Last week the Virginia General Assembly wrapped up one of the most special of Special Sessions in recent memory.
Author: Marcus Simon
With voting in the 2020 election beginning as early as this Friday, Sept. 18, I need to use this week’s column to redouble my efforts to encourage everyone to VOTE NO on Amendment #1 to the Virginia Constitution that appears on the ballot.
This has been an unusual summer for Virginia’s part time legislators as we’ve been working hard to help our constituents navigate the new reality that is life during a pandemic.
Every Virginian has an opportunity this fall to listen to Black voices and to follow Black women leading the way on one of the most important issues of our time. To listen to the people whose lives have been most directly affected by a corrupt and shameful practice from our past and let them pick the cure.
Next Wednesday, on July 1, most of the new laws passed by the Virginia General Assembly in January, February and March of this year and signed by Gov. Ralph Northam in April will become law.
So many big, exciting, historic things made headlines this session, that you could be forgiven for forgetting that we did some things that, in any other year, would have been THE big story out of Richmond.
The Deep State is real. Well, sort of.
The legislative process in Virginia is almost exactly like what you remember from the Schoolhouse Rock video with the singing scroll of paper known as Bill. You remember him, right?
In 2014 when I arrived in Richmond for my first session, I was assigned to two committees: Militia, Police and Public Safety, and the Committee on Science and Technology.
Now that my party is in the majority, we have an awesome responsibility to govern, and to legislate knowing that the bills we propose in January are likely to become laws this July.