does not bode well for election reform.
The House and Senate Democratic Caucuses released a joint statement calling for equal, bipartisan representation. You can read their full statement here.
HONORING WOMEN IN THE
VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Let's change the "Day of Tears" to the "Day of Women!"
I spoke to the House of Delegates on Monday regarding the importance of the landmark Supreme Court of the United States Roe v. Wade ruling. Monday, January 22nd, was the 45th Anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade ruling. Virginia's Republican-led General Assembly has traditionally dubbed the anniversary of this historic decision affirming the rights and autonomy of women as the "Day of Tears" to shame women from making their own decisions on their reproductive healthcare. You can hear the closing of my remarks in the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drc0HiEok0c
Following my remarks, freshwoman Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler remarked that the Virginia General Assembly should move from shaming women by calling this historical day the "Day of Tears" to honoring women by recognizing the anniversary of Roe v. Wade as the "Day of Women." Her remarks can also be heard in the above video.
"Editorial: Ax the tampon tax"
The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, "if need justifies a tax exemption, then the case for exempting hygiene products certainly equals or outweighs the case for many other items that currently are exempt from Virginia’s sales tax[.]"
You can read the full op-ed here.
ISSUE BRIEF ON FEDERAL TAX REFORM AND ITS IMPACT ON VIRGINIA
The Virginia Division of Legislative Services (DLS) has released a brief outlining the impact of recent federal tac reform on Virginia. The brief was prepared by the DLS Finance & Taxation Team. You can access of the briefing on the DLS website.
COMPASSION & CHOICES VIRGINIA
I spoke with Compassion & Choices Virginia prior to session on submitting legislation regarding medical aid-in-dying in Virginia following the completion of a 2-year study. You can watch the video on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/compassionchoicesva/videos/1622476894509710/
EXPRESS YOUR OPPOSITION TO SB 727!
While many bills filed this year are in the public eye, some of the quieter bills -- such as SB 727 -- should be receiving public attention because they are dangerous.
According to the Virginia Coalition for Open Government (VCOG), "SB 727 proposes to take all courts (from general district all the way up to the Supreme Court) as well as the Office of Executive Secretary (the courts' administrative arm) entirely out of FOIA. Public access to court case records is guaranteed by the First Amendment and is accomplished through a series of online subscription services and in-person visits to the local courthouses. These case law files are NOT subject to FOIA and so are not affected by the bill."
Read more at VCOG here.
On Saturday, February 10th from 10:30am - 12pm, I will hold Community Hours, a time for constituents to drop in to discuss issues pertinent to the 2018 legislative agenda. I will be in the Thomas Jefferson Public Library Conference Room, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22042.
Annual "Special Art by Special Artists" Art Show
On Wednesday, February 21st, from 9:00am - 12pm, I will be hosting my Annual Special Art by Special Artists Art Show opening reception. This Art Show will be held in a new location this year: themain lobby of the SunTrust Building located at 919 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, across the street from the Pocahontas Building. The artwork will remain in the SunTrust Art Gallery until the end of February.
I am honored to represent you in the 2018 General Assembly session. Thank you for your trust.
As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions, questions, and concerns. Please email me at DelKKory@house.virginia.gov.
Delegate, 38th District