by Del. Margaret B. Ransome
Instead of introducing numerous pieces of legislation this session, I have decided to take on the role of reviewing legislation as it passes through committees and the House. Particularly, bills that will have impacts on business, healthcare, public safety and our families for years to come.
Citizens can also follow the legislative process by visiting the website www.virgininageneralassembly.gov/ and clicking on the 2020 Regular Session Tracking Button. From there you can search bills by subject, members or bill number. The process is very easy but it is more important that you are in control and involved.
We are thankful for those of you reading bills and actively participating in the process by emailing, making phone calls and visiting our Capitol this session to make your voices heard in support or opposition of legislation. Remember there is never a set day to visit the Capitol. You are always welcome to meet with your legislator and come onto Capitol Square.
Relating to legislative business, our staff has been in Richmond just over seven days. Our committees finally met, however most received presentations from agency heads. We took one vote on the House floor, and we have more introduced legislation to consider in pending committees before crossover than ever before during my history here in Richmond.
During the week we were visited by representatives from Mary Washington Healthcare; our Virginia Watermen’s Association, who also served lunch to General Assembly members and staff; and Bill Broaddus, who came to speak on behalf of House Bill 950 that would benefit Historic Christ Church.
Virginia Trible, a Senate Page from our District, and Christy Meyers from King George, who has had the great honor of working on the House floor, also stopped by our office.