On March 7, 2012, I wrote this speech for a demonstration (yes, the free speech Youngkin wants to criminalize). Sadly and angrily I say these remarks are still apropos! I am writing this for all the women who decided to ‘take a knee’ yesterday in recognition of our denied civil rights.
Author: Kaye Kory
On June 1st, the General Assembly convened in Richmond to vote on the Biennium Budget Conference Report. Eight years of strong leadership under Democratic administrations, a strong economic recovery and billions in federal pandemic aid gave us a rare opportunity to invest in Virginians and give back to the commonwealth.
2022 has been an unusual legislative year so far. The General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12 without a final budget and with 70 bills hanging unfinished- which means no final action in the form of a conference report or a floor vote. This is a remarkable incomplete workload.
Readers, you may well be aware that the 2022 General Assembly session has been divisive, hugely partisan and accomplished very little. All true and will continue to be true for the foreseeable future.
There have been quite a few bills presented and passed that give me great concern. Rather than making a list, I will mention a particular bill, SB657.
On Wednesday I will take my oath of office in the Capitol Building, and the 2022 General Assembly Session will formally begin. This session is fraught with uncertainty: uncertainty about the politics at play and uncertainty about the health of the members of the General Assembly and the health of all Virginians.
The whipped-up outcry on public education seemed to definitely turn the tide in November’s election. Between the ‘outrage’ about a parent’s involvement in a child’s education and the near-hysteria about critical race theory, public education became the hottest campaign issue in the gubernatorial campaigns.
Women’s reproductive rights has been a controversial subject for my entire life, not to mention a volatile issue for elected officials striving to make wise, balanced public policy decisions. I grew up hearing the phrase “Our Bodies, Ourselves”. (It is ironic that folks who refuse to become vaccinated have taken up this chant in defense of the decision to remain unvaccinated.)
My colleagues in Virginia’s House of Delegates and the Senate have passed an amended budget allocating the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) emergency relief funding to Virginia.
I am honored to have been elected as the Chair of the Disabilities Commission.