Today marked the start of the second half of our legislative session, so I wanted to give you a quick update on my legislation and other important issues. February 10th was "crossover", which is the deadline by which all Senate bills must be acted on in the Senate chamber, and vice versa for bills from the House of Delegates. Now, all Senate bills that were passed will now move to the House of Delegates for consideration. I am excited to advocate for my legislation before my colleagues in the House and feel confident that many of these bills will pass both chambers.
Three female state senators representing Loudoun County are fighting for a cause they understand in ways their 32 male colleagues never will – breastfeeding.
Sens. Barbara Favola (D-31st) and Jill Vogel (R-27th) say they will support colleague Jennifer Wexton's (D-33rd) Senate Bill 1427, which “provides that a mother may breastfeed in any place where the mother is lawfully present.”
Richmond, Virginia - "....Legislators have stepped forward with proposals meant to make child care safer in response to a Washington Post investigation into deaths in daycare operations. The investigation, published in October, found that 60 children had died in day care since 2004."
Leesburg, VA - Ethics was the topic of the day Tuesday, when former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison for taking thousands of dollars in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in exchange for shilling for Williams’ products.
Ashburn, VA - Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31), who represents parts of eastern Loudoun, has submitted a bill co-sponsored by Sens. Jennifer Wexton (D-33), whose district includes parts of Ashburn, and Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27), who represents much of western Loudoun, intended to assist survivors of sexual assault on Virginia’s college and university campuses.
Ashburn, VA - "State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, who represents parts of Loudoun...has been appointed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.
The governor’s goal for the task force is to recommend steps that can be taken quickly to turn back a recent tide of prescription opiate and heroin abuse and trafficking in the state. Deaths resulting from heroin overdoses doubled during the past two years, according to information provided by Wexton’s office, and prescription drug overdoses have doubled since 2000."
Arlington, VA - State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) joined Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in Arlington Wednesday for the signing of bills aimed at curbing the growing problem of notaries who practice law without a license.
For the whole story, please read at www.LeesburgToday.com.
Sterling, VA - Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-33) recently toured Sugarland Elementary in Sterling to learn about their summer lunch program, which helps children in Loudoun County who might go hungry get a nutritious meal during the summer months. She toured the facility with Eileen Rafferty-Fore, a volunteer who helps administer Sugarland Elementary's program, and Principal Angela Robinson, who was principal at Sugarland for eight years.
Leesburg, VA - State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) and Al Christian of Premium Distributors presented $20,000 worth of photo ID reference books to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office this week.
For the rest of the story, please go to www.LeesburgToday.com
Ashburn, VA: State representatives on both sides of the health care debate came face-to-face with Loudoun County residents Monday night at the Ashburn Library to discuss the inclusion of Medicaid expansion as part of the state’s budget.
A town hall meeting hosted by national conservative political group Americans for Prosperity, which opposes Medicaid expansion as proposed by the governor, was met with a strong counter message from a group that gathered for a rally just minutes before.
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