Newsletter from February 12th, 2019,
Greetings from Richmond! We’ve had a great first week of Crossover with over 1,000 bills passing over to the House and Senate.
In the 2019 Legislative Session, 17 bills that I introduced have successfully passed in the Senate and moved over to the House. This includes SB1737 Civil Relief; Furloughed Workers, which will provide needed relief for employees who have been affected by the partial government shutdown.
Another bill passed through the Senate was SB1629; School Boards; Lead Testing Potable Water, providing a requirement that each local school board submit a plan to test potable water sources for lead contamination to the Virginia Department of Health Office of Water Quality. This will help give an opportunity to apply for Federal Grant Programs to assist with remediation efforts, and ensure the health and safety of our children across the Commonwealth.
Budget update! Senator George Barker and I successfully advocated for further investment towards public education. The $2.1 million we added in SB1100 for school counselors brings the total proposed amount to $12 million. This will get us on the path of having a 1:250 counselor to student ratio, and improve the one-on-one counseling our students receive in our K-12 schools. SB1100 was a part of the bipartisan budget bill which unanimously passed in the Senate. Final spending priorities will be resolved in the coming week. It's my hope that the full proposed funding of $36 million will be negotiated into the final budget.
“School counselors are a critical part of ensuring our students are well-supported at school. This amendment reflects our bipartisan work to invest in education and provide our students with the best opportunities available.” - Senator Jeremy McPike.
Thank you to Imam Saif Rehman, Rafi Uddin Ahmed, and Shaid Rahman with the Virginia Council of Muslim Organizations for coming down to Richmond on Tuesday. Imam Saif Rehman of the Dar Al Noor in Woodbridge, led our morning invocation Tuesday morning with a message promoting inclusivity.
We had a ball Wednesday night with the 11th Annual Capitol Square Classic. The House vs. Senate and Friends of the Commonwealth vs. Lobbyists faced off against each other in friendly games of basketball at the Siegel Center. This year, over $32,000 was raised for the VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Happy birthday to my Administrative Assistant Nancy Snow! She has been serving the 29th district for the past 37 sessions and we are extremely grateful for everything she does for the Senate. If you come by the General Assembly this upcoming week, swing by the office and wish her a very happy birthday!
With heavy hearts, we remember the life of Supervisor John D. Jenkins, who passed away this week. A decorated veteran and the longest serving member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, he leaves a long legacy and lasting impact on our community. On Thursday, February 7th, and Friday, February 8th, 2019, the Virginia General Assembly House and Senate, respectively, adjourned in memory of John D. Jenkins. For the funeral services;
Tuesday, February 12:
Visitation: 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Wednesday, February 13:
Visitation: 10:30am to noon
Memorial Services and Funeral: 12:30pm
The visitations and the memorial service will be held at
Hylton Memorial Chapel
14640 Potomac Mills Road